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By: Jessica Bahny
NCC Activities Assistant

As many of you have read, I’ve been blogging about our NCC clients’ “backyard adventures”. I’ve been calling it that because we’ve been discovering some amazing treasures right here in “our own backyard” of Metro Detroit and the surrounding areas. Last week, on May 18th, my co-worker Kari, our clients Gaylor F. and David S. and I went on an amazing outing to the Motown Museum. For those of you who have never experienced this amazing bit of Detroit history, you simply MUST go! If you’ve been there, well, you know what I’m talking about. Nestled discreetly in a neighborhood off of Grand River Avenue, we almost missed our turn! We were expecting to have fun, (and we did!) but we learned so much as well. You automatically get a tour given by the museum’s highly knowledgeable staff. The guide dishes out fun facts, trivia, and even gets you snapping your fingers and singing a Motown hit! Did you know that Barry Gordy Jr. wrote his first songs on a Ford assembly line to the clacking of the machines- because he was so bored?! Neither did we. Did you know that the echo on those Supremes songs is due to the fact that the amazing Ms. Ross was recording their vocals in a bathroom? True! (Everyone else did theirs in the loo as well, until someone made a brilliant echo chamber out of the attic!) We were able to see one of Michael Jackson’s famous sequined gloves, and some of Marvin Gaye’s stage outfits. The admission price is very reasonable, and the staff is courteous, friendly, and the atmosphere is just so darn fun! Stay tuned for more of our adventures as we begin our fun-filled summer outings!