I learned to snow ski on a tiny hill behind the towers, once we moved to Colorado those hills were about the size of the bunny hills there.
Round and Devils lake sit in the middle between Toledo, Jackson, Ann Arbor and Hillsdale just about 20 miles north of the Ohio/Michigan line.
Devil's Lake (village at the north end of Devil's Lake) was a Powtawatamie (the tribe of Michaels ancestors) village until about 1830.
The name Manitou Beach come from the Potawatomi name of Devils Lake Michemanetue.
Another rail line crossed the one that went through Manitou Beach, it was the Detroit, Toledo and Milwaukee Railroad (I am also a railroad buff and will take a train ride at every chance). This line still exists (but with no stop at Devils Lake, but the one that went through Manitou Beach is gone. Too bad.
The region was devastated by two F4 tornadoes on April 11, 1965. I was in this tornado, some of my friends were killed, and there is still a big reminder - the road to the pavilion was lined with huge trees on either side creating a canopy. Now there are just a few small trees on one side of the road. More about this below.
On Sept. 2, 1963, the original pavilion burned to the ground in a fire caused by faulty wiring in the band shell. It was rebuilt as a 16,000-square-foot building called Devil's Lake Pavilion. It opened in April 1964.
Then, on April 11, 1965 – Palm Sunday – that pavilion was destroyed by an EF4 tornado that caused widespread damage throughout southern Michigan.
It was rebuiit again, this time it was a 20,000-square-foot building. Green's Pavilion opened on Labor Day 1965 to a paid attendance of 10,000.
By the summer of 1966, more than 1,000 teens a week were coming to the pavilion, which was open Wednesday through Sunday nights during the summer and weekends in the winter.
Between big-name acts, up-and-coming bands played Green's Pavilion. This included Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, who performed with the Yardbirds on Aug. 10, 1966. Bob Seger and his first band, the Last Heard, also played there.
In 1973 the Pavilion was sold to the Tibbs family, who converted it into the Tibbs Bros. Pavilion grocery store.
In 2013, Jerry's Market bought the store, revamped it and renamed it Jerry's Pavilion Market. Sections of the original wooden dance floor still are in the store.
That afternoon I had walked around the lake and remember the sky was an odd shade of yellow. I will never forget that, I can see it today, 50 years later. If I ever see that sky I take cover. I did see it once here in New Bern and sure enough there were tornados across the river.