Tecumseh is a city known for an annually rotating outdoor sculpture museum, almost one on every corner, but there are two very interesting sculptures that have become unchanging landmarks. The two dinosaur skeleton sculptures, a tyrannosaurus rex and a brontosaurus (at least that’s what they look like to my untrained eye) have marked the entrance to the Tecumseh Trade Center for most of the establishment’s eleven-year history in the local business community. “We originally bought them to sell them,” said Raffaele Recchia, who co-owns the trade center with his father Richard, “but we became so attached to them that they are no longer for sale. They are part of the landscape now, along with the caterpillars.” The caterpillars are earthen mounds with cute eyes who also welcome customers to the trade center at the entrance.
The trade center, 9129 Tecumseh-Clinton Hwy., 734.216.6010, www.thetecumsehtradecenter.com, is located on what most locals consider North Evans Street next to Myers/Diver Airport, and passers-by are often attracted not only by the dinosaur sculptures, but also by the eclectic assortment of automobiles, including a classic Volkswagen “beetle” at the corner of North Evans and Tecumseh-Macon Road, and outdoor vendors that are visible to people driving by on the busy road.
Sheridan Road is overlooked by thousands of motorists who travel past it on US-12 every day. The road is west of Clinton and just before the car dealers that dominate the intersection of US-12 and M-52, which is unfortunate for the many harried commuters, because a few miles north on the often one-lane Sheridan byway they could receive respite and spiritual revival provided by the Romanian Orthodox Monastery that few know about and which welcomes those seeking a little peace and tranquility.
It is an unlikely place for a monastery, but anyone who makes the turn north on Sheridan Road will, within a few miles, run into a refuge, a sanctuary, presided over by welcoming monks of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The complex (15143 Sheridan Rd., 517.456.4474, www.holy-ascension.org) was founded in 2001 and covers 50 acres, including a church along with the refuge-formally known as The Romanian Orthodox Monastery of The Ascension of the Lord.
The setting is peaceful. It is located in rolling farmlands and woodlands, far from the noise of traffic and metropolitan mayhem of the commuter’s daily grind, but it is not a spa, it is a religious community that asks pilgrims, regardless of religious afiliation or lack thereof, to not only rest and eat, but to attend to their inward spiritual needs.