Fall Fun

Published October 10, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Saturday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, are two dates that Shelby Township officials would like residents to mark down.

Oct. 14 will be a day full of three family fun events, while Oct. 18 is the date selected for the township’s annual community visioning event to help determine its top 10 priorities for 2018.

The annual Shelby Township Fire Department Open House, the Shelby Township Police Department Community Shred Day and the Halloween Spooktacular all land on Oct. 14.

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Published October 6, 2017

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From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 4, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Lions Club will hold its annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the East Brooke Commons shopping center, where the club will provide free vision screenings for kids, child identification kits, pumpkin painting and free goodie bags to the first 300 children.

The shopping center is located on the southwest corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. In the event of rain, the Lions Club will reschedule the event to Oct. 22.

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Published October 3, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Find family fun, activities and demonstrations of old and new farming methods during the free  Down on the Farm event Oct. 7 at the historic Cranberry Lake Farm. 

“We’ll have tractors, musicians, pumpkins, cider, chickens, goats, games and hayrides,” Oakland Township Historic Preservation Planner Barbara Barber said. “People can enjoy the farming atmosphere and also learn about things.”

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Published October 3, 2017

TROY — The Troy Historic Village aims to offer family-friendly Halloween fun with Scarecrow Row and trick-or-treating on the Village Green 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. 

Scarecrow Row will be on view around the village through October and will be shared on the Historic Village Facebook page, facebook.com/TroyHistVillage, for voting Oct. 9-27. The winner will be announced Oct. 28. Individuals, organizations and businesses created the scarecrows. 

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Published October 3, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Following another fun-filled summer season, Clinton Township Parks and Recreation is keeping its foot on the pedal and offering numerous fall and winter programs for people of all ages.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Trick or Treat Trail returns with friendly characters and an opportunity for children to pick pumpkins from a giant patch. Preregistration is required for children older than 12 months, while all adults are free. It costs $6 for residents and $8 for nonresidents.

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Published October 2, 2017

METRO DETROIT — For camping enthusiasts, nothing beats sipping a seasonal beer around a campfire on a warm Michigan summer night.

Except maybe sipping a spiked cider around a campfire while drinking in the fall colors.

According to Darren Ing, director of the 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, the camping season doesn’t end when the kids go back to school.

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Published September 27, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Fall Fun Fest is returning to Macomb Corners Park this year, but missing one aspect from past events — the word fitness in the name.

When the annual free festival kicks off Sept. 30, fitness will still be an emphasis in the planned activities, but Michelle Duda, a recreation programmer with the Parks and Recreation Department, said they wanted to make sure the event was welcoming to everyone.

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Published September 26, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — For years, the city of Madison Heights has ushered in the fall season with its annual event at the Red Oaks Nature Center, the Fall Open House. This year, the event has a new name — the Hometown Harvest — but will still feature everything people know and love.

Hosted by Oakland County Parks in cooperation with the city of Madison Heights, the free event will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights.

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Published September 26, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Hayrides, old-fashioned games, music, crafts, food, fire trucks and pumpkin carving await all at the upcoming Stonewall Pumpkin Festival Oct. 14 at the Rochester Hills Museum.

“It is the most fun day of the whole year,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said. “It even beats Christmas.”

The annual Stonewall Pumpkin Festival is the museum’s showcase event, designed to introduce newcomers to the historic farm site while raising funds for museum operations.

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Published September 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — If October is just around the corner, it must be time for Shorestoberfest.

With German and Polish food, Michigan craft beer, wine, games and more, the annual event hosted by the Cool City Committee returns 5-11 p.m. Sept. 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. 

Tickets cost $10 at the gate, and entertainment will include a DJ and a German band, said Stephanie O’Brien, chair of the Cool City Committee. 

Beer will be available at a cost of three for $10, or $4 each, and wine will be sold for $5 a glass.

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Published September 26, 2017

FERNDALE — An event in celebration of the return of fall and the upcoming Halloween holiday is upon Ferndale at the beginning of October.

The Ferndale Fall Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Activity Center at Martin Road Park, 1615 E. Lewiston Ave.

The event, organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, costs $5 for children ages 2-15 and $2 for people ages 16 and up. Children under the age of 2 get in free.

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Published September 25, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills wants the community to join it for an autumn celebration with its Farm Fall Festival.

The farm is overseen by the Bloomfield Hills School District and works frequently with the district to educate students on agriculture and where food comes from. The farm’s administrators see the festival as a chance to continue that mission while providing some enjoyable  seasonal fun.

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Published September 25, 2017

FRANKLIN — With fall arriving, the streets of Franklin will soon be lined with some straw-filled visitors.

The Franklin Historical Society is inviting the public to take part in its Scarecrow Building Workshop 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Franklin Community Center and Kreger House, where families can put together scarecrows to decorate their homes.

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Published September 22, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Like the start of fall, the Crocker House Museum and the Macomb County Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk is right around the corner.

The Cemetery Walk to be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Clinton Township — brings museum and Historical Society members and volunteers as well as local thespians together to bring history to the masses.

Museum Director Kim Parr said the annual event is a rare opportunity to learn true stories about the lives of people who lived in Macomb County.

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Published September 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens’ rich German history will be celebrated for three days this week during the Downtown Development Authority’s highly popular Oktoberfest.

The fifth annual Mount Clemens Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 22-24 in the downtown area, with local restaurants offering specials on German fare. There will be an expanded selection of craft and German beers, as well as live entertainment at the Biergarten Tent and, of course, the ceremonial Tapping of the Keg.

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Published September 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Members of the Mount Clemens Optimist Club are already gearing up for their annual Trunk or Treat event in the city’s downtown, and they’re looking to recruit people to hand out candy from the trunks of their spookily decorated vehicles.

Entries, as well as sponsorships, are now being accepted, said club member Jerry Kuhl.

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Published September 20, 2017

CLAWSON — Fall is usually synonymous with family fun in the little city with a big heart, and this season won’t disappoint.

The celebration will kick off Sunday, Oct. 1, with many activities happening throughout town beginning with the Donut Dash 5K, presented by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce.

The dash will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 with 8:30 a.m. registration at Clawson City Hall, 425 N. Main St. Preregistration costs $20; the cost will be $25 on the day of race. Proceeds from the race will benefit Clawson Public Schools teachers and the Clawson Food Pantry.

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Published September 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past 10 years, the Brooksie Way half-marathon race has honored the memory of a beloved son while encouraging all to become physically active.

“I’m expecting this to be a memorable year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement about this year’s event, planned for Sept. 24. More than 5,700 runners and walkers attended last year’s race.

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