Fall Fun

Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to take a stroll through time to learn about prominent settlers in Rochester’s history this month.

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will host its fifth annual Mount Avon Cemetery Walk and Guided Tour 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the cemetery — which is the oldest cemetery in Rochester and the oldest platted cemetery in Oakland County, platted in 1826.

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Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — This fall, the Rochester Downtown Development Authority is giving the public a chance to eat, drink and be merry dining al fresco on locally sourced cuisine.

“We have a great restaurant culture here — especially when you add our farmers market into it — and we just thought doing something like a Farm-to-Table Dinner might be the best of both worlds and really promote Rochester as a food destination, because we have a lot of foodies that live out here,” DDA Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said.

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Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Patriots and pumpkins will be celebrated at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm this fall.

The seventh annual Patriot Festival Sept. 18 will feature speakers, historic re-enactors, a scavenger hunt, guided tours, music, food and tours of the museum’s historic buildings. Just a few weeks later, on Oct. 8, the Stonewall Pumpkin Festival will celebrate the glory of fall. 

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Published September 13, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Mills Beer Co. is giving families a chance to kick off the start of fall by participating in its annual Oktoberfest festivities Sept. 22-24.

David Youngman, marketing director for Rochester Mills Production Brewery, said the event — held in honor of a time-honored Bavarian tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany —  has become not just a Rochester tradition, but one for families in the surrounding area.

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Published September 13, 2016

Troy Family Daze will offer food, fun and midway rides on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center Sept. 15-18.

Troy Family Daze is modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, which the city of Troy sponsored in various forms for 42 years. The City Council voted to forego hosting the popular community event in 2010 due to budget constraints.

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Published September 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Grab your pooches and prepare for a barking good time at the 2016 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The happening is sponsored through a cooperative effort between the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, 360 Event Productions and Street Marketing.

Event organizers said the pet-friendly event will include contests, food, shopping and plenty of entertainment for owners and their pets.

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Published September 12, 2016

DETROIT — Thousands of bicycle riders are expected to head to Detroit Saturday, Sept. 17, for the 15th annual Tour de Troit Bike Ride.

The ride weaves through the city of Detroit and shows off the city from ground level. The organizers aim to give riders a unique experience and highlight a side of Detroit many people don’t often see.

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Published September 6, 2016

The trees may soon become bare this fall, but the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department promises not to be bereft of activities and special events during the season.

While the city’s Music in the Park summer concert series ended in August, Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny noted that the Dodge Park Farmers Market will continue to gather on Thursdays throughout September.

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Published August 31, 2016

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WATERFORD — If one of your favorite summertime activities is garage saling, you’re in luck.

The Oakland County Market — which typically hosts local farmers, crafters and food artisans Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — will open up Sunday, Sept. 11, for a community garage sale inside the market stalls.

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Published August 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Two upcoming events, a square dance and a fun family farm day are planned at Cranberry Lake Park.  

Square dance caller Glen Morningstar Jr. and live music by Ruffwater Stringband will entertain square dancers 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Cranberry Lake Park. A barbecue dinner will be available before the dance for a fee.

Down on the Farm will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 and will include a hayride, pumpkin painting and a horse grooming demonstration. The  family day is free and open to the public.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Two upcoming events will honor the Clinton River and those who use it.

The third annual Crafts on the Clinton fundraiser will celebrate the clean water of the Clinton River watershed and those who fish and travel on its waterways, while the upcoming Padding Summit aims to inform attendees about recent enhancements and amenities designed to keep kayakers and canoers safe.

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Published August 31, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There’s no shortage of great places to dine in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area.

But the best place to grab a bite is without a doubt the annual Vine and Dine celebration at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, where all of those amazing restaurants will be gathered in one place to treat guests to a night of fantastic flavor.

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Published August 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — The Family Center recently released its schedule of fall programs, which will include a number of parenting sessions free of charge. Participants can register online at www.familycenterweb.org or call (313) 432-3832. A complimentary dinner and child care will be provided at the sessions. 

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Published August 24, 2016

Got tons of tomatoes, countless cucumbers or bunches of green beans?

Get hands-on help and learn how to can the bounty from your own garden or fresh fruits and vegetables from your favorite farmers market at Canning 101 at the Troy Historic Village.

Bill Warren, known at the historic village as Farmer Bill, will teach attendees the hot water bath method of canning produce with a high acidic content. Warren plants and tends the Pioneer Garden at the historic village, this year with help from members of the Morse Elementary School community.  

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Published August 23, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Harvest Moon Festival is 11 years old.

In those 11 years, traditions have been born and a gathering place created at the heart of downtown Farmington — the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park. 

During this year’s festival Sept. 15-16 at Riley Park, more memories will be made as attendees celebrate the beginning of fall with a wine and beer tasting that features over 50 craft beers and over 40 wine selections Sept. 15.

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Published August 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its fall catalog, highlighting new youth, adult and senior programs.

In addition, fall family faves like the Great West Bloomfield Camp Out, a live animal show and hayrides will return this year.

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Published November 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A group of talented artists with a flair for photography, pastry making, candles, knitting and more will showcase and sell their original creations in the second annual Artisans’ Market Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Public Library.

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Published November 4, 2015

BERKLEY — Prior to last year, Kendra Montante had never heard of “booing,” at least not the concept of paying it forward around Halloween.

Booing has happened all over the country for more than 30 years, Montante, a West Bloomfield resident, said, and the concept asks families to put together treat bags for their friends and neighbors and then place the bags, along with a description and window-cling ghost, on the porch and ring the doorbell before running away.

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Published October 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society is raffling off two tickets to tour the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Autism Society.

Tickets cost $10 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase. 

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Published October 28, 2015

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.

Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library — will talk about the history and what goes on behind the scenes at the parade at eight libraries in the coming weeks.

His first stop will be Nov. 2 at the Troy Public Library.

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