Summer Fun

Published September 13, 2017

FERNDALE — Art of all different kinds will be featured throughout downtown Ferndale when the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair return to Nine Mile Road.

The fairs will take place Sept. 22-24, with the art fair running from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The street fair will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 22; from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Published September 13, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — Off to the west side of Woodward Avenue, one street in Pleasant Ridge has managed to keep one party going for the past 40 years.

The Oxford Block Party celebrated its 40th year Saturday, Sept. 9, amid many neighbors on the block, including ones who have been there since the very beginning.

Resident Peggy Rubino was one of a couple of neighbors who helped organize and co-found the party when it first started in 1977.

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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Troy Family Daze will offer food, fun, entertainment, cultural attractions and midway rides on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center Sept. 14-17. 

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 forgo hosting the popular community event in 2010 due to budget constraints. 

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Published September 5, 2017

FERNDALE — Ferndale Pride made the largest donation it’s ever made in a single year by donating $25,000 total to five local charities.

Pride donated $13,000 to the Ferndale Community Foundation and $3,000 each to Affirmations, Gender-Identity Network Alliance, Matrix Human Services MAC Health, and Transgender Michigan.

With this distribution, Pride crossed the $100,000 mark in donations made since it was established in 2011.

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Published August 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — A party two decades in the making will hit the streets this weekend when the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats comes to downtown Royal Oak.

Arguably the largest food, music and arts festival in Michigan, the event will take place Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4. As in previous years, free admission will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on opening day.

The event hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Monday. Regular admission costs $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m.

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Published August 31, 2017

WARREN — Summerfest took on a new format this year, but the changes made resulted in an effective outreach and one that allowed the organizers to more closely connect with the families they served.

“It went so well. There’s a lot to build on, and we’ve got a lot to learn from it, but yes, it’s a keeper,” said Katie Miller, program coordinator for Liberty Family Outreach, which founded Summerfest 14 years ago.

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Published August 31, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Weather conditions, distance from shoreline, level of experience and the presence of a life jacket are each factors that can determine life or death while operating paddle craft.

Paddle craft refers to nonmotorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. These devices are reliant on the paddler, who is also the most vulnerable against the water.

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Published August 31, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — You’ll know St. Hubert’s Fall Festival is here at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, two hours before the Harrison Township event actually begins.

The field across from the church on Prentiss Street will be filled with cars, and there will be a long line of people outside the large tent. Why? The wildly popular Friday Fish Fry that will be served sharply at 6 p.m.

“They always come early for the fish fry,” said festival chairperson Mary Owiesny. “It’s immensely popular.”

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Published August 31, 2017

WATERFORD — It’s hard to hide an airport, but Oakland County International Airport may be one of the county’s biggest hidden treasures, according to officials.

The airport held its annual open house and air show on Aug. 27.

“It’s a neat little gem that a lot of people don’t know about,” said Bill Mullan, OCIA media and communications officer. “That’s the point of the air show and open house: for the public to come out, learn about the airport and be pleasantly surprised by what they see when they get here.”

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Published August 30, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will feature local and regional artists, vendors and crafters.
The admission fee is $2, and proceeds will go toward the DDA to “invest in the area,” according to DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross.

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Published August 29, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Parks officials hope kites and arrows will fly during the upcoming Goodison Good Tyme celebration planned for Sept. 9 at Marsh View Park.

The township’s annual family-friendly fall festival is designed to coincide with the grand opening of the park’s newly expanded Olympic archery range.

“It will be two festivals in one,” said Oakland Township Parks Director Mindy Milos-Dale. “Everything is free, including cake at the grand-opening ceremony.”

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Published August 21, 2017

NOVI — Holly farmer Jackie Scramlin, 65, the Michigan State Fair livestock and agriculture director, doesn’t easily give up on her passion.

Maybe it’s her lifelong agricultural background — having grown up on a dairy farm near Grand Rapids — or her love of family that bring everything together at the Michigan State Fair, which she has been a part of for 49 years. But she didn’t lose hope on her fair, even after it shuttered eight years ago. 

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Knitting a beautiful scarf would be sure to keep one person happy, not to mention warm.

But knitting a piece of artwork to wrap around a lamp post or drape over a park bench could bring happiness to countless people.

That’s the idea behind Birmingham in Stitches, a biannual public art installation that “bombs” the city’s downtown in colorful, large-scale knitting and crochet projects that is coming back this fall.

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Published August 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Millions of people from around the world helped Selfridge Air National Guard Base celebrate 100 years of history during its Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

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Published August 19, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Lake St. Clair is well-known to anglers across the country and internationally for its stellar bass fishing.

That’s why the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament makes a stop in Macomb County whenever it gets the opportunity.

The Advance Auto Parts 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series will take place on Lake St. Clair Aug. 24-27, when more than 100 of the world’s top anglers will compete for a top prize of $100,000. The last day of the tournament will be aired on ESPN.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Residents, business owners, elected officials and administrators in Rochester came together to unveil a 20-foot-tall sundial in celebration of the city’s bicentennial Aug. 12.

City Beautiful Commission Chair Lynn Marie Oates said former City Councilman Steve Sage, who previously served on the CBC, came up with the idea for the sundial about six years ago. His idea was put on the back burner for a number of years, until the City Council issued a request for proposals asking for ideas for a monument to commemorate the bicentennial.

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Published August 15, 2017

TROY — Get the dish on deals when Troy Restaurant Week returns Aug. 20-25. 

This summer’s lineup features 25 restaurants, including the recently opened Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Granite City Food & Brewery, returning after a number of years.  

“Restaurants get the opportunity to flex their creative muscle and offer items not featured on the regular menu,” said Jessica Hruska, director of communication for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which spearheads the event. Troy Restaurant Week is sponsored by InTouch Credit Union.

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Published August 15, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — From heavy-duty military vehicles built to survive a bomb blast, to the police cruisers and fire engines that keep the community safe, there will be all kinds of trucks to see during an upcoming event at Madison High School.

The event is appropriately titled “Trucks, Trucks, TRUCKS!” and will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the parking lot at Madison High, 915 E. 11 Mile Road.

Admission is free. The trucks will be parked on the 11 Mile side, but attendees can park on either side.

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Annual Christmas gala
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Penna’s of Sterling
Rochester
Downtown Rochester winter farmers market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rochester Fire Department
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'The 1940s Radio Hour' performances
8 p.m.
University Liggett School auditorium
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Cats and kittens adoption event
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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