Summer Fun

Published August 29, 2013

FRANKLIN — All good things must come to an end. In Franklin, the close of summer will once again be celebrated with the village’s annual Round Up festivities this Labor Day.

Now in its 69th year, the Round Up will offer families more fun than ever to enjoy as students prepare to head back to school and fall makes its grand arrival. With midway games, a petting farm, pony rides, a classic car show and much more, there’s a little something for everyone at the annual fair.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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Published August 20, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — From the Woodward Dream Cruise to the return of the Grand Prix races in Detroit, there’s something about cars that captures the hearts and imaginations of all ages of metro Detroiters.

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Published August 14, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — The fourth time is a charm for Edmund Anderson.

As the director and creator of the Aug. 17 fourth annual Run for the Hills event, he is certain the 1k, 5k and 10k courses will be bigger and better for runners and walkers alike this year.

The course, which starts and ends in Shiawassee Park, is a runner-friendly route with a scenic path.

“Now the route is straighter,” Anderson told C & G Newspapers recently. “I think it is going to be more fun for the runners.”

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Published August 14, 2013

BERKLEY — When the Berkley Farm Stand opened last September on 12 Mile Road, Laura Uhlianuk and her husband, Lee, had the market operating seven days a week. When Mondays would come around, however, the North

Branch farmers didn’t have any produce left to sell after busy weekends.
Laura Uhlianuk, a Berkley native, said that when the stand opened this year at the end of July, they decided to keep the hours of operation to Friday, Saturday and Sunday to keep the stand freshly stocked all the time.

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Published August 7, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Forget Hollywood studio wizardry — if you want to see a real special effect, come to the Grosse Pointe Farms and City Family Fishing Rodeo, a place where kids put down their smartphones and videogames for a couple of hours to go fishing.

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Published July 31, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot can change in nine years — at least in the garden.

That’s how long it’s been since Karen Crouchman’s Ridgeway home was last featured as part of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners Garden Tour, which this year is set for Aug. 3.

“I put in a new, short, picket-type fence along the driveway,” she said. “I put in an arbor along the gate … a lot of new flower beds, a lot of new plants. I still have a pond, but I’ve changed the flowering around that,” she said.

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Published July 24, 2013

Summer events around Southfield

The fourth annual SumMore Fest is set for 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 on the front lawn of the Southfield City Hall.

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Published July 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In its first year under the auspices of the Grosse Pointe Village Downtown Development Authority, the event formerly known as the Village Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival has returned to its roots and is strictly a sale this year.

From 3-9 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27, stores and restaurants will be offering specials on everything from clothing, to home décor, to artwork, to pet products during what is now being simply called the Village Sidewalk Sale.

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Published July 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to evoke waterfront entertainment synonymous with Venice, Italy, the Nautical Mile Merchants Association has resurrected the Venetian name for its summer festival.

The mid-July event had been called the Venetian Festival more than a decade ago, but changed to Aquafest five years ago. This year, Nautical Mile Merchants Association President Donna Flaherty said they decided to return to the prior name.

“We have a lot of events developing,” she said. “I’m really excited about this festival this year.”

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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published July 2, 2013

FARMINGTON — The June 28 grand opening of the Farmington Art Foundation’s art gallery in Village Mall, at Grand River and Farmington Road, was a masterpiece in itself, with 11 artists’ framed work hanging in the center of the room.

Janet Hall, president of the Farmington Art Foundation, said she hopes the gallery has staying power with potential visitors and artists who pay and volunteer their time in the new space under a co-op agreement.

“We’re hoping to be here year-round,” Hall said during the event.

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Published June 26, 2013

DETROIT — Do you watch reality entertainment shows and think, “I could (sing/play music) better than those people”? Do you crank up the stereo at home and play air guitar? Do you sing along to your favorite songs in the car?

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON — For 49 years, the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival has been entertaining people of all ages with a variety activities, and this year will be no exception, according to Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Janet Bloom.

Officials from the Farmington DDA, now in its third year of managing the event, said plans are being finalized for this year’s festival — a three-day community celebration featuring crafts, food, entertainment, a parade and a host of other activities centered in downtown Farmington.

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Upcoming Events

Hazel Park
State of the Cities address
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Hazel Park Community Center
Macomb Township
Macomb group seeks scholarship nominees
ongoing
Friends of Macomb Township
Mount Clemens
League of Women Voters meeting
7 p.m.
Mount Clemens Public Library
Sterling Heights
Sterling Heights celebrates 50 years
9-11 a.m.
Sterling Heights Senior Center
Rochester Hills
Rochester PTA centennial celebration
6 p.m.
Rochester High School

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