Summer Fun

Published July 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 2017 Aqua Fest will take over Blossom Heath Park and the Nautical Mile July 14-16 with fun for all ages.

“We have a lot of activities, a lot of events taking place, mostly in Blossom Heath Park, our beautiful park,” said Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association.

A major attraction at the event is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, which will be in St. Clair Shores for the fourth time. Shows will be in Blossom Heath Park at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 15, and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. July 16.

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Published July 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Maureen Papsdorf said her talents in the garden were inspired by her father-in-law.

She said Henry Papsdorf once had an immaculate garden at his Clinton Township home, the focal point being a large outdoor fountain.

“I inherited the fountain from him,” Maureen Papsdorf said from her Harrison Township home last week. “I definitely think he was my inspiration (for gardening).”

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Published July 5, 2017

The popular Summer Sensation free concert series returns this year.

People can bring lawn chairs or blankets and head to Boulan Park to grab a bite to eat and hear music tuned to a wide range of tastes.

This is the second year the outdoor concerts will be held at Boulan Park. The two previous years, the concerts were held on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center.

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Published July 5, 2017

In response to a number of requests for outside events, such as weddings, to be held at the Stage Nature Center, a large tent will now be available for rental on-site.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved a 10-year agreement with the Troy Nature Society, which took over operations and funding for programs at the nature center five years ago, at a June 19 meeting.

“The (Troy) Nature Society agreement has worked out really well for the city and the residents,” Recreation Director Elaine Bo said to the council.

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Published July 5, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A variety of goods will be available for sale when the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market reopens to the public.

The market will be at Green Acres Park, located at Woodward Heights Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, on the border of Hazel Park and Ferndale. It will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting July 9 and running through Oct. 22.

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Published July 5, 2017

CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

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Published July 5, 2017

Come together under the stars in downtown Farmington for the annual Greater Farmington Founders Festival July 20-23.

Fireworks, hot air balloons and other activities are certain to have many attendees looking up, and living it up, at the festival, which will kick off 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20 with a Kids STEAM  — science, technology, engineering, art and math — Heat event in Shiawassee Park. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will provide STEAM-based activities, and  Farmington YMCA field games will also be on tap.

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Published July 5, 2017

CENTER LINE — Attendance and good vibes were up. Problems were down.

That was good news for everyone who attended the city of Center Line’s second annual Independence Festival, a celebration of the city’s history with entertainment, food, fireworks and family activities June 23-25 at Memorial Park.

The three-day festival was capped by a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, and officials said crowd control measures implemented after the inaugural festival in 2016 kept things running smoothly.  

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — For over 60 years, shoppers have flooded downtown Rochester to find one-of-a-kind deals and to reconnect with friends and neighbors over the summer.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said the sales have become a tradition for many, adding that pretty much everyone in town comes downtown at one point during the three-day event.

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Published July 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After being postponed one day due to weather conditions, the St. Clair Shores First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza picked back up July 1 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

Gates opened at 2 p.m., where an inflatable bouncer and obstacle course, the splash pad, musical entertainment and various food vendors were available to attendees.

Guests were welcome to swim in the open beach and were visited by party characters from films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Star Wars.”

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Published June 30, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Just as the grills and sparklers fizzle out at the end of Independence Day, the fun will just be getting started at Springfield Oaks County Park as the annual Oakland County Fair opens up July 7-16.

Grandstand entertainment, games, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and so much more will bring Davisburg to life once again for the decades-old family event. But tradition is only half of the fun, according to Fair Manager L.C. Scramlin.

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Published June 28, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials hope to make a splash with a new event to entice people to pay a visit to the city’s distinctive waterway, the Clinton River.

The city will present its inaugural Canoe the Clinton canoe and kayak event July 8.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool described the event as a way for the city to celebrate the Clinton River’s reopening for recreational usage. Teaming up with Clinton River Canoe & Kayak Rentals helped make the new event possible, he added.

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Published June 28, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Fourth of July Committee announced a lineup full of opportunities to celebrate the summer holiday.

“It’s that time of year, and we’re really excited to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Clawson, a long-standing tradition,” said City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Committee Chair Debbie Wooley.

The fun already began June 24 with the annual Clawson Kiddie Parade, but it will keep on going through the big show in the night sky on Tuesday, July 4.

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Published June 28, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — From live fitness demonstrations to informational booths, the Senior Fun Festival will offer almost everything Macomb County seniors may want and need to stay vital 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 30 at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens.

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Published June 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Don’t worry, kids. Screen time isn’t as bad as the grownups say.

You just need to have a really, really big screen.

The Birmingham Shopping District is pulling out the biggest screen it’s got again this summer for free family-friendly flicks al fresco during movie nights in Booth Park.

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Published June 28, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — One of the city’s “signature events,” the First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza, is scheduled for June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

“We’re looking forward to a big family fireworks night here in St. Clair Shores,” said Dave Rubello, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, which organizes the show each year. “This is a St. Clair Shores favorite. This is a signature event.”

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Published June 28, 2017

SYLVAN LAKE — The Oakland County Boat Club has oohed and aahed the Sylvan Lake community for about 80 years now.

The club’s annual fireworks event is slated to take place at dusk July 3 near the area of Sylvan Lake and Otter Lake.

The fireworks will be displayed over Sylvan Lake; a rain date will be July 7 at the same time and location.

Sylvan Lake City Manager Jon Martin said the city provides the venue for the fireworks show, along with police protection. He said the event is a big deal.

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Published June 28, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — This summer, when you’re soaking up the sun, bring a book along. 

Through the library’s annual summer reading program — this year themed “Build a Better World” — the community’s youth have a chance to keep their minds and bodies active through Sept. 1 at both library branches.

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Published June 27, 2017

TROY — Enjoy a stroll through six private gardens — with themes including sitting in the shade, going to the woods and working on the railroad — at the 43rd annual Troy Garden Club Garden Walk.

Four of the gardens are located in Troy:

• “The Eagle Has Landed,” where an eagle sculpture watches over a garden developed over the course of 38 years.

• “Solitary Trees,” which features a pond and a waterfall in a garden created over the course of 33 years.

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Published June 26, 2017

Just like pierogi are stuffed with potato or other fillings, so is the upcoming American Polish Festival and Craft Show stuffed with events.

The American Polish Century Club’s annual event will return to Sterling Heights to celebrate Polish culture July 7-9.

Organizers expect a turnout of more than 15,000 visitors. Event co-chair Arnold Beller described how much attendees like to get reacquainted with one another every year at the event, adding that some people throughout the Midwest plan their vacations and family reunions around the festival.

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Upcoming Events

Macomb Township
St. Isidore fish fries
4-7 p.m.
St. Isidore Catholic Church
Ferndale
'Merrily We Roll Along'
ongoing
The Ringwald Theatre
St. Clair Shores
VFW fish fries
4-8 p.m.
VFW Bruce Post 1146
Warren
Church fish fries
4-8 p.m.
St. Stevan Decanski Church
Royal Oak
Presentation on the Interurban
7:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

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