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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Whether they’re trying to bolster local businesses or support local workers, buying Made in Michigan products is a positive trend that has generated a lot of interest among consumers.

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Published November 7, 2013

Photo submitted by James Tong, Berkley Historical Museum

The Grapevine Bar is pictured here in November 1975 at its location on Coolidge Highway, between 12 Mile Road and Catalpa Drive, in Berkley. The Grapevine, which was formerly known as the Bear’s Den, was one of the most popular drinking spots in Berkley for decades. Today, the restaurant Bagger Dave’s sits in the former location of the Grapevine Bar.

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Published November 6, 2013

The season for feasting is picking up steam, and the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas is keeping metro Detroit bakeries busy.

Ashley Bainbridge, manager of the Sterling Heights location of the Achatz Handmade Pie Co., said her store bakes mostly pies, both sweet and savory, though they also sell cookies and pound cakes.

For Thanksgiving, the big star is predictably the pumpkin pie. However, Bainbridge said Achatz sells a variant called a pumpkin praline pie.

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Published October 30, 2013

SYLVAN LAKE — Two tons of pumpkins arrived at the Sylvan Lake Community Center at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, transforming the lawn into a personal pumpkin patch for the kids of Sylvan Lake.

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Published October 21, 2013

FARMINGTON — The full moon looked like it was just there for show.

It provided the perfect backdrop for the throngs of people who stood in line in mid-40 degree temperatures as a hearse flashed purple lights into the dark sky, a harbinger of unearthly things yet unseen.

The annual Ghost Walk 
Oct. 19 at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., drew attendees who learned about Victorian mourning and Gov. Fred Warner and his family, and heard ghost stories under the moon.

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Published October 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — The ghosts of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, and his family will soon descend upon a sprawling mansion that was once their home.

The family will share tales of their lives, and hopefully, bring a tremor or two to those plucky enough to lend an ear.

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Published October 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is planning a Halloween Trick or Treat Trail from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 26.

According to authority Special Events Coordinator Frank Heinrich, local individuals, businesses and organizations are setting up booths at the Veterans Memorial Park so kids can come through and get candy in a safe environment.

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Published October 16, 2013

Cook School, pictured here in the 1890s, is a one-room schoolhouse that opened as the Fractional District No. 9 School in 1890. The school was originally built on land at Mack, near Lochmoor Boulevard.

The school initially was built to house 60 students from first-eighth grades, even though only 30 students attended the first year it opened. The school focused on reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, English grammar, U.S. history and orthography (spelling). Physiology and civil government were added later.

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Published October 2, 2013

From the Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society and the Roseville Public Library

The Roseville Inn was located on the west side of Gratiot, at the corner of Frazho. It had once been the Haselhuhn General Store. The saloon was downstairs and there was a big dance hall upstairs. The date of the photo is unknown.

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Published October 9, 2013

This photograph, taken in the summer of 1932, is from the Roberta Vincent Mocabee collection. Roberta is standing, with help from Jim Loucks, in front of her home, the Gate Lodge at the Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township. Roberta was born in Detroit in May of 1931. Her father, Charles Vincent, was the Proving Grounds manager. Roberta spent the first 10 years of her life at the Proving Grounds under the watchful eyes of her mother, her older sisters, her tutors, the gardener, the test drivers and Loucks, who was the site security guard.

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Published September 5, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With more than 26 new classes debuting at West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation this season, as well as a new lineup of nature programs, boredom is not an option this autumn.

Naturalist Lauren Azoury, who joined the Parks and Recreation staff in July, said she is excited to get the nature programs up and running again.

“There are so many beautiful parks and a very diverse ecosystem in West Bloomfield, and I’ve really enjoyed exploring the wetlands and unique trails,” said Azoury.

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Published September 4, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When Grosse Pointe North students take the stage for their fall play later this month, they’ll face something they don’t normally see in the darkness of a theater — the expressions of the audience. 

That’s because the audience will be on the same stage as they perform “Almost, Maine.”

“It’s going to be very cool,” said Kristin Duus, one of the producers. “We’re kind of doing it in, like, a theater in the round. It’s going to be very different.”

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Published September 4, 2013

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Autumn is a time for going back to school, football, digging out those long sweaters and the start of the many fall programs that the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe offers.

Once again, there is a lot to choose from, and registration is currently underway for events and programs that range from longtime traditions, like the Big Bird Run, to hands-on activities for children.

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Published September 3, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The summer festival season may technically be over, but VillageFest carries those beloved festival staples — from live entertainment and art, to food and activities for the kids — into the start of fall.

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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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