News & Notes - 11/22/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 20, 2023

Photo provided by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

BBAC showcases one-of-a-kind gifts
BIRMINGHAM — For the 43rd year, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is holding its annual local pop-up shopping experience. This will include over 3,000 square feet of space to shop around the BBAC’s transformed gallery.

The artists featured in this pop-up shop sell handmade gifts. There will be over 200 juried artists featured. Among the many gifts are ceramics, jewelry, home goods and décor, fiber wearables, glassware, stationary and greeting cards, ornaments, and much more. This shop is for every budget, with gifts ranging from $5 to several hundred dollars.

The holiday shop will kick off with the Shop and Champagne preview party 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 29. Tickets can be purchased to this event for $90 in advance or $125 at the door if available. Other than the preview party, the holiday shop is free to attend and runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays Nov. 30-Dec. 20.

To purchase tickets and get more information, visit or call (248) 644-0866.


The Community House event serves cookies, hot chocolate and Santa stories
BIRMINGHAM — The community is invited to create holiday memories together and listen to a story read by Santa at The Community House Dec. 9. Two sessions will take place, one beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.

All ages are encouraged to gather around at The Community House as Santa shares holiday stories. During the event, homemade holiday cookies and cups of hot chocolate will be available for guests. Adults will have the option to add holiday spirits to their hot chocolate as well. This event will have many photo opportunities to capture the moment. There will also be a craft station where guests can create ornaments, magnets, picture frames and more.

Tickets for adults and children cost $30, and children under 1 attend for free. To ensure a seat closer to Santa, groups of up to eight people can purchase a reserved table.


Birmingham swears in new mayor and commissioners
BIRMINGHAM — City Commission meetings in Birmingham will look slightly different now as the city has sworn in elected and re-elected officials.

New to the group is Commissioner Anthony Long. Recently re-elected commissioners include Therese Longe, Clinton Baller and Brad Host. Longe was previously the city of Birmingham’s mayor.

There is also a new mayor of Birmingham. The roles of mayor and mayor pro tem have been passed to Mayor Elaine McLain and Mayor Pro Tem Katie Schafer. McLain was previously mayor pro tem, and Schafer was previously a commissioner. Former commissioner Pierre Boutros will no longer be on the City Commission.