Lathrup launches free lecture series

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 10, 2016

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you yearn to learn but don’t want to leave Lathrup Village, the Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free lecture series.

From tea to shopping to art and history, Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond said the event is designed for residents to gain some knowledge in the comfort of their hometown.

“What I’ve done is I’ve tried to get some people that are authors or presenters that deal with our immediate surroundings in the metro Detroit area and who are knowledgeable about this area,” Rosemond said.

The presentations will be held once a month in the community room at City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road. Patrons are invited to arrive around 10 a.m. for light refreshments. The lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and wrap up around noon.

A wide range of presentations will be made, Rosemond said. In December, local author Michael Houser spoke on holiday shopping, Detroit style. Last month, the history of tea was examined. Presenters from the Detroit Institute of Arts spoke Feb. 8 on the creative contributions of African-Americans as part of Black History Month.

On Feb. 28, local doll maker Michele Sapp will talk about her African-inspired dolls. Rosemond said attendance at the series has been slim, but she is hoping the numbers will rise as more villagers find out about the series.

“There’s no reason that community room shouldn’t be filled with 70 people every month. We have very top-notch, high-quality people speaking,” she said.

New resident Annette Kingsbury said she started attending the series as a way to meet people in a new town.

“I’m interested in art and interested in history. Being new in town, (the series) is a way to meet my neighbors I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to meet,” Kingsbury said. “I really enjoy that about it. There is a core group of people that are there every time, and then there’s other people that you meet for the first time.”

Kingsbury said that although she wishes the series was better attended, she is pleased with the number of activities for residents in Lathrup Village.

“I came from a similar-sized town that didn’t have much of anything going on. I’m very impressed with the amount of activities here,” she said.
Everyone is welcome at the series, Rosemond said.

“This is an event for all,” Rosemond said. “It’s a nice gathering spot for folks to come to learn about different areas and different topics.”

Author Armando Delicato will speak March 15 on his book, “Detroit’s Corktown.” Presenters from the DIA will discuss the beauty and symbolism of gardens April 12, and will return to Lathrup Village May 17 to talk about fashion.

Rosemond said she is looking for more presenters. Those interested in participating in the free lecture series can email her at recreation@lathrupvillage.org for more information.

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