Shannon O’Berski, MBH director of external relations, and Jill Moran, MBH community events manager, enjoy the Meadow Brook Hall  gardens May 31.

Shannon O’Berski, MBH director of external relations, and Jill Moran, MBH community events manager, enjoy the Meadow Brook Hall gardens May 31.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


New Meadow Brook Hall programs to offer yoga, desserts and more

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published June 5, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Enjoy visiting the elegant past while listening to music, sipping cocktails and sampling decadent desserts on the Meadow Brook Hall logia this summer in a new program titled Enchanted Evenings.

The new events are designed to deliver a “more intimate, guided-tour experience,” said Shannon O’Berski, MBH director of external relations. Enchanted Evenings will be held 7-9 p.m. June 27, July 18 and Aug. 22. Reservations cost $25 per person.

Meadow Brook Hall is a historical home built in the 1920s by Matilda Dodge Wilson — widow of auto aristocrat John Dodge — and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. The grand, Tudor-revival home is a National Historic Landmark.

Also new at the hall this summer is  Yoga in the Garden, which invites all to find their inner peace surrounded by the formal flower beds of the hall’s rock garden.

“It gives people an additional opportunity to enjoy the grounds here,” O’Berski said. “If it rains, we’ll have the yoga classes in the hall ballroom — that’s pretty magnificent too.”

Yoga classes will be held at 9 a.m. July 15 and Aug. 12. Reservations are not required, and classes cost $15 at the door or $12 in advance.     

The Public Broadcasting Service series “Antiques Roadshow” will visit MBH this summer. For the first time, the popular series will be visiting historical locations across the country. At each appraisal event, approximately 3,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from experts from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers.

“Holding events at these locations allows our cameras to film appraisals in and around places that are treasures in their own right, adding a new depth to our show,” executive producer Marsha Bemko said in a statement. “I can’t wait to see what treasures we uncover in Rochester.”

“We are thrilled to have them here. It is a fantastic honor,” O’Berski said. “The hall will be closed June 13 and 14 for filming.”

Tickets for the event sold out in February.

“As soon as they announced they were coming, the tickets were gone,” O’Berski said.  

The hall’s summer concert series will continue, in the Pegasus Garden or in the garden tent if it rains.

“We leave it up to the musicians,” said Jill Moran, MBH community events manager. “They don’t want to get their equipment wet.”

The series will begin July 12 with clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennet. “He has a faithful fan base here,” Moran said.

Next, Ben Sharkey will fuse old-school cool and contemporary jazz Aug. 15, and Lena Horne descendant Kimmie Horn will perform Aug. 16. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and include hors d’oeuvres and a self-guided main-floor tour of the hall.

Women and girls are invited to attend a special Mother Daughter Tea at 1 p.m. June 24 in the garden tent. The event includes savory and sweet food stations, tea, a children’s craft activity, a self-guided garden tour and a garden scavenger hunt on the estate grounds. Reservations cost $50 per person.

Meadow Brook Hall and its gardens are located at 350 Estate Drive, off of Adams Road, south of Walton Boulevard. Guided tours are available daily. Visits to the hall’s grounds, including its extensive formal gardens, are free.

For more information and a complete list of events and programs — including the Free Fridays series of guided tours — visit www.meadowbrookhall.org or call (248) 364-6200.