News & Notes - 4/27/23 Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 26, 2023

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Speaker Nate Frederick discusses spirituality
BIRMINGHAM — On Friday, May 12, international speaker Nate Frederick will share “A New View of God and Prayer that Restores Health and Unity” at the Community House in downtown Birmingham. He will speak at 7 p.m.

Following his presentation in Birmingham, he will speak on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at The Congregation Detroit, in the lower level.

During his speech, he will share his new perspective that was brought on by his desire to see life from a higher, more spiritual perspective once he began mountain climbing.

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Middle schoolers plant tree for Arbor Day
BIRMINGHAM — The city of Birmingham and Derby Middle School students will celebrate Arbor Day at an Arbor Day Ceremony Friday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Derby Water Tank property.

After a short program, Derby Middle School students will plant a new tree, a swamp white oak, native to Michigan.

It is encouraged that guests walk or bike; however, parking will be available at Derby Middle School.

This ceremony will also celebrate Birmingham’s 45th year as a Tree City USA. In order to receive a designation from the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA, a community must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.



Art Birmingham returns on Mother’s Day weekend
BIRMINGHAM — The Guild of Artists and Artisans and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will once again hold Art Birmingham in Shain Park 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14.

Approximately 150 jury-selected artists will be selling fine art pieces such as jewelry, ceramics, paintings, glass, photography, fiber and more. The BBAC’s “Art for All” vision is supported by this event.

Children will also have the opportunity to enjoy this event at the children’s art activity tent. There will be various food vendors for all to enjoy as they are strolling the fair.

Many art vendors will be returning, such as jeweler Winnie Chai, sculptor Laura Teste, illustration and printmaking couple Christina and Dennis Jacobs, and the featured artist-painter Randi Ford. New artists who will be joining the fair include leather artist Dominique Hopf, and ceramicists Nancy and Joseph Grimsley.

Art Birmingham is free for the public to attend. Annually, it attracts approximately 80,000 fairgoers.



Birmingham Village Players’ season concludes with ‘Into the Woods’
BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Village Players are ending their historic 100th season with “Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim. “Into the Woods” will open May 5.

The Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods” has been re-created on many stages.

A record number of 108 people auditioned for this show; three of the actors selected are from the Bloomfield Hills area.

Veteran director Michael A. Gravame will be directing this production.

“Having directed this musical 30 years ago, it is nice to revisit it with a fresh new concept to a classic show,” Gravame said in a press release. “I am taking the concept of The Brothers Grimm passing down the tales literally by setting the musical in the library/writing room of these famous storytellers as they write these legendary tales down, they become the narrators themselves to tell these tales. The characters will come in and out of bookcase entrances and set elements will have the aesthetic of book pages to emphasize the storybook concept.”

Performances will be 8 p.m. May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. May 7, 14 and 21. Reserved tickets cost $25. They can be purchased by calling the box office at (248) 644-2075 or visiting