Summer fun in Macomb Township

Parks dept. highlights seasonal activities

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 28, 2019

 Cirque Amongus performer Sem Abrahams entertains at a past Rosco Picnic Palooza at the Macomb Township Recreation Center.

Cirque Amongus performer Sem Abrahams entertains at a past Rosco Picnic Palooza at the Macomb Township Recreation Center.

File photo by Sean Work

 The 20th annual Tons O’ Trucks & Wheeled Wonder is scheduled for June 22 at Seneca Middle School.

The 20th annual Tons O’ Trucks & Wheeled Wonder is scheduled for June 22 at Seneca Middle School.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Maybe once summer officially arrives in Michigan, the weather will finally cooperate for an extended period for outdoor activities.

Summertime for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department is highlighted by 11 free events and activities, designed to keep families and neighbors busy.

The schedule begins with the 20th annual Tons O’ Trucks & Wheeled Wonder event June 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seneca Middle School, located at 47200 Heydenreich Road.

In addition to over 65 vehicles on display, kids can enjoy inflatables, face painting, train rides, refreshments, giveaways and more.

“Tons O Trucks is by far our biggest event, drawing over 5,000 guests each year,” Macomb Township Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said. “We have the perfect site, thanks to Chippewa Valley Schools, who partners with us to host our event.”

Next on the calendar is Rosco’s Picnic Palooza Series. The first, Laugh it up with Rosco, is scheduled for June 25. Rosco’s performances take place on the west lawn of the Macomb Township Recreation Center, at 20699 Macomb Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other appearances are Rosco and juggler Tim Salisbury July 9, Rosco and ventriloquist Richard Paul July 16, and Rosco water fun and games day July 23.

A free summer concert series, Music in the Park, begins June 27 with SpaceCat. Concerts take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the main lawn at Macomb Corners Park, located at 19449 25 Mile Road.

Macomb Township Parks Director Sal DiCaro picks the bands based on what he thinks the crowd will enjoy best.

“Genres  always consists of popular classics and covers or newer release music that have been or are big hits,” he said. “This concert series began about 20 years ago under the name of Sizzlin’ Summer Nights.”

Each 90-minute set is held rain or shine, and folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Concessions will be available on site. Coolers and picnic baskets are allowed.

The schedule includes The Phoenix Theory July 11, Bob Seger tribute band Katmandu July 18, Jerry Ross Band July 25, and FiftyAmpFuse Aug. 1.

The final summer activity is Movie Under the Stars Aug. 9 at Macomb Corners Park. The movie, which starts at 9 p.m., is “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”

Free glow bracelets along with a bug spray station will be provided at dusk. In addition to the movie, a kidzone play area will be in full swing with inflatables, organized games, toys and other equipment. As with the concert series, the movie will be shown on the main lawn at Macomb Corners Park.

“There is a lot going on in summer, which is why we offer most of the events during the week,” Duda said. “People just need to plan ahead to set time aside to relax and enjoy the summer season.”

Other summer programs include Snapology and cooking classes.

“Snapology provides interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children ages 3-14 using LEGO bricks and other building mediums,” Duda said. “Children explore age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts under guided instruction.”

Kids cooking classes are with Chef Lauren Nardone from  “Breaking the Mold.” Culinary class options range from ethnic to breakfast favorites and/or desserts.

“For all of us, we get excited for the 11 free events,” DiCaro said. “It’s a good way to bring families and neighbors together. We do what we think we can do best, and the numbers have always been good.”

For more information regarding the parks and recreation programs and free community events, visit gomtpr.org or facebook.com/mtpr04. For more information, call the recreation center at (586) 992-2900.

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