The Friday 5 — Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published November 27, 2019

1. Prep football state finals
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30 • Ford Field, Detroit

State champions will be crowned in Divisions 1 through 8 this weekend at Ford Field.

Locally, Birmingham Detroit Country Day (13-0) takes on Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-1) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the D-4 final. These same squads met in the 2016 final. Catholic Central prevailed 10-7. The program has three state titles since 2010.

For live game updates, follow along on Twitter @CandGSports.

For the full slate of games, visit the Michigan High School Athletic Association's page.

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2. Farmington Hills Small Business Saturday with Holiday Makers Market
Saturday, Nov. 30 • Costick Activities Center, Farmington Hills

Organizers will be bringing in 50 artisans, makers and crafters under one roof 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Costick Activities Center for the first Michigan Makers Holiday Market.

Families can browse numerous vendors selling uniquely handcrafted items, including arts and crafts from a variety of mediums: paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, fiber items, wearable art and more.

Musical entertainment during the market will be provided by Anne Jones on piano. Each attendee will receive a free raffle ticket for a variety of items donated by the market’s vendors. Some, though not all, vendors will have credit and debit card capabilities.

To view a list of vendors, visit the event's Facebook page. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at (248) 473-1859.

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3. Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade
Friday, Nov. 29 • Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms and City

When the 44th annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade makes its way down Kercheval Avenue the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of spectators will again enjoy the sights and sounds of marching bands, community groups and floats.

The parade — whose theme this year is “Hometown Heroes” — will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at Lewiston Road and Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms, making its way a little over a mile to Kercheval and Cadieux Road in Grosse Pointe City.

This is the seventh year the parade has been organized by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. But while it might look seamless to viewers, there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to pull off this major community event.

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4. Holiday Heritage Faire
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30 • Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, Shelby Township

MI Green Team is hosting its second annual Holiday Heritage Faire as an option to spend time with family, rather than the stress that comes along during Black Friday and the Thanksgiving weekend.

The fair will be held from 4 to 9 p.m Black Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, at the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township.

The Holiday Heritage Faire is a celebration of Christmas traditions and includes a Michigan-made gift marketplace.

The event will feature indoor and outdoor activities, including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, historical building and vehicle tours, a lights display with an animated light show, Christmas music, marshmallow and chestnut roasting, decorated Christmas cars and more.

Parking and admission to the event costs $20 per family or group arriving together in one passenger vehicle. Wagon rides will cost $5 each.

Related story: Holiday Heritage Faire offers alternative to holiday stress


5. Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams
Sunday, Dec. 1 • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Beaumont Hospital’s popular “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” initiative will return for a third year Dec. 1-25.

Beginning at 8 p.m. each evening, crowds will gather below the pediatric unit to shine flashlights up toward young patients and their families who can’t be home during the holidays to let them know they are not alone.

Pediatric patients also receive their own flashlights to shine back at those gathered on the ground outside. Beaumont employees donate the flashlights so that each child can shine a light back.

The display usually lasts for approximately five to 10 minutes, but organizers said that’s often all it takes to lift hospitalized children’s spirits.

For more information or to register, visit the event's page or call (248) 898-5000.

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Staff Writers Jonathan Shead, K. Michelle Moran, Kara Szymanski and Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.