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The Friday 5 — Sept. 6-8

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published September 4, 2019

1. Art and Apples Festival
Sept. 6-8 • Rochester Municipal Park, Rochester

The 54th annual Art and Apples Festival, produced by the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, will be held Sept 6-8 at Rochester Municipal Park, west of Main Street and north of University Drive, in Rochester. 

The festival will feature nearly 300 artists with unique works in a variety of mediums, including textiles, paintings, glasswork, wood, pottery, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Artists are selected to participate in the show by a panel of jurors. Other highlights include kids activities, art demonstrations, live music and a variety of food options. 

This year, the festival will welcome patrons a few hours early for its first-ever “soft opening” from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.  Following the soft opening, visitors can stop by the festival during its traditional hours: 4-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8.

For more information, visit

Related story: Art and Apples Festival to open two hours early Sept. 6

2. Mount Clemens Grand Prix
Saturday, Sept. 7 • Mount Clemens

Fans of soapbox derby racing can get in on the action during the 28th annual Mount Clemens Grand Prix from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Races will begin at the top of the Crocker Boulevard bridge hill and end in front of the Rec Bowl, located at 40 Crocker Blvd. The family-friendly event is sponsored by the Mount Clemens Lions Club and the Rec Bowl, and more than 60 racers are expected to participate. 

Derby announcements and music will be provided by Steven Leggett, from Epic Entertainment; food and beverages will be available all day at the Rec Bowl; Rosco the Clown will be on hand; and there will be a host of other activities around the city that are being coordinated by the Trinity Lutheran Church and School Boy Scouts, under the direction of co-race directors Steve Hamick and Geri Pritchard. All proceeds will benefit local charities. 

For more information, visit

Related story: Soapbox derby returns to Mount Clemens Sept. 7

3. County Oakland Irish Fest
Saturday, Sept. 7 • Berkley

The fourth annual County Oakland Irish Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on 12 Mile Road between Kipling and Tyler avenues in Berkley.

There will be live music on two stages, near Robina and Gardner avenues, along with Irish dancers and bagpipers, a beer tent at Robina, a best-legs-in-a-kilt contest and artisan vendors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will also include a children’s craft and game area, caricaturists, face painters, an Irish history tent and a scavenger hunt for the public to try to locate the many faeries living at the faerie doors at the various Berkley businesses. 

For more information, visit

4. Classic car show
Sunday, Sept. 8 • VFW Bruce Post 1146, St. Clair Shores

The Vintage Motor Car Club of America’s Lakeshore Chapter will host its 23rd annual car show Sept. 8 at the VFW Bruce Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. 

Show cars can register for $20 from 8 to 11 a.m. and spectators are welcome to the show for $1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with classic cars and a swap meet, Roger Penske’s Indy 500 car will be at the show, along with a Grand Prix hydroplane and Gold Cup Unlimited Hydroplane. There will also be a pig roast and a band.

To learn more, call Duane at (586) 707-3615.

5. The Village Players present ‘Moon Over Buffalo'
Sept. 6-8 • Birmingham

The Village Players of Birmingham will hold performances of their latest production, "Moon Over Buffalo," Sept. 6-8 at The Village Players playhouse, 34660 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham, 

"Moon Over Buffalo"  is a madcap comedy that centers on fading 1950s stage stars George and Charlotte Hay, who are on the brink of a breakup. The show was written by Ken Ludwig and is directed by Eileen White. 

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Additional performances will also be held Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 20-22. Individual tickets cost $19, plus a $1 processing fee for each ticket order. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (248) 644-2075.

Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, Julie Snyder, Mike Koury and Kristyne Demske contributed to this report.