Winter Fun

Published January 24, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Complaining about the weather in Michigan is virtually a statewide mandate. It’s always either too hot or too cold or too rainy or too snowy or too windy.

That’s one of the reasons why Winterfest on the Hill is such a welcome event. For at least one day, inclement weather is an asset, not a detriment.

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Published January 24, 2017

UTICA — With the focus on Utica’s bicentennial celebration this summer, city officials almost scrapped the Utica Ice Festival, but ultimately they decided to continue the family tradition.

From Feb. 10 to 12, ice sculptures will line Auburn Road and Cass Avenue. On Saturday, Feb. 11, a large fireworks show will light up the city’s winter skies. The city opted to scale back on its entertainment and vendors this year.

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Published January 23, 2017

FARMINGTON — Like to ice skate to music or strobe lights? People can have their pick of one or both experiences during two events at the Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave.

The rink’s first Glow Skate is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28, and a Skate and Date event will celebrate Valentine’s Day 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12.

Melissa Andrade, Downtown Development Authority president and chair of the Riley Park Ice Rink Committee, which leads ice rink fundraising efforts, hopes people lace up their skates for both events.

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Published January 17, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Inside a spacious curio store where incense burned, caged rabbits hopped about, and Betty Boop and Marilyn Monroe paraphernalia gave you the eye, three fishermen — with about 40 years of ice fishing experience between them — regaled a reporter with their catch of the day. 

Bruce Hoffman, 66, owner of The Road Show in Roseville, sat down with his two sons on Jan. 10 at the eclectic store as they discussed ice fishing nine days earlier and capturing what they described as the holy grail of fishing: a northern pike.

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — Certified appraiser Dan Landino, who operates D&J Auction Services with his wife, Judy, said they were tired of hearing stories about people who learned that items they were told were worth nothing by “experts” were much more valuable than they thought. 

The biggest mistake people make in selling estate items, Dan Landino said, is undervaluing jewelry. 

“There was a reason your grandmother kept it all those years,” he said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — While the Troy Community Center is busy with fitness enthusiasts after the holidays, don’t let that stop you from coming in or checking it out. 

Troy Recreation Director Elaine Bo said that staff sold 100 memberships to the community center last week. 

She said one of the newer classes, Pound — a full-body cardio jam session that fuses cardio, Pilates, strength movements, plyometrics and isometric poses — is very popular. 

“The full-body circuit training class is also popular,” Bo said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

ROCHESTER — Unseasonably warm weather, with no snow predicted in the forecast, will bring some changes to the Fire and Ice Festival this weekend.

“The show must go on, as they say in showbiz,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement. “Families from all over Michigan will still be able to experience many outdoor activities and the nice weather at the Fire and Ice Festival.”

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Centered around the Marsh View Park ice skating rink, the township’s upcoming Winter Carnival aims to entertain all ages with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities.

“It will be held snow or no snow,” said Becky McLogan, Oakland Township recreation manager. “And the whole thing is free.”

The carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Marsh View Park, located on the northwest corner of Adams and Clarkston roads.

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Published December 28, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Last winter may have been mild in terms of snowfall, but this year city staff is on high alert for snow emergencies, which are declared when snowfall exceeds (or is expected to exceed) 4 inches in 36 hours. Once a snow emergency is declared, residents must remove their vehicles from the streets within six hours, or their vehicles could be ticketed, towed or both.

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Published December 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a new sled hill boot camp and get ice skating lessons from a pro at township parks.

The new boot camp will utilize the sled hill at Lost Lake Nature Park, located on Predmore Road.

“It is a new way to get outdoors and get in shape this winter,” said Mary Black, Oakland Township recreation program assistant. “It should be challenging and fun.”

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Published December 24, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The holidays may be wrapping up, but winter is far from over.

So, if you can’t beat it — join in. There’s plenty of fun to be had at Oakland County Parks, even in the cold and snowy weather.

D.J. Coffey, parks supervisor of Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston, said there’s usually a pretty good turnout of residents each winter, and he expects even better numbers this year.

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Published December 10, 2016

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Published November 22, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Winter Artisans Market welcomed people into its new home, Farmington Masonic Lodge 151, with open arms when the season opened Nov. 5.

The annual market, now located at 23715 Farmington Road, will have vendors selling everything from Italian baked goods to hand soaps 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays until April.

Market master Penny Oglesby, of Farmington, said this is her third year as market manager.

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Published November 8, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — The future of a Keego Harbor program that assists senior residents with plowing their driveways is being disputed again.

The snow removal service was discussed at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting, but it was tabled for a second time — it was postponed last year — and it is now slated to be discussed at the Nov. 17 meeting. 

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Published March 1, 2016

See how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time and the maple tappings held on the first three Saturdays in March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

“It’s our most popular event,” said Carla Reeb, executive director of the Troy Nature Society, which operates the nature center.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended. We’re expecting 1,200 this year,” Reeb said.

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Published February 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With warm breezes blowing and children happily climbing play structures, using the swings and monkey bars of Blossom Heath Park, it almost could have been spring.

But that was the weather that greeted visitors to the third annual St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival in February.

With highs near 60 degrees for the first two days of the festival, it wasn’t so much frozen as melting, but many visitors didn’t seem to mind.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate a day that only graces calendars once every four years, the city of Southfield is hosting its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, the city invites residents for family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Following the festival, at around 6:15 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put on your boots and grab your baskets! 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s Spring Flint Egg Hunts and Spring Fling Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at Drake Sports Park March 18. 

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Published February 16, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Upcoming Events

Rochester Hills
Avon Players to perform 'Company'
2 p.m.
Avon Players Theater
Bloomfield Hills
RealDeal Big Band concert
7-9 p.m.
Birmingham Unitarian Church
Bloomfield Hills
Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
noon-11 p.m.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Shelby Township
Memorial Day observance
1:30 p.m.
Shelby Township Veterans Memorial
Grosse Pointe Farms
Yacht club ribbon cutting
12:30 p.m.
Crescent Sail Yacht Club

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