About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at Michael@RochesterMedia.com or @TALKTRAVEL

Fun and Entertainment at the Rochester Hills State of the City Address with VIDEO

Record Crowd of 600 Hears Diverse Stories of Growth and Success Mayor Bryan K. Barnett delivered his 11th State of the City address at Rochester Adams High School on April 10 to a record crowd of over 600. Guests zoomed over the red carpet, past the welcoming Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, and into the auditorium to here about the success of the city, as well as to be entertained by dancing, skits, musical numbers, and pyrotechnics. Inspired by the influence Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Party to Benefit Three Oakland County Charities

Third Annual "Haute to Trot" is Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, May 6 Gone are the days of bake sales and rummage sales. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club puts the “fun” back in “fundraising” by hosting its Third Annual “Haute to Trot” Kentucky Derby Party. On May 6, 2017, ladies and gentleman will don big hats and crazy bowties for an evening of fun at the Rochester Hills Museum, to enjoy live entertainment, Mint Juleps and dinner to show their support for three Oakland county … [Read more...]

The Forgotten Traveler Art Exhibition April 1

The Pontiac Creative Art Center Celebrates National Arab-American Heritage Month The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC) invites the public to an artist reception to celebrate National Arab-American Heritage Month on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. “The Forgotten Traveler” exhibition embraces Ibn Battuta’s idea that we are all travelers on a journey guided by our faith towards an authentic life. The show runs April 1-29 and includes oil paintings, photographs, ceramics, … [Read more...]

Founders Day Kicks Off the Bicentennial Year for City of Rochester with VIDEO

Founders Day, an annual event, was extra special this year. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the Rochester Hills Museum, not only to recognize six new "founders," but also to kick off the start to the City of Rochester's 200th year celebration. Founded on March 17, 1817 by James Graham, Rochester has grown, keeping up with the times, yet holding on to its past. "Small town feel" is alive and well in Rochester. This year's event was held in the 1927 Calf Barn of the Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Rochester, Adams, and Stoney Creek Cheer Teams Go to State Finals

All Three Rochester High Schools are Sending their Varsity Cheer Teams to State Finals on Friday, March 3 Rochester High School scored 788.82 at Regionals to take the Regional Title, with Rochester Adams High School close behind with 786.10 in second place, and Stoney Creek High School scored 783.52, earning fourth place at regionals. The teams now have the chance to compete in Grand Rapids. The top eight teams in the state qualify for the opportunity to compete for the State Title in … [Read more...]

Patterson Plans to Raise the Bar with Innovative Management in Oakland County with VIDEO

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says that Oakland County's best accomplishments are yet to come. During his annual State of the County address before an audience of more than 600 guests at the Auburn Hills Marriot Pontiac at Centerpoint, he spotlighted several high-tech connections moving into the county. Patterson was introduced my the Brooke Wilson Vitale, the owner of specialty bakeries in Royal Oak and Birmingham, who was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Becomes Warmer Weather Event

Fire & Ice Festival Adjusts to Warm Weather In spite of unseasonably warm temperatures and no snow in the forecast. The Fire & Ice Festival Committee is replacing some of its winter-driven events with a variety of outdoor family-friendly activities from Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Admission and events remain free. Events that will not take place this year due to the anticipated warmer temperatures include tube sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. … [Read more...]

Award Winners, Vehicle Introductions, the Future of Mobility and More at the 2017 NAIAS

The 2017 North American International Auto Show is HERE and in full throttle in Detroit at Cobo Center. Rochester Media and the Community Edge were one of the over 5,000 journalists in attendance. Car enthusiasts have until Sunday, January 22, to visit to see the best in new cars and trucks, new technology, and the future of mobility. Well over 800,000 people will check out the cars, dozens of which are vehicle introductions, debuts and concept cars, such as the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2017 BMW … [Read more...]

Rochester Regional Chamber President, Sheri Heiney, Leaves Job and Michigan

During the holidays local leaders and business owners said goodbye to Sheri Heiney, President of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. She spent 16 years with the chamber, growing it from 550 to 1,000 members. It is one of the largest chambers in Southeast Michigan, wining numerous awards, including Michigan’s Chamber of the Year. Heiney and her husband John are moving to Arizona to be closer to family. Sheri has taken a job with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, our local … [Read more...]

Huge Success at the 2016 Greens Market

Members of the Rochester Garden Club wish to thank everyone involved with a very successful Greens Market this year. Customers, who turned out in record numbers, purchased hundreds of hand crafted arrangements, fresh greens, crafts and homemade delicacies. Proceeds from the Greens Market allow them to support local conservation efforts, fund college scholarships for high school seniors who major in environmental studies, offer scholarships to middle school students to attend a 4-H summer camp … [Read more...]