Rochester Hills Museum Hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas

Old Fashioned Christmas

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 20 from 1-4 p.m.  A wide variety of entertainment will be provided in the 1927 Dairy Barn, 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse, 1850 Red House and 1848 Stoney Creek Schoolhouse. Wagons will shuttle guests between buildings. Activities include tours, make and take art projects, cookies, musical entertainment, the Adams High School Thespians, the Stoney Creek Model Railroad exhibit, chestnuts and … [Read more...]

Model Railroad Club Pulls into Rochester Hills Museum

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Join the Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to learn about one of the greatest hobbies in the world while using your imagination to travel the old-fashioned way and see the country and its splendor.  These HO gauge trains travel high and low past countryside and cities, over bridges and through tunnels, with each module telling a different story with great care and attention paid to detail – in miniature. A camera on the engine shows the … [Read more...]

‘Raising Hope’ this Christmas

KOH Fundraiser

Thirty years ago this week, a super group of musicians gathered under the name Band Aid to record the Christmas call-to-arms, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Key of Hope founders Rachel and Dan Smither aren’t backed by a band of famous friends, but they do have dedicated staff and supporters backing them up as they work to bring hope to the children of AIDS-plagued Durban, South Africa. Join Rachel and Dan as they present ‘Raising … [Read more...]

Get to Know The Imps, a Local All Teen Girl Band

All Teen, All Girl, Rock Band - The Imps - Photo by Michael Dwyer

The Imps In February 2011, Katelynn Corll from Rochester Adams and Liah Miller from Cranbrook formed the original band The Imps. They are an all teen-girl rock band performing original music and cover music. The School of Rock brought them together and determination keeps them going. They have won three Battle of the Bands, including the Detroit Battle of the Band Finals. The Imps released their first self-titled EP in 2013 and just release their second CD this past August (available … [Read more...]

Entry Deadline Extended for County Executive’s Elite 2015 40 under 40 Program

If you or someone you know has made significant contributions at work or the quality of life in southeast Michigan and think he or she – or you – should be recognized for the good work, you have a little extra time to make that happen. According to a press release, the deadline for nominations for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015 has been extended until Wednesday, December 3 at 5 p.m. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor … [Read more...]

Challenge Accepted to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Oakland County, Mich. has accepted the 100-Day Challenge to stamp out veteran homelessness, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced in a press release. Veterans’ Services Division kicked off the challenge Wednesday, November 19. Veterans make up less than eight percent of the population, but represent 16 percent of homeless adults, according to the U.S. government. Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division will partner with the county Health Division’s Homeless Healthcare … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Asks Community to Help Make a Difference through the “Giving Tree”

Executive Director, Linda Riggs, and Food Pantry Director, Lorraine Kremer, prepare baskets for families in need

Rochester Area Neighborhood House announced that it has kicked off their annual Holiday Giving program as they seek to bring the holiday spirit to the lives of local children and families experiencing financial need. There are an unprecedented number of families in need this year and Neighborhood House wants to make sure their children experience some very special holiday memories. Neighborhood House encourages the community to help make a difference in the lives of local children by donating … [Read more...]

Lagniappe to Offer a Little Something Extra This Year


Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. Due to popular demand, this year Lagniappe is scheduled one week before its traditional Monday after Thanksgiving Date. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at … [Read more...]

Holiday classic comes to life as Avon Players presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Grace Seyferth as "Susan" and Mike Olsem as "Kris Kringle."
Photo credit: Mark Palmer/Bryan Clifford

Rediscover the magic of believing with this holiday play for the whole family. Theater-goers can check one thing off their holiday wish list: an enchanting live performance suitable for all ages as Avon Players presents Miracle on 34th Street based on the beloved holiday motion picture starring Maureen O’ Hara and Natalie Wood. Miracle on 34th Street runs Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 13. When an old man in a retirement home who calls himself Kris Kringle gets a … [Read more...]

Come to the RAHS December Brown Bag Meeting

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced its next lunchtime program will be Tuesday, December 2 at 12 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature Dr. Richard Stamps who will discuss the beginnings and early days of Oakland University, where he was an associate professor of anthropology from 1974 to 2012 when he retired after 37 years of teaching. Born in Oakland, CA, Stamps grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He served … [Read more...]