Rainbow Connection Announces Wish Child for the 2015 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade

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The Rainbow Connection is pleased to announce the 2015 wish child chosen to ride along with Santa at the Hometown Christmas Parade on Dec. 6 in Downtown Rochester. Maddy is five years old and lives in Clawson with her parents and older brother. Maddy came into this world fighting when she was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome along with numerous other medical issues. The struggle continued with her first battle with cancer when she was diagnosed with AML (Leukemia) in May 2011. After … [Read more...]

Local Artist Gerry Post Passes

Gerry Post

Local artist Gerald "Gerry" Gust Post passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 82. A post on the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Facebook page read: "Many of you are probably familiar with the art work of Gerry Post. It can be seen on our cover photo, in the collection at Crittenton Hospital, posters in the Rochester Hills Public Library or in city hall. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry." The visitation and funeral service will be held at Modetz Funeral … [Read more...]

Greens Market is a Favorite Rochester Destination


The Greens Market has been in operation every year since 1946 and this year, it promises to be better than ever. Between four and five hundred people shop at the marketplace each year, and many are return customers. “We see familiar faces, friends and family each year”, said Pat Hambleton, Greens Market co-chair. “Our club members really look forward to being a part of this exciting event and connecting with the community.” Linda Claussen, a resident of Rochester Hills, has been … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show Celebrates 10 years of Memories!

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Brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, November 23 through Jan. 3, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m. during the 43rd Annual Lagniappe celebration. This year marks 10 years since The Big, Bright Light Show made its sparkling debut.  And over that time, … [Read more...]

JC’s Drum and Music Academy Hosts Yearly Percussion Day

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Experience the joys of drumming at JC’s Drum and Music Academy on Sunday, November 22 from 2 – 4 p.m. as they showcase their fall KidzRock classes, followed by their Annual Percussion Day Event. The best part? It’s all FREE! Kidzrock is a national program that introduces 4 to 7-year-old students to music. Students rotate on the three most popular instruments: piano, guitar, and of course, drums. JC’s is the only music school in Michigan to offer these classes. “It’s been a very … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Coming to Downtown Rochester on November 28!


Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 28 for Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester Lights Up on Nov. 23

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. For the second year, Lagniappe is scheduled for the Monday before Thanksgiving. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the 10th anniversary debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth … [Read more...]

Rochester Poets Friday at Hermitage Gallery

Join the Rochester Poets' Society this Friday for An Evening of Poetry at Hermitage Gallery

An Evening of Poetry Join the Rochester Poets' Society Friday, November 13, for a evening of poetry at the Hermitage Gallery in Downtown Rochester. Several members will read their own work starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by an open mic session for walk-up poets. Scheduled Poets Alyson Denyer, Rochester Hills Michael O'Donnell, Rochester Hills Gretchen O'Donnell, Rochester Hills John Telford, Detroit Polly Opshal, Rochester Hills & Oscada, President of the Poetry Society … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market Brings a European Essence to Downtown Rochester

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The 8th annual Kris Kringle Market returns to Downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 4, 4 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon - 10 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Rochester City Council Seats Remain Largely the Same

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, over 7,000 votes were cast this past Tuesday, Nov. 3. When the final tally came in, incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Rob Ray, and Kim Russell managed to hang onto their Rochester City Council seats. Added to the fourth seat was newcomer Ann Peterson. Read more here. … [Read more...]