Teddy Bear Hide-and-Seek at Meadow Brook Hall

The Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall - photo by Michael Dwyer

Meadow Brook’s 44th Annual Holiday Walk Tour the elegant rooms of the grand manor decorated for the holidays featuring special exhibits celebrating the era of etiquette and the art of gracious living. After the tour, follow the path to Knole Cottage for a storybook adventure, then enjoy treasure and treats at Danny’s Cabin. Kids can also play teddy bear hide-and-seek while touring the mansion. Several teddy bears have escaped in the various rooms and hiding places - can you find … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do the NFL Teams get their Names?


Dear Crabby, The Detroit Lions have never really been King of the Jungle; And it got me wondering, just how do the NFL teams get their names? Sincerely, Nick Namers   Dear Mr. Namers, Ah, nicknames for the football teams. Well, I'm so old I actually remember how most of the football teams of the NFL (National Football League) got their names. Since many of you will be watching the game on Thanksgiving, let's start with the Detroit Lions. So, the first part of the name of … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Holiday Exhibit is Rolling into Town   

Get on board with this year's model train exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be presenting their holiday exhibit, Get on Board!: A Model Train Exhibit in November and December. The exhibit opens on Friday, November 27 in the newly completed Calf Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The trains will be running on from 1 – 4 p.m. on: Friday, November 27 Saturday, November 28 Friday, December 4 Saturday, December 5 Friday, December 11 Saturday, December 12 Friday, December … [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...]

Dear Crabby, Are fewer stores open this Thanksgiving?


Dear Crabby, I hear fewer stores are opening on Thanksgiving this year, is this true, are we getting back to the way things used to be? Sincerely, Traditional Girl   Dear Traditional Girl, If only, we could get back to the way things used to be. Seems things change quickly in the wrong direction and slowly in the right ones. But you are correct. More stores will be closing this year than in previous years. In recent years, during the recession, retail stores were looking … [Read more...]

Patterson Demands Pontiac Not Accept Syrian Refugees

L. Brooks Patterson

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urged Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman to discontinue her support of housing Syrian refugees in buildings owned by Live In Pontiac LLC and Pontiac Community Investment LLC in a letter he sent to her office today (pictured below). Patterson cited the lax immigration policies of the federal government and the inability to guaranty there will be no ISIS infiltrators among the refugees as reasons the project should not move forward. “Any program such … [Read more...]

Cultivating Gratitude

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As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, we begin to plan out our holiday weekends. If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, then you're collecting recipes, planning your schedule of what to cook and when, you're assigning family members their dishes to bring to dinner and creating your shopping list. If you're a Black Friday shopper, then you're sorting through the shopping ads advertising sales and planning out where you'll shop and what time you'll be there. Most of us with young … [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...]