Meadowbrook Hall presents Life at the Grand Manor inspired by Downton Abbey

Meadowbrook Hall Downton Days

Meadow Brook Hall presents Life at the Grand Manor Special tours, teas and lectures inspired by the Downton Abbey television series Meadow Brook Hall presents Downton Days - a series of events February 6 through February 28 - to celebrate Michigan's own Downton Abbey as it relates to the popular PBS series. Downton Days is sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union. Meadow Brook's Downton Days commences with A Servant's Life, a unique tour offered on February 6, 7, 20, 21, 27 and … [Read more...]

Hot and Cool People attend the Fire & Ice Festival

Tube Sledding at the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

Ice Artists Prep for Nationals at Fire & Ice Festival The Ninth Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival will host its first college ice carving contest on Saturday, January 23 in downtown Rochester during the festival weekend, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Students from six colleges and culinary arts programs will carve beautiful sculptures out of blocks of ice with the hopes of grabbing top honors. The Rochester Fire & Ice Festival ice carving … [Read more...]

Cal Neva Resort will soon Celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Rendering of the three-meal restaurant and pool deck at Cal Neva Resort and Casino

The Best is Yet to Come One of the oldest casinos in America is getting a facelift, but not quite in time to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s one-hundredth Birthday. Ol’ Blue Eyes was a longtime guest and one-time owner of the Cal Neva Resort & Casino. Originally built by Robert P. Sherman in 1926, Criswell Radovan LLC is currently renovating the entire Crystal Bay property. They had high hopes to reopen on December 12—Sinatra’s 100th birthday—the new contemporary Americana resort … [Read more...]

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...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Opens 50th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre's Artistic Director Travis Walter watches as Board President Thom Foxlee welcomes the start of the 50th season - photo by Michael Dwyer

Founded in 1966 with First Production the following year! Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan's largest producing non-profit professional theatre, hosted a special ribbon cutting ceremony on October 5, 2015. Congressional, State, County and City Leadership and Oakland University Leadership were all in attendance including: Congressman Michael Bishop; State Representative Michael Webber; Mayor Jeffery T. Cuthbertson of Rochester; Mayor Bryan K. Barnett of Rochester Hills; Oakland County Director of … [Read more...]

Michigan Made Shurms Candy Available at Local Cider Mills

Shurms Candy Operation in Oakland Township - photo by Michael Dwyer

Cider Mills Open, Local Products a Hit Fall can be bittersweet. The end of summer, back to school, and snow around the corner will make most people wish they had done more in June and July. However, the autumn also brings many wonderful traditions. Cider mills, Halloween, and the changing colors of the trees are some of the best things in Michigan. Cider Mill season is in full swing—October is now here—with local products on hand to catch the eyes of conscience-minded shoppers. … [Read more...]

ArtPrize Seven Begins

2014 ArtPrize entry by Larry Binkowski - photo by Michael Dwyer

What is ArtPrize? ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public. It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably … [Read more...]

Slow Roll Detroit, Group Bicycle Ride on Mondays

Slow Roll Detroit, A Group Bicycle Ride every Monday

What it is? Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride with over 3,000 riders each week. Roughly, from the beginning of April until the end of October, bicyclists of all ages and skill levels take to the streets of Detroit, most Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to participate with the slow pace to provide a safe and unique way to see the city and its neighborhoods. While membership is required, it’s inexpensive at only $10.00 to join at the basic level. Sponsors … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: New Year’s Year

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Celebrate the New Year in style on Thursday, December 31 at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit. Enjoy a leisurely four-course feast and beverages. On the return trip (weather permitting) the motor coach will drive along Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe for a chance to view the spectacular holiday lights. Hurry! The refund/sign-up deadline for this trip is Friday, November 20. All OPC trips can be found online at Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Royal Park Luncheon

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Get into the spirit of the season with lunch in the Conservatory at the Royal Park Hotel on Tuesday, December 8. In addition to delicious menu options, 'Santa' has a few other surprises as well. So be on your best behavior! Hurry! The refund/sign-up deadline for this trip is Friday, November 6. All OPC trips can be found online at Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50 to travel on these trips and all non-members pay a $10 fee. … [Read more...]