Spring Apple Cider at Yates

Yates Cider Mill - photo by Michael Dwyer

Landmark Cider Mill Opens on Tax Day The late start to spring, a dusting of snow, and cleaning up the yard might remind you of last November – so you had better go to the cider mill too. Yates Cider Mill opened Tuesday for a spring pressing. Occasionally, Michigan apple growers have a surplus of apples in cold storage that allow cider mills to offer a pressing this time of year. Yates did this a couple of years ago. At first, the mill was planning on two weekends back in 2012, but the word … [Read more...]

Silver Ball Madness Returns to OU

The 2014 Michigan Pinball Expo Returns to Oakland University April 3-6

Silver Ball Madness Returns to OU By Michael Dwyer More than a hundred silver balls will be rolling next weekend at the 2014 Michigan Pinball Expo at Oakland University. For 57 hours, pinball players of all ages will be sending those silver balls towards targets, ramps, and other creative scoring components to rack up points on their favorite pinball machines. Once spread across the country in arcades, pool halls and bars, many of these machines fell into the hands of collectors. … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers Announces Spring Contest Winners

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Best of Show Rochester Writers announces the winners of the 2013 writing contest. Best of Show goes to Steven R. Roberts of Dearborn, MI for his First Page entry titled Brothers Popovic. Rochester Media sponsors the contest and their staff selects the Best of Show Award. “The author’s use of descriptive language brings vivid imagery to mind and draws the readers into the setting of the story. With just these few short paragraphs, the reader can empathize with the Croatian coal miner in … [Read more...]

An Early Spring for Couples in Kentucky

Ale-8-One Factory Tours are Family Friendly - photo by Michael Dwyer

A Couples Weekend to Lexington, Kentucky, part two By Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie Spring comes about a month earlier in Kentucky compared to Michigan. Head south for an early spring and a couple's weekend. Shopping Around Lexington  This extraordinary bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, with its massive domed structure is home to thousands of titles, gifts, educational games, and the popular Bronte Bistro. Priding itself in being an integral part of the community, Joseph-Beth … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates 30 years

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30 years of Awesomeness The 2014 State of the City address celebrated the 30-year milestone for the city of Rochester Hills, which became a city in 1984. Held at the Emagine Theater of Rochester Hills, 80’s music and video clips warmed up the large theater on a chilly Wednesday evening. Dr. Rubel Shelly of Rochester College was the Master of Ceremonies. Rochester College was mentioned several times throughout the evening as one of two universities in Rochester Hills. Jason Sewell, … [Read more...]

Travel Dreams 2014

Races at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington KY - photo by Michael Dwyer

I have travel dreams just like everyone else. Twenty-fourteen will take me to new places, I will return to some old favorites, and I will try to fulfill ongoing travel dream adventures. Here we are, entering month three of the new year and even if you enjoy what winter brings, the snow and cold are making the year feel extremely long. Travel planning brings a warm light onto my soul as I rifle through my 2014 calendar – when am I free, when am I busy – outlining my travel schedule. … [Read more...]

No More Free Parking on Main Street

Main Street Parking Lot - Artist Rendering

Free parking on Main Street will soon be over The Main Street Makeover eliminated the parking meters on Main Street and free parking has been the status quo for over a year. Visitors to the downtown area noticed that employees and business owners were snagging the good on-street parking for themselves. That has ended. By the end of the month, 300 meters covering the on-street parking in downtown Rochester will be ready to take your coins, as well as your credit cards. The old meters … [Read more...]

Go Play in the Snow

Michael Dwyer snowmobiles around the Great Lakes

Whether you want to blame Old Man Winter, Jack Frost or Punxsutawney Phil, the snow keeps coming and coming. With at least six more weeks of this, you may as well enjoy the winter. Cross Country Skiing There are two basic kinds of cross-country skiing, Classic style and Skate style; either way, it’s quite the workout. Take advantage of the local Metroparks or county parks and try it. You can rent skis from REI or some of the parks rent as well (call ahead and ask). Downhill Skiing … [Read more...]

Fire and Ice in Rochester is Nice

Ice Carvings by Jeff Wolf for the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester - Photo by Michael Dwyer

Fire & Ice Festival Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson met with local media last week to announce what’s new at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival set to run January 24-26. Once again held in Downtown Rochester, the seventh annual event celebrates the fun a Michigan winter can bring those willing to bundle-up and head outside for some fresh air. “It’s a free family event that grows every year as the word spreads,” said L. Brooks Patterson. Three new … [Read more...]

Michigan Skiers Now Skiing

Terrain Park Action at Mt. Brighton

By Michael Dwyer Follow this Link to: Read Rochester Media’s Start of Season Ski Report First The Middle of Winter Southeast Michigan skiers and snowboarders are now hitting the slopes, again, at the local resorts. “The early start was nice to have” said Mark Tibbetts, general manager at Mt. Holly in Holly, MI. However, “the extreme weather events we’ve had didn’t help,” Tibbetts said regarding the amount of natural snowfall the area had which the villainous cold and the … [Read more...]