Rochester Artist Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldier with ArtPrize entry

2014 ArtPrize entry by Larry Binkowski - photo by Michael Dwyer

Artist Larry Binkowski Larry graduated from Rochester High School in 1970 and attended Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills. He took art classes with long-time instructor, Ray Katz. However, for the most part, Larry is a self-taught sculptor, now living in Auburn Hills. Figurative and portrait sculpting in the public, as well as the private sector, is where Binkowski’s career began. That moved into working on product prototypes for a large toy company, then miniature figures for … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers’ Conference is October 4

The 7th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference returns to Oakland University on October 4

Seventh Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference October 4, 2014 “The Writer in You” is the theme for the seventh annual Rochester Writers’ Conference held at Oakland University. The one-day event brings together authors from several genres. New, working and published writers attend sessions designed for different skill levels, styles and topics. “The workshops and discussions at the conference build on the skills each attendee has,” said Michael Dwyer, organizer and founder of … [Read more...]

The Michigan Renaissance Festival Returns!

Relive the Legend at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Returning This Weekend for Seven Weekends Celebrating its 35th year, the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival sends guests back to the 16th century. This is that one time of year where southeast Michigan residents can dress up as elves, knights, faeries, and princesses and go to the Village of Hollygrove. This made-up land, on the border of Holly and Groveland Township, is ready to go with new attractions and returning favorites. Beat the crowds and arrive early, they open at 10:00 … [Read more...]

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part Two

Go to Dinner with People you Meet while Traveling - photo by Michael Dwyer

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part Two Read Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part One First How to Book a Hostel  Hostels come in all shapes and sizes, new and old, here and there. I like to use “HI” hostels. Hostelling International hostels are affiliates of a worldwide organization in 90 countries featuring over 4,000 hostels. You’ll need to buy a membership card ($28.00 annually) before you travel. However, there are many non-affiliated hostels around the world that work … [Read more...]

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young

Visitors check-in at the Hostel in The Loop Area of Chicago - photo by Michael Dwyer

Maybe your friend is in Australia right now? Perhaps your daughter is backpacking Europe this summer before she starts college? Or, maybe your parents are driving the western states coastline? Chances are, hostels may be one their accommodation choices and it doesn't matter what their age is ... Hostelling for the Not-So-Young (part one) Running around the world with a backpack, jumping on trains and buses, and sleeping in hostels may seem like an adventure for college students on … [Read more...]

Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Hazel Park

Thoroughbred Horses Now Racing at Hazel Park Raceway

Thoroughbreds Return to Hazel Park Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Hazel Park Raceway after being absent for 30 years. “Once the site where many of the nation’s top horses and horsemen competed, plans are to restore the excitement and grandeur of Thoroughbred racing as in years past,” stated the welcome page of the opening weekend program at Hazel Park Raceway. The Michigan Gaming Control Board granted a five-year contract to Hazel Park Raceway to run Thoroughbreds in the summer. … [Read more...]

Orion Road to Close for Two Months

Heavy Equipment Ready to Replace the Orion Road Bridge starting June 23 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Orion Road Bridge to Close Orion Road will be closed just north of Snell Road to replace the bridge over Paint Creek in the heart of Oakland Township. Starting June 23, the closure will last to approximately August 15 with the complete project wrapping up by September 12. More than 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. The official detour route during the closure will be Rochester Road to Stoney Creek Road and to Orion Road going north and the reverse to head south. However, local … [Read more...]

New Band Shell for Rochester Music in the Park

The New, Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell in Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

Music in the Park Music in the Park returns to the Rochester Municipal Park Thursday, June 19, at the Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell. The band shelter is new this year. Designed and built to accommodate the music groups that perform on Thursday nights, the shelter is a beautiful wood construction. It stands out and it will certainly be a desired venue for many summer functions. Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell Made possible from a generous gift from the Barbara J. Bebout … [Read more...]

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Little Gem

Laurent House at dusk - Photo by Nels Akerlund

My Little Gem Frank Lloyd Wright signed the contract in July of 1949 to build his only structure designed for a person with a disability. Completed three years later, Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent moved into the single-story, Rockford home, decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was on the books. Kenneth, paralyzed from the waist down, and his wife Phyllis, reached out to Wright after his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy put him in a wheelchair for life. “To give you an … [Read more...]

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills

Yate's Cider Mill Spring Pressing 2014

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills What’s the latest with Rochester Area cider mills? A spring pressing, a two-year extension, and year-round operations sum up the spring news at three local cider mills. Spring Apple Cider at Yates Yate’s Cider Mill offered fresh apple cider, pressed on site, for a special month-long treat to kick off the spring. Their last pressing was on Mother’s Day and cider connoisseurs will have to wait a few more months for fresh cider again. … [Read more...]