Register for the Spring Rochester Writers’ Conference

Rochester Writers' Conference

If you missed the Fall Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University last October, you have another chance. this time you'll have a chance to glean insights from some of the area’s best social media and blogging minds. The Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Your day will include workshops, lectures, and panel discussions in Social Media Platforms, Blogging, and Online … [Read more...]

Horsing Around in the Bluegrass

Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie at the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington, KY 2014

By Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie Lexington was Kentucky’s first city and residents were so sure of their role in the new nation that they embraced decadent banquets, dancing, horseracing, and torchlight parades. Bankers, lawyers, and merchants brought an extension of the elite to the city and mingled with the emerging professional class. Exotic travel books were written and visitors were greeted by a new gentry with Old World ways when visiting the “Athens of the West.” The … [Read more...]

The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama this Weekend

2015 Autorama

Pitched as the America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show, the 63rd Annual Autorama returns to Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit this weekend. Nearly 1,000 hot rods and customs cars that have been chopped, channeled, dumped and decked will keep all the car buffs busy for hours. The featured vehicles will be five cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise. “We are delighted to have this amazing collection of movie cars at this year’s Autorama,” said Peter A. Toundas, President of … [Read more...]

Top Travel Destinations for 2015

Zip Line Adventure in Costa Rica

Top Travel Destinations for 2015 Every travel expert, travel website, or major news outlet has published a list of the top travel destinations to consider in 2015. Here are a few of those lists to peruse as you and the family curl up by a fireplace, drink hot chocolate and try to stay warm over the next several days. U.S. News Travel Paris London Barcelona Maui New York City San Francisco Puerto Rico Sydney Rio de Janeiro Bora … [Read more...]

Human Powered Winter Activities in the UP

Michael Dwyer Fat Tire Bikes the Marquette Snow Bike Route

While most places in Michigan have snow on the ground, there is just something about going north to the Upper Peninsula for a true winter escape. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge is always an adventure and when the Great Lakes freeze over, it provides tremendous wintery views. Marquette County is a wonderful option to try many of the human-powered activities that flourish during the colder months of the year. Snow biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all a soft adventure way to … [Read more...]

Sea Life Comes to Great Lakes

The Turtle Exhibit is the part of the changing exhibits that rotate out once per year - photo by Michael Dwyer

SEA LIFE Comes to Great Lakes Five-thousand new fish flood Great Lakes Crossing The new attraction at the mall is the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Media had a chance to preview the 35,000-square-feet indoor aquarium before it opens to the public on Thursday, January 29. When the doors open at noon, visitors will be welcomed into a water wonderland of 250 diverse species with more than 5,000 sea creatures altogether. SEA LIFE Michigan is part of the U.K. based Merlin Entertainments. … [Read more...]

My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Official Logo

As a journalist, I’ve had to report on several issues and topics that arise with local municipalities. From roadwork to city council meetings to elections, news, both positive and negative, keeps journalists working. Sometimes trying to track down the right person in government is tough. Waiting for a return call, getting the interview, checking the facts – can all be an ordeal. Therefore, as a resident, when I had to call the City of Rochester Hills for two reasons this week, I thought … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance

2015 Keynote Speaker Lev Raphael - Photo by Sonya Julie

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance Seven Years and Still Going The annual Rochester Writers’ Conference welcomed writers on October 4 to Oakland University in Rochester for a full day of inspiration and information. One hundred attendees, 13 presenters, half a dozen volunteers and one organizer united to make the seventh annual event another success story. There was a significant amount of positive feedback regarding the conference, most notably for offering … [Read more...]

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Brewery

The Strung Up String Band from Lake Orion - photo by Michael Dwyer

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Thursday Nights Once again, local talent is welcomed to jump on stage to sing a couple songs to the Thursday evening crowd at the Rochester Mills Beer Company in Downtown Rochester. The popular night took the summer off to host outdoor acoustic music and now that the warm nights are fading, the spotlight has once again turned to the main stage inside. What started as “Greenhorn Music Nights” a few years ago quickly turned into a well-hosted … [Read more...]