Calling All Designers for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of the Trees

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Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. New to the event this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Organizers are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. … [Read more...]

RAHS September Brown Bag Meeting to Feature “Fifty Years of Meadow Brook Theatre”

The history of Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will be the topic of discussion at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Maryann and Thom Foxlee will discuss the theatre’s beginnings, as well as their collaboration on a new book celebrating the theatre’s golden anniversary season. Meadow Brook Theatre opened in 1966 as part of a strategy to bring professional music … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop!

Photo courtesy of the Rochester DDA

Plans are well underway for the 2nd Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes, and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. According to the press release, new this year are centerpieces and gingerbread houses. Currently businesses, organizations, individuals, and families are being sought  to donate their time and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?

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Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society Hosts “History Lives in Grandmother’s Button Basket”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5 at noon at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Chris Parham will present a walk through history with an examination of such historic objects as trinkets, tools, and oblique fasteners and, especially, buttons. She will also answer questions about the archival storage, conservation and care of these objects. Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The public is … [Read more...]

Honoring Women’s Service in World War II

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The Rochester Garden Club is hosting Donnaleen Lanktree, past president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association at our March meeting. Ms. Lanktree will share personal stories from the young women who were part of an all-female workforce during World War II. She is the daughter of a Rosie and will share the forgotten or little-known stories about their service. The American Rosie the Riveter Association played a key role in saving a portion of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber plant, through … [Read more...]

Discover What Your Treasures are Worth at Annual Antique Appraisal Day

Appraiser and local jewelry and antique art expert Paul Haig examines pocket watches at the 2014 Appraisal Day event sponsored by the Rochester Avon Historical Society

It’s time once again to find out what your treasured heirlooms and antiques are worth at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 1 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Local antiques appraisers have offered to donate their time and expertise in books, manuscripts, first editions, coins, clocks, glass, pottery, collectibles, china, lighting, lamps, furniture, guns, military items, antique weapons, dolls and related … [Read more...]

Come to the RAHS December Brown Bag Meeting

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced its next lunchtime program will be Tuesday, December 2 at 12 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature Dr. Richard Stamps who will discuss the beginnings and early days of Oakland University, where he was an associate professor of anthropology from 1974 to 2012 when he retired after 37 years of teaching. Born in Oakland, CA, Stamps grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He served … [Read more...]

RAHS October 2014 Brown Bag Meeting

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will hold its next lunchtime program on Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. The program will feature Linda Riggs, Executive Director of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, who will discuss the history of the Neighborhood House and how it has become a vital community service. This program is free & open to the public. Bring a friend! Attendees may bring a lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Jaycees Monthly Membership Meeting

Come check out what the Rochester Area Jaycees has to offer and what the organization does within the community at their monthly General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. This meeting typically runs for an hour and include guest speakers, professional development training, trivia, and food and refreshments. Please join us for an opportunity to meet new people and learn about ways to help improve the community you … [Read more...]