Dear Crabby, Should I Tip My Delivery Person During the Holidays?

Dear Crabby, Before the first flake fell, I was seeing Amazon Prime, FedEx, and UPS vans zipping through my neighborhood. This got me wondering if there is any tipping or gifting protocol for these poor folks who have to schlep all my Cyber Monday deals to my doorstep. Thanks! Ima Giver Dear Ima Giver, Ahh, yes. Cyber Monday. The supposed reason brick-and-mortar shops are going out of business. After Thanksgiving dinner, my daughter and granddaughter were working on spreadsheets for … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege’

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege from December 5-7 in the Varner Lab Theatre in Varner Hall. “In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, The New Black Fest commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute play on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege with the goal of inciting serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues,” said Director … [Read more...]

Rochester Symphony Guild hosts Christmas Luncheon December 9

The Rochester Symphony Guild is pleased to invite you to its annual Christmas Luncheon, Monday, December 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Royal Park Hotel Ballroom in Rochester. The holiday event features a delicious lunch and a musical performance by Matthew Duncan, vocalist, and entertainer. He is considered a pop crooner with a classical twist. Duncan was classically trained at the University of Michigan, and sings a wide range of music, from opera to jazz. The event also … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band Presents ‘Sounds of the Holidays’

The Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB) will present their “Sounds of the Holidays” concert on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rochester High School Auditorium. The concert is open to the public and free to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted. The concert will include, among others,” Christmas March” by Edwin F. Goldman, “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed, Percy Grainger’s “Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon,” and Beethoven’s “Adagio Cantabile from the Sonata … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Give Yourself the Gift of Avon Players’ Holiday Variety Show ‘Forever Christmas’

Three years ago as I sat waiting for this show to start, I was worn out and my Christmas spirit was nearly nonexistent. I had doubts if a holiday variety show would be able to change the way I felt, but it did. And I’m happy to say this year’s production, playing until December 14 in Rochester Hills, MI, sent my spirits soaring once again! In an age where you start to wonder if anyone has anything new or relevant to say, Avon Players President John (JD) Deierlein gifts us with his original … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Family and Love are the Heart of Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol was my dad’s favorite holiday movie. In fact, he owned nearly every version, so I grew up appreciating the different spin each one put on the story. But no matter the adaptation, the common thread that ran through them all was love, hope, and redemption. But it wasn’t until watching Meadow Brook Theatre’s (MBT) seminal production that I was struck with how the heart of the story is really about family. Running through December 22 at MBT on the campus of Oakland University in … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does Lagniappe Mean?

Dear Crabby, What Does Lagniappe Mean? Sincerely, Ami (with an i)   Hello Ami with an i, This Lagniappe word actually has several meanings and can mean something different for each person. For one thing, no one pronounces the word the same way, which is fun, since they will have their own version of what it means as well. I wrote about what is Lagniappe a couple years ago, and told my readers the true meaning of Lagniappe. However, mine is not the most popular take on the mystical … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:20 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7 and a special appearance by the man in red, Santa … [Read more...]

The Women’s Fund Receives over $7K for ‘Just Us Girls Stroll’

The downtown community came together for a great cause when 19 downtown Rochester shops participated in the inaugural “Just Us Girls Stroll.” It was an event created by Valerie Keuten, Pamela Krampf and Dianne Elnicky. Owners of Plain and Fancy Gift Shop, Antiques and Fine Jewelry by Pamela and Sole Sisters. Additional shops that participated were Aurum Design, Bellissima Bridal, Final Touch Designs, 4th Street Boutique, Hello Fancy, Holy Cannoli, Janet Varner, Kimi K Salon, LeConte Mens … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Hosts Inaugural Author Fair for Shop Small Saturday

Meet Michigan Authors at the Library November 30 Rochester’s literary scene comes alive during Shop Small Saturday’s Author Fair hosted by the Rochester Hills Public Library, in partnership with Rochester Writers, on Saturday November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This literary event offers the opportunity to discover Michigan authors from a variety of genres, including some from the Rochester Area. The inaugural program will feature a mix of traditionally published and self-published … [Read more...]