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Oakland County has a world-class selection of professional theatres, art museums, cultural destinations and historical sites. It is home to Cranbrook Educational Community (which includes the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Art Academy and Cranbrook House & Gardens), Detroit Zoo, Walter P. Chrysler Automotive Museum, and Meadow Brook Hall.  

No matter the season, Oakland County has plenty of fun and entertaining events – Fire & Ice Fest, Uptown Film Festival, Woodward Dream Cruise and Arts, Beats & Eats.

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Landscapes of luxury: A guide to metro Detroit's public gardens

Metro Detroit is home to some spectacular formal gardens and greenspaces—all open to the public. Metromode writer and garden expert Brian Allnutt gives us the cook's tour.

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Summer Camps in Oakland County

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner! And that means: the kids are about to be on summer break. The struggle for parents each summer is how to keep their children active and engaged during those long summer days while balancing their own work and life schedules, or just making sure the kids aren’t glued to their iPads all day. Thankfully there are several summertime programs for kids in Oakland County that are as educational as they are enjoyable for children of all ages.

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Motor City Guitar is a musician's Wonderland where everyone is treated like family

Motor City Guitar in Waterford has been serving area musicians since 1988. The secret to success is that there is no secret: they treat everyone like family because they view everyone that way. It also helps that they have one of the most robust guitar and effects pedal inventories in the Midwest. 

Mike Nehra, co-owner of Vintage King Audio in Ferndale

From its seat in Ferndale, Vintage King rules the audio world

Located in Ferndale amid wholesale auto parts warehouses and body shops, Vintage King has grown into one of the top professional audio equipment companies in the world, supplying studios near and far with the best gear available.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Date Ideas Around Oakland County

This Valentine's Day, skip the old dinner-and-a-movie – not that we don’t love both dinner and movies, but why not mix it up a bit? There are plenty of activities and events going on all around Oakland County so you can make this special day a little more, well...special!
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Featured Videos

Featured Video: Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Doctor Kill-r-watt! The Great Chopandoff! Marvin's is a coin-operated wonderland of blinking, buzzing, and clattering machines. Every square inch is crammed with animatronic dummies, model airplanes, video games, and sideshow posters. From boardwalk-style gypsy fortune telling machines to the "Sing-Sing prison electric chair" to a custom-made automated orchestra, this one-of-a-kind arcade doubles as a museum unlike any you've ever visited.

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Featured Video: Sled Dogs Hit the Ice

Sled hockey brings "the coolest game on Earth" to disabled athletes around the world. At the third annual Oakland Edge adult hockey tournament held at Rochester's Onyx Ice Arena, visitors witnessed a sled hockey showdown between London, Canada's Blizzard hockey club and Metro Detroit's very own Michigan Sled Dogs. Tom Hendrickson reports.

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

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Featured Video: Beauty Blossoms In Metro Detroit

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan are all about aesthetics -- whether it's the explosion of flowers that fill their Birmingham boutique or the restoration of the only home in Detroit to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Fixing Detroit's Rock: Koontz Guitar Repair

Detroit is the home of rock and roll. Period. No other city can claim the innovation and influence the Motor City has had on contemporary music. From Motown to electronica to punk this region makes music like no other. And keeping a guitarist's main weapon to wage rock is an essential part of what keeps Metro Detroit (and the rest of the rock world) strumming.
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