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Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy Country Drive Car Tour

Six Rivers is hosting a classic car tour highlighting the natural beauty of the region on two lane, paved roads through the northern portion of the Detroit metro region on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The tour will be for classic cars, vintage sports cars, and exotic cars, giving people an opportunity to spend a nostalgic day touring the beautiful backroads of the region with their friends and other car enthusiasts.

The tour will begin at M1 Concourse in Pontiac with check-in, a continental breakfast, and a parade lap around the track to kick off the tour. Cars will follow a route of approximately 85 miles, ending at Miller’s Big Red Farms in Washington. Afterglow activities at Miller’s will include libations, delicious food, and a preview tour of their new distillery, dining, and agricultural-based family recreation activities.  The purpose of the event is to introduce participants to Six Rivers Land Conservancy and its work to preserve the natural and agricultural landscapes that are part of the region’s rich heritage. This exclusive tour is limited to 100 cars, so register today to ensure your place in the Country Drive Car Tour! (Final approval of vehicle models is left to the discretion of the event committee.)

Register today! Click here for the registration form. You can email the completed form (click here), fax it to 248-601-0106, or call in and register over the phone at 248-601-2816.

Interested in sponsoring this unique event? Click here to learn about our sponsorship opportunities!

If you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact Angela Wilhelm, Development Director, by email or at 248-601-2816.

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Public art: Colorful, creative and hip

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When it comes to art in downtown Farmington, DDA executive director Annette Knowles is frank: It’s sparse.

Not necessarily for long, though. Later this year, the Downtown Development Authority is planning to unveil the first in a series of public art installations around the downtown, with the goal of making Farmington more colorful, creative, memorable, and hip.

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Ferndale community celebrates student artists: save the date reception

The Artist In You is a community-wide celebration of 2D student art, featuring works by young talents from Ferndale High School, University High, and Center for Advance Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students will compete to have their winning piece converted into public art.

A public reception with live music will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 6-9pm at the Ferndale Area District Library to celebrate the young talent and art in the community. One student artist is eligible to have their artwork enlarged, reproduced, and displayed on one prominent business in the Ferndale Area. The top three artists will have their pieces re-printed and mounted at their respective schools. Also, these top three scoring artists will receive Achievement Awards of $200, $100, and $50. All student winners will be announced at the reception.

The Artist In You is a collaboration of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Public Schools, with support from the Ferndale Area District Library.

The Artist In You provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market, and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age. The FAC event creates a lasting contribution to the vibrant landscape of Ferndale through their artwork reproductions. Works from 2015 and 2016 The Artist in You winners still hang on buildings along Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. The costs to replicate the winning 2017 artwork will be donated by Ideation Signs & Communication, from Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit: https://www.ideationorange.com

"The Ferndale Area District Library is delighted to welcome back The Artist in You event," says Interim Director Darlene Hellenberg."We're excited to see what this year's artists create. We love knowing that we'll be able to share it with our patrons. It means that these talented students will receive the exposure they deserve."

Emily Pitchford-Boeuf, Director of USArt Boutique, a mobile art gallery featuring local Artist, will share her experience at the Ferndale High School to the Students. As a young curator and business owner, Emily will enlighten the classroom with her expertise. (Exact May date to be announced.)

Jim Shaffer and Associates Realtors (Keller Williams Realty) is the “Presenting Sponsor” for Artist in You. Other sponsors include Gage Products as “Student Masterpiece Sponsor”, Ferndale Public Schools as “Student Masterpiece Supporting Sponsor”, Credit Union ONE as “Community Art Sponsor” and Kabot Orthodontics as “Creative Youth Supporter.”

“Giving our children this artist experience is a pleasure to do," says Kim Hart, Executive Director (FAC). "It's a joy to see our City come together to support our budding artists. It's an event the Chamber is passionate about putting together."

Interested in sponsoring The Artist In You?

Contact Kim Hart, Executive Director, Ferndale Area Chamber at 248-542-2160 or email: director@ferndalechamber.com. If you are interested in supporting our Student Artists, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/artistinyou.

The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has been serving as the cornerstone of the Ferndale business community for more than 80 years by promoting commerce and economic development.

For more information contact the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-542-2160, or email director@ferndalechamber.com. 

2017 Restaurant of the Year: Mabel Gray

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Don’t let the name fool you: There’s nothing drab about Mabel Gray.

The Hazel Park restaurant glows an ardent orange during packed dinner hours, smoldering with the heady aromas of North African green harissa and pungent Thai fish-sauce caramel from its kaleidoscopic global pantry.

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Business students get real-world economics lesson, help community

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The Art & Apples Festival® is a staple of Rochester’s annual festival scene, attracting hundreds of artists and tens of thousands of visitors over the course of three days each September. Until the 2016 event, the exact number of attendees and the financial impact of the festival on the greater Rochester area was unknown by Rochester’s Paint Creek Center of the Arts (PCCA), festival organizer for more than 30 years.

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The man who built Detroit: Lawrence Tech offers Albert Kahn exhibits, events

Albert Kahn, the man who designed Detroit’s powerhouse industrial buildings, is the focus of several events and exhibitions at Lawrence Technological University this winter.
 
In the first half of the 20th Century, Kahn (1869-1942) revolutionized the design of industrial buildings around the world, and his prolific architectural office also saw the production of many commercial, institutional, and residential structures of lasting significance. As the centennial of numerous Kahn landmarks draws near, there is renewed and well-deserved interest in Kahn’s work.
 
The Albert Kahn Research Coalition is collaborating with the LTU Library and the LTU College of Architecture and Design’s Lectures and Exhibitions Committee to present exciting public programming to highlight this innovative period in architectural history. Other partners in this coalition are the University of Michigan, the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Detroit Institute of Arts,
the Detroit Historical Society, and the Detroit-based design firm that bears the founder’s name, Albert Kahn Associates. The purpose of the coalition is to preserve Albert Kahn’s legacy and educate the community on the importance of his work.
 
The exhibitions open at Lawrence Tech on Friday, Feb. 3 with “Albert Kahn under Construction,” on display in the UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. Ten Mile Road, Southfield. This digital exhibition focuses on the remarkable archive of construction photographs assembled by Kahn’s firm as they built the powerhouses of American industry, from Highland Park to Willow Run. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and admission is free. This exhibit is curated by Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan associate professor of architecture and history of art, and the LTU College of Architecture and Design Exhibitions and Lectures Committee, chaired by Diedre Hennebury, assistant professor of architecture and design.
 
On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., Joel Stone, Senior Curator at the Detroit Historical Society will speak on “The Ubiquitous Mr. Kahn: Albert Kahn’s Architectural Legacy” in the A200 Auditorium of Lawrence Tech’s Architecture Building. This presentation will examine Kahn’s career and the vast legacy of architectural treasures he created for the people of southeast Michigan. A gallery viewing and reception will follow. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
 
A partner exhibition will run from Friday, Feb. 17 through March 10 at LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology, 4219 Woodward Ave., Detroit. In this midtown show, LTU’s College of Architecture and Design is partnering with the Belle Isle Conservancy for an exhibit titled “Albert Kahn at the Crossroads: The ‘Lost’ Belle Isle Aquarium and Horticultural Building Blueprints.” This compelling exhibit features several rediscovered blueprints from a private collection. Opened in 1904, the Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest public aquarium in North America and the oldest aquarium-conservatory combination in the world. Independent architectural history scholar, Chris Meister and the Belle Isle Conservancy Historic Preservation Committee will provide a gallery talk Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology. The talk will be part of a ticketed evening event called “Deeper Dive: Albert Kahn” hosted by the Belle Isle Conservancy and will discuss the development of the public aquarium and botanical conservatory as building types. Ticket information is available at www.belleisleconservancy.org/deeperdive.
 
The culminating program of the Albert Kahn series is the Albert Kahn Research Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at Lawrence Tech. During the morning, Zimmerman will moderate a series of presentations on current research about Kahn. After a luncheon, another panel examines “Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Kahn Buildings,” moderated by Dawn Bilobran, who has roles with three organizations – the Belle Isle Conservancy, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Detroit. Panelists include Chris Meister; Alan Cobb, CEO of Albert Kahn Associates; and Donald Bauman, Director of Architectural Development and Historical Preservation at Albert Kahn Associates. The symposium will also include exhibit viewing, and an open house in LTU’s Albert Kahn Collection, which consists of Kahn’s personal library, originally part of Kahn’s New Center office. Its components were disassembled, moved, and reassembled inside rooms of the LTU Library in 1982. Visit www.ltu.edu/albertkahn or call (248) 204-3000 for information and registration.
 
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Record 1.7 million visit Detroit Zoo in 2016

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The Detroit Zoo drew nearly 1.7 million visitors last year, setting a new all-time high record and increasing the number of people coming through its gates for the 11th consecutive year.

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Troy Historic Village is offered a $50,000 federal grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

Troy Historic Village (THV) is delighted to announce that the Troy Historical Society (THS), which operates and runs THV, is one of only five Michigan cultural organizations to be awarded a Humanities Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This significant federal grant will provide THS with a unique opportunity to raise $100,000 in two years for expanded programs and services, and to establish a permanent Endowment Fund.
 
“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”
 
“This grant is the shot of adrenalin the Troy Historical Society needs to expand our programs and put the Village onto the path of a fiscally sound future,” said Executive Director Loraine Campbell. “Raising the matching funds is a big challenge, but we have already secured the first donations.”  By April 30, 2017 THS must generate up to $25,000 through new restricted donations and memberships. NEH will match those funds, dollar for dollar. The total ($50,000) will be deposited and earn interest in a restricted bank account. THV has already raised some funds thanks to generous donations from a small group of Villagers. The goal is to raise the balance, through a membership drive for new individual, family, and business members!
 
Between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018, THS must generate another $25,000 through additional donations, memberships, matching grants, and a fundraising event. Further details will be published in future editions of the Village Press and on their website (www.troyistoricvillage.org) and social media pages. These funds will also be matched by NEH and deposited into the account.
 
Between June 2018 and 2021, THS will use the $100,000 and accumulated interest to implement new education and enrichment programs in the Village and increase the number of History to You (H2U) outreach programs provided throughout the seven-county Southeast Michigan region. Funds have also been budgeted for technology to support Village interpretive programs, supplies, and marketing. Finally, in 2020 THS will establish a permanent endowment fund and implement a program to encourage and accept legacy gifts and major donations. The endowment fund, required by the grant, will provide a source for long-term financial support for Village operations.
 
“I want to congratulate the Troy Historical Society on their successful grant proposal,” said Mayor Dane Slater. “The Troy Historic Village is our city’s cultural gem. “Through the Society’s hard work, it will shine brightly for future generations.”
 
Troy Historical Society is encouraging Village members and the public to invite their family and friends to become members of THS or to give a THS membership as a birthday, anniversary, or thank you gift. Businesses also can support the Village by purchasing a group package of THS memberships that can be given to their employees as a reward or gift. Every new membership will be matched dollar for dollar by NEH.
 
Troy Historic Village is a small dynamic history center owned by the City of Troy and operated by the Troy Historical Society. THV provides outstanding, engaging education programs that are rich in humanities content to over 20,000 Village visitors each year, including 13,000 students (grades K-5 and 8th grade), chaperones, and teachers from public, private, and charter schools in the tri-county (Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties) metro-Detroit region.

ABOUT TROY HISTORIC VILLAGE
Troy Historic Village is located at 60 West Wattles Rd., Troy MI and is open year-round. The Village showcases ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex. Visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s. Troy Historic Village serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, providing a memorable and interactive experience for all visitors. Offering a wide variety of activities for children and a diverse range of lectures and events for adults, the Village aims to enhance appreciation of history while using Troy's rich and evolving story as a backdrop. In 2016 the Troy Historical Society’s marks its 50th Anniversary of conserving local history, connecting the community with heritage and continuing outstanding educational programs.
 
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Enjoy a winter wonderland this January at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Bundle up and head outdoors to enjoy all the frosty weather that January has to offer by going cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, sledding and ice fishing. If you prefer, stay indoors and participate in activities and programs at Wint Nature Center and Red Oaks Nature Center. Check out these upcoming events:
 
Jan. 1
  • Christmas tree recycling runs until Jan. 30 at the following Oakland County Parks: Addison Oaks; Catalpa Oaks; Glen Oaks Golf Course; Groveland Oaks; Independence Oaks; Lyon Oaks; Oakland County Farmers Market; Orion Oaks; Red Oaks Golf Course; Springfield Oaks; and White Lake Oaks Golf Course. Drop off trees from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no charge to drop off trees, but plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. No commercial trees accepted. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 7
  • NatureFit: Snowshoe Try It! is 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 7 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about the history of snowshoes and then head outdoors for a guided snowshoe hike, campfire and snack. This program is appropriate for those ages 5 and older and snowshoes are provided. Participants must wear boots. A winter hike will be substituted if conditions do not permit snowshoeing. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 14
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Discover cooking secrets from local chefs and sample dishes using produce available from Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 14. Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Fireside Chat: Legends of Michigan’s Past is 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Stay warm this winter by cozying up at the fireplace and learning all about the Anishanabe, who lived in Michigan hundreds of years ago. Join a naturalist for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and legends as well as traditional Native American games. Make a historic native trade item to take home. Cocoa, coffee and a snack will be served. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
  • If you have ever wanted to try ice fishing, attend Ice Fishing 101 from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 14 at Twin Chimneys Shelter in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques, then try your hand at the sport if ice and weather conditions permit. If not, alternative fishing activities will be substituted. Participants ages 17 and older must have a valid Michigan fishing license. This program is appropriate for individuals ages 5 and older. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 21
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Wolves: Digging into the Past is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Daisies: Clover Petal – Use Resources Wisely is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Jan. 28
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Discover cooking secrets from local chefs and sample dishes using produce available from Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 28. Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Daisies: Rosie Petal – Make the World a Better Place is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Cross-Country Ski School is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn to ski using your own gear or ski rental is included. Adaptive equipment is available; call ahead to reserve. Cost is $15/person. Daily pass or annual vehicle permit is required for park entry. Registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call John Haney at 248-858-1486 or email HaneyJ@oakgov.com.
  • Nature Sprouts is 10-11:45 a.m. Jan. 28 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. The winter session of this nature program for 3-6 year olds accompanied by an adult will focus on “Shapes in Nature.” Indoor and outdoor hands-on nature discovery activities include a story, hike, craft and snack. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
 
For information on other events, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @OCParksAndRec.
 

Novi second at marching band competition

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Autumn colors and smells delighted the senses Oct. 29, but it was the unseasonably warm weather that added to the enjoyment of the hundreds that filled the Canton High School bleachers to watch 10 area bands take the gridiron with outstanding performances of music, marching, color and choreography.

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Historical Society collects funds to move train depot

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The Milford Historical Society has raised approximately $17,000 since kicking off a fundraising campaign last month to move and restore the community's historic train depot.

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Celebrate Christmas in the Village

Come celebrate Christmas at Troy Historic Village where Santa will make a special appearance on Saturday, December 3rd! The Village is also an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots and will collect new, unwrapped toy donations between November 7th and December 5th.
 
Troy Historic Village will host its annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-3pm. Guests can share in the sights and sounds of 19th and 20th century Christmas traditions as they explore ten restored and decorated historic buildings. Children can make a craft in an 1877 one-room schoolhouse; visitors of all ages can enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations in the 1870s Wagon Shop which originally provided Troy residents with iron farm tools, household utensils and wagon parts; and 19th century authentic cooking demonstrations in the 1840s log cabin. Families may visit with Santa inside Old Troy Church which was built in 1837 and originally located at Troy Corners (Livernois and Square Lake Rds.) where it served as a place of worship until 1963 and as an antique store until 1997. Another special treat for guests this year will be live music throughout the Village including an appearance by the cast of To Be Productions’ Little Women: The Musical to sing show tunes and traditional Christmas carols, as well as live harp and classical guitar performances that can be discovered while touring the Village.
 
The Village Gift Shop will be open for business for your Christmas shopping needs. “As we conclude our 50th Anniversary year, our holiday event will focus on simple family traditions that create lasting memories. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends to the Village, sharing with others through Toys for Tots, and experiencing traditional Christmas cheer!” said Loraine Campbell, Executive Director, Troy Historic Village. Price of admission is $5/Troy Historical Society Members, $7/Non-member and kids under 4 are free. There will be free onsite parking at the Village. For more info, visit www.troyhistoricvillage.org or call 248-524-3570.
 
As an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, the Village will collect new, unwrapped toys during the December 3rd Christmas event and between November 7th and December 5th during business hours (M-F, 10am-3pm) which will be donated to less fortunate children in the community.
 
Christmas in the Village is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union with holiday greenery and hot mulled cider provided courtesy of the Troy Garden Club. Proceeds will benefit the Troy Historical Society that operates Troy Historic Village which is open year-round and includes ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex located in the heart of Troy, Michigan. Here visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s.
 
Troy Historic Village is located at 60 West Wattles Rd., Troy MI. The Village showcases ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex. Visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s. Troy Historic Village serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, providing a memorable and interactive experience for all visitors. Offering a wide variety of activities for children and a diverse range of lectures and events for adults, the Village aims to enhance appreciation of history while using Troy's rich and evolving story as a backdrop. 2016 marks the Troy Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary of conserving local history, connecting the community with heritage and continuing outstanding educational programs.
 

Glide into winter on the Detroit Zoo's new skating rink

Detroit Zoo visitors can execute an Axel, complete a camel spin or simply float freestyle this winter on a new skating rink located in front of the frozen façade of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

The 1,548-square-foot Winter Rink, which can accommodate 31 skaters, is open now through February 2017.  Guests ages 4 and older can skate between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily (last session is sold at 3:30 p.m.), weather permitting.  Skaters under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A limited number of skates are available for rent for $7, which includes a 25-minute skating session.  The cost for guests who bring their own skates is $3.  Personal skates must be inspected by the rink attendant to ensure proper sharpness; sharpening will be provided.

“This is a perfect fit for the season and another great reason for families to visit the Zoo during the winter,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society.

The Winter Rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice® – a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation.  The Detroit Zoo is one of only two zoos in the country to install a Glice® rink (the other is the Columbus Zoo).  Visit www.glicerink.com for additional information.

The Polk Penguin Conservation Center opened in April and is home to more than 80 penguins of four species – king, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper.  It features a 326,000-gallon aquatic area, an underwater gallery with a vast acrylic window and two acrylic tunnels that provide breathtaking views of the penguins above, around and below, allowing guests to get nose to beak with the charismatic birds.

 

Alumna Jacquelyn Wagner to sing at La Scala

“I always knew I wanted to be an opera singer. At no time has that changed,” said music alumna Jacquelyn Wagner (BM ‘03) who enjoys a successful career in Europe singing in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. 

This season Wagner will take her place among the world’s leading sopranos when she makes her debut at La Scala in Milan, Europe’s most prestigious opera house.

Jacquelyn will sing the lead role of Eva in Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersingervon Nürnberg from March 16 through April 5, 2017.

At Oakland University, Wagner earned a BM in Voice Performance, studying with Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice Edie Diggory, with whom she had begun to work in high school. “She is one of the best voice teachers I have come across,” said Wagner. “The results that she can produce are unreal. She shaped my voice into what it is today.”

Professor John-Paul White, head of OU’s voice program, recognized Wagner’s unique qualities immediately. “Jacquelyn came to us with a beautiful voice," White said. "The first time I heard her sing as an incoming freshman, I was blown away. Given the beauty of her voice and her artistry, I never had any doubt she would have a rewarding career, but I think she benefited from our combined department with music, theatre and dance instruction because she was able to develop her stage presence. We encourage our students to take classes across the disciplines to improve their performance skills.”

Wagner continued her education at Manhattan School of Music where she completed an MM studying with opera star Mignon Dunn. She first sung in Europe after she auditioned for opera roles in New York as part of the New York International Opera Auditions (NYIOP) program. Her first contract was with Marseilles Opera in France where she performed the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. At the end of the season Wagner, who had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, left to study German Lied and German language.

Already this season Wagner has appeared in Carmen at the Royal Palace in Seville, and as Desdemona in Otello with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, but undoubtedly La Scala in March will mark a highpoint in her career, as it would for any singer.

Wagner enjoys her life in Europe, not just her work, but what she calls “the spectacular things: the history, museums, churches, nature.” Even so, she hopes one day to sing more often in American opera houses. She sang Arabella by Richard Strauss at the Minnesota Opera in 2013, and we look forward to any upcoming announcements that would allow more old friends and colleagues to enjoy her artistry. Maybe next season? Meanwhile toi, toi, toi at La Scala.

Read more about Jacquelyn Wagner on her website.
 

Walled Lake high marching band headed to London in '18

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Marching band members at Walled Lake Northern High School were “high-stepping” Tuesday after receiving an invitation to perform at London’s New Year’s Day Parade in January 2018.

A delegation of British parade officials visited the 1,685-student school to personally extend the prestigious invitation, one of only 16 high school marching bands asked to take part in the 31/2 hour event. This year, more than 640,000 people lined the 21/2-mile parade route. About 8,000 people from 20 counties participate in the parade, which is broadcast to millions globally.

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