Royal Oak Art Fair

ROYAL OAK 42nd ANNUAL OUTDOOR ART FAIR

The 42nd Annual Outdoor Art Fair will be held Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, in the beautiful setting of Memorial Park, at the corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile in Royal Oak. Fair hours are 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.

Over 100 Michigan and out of state artists will be selling original art work for your home, office, or as a gift. An exciting variety of art offered by these juried artists include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media. A variety of food items will be available.

The Art Fair is sponsored by the Royal Oak Department of Recreation & Public Service and the Royal Oak Arts Council.

Rain or shine, make it a fun day at Royal Oak’s 42nd Annual Outdoor Art Fair.

Camping in Michigan

I was raised camping every summer, so it is something that I really enjoy and always encourage people to give it a try if they haven’t done it before; there are so many fun things that go with camping and so many great family memories to be made. Michigan has so many wonderful state parks that offer great camping and beautiful scenery. Now, the Department of Natural Resources is offering a First Time Campers Program to help people try it out. For $20, a program member gets 2 nights at select state parks, a park ranger to help you set up camp and make a fire and Gander Mountain provides the following gear to be lent to you:
tent ∗
tarp ∗
flashlight ∗
lantern ∗
stove ∗
(4) hot dog /marshmallow cookers ∗
(2) fishing poles ∗
*These items are lent to you by Gander Mountain and are to be returned.

This is a great way to try out camping without the expense of purchasing all of the items in the beginning. Check out the First Time Campers Program for complete information.

Holland Tulip Festival

The annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland is quickly approaching. Festival dates are May 5-12, but due to warmer-than-usual temperatures in Michigan this spring, the tulips are expected to be in peaking in mid April. The Tulip Time Festival website is encouraging Tulip lovers to “Come Early For The Tulips, Come Back For The Festival!”

During the Festival, there is a luncheon with Governor Snyder (tickets are still available) and the Art in Bloom Competition that is held by Holland Area Arts Council. You’ll also find a parade, lots of music, and Dutch Heritage festivities.

For more information, please visit: The Tulip Time website.

Michigan’s 175th Birthday

January 26th is Michigan’s 175th birthday! On January 26, 1837 President Andrew Jackson signed a bill declaring Michigan the 26th state of the union.
In honor of this special occasion, here are some facts about this great state from www.michigan.gov.

State Name: Michigan
Name Origin: Derived from the Indian word Michigama, meaning great or large lake.
Nickname: Wolverine State
Statehood: Jan. 26, 1837 (26th)
Capital: Lansing, since 1847; prior to that, Detroit.
State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice, which translates, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”
Flower: Apple Blossom
Bird: Robin
Tree: White Pine
Stone: Petoskey Stone
Gem: Chlorastrolite
Fish: Brook Trout
Soil: Kalkaska Soil Series
Reptile: Painted Turtle
Game Mammal: White-tailed Deer
Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris
Fossil: Mastodon

I knew we had a state flower, tree, reptile, etc. But, I did not know we had a state soil! You learn something new everyday!

To celebrate Michigan’s 175th birthday, look around you and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us all! Turn your porch lights on Thursday night so Michigan shines brightly for all to see!

Woodward Dream Cruise

Each year the Woodward Dream Cruise draws a large crowd of car enthusiasts from all over the country. Over one million people will soon begin pouring into the Metro Detroit area to participate in the Dream Cruise. Some will bring their cars to drive and show off – others will bring chairs to sit and admire all the cars as they creep up and down Woodward. This is the one time a year that people happily insert themselves into a gigantic traffic jam – and love every second of it!

This year the Woodward Dream Cruise is on August 20, 2011. The Cruise runs from 9am to 9pm.
For for information on the Woodward Dream Cruise, please visit:
www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

If you are in the Royal Oak area this weekend, you should check out the 40th Annual Outdoor Art Fair. The art fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 9, 10am – 6:00pm & Sunday, July 10, 10am – 5:00pm.

One hundred artists will be displaying an exciting variety of art which include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.

Fourth of July Celebrations

It is that time again – time for fireworks to be lighting the night sky in celebration of our Country’s Independence.  There isn’t much better than sitting outside on a nice night watching the beautiful explosions light up the sky.

Here is a website address that lists all known fireworks celebrations: michiganfireworks.com

You can search by City, Date, or County.

Arts Beats and Eats

Mark your calendar for September 2 – 5 because you’ll want to attend this year’s Arts Beats and Eats in Royal Oak.  Already known for its top-ranking art fair, organizers of Oakland County’s premier festival are hungry for more recognition. They plan to unseat A Taste of Chicago, which had 70 vendors last year, as the country’s biggest foodie event.

The festival moved from Pontiac to Royal Oak in 2010, drawing about 423,000 visitors. A couple times entry gates were closed to accommodate the crowds. The larger festival footprint should give everyone more room, Witz said.

For More Information on the Festival, visit: http://www.artsbeatseats.com

ALLEE WILLIS MARCHES ON DETROIT



WHAT: As a special benefit for MUMFORD HIGH SCHOOL, alumna extraordinaire
 
ALLEE WILLIS conducts the MUMFORD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND through a medley
 
of her hit songs in the lobby of Detroit’s FOX THEATRE, with cast members
 
from THE COLOR PURPLE joining in for a sing-along.
 
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 11:00AM to 12:30PM, SHARP
 
WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
 
 
 
GRAMMY, Tony, Emmy, and Webby award-winning/nominated songwriter, artist,
 
multimediaist, director, collector, party thrower—and native Detroiter—
 
returns to her hometown for a special benefit event at the historic and fabulous
 
Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.
 
 
 
An alumna of Mumford High School, Willis will lead the school’s marching
 
band through a medley of her hit songs in the lobby of the Fox. The Saturday,
 
April 9 event takes place during a weekend run of The Color Purple at the
 
theater, and cast members from the touring company of the Broadway smash—of
 
which Allee is a co-author—will join in for a celebratory sing-along. Event
 
will go toward new band uniforms.
 
 
 
The Allee Willis-composed songs comprising the medley—to be played first
 
instrumentally by the marching band, and then with TCP company members singing
 
along—are:   “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “In The Stone,” (all
 
major hits for Earth, Wind, & Fire), “I’ll Be There For You” (Theme from
 
Friends),” “The Color Purple,” “Stir It Up” (Patti LaBelle), and “Neutron Dance”
 
(the Pointer Sisters).   The last two songs connect Allee to Mumford
 
beyond her having gone there—they’re featured in Beverly Hills Cop, and on the
 
soundtrack, which won Allee a GRAMMY.   The film, produced by fellow Mumford
 
alum Jerry Bruckheimer, made the school famous when Eddie Murphy wore a
 
Mumford t-shirt throughout.
 
 
 
Allee was inspired to work with the Mumford High marching band after being
 
invited to conduct the 350-piece marching band at her collegiate alma mater,
 
University of Wisconsin, for the halftime show at the 2010 Homecoming
 
football game.   “Allee Willis Marches on Detroit” is a dream come true for
 
Allee, connecting her songs and The Color Purple to Mumford and her beloved
 
hometown of Detroit—all in the city’s most famous venue.   She also looks
 
forward to working with Mumford students on an ongoing basis.   And, this project
 
builds on work Allee started doing with the school in 2008, when she was on
 
a national radio broadcast as Mumford became the first school in the
 
country to receive 400 hours of historic audio tapes related to African-American
 
history that she helped to restore with Pacifica Radio Archives.
 
 
 
Tickets are $50 each, with attendance limited to 200 guests (not including
 
the band and event facilitators).   Sponsorships are available to help
 
underwrite the event, and will go toward “sponsored” tickets to allow current
 
Mumford students to attend, generating proceeds for uniforms, and covering
 
production costs.
 
 
 
FYI “Allee Willis Marches on Detroit” takes place just before a matinee of
 
The Color Purple.   Event tickets do not include admission to the show.
 
Attendees may (but are not required to) separately purchase discounted
 
tickets for The Color Purple—in advance—by calling Fox Theatre group sales at
 
313-471-3099.
 
 
 
“Allee Willis Marches on Detroit” is supported by Nickelodeon’s The Big
 
Help Grant Program.