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Body Snatchers Came to Rochester in the 19th Century

In 19th century America, it was not uncommon for cemeteries to fall victim to the work of men called “resurrectionists”—freelancers who use nefarious means to procure cadavers for the use of medical schools. Because Rochester was situated within a night’s wagon ride of the university medical school at Ann Arbor, its residents were affected by this … [Read More...]

Celebrity Lip Sync Battle to benefit New Day Families Facing Cancer

Jimmy Fallon made it famous, but local celebrities will make Lip Sync matter. The Celebrity Lip Sync Battle, hosted by New Day Foundation for Families, will feature eight local celebrity teams competing on behalf of a New Day family who is facing cancer.  The celebs and their entourage will take to the stage in an epic lip-sync battle on Thursday, … [Read More...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Space Travel?

Dear Crabby, I’m old enough to remember when going to space was a big deal. Lately, it seems like anyone with enough cash can take the trip and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Would you ever travel to space?Thanks!Dr. LazarusDear Dr. Lazarus, You’re old enough to remember? I’m so old that I remember when the mere suggestion of going into … [Read More...]

Finding Census and Census-Ability with Genealogist Lisa Eschenburg

Join RHPL and genealogist Lisa Eschenburg on a live Zoom meeting as she discusses the U.S. census and how to use it to research your family history. Eschenburg will answer such questions as: What is the census? Where do you find it? How do you use it? What if there isn’t a census? Beginning and intermediate family researchers can learn about … [Read More...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 19, 7-10 pm at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person. This is the first chance to get a preview this amazing holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, centerpieces and more. It's also an opportunity to bid on … [Read More...]

REVIEW: Armed with Wit, ‘Clue: On Stage’ is a Killer Good Time at Meadow Brook Theatre

Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) officially kicked off its 2021-2022 season with the riotously funny Clue: On Stage, playing through November 7, 2021, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Based on the 1985 cult classic film by Paramount Pictures and the beloved Hasbro board game, Clue: On Stage was written by Sandy Rustin, based on … [Read More...]

Two Big Book Sales at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Looking to get a leg up on holiday gift giving? Or maybe just looking for a good book to snuggle up with on an autumn day? Two upcoming events from the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library could help you fulfill your gifting and literary needs. First off, the Friends’ autumn used books sale is set for October 20–24 in the upstairs … [Read More...]

Dear Crabby, Where is the Best Place to See Michigan’s Beautiful Fall Colors?

Dear Crabby, Lately, the weather has been wacky. Are there still places where I can drive to see the leaves changing or have I missed my chance?Thanks!Greta GreeneryDear Greta Greenery, Good news - you’re in luck! Typically, toward the end of September is when the trees start to turn, but the warmer weather has delayed the process a bit. So, … [Read More...]

Taste & Tunes, an Evening of Music and Food, Features Vocalist and Musician Dave Bennett

Audiences won’t find many musicians who are equally conversant with the music of Benny Goodman (the “King of Swing”) and Roy Orbison (“The Soul of Rock and Roll”). An annual fixture at several American music festivals, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums, and vocalizes. He will be featured at “Taste & … [Read More...]

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