Arbor Day with the Rochester Tree Committee

The Rochester Tree Committee celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day last month. The City of Rochester participated with activities and tree plantings in the Rochester Municipal Park to honor the role trees play in building a healthy community and beautifying our city. In addition, Rochester has been honored as a “Tree City” by Tree City USA for eight consecutive years. The City of Rochester has prioritized trees in our community through the work of the Tree Committee. The committee is … [Read more...]

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra Presents a ‘Fountain of Inspiration’

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) presents "Fountain of Inspiration," its final concert of the 2021-2022 season, scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Rd., Rochester, MI. This concert celebrates winners of the RSO's Young Artist Competitions, 2020-2022. This year's winner is violinist Betti Kelley, an Ethiopian American violinist from Lenexa, Kansas. She is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying … [Read more...]

Rochester Symphony Orchestra Welcomes the Spring Equinox with Music

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Zeljko Milicevic, invites you to its Sunday, March 20 Spring concert, “Moments in Music,” at 3:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Rd., Rochester, MI.  Oboe soloist Dr. Ann Lemke, professor of music at Oakland University, performs Albinoni’s “Concerto in D Minor.” Other light selections include Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” and Britten’s playful “Simple Symphony.”  Dr. Lemke’s latest CD will also be … [Read more...]

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow will take place on Friday, January 14 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 15 from 12 noon – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include over 40 ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition on W. 4th Street, marshmallow roasting with the Lions’ Club on E. 3rd, shopping, fireworks each night and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Safari." Family and friends will see safari animals including … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Season with the 14th Annual Kris Kringle Market

Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 3, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market is an open-air market inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors may enjoy food, shopping, live entertainment, and the ambience of … [Read more...]

Shop Local and Win Big after Thanksgiving

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester for a two-day shopping event after Thanksgiving. This year, Downtown Rochester is celebrating Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday to encourage patrons to shop small and give big this holiday season. Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday are days dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. Plaid Friday takes place November 26, shoppers are encouraged to wear plaid and head to Downtown Rochester for a fun day of … [Read more...]

Dillman & Upton Sells with Over 100 Years of Service to Rochester

In 1905, C.W. Upton started the business that the Greater Rochester Area would come to know and support - it became Dillman & Upton in 1910. After four generations, Dillman & Upton has sold to Mans Lumber and Millwork, another century-old, Michigan family-owned business. Dillman & Upton has been supplying materials to a large portion of construction projects built or remodeled in Oakland County. They also specialize in lumber, millwork, window, decking, and kitchens/baths, … [Read more...]

A Little Something Extra

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 22, 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. Lagniappe 2017 and opening night for The Big, Bright Light Show 2017 - photo by Michael Dwyer 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. … [Read more...]

Deck the Halls at the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

Looking for holiday inspiration?  The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees November 20 & 21 at the Rochester Community House features trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes and much more, all designed and donated by the Metro Detroit Community.  Don’t forget your camera – Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with children on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5:00 p.m. – admission is free. All proceeds benefit The Big, Bright Light Show and local area … [Read more...]

Election Results 2021

Rochester City Council Vote Totals The three highest vote totals will be elected to a 4-year term and the fourth highest total will be elected to a 2-year term. Nancy L. Salvia: 1,470 ✔Stuart Bikson: 1,382 ✔Steve Sage: 1,218 ✔Douglas Gould: 1,044 ✔Debra M. Allen: 603Terry R. Tesh: 317 Rochester Hills City Council Member At-Large Vote Total Winners will be elected to a 4-year term. David Walker: 6,289 ✔Matthew Berard: 5,475 City Council Member First District Vote Total: Carol … [Read more...]