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, while there is still time to catch the color-changing happening around our beautiful state, I wouldn’t wait too long, though. Especially, if you plan … [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 & Tunes,” the Rochester Symphony Guild’s benefit for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, November 13. Plan now for an evening of fun and … [Read more...]

Trick or Treat in Downtown Rochester

On Saturday, October 16, watch the streets of Rochester come to life with ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, and more as children trick-or treat with the Downtown merchants. Children can then meet at the corner of East Street and E. University for a costume parade at 5:15 pm. Followed by a Halloween Fest in the Farmers’ Market Lot. Kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat downtown from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Nearly 50 businesses will participate in the Trick-or-Treat event and the … [Read more...]

Summer Soiree to Benefit Meals on Wheels was a Magical Evening

On a sunny summer evening in August, 176 guests came together in the gardens at the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) to celebrate and raise critical funds for the organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The Soiree is the signature fundraising event for the Meals on Wheels program, and the night was a tremendous success, raising $50,000 in support of local home-bound seniors. Members of the OPC, the local community, corporate partners, and elected officials all enjoyed a sunset … [Read more...]

Rochester Community House Signs New 20-Year Agreement

The City of Rochester and the Rochester Community House organization are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:05 p.m., a 20-year agreement has been signed that clearly spells out both the City’s and the organization’s responsibilities; and solidifies several  more decades of partnership. City of Rochester Mayor, Stuart Bikson, and Rochester Community House Board Chair, John Cadieux, signed the agreement. This agreement comes after the city approved (earlier this year) … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Insightful and Intriguing, Oakland University’s ‘Passage’ is a Powerful Journey Worth Taking

An attentive and appreciative crowd welcomed back live theatre to Oakland University (OU) for the opening night of Passage. Written by Chinese-American playwright Christopher Chen, this gripping and enigmatic play runs until Oct. 17 in the Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus in Rochester, MI. The last time I sat inside Varner Studio Theatre was to review Macbeth on February 6, 2020, and it was a little sad thinking about those seniors who I never got to see take their final bow before … [Read more...]

Grosse Pines Residents Celebrate Local History with Outdoor Tribute to The Haven

On Saturday, September 25, residents of the Grosse Pines subdivision, located on Walton Boulevard, welcomed guests and local dignitaries to cut a ribbon and unveil new historical markers commemorating the site and history of The Haven – a private estate built in the late 1920s that was converted to a mental health facility during the Great Depression. The hospital closed in 1968. The structure remained vacant and was destroyed by fire in 1973. Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan Barnett, and Bo … [Read more...]

Rep. Tisdel Pays Tribute to Late Sen. Donald Bishop

State Rep. Mark Tisdel of Rochester Hills, at right, is joined by the family of the late Donald Eugene Bishop at the state Capitol on Thursday, October 7. Bishop, also of Rochester Hills, served as a state representative between 1967 and 1970 and as a state senator from 1971 to 1982. Bishop passed away on May 28 at the age of 88. … [Read more...]

Monsters of the Great Lakes

What lies beneath the surface of the great lakes? Find out when Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Monsters of the Great Lakes” online over Zoom on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Join author Shetan Noir as she tells the tales of Michigan's lake monsters and sea serpents. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at calendar.rhpl.org or call 248-656-2900. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People So Obsessed with Disney?

Dear Crabby, Disney World celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 1. All the images of people waiting in Black Friday-type lines to snag the anniversary merchandise and the photos of the crowds were insane! I guess I don’t understand this level of obsession. Do you? Thanks!H.J. PotterDear H.J. Potter, I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to Disney there are three groups of people. Those who hate anything Disney-related, those who like Disney, and Disnerds. The last group is … [Read more...]