The Rise and Fall of Entertainment Venues on Rochester’s Main Street

In its more than two centuries of existence, Rochester’s Main Street has hosted its fair share of public entertainment venues. As the village grew from a pioneer outpost to a thriving town, Main Street’s business owners stepped up to provide social outlets for the community. Rochester Opera House block as it looked about 1910. Curtain Up A minstrel show and brass band concert was advertised at Newberry Hall in 1876. The first public gathering place capable of seating a crowd—aside … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do You Feel About Women’s Soccer Coming to Detroit?

Dear Crabby, I recently learned Detroit has a professional soccer team. It is called the Detroit City Football Club. Just as I was digesting that info I learned women’s soccer is coming to Detroit in 2020. I know years ago Detroit had a WNBA team, so do you think a women’s soccer team will work? Thanks! Alexi Futbol, Dear Alexi Futbol, Oh, boy. Here we go again. Back in July, I was asked what I thought about women’s soccer in general. Let’s just say not everyone appreciated my … [Read more...]

Rochester Garden Club Hosts Annual Garden Walk

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club present the 20th Annual Rochester Garden Walk Advance tickets available now until noon on June 19, through Pay Pal, on-site at the Rochester Hills Museum, at Bordine’s Nursery (Rochester location), Lytle Pharmacy, and Piechniks Garden Gate. The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Rochester Garden Walk - Rain or shine - Thursday, June … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Museum and the Rochester Garden Club Host Annual Rochester Garden Walk

Co-sponsored by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club. Tour gardens throughout our community, as well as experience the Rochester Hills Museum, the Open Air Market, Educational Presentation and, of course, the fabulous “Cookie Room” with an amazing variety of delicious homemade cookies. Thursday, June 21: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. Open Air Garden Market on the Museum grounds, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DIY Succulent Demo by Kathy Miller from … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park this Friday

Poetry in the Park Friday Evening at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Stop by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair for a comfortable evening—event runs until dusk. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Poets Reading this Year James Ahearn, Rochester, Past President of Poetry Society of Michigan Bea … [Read more...]

No Candy Easter Baskets

I have a huge sweet tooth. If candy is in the house then I'll eat it. Unfortunately, my son inherited his love of sweets from me, so if I have candy in the house then we will fight over it. Not literally, but more in the sense that he knows it's there and will either climb on kitchen counters to find it (because he knows I put it up high) or he will beg incessantly for it. It's a real problem to have candy in our house! This year I tried very hard to find Easter basket fillers that weren't … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour This Weekend

Get ready to be swept away into a holiday wonderland. The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library 2013 Holiday Home Tour has six enchanting homes to be toured this Sunday, November 17 from noon to 5:00 p.m. From a Greek Revival Farmstead to a home reminiscent of the Eastern Seaboard with cedar shake exterior and Native American and European interior influences to a Gabled Bungalow with English Court Holiday décor. The event benefiting the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) … [Read more...]

New sunscreen regulations push for safer beach-goers this year

As the poolside oasis or beach adventure beckons, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spreads awareness of the newest sunscreen guidelines for families nationwide. Now, products will sport fresh labels noting improved skin protection as well as alert shoppers with warning labels for products that don’t meet the regulation standards for 2013. “I’m thrilled that they are going to be more clear about it,” said Joseph Stutz, M.D., a dermatologist for the Dermatology Center of Rochester … [Read more...]

Corrin Barnett Donates Proceeds from Holiday Album to Local Charities

The holidays are the perfect time to give to loved ones and give back to the community. Local performer, Corrin Barnett, wife of Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, will once again be donating all proceeds from the sale of her holiday album to local charities and organizations. The CD, entitled “Just the Beginning,” is Corrin’s first album and has been a favorite in the Rochester area and beyond. Corrin Barnett has had the privilege of working with many nonprofit organizations in the … [Read more...]