Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s

Smart Towns presents “Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s” with Daniel Clark, September 23 Smart Towns host Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark on Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library. Clark will discuss the lives of 1950s Detroit autoworkers and their resilience during a time of economic and job insecurity.  Clark's first book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town, explored what … [Read more...]

Yappy Hour Returns this Year as a Fall Event

For the first time since 2019, the Michigan Animal Rescue League will host their in-person Yappy Hour event at the Rock Garden at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills on September 29. Yappy Hour “is the only cocktail party in Metro Detroit where your dog is invited,” states the website for the Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL). During Yappy Hour, guests may experience an evening of cocktails and treats, as well as activities such as a silent auction and red carpet photography. It is an … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek Questers Help Restore Antiques at Meadow Brook Hall

Eleven years ago, Stoney Creek #203 Questers of Rochester received a Preservation & Restoration Grant from The Questers International to restore a painting at Meadow Brook Hall. Since then, the chapter has received seven grants from The Questers to assist the Hall in various restoration projects. Carla Giddings, Diane Gurzick, Kathy Serafino, Marianne Raffin, Robin Wirthlin, Kathy Dennis, Jeanette Cooper, Gail Bothwell, Annie Williams, and Jan Caloia. This year’s $2,000 grant (along … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Women’s Club is Seeking Area Non-Profit Organizations to Benefit

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is looking for non-profit organizations that need assistance and can benefit from our fundraising. Each spring the club Donations Committee reviews requests submitted by local organizations requesting assistance. Based on the committee’s recommendations, annual recipients are selected for the major fundraisers as well as recipients for miscellaneous donations. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) has been serving the community since 1956. RJWC is a … [Read more...]

Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World

The Rochester Hills Public Library and Smart Towns presents “Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World” with Dr. John Todd March 10 The Rochester Hills Public Library will host “Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World” with Dr. John Todd of Rochester University on March 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Dr. Todd will discuss the origins of the Declaration of Independence, its purposes, and how it changed the world. Dr. Todd … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Hall presents ‘Art in the Elements’

A Floral Exhibit and Tour Art in the Elements at Meadow Brook Hall runs August 22 through August 25. Drawing inspiration from Meadow Brook Hall’s 90th anniversary and the estate’s beautiful grounds, combined with the talent of floral artists from around the country, Art in the Elements is sure to delight nature, art and history lovers of all ages. Visitors can stroll through the woodland paths of The Great Estate to view over 20 large-scale floral art sculptures and displays. Then, step … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Hall Summer Events

Summer is Here at the Great Estate Now that temperatures are soaring and children are getting out of school, summer has officially begun at Meadow Brook Hall. Touring of this 88,000-square-foot mansion is available daily, with three options: General House Tour, Behind the Scenes Tour and Walking Estate Tour. Summer also means popular community programs, new and old, are now available. Whether you prefer a morning of yoga or a relaxing afternoon in the garden, Meadow Brook Hall offers events … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can You Put a Price on Nostalgia?

Dear Crabby, The other day I walked into Target and felt like I entered a time machine. Before me were scrunchies, banana clips, Caboodles and pretty much everything my teenage self coveted back in the ‘90s. So, it got me thinking: with everything old becoming new again, is any of my stuff valuable? Thanks! Sonja Sentimental Dear Sonja Sentimental, I have no clue what a scrunchie is, but it sounds a bit like some sort of torture device women use to improve their appearance. Ya know. … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Hall Presents Landmark in Lights

The 47th Annual Holiday Walk Meadow Brook Hall’s 47th annual Holiday Walk runs through December 23. The Hall will be decked in holiday splendor with over 50 dazzling trees on display, including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants. Visitors can tour the grand rooms of the Great Estate decked in elegant holiday décor and on select evenings warm themselves by the fire while roasting S’mores and enjoying holiday beverages. The Meadow Brook estate will shine a little … [Read more...]

Matilda Dodge Wilson Statue Unveiled at Homecoming

A life-sized, bronze statue of Oakland University (OU) founder Matilda Dodge Wilson was unveiled near the walkway between the Oakland Center and South Foundation Hall during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend activities. The original idea came from the class of 2010 and began as a Senior Class Gift project. However, the class was unable to fund the creation and the project had to be shelved for the time being. “As the university’s 50th reunion for the classes of the 1960s began organizing, … [Read more...]