Rochester’s Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and that means downtown Rochester’s annual Big, Bright Light Show now illuminates Main Street every evening. Currently in its 13th year, the light show is a local holiday tradition that draws crowds from across the metro area. The light show, however, is only the latest version of Rochester’s holiday décor. Our Main Street Christmas makeover began in 1935, when according to local newspaper accounts that the downtown business district was … [Read more...]

Win a 2017 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible

Win a 2017 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible in Raffle Hosted by the Rochester Lions Club Drawing is August 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Leader Dog Training Center on Walnut Blvd, in Downtown Rochester. Actual production model & color may vary - need not be present to win. Proceeds to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind. Must be licensed driver 18 years or older; must provide valid insurance. Winner responsible for all taxes (state, federal, local), … [Read more...]

Founders Day Kicks Off the Bicentennial Year for City of Rochester with VIDEO

Founders Day, an annual event, was extra special this year. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the Rochester Hills Museum, not only to recognize six new "founders," but also to kick off the start to the City of Rochester's 200th year celebration. Founded on March 17, 1817 by James Graham, Rochester has grown, keeping up with the times, yet holding on to its past. "Small town feel" is alive and well in Rochester. This year's event was held in the 1927 Calf Barn of the Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Six New Members to be Inducted into the Community Hall of Fame for Founder’s Day Celebration

Rochester Hills Museum to Induct Six New Members into the Community Hall of Fame The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be inducting six new members into the Community Hall of Fame at the Founder’s Day Celebration on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. The Founder’s Day program is sponsored annually by the Rochester Historical Commission to recognize the founding of Rochester on March 17, 1817 by James Graham. This year’s event features PBS personality Tom Daldin and his wife, Rochester … [Read more...]

Great Rochester Heritage Days to Feature the 36th Annual Festival of Cars

Did you know that the Greater Rochester Heritage Days features not only our incredible past, but has a spectacular car show to attract your interest as well!? The Rochester Lions Club is putting on two great car shows in Rochester Municipal Park over the Memorial Day Weekend. This is the 9th annual Heritage Rod and Custom Car Festival and the 36th annual Festival of Cars. All proceeds from the car shows go to support Leader Dogs for the Blind and other Lions Charities. The Heritage Rod and … [Read more...]

Remembering Mike Gendich 1940-2013

Mike Gendich, 1940 - 2013 Those who had the privilege of knowing Mike Gendich knew he was a man who lived life to the fullest!  Known for his generosity and his zeal for adventure, it was not uncommon to find him racing motorcycles, driving boats, or flying hang gliders and ultralights. However, after a four year battle with cancer that lead him to several hospitals and ultimately found him at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Mike went home to be with the Lord on March 5, 2013 in the … [Read more...]

Lions Club Hosts Rockin Rods August 14th

Rockin Rods n' Rochester 12th Annual Downtown Rochester, Michigan Sunday – August 14, 2011 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rain or Shine Dream Cruise Warmup Trophies in classes for Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Pre 1950 Classics, Muscle Cars, Corvettes, 60's Classic Sports Cars and Specialty Vehicles, 50's Classic, Post 1970's Classic, Pro Street, Trucks, Traditional Rods, Street Rods, Vintage Come on down and have fun, fun, fun . . . The Oakland Press Award Music by Beth Automotive Art Food & … [Read more...]

Rochester Community House Pancake Breakfast in the Park

The annual “Breakfast In The Park” held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29 and 30 is coming up again soon. Rochester Community House will sponsor the breakfast on Saturday May 28th and Sunday, May 29th during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days. The Lions Club will once again have their huge Car Show in connection with the festival. When the Car Show participants come in for breakfast, they generally fill the Community House along with the community. The Five Star Connection will once again … [Read more...]