Michigan’s Amazing Asparagus: A Celebration of Green Spears from Empire, Michigan to the Oakland County Market

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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There is no celebration of asparagus quite like the three days of food-stomping, hand-clapping, green-spear eating fun that was held last weekend in northern Michigan. The festival took place on the streets of downtown Empire, a village nestled in the shadows of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and barely a stone’s throw from the waves of Lake Michigan. Are you wondering how one celebrates asparagus? I traveled to Empire to find out and quickly became an active participant in Empire’s 12th Annual Asparagus Festival, an event that even outshines St. Patrick’s Day when it comes to being green.

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Congrats to OUWB’s Charter Class 2015 Graduates!

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Congratulations to the 47 students who graduated from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) last Friday, May 15, 2015. The graduates make up the first class to graduate from OUWB and were selected from more than 3,200 applicants nationwide. The OUWB medical school opened in 2011 as Michigan’s first new M.D.-granting allopathic medical school in nearly 50 years and Oakland County’s first medical school ever. Continue reading

Service and Sacrifice Honored

Memorial Day

Decoration Day, as it was called from the Civil War until 1967, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

The City of Ferndale, host to the oldest, continuously held Memorial Day Parade in Michigan, held their first Memorial Day parade in 1919. This year, they will honor all who have sacrificed during their 97th annual parade on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. in Downtown Ferndale.

Please join us honoring in those who served at one of the many events that Oakland County communities have planned for Memorial Day.

View our list of this year’s Memorial Day events by community.

Takin’ It to the Streets

“Many of us have had a long term love affair with their car, and for some it has lasted longer than any other personal relationships.”

In Southeastern Michigan, warmer weather can only mean one thing. Cruising! Not on the open seas to Bermuda, Jamaica or Alaska, but on the major streets of our communities. This may be the only time of year, that many Michigan motorists enjoy being stuck in traffic, surrounded by a sea of motorized beasts. Hot Rods and Classics of every make, model and year can be seen on the streets of Southeastern Michigan during these automotive celebrations. Visit our Cruising Southeastern Michigan list for some of the “auto” related events in and around Oakland County over the summer of 2015.

Jack-In-The-Pulpit: Secrets Exposed

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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May is the season when observant woods-walkers and trail hikers are rewarded with visual treats of all sizes, shapes and colors. Fawns lay motionless in dappled sunlight. Migrating Warblers sing from shrubs, morels emerge and Osprey soar high overhead. In the rain-soaked woodlands of our larger Oakland County Parks, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, perhaps the strangest perennial wildflower of all, has emerged from winter dormancy. Jack has a secret that breaks the rules of botany. Jack is sometimes Jill, and Jill may switch back to being Jack. Confused? Here’s the rest of this flowery tale of Oakland County’s mysterious forest floor hermaphroditeArisaema triphyllum. Continue reading