Patterson’s 2018 State of the County Address Reflects on “Sizzling Year” for Oakland County

Welcome to the Oakland County Blog’s coverage of the 2018 State of the County Address. Updates posted below were originally included in our Live Blog and have been reordered chronologically.


Updated: 6:55 PM

Welcome to the Live Blog

Welcome to the Oakland County Blog’s 2018 coverage of the State of the County Address. This year’s event has moved to the brand-new Flagstar Strand Theatre in Downtown Pontiac.


Updated: 7:04PM

Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton Named Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, a clinical psychologist with McLaren Health System, was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

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Stony Creek’s Habitat Trail: A Winter Wonderland

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

We only had three hours to hike and Stony Creek Metropark offers 27 miles of tempting trails. That made for the most pleasant dilemma on a bright, blue sky day on the wilder side of Oakland County. With those thoughts in mind, a fellow nature enthusiast and I headed to the 2.5-mile-long Habitat Trail in the northwest corner of the park, for a slow-paced journey into nature’s way in winter.

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Make Warm Memories at the Fire & Ice Festival

Looking for a warm gathering in the middle of a winter wonderland? Come to the Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Rochester!

Running from Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st, Fire & Ice is a three-day community celebration fit for the whole family. From dog sled rides and ice skating, to carriage rides and drink tastings, Fire & Ice has it all! Admission is free and the memories are priceless.

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Discover the Best Holiday Light Displays in Oakland County

Helping you find the best of the best Oakland County holiday light displays 

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to enjoy all of the beautiful, glimmering holiday lights that fill the streets of Oakland County, Michigan. Whether you want to show off your decked-out property, or take a drive and visit the best of the best holiday light displays, the new Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map is here to deliver. How does it work? Individuals can submit their Oakland County holiday decorated properties to the Oakland County Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map and once approved, the homes & businesses will show up on the map for users to visit in person.

Oakland County Holiday Lights Map 2017

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Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Tours

Are you looking for an Oakland County event that will fill you with holiday cheer right in time for the merry season? Meadow Brook’s Annual Holiday Walk is going on now and runs through December 23rd, 2017. Get excited to walk through this exquisite, early-20th century mansion decorated with twinkling holiday lights, trees, ornaments, and more, making it a true holiday wonderland.

This 110-room Tudor-revival style mansion was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and was once the home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge and co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Matilda loved spending her time filling Meadow Brook Hall with lavish furniture, paintings, and art from several centuries and around the world. These collections are still present in the home today and reflect the lavish lifestyles of the era of the American Industrialists of the early 20th century. Fun fact: The Tommy Dorsey Band and singer Frank Sinatra performed in the house at Matilda’s 25th birthday party.  In 1957, the Wilson’s donated their entire estate and an additional $2 million to found what would become Oakland University. Guests can now take a step back into history as they tour this National Historic Landmark.

Today, Meadow Brook Hall hosts parties, events, and special events such as the Holiday Walking Tours, and new this year, Holiday Lights & Winter Nights. On December 11 & December 18th – 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., guests can stroll down the lit path to the Land of Santa and Sweets to warm up by a fire and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. To make this festive season extra special, it is also offering a Kids Candy Adventure, a mailbox to the North Pole, and special guided candlelight tours open throughout the duration of the holiday season.

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