Wild Weeds and a Pontiac Urban Garden

A man and woman walk through plots in a community garden. The sky above is blue with puffy clouds.

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” His words often come to mind on my meandering adventures in our wildlands, however I did not expect them to spring to life most delightfully in highly urbanized Pontiac. But they did in the early evening of August 22nd. It all started after reading about an upcoming event in Pontiac with a catchy title that perked my interest: Herb Walk: What’s that weed?

I was not sure what to expect so I dug a bit deeper and found more information on the Facebook site of Growing Pontiac that included this, “Have you ever wondered what that pesky weed was in your yard? Why does it keep coming back even after you pull the root out? Join us in the field at the old Webster Elementary School for a wild plant walk where you’ll be introduced to the plants and herbs that are growing all around you. You will learn to identify our local plants and hear how they can be used in everyday life!” Continue reading

Dragon on the Lake: A Dragon of a Good Time in Oakland County!

A dragon boat full of paddlers takes instruction from the captain at the front of the boat. Homes along the shoreline and boats can be seen in the background.

The Lake Orion community celebrated art, music, dragons, and much more at the 10th Annual Dragon on the Lake festival last weekend, August 23rd through August 26th, 2018. Guests came from all over to support the Orion Art Center and enjoy dragon boat races, dancing, live entertainment, food and art vendors, a lighted boat parade, and more in the downtown area.

Relive the festival’s fun and excitement in our video!

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Fun at the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is almost here! On Labor Day Weekend, the streets of downtown Royal Oak will be bustling with activity, from musical performances and art shows, to food from your favorite local eateries and fun events just for kids. Attendees will enjoy events that include the 2018 Juried Fine Art Show, over 200 performances across nine stages, a Silent Disco, and more. Arts, Beats & Eats is a celebration you won’t want to miss! 

See what’s new at Arts, Beats & Eats for 2018 and check out our video for a glimpse of what you can expect. 

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Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Though the summer is coming to a close and schools will soon be in session, there are still plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! On Labor Day weekend, Americans across the country will be enjoying a break from work to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.

Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or at the annual Michigan State Fair, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events below:

List of Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Looking to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? Try the 11th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run in Rochester! In the mood to pursue some fine art, sample tasty treats, and rock out? Arts, Beats, and Eats festival in Royal Oak will host their annual Juried Fine Art show, while offering food from 40 local restaurants and have over 200 musical performances across nine stages. The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly will take you back to the time of knights, castles, and more. There are activities for everyone this Labor Day weekend!


Do you know of any other Labor Day events in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

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Tigers on the Wind: A Swallowtail Soirée

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is one of the most elegant butterfly species that flutters above the meadows and flower gardens of Oakland County. They are not as much of a “media-hog” as our milkweed loving monarch butterflies, nor do they undertake long border crossing migrations, but as for their visibility in these waning days of August—the beautiful swallowtails win hands down.

Don’t get me wrong. I like monarchs and often attend our local monarch butterfly festivals, but our “tigers on the wind,” the eastern tiger swallowtails, barely get a public notice even with their nearly five-inch wing spans. Perhaps they should, for they are appearing in the urban areas of Novi, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Rochester, and as to be expected they are fluttering about rural fields and the wide open spaces of our Huron-Clinton Metro Parks, Oakland County Parks, and the expansive State Recreation Areas managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It’s almost impossible to hike or bike down the Paint Creek, Polly Ann or Clinton River Trails on a sunny day without taking note of their mesmerizing appearance on trailside wildflowers. With those thoughts in mind, and no disrespect meant to the monarch lovers (count me among them) here’s a snapshot salute to the swallowtails, for in the world of nature all things are connected. Continue reading