Travel Back in Time at the 2018 Michigan Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye! The Michigan Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) is returning once again to Holly, Michigan. Back for the 39th year, the Ren Fest is known for being one of Oakland County’s most unique annual festivals. Riveting jousts, colorful costumes, and delicious turkey legs are just a few things you can look forward to. The festival celebrates the end of medieval times in a fantasy world setting and is open weekends and Labor Day, beginning August 18th through September 30th. Go back in time and experience the magic of the Renaissance! 

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All Aboard at the Detroit Model Railroad Club

Little things are a big deal at the Detroit Model Railroad Club. The club, located in Downtown Holly, is opening the 2017 edition of their iconic Michigan Union Railroad to the public this November, making it a must-visit destination this holiday season.

Train lovers young and old will be dazzled by the layout’s level of detail and artistry; hamlet communities and mid-sized cityscapes sit among the hills, valleys, and gently rolling rivers that define it. “The final,” as its members affectionately call the setup, may be a miniature, but its scope and history are life-sized. It is over four decades in the making and features 1,000 pieces of rolling stock. The club’s fleet of radio-controlled trains ride in style along a mile of hand-made track, allowing them to navigate the gargantuan Michigan-inspired landscape.

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Paddles on the Shiawassee: A River Trail in Oakland County

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Oakland County has an abundance of distinct landforms and exceptional natural features created by retreating glaciers. One of these features is a trail, with partially submerged logs, low-hanging branches, a beaver dam, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, muskrats, deer and sunning turtles. A trail best explored armed with a spirit of adventure and a paddle. Cascades of colorful leaves, small rapids, and a pulse-raising five second journey through a culvert under an active railway all add to this Pure Michigan style adventure. Paddlers need not travel far for this adventure. It’s right here on the Wilder Side of Oakland County as it meanders gently between the towns of Holly and Fenton. Continue reading