Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Tours

Thank you for your interest in the Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk. For the Oakland County Blog’s latest edition of Holiday Walk, see here.

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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Oakland County College Connections Story Map

Are you planning for your future? Opportunity abounds for higher education in Oakland County. Scholars have several options to choose from with various universities, skilled trade schools, degree programs, and career and specialty schools nearby. Take a look at our GIS College Connections story map and learn about the exciting options that are available to you right here in Oakland County. Click on a college or school that interests you to learn more about what they have to offer.

The Oakland County College Connections story map can be a great resource for your decision-making process.

Whether you’re looking to acquire a new skilled trade, earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or obtain new career skills, the possibilities for higher education in Oakland County are almost endless. It’s time to apply – your future is now!


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The 10th Brooksie Way! What a Hot Race!

The 10th annual Brooksie Way was undoubtedly a hot one, but that didn’t stop over 4,500 runners and walkers from completing last Sunday’s race. Temps hovered in the mid to high 80s, but 5k, 10k, and half marathon racers were brimming with energy and excitement!

5,000 volunteers and about 10,000 spectators lined the beautiful course that began at Oakland University. Half marathon walkers and runners continued through the city of Rochester Hills, Downtown Rochester, along the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, and ended back at the university.

Check out our video to see all of the race day fun! If you were a runner, walker, volunteer, or supporter, you just may find yourself in it!

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Celebrate the Brooksie Way’s 10th Anniversary!

Thousands of runners and walkers will be gearing up to participate in the 10th running of the McLaren Brooksie Way this Sunday morning at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the grounds of Oakland University!

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, 40 sponsors and at least 115 legacy runners and walkers who have participated in each of the first nine McLaren Brooksie Way races were honored during a Gala Sponsor’s Reception yesterday evening. The 10-year athletes received express pickup of their race packets and a special race shirt noting their achievement.

Take a look at the Brooksie Way 10th Anniversary video to view some favorite race memories through the years and hear commentary from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Brooksie Way Board Members: 1983 Boston Marathon Winner Greg Meyer and Olympic Running Champion Bill Rodgers.

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Oakland University: Oakland County College Connections

Oakland University (OU), located in the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, offers its students 270 degree and certificate programs. Known as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective, OU has plenty to extend to its over 20,000 enrolled scholars. When students aren’t busy conducting research, gaining global perspectives, competing in Division I athletics – Go Golden Grizzlies!, leading student organizations, or performing on stage, there’s a sprawling campus, spanning two thriving cities to enjoy.

Take a look at our video and tour the gorgeous campus and architecture yourself.

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