Vintage Historic Base Ball in Oakland County

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The first recorded Base Ball game in Michigan took place in Birmingham in 1857, between the teams of Bloomfield and Troy (in a field near what is now the corner of Old Woodward and Hamilton) according to an April 1897 Detroit Free Press article. The game started at noon, and the teams played until one team scored 100 runs.

The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since, as both players and fans. While the rules of the game have changed over time, the game is still basically the same one that has been played for over 150 years in Oakland County and America.

Locally, three teams play by the rules of the day (the day being the mid-1800’s). Continue reading

Celebrate Winter with Fire & Ice

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Celebrate cabin fever with a little snow, a little Ice and a little Fire!

Winter has finally set in. It’s time to jump in and enjoy it at the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival.

Oakland County, Oakland County Parks, the City of Rochester and Downtown Rochester have come together to host a wild weekend of winter fun, with a variety of activities to celebrate winter.

Some of the Activities & Events at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival include ice carving demonstrations, tube sledding, face painting, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, dog sled demos and rides, ice skating (bring your skates), broom ball exhibitions, ice sculptures and on Friday and Saturday nights – FIREWORKS! Continue reading

On Stage: A Christmas Carol

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For the 33rd consecutive year, Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Theatre presents everybody’s favorite holiday play, A Christmas Carol.

This oft told Charles Dickens classic, has been adapted in many different ways, in books, onstage in plays, on Television, and in films.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three Christmas spirits takes him from being one big humbug, to a man who  now treats everyone with generosity and compassion.

 

November Shows December Shows
Friday 14- Sunday 16 Wednesday 3- Sunday 7
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14
Friday 28 –  Sunday 30 Tuesday 16 –  Sunday 21

Please note that show time vary, some days have multiple shows.
Visit MB Theatre for times and further information.

Looking Back at the 2014 Brooksie Way

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I am pretty sure that the thousands of the runners in the seventh annual Brooksie Way half marathon, are glad that the race is behind them, and they don’t have to see any more hills until next year’s race. The course starts and ends at Meadow Brook on the campus of Oakland University and runners run along parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester.

The PlayOaklandCounty  team was present, scanning the QR codes on racers’ bibs to deliver real time results to the participants, answering people’s questions, and taking #BrooksieWay pictures for an #OaklandCounty Facebook album.

The event proceeds will be distributed as mini-grants to healthy living initiatives in the county by way of the Brooksie Way Mini-Grant program.

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Top Finishers:

Donald Richmond of Portland, Michigan completed the course in one hour and eleven minutes. Clarkston’s Shane Logan finished 2nd, a mear 24 seconds behind the leader. Seven other runners completed the course in less then 1:20 on a perfect day for running.

Top Finishers in 2014 Brooksie Way Half-Marathon

Male
1.  Donald Richmond – Portland
2.  Shane Logan – Clarkston
3.  Bryce Stroede – Rochester
4.  Leo Foley – Independence
5.  Michael Cox – Pinckney
6.  Mike Messina – Sterling Heights
7.  Ryan Beck – Royal Oak
8.  David De Steiger – Rochester
9.  Joshua Murphy – Kalamazoo
10.  Lee Shaw – Livonia

Female
1  Nicole Monette – Royal Oak
2  Amanda Wolski – Dearborn
3  Kim Sanner – Macomb
4  Amber Dermyre – Canton
5  Anne Lovelace – Rochester Hills
6  Renee Cholyway – Pontiac
7  Katie May – New Baltimore
8  Amy Corby – Rochester
9  Roxanne Carr – Troy
10  Erika Vallie – Macomb

Click here to see a complete list of race results.

Keep in touch all year long with The Brooksie Way on Facebook.