Style and Tradition at the Woodward Dream Cruise

Start your engines! The Woodward Dream Cruise, Southeast Michigan’s premier classic car celebration, is back for its 22nd year. Automobiles of all ages and types will hit the road on Saturday, August 19 for the annual cruise, stretching from Ferndale to Pontiac. Although the festivities run from Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20, classic cars can be seen around Metro Detroit all week when the weather is nice.

Whether you own a souped-up hotrod or simply admire the classics, there’s a place for you at the Dream Cruise. Spectators can stake out spots along the cruising route to set up chairs and tents.* Younger cruise-goers will love special pop-up events, like the Kids’ Inflatable Zone, which will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. on cruise day. Other special attractions, like the Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage in Ferndale and the Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance in Berkley make Friday’s Dream Cruise a can’t miss Oakland County event.

*If you would like to set up a tent, be sure to check local ordinances, as a temporary permit may be required.

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Summer Movies in the Park

Filming in the nature

Friendship blossoms between two dogs as they find their way back home; a ragtag team of misfits sidesteps authority to save the galaxy; three women combat prejudice and adversity to reach the stars; a group of local animals find their voice.

These hit films, The Secret Life of PetsRogue OneHidden Figures, and Singmake up the 2017 program for Rochester’s annual Movies in the Moonlight. The event, which runs for four consecutive Saturdays, beginning July 15th, is an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy movies that inspire, entertain, and provoke thought in viewers of all ages.

Community movie nights are a summer staple across Oakland County: from Southfield’s Movie Under the Stars at the Municipal Complex to Movie Nights in Milford’s Central Park. With so many movies and community settings to choose from, there’s something great for everyone.

Want to find a movie in a community near you? Check out our list of this season’s lineup, then be sure to pick up some popcorn and enjoy the show!


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Bring your Garden to Life – Visit your Neighborhood Greenhouse!

Spring has blossomed and the flowers have too!

If you are in need of front yard foliage or a colorful oasis for weekend barbecues, then take your wishlist to any of the greenhouses and nurseries in Oakland County.  From ‘Sugar Baby’ Forsythia at Steinkopf Nursery, to Petunias at Telly’s Greenhouse, your perfect plants are just around the corner.

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Reflections on Simplicity and Voices of the World of Nature

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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George Washington Carver wrote, “If you love it enough, anything will talk to you.”
Those words took on a deeper meaning from 100 feet up on the catwalk of the South Manitou Island lighthouse, an 1871 structure that looks out over the sometimes treacherous waters of the Manitou Passage.

The catwalk was the perfect place to reflect, dream and listen to the audible and silent voices of nature. And that location gifted me with precious time disconnected from the fast paced world of modern civilization that swamps the mind with distraction, clutter and confusion.

I have just returned from a five week stay as the South Manitou Island lighthouse keeper at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. (During those five weeks I climbed the 117 iron spiral steps of that historic structure 189 times to reach the catwalk.)

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