The Big, Bright Light Show & Lagniappe 2014

25 Nov

lagtitle Downtown Rochester held their annual celebrations of Lagniappe and The Big, Bright Light Show last night. In spite of the cold and high winds, the crowds still came out in large numbers to view the fabulous show of light. Thousands gathered on Main Street to count down to “Light the Town”.


The very festive employees at Holy Cannoli’s handed out treats to passersby.

The merchants of downtown Rochester kept up their annual tradition of Lagniappe, which comes from the Creole word that means “a little something extra” and passed out snacks and trinkets to passersby. The mood was one of happiness and joy as the crowd bustled from shop to shop, eager to start off the holiday season.

Folks will come from near and far to view The Big, Bright Light Show and can enjoy the beautiful display nightly through January 4th, 2015. For more Oakland County holiday events and photos, stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Big Game – High School Football Championship

24 Nov

It all comes down to this one game. After all the regular season games, and then the grueling playoffs, the end of a tremendous football season is finally here for two Oakland County Teams. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s & Clarkston are in the 2014 Michigan High School Football Championships being played at Ford Field this weekend. Continue reading

Celebrate the Season at the 2014 Holly Dickens Festival

22 Nov

2253757_origTurn back the hands of time, to Merry Old England, in the age of Charles Dickens. Downtown Holly, with its turn of the century buildings, celebrates the life and times of Charles Dickens in the 41st Annual Holly Dickens Festival.

Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, caroling choirs, sledding, unique shops with welcoming shopkeepers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and much, much more.


The 2014 Holly Dickens Festival will celebrate throughout three weekends, starting off with a 7 p.m. parade and tree lighting  on Friday, November 28, 2014.


Sat. Nov. 29, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Nov. 30, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 6, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Dec. 7, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 13, 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Sun. Dec. 14, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information visit the event website  or the Holly DDA

Photos provided by the Terry Connell & the Holly Dickens Festival

100 Day Challenge to Stamp Out Veteran Homelessness

21 Nov

Oakland County, Michigan has accepted the 100 Day Challenge to stamp out veteran homelessness, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. Veterans’ Services Division kicked off the challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 19 during Community Resource Day at Trinity Mission Baptist Church in Pontiac. The challenge will go through March 1, 2015.

2014_100 Day Homeless Flyer_v4 Continue reading

Safety Tips for Preparing your Holiday Turkey

20 Nov


Yum! It’s that time again. Start preparing for your perfect holiday turkey now, especially if you have a frozen turkey that needs to be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.

Remember these important tips on thawing, cooking, cleaning and leftovers. Continue reading

2014 Tree Lightings, Parades and Holiday Events

20 Nov

It’s time to enjoy the holiday lights and celebrate the season.

A gorgeous Holiday Lights capture from The Village of Rochester Hills’ Facebook page

Here is our 2014 list of tree lightings and holiday events in Oakland County:

Nov. 20, 2014  
The Big Reveal – downtown Milford at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 21, 2014
Holiday Lighted Parade – downtown Northville at 6:30 p.m.
Light the Village – Village of Rochester Hills at 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 22, 2014
Holiday Hoof Awards and Tree Lighting – downtown Ferndale at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23, 2014
Holiday Magic Parade – downtown Royal Oak at 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 24, 2014
Holiday Tree Lighting – City Hall in Madison Heights at 6:30 p.m.
The Big, Bright Light Show & Lagniappe – downtown Rochester at 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 26, 2014
Holiday Tree Lighting – Shain Park in Birmingham at 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 1, 2014
Pleasant Ridge Tree Lighting – Pleasant Ridge City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Clawson Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Memorial Park at 6:30 p.m.
Burgh Historical Park Tree Lighting – Burgh Historical Park in Southfield at 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2014
Waterford Township’s 28th Annual Tree Lighting – Waterford Township Hall at 6:00 p.m.
22nd Annual Holiday Lights Ceremony – Farmington Hills City Hall campus at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 4, 2014
Royal Oak’s 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – City Hall Plaza at 6:15 p.m.
Annual City of Troy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – City Hall at 7:00  p.m.

Dec. 5, 2014
Light Up the Night – Civic Center Campus in Novi at 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Celebration Christmas in Oxford  – Centennial Park at 6:00 p.m.
Wixom’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Community Center at 6:15 p.m.

Dec.  6, 2014
Cool Yule Festival – parade begins in downtown South Lyon at 5:30 p.m.
Holly Days – downtown Farmington from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Light Up the Grand – A Holiday Lighted Parade – Grand River & Warner in Farmington at 5:00 p.m.
Farmington Tree Lighting – Governor Warner Mansion at 5:30 p.m.
Hometown Holidays Lights Parade – downtown Berkley at 5:30 p.m.
Orion Lighted Parade – downtown Lake Orion at 6:00 p.m.
Auburn Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony – Squirrel and Auburn Roads at 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 7, 2014
Rochester Hometown Parade – downtown Rochester at 2:00 p.m.

Dec. 13, 2014
Holiday Lights Night – Renaissance High School in Clarkston at 6:00 p.m.

Please remember to check websites to verify dates and times.

Enjoy the lights and the beauty of this holiday season!

The Dream is Near – High School Football Semi-Finals

16 Nov
Ford Field

The View at Ford Field

When the High School football season started back in August, there were 584 teams that had the dream of going to the State Championships at Ford Field in November.

The regular season ended in October, 256 teams earned or were selected to take part in this years playoffs.

Three weeks later, 32 teams remain. Many deserving Oakland County teams’ season came to a end early, while five surviving teams are continuing the quest to become a state champ. Continue reading


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