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Two Big Music Festivals This Weekend And More!

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By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further, here is a handful of ideas to get you outside and enjoying the long weekend! Leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions for readers looking for some fun.

  1. Detroit Jazz Festival – Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Over 50+ acts will perform on several stages over the four day jam session. Music is not the only thing visitors will enjoy with offerings such as educational activities for both children & adults.
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. 7-10 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m.Admission: FREE
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  2. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats takes over. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 150+ artists perform on several stages and many local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stroll around and taken in all of the art!
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    Dates: Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after
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  3. Michigan Renaissance Festival – It’s that time of the year again! You can go as you are or you can dress up in your best Renaissance outfit. Throw tomatoes, watch full-contact jousting or bite into a big juicy turkey leg. There are games, food and music for all ages!
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    Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 26 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $21.95 | Child: $12.95
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  4. Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair – The Suburban Collection Showplace plays host to a tradition that’s been absent from the state. Moving north and taking on a different name Michigan agriculture will be the center of attention once again at this weekends Great Lakes State Fair. There will be Michigan made products on display, livestock & agriculture areas, beer gardens and much more.
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    Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission:Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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Sister Pie takes 2014 Hatch Detroit Top Prize, $50,000

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By Jeffrey Buck

In case you missed it this past week, the 2014 Hatch Detroit contest came to an end on Wednesday with Sister Pie taking home the coveted $50,000 to help start their business. Looking to locate within the West Village neighborhood, Sister Pie offers several baked goods using local ingredients. They specialize in seasonally driven pies and cookies.

The Detroit Free Press had a chance to talk to owner, Lisa Ludwinski, who is excited to take her business to the next level. You can read that article by clicking here.

Previous winners of the Hatch Detroit contest  included Hugh, La Feria and Batch Brewing.

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Miller Lite to bring back a taste of days gone by

What’s old is new again in 2014. A favorite, familiar look for Miller Lite has hit store shelves across Oakland and Macomb counties this week, as the light beer has temporarily returned to its iconic packaging.

As of Jan. 1, the limited-edition Original Lite Can, an updated version of its original look, has been made available in local stores across metro Detroit.

“When Lite fans catch sight of the packaging, with images of hops, barley and the phrase ‘a fine pilsner beer,’ they are sure to reminisce about memories shared with a favorite beer and days gone by,” said Jeff Bright, director of marketing at Powers Distributing in Orion Township.

Miller Lite earned a reputation for its quality ingredients and the unique brewing process that consumers have enjoyed for generations. It is distributed in Oakland and Macomb counties by Powers Distributing Co. Powers Distributing, based in Orion Township, is the number one distributor of MillerCoors and MillerCoors the second largest brand in Oakland and Macomb counties.

“Miller Lite, the original light beer, offers consumers the rare combination of fewer carbohydrates with the great taste consumers have come to count on for decades,” said Gary Thompson, chief operating officer at Powers Distributing in Orion Township.

The limited-edition Original Lite can will be available nationwide through March 2014 and will be sold in 12-, 16- and 24-ounce sizes.

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Vote for your favorite window display

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By Jeffrey Buck

Holiday window shopping hasn’t been the same in Detroit since the Hudson’s flagship store closed over 25 years ago. Well, that’s all about to change as the Somerset Collection retailers transform several windows along Woodward in what has been dubbed ‘Once Upon a Holiday.’

Holiday shoppers and downtown pedestrians will be delighted to see that both sides of Woodward between Grand River and Witherell will have their window displays transformed by such retailers as GAP, Pottery Barn, 7 For All Mankind, Sephora, Eddie Bauer, Kiehl’s, Willmas-Sonoma and more.

The Sommerset Collection and Bedrock Real Estate are are asking for the public’s help to identify the best window display. The voting period has already begun and will end on Friday, December 20. The displays are part of Holiday DLight: Made in Detroit and all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite display by clicking here.

The winning display will be crowned on Monday, December 23 and the first 1,000 people to vote will receive a voucher for a free cupcake from Just Baked.

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Become a Member Today!

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward SPine 2013

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward Spine 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

I’ve written about this subject before but as I travel throughout the year to new places I am always reminded how important it is to support our local attractions. In hard times and in good these great places are always in need of local support to fund upkeep, special exhibitions and events. Detroit and its surrounding communities have an extensive amount of historical places that are great for local residents and tourists alike. I’m currently a member of the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak Historical Society and the Henry Ford and want to continue to support others each year. Below is a list, by no means complete, of some of our great institutions you can support.

The Detroit Zoo | detroitzoo.org
The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, Mich. Memberships range from $43 to $160 depending on size of family and where you live. Open year round with hours that vary by season.

The Henry Ford | thehenryford.org
A membership gives you access to both the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Memberships range from $45 to $600. Members receive discounts to IMAX movies, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and much more.

Pewabic Pottery | pewabic.org
Members receive discounts to the Museum Store and Galleries. This historic institution dates back to 1903 and is located on Jefferson Ave. Typical memberships range from $25 to $150.

Preservation Detroit | preservationdetroit.org
Preservation Detroit is known for its spectacular walking tours. A leader in the preservation of Detroit’s architectural history they offer several events throughout the year. Membership levels range from $20 for a student to $2,500 for the Founder’s Circle.

Detroit Institute of Arts | dia.org
The DIA has one of the greatest collections of art. Although supported by the tri-county area you can still become a member. Membership dues are $60 and up.

Motown Museum | motownmuseum.org
The Motown Museum does not currently offer memberships but can be supported through its Annual Fund. The historic set of houses on Grand Blvd. are a Detroit landmark. The museum also accepts the donation of artifacts.

Meadow Brook Hall | meadowbrookhall.org
Open year round this National Historic Landmark is a gathering place for many throughout the year. Memberships start at $100 and include admission, discounts and more. Meadow Brook is also always looking for volunteers.

Detroit Historical Society | detroithistorical.org
Having just gone through a large-scale renovation there’s no better time to become a member. Membership levels start at $25 for the “Researcher” level. Become a member of the Dossin Maritime Group for an extra $20.

Royal Oak Historical Society | royaloakhistoricalsociety.com
This Detroit suburb offers great exhibits in a former fire station. Single memberships are $10 and a family membership is $18.00. Members receive free admission to the museum as well as newsletters and special event alerts throughout the year.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House | fordhouse.org
Located on 80 acres of lakefront property, this historic home is absolutely gorgeous. Members enjoy many benefits starting at just $25 for a Grounds Pass. Enjoy a guided home tour as well as an iPod Touch tour of the grounds.

Michigan Science Center | mi-sci.org
Formerly the Detroit Science Center, this family friendly attraction is better than ever. Memberships start at $35 for students and only $75 for a Family. Benefits include free admission, discounted IMAX admission and many more discounts.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | thewright.org
Become a member of the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience for as little as $25 for a college student and $65 for a family. Located near the Michigan Science Center and DIA, make a day out of all three.

Belle Isle Conservancy | belleisleconservancy.org
For as little as $10 you can become a member of a group dedicated to preserving the largest city-owned island park in the USA. The island is home to some of Detroit’s greatest attractions including the Detroit Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Are you a member of a group not on the list? Please let us know so we can include it.

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Oakaloosa Music Festival

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By Jeffrey Buck

Still looking for something to do tomorrow? Look no further. Get over to Oakaloosa.com and pick up a festival ticket for the inaugural event taking place at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $55 for a VIP ticket. All parking is $10 a car.

The festival gates will open at 11:30 a.m. with the first band taking the stage at noon. Below are schedules for the bands playing throughout the day:

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Welcome Somerset CityLoft & The Detroit Shoppe back to downtown Detroit

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By Jeffrey Buck

With so much negative news going around it’s with pleasure that I can say that Somerset CityLoft and The Detroit Shoppe are once again open in downtown Detroit starting today.

The stores will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Saturday, August 24.

CityLoft will once again showcase nearly 40 pop-up shops from some of the Somerset Collection‘s most notable brands and retail partners. Joining last years list of retailers includes 7 for All Mankind and L.K. Bennett. Other notable brands include:

Aveda
Bachrach
Cache
Eddie Bauer
Gap
Hugo Boss
The Limited
Macy’s Bridal
Gymboree
Vera Bradley
Sweet Factory
Marlee’s by Tapper’s
Lego
Paradise Pen
True Religion
Swarovski
Fossil
Hallmark
Brooks Brothers
Gucci
Coach
Lilly Pulitzer
Marmi
Sur la Table
Williams-Sonoma
Anne Fontaine
Maxmara
Wolford
Buckle
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Eileen Fisher
Saks Fifth Avenue
Madewell

CityLoft is located at 1261 Woodward which is between Grand River and State. The Detroit Shoppe is located just south at 1201 Woodward at the corner of Woodward and State. Don’t forget to stop in at Moosejaw who after a successful temp store last fall has been a permanent staple downtown since.

Coneys, Faygo and Better Made chips will be available every Thursday at CityLoft for only $5. The Summer in the City program and Boll Family YMCA will benefit from every penny in food sales.

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