ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Raise a glass to wildlife at the Detroit Zoo’s second annual Wild Beasts, Wild Wine and sample wines from more than 30 local and national wineries and vineyards. The event takes place this Friday, July 26, 2013, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
The wine-tasting experience will feature live performances by jazz crooner Ben Sharkey and Gino Fanelli’s Red Hot Sugar Daddies, after-hours access to the Zoo’s award-winning habitats, complimentary tram tours of the Zoo, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.
Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as space is limited. Tickets are available for $40 online or at the gate. Ticket packages include Detroit Zoo admission, parking and 10 wine-tasting tickets (additional tasting tickets and food will be available for purchase).
Designated Driver (DD) tickets are available online or at the gate up to the night of the event. DD tickets are $25 and include Zoo admission, parking and unlimited soft drinks. DD ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event.
To purchase tickets, visit www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-beasts-wild-wine or Booth 1 at the front of the Zoo.
Wild Beasts, Wild Wine will take place in the Detroit Zoo’s Events Pavilion, rain or shine. Attendees must be 21 or older; photo ID is required. A grape time will be had by all!
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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Adults are invited to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again at Summer Zoomance. The after-hours, 21-and-older event takes place Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Admission for all guests is $12 in advance and $14 after July 5. Parking is free for Detroit Zoological Society members and $5 for non-members.
Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones during a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats. The event will feature complimentary tram tours throughout the Zoo as well as animal enrichment and zookeeper talks at the otter, snow monkey and polar bear habitats.
Blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi will perform, and food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3.
July 11 is the first of two Summer Zoomance dates in 2013; a second event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22. Tickets for Summer Zoomance can be purchased online at http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/zoomance as well as at the admission gates.
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Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesdays during July and August with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, presented by MESP. Concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 3 through Aug. 28, 2013, and are free with Zoo admission.
Admission prices are reduced to $6 for all guests after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August; members are admitted free. The Zoo remains open until 8 p.m.
Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, folk, rock, Motown and R&B. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.
- July 3 – The Sun Messengers (Motown and R&B)
- July 10 – The Joe Reilly Band (children’s)
- July 17 – The Sugarees (Americana)
- July 24 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)
- July 31 – The Verve Pipe (children’s)
- Aug. 7 – Jill Jack (folk)
- Aug. 14 – Julianne Ankley (country)
- Aug. 21 – Candy Band (children’s)
- Aug. 28 – Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers (children’s)
While Zoo visitors are getting their late-day dose of “Vitamin Z”, the animals will receive enrichment as well at 6 and 7 p.m. Offered daily at the Detroit Zoo, environmental enrichment enhances animal habitats to make them more dynamic and engaging. It includes the introduction of novel and sometimes unpredictable elements such as objects, sounds, scents or other stimuli that give the animals the opportunity to express choice and control in their environments and to make decisions, express individuality and behave in species-typical ways.
Wild Summer Nights is supported by Ford, Outback Steakhouse and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.
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March 1 – 10, 2013
By Jeffrey Buck
Tomorrow is the start of Royal Oak’s Restaurant Week featuring several of its well known food and drink landmarks. The 10-day long celebration kicks off its third year with an expanded list of 25 Royal Oak establishments representing all kinds of styles. This years group will be offering three-course dinner menus with tier-level pricing; $15, $25 and $35 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity). A select number of participating restaurants will also be offering a lunch option as well. This years group includes:
- 526 Main
- Blackfinn American Saloon
- Café Habana
- Cafe Muse
- Cantina Diablos
- D’Amatos Restaurant
- Fifth Avenue
- Gemmayze Lebanese
- Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery
- Lockhart’s BBQ
- Oak City Grille
- Oxford Inn
- Pizzeria Biga
- The Rock on 3rd
- The Royal Oak Brewery
- Star Lanes Restaurant & Sports Bar at Emagine Royal Oak
- Tom’s Oyster Bar
- Town Tavern
- Woody’s Diner
For more information on the week as a whole or any of the participating restaurants, visit royaloakrestaurantweek.com. A map of the locations of participating restaurants can be found by clicking here. Reservations are not required but highly recommended.
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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.
- Detroit Jazz Festival– Several downtown Detroit blocks will be taken over this weekend for the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. 100 acts will perform on five 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 and fireworks.
Dates: Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. Hours: Fri. 4-11 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Mon. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Admission: FREE
- Ford Arts, Beats & Eats – Downtown Royal Oak will once again be rocking as Ford Arts, Beats & Eats celebrates its 15th year. Visitors this year have choices to make as more than 200 artists perform on ten stages and several local restaurants dish out some fantastic cuisine. Oh and don’t forget to stoll around and taken in all of the art!
Dates: Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Mon. 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Fri: Free until 5 p.m., $5 after | Sat. to Mon. $3 until 5 p.m., $5 after
- Tigers Home Stand – In what could be one of the most important series of the entire season, the division leading Chicago White Sox travel to Comerica Park this weekend to take on the Detroit Tigers. Sunday’s day game time was recently changed to 8:06 p.m. because it was selected as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game.
Dates & Times: Friday, August 31 @ 7:05 p.m. | Saturday, Sept 1 @ 7:05 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 2 @ 8:06 p.m. Admission: Varies, visit tigers.com
- 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!
Dates: Open Weekends & Labor Day, Plus Friday Sept. 14 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Rain or shine Admission: Varies, Adults: $20.95 | Child: $11.95
- Great Lakes 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.
Dates: Friday, August, 31 through Monday, September 3. Hours: Varies, Fri. – Sun. 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.| Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Varies, Adults $6-$25 | Children $5-$20
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By Jeffrey Buck
World-famous chef Mario Batali is a part-time Michigander and loves to cook with ingredients and produce grown in our great state. He shared his tips and recipes with Pure Michigan this year and gave a list of his top must-see destinations in the state this summer. Take advantage of his vast knowledge this Labor Day with one of his three recommendations!
- Piadina with Michigan Cherries, Bologna & Raclette – A piadina is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy that is stuffed with every conceivable filling. The dough is easy to make and once lightly grilled is layered with raclette, bologna and topped with fresh Pure Michigan cherries. Quick and delicious!
- Michigan Walleye in Prosciutto with Pesto Fregola – So delicious, with crisp, salty, porky prosciutto enveloping the fresh Michigan Walleye. Refrigerating the fish before cooking it helps make its “shirt” of prosciutto adhere. Nutty, flavorful fregola tossed with pesto adds another dimension to this flavorful Walleye recipe.
- Beef Braciole “Pinwheel-style” – All the lusty flavors of braciole wrapped up in a butterflied tenderloin with Italian Caciocavallo, Bella Fortuna Restaurant’s sliced Artisanal salami and Michigan dried cherries–the results are spectacular. This dish is so good it’s sure to become a family-favorite recipe.
And be sure to visit Mario’s must-see destinations in northern Michigan!
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By Jeffrey Buck
Those of you 21-and-older who missed the first Summer Zoomance shouldn’t be upset. You have a second chance! The Detroit Zoo’s second Summer Zoomance is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine.
Guests will enjoy a twilight stroll of their favorite award-winning animal habitats while enjoying food and adult beverages, which can be purchased at Zoo concessions. The event will feature free tram tours, music from the Sun Messsengers, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks. Admission for all guests is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. As always, Detroit Zoological members will be offered free parking. Parking for non-members will be $5. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at www.detroitzoo.org.