"Tis the Season and all that, which means holiday events and more holiday events in and around the Metro-Detroit area. For instance, Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens is hosting a Christmas Market from November 15th to December 23rd. The market features handmade gifts from artisans in Michigan.
According to an article in The News-Herald, the Heritage Park Activity Building in Taylor is hosting Santa's Magic Forest on weekends throughout December. The event features several animatronic figures and scenes that were once displayed at the J.L. Hudson Department Store in Downtown Detroit. The event also features live entertainment and Santa. All proceeds benefit Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry. Cost is $3 an adult / $2 a child.
Meanwhile, the Royal Oak Farmers Market is hosting a Holiday Marketplace on December 5th from 4 PM to 8:30 PM. The event features products from local artisans.
As the holiday season officially gets underway, restaurants, stores, and community organizations start rolling out a special event or two. According to an article in the Ypsilanti Courier, Bona Sera Cafe, a restaurant in Ypsilanti with an eclectic menu, is hosting Bizarre Bazaar from December 6th to 8th. The bazaar will be chock full of unique products, art, food and entertainment, all of which will be provided by local artisans and businesses.
Meanwhile, Downtown Wyandotte is hosting Festive Fridays. On each Friday in December leading up to Christmas -- December 6th, 7th and 8th -- the downtown area will host live music, free carriage and trolley rides, carolers, live reindeer and, of course, Santa.
Last but not least, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores is hosting its 7th annual Poinsettia Ball on December 11th, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 11 PM. The event includes a Prime Rib Buffet, an open bar, music and a Champagne toast. Tickets are $40 per person in advance / $50 per person at the door.
Let the shopping begin!
After you're stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, you make be looking for a way to work off all those calories. You don't have to wait until Black Friday; several stores in the Metro-Detroit area are open on Turkey Day. While most of the stores give a nod to the holiday and don't open until the evening hours, still others are open most of the day. If you want something to do or a head start on some savings usually reserved for Black Friday, check out the 2013 List of Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.
Several restaurants in and around the Metro-Detroit area are hosting special menus or buffets for Thanksgiving Day. For instance, Edison's restaurant located within The Dearborn Inn, a historic hotel, is hosting a Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch.
Edison's restaurant at The Dearborn Inn © Nancy Jones, Licensed to About.com
The Detroit Guide to Thanksgiving will help you find a Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day, order take out, check out one of the many holiday-related shows and concerts, and/or get information about America's Thanksgiving Parade.
In a few days, Detroit Jews will start celebrating the eight-day holiday of Chanukah (or "Hanukkah"). The holiday falls pretty early in 2013. In fact, the candle in the first stem of the Menorah -- a nine-stem candelabrum of which eight stems represent each night of the holiday -- will be lit after sundown on Wednesday, November 27th.
Want to know more about the holiday? Check out a guide put together by Chibad.org.
Looking for a way to celebrate with the family? There are more than a few events scheduled in the coming weeks, including a concert, Menorah in the D, and several parties. Check out the List of Chanukah Events in Metro Detroit.
Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor has some new bells and whistles to show off this holiday season. In addition to a new play area, simulated ice rink, guest-services station, and color scheme, the mall has new seating and LED lighting. You can check out the changes yourself through the Photo Tour of Briarwood Mall. If you want to see it in person this holiday season, you don't have to wait until Black Friday. The mall will open at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
The List of Concerts and Shows Coming to the Metro-Detroit Area has been updated. Here is just a sampling of some of the concerts scheduled over the next six months:
- Third Eye Blind
- Michael Nesmith
- Kenny Rogers
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze
- Michael Bolton
- Cabaret 313 with Ute Lemper
- Kanye West
- Patti Labelle
- Jay Z
- Barenaked Ladies
- Bret Michaels
- Paul Simon & Sting
- Robin Thicke
- Miley Cyrus
November is just around the corner and brimming with things to do. First things first, you'll need to do a little preparation by turning your clock back an hour on Sunday November 3rd at 2:00 AM and then vote in your local election on Tuesday, November 5th.
Once you get that all sorted out, you can work your way through the several events leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, including the Detroit Veterans Day Parade, Zombie Movie Night, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Wayne County Lightfest, Deer Season, Campus Martius Ice Skating, Turkey Trot, Fantasy of Lights Parade, and Dickens Festival - just to name a few.
Benjamin Franklin first conceived of it and Britain was the first to implement it, but the U.S. finally tried it in 1918 during World War I as an energy-saving mechanism: Daylight-Saving Time. It didn't last for long at first -- it was repealed in 1919 -- and it was only spottily used across the nation thereafter.
It wasn't until 1960s and The Uniform Time Act of 1966 that it was consistently applied in the U.S. Even then, however, several states opted out. In 1974, Michigan opted out when congress extended Daylight-Saving Time to cover the whole year as an emergency fuel-savings measure -- apparently, a study indicated there were more car accidents involving children walking to school in the dark. The state came back into the fold when Daylight-Saving Time was scaled back to cover only part of the year. Indiana has had its issues with Daylight-Saving Time since its inception, but these days, only Hawaii and Arizona don't participate.
If it seems as though the clock change is happening earlier and earlier in the year, it is. We used to spring forward on the last Sunday of April. These days, since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, we spring forward on the 2nd Sunday of March and fall back on the 1st Sunday in November.
So, does all this time manipulation really benefit us? Yes. Studies have proven that Daylight-Saving Time allows us to make better use of daylight (think golf in Michigan), reduce evening accidents and save energy.
Fall Back on Sunday, November 3rd at 2 AM.
Looking for something to do on the Halloween holiday itself? If you are looking for something truly scary, check out the 8 PM showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, go on a ghost hunt at the Historic Holly Hotel, or visit one of the Metro-Detroit area's many, many haunted houses.
If you are looking to do something with older kids, check out Brandywine Cemetery in Ann Arbor. It is a simulated graveyard with animatronics and Hollywood props.
Families with younger kids can head over to Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, where an entire village is give over to the season and trick or treating is required. Alternatively, Grosse Pointe is having its Halloween Parade.
More Information: 2013 Detroit Halloween Guide