Week of 8.21.17

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MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Library Street Collective gallery owners JJ and Anthony Curis collaborated on a remarkable event that turned their home – the  Hawkins Ferry house – into a museum. Under the title “Unobstructed Views,” 39 pieces of art, all available for bids, had been installed throughout the modernist gem on the shore of Lake St. Clair. More than 200 guests ($175, $200 ticket) and their conversation invigorated both floors of the museum and the lakeside terrace. Guests included legendary sculptor Glen Michaels, who recalled creating many installations for the home’s architect Bill Kessler. Art collector Shirley Piku was another guest with specific memories.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
August 2017
The Van Hoosen Jones-Stony Creek Cemetery at Tienken and Sheldon Roads. The 16.8-acre cemetery, owned and operated by Rochester Hills, was donated by the late Dr. Sara Van Hoosen. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
July 2017
The Rochester Opera House building, built in 1890 and refurbished in 1987, at 311 S. Main Street at the corner of Fourth. The building now houses Lytle Pharmacy. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
June 2017
The course at Pine Trace Golf Club, an Arthur Hills designed 18-hole course at 3600 Pine Trace Boulevard in Rochester Hills. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
May 2017
The Rochester Farmer’s Market, now in its 18th year, will open Saturday, May 6, for the 2017 season. Located at East Third and Water streets, one block east of Main Street, the market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the fall season. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
April 2017
The bridge overlooking the Paint Creek near the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent
March 2017
The Richardson Academic Center Theatre building at Rochester College. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent
February 2017
The Rochester Fire Station at 277 W. 2nd Street in Rochester, which was remodeled in the last couple of years. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
January 2017
The Rochester Rotary Gateway Park in downtown Rochester. The park was initially developed in 1997 by the Rochester Rotary Club and continues to be upgraded through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent
December 2016
The annual tradition of the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, which involves over one million points of light each year. The holiday lights display are part of the seasonal celebration that includes the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4. Downtown photo: Rochester Downtown Development Authority.
November 2016
The Rochester Hills Public Library, dedicated November 1, 1992, at 500 Olde Towne Road on the edge of the central business district in downtown Rochester. The library, through contract arrangement, also serves the city of Rochester and Oakland Township. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
October 2016
Downtown Rochester's oldest building at 300 South Main Street – the Rollin Sprague building, constructed in 1849 – now houses the Home Bakery, established in 1930. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
September 2016
The historical Rochester Elevator feed and fertilizer store, built in 1880 by Charles K. Griggs. The building may end of being moved to accommodate a condo development at the site. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
August 2016
The award-winning Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester, often described as a boutique resort hotel with architecture reminiscent of an English manor house. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
July 2016
Paint Creek near Rochester City Hall. Downtown photo: Katie Deska.
June 2016
The Museum at the VanHoosen Farm, located in Stoney Creek Village. The 16-acre museum/farm was home to the Taylor and VanHoosen families dating back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
May 2016
The Elliott Tower, donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, is both a gathering spot for students and a visual centerpiece for the campus of Oakland University. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
April 2016
An aerial view of the golf course at Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, founded in 1971. Aerial photo 2016 Google Earth.
March 2016
The inconic water tower for the city of Rochester. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
February 2016
Buildings from the Van Hoosen Farm as part of the Rochester Hills Museum preservation effort. The farm dates back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
Janaury 2016
Meadow Broock Hall, the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson and second husband Alfred Wilson between 1926 and 1929. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
December 2015
The Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, involving more than one million points of light for the holidays. The iconic holiday display will be viewable through January 3. The holiday celebration includes the annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Downtown photo: Mark Hicks Photography
November 2015
The iconic Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road in Rochester Hills, which has been producing apple cider since 1876. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
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