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Tis the Season

On Saturday, November 4th, The Community House will host “SIP,” a unique event celebrating the harmony of outstanding wines and extraordinary cuisine. SIP engages the Michigan restaurant and wine community where exceptional area chefs and sommeliers team up to provide food and wine perfection. The event serves as the signature fundraiser for The Community House, a non-profit resource serving metro Detroit for nearly 94 years.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a private cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception for patrons. General admission begins at 6:30 p.m. where SIP will showcase small plate stations by some of the area's best restaurants including The Stand, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Tallulah, Prime 29, Eddie Merlot’s, Roast, Bistro 82 and The Community House.

Madeline Triffon, award-winning Master Sommelier and SIP’s official beverage director, will masterfully pair small plate selections with wines, cocktails and beer to create collaboration that will heighten the dining experience.

A wine and food-centric silent auction will give SIP attendees an opportunity to bid on wine and food related auction experiences, wine lots, baskets and more.

Included in the ticket price, the evening will conclude with an afterglow, The ZIM’S Vodka After Hours “Wine-Down” Party from 10 p.m. to midnight. The party will feature late night bites, dancing and luxury ZIM’S Vodka signature cocktails.

New to this year’s event, a portion of the SIP proceeds will provide scholarship opportunities for aspiring young food and beverage professionals seeking coursework in sommelier training and certification. Each year The Community House via SIP will provide funding for partial scholarships to either the Introductory Course or Certified Examination administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas.

SIP is sponsored by Emerson-Prew Insurance; Matt Moves Michigan, Gwen Schultz, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel; CLOZTALK; ZIM’S Vodka; Blossoms Florist; Luxe Linens; and Hour Detroit.

Patron Tickets: $300, General Tickets: $225, and Young Adult Tickets: $125 (21 to 30 years of age). For reservations, contact The Community House at 248-644-5832 or visit

We are honored and delighted to welcome the Detroit Children’s Choir and Seaholm High School SEA Choir to The Community House for the first time in a holiday performance which is sure to bring good cheer to all who attend. The Detroit Children’s Choir, under the direction of Eric Taylor, is presenting their select ensemble made up of 20 young singers from metro Detroit to perform holiday favorites and traditional songs you may not have heard. Following intermission, the Seaholm High School SEA Pop Ensemble will perform. This select group of 10 performers will be performing both acappella and accompanied for holiday favorites, conducted by Lauri Frick. The performance takes place on our beautiful Wallace Ballroom stage, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The Community House is presenting a diverse set of Holiday inspired classes and other performances. We have nearly a dozen holiday courses, including Decorate Your Own Ginger Bread House, Big Batch Holiday Cocktails, Festive Breads, Easy Holiday Entertaining and Nibble at The North Pole. Our Dance Academy will also present a Sugar Plum Tea Party and fully-staged production of The Nutcracker. Both of these events will take place right here at The Community House and showcase our Dance Academy students, teachers and community members. All registrations can be made online at, or by giving the Programs & Enrichment office a call at 248-594-6416.

Other Fall TCH Happenings

ON SALE NOW! The Sarah Smith Youth Theatre of The Community House proudly presents Legally Blonde, Jr. – The Musical on November 11th and 12th in the Wallace Ballroom at TCH. There will be two performances each day. Tickets prices are (Kid’s) Floor Seating $10 per person; General Seating $15 and Friends Reserved Seating $30 per person. To purchase your tickets or for more information, please visit or call TCH at 248.644.5832.

For reservations, tickets or more information about TCH Fall classes and events, please go to or call 248.644.5832.

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.

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