Happening This Week: History Comes to Life, Making a Difference and More
Whether you want a glimpse into pioneer or Victorian times or simply feel like doing some good, here are suggestions to plan your week.
PRINCESS for a DAY
Where/When: New Baltimore Parks & Recreation, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30.
Why Go: New Baltimore Parks & Recreation is organizing a Princess for a Day event, where you and your little princess can help another young girl feel a bit like royalty. Girls 5-10 will enjoy an evening of making crafts and cards for Haitian girls, hair and nails makeovers, goodie bags, a magic show, a walk down the runway plus refreshments and appetizers. Guests are also asked to bring a gently used pair of tennis shoes, sandals or flip-flops, which will be sent to children in need in Haiti.
Pricing: $20 per child. For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 586-725-0291.
APPLE FEST at MOUNT CLEMENS FARMERS MARKET
Where/When: Mount Clemens Farmers Market, 141 North River Road; 8 a.m. until sold out, Oct. 1.
Why Go: Mount Clemens Farmers Market holds its Apple Fest today, with free apple cider and donuts (while supplies last), plus contests prizes and more. Plus it's the perfect time to stock up on in-season goodies.
Where/When: Algonac State Park, 8732 River Road, Algonac; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 2.
Why Go: See the 18th century brought to life as the Algonac Historical Encampment parks it for two days at Algonac State Park. See how the European settlers and Native Americans lived as reenactors clad in period costumes demonstrate the era's way of life via crafts, chores, games, music, warfare and more. For an old-fashioned touch, an antique tractor will pull a wagon to tote guests to and from camp.
Pricing: Free if you have a State Parks pass; otherwise it's $5 per person or $2 for kids 12 and younger.
Where/When: New Baltimore Parks & Recreation, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1.
Why Go: New Baltimore Parks & Recreation is hosting the 16th Annual Make a Difference Day this Saturday. Visitors can take advantage of free health screenings and vaccinations, and kids will enjoy magic acts, face painting, crafts, a petting farm, treats and more.
FALL FUN at WOLCOTT MILL
Where/When: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.
Why Go: Fall is in full effect, so get into the spirit of the season with a day of fun at Wolcott Mill's Farm Center. Take a tractor-drawn hayride out to the pumpkin patch -- weather permitting -- to pick your own. Then enjoy cider and donuts after all that hard work picking the perfect gourd.
Pricing: $6 per adult, and $4 per child or senior. Pumpkins cost extra, depending on size. Plus the Metroparks charge a $5 admission for a day pass, or you can purchase an annual pass, too. Visit www.metroparks.com for details.
CEMETERY WALK & FUNERAL TEA
Where/When: Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens; noon Oct. 1.
Why Go: The Crocker House Museum holds its fifth annual Cemetery Walk today. The tour starts at the museum and guests will see the past come to life as they learn Victorian mourning traditions with re-enactors and experts. Every half-hour guests will leave by bus for Clinton Grove Cemetery, which is more than 150 years old. The Funeral Tea will be held at noon, and visitors will sample foods traditionally served at wakes, with the focus this year being on Irish customs.
Pricing: For the walk: $10 for Macomb Historical Society members, or $15 for non-members. Funeral tea tickets are $30 for members, and $35 for non-members. To buy tickets, call 586-465-2488.
MR. BLUE VELVET
Where/When: Macomb Center for Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township; 8 p.m. Oct. 1.
Why Go: Hear the legend live as Bobby Vinton opens the 2011-12 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts season.
MOM & SON BOWLING
Where/When: Premier Lanes, 11 a.m. Oct. 2.
Why Go: May the Force be with you, as Chesterfield Township Parks & Recreation is organizing its first-ever Star Wars-themed mother-and-son bowling event. Enjoy two games of cosmic bowling, pizza, pop and prizes.
Pricing: $16 per resident pair; $21 non-residents; $8 extra for each additional son.