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Top Blog Real Estate Articles in 2018 - Jamey Kramer Group

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top 20 Real Estate Articles 2018

Happy New Year from the Jamey Kramer Group! We hope you are having a great 2019 so far: staying warm and enjoying some of the warmer, sunnier days of this winter so far.

As we do every year around this time, we are enjoying the process of looking back at what made 2018 so special and what our valuable clients and readers have meant to us.

We are always so grateful to say that we serve the beautiful communities of Novi, Northville, and South Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan. It's a beautiful place to live and serve - and you all are what make it that way. We are honored to have your support and your trust.

Because we value this community so dearly, and also because we see what a fantastic job it does serving its citizens at every level, we always want to partner with these cities and promote all of their best aspects. One way we do this is through this blog, as we highlight community events and activities for each month.

This past year, 2018, has been another hopeful one of those of us in the real estate market. The economy and real estate trends have continued to stay strong, and we've been able to see many people buy and sell their dream homes.

We find it to be a unique privilege to be in the lives of the many singles, couples, and families as they are buying and selling, and 2018 was no exception. It's often one of the most exciting and momentous processes in anyone's life, and we get to walk alongside you! We are committed to doing our best to be there for you in this time of your life to make sure you're as supported as possible.

To that end, we try to offer the most helpful tips and information for the current real estate market in the current season. We make sure when we write that our information is up to date and that it's helpful for our readers as they make decisions about their homes.

As exciting as it can be to go on a new adventure - to buy or sell your home - we know that it's often stressful and exhausting. We want to be there to help you through it, either with the knowledge and expertise we've gained from our many years of working in this business, or with the simple, personal touch of having one of us by your side.

After all - we do this all the time! Hopefully, you will only have to do it once or twice in your life. And we're just a phone call away.

Every year we assess what you wanted to read by rounding up our top most popular articles from the year before using Google Analytics. We get to see what you liked most and found most helpful - both in our real estate section and in the community section of our blog.

At the beginning of the next year, we put them all in one place, so you have a handy recap. Without further adieu, here are the top most popular articles from 2018! Happy New Year and happy reading!

Top 10 Real Estate Articles in 2018

1. Is Novi, Michigan a Safe Place to Live?

2. Is Northville, Michigan a Good Place to Live?

3. Novi, Michigan - The Origin of Its Mysterious Name

4. 3 Manageable Strategies to De-clutter Your House Before Selling

5. Top Kitchen Fixes For Mass Appeal
 
6. Deep Cleaning Checklist to Sell Your Home Fast

7. What Matters When Applying for a Mortgage
   
8. Hottest Design Trends to Help Sell Your House Quickly

9. Cheap Fixes To Sell Your House Quickly

10. 4 Reasons Your House is Sitting on the Market     

    
Top 10 Northville, Novi, & South Lyon Community Event Articles 2018

1. Easter Brunches in Novi and Northville, MI

2. How Many Snow Days Are Michigan Schools Allowed

3. Easter Egg Hunts in Novi Northville and South Lyon, MI 2018

4. Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

5. Best Local Places to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Northville and Novi Michigan

6. Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

7. 4th of July Events for Novi and Northville, Michigan 2018

8. Easter Brunches in Northville and Novi, MI 2015

9. Christmas Events in Northville, Michigan - November 2018

10. Thanksgiving in Northville and Novi, Michigan

 

Takeaway

We appreciate your input and requests! Please feel free to let us know if there is any subject you would like us to cover. And please remember, we are here whenever you need us!

Upcoming Holiday Events for Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Holiday Events Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, MI

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas songs have been playing on the radio for weeks by now. Michigan has had more than one widespread snowfall, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

It's time to deck the halls, make your Christmas treats and plans, and revel in the bright magic of the season. Thankfully, you don't have to sustain all your holiday traditions on your own.

Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan have plenty of events for all ages in December. So, find one that calls to you, gather your loved ones, and start the celebration in your community!

Northville Christmas Events December 2018

Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures

  • Friday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Community Center
  • Address: 303 W Main St, Northville, MI 48167
  • Cost: $4/ person admission, Children 12 and under FREE

This year marks 39 years Northville has made this craft show a tradition. Whether you're looking for holiday gift ideas, stocking stuffers, and Christmas decorations or you like to browse and get into the holiday mood; this is the place to see some of Michigan's finest handmade goods and works of art. Parking is free!

For more information, please see Tinsel & Treasures.

Santa Visits & Open House at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Location: Maybury Farm
  • Address: 50165 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167
  • Free Admission, Reservations are now available

Northville's own Maybury Farm, a non-profit community organization committed to connecting the next generation to agriculture, is one of the best places to take the family for a Christmas outing!

The farm is getting so popular that families have to make reservations to see Santa this year, instead of walking in. But don't worry! Maybury's open house and Santa visits are completely free.

Maybury Farm does accept donations, and relies on them to keep this community treasure alive.

Although closed for the season, Maybury Farm is open on weekends in December. You can come to walk around the farm, peruse the general store and get a picture with Santa.

Bring your little ones to see Santa in this rustic habitat, complete with a bonfire and warm cocoa and cider in the general store! Santa's sleigh will be parked in the 100-year-old barn, so dress warmly for your visit because the barn isn't fully heated!

Warm your hands by the bonfire, pet the animals, and see their winter coats growing. Stock up on local honey, preserves, and crafts to take home for Christmas gifts.

There is no professional photographer, so make sure you have those phones or cameras handy to snap some cute pictures with Santa!

For more information and to make reservations, please visit Maybury Farm’s website.

Novi Christmas Events 2018

Light Up The Night

  • Friday, November 30
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Address: 45175 West Ten Mile, Novi, Michigan
  • Free Event

Welcome to Novi's annual holiday festival and tree lighting celebration! This one-night festival features a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family including:

  • Children’s activities
  • Craft show
  • Kid’s crafts
  • Reindeer
  • Ice sculptures
  • Fireworks
  • Food for purchase
  • A visit from Santa Claus (photos at additional, minimal cost)

For more information, please city the City of Novi’s website.

South Lyon Christmas Events 2018

Cool Yule Festival & Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt at McHattie Park

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Time; 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Downtown South Lyon

South Lyon's Christmas festival packs in a full day of free and low-cost events for the whole family throughout downtown South Lyon and the wider community.

The last event is a lighted parade through Downtown South Lyon, and a flashlight Candy Cane Hunt for kids at McHattie Park at 7:15 p.m. Bring your kids ages 3-10 for an age-separated candy cane hunt. Make sure they have their bags! Find as many candy canes as you can, and multi-colored candy canes win your child prizes.

There will also be photos with Santa opportunities, so bring your phone or camera! For more information, please visit South Lyon Cool Yule.

Takeaway

There are so many amazing opportunities to celebrate in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan. Plan to take your kids for an unforgettable holiday season. Bundle up and enjoy the ramp up to Christmas!

 

Christmas Events in Northville, Michigan - November 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Christmas Events in Northville, MI

The weather has turned crisp, the leaves are almost all changed, Halloween is behind us, and everyone has eaten their fill of fresh donuts at Michigan's beautiful orchards and cider mills. You know what that means.

Christmas time is here!

Do you look forward to the holiday season every year: the lights, the shows, the music, the warmth, and generosity? Do you have Christmas traditions in your family or in your town that inspire you?

Northville During The Holidays

The City of Northville is at one of its best times of year during the Christmas season. Not only are there lights and decorations abundant which show off the beautiful, antique architecture, but Northville boasts several unique holiday experiences you shouldn't miss if you want to capture your holiday spirit fully.

The following events are happening in November. Make sure to get your calendar out so that you won’t miss a thing!

Holiday Home Tour

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, November 16 & 17
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Ticket cost: $25 advance, $30 day of the event

Do you drive around quaint downtown areas and wish you could see inside some of the homes you see every day?

You're not alone!

It's always fun to see how other people live and decorate, particularly during the holidays. That's why Northville works hard to offer five new and gorgeous homes for you to peek into during this weekend.

Every year is something different. Bring a couple of friends, wear shoes you can easily remove, and get into the holiday spirit by visiting some homes you may never have seen before!

Tickets can be purchased in advance in a variety of ways, or on the day of the showings. Visit the holiday home tour web page for more information.

Holiday Lighted Parade

  • Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Northville's official kickoff to the holidays begins with the Holiday Lighted Parade. Plan to bundle up and watch the parade with the whole family.

For more information, visit Downtown Northville’s website.

Christmas in the Village

  • Date: Sunday, November 18
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold Street, Northville, MI 48167

If you have never toured historic Mill Race Village, or if you try to make a stop every year, come to the Mill Race open house to experience Christmas preparation the old fashioned way!

Soak up the beautiful decor and watch Guild members busily crafting away: weaving, knitting, spinning and making lace! Hear the student string orchestra and carolers, and mandolin performances.

Then visit the JM Mead store and the Cady Inn for Christmas gifts and delicious cream tea.

Entrance is free! Bring the whole family and enjoy.

Victorian Christmas Cream Tea

  • Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Race Village

If you are looking for something special to welcome the Christmas season, Mill Race Village's Victorian Christmas Cream Tea is a great way to do it.

Tickets will be available at the door and cannot be pre-purchased.

For more information, please visit Mill Race Village Northville.

Holiday Greens Market

  • Saturday November 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Town Square, Northville, Michigan

Are you ready to deck your house with fresh evergreen? Come to downtown Northville's Holiday Greens Market for roping, wreaths, outdoor arrangements for your porch, table centerpieces and everything else you could want.

The best part is that when you buy from Holiday Greens Market, you are buying local from Michigan merchants!

For more information, please visit Northville Square.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Square!

  • Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Yes, the big guy is coming to town! Plan to bring your little ones to Northville Town Square on Saturday afternoon, November 24, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Takeaway

If you are looking for fun events to help you get into the spirit of Christmas, come to Northville in November! From a Holiday Home Tour and Lighted Parade to taking your children to see Santa Claus, there is something for all ages in Northville.

Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

Halloween is the time of year when your whole neighborhood turns out to meet each other and opens their doors for the cute kids in their bright costumes.

It is a magical time and like no other day of the year for this reason. This fun tradition gives us all the chance to step outside our doors and see our neighbors face to face, or to walk through our cities and towns, knocking on doors for no other reason than to share in the fun.

If you don't have children to take trick-or-treating, consider buying a few bags of candy and turning on your porch light this Wednesday. The great thing about kids is that they don't care whether you have a single pumpkin on your porch. If you have free candy, you are automatically their hero!

One of the best things about Halloween, from our perspective, is that it gives you, as a family, a perspective on your wonderful community that we get to see all the time! You might not know it yet, but you have wonderful, interesting and kind neighbors all around you. That is truly the thing which gives homes their value.

You may have already participated in Halloween and harvest festivities in a variety of ways through churches or schools. However, luckily, these local communities are all safe places where you can take your kids and be assured of friendly neighbors with a light on and a bucket of scrumptious candy. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating on Halloween night!

Halloween Events

Northville, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

Not only does the City of Northville have active participation from neighbors in Halloween festivities, but Northville also pulls out all the stops to decorate for the occasion.

In Downtown Northville, you can see the annual skeleton display of a lifetime. Set against a backdrop of historic homes, this spooky decor is sure to delight kids and adults alike as you make your trek in search of booty.

There are 116 skeletons scattered all over downtown Northville this year. As an extra frightful treat, you can also see the spiders take over town square!

Northville trick-or-treat hours are 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and the streets in Northville's Historic District will be closed 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Novi, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

As a recommendation, Novi's hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. per Novi City Hall.

Senior Citizens Halloween Luncheon "Spiders, Bars and Cats, Oh My!"

  • Wednesday, October 31 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages 55+
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • Ticket prices: Resident: $7.50 and Non-Resident: $9:00

You're never too old to participate in this fun community holiday. Novi has something for those aged 55 years young and up! Enjoy a Halloween-themed holiday luncheon, complete with spooky decorations and entertainment provided by Balancing Earth. The program is sponsored by Right at Home. For ticket availability and more information, please call 248-347-0414.

South Lyon, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours:

South Lyon’s trick-or-treat hours are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bringing it Home

Even if you haven't done much for Halloween yet, you can get in on the fun by visiting Northville's skeleton and spider display, attending a senior's lunch in Novi, or just opening your doors to the bunches of cute kids who are about to flood the streets in their costumes.

We hope you make some new connections and strengthen old ones with your neighbors. Have a wonderful Halloween!

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest of 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest

Fall is here, and Michigan residents couldn't be more pleased. The leaves are turning, the weather has finally become crisp and refreshing, and the fall activities are in full swing all over the great state of Michigan.

If you're looking for a fun family outing that has everything you could want from fall in one beautiful location, this is it.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is Maybury Farm's most popular event of the year. It has been expanded to two weekend days instead of one because of its popularity, and no wonder! This festival is jam-packed with activities, food, sights, and sounds.

About Maybury Farm

Whether you are new to this area of Michigan or you have lived in Metro Detroit for years and have never been to Maybury Farm, this is your year!

Maybury Farm is located in Northville, Michigan. It adjoins Maybury State Park, which is almost 1,000 acres of lovely, pristine nature in the heart of Metro Detroit. Bike paths, horse trails, and walking trails are just the tip of the iceberg for what's available in this park.

At the farm, you can regularly experience a u-pick farm garden, petting farm animals, playing on a farm-themed playground, and a general store with Michigan-made goodies. There are educational tours designed to teach kids science in a hands-on way and regular events like the Great Pumpkin Festival for the community.

Maybury Farm's 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest 2018

  • October 13 - 14 Saturday and Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • $7 or $10 per person
  • Children 2 and under Free

Maybury Farm's incredible corn maze has been open for several weeks for your weekend fun! There is a 1-acre maze just for kids and a more massive 8-acre maze for anyone who wants a challenge. Check out the aerial view of this work of art!

This is Maybury Farm's 5th year hosting the Pumpkin Fest. This year, it's held on October 13 & 14 - Saturday and Sunday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are two pricing options: $7 per person includes admission to the festival and Maybury Farm. $10 per person includes access to the festival, entrance to the farm, and a chance to challenge the corn maze with complementary wagon rides.

Activities Include:

  • Pie pumpkin painting
  • Bonfire & S'mores
  • Face painting
  • Hay Maze for the kids
  • Corn Maze
  • Model milking cow
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Mask making
  • Kids games - pumpkin themed
  • View the work of professional pumpkin carver John Angevine
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Children's costume contest
  • Story time & sing-along
  • Children's activity stage
  • Delicious foods
  • Home Depot Building
  • Corn Maze Trick or Treating
  • Animals smashing pumpkins
  • Apple cider pressing

The schedule for live music performances includes:

High Street Band

  • Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Steve Taylor Music

  • Saturday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Audrey Ray

  • Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Vendetta Ride

  • Sunday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Kari Holmes

  • Sunday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Todd Michael Band

  • Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

For more information, please visit Maybury Farm’s website.

Takeaway

With such a huge list of fun activities included in your admission to Maybury Farm’s Great Pumpkin Fest, plus great food, drinks, and entertainment, this could be one of the highlights of your year!

I hope it becomes a family favorite and that you come back year after year! Happy fall everyone!

Maybury Farm Corn Maze Fall 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm Northville, MI

Even though fall weather hasn't set in entirely here in Michigan - with temperatures still in the high 80s some weeks - all of the fall fun activities are right around the corner. With Labor Day weekend past and schools starting, this time of year marks a new beginning with all your favorite fall activities and festivals.

Maybury Farm - a working farm in the heart of Metro Detroit is connected to sprawling Maybury State Park. It has an exciting autumn lineup in store for citizens of Northville and beyond.

If you haven't visited Maybury Farm, there are daily and weekly activities for all ages, including live animals! Maybury Farm also hosts several community events throughout the year. The famous corn maze and Pumpkin Festival is the highlight of the year. Fall 2018 is ramping up to the best year yet for this little farm!

Maybury Farm Corn Maze aerial viewMaybury Farm's Famous Corn Maze

  • Dates: September 14 - October 28
  • Location: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Hours:

  • Fridays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • $9 per person that includes farm admission and tractor wagon ride to and from the maze.
  • Admission for children 2 and under is free.

*The last wagon leaves for the corn maze 1 hour before closing time

One of the most popular fall activities in the Midwest, where corn is abundant, is a corn maze. Many of the adults who grew up in the area can remember playing and hiding in fields of corn throughout the summer months. Conquering a scary or challenging corn maze has long been considered a fall right of passage.

This year at Maybury, the corn maze is set to be exceptional. There are 10 acres of lustrous corn being cut into a brand new, never-before-seen design. The theme this year is "Farmers Feed Families."

It's not just any maze! It will take you over an hour to complete. You will play three different games as you make your way through it. Those who complete the whole challenge may enter to win a big prize at the end of the season.

If you or your kiddos aren't up for the 1 hour, 9-acre challenge, a 1-acre maze has been constructed just for the little ones. It only takes 20 minutes to complete. In addition, if you want an extra challenge, the nighttime maze run may be just for you. On Fridays and Saturdays, the maze will be open until 10:00 p.m. so you can make a spooky night of it.

Parmenter’s Cider and Donuts

In addition to the Corn maze, don't forget Parmenter's Cider Mill’s cider and donuts will be available in the farm's general store.

If you want the full Michigan fall day experience without visiting several locations, plan to enjoy Northville's own cider and donuts from Parmenter's. This cider mill dates back to 1873 in the city of Northville. It's the next best thing to visiting Parmenter's itself.

Child with pumpkin at May FarmU-Pick Pumpkin Patch

This is the perfect time to visit the pumpkin patch for your very own pumpkin or two (or three or four) to decorate your front porch. Maybury Farm has pumpkins on the vine.

October is the last month for visitors to the farm to see the animals.

Make a day of your Maybury Farm visit by petting and feeding the animals before the farm closes for the winter. Say hello and goodbye-for-now to all your favorite furry friends.

Group Outings to Maybury Farm

Make an advance reservation for your group on a weeknight. Enjoy all the farm has to offer as a private tour by calling 248-374-0200. Groups wishing to come during regular business hours don't need to make a reservation.

Bonfires are available during regular business hours or for a group reservation.

Takeaway

Don't pass up one of your first and best opportunities to experience the best of autumn. Plan to visit Maybury Farm!

For more information, please contact Cindy Kern, Maybury Farm Director, at 248-704-9211 or visit the website at www.mayburyfarm.org.

Victorian Clothing Sale and Heritage Festival 2018 – Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, MI upcoming events

It's time again for the city of Northville's most prominent and proudest event: the Heritage Festival! With all of its old buildings and the historic Mill Race Village, Northville's Heritage Festival is where the city really shines.

This is your chance to experience the full glory of Northville's past, present, and future. See actors in full Victorian costume against the backdrop of Victorian buildings. They don't make things like this anymore! And you can prepare yourself by dropping in at the Victorian clothing sale being held at Mill Race Village before the festival. Come celebrate in style!

Victorian Clothing Sale – Northville, MI

  • Sunday, September 9th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sunday Only Antiques, Linens & Lace and other Needful Things
  • Monday, September 10th from 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday, September 11 from 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Location:  Mill Race Historical Village - 215 Griswold Street (1 block north of Main Street)
  • Cost: $2 admission per adult

This annual clothing sale is your chance to find the perfect item for your wardrobe, your costume attire, your home or anything else you can imagine! Come to find genuinely one-of-a-kind items - like antique lace, linens, and other handmade goods.

There will also be new clothing, vintage clothing, and gently used clothing available from various vendors with an eye for Victorian fashion and beautifully curated collections. Come to browse and get inspired, take in the vintage goods and atmosphere, or to buy a full outfit especially for Northville's Heritage Festival!

For more information, you can call the Northville Historical Society 248-348-1845 Monday through Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or visit the website at www.millracenorthville.org.

30th Annual Heritage Festival (formerly Victorian Festival)

Downtown Northville, Michigan

September 14-16, 2018

  • Friday, September 14, 2018  from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018  from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018  from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

With so many fun activities and live events, Northville's Heritage Festival is the perfect place to welcome fall with the whole family. As always, the Heritage Festival celebrates historic Mill Race Village and Parmenter's Cider Mill. Both of these places have been the foundation of charming downtown Northville since the beginning. Parmenter's is one of the only urban cider mills in the state. Stop by for cider and donuts and stay to feed the ducks and sit by the stream.

Heritage Festival Events

Friday Events

  • Northville Schools 3rd Grade Program - 9:00 am
  • Victorian Saloon - 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Non- Profit Booths Open - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (W. Main)
  • Victorian Parade - 6:30 pm (See Parade Route)

Saturday Events

  • Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast:  8 am - 11:00 am. Open to the public.  Corner of Cady St. and Wing St. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.
  • History Hike: 10:00 am at Maybury State Park.
  • Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public.
  • The Village Workshop is located at 455 E. Cady Street, behind the Northville Car Wash.
  • Craft Market: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on N. Center.
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm on W. Main.
  • Children's Pedal Cars: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 5:00 pm
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm
  • Back to the 80's: Town Square
  • 80's Tribute Band: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Varsity Lincoln Festival Stage - Location: Main and Center

The entertainment schedule includes:

  • Tiptop Entertainment: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Puppet Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Amazing Clark Comedy Magic: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm                 

Beaumont Town Square Stage

  • 80's Timeline: All Day
  • Amazing Clark Escape Artist: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • 80's Tribute Band: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Street Entertainment

  • Stiltwalker 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday Events

  • Baptist Church Service: 10 am - 11:00 am
  • Craft Market: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on N. Center.
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on W. Main.
  • Children's Pedal Cars: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Mill Race Village: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm

Varsity Lincoln Festival Stage - Location: Main and Center

The entertainment schedule for Sunday includes:

  • Amazing Clark Comedy Magic: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Sedalia Ragtime French Horn: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Beaumont Town Square Stage

  • 80's Timeline: All Day
  • Tiptop Entertainment: 11:00 am - Noon
  • 80's Festival Photo Booth: Noon – 4:00 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Street Entertainment

  • Stiltwalker: Noon - 4:00 pm

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.northvilleheritagefest.com.

Takeaway

There is something for everyone to enjoy during September in Northville, Michigan. From the Victorian Clothing Sale to the Heritage Festival, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Labor Day 2018 Weekend Events for Novi and South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Michigan State Fair

Even though school has started for some and will be starting soon for others, it's always fun to look forward to Labor Day weekend as a time to rest, relax, and gear up for the start of fall and the return of all the school-year activities. If you live in the Novi and South Lyon, Michigan area, be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming events.

Michigan State Fair

  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI.
  • This facility can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thursday, August 30th - Monday, September 3rd
  • Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

This Labor Day weekend is home to one of Michigan's best attractions, right here in Novi - the Michigan State Fair! Let summer’s last hurrah be celebrated in style with everything Michigan has to offer -

  • Live exhibits of Michigan's rich agricultural scene and animal husbandry
  • A farmer's market with all the fresh Michigan produce you could ever want, right at the peak of growing season!
  • Live music on two different stages, featuring local Michigan artists and those with strong ties to Michigan, including a superstar contest and a gospel music festival
  • Baby animals
  • Dog and Horse shows
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Tons of shopping
  • Unique attractions for the youngest and oldest
  • A carnival midway with rides and games for every age
  • A Shrine Circus
  • Much, much more

To view a full list of all the events and shows, the carnival hours and general information, including ticket pricing, visit the Michigan State Fair website.

South Lyon Labor Day Bridge Walk

  • Date: Registration begins Monday, September 3, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: McHattie Park, 400 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, Michigan.

If you grew up in Michigan, you might have heard about the Mackinac Bridge walk which takes place every Labor Day. Up to 65,000 participants walk the "Mighty Mac" every year to celebrate its construction, and typically Michigan's governor leads the way. One year, even President George H. W. Bush participated in the walk.

If you can't make it all the way up to the "top of the mitten" this year, you can bring the kids and participate in South Lyon's bridge walk. Come to celebrate community and help further Michigan's pledge to "Get Michigan Moving."

This event is meant to link communities together through a shared healthy activity. It's a free event running along the beautiful Huron Valley Rail Trail. As with the Mackinac Bridge event, the full route is 5 miles, but participants have the option of walking only 2.5 miles - which is perfect for a young family!

The meeting spot for this event is near the parking lot on the north side of McHattie Park near the pavilion and the tot lot. South Lyon asks that participants leave pets at home for the safety and comfort of all walkers.

Pre-register with South Lyon Recreation online at www.slrec.net, over the phone at 248-437-8105 or in person at 318 W Lake Street, South Lyon, Michigan.

Visit the City of South Lyon website at www.southlyonmi.org for more information.

Takeaway

Whether you would like to attend the Michigan State Fair or participate in a 5-mile run, you won’t be disappointed with what Novi and South Lyon, Michigan have to offer.

 

August 2018 Upcoming Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

August Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

Are you looking for something fun to do with the entire family in August? If you live in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan, there is a great lineup of events to enjoy.

Northville, Michigan August Events

Wednesday Night Concert Series

  • Wednesdays in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Enjoy a free, family-friendly acoustic concert in Northville

Friday Night Concerts

  • Friday nights in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

This event is free on Friday nights through the summer. Come out and enjoy local Michigan music groups while you enjoy the summer nights. The entertainment lineup includes:

  • August 10 - Shawn Riley - Celtic/Classic Rock
  • August 17 - Paddle Bots - Soul/Pop
  • August 24 - Steve King & The Dittilies - Classic Rock

First Friday Experience  

  • Date: Friday, August 3
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Downtown Northville hosts a mini staycation getaway on the first Friday of every month! Come and enjoy late shopping at all your favorite downtown retailers. Each business will showcase their best new products and offer trunk shows with limited time exclusive deals and sales. The downtown galleries put up new exhibits, artists, and pieces. Come to enjoy the delicious and wide-ranging types of cuisine in downtown Northville and grab some friends to shop the special sales.

Buy Michigan Now Festival  

  • Friday, August 3: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Saturday, August 4: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Free parking & admission

For 10 years, Northville has been celebrating Michigan’s annual Buy Michigan week with its very own festival. This is your chance to walk the streets, enjoy special treats from street vendors, hear live music, find activities for your kids, and buy local crafts and Michigan-made products.

Bricklin International Car Show  

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Attention all Bricklin enthusiasts! This club was formed in 1976 to preserve the SV1. It puts out a quarterly magazine, and there is a website with a forum chatroom. Two national Bricklin meet-ups happen every year, and this year it will be hosted in Northville! You don’t have to own a Bricklin to join in - quite a few admirers come to the shows.

Tunes On Tuesday

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Town Square Northville, Across from Great Harvest

For the littlest Northville residents, a chance to jump, dance and squirm to live music!

Novi, Michigan August Events

Sizzling Summer Art Series

  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Time: 10:30 am

Don’t miss this summer art series designed for kids and a fun way to get outside. The agenda includes:

  • Wednesday, August 1 - Kevin Kammeraad
  • Wednesday, August 8 - Palamazoo
  • Wednesday, August 15 - African Drumming and Dance Troupe Heritage Works

Fun For Seniors

Come to one of these fun-filled events just for ages 55+.

  • Thursday, August 2, 12 pm - 2 pm Island Fun Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 Tropical Steelpan Music with Aaron Parrot
  • Thursday, August 23, 1:30 pm - 3 pm Birthday Wishes for 85+ years luncheon

The Main Event Novi

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Novi

The Main Event is Novi’s downtown Summer Festival. It features an army of food trucks, a car show, a kid’s area, a craft beer and wine tent and live music through the evening by a variety of bands:

  • 4:00 pm - Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils
  • 5:30 pm - Gasoline Gypsies
  • 7:00 pm - Jill Jack Band
  • 8:30 pm - Sponge

In addition, the Charity Fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 10 from 7-10 pm. This is an exclusive event, and only 300 tickets will be available. Last year, over $10,000 was raised for the Mitchel Kiefer Foundation.

This event includes local craft beer tasting, signature dishes from local restaurants: Big Tommy’s Parthenon, Bonefish Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mojito Rio Grande and Steve & Rocky’s. There will be a wide variety of silent auction items, live auction items, and live music. For more details, please see https://themaineventnovi.com/lowdown-1

Sizzling Summer Nights Maker Fest

  • Date: August 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

This month’s Summer Nights includes demonstrations from local artisans, plus a chance to make your own creations! The movie on this night will be Pixar’s Coco.

Movie On The Shore

  • Date: Tuesday, August 21
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park

Family fun, face painting, bounce house, food trucks and live music all come before the main event of the night: Sherlock Gnomes playing at 7:45 pm.

South Lyon August Events

South Lyon has several fun events happening each week through the month of August. Come check it out!

Friday Concerts in McHattie Park

McHattie Park in South Lyon has a lineup of great entertainment for you to enjoy starting at 7:00 pm on Fridays! August’s agenda includes:

  • August 3 - Rod & Annie Capps
  • August 10 - Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies
  • August 17 - Bill Bynum & Co.
  • August 24 – Invasion

Farmers Market Saturdays

South Lyon’s Farmers Market offers locally grown, baked, and crafted products each Saturday.

  • Days: Every Saturday, May 5 through October 27
  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: The municipal parking lot at the NW corner of Lafayette (Pontiac Trail) and Liberty.

Movies in McHattie Park

  • Date: Saturday, August 4
  • Time: Starts at dusk
  • Featured Film: Paddington 2 PG

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Bring your family, a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the city’s 24-foot inflatable screen at McHattie Park. In case of inclement weather, please check the city’s website at www.southlyonmi.org or the city’s sign.

Takeaway

From free concerts and movies to a farmers market and senior events, there is something for all ages planned for August in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Novi and Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events July 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming events - Northville & Novi, Michigan July 2018

The cities of Novi and South Lyon are in full swing with summer festivities and celebrations. The fun doesn’t end with Independence Day celebrations in July. In fact, the fun is just beginning.

With regular concerts, movies, a pop-up splash pad in the parks, there’s so much to do you won’t want to miss it!

City Of Novi Events for July

Sizzling Summer Art Series

Wonderful Wednesdays

  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Running through July, every Wednesday morning, Novi welcomes local artists to delight and inform. July’s schedule includes:

  • July 11 - Native American stories and dance presentation with Reg Pettibone. Get ready to learn all about this nation’s first peoples!
  • July 18 - Drummunity!
  • July 25 - John Magician will amaze and tantalize your senses.

Sizzling Summer Nights

  • Friday, July 13
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm followed by a movie at dusk
  • Location: Fuerst Park
  • 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Novi is celebrating ten years of spectacular family programming with Sizzling Summer Nights! This popular activity for all ages features free food and games in the park from 7-9 followed by the movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, showing at dusk.

This July, the activity is water! A pop-up water park with giant water slide, water balloons and more mean you have to come prepared to get wet. Bring a change of clothes and picnic blanket to settle in for a fun twilight movie in the park.

Luau On The Shore

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W. 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377
  • Cost: $7 per plate (cash only)

Summertime in the frozen North always makes us think of places where it never gets cold! Hawaiian and Polynesian island cultures are as fun to experience as they are to dream about. Come to this free community event for all ages. There’s a pig roast, lots of other food, music, dancing, and games for all!

Motor City Mountain Biking Association & Team Tree Farm Tree Farm Relay

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 8:45 am
  • Lakeshore Park   
  • 601 S Lake Dr., Novi, MI 48375
  • Age: 18+
  • Price: $100 per team until July 20 and $140 on the race day
  • Registration: MCMBA.org

Are you interested in endurance racing and ready to get your feet wet? This race is for you! It’s the 13th annual Tree Farm Relay Event at Lakeshore Park. This unusual race features a four-person relay, and the course has tons of hills, passing zones, and spectacular beauty. Team racing at its most fun!

City Of Northville July Events

The City of Northville’s unique summer events continue through July, all in Northville Town Square:

Tunes On Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Are you looking for something special to do mid-week with your children? Tunes on Tuesday in Northville’s Town Square is a free event that is a great way to have some fun! July’s schedule includes:

  • July 10, 2018 - Paula Doak
  • July 17, 2018 - Palamazoo    
  • July 24, 2018 - Stephanie J  
  • July 31, 2018 - Earth Angels

Wednesday Night Concert Series - Northville Unplugged

Plan to come to Northville’s Town Square throughout July on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. July’s schedule of performances include:

  • July 4, 2018 - No Concert     
  • July 11, 2018 - Just Joken    
  • July 18, 2018 - The Johnnies
  • July 25, 2018 - Jill Jack

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Northville’s Friday Night Concert Series is a great way to relax and start the weekend. July’s entertainment schedule includes:

  • July 6 - Randy Brock   
  • July 13 - Social Bandits
  • July 20 - Gia Warner   
  • July 27 - Groove Therapy

Takeaway
'Whether you are looking for something special to do with your children or want to enjoy a free concert, there are a number of events to choose from in Northville and Novi, Michigan in July.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at these family-friendly cities, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find your next house.

248-348-7200

 

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