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Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events - October 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for something special to do in October? Do you live in the Northville, Michigan area?

The fall season is in full swing in Northville with many exciting events coming your way. From the Northville Art House Exhibition to the Great Pumpkin Festival at Maybury Farm, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are the upcoming events for October 2017 in Northville, Michigan:

Northville Art House Exhibition

  • September 1 – October 28
  • Tuesday – Fridays: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 6 First Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location:  215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167

9th Annual West of Center Juried All-Media Exhibition

The Northville Art House has a philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected. “West of Center” is this year’s showcase of contemporary artworks. Brian Nelson, professor of sculpture at Eastern Michigan University, is this year’s juror who has made the selections. There are 32 works of art from 22 different artists.

The First Friday reception for this showcase will be held October 6 from 6-9.

Come for The Skeletons are Alive kickoff celebration, treats, drinks, and a free make-and-take project by Art House instructor Maria Latour.

For more information, please see Northville Art House Exhibition.

Boeing Boeing” at the Tipping Point Theatre

  • Wednesday-Sunday evenings, September 14 - October 22
  • Location: 361 East Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167

Tipping Point Theatre’s fall comedy play - “Boeing Boeing” is about Bernard, an American in Paris. He’s an architect and self-styled playboy who only dates air hostesses from international routes so he can juggle three ladies at a time! See hilarity ensue when Boeing invents the super-high-speed jet and a huge storm system develops - bringing all three ladies at once.

Times and Pricing:

  • Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. - $30
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. - $37
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. - $33
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m. - $33

The box office opens 90 minutes prior to each performance. For more information and to buy tickets online, please see Boeing Boeing” at the Tipping Point Theatre.

Maybury Corn Maze

  • September 16 - October 29
  • Location: 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville, Michigan

Don’t miss this year’s Corn Maze at Maybury Farm! The 2017 maze is double the size of last year: 10 acres of baffling fun. Come, sample some Parmenter’s cider and donuts, weave in and out, and find all 10 checkpoints for a chance to win a grand prize.

In addition, you will be able to find your pumpkins for the year at the U-pick pumpkin patch and take this chance to visit the animals at the farm for one last time before it closes to the public for the winter.

Another option is the “Fall on the Farm” tour, which is an educational tour for K-5 graders about corn and farming. It includes a run through the maze and cider and donuts for everyone. Group reservations and bonfire times are available too. Call 248-374-0200 for more information.

Corn Maze Hours:

  • Friday: 5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

(Please note: the last wagon leaves for the maze one hour prior to close)

Corn Maze Cost:

  • $7 per person
  • Kids 2 and under: free

(The farm admission and a wagon ride to and from the maze are included with your corn maze ticket. The Barn is open until 7:00 p.m. nightly)

Northville Fall Fair

Fall is a perfect time to celebrate the fullness of life. Come to the fall craft fair to sample the best handmade items, specialty foods, fall décor, and much more.

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St., Northville, MI 48167
  • Cost: Admission: $3, 12 & Under: Free

For more information, please see .

Great Pumpkin Festival at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Maybury Farm 50165 8 Mile Road, Northville, MI, 48167
  • Admission Cost: $5 per person or $8 to include the corn maze and wagon ride. Children 2 and under are free.  

If you want to combine the corn maze and a day of activities and fun for the kids, the Pumpkin Festival is your day. Come for many pumpkin-themed activities for the kids, face painting, pumpkin painting, story time, and much more. Stay to enjoy cider and donuts, corn maze, and pet the animals for one last time.

For more information, please see Great Pumpkin Festival.

Takeaway

Northville, Michigan is a family-friendly city located northwest of Detroit. This charming town is a wonderful place to raise a family. If you are considering moving to Northville, we would be honored to help. Please give our office a call.

248-348-7200

Sump Pumps: What Homeowners Need To Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Sump Pumps: What Homeowners Need To Know

Is it a good idea to buy a house with a sump pump?

This question was opened for discussion on Trulia. Let’s take a close look at what prospective and current homeowners should know.  

Michigan is the land of many lakes. Whether you live in a flood-prone area or have basement issues you’re trying to solve, a sump pump might be a homeowner’s best friend. In fact, sump pumps are very common in Southeast Michigan.

It is a good idea to take some time to familiarize yourself with how a sump pump works and what kinds of sump pumps are out there. In addition, if you don’t have a sump pump but you need a long-term solution for your basement to keep your stuff safe from destruction, here’s your guide.

Sump Pump Basics

  • Sump pumps don’t keep water from accumulating. If you are having significant issues, other outlets include having the grading of your yard examined and changed and repairing any noticeable leaks or broken pipes.
  • Some homes have sump pits built right into the basement floor. However, if you have an older home, it might not have one. If you have a pit, all you need is the pump. If not, contact a drain expert or contractor to see if your basement or crawlspace can be retrofitted with a sump pit.
  • A sump pit is just a hole with a gravel base - 2 feet deep and 18 inches wide - dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. The pit will fill with runoff water and the pump turns on, moving the water out of the pit through pipes running away from your home to a spot where it can drain away from the home’s foundation. There is a one-way valve at the pump end designed to keep water from flowing back into the pit.
  • Sump pumps usually turn on automatically using a float activator arm or pressure sensor to tell the pump there’s water there.

Types of Sump Pumps

  • Water-powered - the least powerful of the types, they run on city water pressure instead of electrical power, thus no need for electricity to keep them running. You can see the advantage here. No power, bad storm...still a dry basement. However, they can’t be used if your city’s water pressure is low or if you have an independent well.
  • Pedestal - also called a column or upright sump pump. It has an open motor supported on top of a column attached to the pump casing. The motor sits outside the sump and above the basement floor and is not designed to be submerged.
  • Submersible - this is a watertight motor designed for immersion. This kind kicks on when it senses it is submerged. The motor is coupled to the pump casing and is hidden within the sump.

Most sump pump systems have a primary pump, an emergency backup battery or water-powered pump and an emergency backup pump alarm. The emergency backup works when the power goes out, to help the primary pump with extra water or when the primary pump fails. The alarm lets you know the backup pump has had to be used, so you can attend to any failure before the next storm.

Should I Get a Sump Pump?

Installing a new sump pump can be an expensive and disruptive job. However, if your house experiences regular flooding or you live in a storm-prone area, installing a sump pump just might make the difference in saving your valuables and retaining the value of your home.

Prospective Buyers

If you are interested in purchasing a home that has a sump pump, you can rest assured that it is a good thing. It can help avoid water problems if properly maintained. Additionally, it is recommended that you have a battery backup on the sump pump in the event of a power outage.

 

Novi and Northville Listed Among Top 10 Schools Districts in Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top schools districts in Michigan

The famous Niche site has published the top schools in America. We were not surprised that Novi Community School District and Northville Public Schools are among the top ten school districts in Michigan. Novi was ranked number 6, and Northville placed number 10 in the 2018 Best School Districts in Michigan.

In addition, Novi High School captured the number 1 spot in the Best Magnet High Schools in Michigan category and the number 4 spot in the Best Public High Schools in Michigan category.

Every year Niche publishes a list of the top schools in the United States. Using key statistics and millions of student’s and parent reviews, Niche comes up with lists of the best schools in your city, state, and in the United States. If you want to know what private school is rated the best, they have the answer. You do not have to look any further if you want to know what schools have the best teachers, best athletics, or best schools for the arts.

Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that collects data that produces “comprehensive ranking, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.” Niche takes polls and reviews from over 100 million students and parents.

Why Schools Matter

So, what is the big deal? If you don’t have children when buying a home, what does being a top -rated school really matter? According to Zillow, buying a home in a good school district means that the cost of buying a home will be higher in price. However, it will make a huge difference in resale value.

Zillow also states that it will also protect you from the real estate market ups and downs. Therefore, buying a home in a good school district, regardless if a school personally impacts you, the quality of the district will impact your home value.

Melissa’s Story

In fact, mom of three, Melissa, said that choosing a home in a top-rated school was not only on her list of desires when looking for a home, but it was a must have. Melissa’s family was growing and they needed more space.

When they bought their first home, they knew they were eventually going to have a family. So, they chose to buy a home in a highly ranked school district. When it came time to sell, Melissa’s family was able to sell their home within three weeks on the market. That doesn’t happen for everybody, but the chances of selling, regardless if you have children or not, is higher when your schools are better.

Additionally, when Melissa’s family was ready to buy their second home she stated,

“With three young children at home, their education is a top priority for our family. We cannot even consider a home in a poorly rated school district, even if it means that we will pay a little more for our home.”

When choosing a home, being mindful of the quality of school district is important. Every individual and family will have to take into account their own priorities and what they can afford.

However, if you are interested in moving to the Northville or Novi area, you can rest assured that the school districts are highly rated. This high rating will help the value of the homes in the area, as well as, help with resale value.

If you are interested in buying in the Novi or Northville area, please contact us. We would love to help answer any questions you might have.

 

South Lyon, Michigan Pumpkinfest 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

South Lyon’s 33-year tradition continues this year as the city gears up for fall weather. Come enjoy the sunny days as the air turns crisp and be part of your community in Downtown South Lyon. The heart of Pumpkinfest has been to support its nonprofit businesses through visiting their booths and hearing about what they do. They all show up and put on games just to tell the community about the vital roles they serve.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest was also started to benefit the local churches, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts clubs of South Lyon, and its athletic programs. Because of community support and the continuing efforts of those who are part of Pumpkinfest every year, this celebration has been able to donate $125,000 to these great programs. So this is South Lyon’s way of saying “thank you and please keep up your much needed support!”

Mark your calendar so that you don’t miss a thing.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest

  • September 22, 23 & 24, 2017
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Downtown South Lyon

Pumpkinfest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22 with the Biergarten/Main Stage opening on Wells Street.

Main Stage Schedule:

Friday, September 22:   Open from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

  • $3 cover charge for entry.  Cash only.
  • Beverages are sold by tickets only. Tickets may be purchased at the beer tent on Friday night.
  • Valid ID for the Beer tent is required.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dig A Phony

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Persuasion

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Persuasion

Saturday, September 23: Open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday fun begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Pumpkinfest Parade, a craft show at Milennium Middle School, and food, music, inflatables, Ultimate Air Dogs show, and more downtown.

Parade Information:

Get into the fall spirit and find a spot at the 33rd annual Pumpkinfest parade. This year’s theme is Remembering Yesteryear 60’s & 70’s. Watch the floats and listen to the bands as they go by.

The 2017 Pumpkinfest Parade Grand Marshall is Mrs. Diane Roest, owner of Diane's Doll House.

Where to Get a Good Seat for the Parade:

  • Any place along Pontiac Trail from Lyon Trail Subdivision to West Liberty Street.
  • Along West Liberty Street between Pontiac Trial and South Warren Street.
  • Along South Warren Street south of West Lake Street.

The rest of Saturday includes:

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3rd Degree Burns

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sweet Revenge

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - DJ Music

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sam Corbin

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Short Bus

8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - Square Pegz

10:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Square Pegz

Sunday, September 24: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Battle of the Bands

Come back on Sunday to witness all the contests: the Great Pumpkin contest, pie eating contests, more inflatables, another Ultimate Air Dogs show and the Battle of the Bands, to name just the highlights!

Takeaway

If you would like to support South Lyon’s local nonprofits and have a good time, look no further. Find all the entertainment and great food you want right in the heart of South Lyon, Michigan.

For more information, please see www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com.

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