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Novi and Northville, Michigan Summer Events in July 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi and Northville Summer Events - July 2017

Summer presents us all with plenty of things to do. In all of your big vacation plans and beach trips, don’t forget about the fun local events near you. The cities of Novi and Northville each have a series of events in July that are not to be missed.

Many of these events are free as well. What a great way to get the kids out of the house, spend some time together as a family, and experience the beauty and culture of your hometown. Come, relax, spread a blanket, and enjoy.

Novi Events in July 2017

Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays Concert Series

  • Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

The Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays’ concert series has three delightful acts scheduled in July. They are sure to entertain your kids of all ages. The concerts will be held at Lakeshore Park. In case of inclement weather, activities will be held at the Novi Public Library. July performances include:

  • July 12 – Drummunity is a musical activity for all, led by Lori Fithian. Kids will learn and participate together in a drum chorus plus much more!
  • July 19 – Kids will be wowed and amazed by Magician Tom Plunkard
  • July 26 – Musician Joe Reilly has a talent for capturing the imagination of children

Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park

  • Friday, July 14
  • Pre-movie fun: 7:00 pm
  • Movie: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

This is the second of a once-a-month installment of family fun at the Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park on Friday night, July 14! If you like warm summer nights and free family fun look no further. Come early to play games, eat fun food, and stay for a cozy outdoor movie event on the big screen starting at dusk.

This month the theme is “Get Your Play On.” There will be all kinds of family-friendly fun to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, including bounce houses, yard games, and family kickball. The pre-movie entertainment starts at 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring socks! In case of inclement weather, this event will be held at the Novi Civic Center.

This month’s movie is Disney’s Moana.

Festival Of Chariots

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Parade: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Festival: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Novi City Civic Center, 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 
  • Admission: Free

Have you ever been very interested in yoga, or Hindu religion? Have you ever been curious about minority cultures in the USA or just wanted a multi-cultural experience?

Come to the Festival of Chariots – the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Rath Yatra in the USA. Admission and parking are free. There will also be free food provided by Govinda’s Catering until 3:00 pm. A parade will start of the festivities at 11:00 am. The festival starts at 1:00 pm with live music and dance, kids’ activities, mantra meditation, cooking demonstrations, ethnic shopping, and a Kirtan Yoga Fest from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Northville Events in July 2017

The City of Northville continues its weekly offerings through the month of July. Be sure to come to at least one of the fine concerts or Farmers Markets this month. Remember, master gardeners will be on hand every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm to answer all of your gardening questions.

Farmers Markets

  • Thursdays
  • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Corner of 7 Mile Rd. and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs

Tunes on Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Rain location is at Genitti’s Little Theatre
  • Cost: Free

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Fridays
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Cost: Free

Takeaway

From concerts and a movie to a festival and a weekly farmers market, Novi and Northville, Michigan have a number of free family-friendly events to enjoy in July. Be sure to get your calendar out so you don’t miss a thing.

Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4th of July Parade in Northville, MI

The Fourth of July parade has always been a highlight of American celebrations on the anniversary of our Independence Day. Every year, kids, young and old, gather to show civic pride and join in the general festivities of the day and the summer season.

Summer always seems like it has fully arrived when you hear those jets fly overhead or the police sirens coming down the street. The main street of your hometown feels like a new place when you see so many neighbors and friends out altogether.

There’s something magical about the anticipation of the day kicking off with this one event. Whatever is in store for the rest of the day: picnic, beach time, parties, fireworks, campfires... you know it’s all going to be good.

Homemade floats, high school marching bands, color guard, dance teams, sports teams throwing candy or spraying the crowd with water guns, all of the town’s finest policemen and firemen - these are just a few of the highlights awaiting you at Northville’s Independence Day parade.

Northville Independence Day Parade

  • Monday, July 4th
  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 am

You can be involved too! Here are a few ways to join in:

March in the Parade

You can enter a float, dancing group, band, character or anything else you can think of that’s fun for all ages. Be creative!

This can be a great way to spread the word about a new business, band or dance group you’ve started. You have a captive audience and everyone’s in a festive mood. Who knows? You might get your big break at the Independence Day Parade.

To register, visit the Northville Community Foundation’s website and download the registration form.

The Northville parade, unfortunately, is not allowed to directly or indirectly sponsor any persons running for political office, because of its non-profit status. In addition, you are not allowed to pass out t-shirts, stickers, flyers or anything like that. However, if you currently hold a public office, you are highly encouraged to participate in the parade!

Children’s Bike Parade

The Northville Meijer is also sponsoring the Children’s Bike Parade. There is no need to register ahead of time. Simply come to the Northwest parking lot at 7 Mile and Sheldon (Center St.) at 9:15 a.m. with your decorated bike and join in! There are two $50 Meijer gift cards as prizes for the best-decorated boy’s bike and best-decorated girl’s bike.

Pet Parade

All pets are welcome! There is no need to pre-register to join in the pet parade. Get a parking pass at Meadowbrook or Breckenridge Veterinary to participate. The pet parade is sponsored by Meadowbrook & Breckenridge Veterinary and the USA Hockey Arena.

Volunteer

You can volunteer to be on the Parade Committee or help on the day of the parade by calling 248-372-0200, emailing ncfassistant@gmail.com or signing up at the Northville Community Foundation’s volunteer application. This is a great way to get involved with community planning and events and looks great on any application.

Donate

You can become a parade donor by donating online or writing a check with “Parade” in the memo line and mailing it to the NCF office (195 S. Main St, Northville, MI 48167). For $50, your family name will be put on the Parade Supporters banner which will be featured in the parade. If you love Independence Day celebrations and you love your city, this is a great cause to give your money to.

Take Away

Whether you plan to be in the parade or watch it with your friends and loved ones from the sidelines, the Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade is not to be missed.

Upcoming Events for Northville, Michigan – June 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Local events in Northville, MI

Summer is ramping up in Northville! There are a number of exciting outdoor events that will be fun for all ages in June. From live music ensembles to great food, art, and brewed drinks, look no further than the family-friendly town of Northville to make summer’s great memories.

Farmers Market Every Thursday

  • Thursdays in June
  • Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Located at the corner of 7 Mile Road and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs

The Northville Farmers Market continues through June with gorgeous, local produce, and local farmers who grow and sell it. There will be more than 70 stalls of Michigan-made arts and crafts and Michigan-grown foods and products. Gardeners will find a ton of plants and flowers. Find handmade jewelry, soap, garden art, woodwork, home accessories, and much more. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions every Thursday until noon.

There will be some parking on site, with overflow parking at the Northville Downs Race Track, across from the market.

For more information about the Farmers Market, please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce at 248-349-7640 or visit www.northville.org.

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Fridays in June
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square - across from Great Harvest

The Friday Night Concert Series is a free, fun-for-all-ages concert series put on by the Northville Chamber of Commerce. Come sit on the lawn with your kids, neighbors, and friends. Enjoy the summer evenings and great music.

For more information please see:  Downtown Northville.

Arts & Acts Festival

  • Friday, June 16:  3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville, Michigan

This is Northville’s 6th year putting on the Arts & Acts Festival downtown. It celebrates the diversity of talent and culture in this region while highlighting over 70 artists at the Art in the Sun fine art show. This is a juried art show that has been running for 29 years in historic Northville. 

The Arts and Acts Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Northville Art House. The Northville Art House is quickly earning the reputation of being one of the best cultural centers in the Detroit area. Its diversity and excellence have gained the notice of the Detroit Free Press, which frequently features the Art House in its “Play” section about the best of the best Detroit has to offer.

The Art House not only has constantly running art exhibits but also hosts classes with professional instructors and a film festival, to name just a few. The Arts and Acts Festival is one of the biggest and most diverse summer festivals in the Detroit area and not to be missed!

In addition to the Art exhibits, the festival showcases the Sandbox Play Festival, produced by Tipping Point Theatre, the Short on Words Literary Contest, and musical entertainment with some of Detroit’s top musicians.

The film, play, and children’s Northville Art House Chalk Festival each require a nominal fee for tickets, but otherwise, this festival is free for all. The Art House makes its money on sponsorships and artist booth fees. Participants will have access to a range of delicious festival food and drink.

For more information, please see Arts & Acts 2017.

1st Annual Tapped in the 'Ville Craft Beer Fest

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Millennium Park, 45769 W. Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168

Are you a fan of craft beer? Do you love hanging out on a warm summer evening and tasting delicious craft beers with friends? Northville is putting on its first annual craft beer festival for those beer aficionados and for anyone who wants a taste - in drink form - of downtown Northville.

The event will be held on June 24th from noon until 6 p.m. Admission cost is $30 and includes ten tickets, which each get you one 3 oz. craft beer tasting of your choice and one 12 oz. “Tapped in the ‘Ville” souvenir to take home.

Beer will be flowing, music and entertainment will be going, and games will be available throughout the day. There will be food trucks stocked with delicious summer eats to compliment your craft beers.

You must be 21 or older to participate and tickets are available online. For more information, please see: www.tappedintheville.com

Tunes on Tuesday - Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Consider this the summer concert series for the littlest members of our community. This is a special treat for little ones who don’t stay up late enough to catch the Friday evening concert series! Bring a blanket and watch your kids let loose to this live music show designed especially for them. There will be puppeteers, storytellers, and musicians. No worries if it rains! The show will be relocated to Genitti’s Little Theater.

Take Away

There’s something for everyone this June in Northville. Come and enjoy the fine food, arts, crafts, gardening, drinks, and much more that this historic town has to offer!

Farm Fest at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

If you don’t go to any other festivals this year, make sure you don’t miss Maybury Farm’s Farm Fest. If you’ve been looking for a summer festival for the whole family, if your kids are interested in farm life or animals - or if they just like to hang out outside and do things with their hands, this is the festival for you. Maybury Farm pulls out all the stops for this one - it is not to be missed.

This year’s Farm Fest will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Farm Fest features an array of activities on the farm for kids and adults alike. There will be games and activities for children, live music, yummy food, wagon rides, farm animals to see and pet, story time, a whole family scavenger hunt, and many games!

Farm Fest at Maybury Farm

The best part of this Farm Fest is the live demonstrations of farm life from long ago that your children may not get to see. You will be able to watch closely as professionals show the patience and skill required to shear sheep, spin wool, and blacksmith. These demonstrations aren’t the only ones you will see.

In addition to all this fun, Maybury has partnered with Plymouth Home Depot, the Country Garden Club of Northville, and Northville Art House in order to offer many more fun activities for children.

Building Workshop

There will be a building workshop. Let your kids learn basic carpentry skills as they learn about tools and wood and make something all by themselves.

Art Project

The art project will allow your kids enjoy getting into art mediums and being creative.

Planting Station

There will be a station for planting container gardens where kids can try their hand at making their own little garden to take home and care for.

Finally, there will be a raffle for a 55’’ Samsung LED TV put on as a fundraiser for the farm. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.

Cost and Location

Entry cost to the Farm Fest is $5 per person and children under 2 are free.

Maybury Farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville. It is 1-¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile and ½ mile west of Maybury State Park. Be sure to enter at the Maybury Farm sign. Parking is free at Maybury Farm and additional overflow parking is available at Maybury State Park (Annual Recreation Passport required).

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is a working farm run by the Northville Community Foundation for the purpose of connecting the surrounding community to animals and agriculture.

Maybury Farm offers many hands-on experiences throughout the year for that special kid in your life. The goal of these activities is to make engagement with animals and agriculture fun and educational. Maybury Farm offers farm tours, story time, Farm Camp, special events, birthday parties, and a fall Corn Maze.  

Contact

For more information about the event or Maybury Farm please contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation, at the office: 248-374-0200 or by email ncfmanager@gmail.com.

You may also like to visit www.mayburyfarm.org or www.facebook.com/mayburyfarm

 

 

 

Upcoming Events in Novi, MI May 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, MI Upcoming Events May 2017

Novi, Michigan has a number of upcoming family-friendly events that you won't want to miss. From the Novi Spring Palooza to the Memorial Day Parade, be sure to mark your calendar.

 Novi Spring Palooza

  • Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
  • Location: 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi MI 48375 US
  • Cost: Free

Novi will be bustling with activity on Friday, May 19 at the Novi’s Spring Palooza located at the civic center campus. Formerly known as Spring into Novi, this is a fun event for all ages with lots of different activities. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in the community and to learn how this community is run.

This carnival-themed community party allows the community to interact with the people who work behind the scenes. How would your child like to climb inside a police car and fire truck? Or try on police or firefighter gear?

Clowns and live magicians will be strolling the grounds, performing. There will also be bounce houses, lawn games, laser tag, paintball, bubble soccer, corn hole games, bike races, and other carnival games to provide tons of entertainment. Hot dogs, chips, pizza, and other concessions will be available.

Live entertainment includes the DIA Mobile and Novi Concert Band. You will be able to finish your evening by staying to watch Disney’s Moana movie on the lawn starting at 8:30! In the event of bad weather, the Spring Palooza will be moved indoors to the civic center.

For more information, visit www.cityofnovi.org or call 248-735-5628.

Novi Memorial Day Run

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Location: Start and Finish at Fuerst Park (Ten Mile and Taft Roads)

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is right around the corner, but it’s time to make your plans. If you’re in town, why not plan to run your first 5K or 10K?

Even if this would be your 100th race, it’s a great cause. Proceeds benefit local charities and Novi Park Foundation youth program. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Returning runners will save $5. Bring a canned food item and save $5 as well. Veterans always save $5.

There were more than 900 runners in 2016. Plan to come this year, feel the excitement, and run to benefit your community. You will receive a free t-shirt and a medal just for registering.

The Memorial Day parade is right afterward, so you can continue feeling great and celebrating our country’s veterans.

The 10K starts at 8 a.m., the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m., and the mile fun run starts at 9 a.m. This run is for all ages!

  • Cost: $31(5K) and $31(10K) until May 29

Register online at www.novimemorialdayrun.com or print a form from the website.

Memorial Day Parade and Bike Parade

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Participants to meet between 8:30 am & 9:30 am
  • 10 a.m. regular parade line-up
  • Location: Ten Mile Road - Karim Blvd to Novi Civic Center
  • Price: No Charge - Free Community Event

Come one and all to join in the fun and be a part of the Memorial Day Parade. It’s as easy as buying some red, white, and blue crepe paper or streamers and decorating your bike! This is a fun and easy way to introduce the ideas of service and sacrifice to your kids and they get to be in a parade!

If you are part of a Novi organization - a business, a band, scout troop or even a family, the City of Novi encourages you to join in and march in the parade. The parade is a big part of Novi community spirit. It is a place to showcase your talents and to celebrate our veterans, those currently serving in the military, and those who have paid the highest price for our country.

For more information call 248-347-0414. To register, complete and return one of the registration forms below:

Take Away

Plan to join in the fun this month and become more knowledgeable about the thriving community of Novi, Michigan. If you are interested in moving to the area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

Northville, MI May 2017 Events You Won't Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, MI Events - May 2017

Are you looking for something special to do in May? Interested in buying fresh produce? Northville, Michigan has you covered. From the farmers’ market and spring carnival to the annual flower sale, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Northville Farmers’ Market Thursdays

  • Thursdays starting May 4
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs
  • 301 S Center St., Northville, MI 48167

Outdoor farmers’ markets are back in Northville! Come taste and see the beginning of summer every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May 4 through October 26, 2017.

The market is located on the corner of 7 Mile Road and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs.

The Northville Farmers’ Market brings something for everyone. If you are a local foodie, or just love fresh food, come buy Michigan-grown fresh produce and meat. This is a great way to meet the people who produce the food and get to know some of your local farmers.

In Michigan, we grow almost everything and export it to the rest of the country. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store, support independent businesses, and experience the deliciousness Michigan has to offer.

There are also tons of living and cut flowers and plants to see, and bouquets to take home from local growers. One great perk is that a master gardener will be at the market every Thursday from 8:00 am -12:00 pm to answer your home gardening questions.

Along with delicious food and gorgeous flowers, the Northville Farmers’ Market offers Michigan-made fine juried crafts and artisanal soaps, as well as garden art, jewelry, handmade furniture and home accessories for sale as part of the more than 70 stalls available at the market. Why stop at food and flowers when you can shop locally for your home needs and support small businesses?

For more information please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce:

Northville’s First Friday Experience

  • Friday, May 4
  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you have never attended a First Friday Experience in Northville, you are in for a treat. Downtown Northville’s galleries, restaurants, and other businesses offer a unique dining and shopping experience the first Friday of each month.

For more information, please see Downtown Northville.

Northville Spring Carnival 2017

  • May 11-14
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs parking lot
  • 301 S Center St., Northville, MI 48167

It’s that time of year again! You know if your kids get one peek at the carnival coming to town, they will want to go.

Elliott’s Amusements, out of Mason, Michigan offers the whole package: carnival food you remember from your own childhood - spicy sausage and peppers, elephant ears, funnel cake, deep fried snickers bars, and much more - plus games that are designed with the customer in mind.

This is a great place to take younger children who love to earn prizes. Many of the games offer a quality prize each time your child plays or allow the children to play until they earn a prize. There will be no tears of disappoint at this carnival!

The rides are the most exciting part for the kids - young and old! There will be many rides in one small place - 12 rides for kids including a super slide, bounce houses, and kiddie roller coaster. Not to mention trucks and spinning strawberries and much more! Twelve major rides give older kids and adults a chance to experience that thrill again: bumper cars, Ferris wheel, and several spinning, dropping, tilting, and whirling rides. You will come and laugh with your kids and go home with many fun memories.

Carnival hours:

  • Thursday, May 11 from 4-10pm
  • Friday, May 12 from 4-11pm
  • Saturday, May 13 from 1-11pm
  • Sunday, May 14 from 1-9pm

If you know you want to get the full carnival experience, you can purchase unlimited ride wristbands:

  • $15 - Thursday
  • $18 - Friday
  • $20 - Saturday-Sunday

Early-bird specials include unlimited rides per person, per day for only $12 per person when you buy in advance online before May 10, 2017, at 11:55 p.m. Advance purchases may be made through Elliott’s Amusements, not through the Northville Chamber of Commerce. To purchase tickets online, please see: Northville Spring Carnival.

Northville Flower Sale - 30th Annual

  • May 26-27
  • Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you just can’t get enough flowers and plants, this is the place to be. Downtown Northville will be lined with flowers: annuals, perennials, herbs, garden art, and much more. Plan to come and find what you’re looking for or just to experience the color and beauty while you stroll downtown Northville!

Take Away

Now that summer approaches, soak up all the sights, tastes, smells, sounds, and experiences Northville has to offer!

Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI – Registration Still Open

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

Are you looking for new and exciting hands-on fun for your children this summer?

If you are like many parents, the summer months can drag on without something for your kids to do. You may also want your kids to have the benefit of the summer weather.

Look no further than Maybury Farm Camp in Northville, Michigan! This is a total hands-on experience at a real farm with real farm animals and chores.

Your child will get a chance to pet, groom, feed, and walk the farm animals while learning about their needs and how to take care of them from experts. They will also get a chance to dig in the dirt and watch the vegetables grow while they help in the Farm Garden.

In addition, there is hiking in the woods every day in Maybury’s acres of forest trails. Your kids will experience team building games - and not the hand-held kind!

This is your chance to give your kids a chance to form tangible connections with the natural world. From spending time in the forest and face to face with friends to experiencing first-hand how gardens are grown and how farm animals are cared for.

Maybury Farm Garden

There will also be plenty of plain old fun: crafts, games, and other farm fun will be a regular part of this camp experience. Sign up your animal or nature lover - or give your child a chance to become one.

This camp runs from June 20 through August 17 and is designed for children ages 5-12. Farm camp runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through those weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for the week of July 4th. The cost is $175 per 3-day week and space is limited, so sign up soon!

To register call 248-374-0200 or visit: www.mayburyfarm.org/summercamp

To learn more about Farm Camp or Maybury Farm, please contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation at 248-374-0200.

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is part of Maybury State Park. The entrance is located 1 ¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile, or ½ mile west of the Maybury State Park entrance. For parking by Maybury Farm, do not enter at Maybury State Park.

The farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a program of the Northville Community Foundation. Additionally, the Farm receives no tax dollars. It relies on the generous support of the community from donations, grants, admission fees, and volunteers.

Maybury Farm’s goal is to connect children and adults to nature, community, animals, and agriculture in a hands-on way.

There are many special events at Maybury Farm throughout the year including farm tours, story-times, the fall Corn Maze, visits from Santa, and more. Host your special event or birthday party at Maybury Farm!

In addition, you are able to enjoy hiking or the bike trails at Maybury State Park, or reserve a picnic shelter for a beautiful outdoor event. Maybury has changing and beautiful scenery to offer year-round, right in the heart of Northville.

For more information about Maybury Farm or Maybury State Park please visit www.mayburyfarm.org or www.facebook.com/mayburyfarm

Photos courtesy of the Northville Community Foundation. Used with permission.

Easter Egg Hunts in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, MI 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Easter egg hunts

We might be ushering in more rainy weather, but the temperatures are rising and the flowers are beginning to burst forth. Easter is right around the corner! Are you looking for something to do with your little ones?

Here’s a little guide to help you find that egg hunt for the kids in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Northville, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Maybury Farm Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48168

Here is another option for your Easter weekend at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI. Bring your little ones to see all the farm animals and exhibits and meet the Easter Bunny. But that’s not all! Give your kids a chance to meet Smokey the Bear, the Tooth Fairy, and Candy Cops!

The egg hunt begins at 11:00 am. There is a $5 per car fee and is payable right at the gate. The Easter Egg Hunt is limited to the first 700 children, so be sure you arrive early. For more information, please see Northville Community Foundation.

Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

11:00 am: 2-3 year olds
11:15 am: 4-6 year olds
11:30 am: 7-10 year olds

Novi, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $7.00 per person
  • Cost for Pizza Buffet Lunch: $9.95 per person.  

This egg hunt is perfect for the whole family. Come for the egg hunt and stay for the lunch buffet! There will be thousands of eggs to find - filled with candy, tokens and other surprises. The buffet is offered for an additional fee, and you must call to pre-register. There will be appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad and unlimited beverages.

Advanced reservations and payments are required. Doors open at 10:15 am and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 am. For more information, please see  Paradise Park’s website  or call 248-735-1050.

South Lyon, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Egg Scramble

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 am Fire Departments and Easter Bunny
  • Time: 12:00 pm Easter Egg Scramble
  • Location: Volunteer Park in South Lyon (northeast corner of 8 Mile and Dixboro Road)

South Lyon’s Easter festivities will begin at 11:00 am on April 15. Your children will be able to see emergency vehicles from the South Lyon Fire Department, the South Lyon Police Department, and the Lyon Township Fire Department. The Oakland County Sheriff will also be in attendance as well at the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Scrambles will begin at 12:00 pm according to age groups from youngest to oldest. Children from surrounding communities are welcome as well.

For more information, please see South Lyon’s website.

Take Away

Happy spring and Happy Easter to all from all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group! We hope you are able to enjoy the fun activities in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan this coming weekend.


 

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

 

Spring has arrived and Novi, Michigan has a number of exciting events planned in April that you won’t want to miss. From a spring luncheon, Easter egg hunt, and the first annual Mom and Me Tea to the Novi Half Marathon, there is something for all to enjoy.

Welcome Spring Luncheon

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $7.50 for residents, $9 for non-residents

If you are over 55 and Easter egg hunts aren’t your speed, or you just want to enjoy spring in the company of friends, this event is for you. It’s an indoor picnic lunch - just in case spring doesn’t treat us to the best it has to offer. This barbecue-style picnic will offer hamburgers with all the fixings, plus plenty more. The event is in partnership with Oakmont of Northville.

For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Eggstravaganza

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375
  • Ages: 2 and up
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

Are you looking for an easy, fun egg hunt for kids of all ages? Look no further. This egg hunt requires no work on your part, is in an easy and convenient location, and has something for everyone.

The Eggstravaganza will be held at beautiful Fuerst Park at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft. There are multiple age egg hunts, so every child is guaranteed to find some eggs! There will also be visits with the Easter Bunny and crafts for all ages. Register in advance to claim a spot and pay just $5 per child.

Silly Auction at the MAC

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • For ages 55 and over
  • $7 for residents, $8.50 for non-residents

What better way to brighten your day and lighten the mood than a silly auction among friends? There is no money necessary and no seriousness allowed. Both the silly money and the auction items are being provided by Enriched Life Homecare Services and an appetizer bar is included.

Registration ends on April 13 or until sold out. For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Novi Half Marathon

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am
  • Location (Start and Finish): Novi Middle School, 49000 11 Mile Rd, Novi MI 48374
  • Cost: Prices: $37 for the 5K, $42 for the 10K, and $51 for the Half Marathon

Have you always wanted to get in shape or maybe run that 5k for the first time? Maybe you’re an experienced runner, but you’ve never yet run a longer race. Are you ready for that half marathon? What a great way to enjoy spring, raise money for a good cause and motivate yourself to stay in shape.

This race is a four-in-one: the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile (for the kiddos). It’s a lovely flat and scenic course by “Island Lake,” on country roads and by gorgeous horse farms. Races begin and end at Novi Middle School. Packet pick-up and sponsor expo happens the day before, along with late registration.

You’ll get a short-sleeved Tech t-shirt and Half Marathon and 10K participants will each receive medals for finishing and the Half Marathoners get finisher sticker decals as well. There will also be age-group awards for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events - for those of you out there who are extra competitive. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Novi Parks Foundation and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Register online at www.novihalfmarathon.com or print a form from the website and send it to the mailing address on the form. Online registration ends on 4/28/2017 at 11:00 pm.

Mom and Me Tea

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Ages 4 and over
  • Location: Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Road
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents

For that little girly girl in your life, or if you are a girly girl at heart yourself and want to enjoy a special springtime event with your daughter, come dressed up and ready for fanciness. There will be tea, punch, cookies, and sweets. Not to mention the crafts and fashion show to keep everyone happy and entertained. It’s an event you’ll look back on fondly and remember forever.

For more information, please call 248-347-0400. Registration ends on April 14. To register online, please see the City of Novi’s website.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan is a great community to live in and raise a family. The above events are a sampling of all Novi has to offer. If you are interested in moving to the area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

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Making Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maple syrup tours at Maybury Farm

Do you remember the first time you tasted real maple syrup? There was nothing else that tasted like it, was there? It is sweet and dusky with a hint of the caramelization it goes through to thicken it.

You may associate pure maple syrup with the American pioneers. There are several chapters in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series devoted to making maple syrup and maple sugar from the sap of sugar maple trees. Or, you may remember being taken on a tour of a maple syrup farm and seeing the sap drip from the little taps in the trees into buckets on hundreds of maple trees.

Even in the cold, it is fascinating to see how this simple process hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. You may even remember the huge cast-iron kettle hung on chains over a big fire, boiling the sap into syrup.

Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday and Sundays
  • March 4 - March 26
  • Tours depart at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 pm
  • Address: 50165 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Maybury Farm in Northville, Michigan offers a glimpse of bygone days for all ages with its maple syrup tours through March. Of course, if you know anything about tapping for maple syrup, you’ll know that it depends on warm weather during the days.

The sap doesn’t run through the trees if the weather is too cold. For most years, early spring is the perfect maple syrup weather. The sap runs in the trees during the warmer days and slows down in the cold nights. However, if the days are too cold, these tours are subject to change.

All tours begin with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush section of Maybury State Park. It is recommended that you arrive early to ensure your spot, as this can be a popular attraction. Groups of 15 or more can register in advance for a tour.

A short hike into the woods will reveal the sugar maples and your tour guide will tell you all about how they grow, why their sap is good for maple syrup, and how they are tapped and how the sap is collected.

Maple sap being converted into syrup

Then take another wagon ride to the Sugar Shack to watch the sap being converted into syrup and learn how the maple syrup is graded. You can even get some tutorials for making your own maple syrup at home.

Warm up afterward by the wood-burning stove at the Maybury Farm Welcome Center with hot drinks and snacks. Here you can buy some of the maple syrup you saw being made and snag a few recipes to complement your syrup at home.

The cost is $7 per person. Children 2 and under are free, although they have to ride on the lap of an adult in the wagon. If you have a group of 15 or more paid admissions, you can schedule a tour for a day other than Saturday or Sunday. Call (248) 374-0200 to book your private Maple Syrup tour!

Take Away

This is a perfect opportunity for families to experience nature, learn about trees, and do something out of the ordinary. Your kids will be fascinated with this process and remember it for years to come!


Photos courtesy of Northville Community Foundation
 

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