Fall favorites: Orchards and cider mills in Macomb County

Several weeks ago, Starbucks announced the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and people began flocking to their closest location to indulge their senses with the sweet and flavorful beverage. As a drink option only available during the cooler months, this recent launch will mark the beginning of the fall season for many people across the country — but for me, the beginning of fall starts with my first trip to the apple orchard and cider mill. Every year, I wrap up in my favorite sweater, pull on my boots and head out with my family to take in the crisp air at one of our county’s beloved fall wonderlands. Sometimes we pick up a few sugary donuts, other times we pick our own apples and order glasses of cider. Each trip is different, but they’re all special and full of memories.

If you’d like to have some fall fun with your family, check out our below list of orchards and cider mills here in Macomb County.

  • Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill
    17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
    586-784-5343 or http://blakefarms.com
  • Blake’s Big Apple
    71485 North Ave., Armada
    586-784-9710 or http://blakefarms.com
  • Brookwood Fruit Farm
    7840 Bordman Road, Romeo
    810-798-8312 or brookwoodfruitfarm.com
  • Hy’s Cider Mill
    6350 Thirty-seven Mile, Romeo
    810-798-3611 or hyscidermill.com
  • Middleton Farms Cider Mill
    46462 Dequindre Road, Utica
    586-731-6699
  • Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard
    4900 W. Thirty-two Mile, Washington Twp.
    586-752-7888 or http://millersbigred.com
  • Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill
    2961 W. Thirty-two Mile, Romeo (Bruce Twp.)
    586-752-2453 or stonycreekorchard.com
  • Verellen Orchards
    63260 Van Dyke, Romeo
    586-752-2989 or verellenorchards.com
  • Westview Orchards & Winery
    65075 Van Dyke at 30 Mile, Washington Twp.
    586-752-3123 or westvieworchards.com

Keep in mind that some orchards may not be open yet and that not all orchards have u-pick produce. And make sure to call or check out websites for hours of operation before you hit the road for your seasonal adventure!


Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Macomb County Freedom Fest to celebrate patriotism and military service

Honoring our military and the patriots that served our country will be the focus of the day on Saturday, September 15 at Macomb County Freedom Fest. The event is a free, family-friendly fair that runs from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Macomb South Campus, Sports and Expo Center. All are welcome to attend and partake in the following activities:

  • 10 a.m. formal flag ceremony with an award ceremony to follow
  • Lunch (11 a.m. through 1 p.m., while supplies last)
  • On site resume assistance and coaching
  • VA Healthcare registration
  • Chiropractic adjustments for pets
  • Yoga
  • Haircuts
  • Massages

Vendors and organizations on site at the event will include Supercuts, Wisdom Counseling Equine Therapy, Relax the Back, Baker College, Macomb Community College, SMART, Michigan Works, the Disability Network of Oakland and Macomb and various branches of the military.

“Ultimately, we hope to serve many area veterans through this event,” said Laura Rios, chief veteran services officer, Macomb County Veteran Services. “But we also want to include the entire community. This event is about celebrating service and patriotism, so all are welcome to take part in the activities. Therapy horses will be on site, we’ll have bounces houses for the kids and there will be free nail trims for animals and k-9 chiropractic adjustments. It should be an all-around great day.”

The host of Freedom Fest is the Macomb Veteran Action Collaborative. Its ultimate vision – to build bridges for a system of care for veterans and their dependents resulting in a life-long continuum of comprehensive services and high quality care.

Questions about the event? Contact veteranservices@macomb.edu. Questions about MVAC? Contact Laura Rios at 586-469-5315 or at laura.rios@macombgov.org.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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How you can participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance

The National Day of Service and Remembrance is a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is a day where we can honor and remember those who perished on 9/11 by giving our time and our resources to help our community.

vol recruitmentWith Tuesday, September 11 next week, now is the time to start planning how you can mark the day. One opportunity to consider is the volunteer recruitment fair put on by the Macomb Community Action Office of Senior Services. The fair will bring together approximately 30 local organizations and nonprofits looking to share their volunteering opportunities with individuals, groups and businesses that want to give back to the community. It is a free event for the public and will be held on September 11 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township.

“We’re excited to offer this event for potential volunteers to come out and learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in Macomb County,” said Nicole Urban, program manager for the Office of Senior Services. “When you volunteer, you find that you get back so much more than what you put into it. It is very rewarding and fulfilling.”

Another simple way to give back to the community can be found through the OneMacomb website. The county recently organized a listing of local service organizations that meet regularly to work on community projects and to volunteer. From the Kiwanis Club to Rotary International, this directory covers organizations with diverse missions and values. So if you’re interested in giving your time in this manner, click here to learn more.

All told, both opportunities present the option of volunteering and giving back to your community year round – a commitment that certainly honors the legacy of those we lost on 9/11.

September 11 was designated a national day of service by Congress in 2009. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with 911Day.org and hundreds of business, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and schools nationwide to encourage residents to volunteer starting the weekend before September 11.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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From vine to wine: Youngblood Vineyard brings wine country to Macomb County

Youngblood Vineyard is inviting the community to participate in its annual grape harvest on Saturday, September 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will mark the Harvestvineyard’s first commercial harvest and participants can come for the whole day, a few hours or just to stop by and observe. All ages are welcome and tools/harvest gear will be provided. The first 20 volunteers on the day of harvest will receive a gift certificate for a free tasting at the grand opening – so grab a friend and join in the fun! For more information, visit the Facebook event here. Please make sure to indicate your attendance on that page as lunch will be provided on the day of the harvest. And of course, come back to Youngblood Vineyard in the spring for the grand opening and to taste the fruits of your labor!

About Youngblood Vineyard:

  • The only commercial vineyard in Metro Detroit
  • Family owned and operated farm since 1945 (vineyard addition in 2016)
  • Environmentally friendly farming practices
  • Makes their own wine from the grapes they grow

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For more information about Youngblood Vineyard, please visit www.youngbloodvineyard.com

Jess Youngblood is the owner, entrepreneur and wine enthusiast behind Youngblood Vineyards.

 

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Submit art this week and win two tickets to the Anton Art Party

Public art is just about everywhere. From parks to paths, library walls to building exteriors – there’s beautiful murals, sculptures, paintings and architecture all around us. Sometimes you just need a reason to stop and notice it.

Well today, we offer you a very good reason to do so. When you submit public art to our new countywide public art map, you are automatically entered into a drawing* for some fantastic prizes!

And it’s so simple! Just visit https://gis.macombgov.org/GO/Art_Form, fill out some quick information and attach a photo of the artwork. If you can enter something this week, you’ll be included in our drawing on Friday September 7 for a great prize donated by the Anton Art Center – two tickets to the upcoming Anton ArtParty!

This year is the 27th ArtParty and it will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Anton Art Center (125 Macomb Pl., Mount Clemens MI 48043). The outdoor event will feature delicacies from more than two dozen local restaurants, live entertainment from Midwest Dueling Pianos, dancing, live art demonstrations, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and bar service courtesy of Orleans’ Sports Café. The pair of tickets (which must be awarded to an individual 21 or older) is valued at $130 – making this prize a very special one!

So – is there a local mural you love? An incredible sculpture that leaves you speechless? Help us track that art so others can experience it too!

And if don’t have time to enter art this week, don’t worry! There’s still two drawings after this initial one, including:

We hope you’ll join us in this exciting new initiative. And of course, we ask that you visit the map and check out the great public art located throughout our region. We’d love to hear from you via Facebook or Instagram while you’re out and about, so make sure to take pics and use the #MapMacombArt. We’ll share some of our favorites!

*Drawing rules: There is no purchase necessary to be considered for this drawing. Participants from all demographics and geographic locations are allowed. However, the Art Party tickets must be given to an individual that is 21 or older due to alcohol being served at that event. The three winners will be randomly chosen and only one prize will be awarded to each individual. Winners will be emailed on the dates designated above with their prize information and how they can receive it. The deadline to submit art and be considered for any prize is Friday, October 5 at 8 a.m. EST.

Questions? Contact media@macombgov.org.


Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Feelin’ festive: Upcoming events and festivals to add to your calendar

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means that two very special annual events are taking place here in Macomb County!

romeo peachFirst up – the Romeo Peach Festival, the second oldest festival in the state. Founded in 1931, the weekend-long event celebrates the area’s prized peach crop. This year, the celebration will kick-off on August 30th (today) and run through Labor Day. Open from 8 a.m. through midnight each day, the tasty festival will feature games, music, runs and races and the coronation of 2018’s Peach Queen, Samantha Bartolotta. As this year’s queen, Bartolotta will travel to surrounding communities to raise awareness of Romeo. Also on the calendar of events – the Romeo Peach Festival Floral Parade on Monday, September 3rd. The parade will include a Macomb County Bicentennial Float, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and other generous organizations, and local farmer George VanHoutte serving as grand marshal. VanHoutte is being honored for his work at his farm and Northern Farm Market, which has provided the area with fresh produce since the 1930s. And finally, let’s not forget the food at this festival. People come from far and wide to try fresh peach pie, sweet peach wine and tasty peach muffins. So if you like peaches and plan to attend, make sure to arrive with an empty stomach. You’ll be full in no time!

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Just after the Romeo Peach Festival and just down the road – the annual Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival. This year is the 55th anniversary for the event, which was once voted Michigan’s best small town festival and boasts the largest marching musical parade in the state. It will be held the weekend after Labor Day, running Thursday richmond festivalSeptember 6th through Sunday, September 9th. Notably, there is no general admission charge to access the festival grounds, which will feature the “Little Miss Richmond” pageant. Other highlights include a demolition derby, an antique car show, bump and run motor sports, music, the Skerbeck carnival midway and fireworks. But perhaps the most interesting part of the festival is the big ping pong blow-out, where thousands of ping pong balls are fired from a hopper. Children 10 and under can gather the balls and collect prizes at the fair and at local businesses. It’s a dizzying amount of activity, but we’re certain that all this family fun will have you feeling that the good old days are right here, right now.

If you plan to visit either of these festivals, make sure to take some pictures and upload them to Facebook or Instagram with the tag #makemacombyourhome. We’ll share some of our favorites!

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

 

 

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We’re mapping Macomb art – and you can help!

Lately we’ve shared several social media posts with the hashtag #MapMacombArt. We’ve also written an art-focused blog on MMYH and created a colorful art-centric flyer. If you’ve seen those things and wondered what we’re up to, you’re in luck! Today we’re sharing the whole story behind Macomb County celebrating its public art!

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Earlier this afternoon, Macomb County and OneMacomb leaders officially launched their newest digital resource, a map of all public art located throughout its 27 communities. The map is a comprehensive tool for all residents and visitors that allows them to search for and find local sculptures, paintings or murals. So, if you’re a parent looking to a fill an afternoon with a cultural activity for the kids, you can pull up the map on your phone and hit the road to some of Macomb’s public artwork. Or perhaps you have family visiting the area and you want to show them the sights – you can visit the map on your tablet and plan a personalized tour to local pieces. Our county is lucky to have world-class art right here in our backyard. We should celebrate that by getting out and experiencing it all in person! This new digital map allows us to do just that.

The map was unveiled in front of leaders from the arts and cultural community and members of the general public at an event held at the Anton Art Center. County Executive Mark A. Hackel kicked-off the afternoon.

“We are thrilled to offer residents and visitors another tool that will help them ‘make Macomb their home,’” said County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “Communities across the county have made big investments in public art. Our hope is that the map will inspire people to get out, explore their neighborhoods and experience these works in person.”

Deputy County Executive Pam Lavers, who developed the idea for the map alongside leaders from OneMacomb, shared several of the reasons for the map’s creation. These included being inspired by the growing belief that public art adds value for communities beyond its visual benefits.  According to the Association for Public Art: “Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions.”

The event also featured a step-by-step demo of the map from its creator, Jessica Worley, a Macomb County Planning and Economic Development GIS specialist, and remarks from Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist and Jennifer Goulet, with Creative Many. It wrapped with a walkabout to some notable pieces of public art in downtown Mount Clemens, where guests were able to hear directly from artists like John Suave, creator of the 10 ft. tall sculpture Selbsterkenntnis.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the afternoon was the call for public support in building the digital map. Currently the map features several pieces of art catalogued by the county, but officials announced that they are turning to local residents and visitors to ensure all works are represented. Now that that news is public, we are asking you, the readers of MMYH to help in this effort! Is there a mural you love? An incredible sculpture that others should experience? Help us track that art by sharing your favorite Macomb County pieces through this link! Submitting art is a fun and simple thing to do that will benefit everyone in our community. But if that doesn’t entice you, maybe some great prizes will! All individuals that submit art to the above link will be entered into a drawing* to win great prizes donated by the Anton Art Center, the Starkweather Arts Center and the DIA. Prize packages and drawing dates include:

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So don’t wait – submit art today and win some great prizes. And of course, visit the map and check out the great public art located throughout our region. We’d love to hear from you via Facebook or Instagram while you’re out and about, so make sure to take pics and use the #MapMacombArt. We’ll share some of our favorites!

 

*Drawing rules: There is no purchase necessary to be considered for this drawing. Participants from all demographics and geographic locations are allowed. However, the Art Party tickets must be given to an individual that is 21 or older due to alcohol being served at that event. The three winners will be randomly chosen and only one prize will be awarded to each individual. Winners will be emailed on the dates designated above with their prize information and how they can receive it. The deadline to submit art and be considered for any prize is Friday, October 5 at 8 a.m. EST.

Questions? Contact media@macombgov.org.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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