Fall in Love with Macomb County

It’s fall in Macomb County, which means it’s time to get out and explore everything the season has to offer. There is so much going on this time of year. We made it easy for you to find a variety of activities throughout the county and plan an outing that anyone can enjoy, whether it’s a day for the whole family or an adult evening out.

Fall Fun in Macomb County

Check out a listing of local haunted attractions and Halloween-themed events in your community.


Take the family out to the orchard this fall for a family fun day. From kid-friendly events to fresh cider and donuts, there will be laughs all around.

Hunting and Fishing

Check out the dates for this year’s hunting and fishing seasons along with a list of local clothing and supplies establishments, meat processing facilities, and much more.

Wineries and Breweries

Looking for ideas for a fun date or night out with friends? Check out our list of locally owned and operated breweries and wineries. They are always hosting events and offer something new and exciting to try.

Farm Fresh Products

Looking to make a farm-to-table meal? Check out this list of farmers markets and roadside stands. Each destination is stocked with seasonal items.

Places to Play

This list is full of fun fall activities for the whole family to enjoy. From bowling alleys to amusement parks and skating rinks, there are many indoor and outdoor activities in the area. No matter the weather, there are always places to play throughout Macomb County.

Look ahead to the next few weekends. Plan something fun!

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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2nd Annual Bootlegger Bash

Between 1920 and 1933, the United States prohibited the production, transportation, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirts.

In Canada, the good times continued to flow which proved to be a lucrative advantage for the Detroit area. Alcohol became a hot commodity and many were willing to risk life and freedom to quench America’s thirst.

The Detroit area, with its proximity of large bodies of water that lead to the shadowy shores of Canada, became a hot bed for bootlegging. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 75 percent of all the alcohol smuggled into the United States during Prohibition crossed the border between Windsor and Detroit. “Rum running” had become Detroit’s second largest industry and some 25,000 speakeasies operated in the area.

Blossom Heath Inn, in St. Clair Shores, was one of the most infamous speakeasies. Its location on Lake St. Clair made it a perfect place for contraband alcohol to be received, distributed and consumed. Now owned by the city, Blossom Heath will once again become a speakeasy, if only for one evening.

Join with the city and Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative for the Second Annual Bootlegger Bash on Friday, October 27th from 6 to 11 p.m.  The event will feature a strolling dinner, casino games, and live music from the Michele Ramo World Jazz Trio and a local favorite, The Orbitsuns.

The strolling dinner will feature a scrumptious array of delectable including Great Gatsby Fried Chicken, potato beignets, caprese skewers, fried ravioli and much more. Bartenders will serve specialty cocktails with a nod to the Roaring Twenties including the Gin Rickey (Makers Mark, lime, club soda), French 75 (champagne, lemon juice, gin), Mary Pickford (Rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, maraschino liquor), and a Bootleg Cocktail (vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, mint, club soda). Wine and beer will also be served, including Bud Light, Labatt Blue, and Atwater Purple Gang Pilsner.

Casino Games include blackjack, craps and roulette. Your winnings become tickets for a unique raffle of locally sourced gift baskets.

With Halloween right around the corner, attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Roaring Twenties outfits for a chance to win great prizes!

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through the Bootlegger Bash Facebook Event Page or www.ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us or at the cashier’s office at St. Clair Shores City Hall.  Ticket must be purchased by October 22 and will not be available at the door.

Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County. 

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The wineries of Macomb County – The Traverse City feeling, right in your backyard

wintrailThe weekend is over, everyone is back to work and school. One of the best ways to survive a Monday is by starting to think ahead to next weekend. What should I do, where should I go, and who should I invite. Thanks to Macomb County’s agriculture, you do not have to go far to enjoy some relaxing time on a date or a fun night with the girls laughing.

Macomb County is the home to nine local wineries and it continues to grow. These wineries have so much to offer from sweet and dry wines, to fruity creations. Every place has something unique to set them apart. With these wineries in our backyard you no longer have to go to Traverse City.

If you are interested in having a weekend away, check out the Thumbs Up Wine Trail which promotes tourism and the southeastern Michigan wine industry. The tour includes 12 wineries in the thumb region, seven right here in the Macomb County.

Take a minute and check out the list of wineries in Macomb County. Decide which one fits your mood for next weekend. Be sure to check back. With wine production up more than 34 percent over the past five years, we may be adding additional ones to the list!
In addition to a night out, most of these wineries offer classes, art, and much more. Be sure to check out their programs.

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Your local fire department wants to meet you!

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association wants everyone to know that National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017. Fire departments across the county will host open houses to celebrate. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Did you know that you may have only 120 seconds to escape if fire starts? Does everyone in your household know what to do if the smoke detector alarm goes off?

It is important to make a plan to escape and then to practice it. This is especially true if there are children, individuals with mobility challenges or elderly adults in the household.  If the unfortunate happens, you will be glad you were prepared to take action.

To learn how to develop an escape plan:  National Fire Protection Association

Statistics show that smoke detectors save lives, but only if they are working properly.  Fire safety professionals recommend that batteries in smoke detectors be changed twice a year. A good way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. Smoke detectors should also be replaced every 10 years to ensure that they are working properly.

You can learn more about these tips and more by visiting your local firefighters during an open house:

Saturday Sept 30

  • Chesterfield – noon to 3 p.m. – 33991 23 Mile Road

Sunday Oct 1

  • Harrison Township – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 39460 Jefferson Avenue
  • New Baltimore – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 36535 Green Street
  • Ray Township – 7 a.m. to noon – 20301 29 Mile Road
  • Washington Township – noon to 3 p.m. – 11300 27 Mile Road

Saturday Oct 7

  • Fraser – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 33000 Garfield Road

Sunday Oct 8

  • Bruce Township & Romeo – noon to 4 p.m. – 223 East Gates, Romeo
  • Center Line – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 7070 Ten Mile Road
  • Clinton Township – noon to 3 p.m. – 42601 Romeo Plank Road
  • Lenox Township – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  – 59950 Gratiot Avenue
  • Macomb Township – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Station #3 – 47711 North Avenue
  • St. Clair Shores – noon to 3 p.m. – 26700 Harper Avenue
  • Sterling Heights – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Station #4 – 12850 15 Mile Road
  • St. Clair Shores – noon to 3 p.m. – Central Station – 26700 Harper Avenue

Saturday Oct 14

  • Armada Township – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 23175 Armada Center Road
  • Shelby Township – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 6345 23 Mile Road

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Now is the time to start preparing for next year’s gardening season


Cutting back perennials will remove hiding places for slugs and voles

While most of us see fall as the end of the growing season, it is also the beginning of our next garden season as well.  With cooler temperatures forecasted, this weekend will be a great time to  prepare new garden beds, cleanup old ones, and get our lawns ready  for next year.

For lawns, it is time to consider fall fertilization, spread broadleaf weed control and look at reseeding or over seeding that is needed.  Leaves can be mulched back into the lawn or added to compost piles.  If you haven’t tried to mulch leaves back into the turf, maybe this is the year you start. Mulching leaves helps the turf by returning nutrients and organic matter, which can be especially beneficial on poor soils. A little work now, can lead to beautiful lawns in the spring.

For flower and vegetable gardens it is time to remove any dead or diseased plants, as well as trim perennials back.  Thinking ahead to spring, now is also the time to plant garlic and flowering bulbs.

Resist the temptation to prune trees, shrubs, and roses just yet. Pruning should be done when plants are in the dormant stage during late winter/early spring. Pruning now will stimulate new growth and may severely weakens the plant.

MSU Extension has many fine articles to help in fall gardening:

A great resource for a variety of gardening information can be found at the MSUE “Gardening in Michigan” website:  www.migarden.msu.edu


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Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is featured in a new movie set to premiere at the end of the month

“Some things are best left alone. The history of mankind is full of stories of people on a journey of self-discovery. Only some journeys don’t lead to the enlightenment that was sought. The human mind can experience some of the most amazing phenomenon. The problem is when you try to define those experiences as real or not.”

Urban Myths is a Psychological/Suspense/Paranormal Thriller that will promises to take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s a journey of self-discovery. It’s about family, friendship, sisterhood, instinct, light versus dark, growth, love and loss. A tale of the story of the two wolves, one represents good and the other evil, and the choice everyone is faced in choosing.

The story twists and turns as it follows a group of high school seniors that embark on a spring break camping trip to investigate the myths they had been researching with their history teacher. They set off searching for some of Michigan’s most chilling myths and legends of the paranormal kind. During their trip, they stumble on to to haunted burial grounds and get more than they bargained for when some of the group start to vanish. In their journey, they come across more than just myths.

The writer/director/producer of the film, Kim Marie, is a Michigan native and showcases some of best Michigan has to offer, along with an all-star cast including Courtney Gains, Joe Estevez, Will Wallace, Lou Ferrigno, Sophie Simmons, Natalie Kabenjian, Greg Wayans, Kassandra Voyagis, Lovlee Carroll, Riley Bodenstab, Lucas Adams, and Kaya Rosenthal.

The red carpet premiere, a benefit for The Rainbow Connection, will take place Friday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak Michigan. The Rainbow Connection, is a worthy organization that makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and provides support services to their families.

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include reserved seating, special VIP lanyards, a swag bag, and the after-glow party with a cast and crew meet and greet. General Admission tickets are $50. For more information or to purchase visit www.rainbowconnection.org.

To learn more information about Executive Hackel’s involvement – including an one-on-one interview with him and director Kim Marie – and a peek at the official movie trailer, check out executive.macombgov.org/executive-urbanmyth


Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Where in Macomb County should I go for fresh produce?

pumpkinBased on the weather this week, it seems like summer decided to make an appearance just in time for the calendar to say Happy Fall on Friday at 4:02 p.m.!  Many people enjoy the fall season.  It brings everything from sweatshirt weather, football, apples and cider mills, to pumpkin everything; there is so much to see and do this time a year.

can-tomatoesOne of my favorite parts of the fall is the harvest.  Having been raised in a farming family, we spend our weekends tending to the garden and then canning and preserving our fruits and vegetables.  The canning list is long: peaches, pears, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, salsa, carrots, beets, green bean, peppers and anything else we decide to try.  We also have the traditional corn freezing party along with heading to the backyard to pick apples from our tree for homemade apple sauce. My grandma’s applesauce recipe is the best! This all seems like a lot of work, which it is, but come winter, the reward pays off with every meal that is made with the plentiful work of our garden.

Now, not everyone is able to have a huge garden that sits on a couple acres of land. So, we want to hear from you. What is your favorite roadside stand in Macomb County?  Is it the farmer that sells his fresh corn on the corner of 30 mile and Gratiot? Do you head to a farm like the Altermatt Farms that opens their doors to sell their home grown produce? Or do you prefer to head to one of our several Farmers Markets across the county?

We want to make a list of the best places to get produce in Macomb County.

Ready…Set. . .Go!

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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