2022 Community Guide issue - LIFESTYLE 4 Birmingham Bloomfield

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When You’re In Birmingham Bloomfield

Things To Do

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Whether you’re visiting, thinking of moving here or are lucky to call one of 5 B’s or Franklin home, we hope you take advantage of the wonderful gardens, parks, galleries, museums, and community theater groups that seem to be around every corner. Enjoy the next few pages of some favorite venues and others that may take you on a new adventure. Please be sure to check if there are any admission fees and hours of operation are also important since many attractions are seasonal and adjust their hours appropriately. But most of all, get out and go – you need them, they need you – a match made in heaven – HAVE FUN!

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Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham 48009 (248) 644-0866 • www.bbartcenter.org The center offers studio classes, workshops, art history classes for all ages, art camps for children, juried exhibitions, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition and Fine Arts Festival and more. Works may be purchased at the Gallery Shop. Closed Sundays.

Birmingham Concert Band

P.O. Box 335 • Birmingham 48012 (313) 737-7662 • www.birminghamconcertband.com This community band is open to all, practices weekly and will perform at special events (for a fee). The “BCB Entertainers” is a subset of this group and is also available by calling (248) 642-0397. Log on to website for concert schedule.

The Birmingham Museum

556 W. Maple Road, Birmingham 48009 (248) 530-1928 • www.bhamgov.org The museum and park are made up of the1822 Hunter House, 1928 Allen House and John West Hunter Historic Park. Linked by the History Plaza, the complex is a must-see or those interested in the areas of history. Admission is $5.00 for Students and Seniors and $7.00 for adults. Single admission includes a tour of the Allen and Hunter Houses.

Cranbrook Educational Community

39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills 48304 www.cranbrook.edu Cranbrook Art Museum – (248) 645-3323. This contemporary art museum built by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1942 houses permanent and changing exhibitions features a state-of-the-art Collectors Wing, as well as a store selling works by students, faculty, books, prints, giftware, etc. www.cranbrookartmuseum.org

Emagine Palladium Theater

Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills 48301 (248) 626-8261 • www.franklincidermill.com A living piece of local history with the best cider and donuts you will ever have. Seasonal, so make sure you check the dates it opens and closes as well as the hours of operation.

St. Dunstan’s Playhouse

400 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, 48304 (844) 386-7826 • www.stdunstanstheatre.com Independent non-profit community theatre group on the grounds of the Cranbrook Community.

Village Players of Birmingham

34660 Woodward, Birmingham (248) 644-2075 (tickets) www.birminghamvillageplayers.com Community and youth theatre and summer theatrearts camp.

Saarinen House – (248) 645-3307 Built in 1930, it is considered an Art Deco masterwork. It was the home and studio of Eliel and Loja and their son Eero. Open May thru October for public walk-in and private tours. Call for exact dates and times.

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Smith House – (248) 645-3307 Frank Lloyd Wright “Smith House” located in Bloomfield Hills; this classic Usonian home is open for tours from May through October. Call the Museum for more info.

The Community House 380 South Bates St., Birmingham, 48009 www.communityhouse.com 248-644-5832

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Signature Events

Downtown Birmingham is well known for hosting signature events throughout the year. Please visit www.AllinBirmingham.com/calendar for information on the Birmingham Farmers Market, Movie Nights, Day on the Town, Holiday Events and more. Avon Players

1185 Washington, Rochester Hills 48306 (248) 608-9077 • www.avonplayers.org Commnunity theatre September - May. Youth theatre in the summer. Call or log on for performance and ticket information.

Clarkston Village Players

4861 White Lake Road, Clarkston 48346 (248) 625-8811• www.clarkstonvillageplayers.org Community theatre runs year round, includes summer youth theatre.

Cranbrook House and Garden – (248) 645-3147 Designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for the founders of Cranbrook (George and Ellen Booth), it is the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit. The 40 acres of diverse gardens were originally designed by Mr. Booth. House tours June thru October. www.housegardens.cranbrook.edu Cranbrook Institute of Science - (248) 645-3200. Explore science, technology and natural history through exhibits, hands-on activities and planetarium. For hours, ticket prices and other information you may need to log on to science.cranbrook.edu

The Community House holds several special events throughout the year. For more information about the 2022 event schedule, tickets, etc. contact

209 Hamilton Row, Birmingham 48009 (248) 385-0500 and Birmingham 8 211 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham 48009 (248) 723-6230 www.emagine-entertainment.com/theatres Both are limited capacity neighborhood theaters incorporating reclining chairs, gourmet snacks, reserved seating, in-seat service and other upscale amenities such as valet parking.

Detroit Zoo

MORE THAN JUST ART! The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has numerous programs, classes and exhibitions that demonstrate ART is universal in application, enjoyment, diversity and understanding. Programs may be virtual or in-person. Your best bet is to log on to www.bbArtCenter.org to find the program being offered, what exhibitions are showing and in what format. There could also be protocols that might impact how the program will be held or what you want to do. Just remember it’s– MORE THAN JUST ART!

Woodward Ave. at Ten Mile, Royal Oak (248) 541-5717 • www.detroitzoo.org Open 362 days a year. Features 125 acres of open natural habitats that are home to 230+ species. There are numerous attractions including a new Penguinarium, Amphibian Conservation Center, Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback, Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Carousel, Railroad, Simulator Ride, and 4-D Theater. Admission and Parking Fees.

Holly Dickens Festival

Late November/Early December each year. www.hollydickensfestival.org Lose yourself to the “Spirit of Christmas” by being part of a very real, very unique “A Christmas Carol” immersion. Be part of the oldest and longest running Dickens Festival in the United States.