Friday, May 24, 2013
Observe Memorial Day Monday with a parade in Farmington and ceremony honoring members of the Armed Services.
Patch is here to make your life ridiculously easy, so as you sit down today and plan your weekend, here are three events you should know about in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area. Do you have an event you want to share? Click here to add it to the Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch events calendar. Correction: The date of the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market was incorrectly reported in the original version of this post.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
We captured just a bit of the action from many activities, so add your photos and videos to the collection.
From the opening bell at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market to opening day for South Farmington Baseball and Softball, downtown Farmington was bustling with activity Saturday morning. Share your memories of the day's events by signing in to the site with your name and email (or signing up here) and clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Pack your patience as you head for downtown Farmington today, there's a lot happening.
The first Saturday in May is typically the official start of spring in downtown Farmington, with the opening of the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market and the South Farmington Baseball and Softball season. Parking spaces may be difficult to find, so check out the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) website to download a map that shows all of the area's public parking areas. Here's what you need to know about those events and others going on in and around Farmington and Farmington Hills today: Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m.) Location: Orchard Street, just east of Farmington Road Details: A variety of activities for children include Little Sprouts kids area hosted by Mayfair Co-op Preschoolwill have …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wear your finest derby hat and listen to a chorus of "My Old Kentucky Home" on Saturday, at the market's new location.
The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market opens its 20th season Saturday with a tribute to the Kentucky Derby. With construction slated to begin this month on Grove Street, adjacent to its traditional location at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion, the market will move to a parking lot on Orchard Street, just east of Farmington Road. Competition may be heavy for the closest parking lot just to the east of the new location, but signs around the downtown area will direct motorists to other parking areas. Festivities begin at 8:45 a.m., with Grace Newlin, 2nd runner up in the 2012 Miss Farmington pageant, singing the national anthem and "My Old Kentucky Home". Miss Farmington 2012 Elena Pavlicas and Farmington Mayor Pro Tem Bill …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Local historian Brian Golden will lead the conversation during a casual walk through the historic central business district.
Join Farmington resident Brian Golden for a history-themed "Jane's Walk" through downtown Farmington at noon on May 4. Walks are taking place all around the country May 4 and 5, in memory of urban activist Jane Jacobs, who believed in urban design that fosters community. According to the Jane's Walk website, "There are only two rules: walks should be taken and given for free, and they should be walking conversations." The Farmington walk is also a chance for community members to get in some steps for the F2H Fit city-wide health initiative. Residents in Farmington and Farmington Hills have been challenged this year to "eat well, exercise regularly and have more birthdays". (Read more: F2H Fit Aims to Help Residents Drop 500,000 Pounds) …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Downtown Development Authority and city officials continue to work with merchants concerned about parking near their businesses.
The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will move this season, but not because of parking concerns raised on Jan. 28 by downtown merchants. Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director Annette Knowles said Monday that construction on Grove Street adjacent to the market's home at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion will mean a temporary relocation of the popular market, due to potential "danger to the public". "That decision was under consideration before the meeting (with merchants)," Knowles said. The idea of moving the market's May 4 start date was considered, but the DDA has already promoted the date with vendors, Knowles said. The market will be located in the western-most parking lot on the south side of …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Retailers say their customers can't find parking and suggest moving the market to another day of the week.
Brandi Ellis loves the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, but she doesn't love what it's doing to her business. The owner of Bellis Therapeutic Spa, with support from several downtown business owners, brought her concerns about parking to Monday's Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board meeting. Bellis is located directly across from the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park, which draws 3,000-4,000 people on Saturdays from May through early November. Unfortunately, Ellis said, those additional people don't translate into additional business for her. By the time Ellis arrives to open her business on market Saturdays, she can't find a parking space. And her customers, who come in looking foward to a …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Farmington Downtown Development Authority board members approve a plan that reduces the number of Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market days in 2013.
Farmington Downtown Development Authority board members shot down a staff proposal Monday that would have closed the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market season on the last Saturday in October in 2013. The market was open through the end of November this year. But officials approved a plan that cuts three market days next year, the last two in November and one during the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival. Events planner Janet Bloom said the market lost more than $1,000 in sponsorships in 2012, including a music sponsor and one for the Farmington Fit program, which launched in 2011. However, the number of on-site sponsors jumped from three to nine, generating $5,200 to support the Saturday event, which ran this year from May through…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The last market of the regular season is one of many events featured on the Patch weekend calendar, including a special Thanksgiving for Nature event.
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market opening day, and on Saturday, the downtown Farmington market closes up shop for the season. Browse through our gallery above to learn about weekend events on our calendar, then click on the links below to learn more. And if your event isn't listed, feel free to add it: VIDEO: How to Create an Event on Patch.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
McClary Bros. Bakehouse is named after Josh and Jessica McClary's twin sons.
The McClary brothers may be too young to operate a stove, but they've already got a bakery named after them. Two-year-old twins Jack and Ben have their parents Jessica and Josh to thank for the honor. New to Farmington, McClary Bros. Bakehouse has a booth at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market and will be among the vendors at the Old Winery Winter Market. "We are looking at retail space," said Jessica McClary, who is a student in Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge's culinary program. "We're hoping to find something before next summer." The couple has only lived in Michigan for a year. They started out in West Bloomfield, but found themselves drawn to the winter market and then took in all of the spring, summer and fall …