Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects

By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media We all know recycling is a way to help reduce waste going into our landfills. But for some creative people, it can be a form of art. Christine Yonker upcycles vintage silverware, turning it into something completely different and beautiful. She started out working more with glass, butContinue reading “Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects”

History of the Woodward Dream Cruise

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press What started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field has grown into the world’s largest automotive event, bringing more than one million people to Oakland County. This year marks the 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In August of 1995, retired plumber Nelson House was setting up fundraising toContinue reading “History of the Woodward Dream Cruise”

Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This”

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Though the world is changing, there’s still a place for The Backstreet Boys. The quintet proved that on Thursday night, Aug. 8, at DTE Energy Music Theatre, with performances of their most popular songs as well as new tracks from the just-released “In a World LikeContinue reading “Concert Review: The Backstreet Boys still have a place “In a World Like This””

Destination: Oakland County

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press/Advisor Source Animal exhibits, historic landmarks, nature areas and farms-when venturing through Oakland County, a variety of recreation and entertainment is available. Here’s a quick guide to tourist attractions in the area: Detroit Zoo Located in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo is home to more than 3,300 animals, according toContinue reading “Destination: Oakland County”

“Rifftrax: Starship Troopers” brings laughs to local Theaters

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Science fiction fans seeking a laugh are in luck, as “Rifftrax: Starship Troopers” hits theaters in Oxford, Walled Lake and other Michigan and national locations at 8 p.m. Aug. 15. Comedians Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are the men behind Rifftrax. The group creates comedic commentary toContinue reading ““Rifftrax: Starship Troopers” brings laughs to local Theaters”

Power2Give campaign helps Oakland arts groups raise needed funds

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Oakland County arts organizations are seeking funding help with the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign through Power2Give. Arts and culture organization CultureSource will launch the 17th market of national Kickstarter site Power2Give Thursday, June 27. The site matches prospective donors with arts organizations seeking financial assistance. “We’ve gotContinue reading “Power2Give campaign helps Oakland arts groups raise needed funds”

Royal Hoax band performs benefit concert for Scarab Club

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Oakland County band Royal Hoax will rock the Scarab Club on June 28, bringing music to the art gallery at the Preserve the Arts benefit concert. Brothers Jake and Mark Hoke with Elijah Nelson make up Royal Hoax, a band that plays for causes — this one an effortContinue reading “Royal Hoax band performs benefit concert for Scarab Club”

“Prelude” fundraiser ‘AMPS’ up Milford community

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Milford’s Central Park will see an orchestra of proceeds this week, with the presentation of “Prelude,” the first movement in a series of fundraising events for the city’s new AMP performance stage. With 10 shows in the Milford Music in the Park summer concert series, the village needed aContinue reading ““Prelude” fundraiser ‘AMPS’ up Milford community”

Meadow Brook Hall awarded $18,000 operational grant

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post For the second year, Meadow Brook Hall has received a Program for Operational and Project Support grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Hall, which was named a National Historic Landmark last summer, received $18,000 to be used toward operating support and curatorial needs, accordingContinue reading “Meadow Brook Hall awarded $18,000 operational grant”

‘Coats for the Cold’ kicks off in Oakland County

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post Public officials, puppies and kittens joined together to kick off the 26th annual “Coats for the Cold” winter coat drive Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Oakland County Animal Shelter. The drive and shelter announced their partnership at the kickoff. “We are really pleased about the partnership,” Larry Obrecht, AnimalContinue reading “‘Coats for the Cold’ kicks off in Oakland County”