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Drink beer, eat good food, support the library — win for everybody

Drink local beer and eat specialties from local restaurants to benefit the Royal Oak Public Library. If there’s a downside to this event, coming up later this month in Royal Oak, I’m hard-pressed to find it. The Royal Oak Restaurant Association is kicking off its newest event, the Michigan Craft Beer Stroll, on Saturday, Sept. […]

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Work with, not against, the crowds for Arts, Beats & Eats

It’s here! It’s time for Arts, Beats & Eats. Everything’s set up, the smell of food is wafting through downtown, music is playing, and artists are setting up their wares. And all the activity will be in full swing through Monday, Labor Day. If you live or even work downtown, I’m sure you are very […]

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There are plenty of options for getting to Arts, Beats & Eats

It’s almost time for Arts, Beats & Eats! It’s almost time! The tents are being set up, the streets are starting to be blocked off, and my mouth is already watering for the delicious BBQ Alley and expanded dessert district. But, being the logistically minded person that I am, I’m already worrying about how I’m […]

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Fill your bellies at Arts, Beats & Eats this weekend

In my opinion, Arts, Beats & Eats should be renamed to Eats, Arts & Beats. Why? Nothing against the “arts” and “beats” part of the festival, but I LOVE food. Good thing for me that there will be plenty of it at this year’s festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through Monday, Labor Day. […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats is only a week away

Friends, it’s almost time. A week from tomorrow marks the opening day for the Arts, Beats & East festival in downtown Royal Oak. It opens next Friday and the party continues until Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day. And there’s plenty going on: – As part of the festival, “The Duel,” a competition between eight local […]

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Visit a country corn roast, right here in Royal Oak

There will be a little bit of the country this weekend in downtown Royal Oak. Tomorrow, Saturday, will be the Corn Roast and Country Fair at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the regular farmers market fruits, vegetables and artisan tents, there will be fresh roasted corn […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats will have plenty of other activities, too

Yesterday, we talked about the “beats” part of Arts, Beats & Eats, the music, food and art festival taking to the streets of downtown Royal Oak Sept. 2-5, Labor Day weekend. But if you’re not into art, music or food, don’t write off the festival completely. There will still be plenty of things for people […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats music lineup announced

Arts, Beats & Eats is going to be a rockin’ good time — emphasis on the rockin’. The main music lineup for the event was announced Tuesday. From country to funk, from old school to what’s currently on the radio, to everything in between, there will be something for every musical taste at the festival, […]

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Another one of my favorite places: Honest John’s

Last week, I wrote about how much I had missed the Boll Family Y, and how it was that place “where everybody knows your name,” at least for me. I think I have found another one of those places: Honest John’s, a bar in midtown Detroit. I started going to Honest John’s before I moved […]

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Arts, Beats & Eats is only a month away

It’s time to mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend. You don’t want to miss a weekend full of — as the name says — Arts, Beats & Eats, which takes over downtown Royal Oak this year from Friday, Sept. 2, until Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day. Visitors from last year will notice that it’s […]

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