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Rochester’s Art & Apples Festival Back in Full Force This Year

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Art & Apples runs from Sept. 9-11 in Rochester's Municipal Park. Photo by Brian Craig Photography

Paint Creek Center for the Arts will once again host its annual Art & Apples Festival Sept. 9-11. 

After canceling in 2020 due to COVID and holding a modified version last year, this 56th festival returns at full strength.

“COVID was a struggle for all public festivals and Art & Apples was no exception,” says Shaun Hayes, Paint Creek Center for the Arts executive director. “After being unable to host the event in 2020, the event returned in 2021 with a limited number of artists, sponsors, and food vendors compared to what had been allowed in the past.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Holiday Nights at Greenwood Village

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

Signature Drink: Bourbon Sangria

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Riesling, meet bourbon. This refreshing pairing found in the Royal Park Bourbon Sangria is served at the PARK 600 bar + kitchen at Rochester’s Royal Park Hotel. Bartender and server Megan Seeley concocted this citrusy sweet drink while planning the summer menu. “We typically go through 24-30 gallons a week,” says Richard Ragainis, the hotel’s food and beverage director. With such positive buzz from customers, it’s apropos that the drink is made in a sizable jar shaped like a beehive.

American Homebrewing Association Announces Rising Homebrewing Destinations

The American Homebrewing Association has recently announced seven rising homebrewing destinations in the US.

“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture and vice-versa,” says Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”

Meet Susan Keels, Royal Park Hotel

You know someone is destined for a career in hospitality if she loves waiting tables.

Susan Keels, director of sales and marketing at Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, started her career as a waitress at Shield’s while studying accounting and merchandising in college. Soon she was offered a promotion to manager, and then joined Bill Robert’s highly respected group of restaurants (which includes Beverly Hills Grill).

KIDSgala Gives Children the Party They Deserve

INDUSTRY MEMBERS who want to give back while doing what they do best should consider KIDSgala. The foundation, founded by David McKnight, celebrates kids who face major obstacles, such as illness. It got its start after McKnight reconnected with an old friend, Shelly Burton, at a high school reunion.

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