Upcoming Events

Vintage Wooden Toys Open House
Sunday, December 9, 2018 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy our vintage wooden toy collection, along with other vintage toys, this holiday season. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Ice Harvesting Open House
Sunday, January 14, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Prior to modern day refrigerators, ice was the only means to keep our perishable groceries cold and fresh. The area lakes provided not only local residents and businesses ice for refrigeration, but much of the ice was loaded on trains/cars and shipped to Detroit for the meat processing industry. Ron Hanson shares his family’s ice cutting saw and photos of the saws being used on Orchard Lake and Pine Lake. Try cutting a block of ice and make an ice cone! Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Annual Meeting & Dolly Donut Vietnam Presentation
Saturday, January 26, 10 am-noon
Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
Annual meeting with presentation by Joann Puffer Kotcher, one of the first women allowed in a Vietnam combat zone. She helped staff recreation centers as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly. $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 21. RSVP to: rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.

Indoor Games Open House
Sunday, February 10, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
What games were played inside historically? Come play: Shoot the Moon, Jacks, Tiddly-Winks, and Native American Skill Game.

A Time of Terror: The Black Legion & Deadly Racism in Detroit, 1920-30s
Sunday, February 17, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was revived and became a powerful institution in Michigan, including Detroit. During the 1930s, their violent stepchild, the Black Legion was born, and they left a trail of murders throughout the state. Please come and hear historian Jamon Jordan as he discusses the history of these two violent white supremacist organizations during their height of influence in Detroit.Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 2, 10 am, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Are you looking for flexible, interesting volunteer opportunities? Come learn our needs — from one-time to long-term commitments. No charge.

Motorcities Heritage Wayside Exhibits Open House
Sunday, March 10, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Twenty-five outdoor exhibits share our interesting local history. Small versions of these signs are exhibited.

Traditional Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 10, at 12, 1, or 2 pm, Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Road
Celebrate early spring with a sap to syrup demonstrations over an open fire and then enjoy a hot pancake breakfast.   $8 per person. 45 minute outdoors. Register for a group tour at wbparks.org/maplesugaring or call WBP at 248.451.1900. Sponsored by Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, Copperhead Craft Guild, WB Parks, and GWBHS.

1818 Expedition into Oakland County
Sunday, March 24, 2 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
In 1818, a group of men traveled northwesterly from Detroit to confirm or dispel reports that Oakland County was a swampland, unworthy of settlement. Hear why this expedition took place; how they named our lakes; and what they reported. Presented by John Marshall, an 1818 Expedition Into Oakland County committee member. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Ohio/MI Border Dispute: A WBSD Finalist Project from MI History Day Open House
Sunday, April 14, 1-4 pm, Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See what this dispute was all about in the award winning exhibit describing the conflict that almost caused a war. Student Jacquelyn Foreman lead the WBSD team to national finals for the 2018 MI History Day by the Historical Society of Michigan.

Lace Through the Ages
Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm, WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Mary Salmon shares her love of antique handmade lace with a presentation of Lace Through the Ages.  Mary is the Curator of THE LACE MUSEUM Detroit, located in Northville, which hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits of handmade antique lace and fashion. Mary recently returned from the Lace Congress in Bruges Belgium and will have on display various styles of 19th Century Belgian Lace, as well as Irish Crochet Lace and Italian Needlelace.  Available for purchase will be handmade lace sachets, Edwardian table linens, Victorian lace trims, buttons, beaded purses, cards, and smaller gifts with a lace motif. All proceeds benefit the Lace Museum. Mary is a member of the International Organization of Lace Inc., Kantcentrum Bruges Belgium, and Great Lakes Lace Group Inc. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Library and WB Parks. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 21, 2-3 pm, Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink and Herbalist Jen Green in discovering the hidden gems and healing herbs in the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Lace Museum and Mill Race Village trip with WB ParksLace Through the Ages
Tuesday, April 23, 9-3:15 pm, depart from West Bloomfield Recreation Activities Center
Join GWBHS and WB Parks for a trip to Northville to The Lace Museum and historic Mill Race Village. The Lace Museum features a visual feast of treasures – from a 19th-century Edwardian wedding gown made of Belgian lace to an orange Victorian walking dress. The curator, Mary Salmon, opened the museum to honor the unsung makers behind the intricate handcraft. The 1,000 square foot space curates collars, tablecloths and assorted American and European lace. An additional stop includes a docent-led walking tour of the historic Mill Race Village, not all buildings are handicapped accessible. Lunch is on your own at Tirami Su. See the WB Parks Winter 2019 Activities Guide for details and registration.

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