Events

Complete list of 2017 events

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10 a.m., 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.

March Open House
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. No charge.

Lake Life: History of Our Local Lakes – Open House
Sunday, April 9, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Information and artifacts about Cass, Sylvan and Orchard Lakes will be displayed and shared by Open House hosts. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Spring Nature Walk
Sunday, April 23, 2017 2-3 p.m., Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore the breathtaking spring flowers. Sponsored with Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Iraq to West Bloomfield
NEW DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017 2 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Salma M. Ajo, PhD, shares her life experiences growing up in Iraq during the 1950s-60s and her life in West Bloomfield. No charge.

Farmington Junction: A Trolley History
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Local historian Brian Golden explores the interurban, a light-rail system which ran from downtown Detroit, through Farmington, and then to Pontiac. Sponsored with the West Bloomfield Library. No charge.

Apple Island Docent Training
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Would you like to lead a tour on Apple Island or guide a 2nd grade class through the Orchard Lake Museum? Come see what it’s all about. RSVP by Tuesday, May 16 to Gina 248.622.7570. No charge.

Apple Island Tours
Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 2017 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Self-paced guided tours of Apple Island. First come, first served. No reservations. 3:30 p.m. is last departure. $15 adult ticket donation, $10 child (5-12 years, no kids under 5) ticket donation. $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members ticket donation.

Join the Memorial Day Parade(s)
Monday, May 29, 2017 9 a.m. – noon, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake
Walk or bike in the Monday Memorial Day parades! Or bring your vintage car! To participate, contact DuAnne, 248.683.1542 or duannesonneville@hotmail.com.

National Trails Day Walk
Saturday, June 3, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Walnut Lake Road entrance of WB Trail
Celebrate National Trails Day by walking the West Bloomfield Trail’s scenic and historic rail-to-trail path beginning at the Walnut Lake Rd. entrance. Step off the trail to the Orchard Lake Museum for refreshments. See Parks and Recreation Brochure for more information. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 2017 10 a.m., 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.

Lake Archaeology Open House
Sunday, June 11, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Local lakes have claimed many treasures throughout our history. Come see some long, lost treasure that has resurfaced through the efforts of local residents: jewelry, historical tokens, tools, an array of interested bottles, lanterns, artifacts. What else is buried underwater? Find out at our March Open House. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Michigan Logging Open House
Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
As a booming industry, this open house looks at Early Michigan Logging Equipment. Focusing on some early tools recovered from Michigan logging camps, such as saws, axes, and pulling and horse equipment. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Appreciation Reception
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6-8 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Members, supporters, and volunteers are invited for refreshments to this GWBHS appreciation reception. Complimentary drawing ticket included for choice of multiple prizes. RSVP by July 10 to rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871.

Vintage Cars Open House
Sunday, August 13, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Interested in seeing and learning about vintage cars? Featuring exhibit boards on Model T and Flanders cars, along with a wealth of information about vintage cars. All are welcome to bring vintage cars for a showcase in the parking lot. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Quilts Open House
Sunday, September 10, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
So many quilts, so little time. Learn about the history of quilting, including the Harger history, and see beautiful local quilts. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Aromatherapy History
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7 p.m., WB Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road
Kirsten Douglass shares the history of essential oil use and their many benefits. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Township Library. No charge.

Treasures in the Trunk Sale & Open House
Sunday, October 8, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Trunk sale in the museum parking lot. GWBHS fundraiser. To rent space, contact Sue, sue@gwbhs.org or 248.757.2451. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Autumn Nature Walk
Sunday, October 15, 2017 2-3 p.m., Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, 4700 Pontiac Trail
Join Naturalist Carol Fink for a guided tour. Walk through rolling terrain and explore seasonal autumn beauty. Sponsored with Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary. No charge.

Italian Evening
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6 p.m., Gino’s Restaurant side room, 1999 Cass Lake Road
Enjoy Gino Santia’s personally prepared gourmet Italian dinner with homemade wine. Travelogues. Limited seating for 40 with $50 donation tickets available at gwbhs.org/events. Proceeds support GWBHS.

World War II Letters Open House
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
In 1942, Mr. Glenn Husted, Whitfield School Principal, began writing to his former students who were serving in World War II around the world. As the servicemen and women wrote back to him, he shared their stories. He saved each letter. All but eight of the original letters were returned to the families. The Open House features these letters and their stories. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Nutcrackers Open House
Sunday, December 10, 2017 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See a selection of nutcracker-themed music boxes and snowglobes. Permanent exhibits will be featured interpreting local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

 


Monthly Open Houses
Second Sundays, 1-4 p.m., Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy temporary and permanent exhibits interpreting area history and culture. Occasionally guest presenters share their interests. No charge.