Events

** Please note: Some events returned to in-person events beginning in September 2021. Some events continue to be virtual. Please check event locations carefully and check this page for the latest updates.

Open House
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Volunteer Opportunities Meeting
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7 pm
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. We need volunteers looking to make a difference in our community and help keep our unique local history alive! If you are unable to make it in person, please join the Zoom room here: with meeting ID
813 6491 6745. No charge. 

Open House: Night Before Christmas
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Local collector Cathy Hasse will share her collection of 150 editions of The Night Before Christmas books, highlighting their unique features. She’ll discuss some of her favorite editions, what inspired her collection, and where she found some of the more special volumes.

Open House
Friday, December 17, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, December 26, 2021, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, January 2, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House: Curling
Sunday, January 9, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Curling premiered in the United States on Orchard Lake in the winter of 1831-32 by Scottish settlers. Learn about the West Bloomfield 1932 Olympian in the 1932 demonstration curling team. See curling exhibits, a curling broom, and stone. Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Friday, January 21, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, January 23, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

GWBHS Annual Meeting & Presentation by Karl Mayry: MI Archaeology & Transforming a Useless Degree Presentation
Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10 am -12 pm
Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Dining Hall, Bldg. 15
The GWBHS Annual Meeting will be followed by a presentation by Karl Mayry. Karl will share his Michigan archaeology finds and how a “useless degree” in archaeology became a dream career – a circuitous route through a fascinating world. $15 brunch ticket donation. Make brunch reservations by January 20. RSVP to: rsvp@gwbhs.org or 248.518.0871. No annual meeting charge.

Open House
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House: Toy Hall of Fame
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Learn about the Toy Hall of Fame with Sue Grifor and play with vintage games and toys. Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Friday, February 18, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Presentation: Old Islam in Detroit – Rediscovering the Muslim American Past
Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 7 pm
Connect (West Bloomfield Parks) – 6335A Orchard Lake Rd. in Orchard Mall
Michigan is home to one of the oldest, most diverse, and best incorporated Muslim communities in the U.S. where a dynamic process of political and religious change is still unfolding. This talk explores the rise of Detroit’s earliest Muslim communities and documents the growth and expansion of their mosques and cultural institutions from 1900 through the 1980s, with author Sally Howell, Associate Professor of History; Director of the Center for Arab American Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, February 27, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, March 6, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House: West Bloomfield Tornado
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
See exhibits and videos about the F4 tornado that damaged dozens of West Bloomfield homes and businesses on March 20, 1976. Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Friday, March 18, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Presentation: Here Lies Chief Pontiac: Mythmaking and Mythbreaking on Apple Island Presentation
Sunday, March 20 2022, 2 pm
Connect (West Bloomfield Parks) – 6335A Orchard Lake Rd. in Orchard Mall
What did local Native peoples call Apple Island?  What famous Odawa leader is buried there?  What was interred with him?  If you answered, “Me-nah-sa-gor-ning,” Chief Pontiac, and a silver cross, this talk is for you.  Join Catherine Cangany, PhD as she unravels the ties that bind Orchard Lake tall tales with Avalon (the mythical island of Arthurian legend), settler colonialism, and nineteenth-century advertising schemes.  It will change everything you thought you knew about Apple Island. Sponsored with West Bloomfield Parks. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, March 27, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Open House: Tax Rolls
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Come see West Bloomfield historical tax rolls and learn more about the history of your property. Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Open House
Friday, April 15, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Epiphany Glass Tour
Thursday, April 21, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Epiphany Studios 770 Orchard Lake Rd
Tour epiphany studios, a 4,000 square foot hot glassblowing studio and gallery. They will demonstrate the steps, and discuss the history, techniques, terminology, and tools used in glassblowing. Time for shopping is included. Register with WB Parks.

Open House
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 1-4 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
Enjoy the newly reopened Orchard Lake Museum with new exhibits! Permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. No charge.

Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary Spring Walk
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2-3 pm
Orchard Lake Museum 3951 Orchard Lake Road
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.

Past Events


Monthly Open Houses
1st, 2nd, & 4th Sundays and 3rd Fridays, 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.