Newsletters and Events – Week of January 24, 2021

By | January 24, 2021

  • Plymouth Ice Festival  – This years event will be a scaled down affair with over 50 sculptures throughout the City of Plymouth for your viewing.
    • 2021 Plymouth Ice Festival Official Hours of Operation:
      Friday, February 12th
      Saturday, February 13th
      Sunday, February 14th
    • Ice Carving – Friday, February 12th at 7:00 pm
    • Ice Festival Bingo – Collect enough Stickers to get a Bingo and enter to win a prize from the Plymouth DDA.  Bingo Cards are available after Feb 1st or by stopping in at one of the participating businesses.
  • Plymouth Historical Museum 
    • The Plymouth Historical Museum features an impressive collection of history including the early pioneers, businesses, railroads, President Lincoln, Civil War, Daisy Air Rifle, WWII and much more. Take a stroll in time down our 19th-century Victorian Main Street displaying numerous historical artifacts and large-scale scenes depicting a vibrant community – as it remains today.
    • The Plymouth Historical Museum opens its new exhibit “First Ladies–Fashion Setters” on Wednesday, January 27th through June 13th

Northville City News

  • Heat in the Street makes downtown the place to be on weekends.  The “Heat in the Street” event is in full swing with vendor stands and eating pods to expand the restaurant scene and create a European-style outdoor bistro area.  The stands are typically open Friday, 4-9 p.m., Saturday, 12-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. in Town Square.  Several restaurants have erected structures outside their buildings to continue serving patrons while abiding by State mandates that closed indoor dining due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
  • Northville Downs Property.  The City of Northville is looking for input regarding the Master Plan for the Northville Downs property.  Residents of Northville Township are welcome to participate.  This survey is more detailed than the first one and asks questions about difficult choices often encountered when planning for future growth. It explores each of the subareas with questions about many topics, including building height, density, walkability, and parks – not just green space but also the concept of integrating retail and event vendors along a common public area, such as a river walk. It also addresses limitations, such as the flood plain around the Downs, and the fact that development must be profitable for the developer /builder.   Take the survey here.
  • Street Closures.  The Northville City Council and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are seeking community input into downtown street closures and other aspects of the Social District. A survey has been developed to gather information about the community’s preference for street closures. Additional questions focus on the Social District, such as alcohol sales, music and other
    amenities. The survey is open through Jan. 31 and takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Your answers to the survey will help the City
    determine how to proceed with downtown street closures and other facets of the Social District throughout the year. Take the survey here.
  • Parks & Recreation offers online programs.  Many popular exercise programs will resume in 2021 on Zoom. The Community Center is closed. In-person classes have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Visit the Parks and Recreation
    website for information on new programs and for refunds, credits, and rescheduling programs and  events.  Click here.
  • Northville Parks and Recreation is Coming Back February 1st!  Northville Parks and Recreation is planning to re-open, adhering to current State Guidelines in regards to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Starting February 1st, we will be open to the public for registration at Township Hall and the Northville Community Center. Northville Parks and Recreation will be running limited in-person programming the week of February 1st.
  • Relax and Refresh with Harpist – Tuesday, January 26th – 7:00 to 9:00 pmJoin Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 878 1621 6690
    Passcode: 689102
  • Author Q&A on Book “Waking Up White” –  Thursday, February 4th –  7:00 to 8:00 pm –  Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, will answer your questions about her book, how she unpacked her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to read her book in advance of this event. Copies of the book will be available to check out from the library.   Registrants will be provided with the Zoom link via email.  Register here.
  • Detroit’s Sojourner Truth Housing Riot of 1942 – Friday, February 5th – 7:00 to 8:30 pm –  Via Zoom, Author Gerald Van Dusen will discuss his latest book in this virtual presentation. During World War II, no American city suffered a worse housing shortage than Detroit, and no one suffered that shortage more than the city’s African American citizens. In 1941, the federal government began constructing the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in northeast Detroit to house 200 black war production workers and their families. Almost immediately, whites in the neighborhood vehemently protested. On February 28, 1942, a confrontation between black tenants and white protesters erupted in a riot that sent at least 40 to the hospital and more than 220 to jail. This confrontation was the precursor to the bloodiest race riot of the war just sixteen months later.  Register here.
  • Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries – Wednesday, February 10th –  7:00 to 9:00 pm  – Once you’ve discovered your immigrant ancestor’s home country, how will you go about finding documents generated while s/he was still there, and how will you research his/her parents? We’ll discuss  in a Zoom Meeting, the available resources for beginning your research in foreign countries, including how to locate foreign language genealogy terms and online maps providing contextual information on shifting country borders.  Register here.

 Inspire – Northville Senior Citizens Newsletter –  January/February, 2021 Issue

  • This is a brand new issue so be sure to check it out so you don’t miss out on any information or events that are important to you.
    • There is still time to get into the two yummy virtual cooking classes planned, “Beet Risotto for Two” and “Molasses and Lime Glazed Port Tenderloin”
    • Information is provided about Northville’s virtual exercise classes that commence this week designed especially for seniors:
      • Silver Stretch and Strength
      • Virtual Silver Chair Yoga
      • Virtual Healthy Hips and Back
      • Virtual Zumba Gold
  • Community Center is planning to re-open on February 1st.  Contact them at 248-305-2851 to find out which of your favorite activities will be resumed.  Nothing has been published as of this date.
Plymouth District Library 
  • Researching Genealogy in Digital Libraries from Home – Tuesday, January 26th – 7:00 to 8:30 pm
    • Kathy Petlewski, librarian and NGS Magazine columnist, will introduce attendees to several lesser-known free digital libraries containing local history and genealogy information, including HathiTrust Digital Library, the Digital Public Library of America, and FamilySearch Digital Library. During this virtual presentation, learn how to structure searches and then filter and limit hits for the best results using these products. This program is aimed at family history researchers who are comfortable searching online and are eager to explore new resources!
  • DIA: Behind the Seen Zoom – Thursday – February 4th –  7:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Presented by trained DIA teaching volunteers, “Behind the Seen” brings the same level of insight and engagement about the DIA’s collection from the museum to your community.  Please register for this online program here.  Instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you.

  • “Telling Twain” with Storyteller & Author, Steve Daut – Monday, February 7th – 7:00 pm
    • This program highlights the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain and his continuing relevance today. The program includes a series of stories that retain the flavor and wry humor of Mark Twain, but are condensed for oral delivery and modernized for today’s audiences. It also includes the historical backdrop for his stories to help people understand and appreciate them fully. For example, the Cardiff Giant makes its appearance in a Twain tale, but it is also a fascinating piece of history in its own right, with a Michigan twist. Register here.