Well, there is no denying it: Fall is here in all its’ splendor….and cold….and rain…and…
Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. In fact, it might be my favorite of Michigan’s (sometimes) four seasons. We just are getting off to a little bit of a bumpy start, but I always look forward to the still-warmish days, cool nights and the amazing fall colors this state is blessed with.
Fall is full of traditions in Michigan. Here in Oakland County, one of the biggest is the annual trek to a cider mill for sweet cider, crunchy local apples and to-die-for doughnuts.
The Franklin Cider Mill is a landmark in the otherwise sleepy Franklin Village, drawing thousands of people– and millions of bees! – every weekend to “The Town That Time Forgot.” I had the good fortune of living in Franklin for a couple of years when I was but a mere sprout, and still have warm feelings toward my old playground.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber welcomed Franklin Village into its fold of six communities a couple of years ago, which gives me an additional incentive to visit. Just last week, I took a quick walk through the Cider Mill after enjoying a terrific lunch at the Franklin Grill. If you’ve not been there, try the crab salad. It’s a winner.
I’ll be heading back to the Village on Oct. 11, when the Chamber partners with Main Street Franklin for a FRANKLINstein Friendzy pre-event. The morning of fun begins at 8:30 a.m. with a meet-and-greet at the Farmhouse Coffee & Ice Cream shop, followed by a “Discover and Experience Franklin” walking tour of the downtown business district.
Many of the unique shops will be providing treats and specials during the event, and the first 50 registered guests will receive a good bag from Comerica Bank. You can register for the free event on the Chamber’s Web site at www.bbcc.com.
The pre-event is a precursor to the second-annual Frenzy, scheduled for Oct. 22. The full day of fun includes several new events this year, including the Crazy Bill Coffin Races, the Great Pumpkin roll, and the Franklenstein Beer Garden. The festivities conclude with the village bonfire at the beer garden that evening where guests are encouraged to share spooky stories. More details can be found at www.mainstreetfranklin.com
Downtown Franklin is one of the many jewels that makes the greater Birmingham Bloomfield community so special. If you have not been there in awhile, plan to join us at both terrific fall events.