On a crisp autumn afternoon, take in an art fair, house tour, or antiques market. Then, as the weather turns chilly, mark your calendar for a number of festive holiday events.
Sept. 16 // Birmingham House Tour The 23rd annual event features eight homes with distinctive styles, including one designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets $30 pre-sale, $35 day of. The Community House, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham; 248-644-5832, email@example.com.
Sept. 18-19 // Art in the Village The 36th annual show features works by artists from Michigan and around the country. Doughnuts and cider, children’s activities, antiques tents, and a silent auction. Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Depot Park, downtown Clarkston; clarkstonhistorical.org.
Sept. 18-19, Oct. 16-17 // Ann Arbor Antiques Market Now in its 42nd year, this market offers a variety of quality antiques from around the country with a wide range of eras and styles represented — from early Americana to Art Deco. Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor; annarborantiquesmarket.com.
Sept. 24-26 // American Sewing Expo The 17th annual Expo features a reality sewing competition, one-of-a-kind fabrics and supplies, and fashion shows. Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $14, children 16/under free with paying adult (includes exhibit floor, demonstrations, and fashion shows). Additional one-hour seminars are $14. Daylong workshops are $98-$135.
Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-889-3111, americansewingexpo.com.
Ongoing // Judy Frankel Antiques Designer Vignettes Shirley Maddalena (Sept.), Jane Synnestvedt (Oct.), Amy Weinstein (Nov.), and duo LaVictor/Henke (Dec.) — provide inspiration for using antiques in a home décor by creating in-store vignettes that incorporate pieces from Frankel’s collection. Tue.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy, 2830 W. Maple, Troy; 248-649-4399, judyfrankelantiques.com.
Nov. 6 // Studio 2010 Get a rare peek inside the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Meet students and faculty and see their studios. 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Benefactor tickets $450, patron tickets $250, late-night studio pass (9:30-11:30 p.m.) $95.
Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3214, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 18-21 // Holiday Tables This year’s event, themed “A Wardrobe for Your Table,” kicks off with the annual Patron Tea. The display is on the first floor of Cranbrook House. Patron Tea is Thur. 12:30-4 p.m., $50. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Admission: $20; $15 for groups of 10 or more.
Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3149, cranbrook.edu/housegardens.
Nov. 26-Dec. 22 // Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk The “Treasures of Childhood,” as the 39th annual walk is titled, showcases the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 adult, $12 Oakland University staff and alumni (with I.D.), $5 O-U students (with I.D.), $5 children 17/under with adult, free for kids 2/under. Seniors receive $5 off Tue.-Thur.; oakland.edu.
Oct. 21 // Color Trends/Forecast In a keynote presentation, a Sherwin Williams rep discusses trends in home-décor colors, as well as creating mood with color. Also, in a series of seminars, designers share ideas for color palettes for your home. 10-11 a.m. for presentation. $10. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for seminars. No charge, but bring a non-perishable food item for the Forgotten Harvest Million Meal Challenge.
Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Dr., Troy; 877-393-0330, michigandesign.com.
Dec. 12 // Victorian Christmas Tea & Tour The Crocker House Museum decks the halls for a Victorian Christmas. Tour the home and experience what Christmas was like during the 1800s. Tea, scones, and cookies accompany live organ music. 1-4 p.m. Tickets $12, $8 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society.
The Crocker House Museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens; 586-465-2488.