A 1,201-seat auditorium that values acoustic excellence as much as visual grandeur, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center houses ornate wooden accents and intricate wall panels that soar over a sweeping balcony peppered with plush red seats. Ample wheelchair seating and elevators to all levels abound, ensuring audience members seated in the balcony won’t need to rely on the creaky wooden catapults still in use at many theaters.
The Haunted Kingdom sprawls across 65,000 square feet, with DJs, fortunetellers, and local celebrities shambling about an eye-defying dance floor flush with thousands of revelers dressed in their best getups. Lights pulse to body-shaking bass as silk dancers twist like spiders from the ceiling above dramatically lit skeletons.
Oakwood Grill & Bar sates stomachs with classic American bar fare, wets whistles with a wide array of beer, wine, and cocktails, and keeps boredom at bay with a full slate of boisterous special events. The menu's hearty offerings include a herd of 24 buffalo wings ($17.95) and the spicy Hot in Here burger ($6.95) topped with grilled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and three strips of Dearborn bacon. Like ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls, the loaded pepperoni roll ($6.95) enfolds more than 40 pepperoni slices in thin pizza dough slathered in butter and parmesan cheese. Hungry herbivores, meanwhile, can snack on lightly battered fried pickles and cream-cheese jalapeños ($4.95) while sipping beers and cocktails mixed behind Oakwood's long cement bar with a motor-powered cement mixer.
During the 39th Annual All Depression and Era Glass Show & Sale, more than 20 dealers of American-made glassware from the 1920s–‘60s will hawk their wares in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, filling the hall with their light-catching, colorful collections. Tinted in every color of the rainbow, Depression glass livens kitchens with cheery hues, tempts collectors with rare shades, and repels bulls when places in china shops. Pyrex and green Jadeite from the ‘40s–‘60s treat eyes to intricate nostalgia, and elegant glass adds a refined touch to shelves and dinnerware collections. Though not covered by today’s Groupon, desired items sail into shopping bags for as little as a few dollars per piece, and hourly door-prize drawings add an element of suspense rivaled only by the convention’s blindfolded goblet juggler.
Though well versed in whipping up hearty salads and gourmet pizzas, the true culinary calling of iBurger Lounge’s chefs lies in the art of burger creation. As chefs man the sizzling grills and chop cheese into thick, meltable slices, savory wafts of halal-certified beef patties and sautéed wild mushrooms drift from the kitchen to greet patrons eagerly awaiting their meals in the window-lined dining room. Daring to depart from the burger’s traditional beefy nature, the staff delights in assembling atypical bun-ensconced noshes, from a burger forged from crab cakes to a vegetarian iteration that replaces the patty with a portobello mushroom. In the warmer months, an alfresco eating area beckons guests outside for open-air munching, protecting them from the elements with snowy white umbrellas who aren't afraid to punch the wind.
Safe House Operations' NRA-certified instructors are veterans and servicemen from the US Army, local police forces, and the sheriff's office and draw their deep well of experience when they teach personal firearm safety and concealment courses to further the company's mission to encourage safe firearm use for shooters of all skill levels. Using a combination of live fire exercises on ranges and classroom sessions, the students transform into accomplished firearm users with an encyclopedic knowledge of safe practices. Their classes focus on Michigan's gun laws and equip students with the certifications need to acquire licenses appropriate for any county in the state.