The instructors at Paint Party Royal Oak invite guests to "uncork" their inner artist at their bright and cheerful studio. Guests are encouraged bring their own wine and refreshments to snack on during a fun three-hour BYOB adult painting class. With a local artist at the helm, students of all experience levels learn how to create the day's featured painting using artist-quality medium body acrylic paint. In addition to the paint, Paint Party Royal Oak also provides guests with their own 16"x"20" canvas, an easel, brushes, an apron, corkscrew, and ample room for socializing between brush strokes.
Shannon and Cortney Casey have journeyed all over the state of Michigan in pursuit of their passion: wine. Michigan By The Bottle started as a blog, but their readers' demand for locally produced wine spurred them to open their own tasting room. Now, though the pair still creates wine-focused videos and interviews Michigan winemakers, they spend much of their time inside the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. Between walls hung with works by Michigan artists, they pour wines from eight Michigan wineries.
These eight partner wineries represent the state's four major wine trails ? Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula, and the Southeast Michigan Pioneer trail ? and are chosen in part because they use only their own estate-grown or locally sourced fruit.
Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery makes wines and ciders from fruit grown on the family farm. Peninsula Cellars expresses its region through cherry, apple, and grape wines, and Domaine Berrien Cellars? proprietors handcraft wines from 21 varietals. Chateau Aeronautique Winery, with an airplane-themed decor, places emphasis on the setting of a tasting, and Gill's Pier Vineyard and Winery is modelled after boutique vineyards of France and California. The family-run Sandhill Crane Vineyards works with local ingredients and contributes to local charities. 2 Lads Winery specializes in cool-climate red and sparkling wines, along with small runs of white wines, all made while practicing sustainable farming. Verterra Winery plants varietals that have proven to produce great fruit in the Leelanau Peninsula area and meticulously cares for them with hand pruning, tying and harvesting and minimal chemical application.
In the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, servers pair these libations with snacks ranging from sustainable cheeses to organic single-origin chocolates, each made by in-state producers. In addition to special wine tastings, the tasting room also hosts events such as food-and-wine pairings, ?Meet the Winemaker? events and more. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday for drop-in tastings, the tasting room holds private and special events on Monday and Tuesday.
The instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot?s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft?models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit.
When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.
Stay & Play Social Club reunites adults with their younger selves with recreational sports leagues offered year-round. Players leave the daily grind behind at Stay & Play's summer events, which include volleyball, flag-football, and kickball leagues. Come winter, competitors wander indoors for bowling, euchre, and dodgeball. After each match or game, participants are welcome to migrate to a local pub for drink and pub-fare specials provided by the social club or to train for the future of extreme dodgeball using full pint glasses. Stay & Play's funseekers also foster a healthy community, sponsoring local charities and participating in cancer-awareness races.
Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.
A long-standing tradition in Royal Oak, the Lucky Dash 5k brings together hundreds of runners and volunteers as they jog for local non-profits in the fresh spring air. Participants speed through a 3.1-mile course along Washington Avenue, choosing their speed and walking, running, or rolling. In a fitting gesture for the St. Patrick's Day season, proceeds of the Dash go towards the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the largest Irish-Catholic social organization in America, and the source of donations to many non-profits and charities.