Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's Eve this year and find a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia. For the latest Royal Oak news and information, "like" Royal Oak Patch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Upload a photo of your New Year's Eve kiss and share a New Year's message with other Patch readers.
It's a tradition – at midnight on New Year's Eve, you find a partner and give them a big old kiss. Some people kiss out of excitement for the new year, more superstitious people do it to ward off a year of loneliness, and others smooch to set a positive tone for the new year. Whatever your reason for puckering up, we want to see your New Year's Eve kiss! You can upload your photo right here, email it to email@example.com or text it to 248-231-4667. Don't forget to include your name, the name of the person you're kissing and your hometown(s). And if you want, include a New Year's message to other Patch readers in your photo's caption. Happy smooching, and Happy New Year!
Sort through the myths and remedies for a night of partying.
Are you actually thinking ahead about how much you want to have fun tonight but don't want to get a hangover? Or maybe you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover. What to do? Let's start with how to ward off a hangover in the first place. The best advice, of course, is don't drink any alcohol or stay out late. That's the first thing. But if you do intend to drink and ring in the New Year, Henry Ford also offers tips on preventing a hangover: Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center Dr. Edward Walton is a big fan of drinking a lot of water and eating hardy foods to keep a nasty hangover away. "You should make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach and if you are drinking, try to have a glass…
Friday, December 30, 2011
Royal Oak warehouse storing big 'D' to drop in Detroit, while other cities outstate plan their own droppin' festivities.
Royal Oak enjoyed its first New Year's Eve ball drop last year, but this year it was not meant to be. There are plenty of other ways to ring in the New Year in town, of course, but if you have your heart set on a ball drop, there are alternatives. The Drop, now in its second year, will turn the Compuware Atrium and Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Detroit into a New Year's Eve party destination, with food, drink, music, dancing and psychic readings, in addition to dropping a 7-foot-tall red D, the Huffington Post Detroit reported. In fact, in the big red D is sitting in a warehouse right here in Royal Oak, the Free Press reported. AV7 Productions of Rochester created the illuminated “D,” sponsor Motor City NYE said. Elsewhere, balls will drop …
Area chefs share their secrets for great bowl game snacks, from crowd-pleasing dips to a variety of flavored meatballs.
You’d expect that a professional chef would know how to throw a no-holds-barred, great party at home, right? That’s precisely why, with a variety of bowl games already sprinting full speed into our lives and more to come (MSU plays Jan. 2 and U-M plays Jan. 3; 35 bowl games total through Jan. 9, and don’t forget Feb. 4 is Super Bowl day), we checked in with our favorite “kitchen quarterbacks.” Cutting right to the party chase, here's the lowdown on everything from crowd-pleasing dips to big-guy sandwiches. “When I have parties at my home, I like to use big, round sourdough or Tuscan loaves, like 10 inches in diameter to make great sandwiches,” said Chef Pete Loren of Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Troy. “These are different; …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Area beverage experts stir up some festive drinks to cap your year or begin a new one.
Want to make spirits bright this New Year’s Eve? Skip the usual chardonnay or basic martini, say area gourmands. Whether you’re looking to add a dash of holiday to your typical alcoholic offerings or seeking new ways to add oomph to hot drinks from cocoa to coffee, our savvy sippers provide the following inspirational recipes. Oh, and some are even healthy (now there’s a sure way to start your “be healthy” New Year’s resolution, before Jan. 1!) (From Chef Pete Loren, director of culinary development, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Troy) “This is a great way to get rid of that leftover cranberry sauce, which replaces cranberry juice in this recipe and makes it very smooth,” said Loren. (From Morton’s The Steakhouse, Troy) Yield…
Monday, December 26, 2011
There’s more to do than watch the ball drop in Times Square on television, blow party horns and spray silly string all over the house.
Here’s a roundup of favorite games, diversions, and more for friends and/or family who may be gathering at your home on Dec. 31. If you hurry, today's a great day for deals; you might be able to pick up your favorite board game on discount. Start looking now for images of famous people (sports figures, government officials, singers, movie stars, etc.) in the newspaper, magazines or online. Look for those who’ve shown up in the news in the past year. Cut out their photos (20 total, headshot only) and tape to a piece of paper. If youngsters and teens are playing, be sure some of the images are obvious or try to find pictures of people you know some of the younger players will recognize. Also, throw in a challenging photo. Depending on who’…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Federal grant money funds effort to battle alcohol-related incidents across the state.
Law enforcement officers in communities in 26 counties, including Royal Oak, will put in some extra time targeting impaired drivers during the holiday season. The added enforcement is part of the holiday Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown being funded with federal traffic safety grants administered by the Office of Highway Safety Planning. In Royal Oak, extra officers will be on duty Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 starting at 11 p.m. "It's helping us with the drunk drivers and getting the drunk drivers off the roads and keeping the city safe," Royal Oak Interim Deputy Chief Gordon Young said. "The extra enforcement also helps our staff, especially with all the decreases in the past few years." Those who plan to drink are always …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Organizers and sponsors of the outdoor concert pulled out.
Those hoping to witness a big steel ball of lights drop in Royal Oak on New Year’s Eve, like in 2010, will be disappointed to learn there will not be a repeat this year. Last year, an estimated 12,000 people gathered in and around Sixth Street and Washington Avenue to watch a free rock concert, enjoy family friendly activities and watch a 1,300-pound lighted ball drop at the stroke of midnight in true New York-style fashion. The night was such a success that the city gave the event sponsor, Citadel Broadcasting, the nod to come back and do it all again this year, but the company canceled. “We did approve a special events permit for (New Year’s Eve), but they pulled it,” said Stewart Meek, assistant to the city manager. Meek said the …
Friday, January 7, 2011
Frontman Jonathan Mazzei talks about his band and playing Royal Oak's New Year's Eve event as one of the high points in his musical career.
It's The Wall Clocks' time to shine. The Wall Clocks is a four-piece Detroit-based band featuring Jonathan Mazzei on vocals and guitar, along with guitarist Joe Giese, bassist John Mazzei and drummer Breck Crandell. The band has a 1960s-esque, rock-and-roll sound that has been carefully crafted into a voice that is completely its own. Most recently, it won the honor of playing Rockin' the Eve in downtown Royal Oak on New Year's Eve after winning a battle of the bands competition at Fifth Avenue. The band shared the stage with the Gin Blossoms and the Romantics. Mazzei, frontman of this rock outfit, talked about the impact of playing in downtown Royal Oak on New Year's Eve. Patch: How did you meet your fellow bandmates? Mazzei: My …