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Mill Race Village Lecture Series

The Edmund Fitzgerald is the largest shipwreck in the Great Lakes, broken into pieces by a November gale in 1975.  29 men simply vanished in the storm, leading researchers to puzzle over the final moments that denied the sailors a Mayday call.
Ric Mixter has visited the wreck site in person, diving 550 feet down in a small submersible in 1994.  Since that time, he has interviewed investigators from the Coast Guard and Cousteau Society as well as the men who built the Fitz in Detroit.  His documentary is considered the best available on the subject with exclusive construction footage Mixter uncovered as well as his spellbinding video from down below.
Ric Mixter was given an award for 20 years of maritime preservation by the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History.  He has produced over 30 shows on local history for PBS and the Outdoor Channel and has appeared on the History and Discovery Channel as a shipwreck expert.  Energetic and animated, he has changed the way lecturers share history.
The lecture will be at the New School Church at Mill Race Historical Village, April 25th, 215 Griswold St, Northville at 7:00pm.  The lecture is free of charge although donations are accepted at the door to help defray costs.

The Northville Central Business Association Presents: GIRLS' NIGHT OUT

You don't want to miss the sweets and treats being served in Downtown Northville on Friday, April 27th from 5:00-9:00pm. Hit the town with your best girlfriends to score deals at some of your favorite shops and restaurants!
  • Dear Prudence will have a party with special discounts and giveaways
  • Edward’s Café & Caterer, in addition to a multitude of sweet dessert samples, will be hosting a Pie Eating Contest outside of the store where chosen male 'townies' will compete and ladies will vote on the winner, with all proceeds donated to a local charity
  • Orin Jewelers will be your tropical Hawaiian destination this Girls’ Night Out and will be serving sweet treats, fruity drinks and delicious sub sandwiches.  They will be showcasing an extended collection of their new fashionable jewelry line, Breuning!  There will also be contests for your chance to win an Orin Jewelers gift card and fabulous jewelry.  Attendees will also have the chance to enter the monthly drawing to win a piece of jewelry as part of their 85th Anniversary celebration!
  • Studio 170 Salon is introducing their new innovative Hydrafacial, which cleanses and peels, extracts and hydrates, fuses and protects the skin in a 30 min treatment. They will also have a trunk show with Eric Michaels shoes 20% off. Everything in the boutique will be 20% off and there will be $20 grab bags that are filled with over $40 in merchandise
  • North Center Brewing Company is offering 10% off on orders for all ladies
  • The Bees Knees will be giving away "Make your own Sweet Earrings" and have a special flat rate studio fee of $8 for the night
  • Tuscan Café will be offering a free small coffee with the purchase of a sweet or $1.00 off cappuccinos with the purchase
  • Nourish Northville will have fun and healthy snack ideas, meal prep help, and a lululemon Twelve Oaks Mall trunk show from 5-7pm. Stop in to get your VIP trunk show passes starting April 1!
  • Starring The Gallery will be participating in their last-ever Girls’ Night Out with discounts, giveaways, and a raffle
  • Lorla’s is offering 10% off all new spring/summer merchandise. They will increase that discount to 20% off if you donate a bra to the Free The Girls charity, or if you are a Club Card Member and bring in your valid Club Card
  • Northville Yoga Room will have treats, raffles, 20% off of yoga clothes, and lots of shopping!
  • Stephanie Holmes Hair will have a Braid Bar set up in her My Salon Suites location. She will also have an area for photos with photographer Mandy Junae, alone with a raffle basket and other special offers! If you book Stephanie for your wedding on Girls' Night Out, you will also get a special deal!
All this and more at the NCBA's Girls' Night Out event!

ART OF THE FAMILY: Donald, Robert, Susan and William Perrish


Are artists born with creative talent or can anyone acquire artistic skills through external influences?


The Northville Art House presents ART OF THE FAMILY: Donald, Robert, Susan and William Perrish featuring paintings and sculptures from a family of award-winning artists. The exhibition answers the age-old question of nature versus nurture by demonstrating the existence of both innate talent and learned skills in shaping the artist.

Donald has been drawing and painting his entire life. He attended the College for Creative Studies and is a freelance artist involved with fine art, murals and architectural art design.

Robert studied art at University of Michigan. After 30 years in the commercial art business, his art has evolved from wildlife painting and sculpture into landscape and figure painting.

William, like his brothers, picked up drawing at an early age. Largely self-taught, he explores different mediums and subject matter, developing his skills with each project.

Susan grew up surrounded by music and art. Her mother is a talented watercolor artist and her father was a gifted woodworker. After she married Robert and raised a family, she found her artistic talent through drawing, specializing in soft pastel portraits.

“Over the years I longed for an artistic outlet, but the business of life always got in the way, leaving its pursuit as a ‘someday’ thing. Then, in the summer of 2013, I picked up a pencil and started to draw – first an eye, then a nose, another eye, and a mouth. The passion was immediate and life changing,” recalls Susan.

Regardless of their beginnings and how their artistry is expressed, one common trait among these artists is a sense of passion for art.

ART OF THE FAMILY opens with a public reception, sponsored by Mark Corbin of Raymond James, on Friday, April 6 from 6 – 9 pm and runs though Saturday, April 28 during Art House hours, Tuesday-Friday 12 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.

The Northville Art House is located at 215 W. Cady Street and is a facility of the Northville Arts Commission. Admission to Art House exhibits is free and open to the public. For information contact (248) 344-0497 or visit

Black Lake by Donald Perrish
Eastern Market Solos by Robert Perrish
Bloom by Susan Perrish
Nebula by William Perrish


The Marquis Theatre Presents: The Velveteen Rabbit


Celebrate Orin Jewelers' 85th Anniversary!



Downtown Northville

Downtown Northville - Timeless...with a Twist
Imagine the timeless things you would have encountered as you strolled Downtown in 1950, like the smell of freshly baked bread wafting out the bakery on Main Street, bicycles with baskets on the handlebars, the mayor walking down the front steps of City Hall, kids on the sidewalks laughing with ice cream cones in hand, and your neighbors waving to you from Town Square on Friday evening as music fills the night air.


Take all of this tradition and hometown feel and add a little twist of…sophisticated art galleries, wine shops, the latest fashions, and the culinary delights you have come to expect as a discerning Downtown patron.


The best of all worlds, this is Downtown Northville.

Contact Us:
Northville Downtown Development Authority
215 W. Main
Northville, MI 48167
Ph:   (248) 349-0345
Fax: (248) 305-2834
The DDA office is located on the lower level of City Hall and is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.  E-mails may be sent directly to Lori Ward, DDA Director at or click on the link below to send an e-mail to the DDA office.

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Upcoming Events
The Art of the Family: Donald, Robert, Susan and William Perrish
Northville Art House, 215 West Cady Street
ESL Conversation Group
Northville Library, 212 W. Cady Street
Storytimes for 4s, 5s, and Kindergartners
Northville Library, 212 W. Cady Street
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Northville Library, 212 W. Cady Street
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Northville Library, 212 W. Cady Street
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