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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Cranbrook House & Gardens kicks off ‘Tinsel & Trees’

The holidays are all about tradition and at Cranbrook House and Gardens, Metro Detroit’s oldest surviving manor house, a new one begins this weekend. After phasing out their holiday tables events last year, Cranbrook kicks off a new fundraiser on Sunday called Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees. Twelve trees will be decked out for the holidays. Held over three weekends, it’ll include a tea on Dec. 3, a cocktail party on Dec. 4, and Santa Sighting on Dec. 5. There will also be seven general admission days. Tickets are $15 in advance for general admission and $20 at the door. Proceeds help support the preservation and restoration of Cranbrook House and Gardens. Call (248) 645-3149 or visit http://housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

Livonia Christmas Walk supports park renewal

Fives home decked out in their holiday best will open their doors for the 27th annual Livonia Christmas Walk on Dec. 5. Sponsored by the Friends of Greenmead, this year’s tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes the Simmons/Hill House and the A. J. Geer store. The walk begins at Greenmead. Tickets are $10, or $9 in advance. Proceeds go toward the restoration of Greenmead Historical Park. For ticket information, call (248) 477-7375.

New Scott Shuptrine gallery opens

in Shelby Township

It’s one of the most insane shopping holidays of the year: Black Friday. And at Art Van Furniture in Shelby Township, the insanity will be kicked up a notch today as a new Scott Shuptrine Interiors gallery opens inside the store on M-59. This 1,500-square-foot gallery will be similar to the one at Art Van in Novi with a selection of furniture, bedding, dining sets and accents. At all Scott Shuptrine Interiors today, furniture will be marked 15 percent off and holiday and accessories such as throws, pillows, stemware, china, frames, candles and vases will be 20 percent off.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House begins holiday tours

Another historic house in Metro Detroit will be all aglow for the holidays. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Farms will open its doors and grounds for holiday tours, starting today. Visitors to the house will get to see inside Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s family life, from the original teardrop ornaments on their tree to the fully decorated dining room. The grounds, meanwhile, will be illuminated with 100,000 lights and 100 luminaries. And new this year, the Ford House is teaming up with elementary schools in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores on a “Trim a Tree” competition. Students will decorate a 4-foot spruce tree, in their own interpretation of “Winter Wonderland.” Ford House visitors will vote on their favorite and the winning school will receive a $500 donation towards the school’s art department. Winter Wonderland costs $10 and runs every Friday and Saturday. Holiday tours, meanwhile, start today and run through Jan. 3. For times and ticket information, visit fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222

Potters Market marks 40 years

It’s another big year for the Potters Market, one of the largest pottery sales in the country. This beloved sale, which moved last year from Madison Heights to the Southfield Pavilion, celebrates 40 years and it kicks off with a preview day from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The sale features 35,000 pieces of pottery from ceramic artists from all over the state, along with some up and coming potters. Carol Fitzpatrick, Potters Market co-manager, says new this year will be daily pottery demonstrations at the Potters Market. There also is more parking this year and a refreshment cafe. The Potters Market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Admission is free, but $10 on preview day. Parking is free.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s Holiday Shop opens

Stressed out by holiday shopping? Looking for unique gifts for your loved ones? Try shopping early at the Shop & Champagne Preview Party on Wednesday to kick off the opening of the Holiday Shop at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook in Birmingham. The BBAC’s Holiday Shop, which officially opens Thursday and runs through Dec. 19, features the handmade work of more than 100 artists from Michigan and across the United States, including ceramics, home decor, kitchenware and Judaica items (pictured is a table by Steve Wilson). The Shop & Champagne Preview Party runs from 6-9:30 p.m.; tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door and include a strolling supper. Go to BBArtCenter.org or call (248) 644-0866.