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Meadow Brook Hall hosts

‘Downton Days’ in February

Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” may be in its final season, but our fascination with that aristocratic era will linger long after the final credits roll. Oakland County’s own version of “Downton Abbey,” Meadow Brook Hall, the 88,000-square-foot home of Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, Alfred Wilson, will host a series of tours and events in February inspired by the show called “Downton Days.” A unique tour called “ A Servant’s Life” will explore the life downstairs for staff at Meadow Brook. The only tour times still available are noon Feb. 12 and Feb. 28. Tickets are $35. There also will be a “Downton”-inspired Tea & Talk on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 that will start with a tea in the Christopher Wren dining room. Tickets are $55. And there will be a Lunch & Lecture on Feb. 11 and 25 with a lecture by Meadow Brook’s curator on how the inventions and politics of the early 20th century altered British society and country estate living. Tickets are $45. For more information, call (248) 364-6252 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

Gorman’s holds warehouse sale,

opening for clearance center

Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design will hold a two-day warehouse sale and grand opening of its new Three-Day Clearance Center Feb. 6-7 in Farmington Hills. Sofas, bedrooms, dining sets, recliners, accents, mattress sets, summer furniture and rugs will all be marked down 40 to 70 percent. The sale runs from 12-5 p.m. both days. “We’ve doubled the warehouse space just for this event so our customers will get two times the space, the product and the savings,” said Tom Lias, Gorman’s president. The clearance center is at 23231 Industrial Park Drive at the corner of Halsted.

Japanese organizer’s book

shows how to ‘Spark Joy’

Her tiny book sent shockwaves through cluttered closets and drawers across the globe. Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizer and best-selling author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” recommended that the best way to take control of our overstuffed lives was to only keep belongings that “spark joy.” Now, Kondo has written a companion book to her bestseller with that very name, “Spark Joy” ($18.99, Ten Speed Press). Published earlier this month, the illustrative guide offers tips on everything from folding irregularly shaped shirts to how to fold plastic bags. “Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place,” writes Kondo.

Local gallery unveils Black History Month event

Just in time for Black History Month, Jo’s Gallery in Detroit is unveiling a special show this weekend featuring the work of two local female artists. Judy McReynolds-Bowman is a retired Detroit Public Schools principal who took art classes in college and now makes large mixed media collages inspired by everyday life (her work is pictured). Alex P. Ford attended Detroit’s High School of Fine and Performing Arts. Her expertise is with acrylics. “Dynamic Abstracts and Dynamic Collages” opens Saturday at Jo’s Gallery, 19376 Livernois, and runs through Feb. 19. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

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