Welcome Mat: Detroit Wine Stroll on Saturday

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Rochester Hills

Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents tree program

Nothing makes me appreciate Michigan’s beautiful trees like autumn. Seeing the maple and oak trees in my yard change colors is like artwork in motion. If you’re ever wondered about some of the trees in your own neighborhood, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm on Saturday will present “Tremendous Trees.” The presentation, which runs from 1-2:30 p.m., will teach guests methods for identifying trees, explain why trees are so important and take visitors on a tree tour on the museum’s grounds and in the village of Stony Creek. They’ll also see some archival images to identify which trees are more than 100 years old. Admission is free for museum members; for nonmembers, it’s $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Ages 7 and up are welcome. To register, visit the museum’s program page at, e-mail, or call (248) 656-4663.

Detroit Wine Stroll mixes downtown

architecture, wine

The Detroit Design Festival kicked off Wednesday to celebrate artists and design throughout the city and one cool event is all about downtown architecture. The Detroit Wine Stroll, presented by the Detroit Area Art Deco Society from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, is a great way to the see some of downtown’s most unique buildings on foot, including the Guardian Building. I went with my husband two years ago and loved it. At each stop, guests will get a small glass of wine. Tickets are $45 in advance for this walking only event or $55 at the door; the stroll begins at Angelina’s Bistro, 1565 Broadway. Email or call (248) 582-3326.

Celebrity photographer introduces

furniture collection at Art Van

Nigel Barker has traveled the world as both a photographer and judge for shows such as “America’s Next Top Model” and now he’s using those experiences to craft his first furniture line. This fall, Barker, who is friends with Art Van Furniture founder Art Van Elslander and has shot the retailer’s catalog, launches the Nigel Barker Collection, which will be available exclusively at Art Van. The Bohemian eclectic collection, two years in the making, is very personal, says Barker. Some pieces are inspired by furniture Barker has in his own home, including lamps his godmother gave him. “There really is a sense of my life in this first collection,” says Barker. The collection, which be available in early October at Art Van stores, includes canopy and sleigh beds, sectional sofas, and parquet dining and pedestal tables – all made in the United States. Prices range from $999 to $3,599.