Welcome Mat: Southfield modernism tour returns May 6

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
The Southeastern Michigan Dahlia Society will hold its tuber sale on May 6.

Hundreds of tubers, cuttings at dahlia sale

The Southeastern Michigan Dahlia Society will hold its annual tuber sale sale from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 5 at Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R. in Troy (head to the barn). Gardeners eager to add to their dahlias or give them a try will get to choose from more than 700 dahlia tubers; cuttings also will be available. Prices will range from $3-$4 per tuber and proceeds fund the society’s annual dahlia show and competition in mid-September. Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp. For information, go to or call (248) 689-5947.

“Chai Wan Four” is a piece by artist Jane Hammond.

DIA hosts panel discussion on ‘Home’

Home is so much more than a place. It’s a mood, feeling, even a state of mind. The Detroit Institute of Arts is exploring the concept of home with its current exhibition, “Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA,” and some of the artists involved will participate in a panel discussion, “The Spaces in Between,” at 6 p.m. May 3. The panel will include Tyree Guyton, founder of the Heidelberg Project, along with artists Jane Hammond (whose work is pictured) and Carlos Diaz. They’ll discuss the techniques and approaches they use and the contrasts between local and global thoughts on community building, urban development, and the creation of “home.” The panel talk is free; it’s hosted by DIA auxiliary Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Plumbrooke Estates will be part of the Southfield Mid Century Modern Architecture Tour on May 6.

Southfield’s mid-century modern tour returns May 6

Southfield was Michigan’s fastest growing city in the ’60s and has a gold mine of mid-century modern homes and buildings designed by some of the biggest names in architecture. Now is your chance to see some of those architectural gems during the Southfield Mid Century Modern Architecture Tour on May 6. The 2 1/2 hour tour, which starts at 2 p.m., will go through Emmanuel Lutheran Church (pictured), the former B’nai David Synagogue and two subdivisions known for their mid-century homes, Northland Gardens and Plumbrooke Estates. Tour tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour (if available). It starts and ends at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 27375 Bell Road. Go to the mayor’s office at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road, for advance tickets or visit or

New at Epiphany Studios’ spring show are special handcrafted rocks glasses. They’re $45 each.

Pontiac glass studio opens doors for spring show

Epiphany Studios in Pontiac is gearing up for its annual Spring Show May 4-6, which will include hourly demonstrations, sales and more. Epiphany is owned by renowned glass artist April Wagner, who has created glass works of art for all over the country. New at this year’s sale are special handcrafted rocks glasses. They’re $45 each. Epiphany also will offer special cat- and dog-themed items and a portion of each sale will go to the Michigan Humane Society. The Spring Show runs from 4-8 p.m. May 4 and 12-6 p.m. May 5-6. The studio is at 770 Orchard Lake Road. Items are also available online at

Bird baths and other handcrafted ceramics will be sold at the Village Potters Guild Spring Show.

Plymouth pottery sale features garden items

Handcrafted pottery for the garden will take center stage at the Village Potters Guild’s annual Spring Sale May 3-6 in Plymouth. Birdbaths and other garden items, along with serveware and tableware from more than 20 artists, will be available. Each item is made in Plymouth. The sale runs from 5-8 p.m. May 3; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6. The Potters Guild is at 326 N. Main in Plymouth. Call (734) 207-8807 or visit

Say ‘Hi’ at the Women’s Show

Are you heading to the Michigan International Women’s Show next week? Come say “Hi”! I’ll be at the Women’s Show from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and I’d love to see you. And better yet, if you swing by (our booth is near the front), you’ll get a special gift compliments of us (make sure you use the code word “Homestyle.”) The Michigan International Women’s Show, co-sponsored by The Detroit News and held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, begins at 10 a.m. Thursday and runs until 7 p.m. It continues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults at the door. Go to for more details.”