Welcome Mat: Kensington Metropark Art Fair

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News
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Artist Lindsey Dahl is one of many whose work will be featured at the Kensington Metropark Art Fair.

Blend art, nature at  Kensington art fair

Enjoy the natural backdrop of Maple Beach at the Kensington Metropark Art Fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 26 and 27 and 10-4 on May 28. Nearly 100 artists, live music, food trucks and hands-on activities from the DIA all Memorial Day Weekend long will be offered at this idyllic lakefront location. Peruse paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, functional and decorative pottery and glass and more. Free with Metroparks pass. Daily fee is $10 for those without a pass. The location is 4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford. For information, go to kensingtonartfair.com.

Add a touch of green with a faux plant.

Faux plants bring the feeling of outside inside

Blur the lines between inside and out with a little greenery for your interiors. Look no further than the selection at Marshalls to bring the feel of nature to your rooms with planters filled with faux foliage. This potted plant that retails for $49.99 shows you can never go wrong with timeless white for the perfect contrast to green. For information, go to marshallsonline.com.

Liven up your outdoor dining with new barware

Since picnics and other outdoor gatherings often convey a slower pace from the past, why not add some vintage-inspired glassware to your celebrations this Memorial Day weekend? The new Riedel Bar Collection offers just that with elaborate designs for fine spirits served on the rocks or creative cocktails. They also make great statement pieces on a bar cart or act as unique water glasses for your guests. For information, such as specific styles and pricing, go to riedel.com.

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Enjoy the downtown Northville flower sale

Fill your garden with beautiful flowers and plants from Northville’s 31st Annual Flower Sale held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 25 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26. Many of their Farmers’ Market growers and greenhouses will be selling ornamental accent plants, perennials, herbs, annuals, shrubs, exotic plants and garden accessories. “The Northville Flower Sale kicks off the season of great events and fun, family times in downtown Northville,” said Lindsey Butzin, Chamber events manager in a press release. “Northville residents and businesses look forward to supporting our local growers at this popular event that is always scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.” For information, go to


Fair Lane’s Plant Sale & Garden Market runs Friday and Saturday.

Plant, garden sale at Fair Lane continues tradition

For more than 30 years, the volunteers at Fair Lane, home of Clara and Henry Ford, have been hosting the annual Plant Sale & Garden Market that has become a much-anticipated rite of spring for garden enthusiasts. All proceeds from the event that takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday benefit the restoration work on the estate grounds. In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, you can also attend the Preservation Open House Saturday and Sunday to see the updates that were made to the Sun Porch, Music Room, Living Room, Billiard Room and Pool Room, plus many more projects throughout the home and grounds. Space for the Open House is limited. The cost is $5 for non-members. The event is free for Fair Lane members (check your member email for exclusive registration information or call (313) 884-4222. For tickets and information, go to henryfordfairlane.org.

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