Welcome Mat: Birmingham House Tour returns Thursday

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Ken and Lyne Wirtz of Marshall stand behind an 1880s octagon-shaped structure that once storage baggage for the Michigan Central Railroad. The Wirtzes home and the storage shed will be on this weekend's Marshall Historic Home Tour.

Marshall tour pays tribute to railroad past

If you're a history buff and love learning about some of Michigan's most unique older homes, consider checking out the 55th annual Marshall Historic Home Tour this weekend. Marshall is about 100 miles west of Detroit with a large historic district that includes more than 850 historically significant buildings. Eight private residences will be featured on this year's tour, including an octagon-shaped building built in the mid-1880s that for decades stood next to Marshall’s main railroad depot and was used to store baggage, according to a press release. The tour is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25. For information, go to www.marshallhometour.org or call (269) 781-8544.  

This house is one of seven home on the Sept. 13 Birmingham House Tour.

Seven homes featured on Birmingham House Tour

The 2018 Birmingham House Tour returns Thursday with seven unique homes for design-lovers to see, explore and gather inspiration. Presented by Hall & Hunter Realtors, the tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is the signature fundraiser for The Community House and its programming. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the tour. It begins at the Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham.

The second annual "Art in the Elements" returns to Cranbrook House & Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.

Floral displays, workshops part of ‘Art in the Elements’

Want to improve your floral design skills and get some tips from the experts? Check out “Art in the Elements” at Cranbrook House & Gardens this weekend. Presented by the house’s auxiliary along with the American Institute of Floral Designers North Central chapter, the weekend fundraiser will feature large floral installations, eight floral workshops and a selection of artist Laurie Tennent’s “Botanicals” series. Workshops will cover everything from creating your own floral jewelry to a demonstration on creating your own macramé plant hanger. Tickets are $20. It runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For a detailed schedule, go to housegardens.cranbrook.edu/events/art-in-the-elements for details or call (248) 645-3149.

Guests enjoy appetizers during a break between speakers at a June Dish & Design event. The series returns Sept. 26.

Kitchen trends is theme of Sept. 26 Dish & Design

It’s back! Dish & Design returns at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and the focus is all about kitchen trends. Sponsored by EuroAmerica Design in Troy, which will also serve as the venue, we’ll dive deep into kitchen design ideas and trends, including cabinets, counters, hardware and more. We’ll have speakers and presentations from Ciot, a cooking demonstration from Lumen and a cocktail from the Bad Luck Bar. Tickets are $15 and go on sale at noon Friday, Sept. 7. To buy tickets, which go fast, go to www.detroitnews.com/DishandDesign. To win, go to www.detroitnews.com/WinDishTix.