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Taste of Clarkston – Clarkston’s Signature Event

Posted in Dining with Pat, Local News with tags , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Pat Hansen

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, Main Street in the Village of Clarkston, MI., becomes a pedestrian mall for The Taste of ClarkstonThis popular event has been attended by as many as 20,000 visitors in the past 14 years. The partnership between the Clarkston Area Chamber, Independence Township Parks & Recreation and City of the Village of Clarkston, continues to produce high quality events year after year. The event is structured to be family friendly, providing a safe, fun environment for a community block party celebration.

More than 30 restaurants and exhibitors will be participating this year. A list of restaurant participants and prices can be found online at: Click on Taste of Clarkston > Participating Restaurants > Taste Menu. There is sure to be something tantalizing for everyone, from soup to sliders, BBQ pork to black bean chicken chili, and sweet endings from frozen custard to cheesecake.

Tickets are available in $1.00 increments. They suggest you purchase a pack of $10.00 or $20.00 to get started. Tickets are available at four locations:

  • Taste Entrance: Staffed by Genisys Credit Union
  • Church St. and Main St: Staffed by Citizens Bank
  • Washington St. and Main St.: Staffed by Clarkston State Bank
  • Depot Park: Staffed by Clarkston Brandon Credit Union

Entertainment will be featured on two different stages starting at 11:30 AM. The stages are located on Church St. and Washington St.

Two free KidZones with games and activities are located at Depot Park and Washington St. Parking Lot.

Also happening are:

  • SCAMP Designer Showcase House (44 E. Washington)
  • Clarkston Union Oktober Beer Tent (Union Parking Lot)
  • Clarkston Rotary Club Wine Tent (Clarkston News Parking Lot)
  • NOTE: Separate tickets for these events are available at each venue.

According to marketing studies, Taste of Clarkston is attended by 70% of Clarkston area residents and friends and relatives of Clarkston residents. Merchants and volunteers work hard to promote their businesses and take great pride in their promoting their historic village.

Hours are: Noon to 6:00 PM.  NOTE: Main St. will be closed from Waldon Road, on the south to  Clarkston Road on the north.

Free parking and Free Shuttle Buses are available at these school lots

  • Clarkston Elementary
  • Clarkston Jr. High School
  • Renaissance High or Clarkston High School

Clarkston, Michigan – Golf and Dining

Posted in Dining with Pat, Local News with tags , , on July 8, 2011 by Pat Hansen

Although there are other popular public golf course facilities in and around the Clarkston area such as Pine Knob, Springfield Oaks, Indian Springs, Heather Highlands and Fountains Golf and Banquet (Liberty), Shepherd’s Hollow is among the most unique, public golf courses in Michigan.

Situated on 350 acres, and tucked into a towering forest of pine and oak, the golf course affords the golfer a scenic and tranquil atmosphere comparable to the Up North golf experience.  I don’t play golf, but I do know that Golf Digest ranked it 42nd best public course in the country, so there’s more to Shepherd’s Hollow than just atmosphere.  They offer 27 holes, with weekday rates for 18 holes starting at only $45.  Weekend and holiday rates are $80 – $85 for peak tee times, which is about the norm for upscale golf in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Golf, however, is only part of the appeal here. The clubhouse at Shepherd’s Hollow is situated in the middle of a pine forest that also lines the long driveway leading up to it. The architectural design is Low-country (coastal South Carolina), imbuing the clubhouse with warmth and charm. It features a veranda and terrace; a perfect summer setting for a fine dining experience. If you prefer indoor dining, the main dining area and bar provides warmth and elegance complimented by a rich cherry bar and glowing fireplace.  The clubhouse is also available for banquets and weddings, and is one of the top choices available in the Clarkston area.

The Lunch menu offers a delectable selection of soups, salads and sandwiches in addition to two hot entrees. The prices range from $9 to $16. The Classic Reuben sandwich and the BBQ Pork sandwich were both delicious. We can’t wait to try the Michigan Walleye and chips lunch entrée when we return.

The Main Course Dinner menu focuses on American Regional Cuisine, specializing in fish and beef with prices ranging from $19 for both Perch Murat and  Herb Chicken Provence, to $28 for an 8oz Filet Mignon. There are also delicious appetizers and beautifully presented desserts. During the summer months, diners may also take advantage of the special Twilight theme dinners.

In addition to fine dining, there is a strong emphasis on excellent service and attention to detail by a professional and well-trained staff; a rarity these days.

If you are seeking a pleasurable dining experience or a challenging golf outing in a scenic setting, Shepherd’s Hollow will certainly fulfill your expectations.

Located at 9085 Big Lake Road in Clarkston, MI 48348; there is a sign at the entry directing you to Columbiere and Shepherd’s Hollow.  Dinner reservations are recommended. Call (248) 922-0300 for either reservations or tee times.  Tee times can also be made online at Shepherd’s Hollow Tee Times

Clarkston Loves a Parade

Posted in Lifestyle, Local News with tags , , on June 29, 2011 by Pat Hansen

AMERICAN CLASSICS is the theme of this year’s parade in the Village of Clarkston, MI, on July 4th. The parade will begin at 11:00 am, and will feature 75 participants including classic cars, floats, color guards and veterans.

The parade route begins at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church (Miller & Holcomb Roads) and goes East on Miller Rd to Main Street; South on Main Street to Church Street; East on Church Street and finally ending at the Community Education/Renaissance High School parking lot.

Parking is available at the Methodist Church on Church Street and at Clarkston Jr High School, across from the church. Early arrivals are encouraged as Main Street will be closed to traffic between Church Street and Miller Road. Parking can also be found on some side streets surrounding the Village of Clarkston.

The festivities don’t end with the parade. At nearby Clintonville Park, located at 6000 Clarkston Road, there will be a Festival of Fun and Fireworks.  The activities run from 11:00 am until dusk.

There will also be tributes throughout the day to honor our Nation’s Veterans.

For more information, directions and details, visit the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce Web Site

Clarkston Schools . . . A motivator for moving to Clarkston

Posted in Manors of Deerwood with tags , , on August 25, 2010 by Pat Hansen

When we ask families who built or bought in our community, The Manors of Deerwood, why they chose Clarkston, Michigan and The Manors, they typically respond as follows:

  • An excellent school system
  • More home for their money
  • Unique floor plans
  • A quiet country setting
  • A small town, friendly atmosphere
  • A location convenient to freeways

As everybody knows, real-estate is about Location, Location, Location.  That said, perhaps the most important aspect of location is the local school system. Many of the families that have relocated to this area from overseas assignments or out-of state locations have discovered that Clarkston, Michigan offers one of the best school systems in the area.

Clarkton’s reputation as an outstanding school district is well established. There are two national Blue Ribbon schools and six others that have earned Michigan Exemplary Blue Ribbon school status. There are seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9 and Clarkston High School, which serves 10th-12th grade students.

The high school facility includes state-of-the-art technology, a Performing Arts Center, Olympic-sized pool and top-notch athletic facilities.

Clarkston offers free Full Day Kindergarten and a Half-Day Kindergarten option. The district now offers an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at the high school level (READ MORE HERE). Information on the world-wide International Baccalaureate can be found HERE

The Science, Math and Technology Academy (CSMTech) is available to qualified 9th -12th grade students from Oakland and neighboring counties. There are 13 Advanced Placement Courses. Rigorous, highly comprehensive curricular offerings enable students to prepare for future success in their chosen fields.As you can see on the provided chart, the MEAP scores are among the best in Oakland County.



For more information about the Clarkston Community Schools click HERE

Clarkston – Michigan

Posted in Lifestyle, Local News, Manors of Deerwood with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by Pat Hansen

Small Town – Huge Spirit

The Village of Clarkston, Independence Township, exemplifies the charm and graciousness of another era.  Words like quaint, charming, old-fashioned and picturesque came to mind on my first drive down Clarkston’s Main Street. I was attracted by Rudy’s market and decided to stop and get some refreshments. I was fortunate to get a parking space close to the market. Parking is limited on Main Street but upon closer inspection, I could see the nearby parking lots.

The first time I entered Rudy’s I was warmly greeted by the owner and his staff. They could not have been more attentive and helpful; they even asked me my name and made me feel right at home.  The array of prime meats and fresh fish was very impressive. The deli offered a variety of salads, sandwiches and pizza as well as tabbouleh, grape leaves and kibbi. The sandwiches were listed on chalkboards behind the counter. I was delighted to see and enjoy a turkey sandwich for under $5.00. There was even a family of Mallard ducks waiting for me outside the market when I left. They apparently waddled their way over from a nearby pond.

I have been back to Rudy’s many times since that first visit and have experienced the same service and graciousness as I did on the first visit. They still remember my name to this day. 

As I left Rudy’s, I decided to walk the rest of the business district, just two blocks long.  I was intrigued by what I saw. There were picturesque shops, a bakery and restaurants alongside real estate offices and a bank. Everyone I encountered on my walk was very friendly. I stopped to check out the bakery and decided to rest on the bench on the sidewalk. A couple came out of the bakery with treats for the Mallard ducks and sat down beside me. It was very apparent that they had a great love for the city and the surrounding area. They had grown up nearby and encouraged me to drive just a bit north of town to savor the beauty and charm of the historic homes that dotted both sides of the street. I could see the ponds directly behind these gracious old homes. It was apparent that the residents had a deep love for the city and had the desire to keep the Village of Clarkston and the surrounding area, a place worth coming to.

I have since witnessed a strong sense of community. On Friday evenings during July, there are free concerts in Depot Park, directly behind the business district. People of all age groups arrive with their lawn chairs to enjoy the music.

There are parades, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, for the celebration of Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day. The Clarkston Farmer’s Market is held in Depot Park every Sat. during July and August. One of the “Can’t Miss” events is the Taste of Clarkston where vendors from the various restaurants in Clarkston, offer samples of their specialties. Main Street becomes pedestrian only for this event and the crowd is enormous. Free parking is available at several locations.  There is also an Art-in-the-Park event that attracts a large crowd in June. A Holiday Lights parade is held every year in early December and includes a tree lighting ceremony. Volunteers also decorate the streets with garlands and lights. This is a very welcoming sight.

These events, created and sponsored by businesses, various civic and private organizations together with the efforts of countless volunteers, have earned the support of the local residents which has helped foster a strong sense of community, a sense of home and a sense of well-being.

 Check out what’s happening in Clarkston here:

Village of Clarkston – Events

Manors of Deerwood

Posted in Manors of Deerwood with tags , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Pat Hansen

Robert R. Jones Homes is the sole builder in the final Phase (VIII) of the Manors of Deerwood.  The Manors is located approximately 2 miles north of the Village of Clarkston, Michigan.  The property was formerly farmland, but it is now nicely wooded. We are bordered on the East by Independence Oaks County Park and on the West by privately owned parcels, large enough to keep horses. To the north are 30 acres of privately owned land, yet to be developed and to the south are the earlier phases of the Manors of Deerwood.

The terrain is rolling and will accommodate both walk-out and daylight basement sites. Nine of the sites have been built on, including The Dover, our current model and information center. The available sites are large and range from 0.60 of an acre to over 2 acres.

When visitors wind their way back to our property, they are surprised by what they see. Every site has a variety of trees, and during the spring, summer and fall, a variety of wild flowers color the landscape. The atmosphere is very quiet and peaceful yet only minutes from I-75.

The deer wander out of the woods to feed on the wildflowers. Recently, a doe and her 3 fawns paid a visit to the site across from the model, enjoying a lunch of clover and other vegetation. Wild turkeys visit quite often. A pond, bordering the north end of the property, is home to frogs and turtles. Occasionally, a turtle winds its way onto the road in The Manors, to the delight of the children who live next door to the model. They are thrilled when they find a small tree frog in their mailbox.

When visitors stop in to tour the model, they often comment on the beauty and tranquility of the property. They often state that they did not know that it existed. We invite you to see for yourself by visiting us. We are open daily, except Thursday, from Noon until 6:00. A directional map is shown for your convenience. We hope to see you soon.

Map to the Manors of Deerwood

Dining with Pat at the Union

Posted in Dining with Pat, Lifestyle with tags , , , on July 22, 2010 by Pat Hansen

The Clarkston Bar and Union, located in the heart of Clarkston, is a unique bar and restaurant housed in a vintage 1847 converted church. The original church pews are still used as seating. The converted church, with some of its original stained glass, provides an interesting space for the dining room, bar and kitchen, although it can be noisy at times.

The dress code is “Anything Goes”. There are no reservations available and the wait can be long on weekends.  Sorry, no call-ahead seating either. There is outdoor seating available during the warm months. Parking is at the rear, but if the lot is full, try the nearby street parking or a free lot located a short 1 ½ blocks away.

 The Clarkston Bar and Union is known for its 30-something specialty beers on tap listed on a huge chalkboard.  The selection ranges from local micro-brews to national and international brands.  There’s a nice selection of bottle beers as well. The main floor bar has background music while a jukebox rules the downstairs bar. A limited food menu is also available in the downstairs until 11:00 pm.

 The house specialty is the signature macaroni and cheese dish. Don’t ask for the recipe as it’s a closely guarded secret (I think there may be some local history connected to this).  The menu features burgers, sandwiches, entrée salads and interesting specials such as meatloaf and pot pies, all of which are very good. The thin-crust pizza is awesome. I confess to ordering it for takeaway at least once a month. The specialty desserts include cupcakes, Crème Brûlée and ice cream sandwiches.

 If you’re tired of the national chain restaurants and looking for something a little different, take a ride to Clarkston and have lunch or dinner at the Clarkston Bar and Union.

 Location: 54 South Main Street, Clarkston, Michigan.


Phone (248) 620-6100


Week days    11:00 AM until 10:00 PM for food service
Saturday        11:00 AM until 11:00 PM for food service

Sunday          9:00 AM until 2:00 PM for breakfast

3:00 PM until 9:00 PM for dinner

The bar is open Thursday through Saturday until 2:00 AM

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