Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
Friday Musings
11.21.14 Published Tuesday & Friday (or Monday/Thursday)
Joyner Highway Joyner
Let's get together for an outstanding afternoon in December

Jennifer Perry
I always thought of musical concerts as boring. Would take a book to read or count down the numbers left in the program.
Seriously. But then I would take a book to church in case the minister's message was pedantic.

But then I realized that immersion or my complete involvement in my surroundings made the event more enjoyable. I started closing my eyes at symphony or chorus concerts and let the music take me to another place, running through the woods, picturing sunsets, feeling the heat or cold as the sound enveloped me.

I began to enjoy concerts as much as I enjoyed sporting events. The immersion experience changed my outlook. But that's just me. We all have reasons for what we do.

Our Livonia Civic Chorus has personality and professionalism. They always put a smile on my face. A smile because never a word shall be uttered or a tune hummed.

I am inviting you to join me at the first concert of the 50th year of the Livonia Civic Chorus on Sunday,
Check out the men's Christmas ties
December 14th, 3:00 p.m. at Clarenceville High School. I have committed to bringing 100 of my nearest, dearest closest friends. Advance tickets are $12.00, $10.00 for students or seniors, $15.00 at the door.

If you would like to have an Extraordinary Merry Christmas I will send you your ticket (s). Simply mail your check payable to the Livonia Civic Chorus, a 501 (c) (3), c/o Bill Joyner, 18720 Blue Skies, 48152.

To reserve your ticket, you can send the check at your convenience, simply drop me an email and I will send your tickets now.

If you are unable to attend I have a number of students and seniors and will make sure that your ticket is in good hands.

Join me in the lobby before the concert. Introduce yourself. The holiday spirit is full of time to share, to enjoy. Come on out and support Livonia's gem as they kick off their 50th year of smiles. $40,000 in scholarships. 600 singers. 50,000 patrons.

Come join me on December 14th. You will be talking about this experience for years to come. Not meeting me. That will pass in a day or two. The concert I am talking about.
Musings on a fall day moving rapidly to winter in Livonia
Tradition in the Joyner house was that on or around Thanksgiving we would let our family know what was on our Christmas list. Of course the typewriter hinted all year. We also had a policy that nothing could be bought for personal use after the first of October because "Christmas is right around the corner."
Just in case you are looking for something for the typewriter I am willing to posit a suggestion, or two. How about the Reese's Nutter Butter Cookie Truffles. Or the Zingerman's Pecan Pie, a pile of toasted pecans, literally, surrounded by a rich brown sugar custard made from unrefined Mauritian brown sugar, real butter, and vanilla. It's intensely flavorful and sticky finger lickin' good.

Enough said. How about you? What would you like for Christmas?

Wow. Just mailed out eleven more tickets for the December 14 Livonia Civic Chorus Concert including Eric and Elizabeth Ladwig, Councilwoman Lynda Scheel, Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz, Carol Bonamici, Kathy Ventittelli, Charlie and Jim Mahoney, Councilwoman Laura Toy. What a way to enjoy the holiday. With 600 of your close personal friends at the Livonia Civic Chorus holiday concert.

The typewriter will stop by the Alexander Blue House this Saturday, November 22nd, to check out the treasures available for sale aptly titled "Treasures from Grandma's Attic. Depending on when I return from Zingerman's for my Saturday bagel and tea I plan on checking it out during their hours of 10:00 - 4:00. Never been before but heard it is like a cross between a flea market and estate sale. Gonna check it out.

Five weeks and counting. Soon the Phoenix Theatre at Laurel Place Mall will have their reclining, padded, can't beat these seats in all their theatres. They serve iced tea, reclining seats. Movies at the Phoenix certainly are "Art in the Park."

Franklin High School, Class of 1967. How about a get together after the first of the year. Not Class of 66 or 68. Just an update, find out who has landed on the moon, won a world series, made the NY Times Best Seller List, transplanted hearts. You know the usual. Got a note from Tom Portney in South Carolina wanting to know if there might be some interest. Drop a dime and let me know if you happen to be from the Class of 67. Let me know if this rises to the level of excitement.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. The typewriter will return the Monday after Thanksgiving. Too busy eating and giving thanks for all I have to write. Peace, love and tranquility.
You are invited and you don't want to miss out on this unique Holiday Shoppe open from December 5th through the 14th.
The Visual Arts Association of Livonia (VAAL) is once again changing their year round classroom into an exciting and unique Holiday Shoppe. Offered will be one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created
by area artisans. This juried event features pottery, fiber, hand blown glass, jewelry and other accessories, wood items, clothing, ornaments, framed and unframed art and much more. There will be items in every price range.
A gala reception to open the event will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The public is invited to come and enjoy refreshments, meet some of the artists and be the first to see the awesome selection of gifts for everyone on your list. There is no charge for this event.
VAAL brings artists from throughout southeast Michigan to Livonia, teaching art, displaying art and learning art. If Livonia is the cultural heartbeat of Michigan, and it is, this reputation is in part a result of the reputation of VAAL.
The Holiday Shoppe will be open daily from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, December 14 from 10 am to 6 pm. The Holiday Shoppe is located in the VAAL classroom at 37653 Five Mile Road, in the New Five Village Shopping Center, at the southwest corner of Newburgh in Livonia. Look for the shop next to the
Livonia UPS Store.
Formed as a non-profit organization in 1983, the Visual Arts Association of Livonia provides a variety of art classes, workshops and services for Livonia and surrounding communities. Classes and workshops are taught year around by award winning, professional art instructors. The winter class schedule will be available at the Holiday Shoppe.
For more information about VAAL or the Holiday Shoppe call 734-838-1204 or go to the VAAL website at
Pictures of the week
A slice of life in and around Livonia

Three Zetas! Three family members, Marguerite Pilon Erpelding, Sinead Cox and Laura Cox celebrating three generations of Zeta's.

Suzanne Vassel Cassady, Treasurer of the Livonia Civic Chorus, daughters went on a nature walk with the Friends of the Rouge.
Barbara Eko Murphy dropped a dime suggesting that "We Love The DIA." Local artists Sara Hadley, Daria Fileta, Barbara Eko Murphy, Alison Kardell, Nina Ashraf Asmi, Her mom...and Linda Logan exploring the DIA and the Impressionists and Monet's painting on loan from Paris.
Your gotta love a slice of Livonia. It's our hometown after all. Personalities defining our community.
Madonna University
Lyric Theatre
December 5th and 6th
Tickets available at the door or by calling 734-432-5300
Churchill High School Music Boosters
March for Uniforms

From Sunday November 23 until Wednesday December 3, the Churchill High School Music Boosters are holding an online silent auction to raise money for marching band uniforms.

Access the auction site by clicking:

The marching band is the largest it has ever been at 140 students. Next year, they are projecting the band to grow to include 160-175 students, and they already do not have enough uniforms to properly outfit everyone.

They need to purchase 50 full uniforms at $475 each by February in order for the manufacturer to have them ready for the first game in September 2015.

Local companies and organizations are being asked for donations of products, services, and fun experiences that they can put on their auction site. The site is now live (though in-progress) and you can log in to see it as it develops.

They should have a PayPal "donate now" button added to the site for people who do not want to participate in the auction but want to help the band.

Once it is on the site, it will be live, independent of the auction. It will continue to be live for 6 months.
Showcasing theatre excellence at
Franklin High School this week
November 20-22
Thirteen Past Midnight - Lila and Victor
Thirteen Past Midnight

You gotta Love Livonia
Livonia Jaycees
This Friday:
Livonia's first ever
Lagers for Lunches
a unique craft beer tasting event supporting our hometown high

This event is hosted at One Under Craft Beers & Eats and sponsored by the Livonia Jaycees on Friday, November 21 from 7-11pm.
Attendees will get to sample beers from all over the country with an emphasis on Michigan breweries like Vandermill, Shorts, Atwater and more.
The event has a strong charity component, as proceeds will go towards an initiative to pay off school lunch debts within the city of Livonia. The Livonia Jaycees donated over $1,000 last year to three local schools and are planning on widening the impact with this event. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at
Livonia Chamber of Commerce

Loving Livonia Business is a gift certificate program that keeps money in our community and offers Livonia residents and businesses an easy platform for gift giving.
Let your employees, clients, co-workers, friends, and
family members choose the gifts they really want, with
Loving Livonia Business!
Loving Livonia Business - Gift Certificates
Loving Livonia Business - Gift Certificates
Give the gift of Loving Livonia Business
Loving Livonia Business is redeemable
at any of the following participating businesses:
Andiamo Livonia
Bill & Rod's Appliance
Cebella's Pizza
Colleen's Gaelic Gifts
Detroit Bagel Company
George Murphy's at the Creek
Great Lakes Pizza Company
Livonia Chamber of Commerce
M.I. Slingers Bar and Grill
My Hobby Place & Toys
O'Malley's Bar & Grill
The UPS Store #3011
Verant's Salon
What's the Name Gift Store
Youth Theatre at it's best.
Right here in Livonia.
Franklin High School to partner with Barnes and Noble December 16
fhs If anyone is going to be going to Barnes and Noble at 6 & Haggerty, for Christmas shopping, you can help out Livonia Franklin. You see the Franklin Library Media Center is hosting a fundraiser at the Barnes and Noble on 6 Mile and Haggerty Road on December 16.

All sales that day which are linked to the FHS Book Fair Number 10935864 will be tallied and credited to Franklin High School. Your purchases can include books, music, games, puzzles, some gift items, and YES ~ CHEESECAKE! Let your friends and family know about the event.
Be sure to use Bookfair #10935864 for purchase credit to Franklin High School Library
Can't attend our Book fair at Barnes & Noble?
Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online later that week by entering Bookfair ID 10935864 at checkout.
A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will be used for the purchase of new books for our school library!


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