Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
Friday Musings

10.31.14 Published Tuesday & Friday (or Monday/Thursday)
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Musings on a beautiful fall day in Livonia

Apologies are due. For coming out on Wednesday. Promise to not let it happen again. But I'm telling you, as I am apt to do, there is so much going on in Livonia that deserves our support. From schools to neighbors to our own backyards. I didn't want to wait to encourage you to come out for the Seedlings and Symphony dinners. See you there I hope. I know I will. I think. I.m sure. I need Thursday and Friday to go out and collect more pop bottles so I can continue with all there is to do in our hometown.
I am amazed at the theatre excellence that will be showcased in November. Five plays being showcased in Livonia. In one month. Move over Fisher Theatre. Livonia doesn't take a backseat to anyone.
The ONLY campaign literature I have received is from Patrick Colbeck and Dian Slavens. Nothing for State Representative, Congress, County Commissioner, Schoolcraft College or school board. Oh sure, one request for money from a Schoolcraft candidate, a joint one from two running for school board and one for a candidate running for Congress. It's all social media.
Celebrate Livonia Excellence in November
with Seedlings on 11/7
and our
Livonia Symphony on 11/14
Wow!! Two weekends in a row. Who can say there is nothing to do in our hometown?


Friday 11/7 from 6 to 9 pm, Seedlings will be celebrating 30 years of service with a dinner and evening at St. Mary's Cultural & Banquet Center.

What a perfect opportunity to step out for a fun night filled with happy people celebrating the success of this homegrown non-profit braille publishing company. 50 states. 75 countries. 18 million pages.

Don't let this opportunity pass without thanking these wonderful volunteers for reaching out from Livonia with outstretched arms embracing children and adults alike who only have the opportunity to read because of this wonderful organization.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling Seedlings' at 734-427-8552 x 307.

Livonia Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, an evening of music, dinner and silent auction/raffle
at Laurel Manor.

Another great opportunity to spend an evening with our Livonia Symphony Orchestra at their largest fund raiser of the year. You can join musicians, friends of the arts, your neighbors in helping celebrate over 40 years of musical excellence.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at

Come out and celebrate Livonia volunteer and cultural success
Showcasing theatre excellence at Stevenson, Franklin and Churchill during the month of November. Add to that Paul's Players and Motor City Players and Wow!!!
Each of Livonia's high schools will be presenting their fall play within the next few weeks. Whether it's Date Night or a family outing, why not take in a show or three! Let's celebrate these hard-working and talented students.
And Livonia's two major theatre companies will also be out breaking a leg or two. No other hometown can claim as much stage presence and theatre excellence as Livonia.
Thirteen Past Midnight
November 20-22
November 13-15
Inherit the Wind
November 6-8

Two Livonia theatre groups add to the cultural excellence during November

Motor City Players
Sleepy Hollow
November 1, 2
Paul's Players
You Can't Take it With You
November 21, 22 and 23

You gotta Love Livonia
Pictures of the week
A slice of life

I love facebook if ONLY for the slice of life it provides. Certainly not for the rants and mantra shouting.
Here is Cynthia Windecker taking the first dance with son Alex at his wedding to Rebecca.
Cynthia is a proud mom as well as a proud member of the Livonia Civic Chorus.
Here is Bill Bresler with grandson Hank. Bill is the photographer for
the Livonia Observer and an
inductee with the Class of 2013, Livonia City Hall of Fame.
As Paul Hurschmann posted Hank has more hair than grampa.
Movie of the Year
Birdman with Michael Keaton

A movie actor played by Michael Keaton tries to rewrite or perhaps define his legacy by producing, writing, directing and starring in a broadway play.
Call it a drama, a comedy, whatever, but understand that it is a mocking look at the comic book genre that seems to envelop movies today with actors who fly from scene to scene with spectacular stunts leaving those of us who enjoy character development disappointed.
Best actor to Keaton in 2015. About time.

Friends of Greenmead who have written Livonia's history and have every day for
the past 25 years are preparing for their annual Christmas Walk
Musings is supporting the Christmas Walk with this ad in the program book. Proud to support my hometown.

The Friends of Greenmead are hard at work preparing for the Twenty sixth annual Christmas Walk. The Christmas and Garden Walks are a part of their fund raising to help with restoration at Greenmead.

This year their Christmas Walk has five private homes that have never been featured on the walks before. Each home is carefully decorated by the homeowners and each is very different from the other.

Please consider joining them on December 6th from 10:00--4:00 for a fun day filled with new holiday ideas to start the Christmas Season. Celebrate the Christmas season by celebrating your hometown.

For more information or to obtain ticket information email
Celebrate comfort in Livonia
Coming December 24
The best movie seats in Michigan coming to Livonia's Phoenix Theatre this Christmas.
The typewriter is counting down the days until the new cushioned recliners are ready for my use.

If you haven't already made the Phoenix your go-to theatre for movie entertainment make sure you do by December 24.

Livonia has the best to offer in showcasing the arts.

The typewriter loves to read, listens to music, visualizes a play and becomes totally immersed in a movie.

As Aristotle said "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."


Franklin High National Art Honor Society
Art with the Community Night
Would you and your family like to learn how to draw or paint a still life, enhance your digital photographs, or make a clay pot, ?

The Franklin National Art Honor Society Members and Invitees for the 20014-15 school year will be presenting learning opportunities in acrylic painting, drawing, digital photography and clay to the community. These members are very talented and will be able to share techniques they have learned to help many of you.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, THE 10TH ANNUAL ART WITH THE COMMUNITY NIGHT will be held in the art classrooms of Franklin, for the admission of $10 (to cover supplies, and fund raise) you can learn the fundamental techniques and points of emphasis to work successfully in these art media.
NAHS members will lead instructional lessons and have you create works of art that you can take home. There will be a 15 minute break. NAHS will be providing some snacks and then you will move on to another selected session of your choice.
Who: Anyone 11 years or older.

When: Thursday, Nov.6, 2014

Where: Franklin Art Classrooms

What: For $10, you will be able to participate in any 2 sessions. Sessions offered:

Franklin / Acrylic Painting & Clay
Franklin / Drawing & Digital Photography
Franklin / Digital Photo & Acrylic Painting
Franklin / Digital Photography & Clay
Franklin / Drawing & Acrylic Painting
Franklin / Drawing & Clay


NAHS advisor:

Walk ups are welcomed ($12 )

BUT MUST ARRIVE EARLY at 5: 45 on Thursday, November 14th. There is a cut off time of 6:15pm and cut off of class space.

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