I don’t know about you, but I am having a difficult time
grasping the reality that summer is over. While it is true fall does not “officially”
begin until Sept. 22, we all know the day following Labor Day shuts the door on
the long, leisurely days of fun in the sun.
This point was driven home Friday morning when the
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber hosted our third-annual Back To School community
conversation with the superintendents of our two public school districts. The
event, hosted by Birmingham Public Schools in its new administrative offices attached
to Groves High School, provides a firsthand look to what is new in the
Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills districts.
We are grateful to both Bloomfield Hills schools Supt. Rob
Glass, and Birmingham Public Schools Supt. Dr. Dan Nerad, for taking time out
of their very busy start-of-the year schedules to share their insights about
the new year, and the state of public education in our state.
With summer now firmly in our rear view mirror, the Chamber
is gearing up for our signature fall event, Vine & Dine. Celebrating its
diamond anniversary, the food and wine extravaganza showcases more than a dozen
of our member restaurants and beverage retailers who generously dish out
sumptuous samples to an estimated 400 guests.
As is in years past, the Chamber is partnering with
Gleaner’s Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan with a portion of the proceeds
going to help feed our less fortunate neighbors. Scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25,
Vine & Dine is being hosted this year by Neiman Marcus at the Somerset
Collection, and will feature the return of a full runway fashion show along with
several other surprises.
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, led once
again this year by our presenting sponsor, the Center For Financial Planning,
the BBC not only will be able to continue its financial support of Gleaner’s
but also Oakland Community College’s Culinary Institute, which is joining the
event for the first time this year.
Details for Vine & Dine, including participating
restaurants and ticket information, can be found on the Chamber’s Web site at www.vinendine.com
or by calling the offices at (248)
Everything is in place to ensure Vine & Dine will be one
of the most talked about events of fall. I hope to see you there not only for
the fun, but to support several outstanding community resources as well.
Joe Bauman is President of the Birmingham Bloomfield
Chamber. He welcomes feedback at email@example.com