MSU Basketball Bobbleheads & Other Top Stories

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Bobblehead Collection for 125th Anniversary of MSU Basketball Unveiled

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee unveiled a collection of limited-edition, officially licensed bobbleheads in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Michigan State Basketball. The collection features five bobbleheads including one of the MSU mascot, Sparty, and two Hall of Fame coaches: Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo. 

Kwanzaa with The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Celebrate Kwanzaa 2023 with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at special events throughout the community, Dec. 26, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024. It kicks off with a Kinara lighting at the museum on the first day of Kwanzaa, followed by the lighting of Detroit’s giant Kinara at Cadillac Square.

Detroit Funk and Soul Artist Amp Fiddler Dies at 65

Detroit funk and soul singer, songwriter, and keyboardist, Joseph “Amp” Fiddler, reportedly died on Dec. 17, 2023, at the age of 65 following an extensive battle with cancer. Fiddler was born on May 17, 1958, and had a 40-year career in music, working alongside big names in the business, performing with Parliament-Funkadelic, and mentoring Detroit producer J. Dilla.

Ring in 2024 at These New Year’s Eve Parties in Metro Detroit

2023 is coming to a close, and Metro Detroit is gearing up to celebrate this past year and usher in a new one with a wide variety of New Year’s Eve parties and events. From black-tie gatherings and upscale balls to champagne parties and afternoon happenings for the entire family, here’s your guide to some of the best ways to leave 2023 behind and ring in 2024 with a bang.

Downtown Business Improvement Zone Receives Second-Term Renewal

The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) has announced a second-term renewal of its Zone Plan, which will allow the BIZ to continue its working creating a “clean, safe, and welcoming Downtown” through 2034.

Former Wayne State Provost and Holocaust Survivor Guy Stern Has Died

Günther “Guy” Stern, Ph.D., holocaust survivor, war hero, and former provost at Wayne State University died on Dec. 7, 2023. He was 101. Stern joined the staff at Wayne State University as provost and vice president for academic affairs on Sept. 12, 1978. A year later, he founded the university’s Academy of Scholars, and 12 years later he became a professor in the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages and Literature. He retired in 2003.

Growing Michigan Together Council Releases First Report

After six months of investigation and debate, the Growing Michigan Together Council has released its first report highlighting population decline in the state and offering strategies on how to reverse the trend.

Find Luxury, Literature, and Libations at Flyleaf in Grosse Pointe Farms

After a series of delays, the long-awaited bookstore, bistro, and bar has opened on The Hill, a shopping district in Grosse Pointe Farms. We caught up with owner Lindsay Scallen to talk about the inspiration behind her business and what shoppers can expect.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse Celebrates 20 Years

The award-winning Ann Arbor staple has been in business for two decades. Find out how the restaurant established its identity and adapted to the changing landscape over the years.

The Top Hour Detroit Stories of 2023

Over the last year, Hour Detroit has published hundreds of articles in print and online on metro Detroit food, development, arts, fashion, travel, and so much more. Here’s a look back on the 10 you loved most in 2023.

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