Meadow Brook Hall's Jazz in the Garden

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Enjoy live cool jazz at an American estate.  Experience  Jazz in the Garden as local jazz greats Shahida Nurullah and George “Sax” Benson return to Meadow Brook Hall, along with newcomer Sheila Landis.

      Shahida Nurullah will perform Thursday, June 18, George “Sax” Benson will perform Thursday, July 23 and Sheila Landis will perform Thursday, Aug. 27. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Admission is $30 per person, which includes a main floor tour of the Hall and hors d’oeuvres.

      The hors d’oeuvres menu will include a variation of the following items: spinach artichoke dip with crispy pita chips, corn tortilla chips with house-made salsa, seasonal garden vegetable crudités with savory dip, fresh fruits and berries with yogurt coulis and mixed nuts. A cash bar is available.

      To make a reservation or for additional information on Meadow Brook Hall’s Jazz in the Garden call (248) 364-6263 or visit www.meadowbrookhall.org. 

Often referred to as one of America’s “castles”, the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot (8,200 m2) mansion is currently the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. It was designed by William Kapp of the firm Smith Hinchman & Grylls. It’s designed in a tudor-revival style and European-inspired, however, most of the materials that were used to build the home were American-made. The playful Romanesque architectural sculpture that adorns the building was created by Corrado Parducci. Much of the original artwork collected by the Wilson’s is still found at Meadow Brook including paintings by Anthony van Dyck, Rosa Bonheur, Joshua Reynolds, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough and sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, Frederic Remington, Cyrus Edwin Dallin, and Herbert Haseltine. The home and the surrounding estate, known as Meadow Brook Farms, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1957, Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband donated the entire estate, including Meadow Brook Hall, Sunset Terrace, the Wilson’s retirement home, and all its other buildings and collections, along with $2 million to found Michigan State University-Oakland (now Oakland University). They lived in the Sunset Terrace home until his death in 1962. Mrs. Wilson returned to Meadowbrook Hall and lived there until her death in 1967.

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Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She runs Detroit Mommies and Discovering Arkansas, runs the Community Projects for Collective Bias and has 3 girls under 12 years old. Courtney is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Arkansas. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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