Michiganders have now returned to school, BUT that recreation and travel industry hasn't closed up for the year. Not at all. Go to the state's official travel and tourism site, Pure Michigan, to see what I mean. The current theme is "Fall in Real Time" complete with the usual categories to get you doing something. Somehow nothing seems to catch everything. You may want something specifically local like the events section of the Oakland County Moms site which has been around since 2005. Right now for autumn it also lists hayrides, cider mills, farmers markets, and is already looking ahead to Halloween. Similarly the online version of the MetroParent newspaper found in libraries has a weekend event section for the metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan area separate from its calendar. They even already have an article on Best Fall Michigan Color Tour Spots . . .(listing both area parks and free drives). It all can be a bit overwhelming although online searches should be able to link you up with something to do. Newspapers, both the major dailies and the local versions, also list events and activities.
|Thompson School on Fisk Farm grounds|
Then I remembered the local newspapers. For White Lake think "Spinal Column"! Yes, it's an unusual name for a newspaper, but their Popular Categories lists 16 events including the festival. It's listing for the festival shows a hodgepodge of activities, crafts and craft booths, various entertainment, food, raffles, rummage sale (including a library book sale), pie eating contest, arts and crafts sale, living historians, pet adoptions, building tours -- in other words it's no wonder the Historical Society has a hard time figuring how to spread the word.
Maybe you want to find even more. Thompson School is called a One-Room School, but there's now a meeting room and some modernization beyond the classroom. The label of One-room Schools has been used many times here and, of all the sites about such schools, the one with the most to offer is One-Room Schoolhouse Center. Like most large sites, some links have become inactive (to find old sites prowl the Wayback Machine's https://web.archive.org/), but there's still a lot to be found and enjoy.