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Glitzgraphic-jpeg-jpegROCHESTER, Mich. –

You’re cordially invited to celebrate the holidays in style.  Step back to an age of gilded opulence as you stroll through the iconic home of the automotive aristocracy…the Dodge-Wilson family…a world bedecked with dazzling jewelry, glamorous gowns and stunning decorations. Meadow Brook Hall’s 41st annual Holiday Walk, November 23 through December 22 presents “Puttin’ on the Glitz.”

The Holiday Walk will shine, literally, with the sparkle of jewelry, the glamour of ball gowns and top hats and mementos of lavish celebrations. Join us as we highlight some of the most fashionable parties in history from the inaugural housewarming in 1929 to three generations of debutante balls. Hear about the memorable evening when legendary crooner Frank Sinatra serenaded Frances Dodge on her 25th birthday. See personal family photos of Matilda Dodge Wilson’s 80th birthday celebration. Also – on exhibit for the first time – will be the dress Matilda wore during her term of service as Michigan’s first female lieutenant governor.

New this year! Tiny teddy bears play hide-n-seek in boughs of the trees. Children of all ages can follow the clues and find the bears amidst the sparkling décor. The fun continues down a decorated path to Knole Cottage, the ¾ – scale playhouse in the woods built for Frances Dodge in 1926. Look high and look low, but be “beary” certain your children find them all to get their prize. At the end of their journey, they’ll discover Knole Cottage “stuffed” with an incredible holiday bear display presented by the “Teddy Bear Lady,” Judy Hall.

Meadow Brook Hall’s 2012 Holiday Walk includes several special events:

Free visit with Santa at Knole Cottage, December 1 and December 15

Breakfast with Santa, December 9 and 16

Supper with Santa, December 9

Holiday Tea, December 11 and 18

Ballroom Glitz, December 13

The cost for both the Breakfast and the Supper events is $30 for adults and $25 for children. Cost to attend the tea is $50 per person.  Tickets to “Ballroom Glitz” are $75 per person and include an elegant strolling dinner, live musical entertainment, touring and more. Reservations are required for all Holiday Walk special events, excluding the free visit with Santa.  To make a reservation call (248) 364-6263 or purchase tickets online at http://www.meadowbrookhall.org.

Meadow brook’s Holiday walk, PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ, is open to the public from Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 22, 2012. Tour hours are Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admittance at 4 p.m.), and special evening hours Monday, December 17 through Thursday, December 20 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. (last admittance at 8 p.m.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under (accompanied by an adult); children age 2 and under are free. On Tuesdays and Thursdays seniors age 62 and older will receive $5 off admission. All tours are self-guided and reservations are not required.

Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-funded, relying on special events such as the annual Holiday Walk for the preservation and interpretation of this magnificent historic estate. For more information about the Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

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