There is nothing like being home for the holidays, especially when you can attend festive events like the Grand River Winter Walk. The Winter Walk, which takes place on Thursday December 19th from 5-9 pm, will feature local craft and food vendors, caroling, and ornament and holiday treat decorating.

Graduates of Detroit public high schools have a special treat in store; SIGNATURES, a Collection of Autographs from Proud Alumni, invites you to be part of Detroit history.  In the spring of 2014, T-Shirts with Photographic images of area high school buildings will begin touring libraries, shopping malls, office buildings and other venues of public access.  Before the traveling exhibit gets under way, graduates from any year are asked to sign their name and graduation year on their school’s shirt.  Its FREE, its fun and it will certainly bring about fond memories.

In recent years many of our beautiful high school buildings have been closed, had name changes or have been razed to the ground.  Alumni, residents and those with cherised memories will soon have little to hold onto.  These shirts and exhibit will showcase the beautiful architecture and the wonderful people who were Detroit area high schools.

Join the more than 11,000 grads who have proudly signed their names.  Some notable autographs include Art VanElslander (Denby), Sam Bernstein (Mumford), Peter Karmanos (Henry Ford), Martha Reeves (Northeastern) and many others.  Gladys Smith, Mackenzie High School class of 1932, said she was happy that her children and grand-children were kind enough to bring her to a signing.  She currently holds the record for the most seasoned graduate.

Michael Williams of the School Shirt Shop says that the “Winter Walk” is a perfect fit for gathering Signatures, as it will unite generations of Detroiters.  Whether families are coming home for the season or, “proud lifers” hosting guests, all will likely be preserving past traditions and creating lasting memories. The Signatures event offers a gleeful component to such customs.

Williams also notes, “The communities of Grandmont/Rosedale, have long been a hub for residents educated in Detroit Public High Schools.  Today, many of its residents boast that their parents, grand-parents and extended family are Detroit high school graduates. We’re glad you’ve asked us to participate.”

Graduates from all Detroit, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Southfield Public Schools are encouraged to attend.  Many Detroit Catholic schools are also represented in the tour.  For a complete listing please check their website.   Unsigned shirts will be available for purchase.  They make the perfect Christmas gift for the alumni on your list. For more information about the Winter Walk, contact Kirsten Donoghue at 313-387-4732 ext. 120 or


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