August has arrived and that means it’s almost time for one of our favorite summer events, Milford Memories.

Each year during the second full weekend in August, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer committee proudly put on one of the best festivals to attend throughout the country.

7 Family Friendly Activities at  Milford Memories

Whether this is your first time coming to the annual summer festival or you haven’t missed a show since it’s inception in 1992, here are 7 family friendly activities you don’t want to miss at this year’s Milford Memories.

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If you haven’t heard Nissan just released the all-new, totally redesigned 2016 Maxima. With a bold exterior and premium interior, the new Maxima is certainly a thing of beauty.

We received our first batch of the Maxima’s last week, and I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas. But after spending ample time getting to know the new Maxima inside and out, I got to thinking…

2016 Nissan Maxima at LaFontaine Nissan

The 2016 Nissan Maxima has arrived at LaFontaine Nissan

Infiniti is the luxury brand for Nissan, so for the longest time whenever people have been looking for high-end, top-quality vehicles, Infiniti has been one of the names that gets brought up; and rightly so! From the Q40 to the QX80, there is nothing but luxury and style pulsing from these cars.

But let me ask you a question.

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Not too long ago I suggested a few Quirky But Beautiful Road Trip Destinations that you and your family might enjoy now that summer vacation season is officially underway.

Before you get too excited about mapping out your next road trip destination, let’s bring you back to reality for a few minutes.

The Zen of Road Trips: 5 Ways to Survive the Drive

Road Trips can either be amazing journeys that you remember forever or they can be the thing of nightmares that you’ll never forget (as much as you may want to).

Personally I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum, and I can tell you if you want to have a Zen-like vacation that’s free of stress it all comes down to preparing ahead of time.

So whether you’re hitting the road to visit your family or you’re diving off to experience something new – follow along with these 5 Ways to Survive the Drive and the odds of you having an anxiety free vacation are in your favor.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle Before You Hit The Road

OK, first things first. Your mind and body won’t be in a peaceful state if your vehicle isn’t prepared to handle the rigors of a long road trip.

Before you set out on your journey, make sure your vehicle is in good shape. Check your oil, tire pressure and all the vital fluids. If anything needs to be tuned up or fixed, schedule a service appointment before you head out.

And remember (and I speak from experience on this one), if the check engine light comes on during your trek, stop immediately and get it checked out (R.I.P. ’86 Chrysler Lebaron).

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Well it’s officially Summer, and that means it’s time for road trips, soaking up the sun and taking in some fireworks!

There are more fireworks displays than ever happening around Michigan this year and there’s probably some taking place in your neck of the woods.

With so many fireworks displays to choose from, I wanted to highlight a few that you might be interested in checking out yourself on, before or after July 4th.

11-Michigan-Fireworks-Display

So without any further ado, here are 11 firework displays happening around Michigan that you don’t want to miss.

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HIGHLAND – Jeff Cuzzort said adding the one-year lease on a Cadillac from LaFontaine Cadillac to winning the state championship was overwhelming.

“I can’t thank people enough,” he said.

Jeff Cuzzort Wins Michigan Open Championship

left to right: Robert Simmons, John Foglio, Jeff Cuzzort, Kelley LaFontaine, Bob Milner, Ryan LaFontaine

Cuzzort, a Grosse Ile resident, also said winning the 98th Michigan Open Championship means everything to him.

“Just everything, because I closed the deal,” he said after shooting a final-round 3-under 69 Thursday to hold off all challengers for the state championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

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HIGHLAND – As day two of the golf action in the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac came to a close Tuesday at Prestwick Village, the party was just getting started.

LaFontaine Cadillac hosted a reception for Prestwick members to celebrate their sponsorship of the storied championship, which is currently led by Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile.

2015 Cadillac ATS at Prestwick Village Golf Club

Cuzzort is hoping to celebrate after two more days of competition, though he said he came to the tournament with no expectations.

“That no expectations thing is working pretty good right now,” he said. “I think I will stick with that.”

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Each summer the Milford Township Parks and Recreation Commission hosts a free concert series on Thursday nights at Milford’s Central Park.

This year the summer concert series takes on a new look and feel because each of the musicians performing will be playing in the comfy confines of the all-new LaFontaine Family Amphitheater.

Milford Summer Concert Series LaFontaine Family Amphitheater

The free concert series kicked off on May 28th with an inaugural performance by 50 Amp Fuse with close to 2,000 area concertgoers in attendance.

And don’t worry if two thousand people sounds like too big of a crowd for you, you’d be surprised at how comfortable a venue the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater is – there’s plenty of room for everyone with space to spare!

The concerts are free to attend and each show starts at 7 pm. Concessions such as hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and ice cream are available for purchase at the park.

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HIGHLAND – Randy Hutchison of Traverse City could use a one-year lease on a 2015 Cadillac SRX as he travels around the country playing golf.

The traveling mini-pro who has worn out a few automobiles in recent years fired a 6-under 66 and leads four golfers by one shot through the first round of the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village.

Randy Hutchison Michigan Open Championship

Traverse City’s Randy Hutchison hits a tee shot on hole No. 9 on Monday at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland. (Photo Record-Eagle.com)

Hutchison, 28 and the 2011 Michigan Open winner, has been home from the SwingThought.com Tour for a few weeks and said he was relaxed and ready to go Monday. His eyes are on the trophy for a second time, but also the SRX lease that LaFontaine Cadillac will present to the champion.

“I had a tough year last year with conditional status on the Web.com Tour, but this year has started better and I feel good,” he said. “I hit it close a few times and I made a few long ones for birdie coming in. Good start and a long way to go.”

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HIGHLAND – Top PGA Professionals, tour players and amateurs, including three newly inducted Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members will be part of the starting field of 156 golfers when the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac plays out Monday through Thursday at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

Six-time Michigan Open champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, Dave Kendall of the Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti and one of the state’s top amateurs, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield, will be part of the 2015 class inducted Sunday with LPGA star Kelly Robbins in ceremonies Sunday at Ferris State University, the home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

LaFontaine Cadillac Michigan  Open Championship

On Monday Hebert, Kendall and Davies start the state championship with a field that includes 10 former Michigan Open champions, including three more golfers who are in the Hall of Fame – 2013 champion and amateur Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85) and three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96).

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Each spring on Mother’s Day, we collectively dedicate a Sunday to celebrating all that our mom’s have done and still do for us. But to be honest, one day out of 365 just doesn’t seem like enough, does it? Don’t our mom’s deserve more than one single day out of the year?

Celebrating the Month of Mom at LaFontiane| #MonthOfMom

Think about all the diaper changes, the chauffeur rides to the mall, the birthday parties and holiday celebrations, the extracurricular school activities and sports, the words of wisdom, the shoulder to cry on, that extra ten bucks for gas money, the sometimes-not-so-gentle reminders to mow the lawn or clean up our rooms….

I could go on, but you get the point – our mom’s do A LOT!

When you add it all up I think it’s clear that mom’s should be celebrated for way longer than just one day. That’s why at the LaFontaine Automotive Group, we’re officially renaming the month of May as the Month Of Mom.

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