Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday October 20, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Manchester Riverfolk Festival

 

continued

Let's start with the more. How about nearly a dozen hours of music as varied and high quality as you'll find anywhere? The performers range from Celtic to Cajun, from songwriters to string bands, from the internationally renowned to local heroes.

Then there is the Festival Art Show, more than twenty artists displaying creations from pottery, painting, and photography to clothing, jewelry, and stained glass. There are workshops teaching songwriting, fiddling, Cajun clogging, contradancing, and more. Plus there are activities for kids, from the familiar stringing beaded necklaces and face painting to the less common sand-castle art, water maze, and making Mardi Gras masks - which come in handy for the festival's traditional kids' parade. And there's a concert with Billy Jonas, who plays "industrial re-percussion" instruments made from found objects. For the young at heart, there is a tent set aside especially for seniors to enjoy Riverfolk in comfort.

Now to the less-is-more part. Riverfolk is only a one-day festival, so on what's left of the weekend we can either cram more things into our already too busy lives, or simply savor on Sunday what we saw on Saturday. The festival's Carr Park setting is large enough to comfortably contain all the festivities, but not so huge that you need hiking boots to get from one end to the other. Riverfolk attracts about 3,000 people every year, including hundreds of kids under ten who get in free - not exactly a cozy family reunion, but not huge enough to bother an agoraphobe.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Ugly Dog Heads Downtown
Distillery will move to Chelsea in 2018.
Shelley Daily
Photo: Sunlit Eve (view of Main St.)
Feeding the Vegan Horde
The Lunch Room spins off a Filling Station.
Sabine Bickford
The Price of Security
Stopping truck-born terrorists raises event costs.
James Leonard
Stop Sign at Oakbrook
Question Corner: August 2017
Tim Athan
Community Services in Saline
Ollie Food + Spirits
Ypsi innovators
Lee Lawrence
Family Crises
County Millage
Gearing up for a big "ask."
James Leonard
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982