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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales

There's plenty of art and art fairs in Ann Arbor those other 361 days a year. A busy museum and gallery circuit provides many openings and shows to choose from. Each month you'll find antique shows, charity sales, and community festivals.





 
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Monday


August 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Plumbers and Pipefitters Annual Community Block Party": Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/Main Street Area Association.

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Classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars, and live music by the Detroit-area rock 'n' roll band The Fun Guys. Also, a 5-km race (6:45 p.m., $30) and a "Fun Run Pub Crawl" (7:30 p.m.; age 21 & over only; $20, does not include drinks), with proceeds benefitting the Semper Fi Fund. Also, plumbing and pipefitting demos in the Palio parking lot. Food available from area restaurants, with dining tables in the street.
6-10 p.m., Main St. between Huron & William. Free. 417-4149, 995-7281.
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Tuesday


August 2013
 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues., May 20-Nov. 14. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment each week.

Sept. 24: Storytelling (4-4:30 p.m.) by Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Beverly Black & friends, a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and a performance by an ensemble of jazz students (5:30-7 p.m.).

Oct. 1: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), the Kassia Martin Flute Ensemble (5-6 p.m.), and the acoustic rock trio Inkflo (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 8: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (5-6 p.m.), and the West African drumming group Arbor Foli (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 15: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and popular local storyteller LaRon Williams (5-6 p.m.), and popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (6-7 p.m.).

Oct. 22: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), lantern-making (5-6 p.m.; bring a mason jar), and popular local kids musician Mister Laurence on accordion as the "Accordion Piper" (5-6 p.m.).

Oct. 29: Storytelling with Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Beverly Black (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), and a performer TBA.

Nov. 5: Family-friendly show with Magic Zak (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids drum circle (4:30-5 p.m.), an interactive lecture-demo by folkdancer Roberta Jaskolski (5-6 p.m.), and local alt-folk-rock ensemble The End Times (6-7 p.m.), along with lantern-making for a Lantern Parade (5-6 p.m.). .


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4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 971-5870. [map]
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Wednesday


August 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
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Thursday


August 2013
 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Nashbash: Kerrytown District Association.

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This mini country music festival is headlined by Doug & Telisha Williams, a husband-and-wife duo from Martinsville (VA) known for their neo-honky-tonk story songs about the struggles of ordinary people in contemporary small-town America. "Doug & Telisha Williams have the old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk roadhouse music all blended together into their own whiskey," says country singer Darrell Scott. Opening acts: Whit Hill & the Postcards, a former local mainstay now based in Nashville. Hill's richly imaginative country-folk originals are often spiked with her offbeat sense of humor. Also, the Nashville-based country duo The Haphazards, local singer-songwriter Matt Boylan, and a band fronted by Bill Edwards, the local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. Also, an artisan market and Trunkapalooza trunk sales. Barbecue and drinks available. Followed by an after party at the aut bar (315 Braun Ct.).
5-9 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 769-2999.
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 6:308:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4, June 6-Aug. 15.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

June 6: The local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the local blues band The Bluescasters, the singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art, and Eric the Juggler.

June 13: The Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the Lansing acoustic classic rock and blues duo Fighting Unlucky, the classy Detroit neo-honkytonk quartet The Whiskey Charmers, the young Chelsea classic rock cover band The Tritones, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

June 20: The rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter Mitchell Curley, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Chelsea alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band, the Michigan Academy of Dance & Music (Dexter) dance troupe, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by City of Ember.

June 27: The South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the acoustic indie pop-folk band Human Cannonball, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the local indie groove-rock Jake Prince Trio, the Hillsdale-Abilene guitar-and-saxophone jazz-bluegrass fusion The Duo Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Madagascar.

July 11: Local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Dundee acoustic rock duo Last Exit, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the modern tap dance ensemble Bang the Floor, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by The Brady Bunch Movie.

July 18: The singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, the country-pop duo Mikhaila & Will, the Detroit Celtic-rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Thor.

July 25: The Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the classic rock band The Nomads, the local rock band Bulletproof Snow, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by Aquamarine.

Aug. 1: The Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio, the local blues band The Bluescasters, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by The Croods.

Aug. 8: the versatile Ann Arbor acoustic jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the local folksy Americana trio Washburn Gardner & Ebb Tide, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.

Aug. 15: The veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio dancers with the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by Avatar.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
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Friday


August 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 4 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

34th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 16-18. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Powwow and Encampment, and the "Riverside Beer Garden" with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 15th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org) and "Chautauqua at the Riverside" (see August 17 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Riverside Beer Garden Main Stage: local singer-songwriter Dave Boutette (4-5 p.m.), the eclectic horn-driven Ohio band Adam's Ale (5:25-6:20 p.m.), veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter John Latini (6:40-7:35 p.m.), the local retro funk band Third Coast Kings (8-8:55 p.m.), Detroit blues guitar virtuoso Motor City Josh (9:20-10:35 p.m.), and Detroit R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis (11 p.m.-midnight).

At the EMU Community Stage: the Ypsilanti High School Jazz Band (4:15-5 p.m.), Ypsilanti punk band Ironclad (5:30-6:15 p.m.), Ypsilanti acoustic rock band Jeremiah Mack & the Shark Attack (6:30-7:15 p.m.), and the local Americana rock singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas (7:45-8:30 p.m.).

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4 p.m.-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
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Saturday


August 2013
 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana Art Deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

34th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 16-18. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Powwow and Encampment, and the "Riverside Beer Garden" with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 15th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org) and "Chautauqua at the Riverside" (see August 17 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Riverside Beer Garden Main Stage: The punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band The Devil Elvis Show (2-3 p.m.), the Ypsilanti Robert Plant tribute band Tall Cool One (3:25-4:25 p.m.), Grand Rapids honky-tonk and rockabilly band Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys (4:50-5:50 p.m.), the local soul band NoteWorthy (6:15-7:15 p.m.), Ypsilanti punk-bluegrass octet Black Jake & the Carnies (7:40-8:40 p.m.), the local experimental acoustic roots-music sextet Dragon Wagon (9:05-10:15 p.m.), and the Joplin (MO) self-styled "Ozark stomp" trio the Ben Miller Band (10:40 p.m.-midnight).

At the EMU Community Stage: Detroit-area rapper Jah Connery (2:15-3 p.m.), the local French Dukes Drill Team (3:15-4 p.m.), WCC dance students (4:15-5 p.m.), the U-M Gospel Chorale, aka MGC (5:15-6 p.m.), Native Immigrants (6:30-7:15 p.m.), and the local blues-rock band Blues Infusion (7:45-8:30 p.m.).

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11:30 a.m.-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chautauqua at the Riverside": Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Series of talks and musical performances that celebrate Ypsilanti history. Also, an exhibit of vintage wedding dresses in the lobby and an exhibit of map-related art in the gallery. In conjunction with the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (see Aug. 16 listing). Today: "How Detroit Saved the World" (noon), a slide-illustrated talk by Yankee Air Museum board member Randy Hotton on the Willow Run plant that made the WWII B-24 "Liberator." Janet Rich and Dennis Platte present "Voices of Conflict" (1 p.m.), a recitation of quotations from people who lived during the Civil War. The Ypsilanti Community Choir (2 p.m.) performs a program highlighted by "Liberator," a new commissioned work inspired by the B-24 "Liberator." Former Madonna University health sciences professor Ellen Oliver Smith discusses "Civil War Nurse Nellie Noye" (3 p.m.). EMU American Indian history professor Kathleen Chamberlain discusses "Newcomers on the Huron: Native Americans and Fur Traders in Michigan" (4 p.m.). The Saline-based high school fiddle ensemble Fiddlers ReStrung performs 19th-century music (5 p.m.).
Noon-6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. 481-9285. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
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Sunday


August 2013
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana Art Deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with emphasis on a particular medium or theme each week. Aug. 4: "Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor" features a Q&A with fairy door creator Jonathan Wright (1:30 p.m.), crafts (noon-3 p.m.), dancing to live music by an Irish band, and a fairy costume contest. Aug. 11: Artisanal foods. Aug. 18: Ceramics and pottery. Aug. 25: Sculpture and assemblage.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

34th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 16-18. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Powwow and Encampment, and the "Riverside Beer Garden" with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 15th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org) and "Chautauqua at the Riverside" (see August 17 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Riverside Beer Garden Main Stage: the Hastings (MI) Western swing, country, and blues band (noon-12:50 p.m.), the young talented Traverse City flat-picking guitarist and singer Billy Strings (1:10-2 p.m.), Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter Joshua Davis (2:20-3:20 p.m.), and the Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter Jill Jack (3:40-4:45 p.m.).

At the EMU Community Stage: the local barbershop choral group the Huron Valley Harmonizers (noon-12:45 p.m.), Ypsilanti country and Americana band Salt City (2:05-2:50 p.m., tentative), and other performers TBA.

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Noon-6 p.m., Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.
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 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Chautauqua at the Riverside": Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Series of talks and musical performances that celebrate Ypsilanti history. Also, an exhibit of vintage wedding dresses in the lobby and an exhibit of map-related art in the gallery. In conjunction with the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (see Aug. 16 listing). Today: Congressman John Dingell leads a panel discussion on "America's Newest National Park: River Raisin National Battlefield" (noon). Henry Ford Community College history professor Hal Friedman discusses the "200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie" (1 p.m.). A lantern slide show on "Augustus Brevoort Woodward: The Man, the Avenue, and All Those Cool Cars in Ypsilanti" (2 p.m.). "Wait! Wait! Don't Confuse Me!" (3 p.m.), a Wait, Wait! Don't Tell Me!-style game show in which a panel of local raconteurs describes photographs of former Ypsilanti landmarks and residents, and the audience decides which stories are true. The Ypsilanti Town Band (4 p.m.) performs music from 1880-1920.
Noon-5 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. 481-9285. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
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