Friday, 8 July, 2011 2:23 AM
a Townie at the 7th Annual Townie Street Party!
Calling All Locals: Monday, July 18th, 2011, 5 - 9:30
ARBOR, Mich. — Help us celebrate all things local
at the Townie Street Party! This kick-off event for the Ann Arbor
Street Art Fair features live music, food, drinks, and free art
activities with your fellow Townies on Washington between Thayer
The Townie Street Party
will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The
Ragbirds, Dick Siegel & the Brandos, and Alison Lewis &
The String of Ponies.
8:00 - 9:00pm: Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist
Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from
around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop
hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s
bow.Surrounding Zindle’s earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind
of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Brian Crist, spinning
over the world-beat grooves of drummer Loren Kranz and percussionist
Randall Moore. Zindle skillfully switches between violin, mandolin,
banjo, accordian, and percussion all while dancing around the stage,
drawing the awe of audiences across the country.
Dick Siegel &
6:50 - 7:40pm: An Ann Arbor favorite and Townie himself, Dick Siegel’s
authentic voice and intelligent songwriting ability have entertained
audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Accompanied
by the Brandos lead guitarist, Brian Delaney and upright bassist
Dave Roof they will get you up and moving to the beats of jazz,
modern folk, and roots music.
Alison Lewis and The String of Ponies
5:30 - 6:30pm: In 2009, The Alison Lewis Band and the duo Hymn for
Her from Philly set our for a national tour from LA to Maine. Soon
after, the two groups merged into one to form String of Ponies.
Alison Lewis is a singer/songwriter out of Detroit, and The Ponies
are Chad Krueger, Mikey Brown, Rachel Pearson and Craig Rickard.
The sound is Americana/Roots and is ever changing as the band grows.
Fair brought to you by TOYOTA
Support Washtenaw County’s young artsists in 1st-8th grade
as they display and sell their artwork just like artists at the
Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full of amazing art! Art Activity
Create free art
projects that you can take home with you.
Get your hands full of clay and craft your own tile with artists
from Motawi Tileworks, an Ann Arbor studio known for their rich
glazes and unique American designs.
Learn how to design, balance and construct your own hanging sculpture!
The Jewish Community Center will guide you through the process of
creating a free moving mobile out of fun colorful materials and
textures. This project is fun and educational for the whole family.
Learn how cartoonists "write with pictures" and use those
skills to tell your own story in the form of a mini-comic! Explore
how to use page count and size limitations to kick-start your creativity
and create an entire comic story in one session. Materials will
be provided to draw and finish your own book by the end of the session.
Brought to you by Kids Read Comics.
Create a wild and wacky hat. They are as much fun to wear as they
are to make! Visit this tent brought to you by MetroParent to pick
out the materials for your very own paper bag hat creation.
Visit the 2clowns Face Painting station (back by popular demand)
to get a festive summer look.
Let’s Build a Community! Come create your own city and town
with Blue House Ann Arbor. Kids will be able to make a Geo-Art Map
using 3-D materials.
Play Booktionary with the Ann Arbor District Library, an interactive
drawing, texting, shouting and charades game. It is Pictionary projected
on a screen, for books, movies and album titles. T-shirt prizes
for the first person to get the right answer. Drawers and guessers
can be any age. Titles chosen appropriate to the age of the artist.
Build a CommuniTree! Do you have old unused phone, computer or electrical
cords lying around your house? Bring them to the Townie Street Party
and help to make a giant woven tree sculpture. Work wtih local artist
Leslie Sobel and the Milan Art Center to weave cords and LED lights
through a metal structure. CommuniTree is a partnership between
the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, AnnArbor.com, and the Milan Art Center.
You can continue to help build this piece at the Art Fair Wednesday,
July 20 through Friday, July 22 from 1pm to 4pm at AnnArbor.com
on E. Liberty. The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair will hold a live silent
Get VIP Access
Enjoy access to a private bar with complimentary refreshments and
premium seating. Mingle with leaders, local business owners, and
other Townie neighbors. Click
here to learn how to become a Townie Friend of the Fair and
get exclusive access to The Terrace.
FOOD & DRINK
Local Fare: Domino's
Pizza, Stucchi's, Ray's Red Hots, Kettle Corn Haus, Bearclaw Coffee
Co., Tio's Mexican Grill
Grab dinner or a light snack from local Townie Party eateries on
Check out what cool events
and changes are taking place in our community. See what your neighborhood
businesses are up to and walk away with fun freebies! Participating
businesses include Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Dexter Area
Chamber of Commerce, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, Manchester
Area Chamber of Commerce, and AATA/TheRide.
The Ann Arbor area offers
a diverse range of arts and cultural organizations. Brought to you
by The Arts Alliance, Creative Connections showcases everything
including local arts groups, symphonies, theater companies, art
galleries, and more. Participating organizations include Sonic Lunch
by Bank of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts,
Performance Network Theater, Ann Arbor Women Artists (and a Few
Good Men), University Musical Society, The Arts Alliance, and the
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
the Townie Street Party on Facebook to get the most current updates
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original
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from last year's Townie Street Party in Ann Arbor.
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activities for the kids at the 2010 Townie Street Party.
Coverage of the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fairs on AmericaJR.com