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Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 2:28 AM

New features added to 2010 Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak

Photo credit: Marx Layne & Co.

Arts, Beats and Eats Executive Director Jon Witz addresses the media during a press conference on April 26, 2010.

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Local and Oakland County leaders gathered in the lobby area of the Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak to announce participation and sponsorship details surrounding the 2010 Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival, and they turned out to be impressive increases.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, the driving force behind the original festival, said the event’s representation in each title category has expanded. “Look at the numbers: we had 150 applicants for artists [last year]. Now we’re over 400.”

Also unveiled was the number of restaurants, 44 confirmed so far, that will have stands set up during the festival. Among these will be Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, which provided food selections following the address to give media and guests a sampling of what might be served from September 3-6.

In terms of musical artists, a total of 174 have been slated to perform over four days, with specific names to be selected by a music committee and application process according to a preliminary press release.

With the Ford partnership, according to Great Lakes Regional Marketing Manager Kevin Giacomini, the festival is anticipated to be “a fantastic venue to display our Ford product.” Such product included the 2011 Fiesta, Edge and Mustang models, as well as a “Drive One” exhibition that will serve as an interactive area for attendees.

Leading up to Arts, Beats, and Eats, its regular website will also undergo an uplift in overall content. Tim Smith, president and CEO of Skidmore Studio in Royal Oak, said that the website will provide easier access options, including Twitter and the What’s Hot? Application.

Also serving as a major sponsor of ABE 2010 is Citizens Bank, whose president and CEO Cathy Nash mentioned the support in regards to the belief “in Citizens supporting our local community.”

Another feature is the ABE Beverage Program, in which at least 15 charitable and civic establishments in Royal Oak will receive charity funds from the festival in return for hosting beverage stands. Among these recipients will be the Royal Oak Historical Society and Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

Click here for more information on the 2010 Arts, Beats and Eats festival.

 

Photo credit: Marx Layne & Co.

Arts, Beats and Eats Executive Director Jon Witz

 

Photo credit: Marx Layne & Co.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson (right)

 

Photo credit: Marx Layne & Co.

Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison (D)

 

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