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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Cruising in Depot Town

Photo by Christine Laughren

Depot Town Cruise Nights began last week and will continue every Thursday evening through September 17.
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Thursday car show gets underway

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 22, 2009    ·    10:10 a.m.


When they took over Depot Town Cruise Nights 13 years ago only a handful of classic cars came each week to the small event held in the parking lot behind Aubree’s.

Now, Linda French and Mickey Ichesco say they have to turn cars away when they pull up to park on Cross Street in Depot Town. It was no different Thursday at the first Depot Town Cruise Night of the season.

The rain clouds made way for sun and hot weather as hundreds of people came out for the event.

Many familiar faces and cars were there including Nelson Amos’ little blue Mazda Miata and Doyle Julian’s 1956 Ford. But there were also some new vehicles in the crowd. Pat Hindmon brought her 1947 Flexible and gave tours of the bedroom and kitchen inside.

“We just have a lot of fun down here,” Ichesco said shouting over a Beach Boys’ tune blaring from the Disk Jockey’s speakers.

There will be no shortage of activities this year either. Depot Town Forward, the group that organizes cruise nights, intends to post a calendar of events on its Web site in the coming week. French said activities this summer include cloggers, a Doo-wop group as well as “Mater” and “Doc Hudson,” inspired by the Disney Pixar movie “Cars.”

Shankwiler 123 Gallery is organizing children’s events every week in the boulevard between Apple Annie’s Antiques and Depot Town Tattoo. Cats Meow Face Design will offer face painting in front of Fantasy Attic and, as always, there will be plenty of hula hoops available for the children’s hula hoop competition at 7 p.m.

While she waited for her three-year-old daughter to get her face painted, Ypsilanti resident Silvia Gonzalez said her family comes to cruise nights almost every Thursday.

“My husband loves the cars and it gives us something to do,” Gonzalez said.

French said you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy cruise nights.

“It’s like date night down here,” she said. “It’s something to do, it’s free and it kind of brings the community together.”

Cruise Nights are scheduled through September 17, every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting) on Cross Street between Hamilton and River streets in Depot Town.



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