Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

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

Lights, camera, runway

Photo by Dan DuChene, Christine Laughren

Saturday marked Ypsilanti’s first fashion show held on Washington Street between Michigan Avenue and Pearl Street. According to organizers, approximately 350 were in attendance for the two shows held in the afternoon and evening.
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Ypsilanti's first fashion show 'successful'

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 1, 2009    ·    6:41 p.m.

Behind the scenes designers were corralling their models. Girls were rushing around in high heals, touching up their make up and fixing their hair.

But those sitting in the tent for Dressed on Washington Street, most likely couldn’t gauge the chaos as DJ-ZU spun the tunes before the shows began.

Saturday marked Ypsilanti’s first fashion show held on Washington Street between Michigan Avenue and Pearl Street. According to organizers, approximately 350 were in attendance for the two shows held in the afternoon and evening.

“I was really, really excited that people came, supported it and enjoyed it,” said event director Leslie Austin. “People really seemed to have a good time.”

Leslie, who co-owns What is That gallery on Michigan Ave with her husband David, coordinated the show with David and two event assistants Eva Neil and Jenni Eaton, both hailing from Eastern Michigan University.

The event pulled together 18 designers, about 55 models and more than 100 pieces. Attendees saw looks from emerging designers, recycled clothing, community professionals and wearable art. Two shows were given, one from 3-5 p.m. and the other from 7-9 p.m.

With everybody running around behind the scenes David said the event ran relatively smooth for its first year.

“There was really a lot of organization in the chaos,” he said recovering on the couch in What is That Sunday afternoon.

Austin said the event was successful thanks to the help of Neil and Eaton, who are getting college credit for helping put the event together. Austin also said sponsors, in-kind donations and people just lending a helping hand made the event run smoothly.

“We really all came together,” she said taking a break from cleaning up the gallery Sunday. “Everybody did their part like a well-oiled machine and everything went smoothly.”

That is not to say there weren’t some glitches in the show. But David Heikkinen, owner of Heikk’s Decorated Apparel as well as a sponsor and designer for the show, said the event exceeded his expectations.

“Things really did work out well,” Heikkinen said. “You couldn’t ask for a better first show.

“It was a great event,” he said.

Although David and Leslie are still recovering from a long day Saturday some initial ideas for next year’s show are already rolling around in their minds. On top of some technical things the organizers would like to improve, such as lighting and overall presentation, Leslie said she would like to expand the wearable art category and possibly have the day and evening show feature different designers and categories.

A formal report will be written to reflect on the sustainability of the event and Leslie said she would have a meeting with the “principles” to talk about what they liked and what they would like to do differently for next year.

David said several people approached him right before and during the event to see how they could be involved the next time around and that is how he measured the success of the event.

“When you have people calling you to see how they can be involved for next year, then it’s a successful event,” he said.

What is That will be displaying many of the looks modeled in the show at the gallery during the month of June.

To see a full list of the designers, organizers and sponsors visit http://dressed2009.com/

To purchase a DVD of the show in its entirety call What is That at (734) 485-0113.

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