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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

Mittenfest III takes over Ypsilanti

Photo by Christine Laughren

Approximately 27 bands played at the Elbow Room over the weekend for Mittenfest III. All proceeds from the event will be donated to 826michigan, a non-profit dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.
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Three days, 27 bookings, one good cause

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 24, 2008    ·    1:14 p.m.


Updated Dec. 26, 2008 5:55 p.m.

Don your coats, scarves, hats and above all, mittens for Mittenfest III this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at the Elbow Room .

This three-day event features 27 bands and songwriters, most hailing from the great lakes state, and more than 21 hours of music.

Brandon Zwagerman, Organizer and promoter for the event said all proceeds from the even will be donated to 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

"826michigan seemed like a natural nonprofit to benefit from a holiday music festival because not only do they do great work helping kids be creative, but they also have a lot of natural ties to the local music scene," Zwagerman said. "For instance, Amy Sumerton, who plays cello in the band Canada, is also a program director at 826."

Things get kicked-off tonight, where the lineup is anchored by cello-augemented indie-folk-pop juggernaut Canada, harmonic crowd-participation enthusiasts The Pop Project, and local son Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, Flashpapr, City Center), who returns from Brooklyn for a much-anticipated homecoming set.

Also hailing from the east coast, Creaky Boards play Brian Wilson-influenced pop songs, but are best known for the international notoriety they gained last summer after accusing Coldplay of stealing one of their songs.

The festivities continue Saturday with the Great Lakes Myth Society. The popular accordion-cartography top a bill that also includes the Grand Rapids-based nautical sprawl of The Mighty Narwhale and Matt Jones & The Reconstruction, an amplified version of a usually-intimate and intricate songwriter.

The show winds down Sunday to end on a folkier note, with Frontier Ruckus, Chris Bathgate as well as the twang of Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful.
Zwagerman said it is a good idea to arrive early each night.

"Given the number and stature of performers, the good cause, the post-holiday weekend, and the good publicity, I really do expect a sell-out each night. A lot of the acts playing could sell-out the Elbow Room on their own, in fact," he said.

Citizen Information
Who: 27-bands and you
What: Mittenfest III
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday – doors at 5 p.m.
Where: Elbow Room (6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti)
Why: An ode to the winter season, our hand-shaped peninsula, the local
music community and non-profit youth writing center 826michigan.
How much: $5 at the door each night

For more information on all the bands playing at Mittenfest III click here.



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