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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

Winter Shadow Art takes interactive to new level

Photo by Christine Laughren

Hundreds packed into the Corner Brewery Saturday to see interactive art, have a few beers and do some holiday shopping at the 2009 Winter Shadow Art Fair.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Organizers, attendees give fair two thumbs up

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 7, 2009    ·    12:56 p.m.

It outpaces the previous fair every time, and this year's Winter Shadow Art Fair was no exception.

With several interactive displays and vendors, a Ypsilanti puppet show, dancing gorillas, and of course, great art, the Winter Shadow Art Fair was dubbed a success by organizers and attendees.

"It went really, really well," said Jennifer Albaum, a member of the Michigan Design Militia – the group that organizes the event every year.

One vendor offered hair styles, another drew portraits and negotiated prices with customers. Andy Claydon’s Cycle-powered Cinima was a hit as well. Even though the inverter overloaded and blew up as Matt Greff, co-owner of the Corner Brewery, tried it out early in the day the group already had enough money donated to buy another inverter and participants were be able to pedal-power a laptop displaying a winter commute through Ypsilanti for the rest of the day.

"With everyone getting their hair done and the portraits being made it was just a cool vibe all over,” she said. “I saw people on the bike even when it wasn’t working.”

As an organizer, Albaum said anything that is interactive tends to escalate to the top of the list when it comes to choosing vendors.

Albaum also said many of the items that were sold, including her chocolate creations – reindeer poop on a stick – sold out by the early evening.

“After I sold out we were walking around an so many people were sold out of the things I wanted to buy,” she said. “All the vendors seemed to be really happy.”

Over the chaos in the Corner Brewery announcements could be heard every so often for the Shadow Shuttle, which transported people from the Corner Brewery to the Dreamland Theater in Downtown Ypsilanti. The Dreamland, which was awarded the Shadow Arts Grant at the summer SAF to create “A History of Ypsilanti,” had two showings of the puppet show Saturday as well as live music throughout the day and into the evening.

The suggested two-cent admission fee, other donations and money generated from the Shadow Brew, an Arbor Brewing Company beer made special for the event, all help fund the Shadow Arts Grant. Album said initial estimates of money generated through admission fees are at $1,000, although she said money generated from the Shadow Brew is not yet known.

Submissions for the next Shadow Arts Grant will not be open until the group starts accepting applications for the Summer SAF, scheduled for July 24.

Organizers are sure the next SAF will be a hit.

“It just gets better and better,” Albaum said.

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