The Photowalk and Twitter


If I were to utter the word "Twitter", you will most probably quite certain be put off. What with all the barrage of 'twitter', 'tweets', 'tweeps', 'tweetups' and other lingo floating around. I managed to see CBS cover it too. The hype is definitely overkill but there are good stories to come out of this too.

The Photowalk is one such story. A simple 'tweet'(text message) out to my network on Twitter had the message picked up by Eli Neiburger (@ulotrichous) at AADL. After a brief meeting at AADL, the wheels began rolling and today I can't be happier. That is the power of social networking to me. The ability to reach out to somebody I don't know but may have common interests with. This has only increased the appeal of Twitter for me. Whereas in Facebook, I 'friend' people who I've actually met in real life, the case with Twitter is the opposite.

Today the amazing team at AADL has finally made my dream of a photowalk in Ann Arbor a reality. The opportunity to interact with people who enjoy photography is boundless. If you've ever been to Cafe Zola, be sure to check out the work of Myra Klarman from 'Top of the Park' last summer. The brilliant portrait photographer will be present as a panelist at the Photowalk. And so will be Leisa Thompson, whose sports photography features on and Michael C. Myers of the 'legendary' Ann Arbor Crappy Camera Club.

The event details are available for your network preference on: Yelp, Upcoming, Facebook and right here on AADL. Please tell everyone you know and bring more people to this event!

Toasting wine for everyone

If like me, you are fascinated by wine and attitudes surrounding it, be sure to come hear International Wine Judge Ron Sober discuss wine snobbery and why it's not necessary, on June 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the downtown library. Beforehand you may want to read up on wine snobbery, in one of many fine wine books at the library.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 12 – July 5

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Summer Festival is back! Are you ready? Is Ann Arbor ready? I hope so! This event is a staple or this city and a great way to get into the groove of summer and have some (mostly free) outdoor fun. There’s free music and movies at Top of the Park, comedy acts and live music, special events, and plenty of stuff for the kids. There is too much going to mention everything, so be sure to check out the event’s website for all the important details on events and locations. Even with these cold temps, Summer is on its way!

The Ditty Bops perform at The Ark


Ever genre-defying, The Ditty Bops, will play at The Ark this Friday, June 12 at 8pm. Their quirky, and often interactive, performances tend to be pretty playful and include skits, slideshows, puppet shows, and costumes. The Los Angeles duo’s music has been described as a mixture of blues, western swing, folk, ragtime, bluegrass, and musical theater, with sweet vocal harmonies. For a sampling check out their snappy self titled debut album, as well as Moon Over the Freeway.

Mayor's Green Fair is a Go This Friday


The 9th Annual Mayor's Green Fair will be held this Friday, June 12, 6 ~ 9 p.m. on Main Street in beautiful, green Dowtown Ann Arbor. Foot and pedal traffic only for this celebration of renewable energy, environmental stewardship and sustainable living. Look for organic "light fare" from food vendors, music and crafts for all ages, walking tours and the ever-popular BikeFest.

The Play Ground

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Even The Play Ground has to get outside for some fresh air now and then. We are headed to the Downtown library to hear Nancy Findlayson, aka The Lighthouse Lady, talk about the marvelous lighthouse attractions in the state. Touring Michigan is an economical way for us to vacation this summer. Downtown Multi Purpose Room, 7pm.

The Westside Farmers' Market Is Back In Action

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Due to zoning restrictions the status of the 2009 season for the Westside Farmers’ Market was in limbo. The City of Ann Arbor has resolved the issue and the Market will run from June 18th – Sept 24th in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot each Thursday from 3-7pm. For an inside scoop of the larger Kerrytown market, check out Ann Arbor Fresh: recipes and stories from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market and the Kerrytown Historic District. Hooray for local produce!

Ann Arbor Book Festival Is Upon Us!


This year marks the 6th annual Ann Arbor Book Festival. Events have been going on throughout May, with the big street fest happening this weekend! The festival’s mission is “to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges, and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond.” There are oodles of events happening all over town with an emphasis on books and reading. The events include book release parties, author readings, panels, fundraisers, live music, a spelling bee, and more! Be sure to check the full schedule for May 15- 17 to see what suits your fancy.

Saturday at the festival also marks the announcement of the winners of AADL’s “It’s All Write!” Short Story Contest.

Calling All World War II Military Personnel

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On Wednesday, May 27th a very special event is planned for all World War II military personnel at the Yankee Air Museum at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mi. Map

All Michigan's "Greatest Generation" World War II veterans are invited for a historic group photo on the tarmac of the Yankee Air Museum with the B-17 bomber 'Yankee Lady" as the backdrop.

You are asked to bring a 5x7 photo of yourself from your time in the military. Casual dress is fine, as is full military attire or wearing your military unit's cap.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a reception and the photograph will be taken at 2 p.m.
All participating veterans will receive a copy of this historic group photo.

The Play Ground

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Bruce Springsteen famously sings: "The times are tough now, just getting tougher..." Rumor has it that times are tough for some of our local theater companies. There is an excellent play at Performance Network and if you have never seen August Wilson's Pulitzer and Tony winning play, FENCES, this is as good a time as any. This American classic follows one African-American family as they struggle through the 1950s. FENCES explores the complicated relationships that hold families together-- and tear them apart. Performance Network, through May 24th, 663-0681.

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