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No new play or dance events on the horizon for The Play Ground to report on so, while the nice weather is still here, we will continue to cover outdoor events. Dawn Farm, a facility that assists addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery, is hosting a Dawn Farm Jamboree on September 11 at their farm in Ypsilanti. It is a family event with activities for all ages.
If you wish to brush up on the topic before you go, here is a book you may be interested in: The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway To Optimal Health While Recovering From Alcoholism And Drug Addiction by John Newport.

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agricultural fairs

Though 50 degree mornings suggest that summer is in its last gasps, we still have time for another edition of The Fair Ground. Head on out to the 68th Annual Chelsea Community Fair from August 23 through August 27. There will be animal judging, tractor pulls, livestock auctions, clowns and to top it off, a parade! You might also be interested in reading about Agricultural Fairs in America: tradition, education, celebration edited by Julie A. Avery.
See you there!

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The Play Ground is rather bare these days so we are temporarily becoming The Festival and Fair Ground. The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival runs August 19-21 from noon to 9 p.m. Jeremy Kittel, who is featured on William Bolcom's album Songs of Innocence and Experience, will be playing from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday. There are also historic building tours, arts and crafts, concessions, children’s events, games, contests and live entertainment. Located at Riverside and Frog Island parks, Depot Town and downtown Ypsilanti.

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Opening The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan gave established movie actor Jeff Daniels the opportunity to create a professional theatre company, featuring Midwestern actors, directors, designers and playwrights. Playing there through September 24 is a play by author and columnist Mitch Albom, And the Winner Is. It is directed by PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville.

Jenn McKee of the Ann Arbor News says that the play "...takes on considerable emotional heft and poignancy, and Albom achieves a fitting end that is simultaneously inevitable and surprising. Albom also, throughout the play, offers up a good deal of bright, cynical humor... “

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The Dramatic Tension Project, through a grant from the Neutral Zone, will present “Night Mother” by Marsha Norman and “Regency Romance” by G. L. Horton. August 11-13 at the U-M Residential College Auditorium.

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Anne Nelson’s drama, The Guys, originated in a theater just blocks from Ground Zero, and takes place days after the catastrophe. It tells the story of Nick, a fire captain who lost most of his men at the World Trade Center and Joan, an editor who assists him with their eulogies in this important and moving drama. It is directed by Erica Dutton and stars Khurum Sheikh and Dayna Woodhams.

Presented by Redbud Productions August 10 at Kerrytown Concert House which is located at 415 North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor.

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Running through August 28th at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor is the 2003 Tony-Award winning play Take Me Out written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Jim Posante and Anthony Caselli.

"'Take Me Out' hits homerun! Powerful and Fascinating... the production abounds with highlights. In theater there is no such thing as a perfect game, but these guys come pretty close." FOUR STARS out of four stars
-Martin Kohn, Detroit Free Press

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