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VisitorsGuide2012
A N N A R B O R
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into outdoor cafes. Grab your water bottle and go Those looking for recreational activities have a host of options for golfing, hiking, or biking. Three metro parks, plus the largest state recreation area in Michigan’s lower peninsula, are close by. Planet Rock, one of the world’s largest indoor rock climbing gyms, is a visitor favorite and an ideal spot for families. Only in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area The Ann Arbor Art Fair draws an annual crowd of nearly 500,000 as the streets of downtown are transformed into a gigantic art gallery. In Ypsilanti, the popular Michigan Elvis Festival attracts professional tribute artists from across the country for this Graceland-sanctioned event. Football Saturdays in Ann Arbor are celebrations that start with massive tailgating as more than 100,000 people are drawn to “The Big House”.
Fine dining to simple favorites There are nearly 300 restaurants within a 20-mile radius of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Whatever dining experience you are seeking, you can find here – from townie-frequented eateries to nationally known restaurants. Many restaurants
“5 Great Places to Retire,”Ann Arbor #5,Fortune ”75 Best College Towns and Cities,” Ann Arbor #2, American Institute for Economic Research “100 America’s Small Cities.”Ann Arbor #46,CNN Money The conclusion: Whether you are college age, middle age, or retirement age, the greater Ann Arbor area is an exceptional place to spend time. Arts and Culture in dozens of fl avors Although geographically small, the area is renowned for its cultural offerings. From performances by jazz legends to exclusive art exhibits, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy arts and culture. Numerous independent bookstores, dozens of unique galleries, and a variety of top-notch museums – including one of the finest university art museums in the U.S. – are within the downtown limits.  
Ranked among the best The greater Ann Arbor area has been singled out as a high-ranking American city year after year in numerous categories. Here are a few examples: “10 Great Cities for Raising Families,”Ann Arbor #2,
Welcome
It t er nahekatom sjeadivctowglg inebt csir oedset he Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. Although you may travel here for an event – a football game, the Art Fair, a conference – you’ll discover something more. This is where people have made their best creative ideas come to life through events, shops, businesses, art, and music. There is evidence at every turn that life is different here.
WELCOME. . . . . . 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARTS & CULTURE  4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  MUSEUMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5  PERFORMING ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ATTRACTIONS 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ATTRACTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  MOVIE THEATERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10  NIGHTLIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10  MICROBREWERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  COMEDY CLUBS  12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  NEARBY ATTRACTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 UNIVERSITIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY. . . . . . . . . 16  UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 SHOPPING 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  SHOPPING DISTRICTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22  ART GALLERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23  BOOKSTORES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24  ANTIQUE SHOPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27  SPECIALTY STORES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28  U-PICKS AND FARMERS MARKETS . . . . . . . . 29 DAY TRIPS  33. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CALENDAR OF EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 RECREATION  36. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  COLLEGE SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  PRO SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  AUTO RACING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  BOWLING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  CAMPGROUNDS  37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  CANOEING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  FISHING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  AREA GOLF GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38  GOLFING  40. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  HIKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40  ICE SKATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40  MISCELLANEOUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41  PARKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41  ROCK CLIMBING  42. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  SKIING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42  SWIMMING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Events and Visitor Information Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 120 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (734) 995-7281 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 888-9487 Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(734) 995-7283 Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitannarbor.org E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@annarbor.org. . . .
RESTAURANTS. . . . . . . 44 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALPHABETICAL LIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45  AMERICAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46  BREAKFAST SPECIALTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  CARIBBEAN/CUBAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  CATERERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50  CHINESE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  50. . . . . .  CREOLE/CAJUN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50  DELIS & SUB SHOPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50  ETHIOPIAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51  ETHNIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  51. . . . . .  EUROPEAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51  GERMAN  51. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  INDIAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51  IRISH . . . . . . . 51. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ITALIAN  51. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  JAPANESE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52  KOREAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52  MEDITERRANEAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52  MEXICAN/SOUTHWEST/LATIN AMERICAN  53. .  PAN ASIAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54  PIZZERIAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  54. . . . . .  PUBS AND EATERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54  SWEET TREATS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55  THAI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56  TURKISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56  VEGETARIAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56  VIETNAMESE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56  WINE TASTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 ACCOMMODATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57  BED AND BREAKFASTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57  HOTELS/MOTELS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 MAPS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  62  DOWNTOWN ANN ARBOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62  YPSILANTI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63  DISTANCES FROM THE AREA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 TRANSPORTATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX . . . . . . . . .  64. . . . . . . . . .
Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 106W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(734) 483-4444 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 265-9045 Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(734) 483-0400 Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visitypsinow.com E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@ypsilanti.org
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of everything from gripping drama, to comedy, to classics. It doesn’t stop there. EMU, UM, and Concordia University host student productions that showcase amazing young talent. There are several theaters that cater to school age audiences and a popular civic theater as well. Museums and Libraries The area museums and libraries are all about variety. Let’s say you are into musical instruments or want to learn about firefighting, or automotive history. We’ll point you in the right direction. Local history to natural history, archaeology to dentistry – you can experience the past at close range. The University of Michigan Museum of Art’s (UMMA) dramatic new galleries highlight works drawn from its collections of more than 18,000 pieces. Its educational events reach out to a broad spectrum of visitors.
museum; Wednesday, a planetarium, Thursday, live music in an intimate setting; Friday, a professional theater company; Saturday, a symphony orchestra performance. The next week and the one after that … all different. Live Music Small venues are an important part of the area’s performing arts scene. The Ark draws crowds 300 nights each year. Kerrytown Concert House brings in internationally known performers for its annual jazz series. The historic Michigan Theater alternates between movies and sensational live entertainment. Clubs and nightspots offer whatever type of music suits your mood. The University Musical Society, The Summer Festival, the universities, and various other groups sponsor performances of nationally known musicians year round.
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MU S E U M S Museums may have variable hours based on the season and day of the week. We suggest you visit the website or call ahead for complete information on hours and admission costs. African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (734) 761-1717. www.aachmuseum.org. Take the "Journey to Freedom” tour that visits area historical stops on the Underground Railroad, including the site where one of Michigan’s first abolitionist newspapers was printed. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, (734) 995-5439. www.aahom.org. Explore nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits. Learning made fun for all ages in an informal environment where hands-on experience is the best teacher. Artrain USA 1100 N. Main St., Suite 106, Ann Arbor, (734) 747-8300. www.artrainusa.org. Delivering Discovery – For 40 years Artrain, a nonprofit arts organization, has delivered world class arts and cultural exhibitions and education programs to under-resourced communities throughout the United States. Winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, Artrain’s mission is to use the power of arts and culture to transform lives, organizations, and communities. Bixby Marionette Exhibit Saline District Library 555 N. Maple Rd., Saline, (734) 429-5450. Saline's own Meredith Bixby, one of America's foremost puppeteers, is celebrated in these displays. Bixby toured the South and Midwest for more than 40 years, showcasing his handcrafted puppets in 20,000 performances in schools, theaters, and community centers. Chelsea Area Historical Museum 20650 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, (734) 476-2010. www.chelseahistory.org. Exhibits highlight Chelsea’s varied history and include rare photos, pioneer history, and more. Admission is a suggested donation. Cobblestone Farm Museum 2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, (734) 794-7120. www.cobblestonefarm.org. The Cobblestone Farm house has been restored and interpreted to reflect its mid-19th century appearance. The museum provides a view of past rural life in Washtenaw County.
David R. Byrd Center 3261 Lohr Rd., Ann Arbor, (734) 761-1746. A restored 1830s structure that houses many historical artifacts of African American culture. Celebrates the life and works of the late David Byrd, restoration architect and renowned entrepreneur. Open by appointment only. Dexter Area Historical Museum 3443 Inverness St., Dexter, (734) 426-2519. www.dextermuseum.org. Serving as western Washtenaw County’s link to history, the museum houses collections of furniture, clothing from many time periods, toys, medical equipment, a complete dentist's office, horse carriages, farm implements, school materials, and a running model railroad. The military display contains artifacts from the Civil War through World War II. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea, (734) 475-3170. www.michigan.gov/dnr. The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology and to the diverse natural habitats that are found within Waterloo Recreation Area. Features interactive displays, interesting exhibits, self-guided trails, school programs, and special events. Open year-round. Ford Gallery-Eastern Michigan University Ford Hall, EMU Campus, Ypsilanti, (734) 487-1268. www.emich.edu. This gallery maintains a year-round schedule of exhibitions and artist lectures. It serves as a venue for the work of outside artists and graduate thesis exhibitions, as well as some student exhibitions. Gallery One at Washtenaw Community College 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, (734) 677-5267. www.wccnet.org/galleryone. Dedicated to developing and presenting exhibitions that are enjoyable as well as educational and challenging. Free and open to the public. Nearly all the exhibitions are accompanied by related workshops and lectures from artists and qualified experts. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 205-0555. www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov. See description under Attractions, page 9.
Gifts of Art Galleries – University of Michigan Health System 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, (734) 936-2787. www.med.umich.edu/goa. Gifts of Art's nine galleries annually feature 54 different exhibits, including two and three-dimensional spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people each day. This makes these galleries some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in Michigan. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Hack House Museum 775 County St., Milan, (734) 439-4007. www.historicmilan.com. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Victorian, Queen Anne style house was built in 1888 by Olive Friend, who was involved in the great New York Electric Sugar Refining Company scandal that rocked this rural community in the 1800s. The house was also home to the Hack family, a founding family of Milan, for 100 years. Open for tours on Sundays from May to November. John Schneider Blacksmith Shop 324 E. Main St., Manchester, (734) 476-4565. http://manchesterareahistoricalsociety.org/ blacksmith-shop. One of Michigan's last intact Main Street blacksmith shops including original tools is owned and operated by the Manchester Area Historical Society. By appointment only. Kempf House Museum 312 S. Division St., Ann Arbor, (734) 994-4898. www.kempfhousemuseum.org. Visitors learn about Ann Arbor’s early history and see how a German-American family lived and worked in the late 1890s. Features docent-guided tours through restored rooms including a music studio with an 1877 Steinway grand piano. Tours by appointment. Phone for special events information.  Michigan Firehouse Museum 110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, (734) 547-0663. www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org. Dedicated to the preservation of firefighting history and the promotion of fire safety. Encompassing over 26,000 square feet, this is an educational treasure trove that includes an original 1898 firehouse and modern, multilevel exhibit display area. Visitors can view a fire engine steamer replete with horses, 25 changing exhibits of antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, multiple displays of historic artifacts including tools, equipment, memorabilia, and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country.
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Rentschler Farm Museum 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, (734) 944-0442. www.salinehistory.org. This 20th century farm museum features displays of farm implements, a period garden, live animals, and a 12-room farmhouse depicting life in the 1930s. Open seasonally for tours on Saturdays. Groups of ten or larger require reservations. Saline Railroad Depot Museum 402 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline, (734) 944-0442. www.salinehistory.org. The Saline Depot, built in 1870, includes a station agent’s office and freight room, with exhibits of local history. The grounds feature a livery barn, horse-drawn vehicles, and a walking trail. A fully furnished caboose sits on nearby tracks. Open year-round. Groups of ten or more require reservations. Sharon Mills 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester, (734) 971-6337. http://parks.ewashtenaw.org. Located on the banks of the River Raisin in southwestern Washtenaw County, Sharon Mills offers the opportunity to visit a significant historic site in a beautiful natural setting. The mill was originally constructed in 1835. It was purchased and then restored by Henry Ford in the 1930's. Sharon Mills is listed on the State of Michigan Register of Historic Places. Visit website for tour schedule. Group tours available by appointment. Pavilion and grounds can be reserved for private functions. Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum 797 Textile Rd., Ann Arbor, (734) 822-3140. www.pittsfieldhistory.org. This restored homestead is one of the best examples of early Michigan farm structures in the Greek Revival style. Designated a Sesquicentennial Farmstead, this home, according to family members, served as a hiding spot for freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 764-3482. www.bentley.umich.edu. Serves as the official archives of the University of Michigan and documents the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people and organizations. Get more info about cultural events in Washtenaw County — www.visitannarbor.org and click on “Find Something to Do ” .
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University of Michigan Museum of University of Michigan Natural History and Planetarium William L. Clements Library 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, 909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 763-4190. (734) 764-2347. www.lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum. www.clements.umich.edu. Houses original Features exhibits on dinosaurs and prehistoric resources for the study of American history life, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, and and culture from the 15th to the early geology. The planetarium offers a 360-degree 20th centuries. domed screen that surrounds the audience. Washtenaw County Historical Society University of Michigan Museum on Main Street Gallery at Duderstadt Center500 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, (734) 662-9092. 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, www.washtenawhistory.org. This 1830s (734) 763-0606. historic home offers changing exhibits www.dc.umich.edu. Gallery for exhibition of relating to Washtenaw County history. work by University of Michigan students, Includes a unique gift shop. faculty, and staff in a variety of media, with special interest in digital media.Waterloo Historical Society Farm Museum University of Michigan9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Chelsea, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology(517) 596-2254. 434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, (734) 764-9304. www.waterloofarmmuseum.org. Guided www.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Houses a tours of the ten-room farmhouse, log cabin, collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and barns, blacksmith and woodworking medieval objects from the civilizations of the workshop, bake house, ice house, milk cellar, Mediterranean and the Near East in the and windmill offered weekends June new state-of-the-art William E. Upjohn through September. Visit website for special Exhibit Wing. events weekends. University of Michigan Museum of Art Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor,& Miller Motors Hudson (734) 764-0395. 100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, (734) 482-5200. www.umma.umich.edu. With the addition of www.ypsiautoheritage.org. Ypsilanti had a  00 s significant influence on pioneering tAhlue m53n,i 0Memqo. rfita.l  wHianllg,  UanMd MthA eu rsehsetrosr ianti oan  noef w automobile companies and the men who built them. The Museum tells the story of eMrua.s eItus mgas llmerioerse  thihgahnl i1g8h,t0 0w0o rakrst fwroormks t. he these companies, preserves an important era in American history, and presents some Features exhibition spaces, “open storage” beautiful machines. Also includes Miller galleries, and educational and event spaces. Motors, a fully preserved pre-war automobile  University of Michigandealership that still operates serving America's vintage Hudson fleet. Whatever Sindecuse Museum of Dentistryyou’re automotive interest, this is a once-in-(1703141)  N7. 6U3-ni0v7e6r7sity Ave., Ann Arbor, a-lifetime experience. . www.dent.umich.edu/sindecuse. One of aYpsilanti Historical Museum Archives few muiseutmhse i nh itsthoer yw oofr ldd ednetivsottrey.d  Tthoe  220 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, (734) 482-4990. preserv ng www.ypsilantihistoricalsociety.org. Elegant cwollhe cptiaortni ccuolnatra fioncs ums oorne  dtehnatn 15,000 objects 12-room, Italianate mansion built in 1860 it al practice and and furnished in period fashion. Houses one technology in the U.S. and Michigan from the of the best collections of historical and 18th century to today. genealogical documents in the area. University of Michigan Stearns Collection of Musical AnPn AErbRorFCivOicRThMeaItreN G AR T S Instruments 322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor, (734) 971-2228. 1100 Baits Dr., Ann Arbor, (734) 764-4414. Group Tours: (734) 936-2891. www.a2ct.org. Ann Arbor’s oldest www.music.umich.edu/research/stearnscao lmvme uofn itthy etahteear tfeorr  gorvoeur p8 h0 ayse barese, np freossteenrtiinngg  _ collection. Holding over 2,500 pieces of o historical and contemporary musical plays, musicals, and Junior Theatre instruments from all over the world, the tphroroduugcthi oJnusn. e.S eCaalsl oonr  rcuhnesc fkr tohme Sweepbt.s ite for Stearns Collection is one of the largest season schedule. accumulations of such artifacts housed in a North American university. It is a rich resource for musical, educational, and cultural needs of the present and future.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 220 E. Huron St., Suite 470, Ann Arbor, (734) 994-4801. www.a2so.com. Experience this world-class professional orchestra in six evening concerts and four family concerts. Performances include an annual Mozart Birthday bash, U-M student compositions, and works for orchestra and chorus. Season runs from Sept. to April. The Ark 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, (734) 761-1800. www.theark.org. Ann Arbor's home for acoustic music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming. This 400-seat club presents performers who fall into the wide-ranging genres of folk and roots music. With live music nearly 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere, it's a sure bet for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment, musical artistry, and personal warmth. Visit website for schedule. Concordia University – The Kreft Center for the Arts 4090 Geddes Rd., Ann Arbor, (734) 995-4612. www.cuaa.edu. Strives to stimulate the artistic, intellectual, and creative experiences of students and the community. Series includes art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, book reviews, and theatrical performances.  Dreamland Theater 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, (734) 657-2337. www.dreamlandtheater.com. Offers a variety of original entertainment including puppetry, live music, experimental theater, comedy, and local independent films. Dreamland offers a puppet theater for both children and adults utilizing innovative techniques as well as traditional puppetry practices from around the world. Visit website for current schedule.
Eastern Michigan University www.emich.edu. For a list of EMU performing arts venues and organizations, see page 17. The Encore Musical Theatre Company 3126 Broad Street, Suite A, Dexter, (734) 268-6200. www.theencoretheatre.org. A non-profit musical theatre located in the historic village of Dexter that showcases Broadway performers and top local talent to bring the best in musical theatre. The intimate atmosphere allows theatergoers to fully embrace the Encore experience. Visit website for current schedule.
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 769-2999. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. Beautiful venue set in an historic Victorian house that has become an important part of the area's cultural fabric. This intimate, 110-seat venue beckons to artists and audience members around the globe. Home to diverse offerings in every genre and rotating art exhibits. There is always something new to experience at the House. The Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, (734) 668-TIME. www.michtheater.org. Dedicated to the finest film and live entertainment available. View the restored theater and learn about its history and the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, one of the only theater organs played in its original home on a regular basis. Tours available. New Theatre Project 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, (734) 645-9776. www.thenewtheatreproject.org. A theatre company whose mission is to create new pays and restore established plays for a new audience. Performance Network Theatre 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, (734) 663-0681. www.performancenetwork.org. A seven show professional season offers Broadway quality performances in an intimate 139-seat theatre. Children's Theatre offers diverse cultural education to K-6 students. Fireside Festival of New Works is a twice-yearly event featuring local and national new works by established and emerging playwrights. Visit website for show schedule. Purple Rose Theatre Company 137 Park St., Chelsea, (734) 433-ROSE (7673). www.purplerosetheatre.org. Celebrating 20 years, this professional, leading American theatre was founded by actor Jeff Daniels in 1991 and is dedicated to producing the New American Play and creating opportunities for Midwest theatre professionals. The theatre's year-round productions include both new plays and established classics. Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, (734) 480-2787. www.riversidearts.org. Originally the Ypsilanti Masonic Temple, this beautifully renovated facility offers performances by resident companies, PTD Production, Redbud Productions, and more. Art Gallery features monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. Visit website for schedule.
University of Michigan www.umich.edu. The U of M hosts many traditional and original student productions. For more information contact the Campus Information Center at (734) 764-INFO or call: School of Music, Theater, and Dance (734) 764-0583. University Productions (734) 764-2538. University Musical Society 881 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, (734) 764-2538. www.ums.org. One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS connects audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS presents approximately 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects. Washtenaw Community College 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, www.wccnet.edu. College Theater Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building (734) 677-5090. An intimate 75-seat theater that showcas student work and readings. Towsley Auditorium Morris Lawrence Building (734) 973-3450. Home to the college’s musical theater and dance department performances and Wild Swan children’s theater company. Wild Swan Theater Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College, (734) 995-0530. www.wildswantheater.org. Thirty-one years of rave reviews from young people, parents, teachers, and the press, have made Wild Swan Theater one of the most admired professional theaters for families in the nation, garnering praise for its ingenious artistry and innovative audience accessibility program. Season runs Oct. through June. Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra P.O. Box 970942, Ypsilanti, (734) 507-1451. www.ypsilantisymphony.org. Enjoy an evening of varied musical selections under the direction of Adam Riccinto. Season runs from Sept. through May.
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Attractions
that whatever type of food, drink, and entertainment you’re after, you’ll have your choice of places to go. Try something new. See something different. Have you peeked into the secret life of fairies? Heard the sound of a 12-ton bell? Seen the massiveness of the Big House when it’s practically empty? Discover how Jiffy products are made? Heard the roar of fast cars on a dragway? You can. We suggest you plan ahead so you won’t miss a scheduled tour or event at these and other attractions.
Places to play when the sun goes down. Wind down or wind up. Watch sports or heat up the dance floor. You might want to go in search of a new favorite beer at one of our microbreweries. The area's nightlife is all about ambiance, whether you're into a game of pool or a romantic
more at www.visitannarbor.org and www. visitypsinow.com.  Beautiful weather and you feel like walking. Try this route. Start out in Kerrytown at the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. Don’t miss Zingerman’s for a fabulous breakfast or lunch and browsing the array of food items in this nationally famous deli. As you make your way to the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), notice two landmarks: the Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium. After a wonderful dose of art, cross the street to admire the Tudor-Gothic architecture of the U of M Law Quadrangle. Then, shop your way back to Kerrytown.
Planning to come with the family? Ask the kids to pick from the list of attractions on the next pages and watch the excitement build. A water park, trout farm, indoor climbing gym, interactive science museum, a petting farm … how to decide? This is only a sampling of some