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8 Fun February Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this February. Whether you are looking to enjoy sports, listen to a symphony, or participate in stewardship there is something for everyone.

Million Dollar Quartet
February 1 – 25

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. It dramatizes the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early rock and roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.


Let’s Chill Winter Fest
February 2 – 3

The third annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only wine walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food, and more.

Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offer warmth and ambiance.


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
February 3

Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut. The evening’s program is steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin. Tubin fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.


Artini
February 9

The 10th Annual “Artini”, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center! Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. From 6:30pm to 10:00 pm, Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.

Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for their favorite drinks throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.

Participating venues:

• The Alley Bar
• Ann Arbor Distilling Company @ the Ann Arbor Art Center
• Aventura
• Bab’s Underground
• The Beer Grotto
• Black Pearl
• Melange
• Pretzel Bell
• Additional venues confirming daily!

Attendees must be 21 or older by 2/9/2018. Ticket prices are $55 and are non-refundable. The Ann Arbor Art Center is a 501©(3) organization, and $25 of each Artini ticket is tax deductible.


Curling Fest 2018
February 9 – 10

Curling Fest 2018 is a weekend of curling fun, for beginners and experienced competitors, with a tournament and learn-to-curl sessions.

Saturday, February 10 is for both experienced and novice competitors, with learn-to-curl ice time on February 9, 2018. Watch the bonspiel (term for curling tournament) free of charge or stop by Friday night for great winter fun. Enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa, and more in a heated tent on both days.


Chainsaw carving an ice sculpture

Third Annual Ice Carving Festival
February 10

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission proudly presents our annual Ice Carving Festival! Watch students from colleges and universities across SE Michigan compete. Stand in awe as these carvers showcase their mastery with chainsaws and flamethrowers to create unique masterpieces to display at County Farm Park.


Volunteering

Stewardship Workday
February 11

Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several species of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction
February 24

Join in the second annual Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO. Blooming YIES is a strolling dinner and silent auction that will raise money for the establishment of an “Educational Oasis” at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. The event will feature a night of fundraising, silent auction, and community building.

The event will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Reserved parking for the event is at the Rice Street Lot, AKA the Frog Island Parking lot – please look for signs. Tickets will cover the cost of the strolling dinner and two drink tickets. Please note this is an adult only event!

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Rev Up Your Thursday

No matter your age, Thursdays in the Ann Arbor area are jam packed with events for everyone. Ann Arbor hosts a free concert every Thursday at Sonic Lunch; while in Saline, bands play at the Summer Music Series. Ypsilanti has classic cars at the Depot Town Cruise Night; and in Chelsea, enjoy music, art, and movies at the Sounds and Sights on Thursday Night.

Sonic Lunch – Ann Arbor
Sonice Lunch 2015
Started in 2008, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. This free lunchtime music concert runs from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Sonic Lunch runs June through August.

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Night – Chelsea
Chalk Art in Chelsea Photo by Amanda Presnell

Enjoy the sounds of some of the region’s best musicians while taking in the sights of vibrant downtown Chelsea, Michigan. Performances are held on nearly every street corner and grassy area in downtown each Thursday. It’s two hours of fun starting at 6:30 and lasting until 8:30 p.m. In addition to music festivities include including children’s entertainers, a juried sculpture walk, outdoor movies, plenty of great food, local brew and an assortment of unique retail shops. The fun lasts until the second Thursday in August.

Saline Summer Music – Saline
Saline Summer Series
Ten free concerts are held in downtown Saline every Thursday evening. They run from June through the middle of August. In addition to the music there are also art activities for children provided by the 212 Arts Center. Due to the level of fun for kids and adults alike the popularity of this event increases each year.

Depot Town Cruise Night – Ypsilanti
Chevrolet
Photo by Jakub Biernacki

Depot Town rocks on Thursday evenings during Cruise Nights when hundreds of visitors stroll the length of Cross Street to check out classic cars, hot rods, and customs. It’s also a perfect time to sit at one of the several sidewalk restaurants, grab a bit to eat and watch the cars roll in.

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Experience the 37th Annual Sounds & Sights Festival

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory
7.   Explore Waterloo Recreation Area
8.   Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park
9.   Experience Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
10. Watch a Movie Under the Stars
11. Play a Round of Golf

 

#12. Experience the 37th Annual Sounds & Sights Festival


Formerly Chelsea Summerfest, Sounds & Sights Festival is the 37th annual summer festival in historic Chelsea, Michigan next Thursday, July 26th through Saturday, July 28th.  What began as merchant sidewalk sales has transformed into a summer highlight, drawing visitors from all over Washtenaw County and throughout the state of Michigan.

The Sounds & Sights Festival features two days and three nights of live music, a social tent, children’s entertainment and activities, a classic car show, an open-air art market, and much more.

For more information about the Sounds & Sights Festival, visit their website.

Are you planning on attending the Sounds & Sights Festival?

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Play a Round of Golf

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory
7.   Explore Waterloo Recreation Area
8.   Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park
9.   Experience Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
10. Watch a Movie Under the Stars


#11. Play a Round of Golf

A popular American pastime, playing a round of golf is a great activity for any level of athlete. Golfing is also a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Chelsea has two great public 18-hole golf courses.

Pierce Lake Golf Course & Park
With its rolling terrain, scenic views, and quality course, Pierce Lake Golf Course provides an exceptional experience. Golfers of every skill-level enjoy playing the front 9-holes, while the wooded areas, wetlands, and tighter fairways of the back 9-holes provide a challenge for more experienced golfers.

In addition, Pierce Lake Golf Course & Park has a pro shop and snack bar as well as a 26-acre park with a paved trail along wetlands and the scenic lake.

For more information about Pierce Lake Golf Course & Park visit their website or call (734) 475-5858.

 

Reddeman Farms Golf Club
Boasting a 6,525-yard challenging layout, Reddeman Farms Golf Club features rolling fairways and undulating greens. Golfers enjoy the quiet, peaceful country setting in addition to the spectacular views. Reddeman Farms Golf Club has a full-service restaurant, golf shop and practice area.

For more information about Reddeman Farms Golf Club visit their website or call (734) 475-3020.

 

Where is your favorite place to play a round of golf?

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Watch a Movie Under the Stars

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory
7.   Explore Waterloo Recreation Area
8.   Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park
9.   Experience Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights


#10. Watch a Movie Under the Stars

Bring the family to downtown Chelsea for SRSLY Cinema, a free outdoor movie series offered every Thursday night during the summer. In its fourth season, SRSLY Cinema is made possible by sponsorships from businesses, families, individuals and neighborhoods. SRSLY Cinema movies begin at dusk on the lawn behind the clock tower in downtown Chelsea, following Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights.

SRSLY, formed in 2008, is a community coalition dedicated to the prevention of destructive behavior in Chelsea youth. SRSLY promotes positive family and community involvement and school bonding, and works to limit youth access to alcohol and other drugs, and reduce parental approval of youth drug use. SRSLY receives support from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Chelsea Community Hospital and the Coghlan Family Foundation.

Click here for more information SRSLY cinema.

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Experience Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory
7.   Explore Waterloo Recreation Area
8.   Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park


#9. Experience Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

Bring the family to downtown Chelsea for Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights. Quickly becoming one of the premiere weekly free summer events in Michigan, Sounds & Sights runs through August 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Experience a great lineup of musical performances from a variety of genres including folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, classical, country, and Latin. Explore downtown Chelsea and enjoy a juried sculpture walk, plenty of food options and outdoor movies.

Click here for the 2012 music lineup

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory
7.   Explore Waterloo Recreation Area

#8. Spend an Afternoon Playing at Timber Town Park

Are you looking for a fun place for the family to run, play, climb and swing in the great outdoors?  Spend an afternoon at Timber Town Park in Chelsea, Michigan!

Built in 1996, Town Park is a 12,000 square foot wooden play structure north of downtown Chelsea. The Park features a huge wooded climbing structure, swings, bridges, towers, slides, sandboxes, climbing wall, and picnic areas. While you are there, be sure to take a look at the beautiful mosaic project, called Pathway to Renewal.

Constructing Timber Town was a massive community undertaking managed by long-time Chelsea residents Gloria Mitchell and Julie Rutherford. Through financial support, community donations and 2,500 volunteers, Timber Town came to life. In 2007, a large restoration project was organized by the friends of Timber Town to secure funds to maintain and renovate the play structure.

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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Explore Waterloo Recreation Area

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory

#7. Explore Waterloo Recreation Area

With over 20,000 acres, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the lower peninsula.

 

Waterloo Recreation Area features two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, 8 boat launches, 12 miles of nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, 3 rustic cabins, and numerous equestrian trails.

The Waterloo Recreation Area is also home to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. The Discovery Center introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology as well as the diverse natural habitats that are found within Waterloo’s 20,000 acres.

 

For more information or a map, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s website.

 

What is your favorite thing to do at Waterloo Recreation Area?

 

Photo Credits: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

 

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