Quick Search

The Reinhart Blog

Saline Area Senior Center : The Place to Be

The Saline Area Senior Center is so much more than just a run-of-the-mill center where people might go to play cards or chat about the weather. The SASC is a bustling multi-room recreation and arts center, with so many possibilities to learn, play, create, and have fun, that it’s tough to know where to begin!

The focus of the Saline Area Senior Center is on wellness, covering both physical and mental health and wellbeing through their classes and other offerings. At the Center, you can make appointments to work on reflexology, learn about foot care, or get a massage or a facial, or stop in to get your blood pressure checked for free on the third Wednesday of the month. You can also come use one of their NuStep machines – fitness equipment designed for seniors – which are available during all SASC business hours.

Group of seniors doing yoga with an instructor outdoors

The focus on wellness continues through their variety of fitness classes. You can dance into a Zumba class, release your inner Animal with a Drums Alive class (drumming on a large fitness ball to music), or take Tai Chi, strength training, or yoga, among others! You can also join in on a Pickleball game, try your hand (foot?) at Clogging, play some Bounce Volleyball, or join the walking group at Liberty School during the fall and winter.

Wellness isn’t just a physical practice, though – true wholeness means energizing the body and the mind. To that end, Megan Kenyon, Program Coordinator for the Senior Center, is working hard to add many art and music classes into the mix, to give members a variety of creative offerings to choose from.

Once a month, seniors can meet with Steve Wood to paint a landscape using acrylic paints. They can also learn how to paint in the style of famous artists like Wayne Thibaud or Henri Matisse with instructor Soyeon Kim. Local artist Katherine Downie (author of this article) teaches a variety of classes at SASC, including Watercolors, Intro to Oil Painting, Zendoodle, Abstract Art, Drawing Bootcamp, and Papercrafting. And later in September, you can take Intro to Pastels with Debra Groth, learning how to “use pastels and produce bright and beautiful work.”Seniors Enjoying Oil Painting Class Together

Whether you have any artistic experience or not, art classes at the SASC are a great place to give art a try. Most classes are for beginners, and as Kenyon says, “You’ve just gotta go for it…You don’t how well you’re gonna do until you try it.” Most of the classes include a small fee for supplies, too, so you don’t have to worry about picking up your own if you’re not sure you are going to stick with it.

SASC also has music offerings such as Evola Music Keyboarding with Patti Fry and Ukulele Lessons with Bill Militzer. Don’t have your own ukulele? They’ve got that covered – sign up to make your own cigar box ukulele or pie plate banjo with instructor Bill Militzer in a two-day workshop coming up in October! And if the visual or musical arts aren’t your cup of tea, try out language arts by learning beginning Spanish with Mayra Mendoza or Beginning French with instructor Fran Thornton.

So what makes SASC a good place to take arts classes? According to Kenyon, “They’re so inexpensive!” Kenyon and Program Manager Janie Colton also emphasize that art classes can be very therapeutic, allowing participants to focus on the task at hand, rather than the stresses involved in everyday life. And a big bonus is that the Senior Center offers members a chance to try their hand at art with little risk and low cost.

All of that said, many may wonder just what constitutes a “senior” exactly? At the Saline Area Senior Center, it has been a long-standing practice to provide services to the community on the continuum of all senior ages. Senior-In-Training (SIT) memberships include all those between the ages of 45-54, and offers a limited membership for $30/year ($40 for those living outside of the Saline Area School District). Those who are 55 and older and residents of the SAS District can become members for only $10 a year (Jan-Dec; $20 for non-residents). Give them a call or stop in to pick up a membership form and get a tour!Smiling senior male and female playing cards at table in

This membership allows you access to the classes as well as the facilities – a billiards room, computer room, library, and the aforementioned NuStep machines. SASC also has a variety of clubs (Bookworm, Woodcarvers), offers Tech lessons, holds discussion groups, euchre tournaments, craft groups, and of course, a senior center staple, Bingo! As if all of that wasn’t enough, they also offer travel opportunities both locally (Tigers game, ArtPrize, Toledo Zoo and more) and farther afield (Grand Canyon).

A few upcoming events include:

  • October 19, 5:30-7:00pm – Coffee with the Mayor, Brian Marl
  • October 30, 1:30-3pm – Halloween Party
  • November 27, 4:00-8:00pm – Euchre Tournament

Be sure to check out the Saline Area Senior Center website (link here) to find out more about all that they have to offer, including the details on the many art classes coming up this fall, or stop in and pick up a catalog. The Saline Area Senior Center is located at 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176 734-429-9274.

(Courtesy of Katherine Downie)

Read More

Jumpin’ July Events

July in Ann Arbor is more than just fireworks. People near and far flock to the area for the amazing fairs, food, festivals and fun.

Sonic LunchJune – August

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free outdoor concert series. Every Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm June 1 to August 31, Sonic Lunch features a live band at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Each week a different area restaurant is on-site selling a Sonic Lunch for concert-goers to purchase.

The concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Some seating is available but lawn chairs are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a revitalizing mid-day break. As a result, Sonic Lunch has become one of the coolest summer events in Ann Arbor. For the full artist line-up visit www.soniclunch.com

Summer Concert Series June 16 – August 25

Spend the evening enjoying music in downtown Dexter’s Monument Park each Friday throughout the summer.

Camaro Superfest June 30 – July 2

Camaro Superfest 2017 will be held at last year’s show site – Riverside Park in Depot Town – Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is located only 1.5 miles from the Marriott at Eagle Crest. They will still have food vendors and lots of room for trucks and trailers.  Bring your chairs and blankets and relax at this year’s event.

Manchester Fireworks July 3

Watch fireworks with family and friends at Carr Park on Monday, July 3, 2017. The beer tent opens at 8 p.m. with live music from local bands at 9 p.m. Fireworks start at dark, usually around 10:15 p.m.

Ann Arbor 4th of July ParadeJuly 4

The 28th Annual Ann Arbor Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 am. The parade, featuring floats, music groups, and walking groups, will travel through downtown Ann Arbor. Children 12 and under are invited to be a part of the Bike Decorating Contest between 8 – 9 am and then ride their decorated bikes in the parade. Leading the parade will be this year’s parade Grand Marshal, long-time LGBT pioneer, icon and advocate extraordinaire, Jim Toy.

Ypsilanti Independence Day ParadeJuly 4

The 88th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Parade” will be held in Depot Town on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 11 a.m. The parade begins on the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets and ends at Rice Street in Ypsilanti’s Historic Depot Town. There are over 50 participants in this year’s parade including veterans, marching bands, Elvisfest, local businesses, church groups, live bands, and classic cars.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck RallyJuly 5

Get outside for dinner this summer. Ann Arbor Farmers Market Food Truck Rallies take place on the first Wednesday evening of each month, beginning in May. Trucks, carts and other local vendors will be on site from 5-8 pm. Bring a chair, a friend, and get ready for some tasty eats and live music.

Michigan ElvisFest July 7 – July 8

Named “One of the best music festivals in the Mid-west” by Chicago Tribune, the Michigan ElvisFest returns July 7-8. This two day concert has spectacular performances by the best professional Elvis Tribute Artists in North America, as well as other amazing tribute entertainers, including: Tom Jones, The Blues Brothers, and James Brown. Don’t miss your chance to pay homage to the king of rock and roll in Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park.

Huron River DayJuly 9

Come celebrate the wonderful Huron River at Gallup Park. Fun festival activities include $5 canoe/kayak rentals, children’s activities, live animal programs, river exhibits, live music, food, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and much more. Ride your bike and receive a coupon for a free boat rental.

Manchester Community Fair July 7 – July 15

There’s nothing like the Manchester Community Fair to help kick-off the summer. This year’s 73rd annual fair includes a carnival with rides, animals and exhibits, a rodeo, tractor pulls and nightly entertainment. It’s fun for the whole family.

2017 Rolling Sculpture Car ShowJuly 14

Bill Crispin Chevrolet and the Main Street Area Association present the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 14 from 2-10 pm. Taking place in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show is a one of kind experience for the car enthusiast. All cars are welcome to exhibit at the Show.

The event itself is free and open to the public. Spectators enjoy the energy of more than 300 exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on Main, Liberty, and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor. Plenty of public parking is available in all structures and surface lots.

Saline Celtic Festival July 13 – July 15

The Saline Celtic Festival is famous for its rich blend of Celtic music and dance. There’s plenty to see and do at the festival, including jousting, Irish Football, ancient athletics and sheepherding. This is the place to go for a fun-filled day of crafts, ducky river races, story-telling and more. Celtic Festival festivities kick off on Thursday, July 13th at Saline’s downtown Summer Music Series, where you can get a sneak peek of the music and events the festival has to offer. Gates open at Millpond Park in Saline on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, July 15 at 10 am.

Ann Arbor Art Fair July 13 – July 15

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a collective of four award-winning art fairs that takes place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. In addition to art exhibits, the fair also features music performances and Art Activity Zones, which are family-oriented stops offering special projects designed to engage and challenge even the youngest of fairgoers. Ann Arbor’s downtown restaurants and retailers add to the festivities by tempting sidewalk sales and outdoor dining.

Townie Street PartyTownie Street PartyJuly 20

The Townie Street Party, now in its 13th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor. It will be held Thursday, July 17, from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm at North University and Ingalls Mall in Downtown Ann Arbor. The Townie Party celebrates all things local and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The Townie Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases the work of young Washtenaw County artists in grades 4 – 12.

Manchester Chicken BroilJuly 20

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Alumni Memorial Field in beautiful Manchester, Michigan, just 15 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. This long-time civic event is considered the largest of its kind, serving approximately 10,000 meals in a four-hour period. Net proceeds are used to benefit a variety of causes in the Manchester area, including the public schools, community parks, library and local civic organizations.

2017 Summer Beer Festival July 21 – July 22

The 20th Annual Summer Beer Festival will host more than 100 Michigan breweries sampling around 1,000 different craft beers. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands. The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival takes place rain or shine in the lovely outdoor setting of Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town.

Chelsea Sounds and Sights FestivalJuly 27 – July 29

Sounds & Sights Festival, presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, is an annual summer weekend event in historic Chelsea, Michigan. The event started over three decades ago and is a highlight of summer that draws visitors from all over the state and beyond.

The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. Each year features exciting changes and annual favorites that keep people coming back again and again. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea, Michigan.

Milan Summer Fest July 28 – July 29

Milan Summer Fest is an annual community-wide event that celebrates summer with tons of family-oriented fun. Events include live music, a beer garden, food and much more.

Read More

Pristine Custom Home for Sale in Saline

Today we are featuring Debbie Leutheuser’s listing – 343 Crestway Court, Saline, MI 48176343 Crestway - Saline, MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Custom built 1 ½ story home features a first-floor master suite.

343 Crestway - FireplaceQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This move-in ready home has a gourmet kitchen with double ovens, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and an abundance of custom cabinets.

343 Crestway - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Prestigious Brookview Highlands Subdivision is located north of downtown Saline at the southwest corner of Textile and Maple. Beautiful one-acre lot with Lodi Township Taxes. Saline Schools.

343 Crestway - BedroomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
This home has had a complete renovation with upgrades to baths, new carpet, and
refinished hardwood floors. The roof was replaced in 2012. A new radon mitigation system was installed in 2016.

343 Crestway - Lower LevelQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Spacious one-acre lot located in quiet cul-de- sac.

DeckQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
Nice hot tub located on the patio for some summertime fun or just relaxing after a long day. New owners will enjoy the backyard barbecue on the spacious deck.

343 Crestway - BackyardQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
Walk-out basement partially finished with second study or sewing room, full bath and recreation room and loads of clean unfinished storage.

If you would like more information about 343 Crestway Court, Saline, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Debbie Leutheuser at 734-323-7067.

Read More

New Theater Coming to Saline

The first movie theater in Saline was The Liberty, owned by local business man Fred Zimmerman. It started in the 1920s and brought the silent movies to the big screen. For many years, The Liberty enjoyed success but in 1929, business began to drop off significantly and Zimmerman was forced to draw the final curtain on May 17, 1930. The exact location of the theater is not well documented but is believed to have been in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in beautiful downtown Saline.
Emagine 1
The Saline Theater was dedicated July 1, 1938 in what is now Benny’s Bakery on W. Michigan Avenue. The 270 seat venue was greeted with much anticipation and Salinians welcomed the new form of entertainment.  The remodel took months and on opening day, a chorus of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ was heard throughout the town. They offered daily matinees and evening shows.  Children’s tickets were 10 cents and an adult ticket was a mere quarter.


Fast forward to February 2017.  Emagine Entertainment has announced its newest luxury theater will open its doors in Saline just in time for Valentine’s Day (the exact date is to be announced).  Emagine Saline is located at 1335 E. Michigan Avenue – once home to Farmer Jack and Country Market.  It boasts 54,000 square feet and features 9 state-of-the-art screens and 1000 plush power reclining seats.  So, if you looking for something to do, stop into Emagine Saline for the ultimate movie-going experience.


Read More

Jump-start Your January with these Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this January.

Last Work

Last Work Batsheva Dance Company
January 7 & 8

UMS presents the North American premiere of Last Work, a new evening-length piece by Ohad Naharin performed by 18 dancers from one of the world’s preeminent dance companies. With its shifts from sustained, meditative movement to frenzied bursts of energy, this exploration of human motion — and emotion — generates powerful images that will not soon be forgotten.



Kristin Key
January 12 – 14

Audiences can’t help but love the rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the “Preacher’s Kid.” Don’t miss Kristin when she comes into town at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

Mozart-Birthday Bash

Mozart Birthday Bash
January 14

Alon Goldstein is the ultimate Mozart pianist: seamless and delicate, yet powerful. “The Piano Concerto #21 (Elvira Madigan), is an opera that comes to life in front of our ears: a variety of emotions that unfold with divine beauty.” Symphony No. 39 is known as Mozart’s “perfect piece” since it was composed simply for the sake of Music. Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4, “Mozartiana” is a delightful homage to Mozart.

ice festival

Ice Festival 2017
January 14

The Ice Festival in Chelsea is a celebration of the winter. It features a showcase competition by U of M’s Michigan Ice Carving Team. Even those who are familiar with chainsaws and flame throwers will see them like they’ve never seen them used before. Come watch the pros at work, then catch the judges’ panel and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. In addition to the competition, there will be outdoor ice rink & skate rentals, tours, hot drinks & snacks and a Greenhouse Marketplace stocked with locally made products. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this delightful event.

a2 restaurant

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
January 15 – 20

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: A local celebration of dining in our community. January 15-20, 2017 Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Ann Arbor. Restaurants offer fixed pricing for lunch and dinner with extraordinary menus tailored to the event. Now is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy old favorites at a discounted price. Make reservations early at participating restaurants.

Alash Ensemble

The Alash Ensemble
January 18

The members of The Alash Ensemble are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of Western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

What does throat singing sound like? “Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time,” says Newsweek. Tuva sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south.


Smart Love
January 19 – March 4

Smart Love is the darkly comedic story of a brilliant young man struggling with his father’s sudden death and the revelation that his parents’ marriage wasn’t everything he was led to believe. This world premiere play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general, with humor, heartache and potentially devastating consequences. It probes the age-old question: just because we can do a thing, should we? Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Harlem Globetrotters
January 20

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on their action packed 2016-2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
January 27 – 28

Get ready to Find Your Folk! Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, the annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.

The Folk Festival will celebrate its 40th year with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing you with an opportunity to hear artists you know and love while discovering great new talent.


January 28

Winterfest is a ‘different’ kind of winter festival hosted by Saline Main Street and participating restaurants, shops, churches, and community organizations! The activities are scattered throughout a four-block area in the heart of Downtown Saline. There are many crazy indoor activities as well as numerous weather independent outdoor activities. Winterfest is fun for the whole family; kids, teens, adults, and grandparents. There is something for everyone, from mild to wild.

Read More

Spacious Ranch Home in Torwood Subdivision

Today we are featuring Darby Kolano’s listing – 582 Castlebury Drive, Saline, MI 48176

582 Castlebury- SalineQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?

582 Castlebury- EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
The spacious floor plan has extra wide doorways. The large kitchen has a beautiful built in China cabinet.

582 Castlebury- KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
This well-maintained 3 bedroom home is located in Torwood. The Torwood subdivision is located within the Saline School District and is home to many families with children.

582 Castlebury- LivingQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
An electric awning has been added over the Trex deck.

582 Castlebury- BedroomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Nice size yard with mature pine trees in back.

582 Castlebury- Lower levelQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
The home has been very well maintained, other similar homes have sold for much more.

582 Castlebury- DeckQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The house features a large walk-in tile shower in the master bath with a frameless glass door. The new owners will also enjoy cathedral ceilings in the living room and the wide staircase to the finished basement.

582 Castlebury- YardFor more information about 582 Castlebury Drive, Saline, MI or to schedule a showing contact Darby Kolano at 734-368-2304.

Read More

Mark Your Calendar for These Delightful December Events

When most people think of December, they think of staying in their house, cozy and warm in front the fireplace. However, while the temperatures outside will drop, the fun will be heating up this December in the Ann Arbor region.

Santa's Mailbox

Santa’s Mailbox
November 25 – December 16

Santa’s mailbox is now open for letters and wish lists in front of Conor O’Neill’s (318 S. Main St.). All letters received by 3pm on December 16th will be answered. Please remember to include your return address.

The Best Christmas Pageant Event

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 1 – December 4

In this beloved story, a reluctant pageant director is determined to succeed with “the worst kids in the whole history of the world” – the Herdmans! Bullies, thieves, smokers and more, the Herdman siblings are bent on turning the Christmas Pageant into Revenge at Bethlehem! The entire congregation is afraid of them. Will they burn down the church or will this indeed be the Best Christmas Pageant Ever? This rollicking one-act play is tons of fun for the whole family. Click here for more information.


December 2

Kerrytown District’s KindleFest is a free outdoor holiday market happening December 2nd, 6pm – 10pm. The festival features local and regional artisans and farmers selling hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts, as well as German foods, sweets and beverages. Enjoy live music, fire pits to keep you warm, warming tent, s’more roasting and a Lantern Parade in the Kerrytown neighborhood.


Midnight Madness
December 2

Once again Kerrytown and Main Street Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting Ann Arbor’s famed Midnight Madness on December 2. This is a fun-filled evening of shopping and dining. You’ll find great holiday sales throughout the stores, while you shop enjoy the sidewalk entertainment, and say hello to Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County, who will be roaming the sidewalks from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Hometown Holiday

Hometown Holidays
December 2 – 4

Annual Chelsea Michigan Hometown Holiday is a fun-filled weekend celebration which marks the beginning of the holiday season. Festivities start with a tree lighting ceremony and the weekend includes visits with Santa, a live nativity, holiday activities and entertainment at our many great merchants and historic locations in Chelsea, Michigan Chelsea is decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Local merchants are on hand with great gift ideas and special pricing for everyone on your list. Explore the annual gingerbread house displays, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events from December 4 – 6.


Ballet Chelsea: The Nutcracker
December 3 – 4 & December 10 – 11, 2016.

Ballet Chelsea is pleased to present its 19th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet on December 3-4 & 10-11, 2016. During intermission, enjoy live music, and our Snow and Sweet Shop in the sparkling commons, for light refreshments and an array of holiday and Nutcracker themed gifts for purchase.


Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Holiday Home Tour
December 3

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) invites you to support the upcoming 20th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner from some of the finest area restaurants while viewing the festive holiday decorations of five historic homes. Guests will wrap up their evening with an afterglow dessert reception at the iconic Hutchinson Mansion.

Saline Christmas Parade

41st Annual Christmas Parade – A Saline Christmas Carol
December 3

Don’t miss Saline’s 41st Annual Christmas Parade December 3, at 5:30pm. Each year, depending on the weather, anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 people come out to enjoy marching bands, scout troops, and floats made by local businesses, organizations and churches.

chelsea holiday-home-tour-poster

Chelsea Historic Home Tour
December 5

Five historic homes (including the newly-renovated museum) and a beautiful neighborhood church are opening their doors to greet visitors. You’ll start your tour at the museum where we will provide you with your map of the 6 locations. All the locations are an easy walk within a few blocks or you can choose to ride a festive horse and carriage (complete with brass jingle bells) for an extra fee.

Winter Art Tour

Winter Art Tour
December 9 – 11

The Winter Art Tour (WAT) is an exciting new cultural event held on the second weekend of December, that will take you on a tour of 9 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 150 local artists. At each stop, visitors will be able to meet artists personally and learn more about their work. Many Tour venues will offer music, refreshments, creative activities and demonstrations in addition to art shopping.


DIYpsi Hoilday Market 2016
December 10 – 11

Check out the best indie artists our region has to offer for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. On top of finding unique hand crafted gifts, doing your holiday shopping at DIYpsi means you’re contributing to a larger cause- keeping thousands of dollars invested in our local economy and supporting the arts.

Tiny Expo

Tiny Expo
December 10

Tiny Expo is an annual holiday fair that features over 40 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and buy handmade! It’s a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. AADL is thrilled to produce and host this event! Tiny Expo 2016 will be on Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 5:30pm at the Downtown Library.


Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Holiday Open House
December 18

The Michigan Firehouse Museum will host their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Visitors can experience the museum decorated for the holidays and see all the entries in the Gingerbread Firehouse Contest. There will be crafts for the kids, holiday fire safety information, and a chance to visit with Santa. Light refreshments will be served.

Read More

Clean Out Your Closet for a Good Cause

Reinhart kicks-off our 21st Annual Coat Drive Monday, October 31, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County.
Reinhart Coat Drive
Through the month of November, bring your new or gently used winter coats to any of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

Over the Annual Coat Drive’s 20-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 20,000 coats, all of which have been donated to agencies in our community. The need for winter coats, especially for children, continues to be great. The 21st Annual Coat Drive hopes to help fill that need in our community as the weather gets colder.

For more information about the 21st Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

Read More

Spectacular September Events in the Ann Arbor Area

September is the beginning of a new football season, the school year and apple picking season. These and many other spectacular events will be taking place in the Ann Arbor area throughout the month.

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill
August – November

The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan. Cited by “Hour Detroit” magazine as one of the 101 places to visit in the greater Metropolitan area. Today cider is made the same way it was made 120 years ago by using an oak rack press. The Dexter Cider Mill is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees.

University of Michigan Stadium

University of Michigan Football
September – November

Every fall with the return of the school year brings the return of football season. Whether you are a die hard fan or just happen to be in town visiting, the football games make an impression. During the weekends when a game is played at home expect large crowds and allow extra time for your commute throughout the city.  To see the full schedule click here.


Eastern Michigan University Football
September – November

Eastern Michigan University has had a college football team since 1891. They compete in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. The Eastern Michigan University football team kicks off its 125th season on the gridiron Friday, September 2, 2016. Click here for a full schedule.



Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair
September – Novemeber

Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair offers entertainment for people of all ages. Activities include fresh cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking, donut shop, bakery, wagon rides, petting farm, and more. Wiard’s is open every Wednesday – Sunday (except September 14 – 16). Click here to see the full schedule and list of activities.


Russian Festival 640

Ann Arbor Russian Festival
September 17 & September 18

The 4th Annual Russian Festival dates are set for Saturday, September 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18th, from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There are a plethora of events including Russian Food and bar, a tea room with authentic sweets, Russian and Ukrainian Dancing and entertainment, a  kids corner, beautiful and unique gifts for sale, and much more.

Oktoberfest - Ypsi

September 17 

Are you looking to celebrate all things Bavarian? If so, you won’t want to miss Oktoberfest at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. The event takes place September 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Awesome Sausage will be onsite with speciality sausages and sauerkraut. Enjoy your favorite German style beers along with live music. Costumes are encouraged.


Orphan Car Show
September 18

The Annual Orphan Car Show makes it return to Ypsilanti’s beautiful Riverside Park on September 18. Come check out hundreds of now defunct cars and trucks from all over the state. These orphan cars are now rare and some are very difficult to find! Don’t miss out on your chance to view some awesome and historic vehicles.

saline oktoberfest-640

Saline Oktoberfest
September 23 – September 24

You don’t have to be German to enjoy Saline’s Oktoberfest. An all-American festival with a fun German flavor, Oktoberfest features live German rock and folk music, a Kinderplatz activity area for the little ones, and plenty of scrumptious German and American food.


University Symphony Orchestra
September 23

The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Kenneth Kiesler, opens its 2016-17 season with music by two of America’s major composers: George Gershwin and John Adams. These will be the first performances of the new critical editions of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with soloist Logan Skelton, and An American in Paris. The concert also includes John Adams’s The Chairman Dances and Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Tim McAllister, who has performed the piece many times, including the world premiere with the composer conducting.


Ghoultide Gathering
September 24

A magical bazaar of Halloween Art at the Chelsea Fairgrounds featuring arts, crafts, fun, and more. Gates to the fairgrounds open at 6 a.m. for those wishing to line up early. Doors to the show open at 8 a.m. for early buy.

webster fall

35th Annual Webster Fall Festival
September 24

The 35th Annual Webster Fall Festival offers old-fashioned country fun for all ages. Activities and attractions include hay rides, a petting zoo, dog agility demonstrations, historic buildings and displays, vintage cars and farm machinery, a rummage sale, fundraiser raffle, crafts, artisans, and a vintage baseball game. Live music on the new “Corn Crib” stage features Nessa, Fiddler Pie, North Creek Fiddlers and the RFD Boys. Vocalist Emma McDermott, KP Duo & Co., Celtic Creole and the Ypsi Town Band will perform in the Webster Church Sanctuary. Baked goods, preserves, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. The Church luncheon is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

28th Annual: Apples & Honey
September 25

Apples & Honey is an annual community event celebrating the fall Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, & Simchat Torah. This is the largest Jewish gathering in Ann Arbor with hundreds of participants each year. Local Jewish organizations join together to educate the community about their missions and providing opportunities to participate in celebratory activities and holiday themed projects. What started in 1988 as a small event has since grown to a much-anticipated community wide celebration. In addition to hands-on activities and projects, there will of course be apples & honey to taste, and food for sale such as pizza, Israeli foods, & most anticipated – the J’s Early Childhood Center’s kosher baked goods sale.


Morning After Grace
September 29 – December 17

The Purple Rose Theatre Company will continue its strong tradition of producing world premieres and theatrical favorites for its 2016-2017 season. Michigan native playwright Carey Crim’s hilariously touching story centers on Angus and Abigail who meet at a funeral and are surprised to wake up together after a wine-fueled night. While Abigail may be ready to take a chance on love, Angus still has issues to work through. When Angus’s neighbor Ollie, a former baseball player with secrets of his own, shows up using a walker, confusion and chaos ensue. Can these three find a way to connect with their pasts in order to construct a brighter future?

Read More

19 August Events in the Ann Arbor Area

Summer is coming to an end but there is plenty of fun to be had before then. Any of these nineteen local area events will keep you entertained.

Milan Bluegrass Festival
August 4 – August 6

The Milan Bluegrass Festival will be held in the KC Campground just east of Milan. Thousands gather from all over the country just east of Milan annually for the popular festival. Eighteen bluegrass performers and bands will perform.

August 4:    12:30pm – 9:30pm
August 5:   1:00pm – 9:00pm
August 6:  12:30pm – 9:30pm

The Importance of Being Earnest
August 4 – August 6 

One of the most entertaining plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest combines sparkling wit, social satire, and farcical situations in one glorious package. This play will be performed at the Kerrytown Concert House.

August 4:    8:00pm
August 5:    8:00pm
August 6:    2:00pm
August 6:    8:00pm

My Fair Lady
August 4 – August 28

The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter is producing My Fair Lady. Starring Jessica Grove as Eliza Doolittle and directed by Tony-award winning designer/director Tony Walton.

First Friday Downtown Concert Series
August 5 

Enjoy a fun outdoor concert as part of the First Fridays Downtown Art Wal, provided by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti. The concert is taking place at downtown branch of the Ypsilanti Library from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Please note that the concert will be held inside the library in the event of rain.

Milan Summer Fest
August 5 & August 6

Milan Summer Fest is an annual community-wide event that celebrates summer with tons of family-oriented fun. The event starts Friday evening and runs all day Saturday.

Manchester Street Art Fair
August 6

Be sure to save the date and invite family and friends to join you for a fun filled day in the Village of Manchester. “Run Manchester” kicks off the days festivities beginning at 8:00am and features a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile Fun Run. Once the run has finished, stay to enjoy the following entertainment until 9pm: juried art fair, 20 family friendly musical acts in 3 different locations along Main Street, a vintage car show, a dunk tank, live music and more.

The Super Run
August 6

The Super Run is a superhero themed event featuring a 5k and a family friendly fundraising run. The event takes place at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor and goes from 8:00am – 11:00am. Enjoy entertainment and other family activities.

The Dragonboat Festival
August 6

The Dragonboat Festival is an annual celebration of DIY building and design, culture, competition, community, and fun.  Dragonboat Festival 2016 will be held at the lower pond of Robin Hills Farm and will feature various competitive Dragonboat races using homemade boats. The event begins at 9am with a boat exhibition where spectators can visit and photograph the many different boat designs. The exhibition will be followed by a series of boat-race heats around the lower pond where teams will be competing against one another in hopes of advancing further into the competition. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony.

Underground Railroad Bus Tour: Journey to Freedom
August 7

Learn the rich details of community history as you ride by the exterior of local and nationally know Underground Railroad landmarks, historic sites and homes on this docent guided tour. The tour departs at 2:00pm from –and returns to– the parking lot in front of the Tech Building at WCC.

Dexter Daze
August 12 & August 13

Dexter Daze has occurred annually for 44 years. Enthusiasm and community growth have developed an event that includes artisans, crafters, businesses and free entertainment for the whole family. The event runs Friday from 4:00pm -10:00 pm and Saturday 10:00am – 10:00 pm.

Saline’s Summerfest 2016
August 12 & August 13

On a fine summer weekend, along the streets of Downtown Saline, a wonderful assortment of activities, attractions, and amusements will bring together people of all ages and interests. It’s a super hometown celebration – Saline’s Summerfest 2016!

Plein Air Festival
August 15 – August 20

For the 4th year in a row, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists will paint for four days in and around Dexter. The festival culminates with a two-day exhibit and silent auction of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park. Activities included a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition, a silent auction and artwork sale, and more.

Nashbash Music Festival
August 18

Nashville singer/songwriter Sally Barris headlines the 10th Anniversary of the Nashbash Music Festival. Set in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, the event features a roster of first-class national and local performers in an intimate neighborhood atmosphere, making Kerrytown the place to be on Thursday evening during the dog days of summer. The artistic force behind Nashbash is Whit Hill, a longtime member of the Ann Arbor arts community who now lives in Nashville. True to Nashbash tradition, she and her band Whit Hill and the Postcards join the Nashbash roster, which this year also includes local favorites Hoodang, The Bill Edwards Band, The Judy Banker Band and The Whiskey Charmers. The festival runs from 5:00pm – 9:30pm.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
August 20 & August 21

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show presented by Wayne County Airport Authority takes place each summer at Willow Run Airport, which is located just outside Ypsilanti. The show site is conveniently located within a short drive of Detroit.

Chelsea Community Fair
August 23 – August 27

The Chelsea Community Fair is hosted at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, which is located just south of downtown Chelsea. The annual fair is organized and run by the Board of Directors and the Daily Activity Fair Committees and takes place in mid-August.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
August 26 – August 28

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is a free community festival featuring arts and crafts, live music, family activities and entertainment, historical presentations, and so much more.

DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
August 27 & August 28

Our intent is to be one component of a thriving community of entrepreneurs, artists, organizations and events that serve to build it up. Our contribution to this endeavor is DIYpsi (dip-see) – an art fair featuring all hand-made items that takes place in Ypsilanti’s business districts once each summer and winter. For two weekends each year we host the best indie artists our city and region have to offer for a one of a kind shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. We’ll also have incredible hand crafted food and drink when so bring your appetite!

Saline Community Fair
August 31 – September 4

Promising something for everyone, the 2016 Saline Community Fair will feature animals, exhibits, music, a car show, rides, food and more. Gates open August 31 at 9:00am.

Read More

1 of 13