What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (8/25/14): A Women’s History of Farmington, Community Chorus, and, is it the Beatles?

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Tuesday, August 26th, at 7:00 pm: kickstART farmington co-sponsors a free book release party for Farmington: A Women’s History by Joni Hubred-Golden (founder of the new Farmington Voice) in partnership with Off the Beaten Path Books (33314 Grand River).

Thursday, AugustFarmington: A Women's History 28th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) concludes with its traditional final performance by the Farmington Community Chorus, performing a mix of pop, jazz, and classical vocals, accompanied by fine musicianship and wonderful solos.

Thursday, August 28th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Friday, August 29th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with Detroit’s own Dig A Phony, a group fanatical about reproducing the music of The Beatles. From the cowbell in “Drive My Car”, to the handclaps in “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, to the guitar fade out on “A Hard Day’s Night”– you will hear the song exactly as it sounds on the album. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Saturday, August 30th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

 

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Join us for a book release party for Farmington: A Women’s History

kickstART farmington is co-hosting a free book release party for Farmington: A Women’s History by Joni Hubred-Golden in partnership with Off the Beaten Path Books.

A pioneer brave enough to corral a wild dog. A writer who chronicled Oakland County pioneer history. The inventor of a unique hand-powered carriage. A bibliophile who volunteered as a librarian, for 25 years. An architect who designed churches and a life of her own.

These inspiring women and many others have helped shape the history of Farmington and Farmington Hills, Michigan. Farmington: A Women’s History weaves more of their stories into the fabric of our published history.

Author Joni Hubred-Golden will read from the book and share stories and photos about some of the women who played an important role in the history of our community during the event, held August 26, 7 p.m.

Off the Beaten Path Books is located at 33314 Grand River in downtown Farmington.

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (8/18/14): Family Fun, Paisley, Old School Rock, and Rampage Swing

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Wednesday, August 20th, at 7:00 pm: Family Fun in Riley Park with Joe Reilly, a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor. Family Fun is temporarily moved to the Gazebo by Farmington Place during Riley Park reconstruction.

Paisley FoggThursday, August 21st, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with Paisley Fogg, a three-guitar front line combined with a solid rhythm section, providing some 1960’s “Janis and Grace”, topped off with some British invasion and a dose of
American Psychedelia.

Thursday, August 21st, at 8:00 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Rampage SwingPavilion in downtown Farmington with their annual Rampage Swing event.

Friday, August 22nd, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with 2 Dayz Gone, a band of four friends who play rock of the 80’s and 90’s with power and conviction. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Saturday, August 23rd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

 

 

 

 

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: High Speed Rail, Walkable Neighborhoods, and Music’s Power to Heal

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. Why the U.S. Does Not Have High-Speed Rail: More highways are not the answer, not only because they pollute the environment and destroy the neighborhoods they pass through, but also because they’re relatively slow and become congested almost as soon as they’re built….The United States must invest in clean, neighborhood-building, and congestion-relieving trains.

2. On the Benefits of Walkable Neighborhoods: They “have been found to have significant, positive effects for urban dwellers, in terms of social interaction, health, and safety.”

3. How Bicycling Impacts Michigan’s EconomyBicycle riding … has an estimated $668 million economic benefit annually for the state (and) … comes from several factors, including sales of bikes and related equipment, money spent for tourism and reduced health care costs.

4. How a Palestinian Artist Turned Detainment into Creative Opportunity: This is a piece Khaled Jarrar didn’t plan to make at all, but the denial of traveling with a U.S. visa in hand by the Israeli Military blocking access to his plane in Jordan, offered him an opportunity to interact his art making with a most tempting and tragic reality.

5. Music and the Power of HealingYears of research have proven that music is correlated with many positive mental, physical, emotional, and social states, which is why it is so necessary to share music with others. Research also shows that music enhances the overall quality of life and has positive effects on patients’ medical care.

 

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Swing Farmington and the Upcoming Rampage Swing

Alexander Steward, the creative and organizing force behind Swing Farmington writes about the upcoming Rampage Swing event, and its origins and goals.

When Swing Farmington decided to host Rampage Swing for the first time four years ago, I had no clue it would become the event it is today in the community. I, along with a few others within our group had wanted to take a chance on doing something different than normal, and expose our audience at the time (mostly high school-aged) to a style of music that wasn’t played much at our group.

Rampage Swing

I heard Rampage Swing make their debut performance at another swing dance group, Swing Ann Arbor in June of 2010. Having just taken over running Swing Farmington, I said to one of my friends “Wouldn’t it be cool to host a band like Rampage Swing at our group?” As the next year began, it became more apparent that it would be worth taking a risk, reaching out to Rampage Swing, and seeing where we could go with it. As I worked with a few individuals within my group to develop how we would put on this event, we realized that it wasn’t just to do something for our group, but to also open a way to reach the community around us.

Because our group tended to be a younger audience, it felt to me that many within the city didn’t feel like they could show up and have a fun time as well. This was a way to start to change that perception, or at least allow those that lived within the city, parents & other family members of those who attended, and individuals who might have heard faint whispers of swing dancing going on in downtown Farmington, to check us out and experience dancing to good live music.

When our approval for the permit to allow us to hold the first time event was given at a Farmington City Council meeting in June of 2011, I remember Councilwoman JoAnne McShane even saying that she hoped this event (Rampage Swing) would become an annual event. Four years later, I think it’s safe to say that this is definitely a highlight event within the city every year. Not only has the success of this annual event surprised me, but it also inspires me and everyone involved at Swing Farmington to bring more individuals from around Metro Detroit to Farmington, and host something unique on a weekly basis. We want to be a weekly event that reaches out to many people of all ages, and our Rampage Swing event opens up a door to many that probably wouldn’t check us, or the city, out.

It also important for us to put on something creative within the city. It helps show that we want to be a mainstay within the City of Farmington, opens up opportunities to build relationships with other city businesses and organizations, and gives us a way to put on something special for those within the community. It also allows us to showcase an amazing part of Farmington, The Walter E. Sunquist Pavilion. It’s one of the best pavilions around Michigan and has an added layer to it because it easily allows those wanting to sit and listen to the tunes performed by Rampage Swing that opportunity while not taking away any space to all of the swing dancers that come. Swing Farmington’s Rampage Swing event is special to me because I see how much people look forward to it, are blessed by it, have fallen in love with a style of dance that seems to bring joy to anyone exposed to it, and its overall significance in allowing people of all ages to connect through music and swing dancing. I hope that you’ll join us at Swing Farmington for our Rampage Swing event this year & enjoy the sights and sounds of people dancing, laughing, listening to cheerful music, and experience something you probably won’t find in many other communities!

 

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What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (8/11/14): Floats, Cranes, Crowes, and Barks

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Thursday, August 14th, at 7:00 pm: Ice Cream Floats and Farmington History Porch Party at the Governor Warner Mansion at 33805 Grand River Ave.

Thursday, August 14th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at The Crane WivesHeritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with the indie-folk sounds of The Crane Wives. Using vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and creative organic style, The Crane Wives are known for their contagious energy.

Thursday, August 14th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Thursday, August 14th, through Sunday, August 17th: Family Fun Fest Carnival at Founders Park, located on Eight Mile Road, just two miles east of I-275. The Carnival has something for everyone, from spectacular thrill rides to kiddie rides, midway games, and funnel cakes.

Friday, August 15th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor Brother Croweconcert series with Brother Crowe. Consisting of brothers Derek (vocals/harmonica & mandolin) and Paul (guitars/vocals), Brother Crowe has developed an Indie Folk/Americana style that is greatly influenced by their father’s love of Celtic music. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Saturday, August 16th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Sunday, August 17th, at 12:00 pm: Bark in the Park. Bring your four-legged friend (or meet a new one) for vendors, food, and entertainment in Riley Park in downtown Farmington.

 

 

 

 

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Art in the Tent: The Farmington Art Foundation’s Summer Show

Ann Cleary, secretary of the Farmington Art Foundation, wrote about the Ann Cleary and FAForganization’s recent show as part of Founders Festival

The Art Tent at the Greater Farmington Founders Festival on July 18-20 was a big success, in many ways. Half of the 21 artists that displayed their work, soldpaintings, cards, prints, etc. Visitors were delighted to view the art work and asked lots of questions. Membership materials were available and several people took applications and expressed interest in attending our next meeting in September.

The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce director welcomed our organization back to the Founders Festival with a brief message in the Farmington Observer expressing her pleasure that local artists would be part of the festivities, this summer.

FAFWe had some special visitors, too. Former Cultural Arts Director Nancy Coumoundouros came over to wish us well and express her delight in all the fine art work. And a big, black service dog wandered in with it’s trainer. Art going to the dogs? Service dogs for artists?

The trainer explained she was socializing the dog by bringing him to a cultural environment.

It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, and next summer we will be back! It’s great to be part of the Founders Festival again and enjoy the positive reactions of all our visitors.

Farmington Art Foundation member artists enjoy this opportunity to FAFdisplay from 20 to 30 of their art pieces at this well attended event.

Calling all artists, membership in the Farmington Art Foundation is open now to artists in all mediums, come join us and bring a guest to our September 10th meeting at the Farmington Community library on Twelve Mile Road at 6:45 p.m.

For more information go to http://www.farmingtonartfoundation.org.

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