What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (9/1/14): Farmington Musicale, Swing, Farmers, and Aviation History

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, September 3rd, at 1:00 pm: Farmington Musicale presents What A Way To Go: Inspiration, Dedication and Imagination, with piano, vocal and clarinet music performed by 2014 Farmington Artist in Residence award winners Susan and Jim Nuckolls, along with Fern Barber, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile in Farmington Hills.

Thursday, September 4th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.

Saturday, September 6th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park.

Saturday, September 6th, at 2:00 pm: History of Aviation, with aviation historian and model airplane collector Mike Ewing.View the model planes up close and learn how engine and airframe designs have progressed and changed through history, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile in Farmington Hills.

 

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Valuing Experiences Not Things, Pedestrian Safety, Walkability, and Businesses Supporting the Arts

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. Spending Money on Experiences, Not Things: Overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences—such as parks, trails, beaches—as much as it does material consumption.

2. 12 Steps to Making Pedestrians Safer: Every city should have a by-law of one sentence stating: “In this city, pedestrians come first”.

3. A Happy Commute: Active commuters tend to enjoy the journey more than those who passively endure either traffic congestion or transit crowds.

4. Business Support for the Arts: The arts inspire, provoke thought, spur creativity, and connect us in a shared experience. These are also the essential qualities of an enduring, successful business.

5. Low Cost Approach to WalkabilityNarrow standard 12-foot travel lanes to 10 feet … extra (lane) width does nothing except to encourage speeding.

 

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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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