Number 13 on our Ypsilanti Bucket list was the Michigan Elvisfest! Unfortunately Ben had to work both days, so I went with a friend on Friday night. We walked up there and went straight to the beer tent, not many options although I couldn’t resist the souvenir cup! We checked out The King memorabilia and listed to an Elvis impersonator croon in the back ground. There was a great mix of musical acts, from male to female, which kept it from being redundant. I’m a bit of a food snob(and vegetarian) so we went to Depot Town for dinner, but came back later for more beer and more performers. The night was perfect, the field was full of fireflies and a light show accompanied the evening musical guests.  All in all, it was a unique experience, and it comes to OUR town, so I would definitely recommend it. I know on Saturday there was a parade and a vigil, which would have been in interesting to see.

On the 4th of July I volunteered to wear a shirt, have my face painted, hand out candy and walk in the Ypsi Parade with Community Rebirth! The weather was perfect,lots of people packed the streets, I got to see old friends and make new, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day!

I have only just begun volunteering with this unique organization. For those of you unfamiliar with it,  it is a group that “advocates for visual artists by providing opportunities for artists to produce, display, and sell artwork at live public events.”  Most recently, Community Rebirth has helped to organize live painting and other activities at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

Find out how to get involved or just more info at communityrebirth.com

One of my very favorite things during the summer is Ann Arbor’s Top of the Park!  I love the whole festival, which includes bands and performers throughout the day, but the late night films are my favorite! This event last 3 weeks, from the end of June until the begning of July. You can find out more info on their website.  Together, Ben and I  made it up there for Blues Brothers and The Artist. (I went with friends to catch a few more). There is a 21 and over tent where that serves beer and wine, small booths that sell local food and snacks, including popcorn. Most events are free, they just ask a $3 donation to keep it that way. Bring a blanket and friend and enjoy one of the great things this town has to offer!

A few weeks ago, we took a day trip over to Hell!! It is a small town in Puntnam Township, about 20 miles northwest of Ypsilanti! This little town is home to about 266 people. They have a post office, bar, ice cream parlor, putt-putt and a dam! What else to you need?!  There are only 3  buildings which the locals refer to as Uptown, Downtown and Midtown! Looking for a unique place to get married….this little town even has a chapel!

We mailed post cards to our friends which they politely burned the edges of and stamped for “I’ve Been Thru Hell”, perused the halloween themed souvenirs, sat by the dam and drank a damn beer at the Dam Site Inn!

Go to Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company!

I apologize for the cell phone photos, but I hadn’t planned to do a blog post about this until Benjamin suggested it!

This past weekend Ann Arbor and Detroit hosted the Cinetopia International Film Festival. This event presented 50 of the best films from festivals across the world!  I had only planned to see two but Ben won us unlimited passes from his work, which included access to the Hospitality Suite! EEEK!  I rearranged my weekend to fit in as many films as I could! I didn’t have enough time to make it out to Detroit, but I did get to see my top choices. After the Sunday night showing of OJ: The Musical, one of the main character actors, Owiso Odera, was around for a Q & A. He was just as  charming and sexy as the part he played! I regret not asking him for a selfie as we all walked out of the theater! As for the films I did not get a chance to see, I will  be busy checking Amazon for instant streaming!

My top three:       Attila Marcel, Obvious Child & Hellion

Over the weekend we took the pup and went to Nichols Arboretum.  It is one of our favorite places, we got married here last summer! I was excited to see the peonies have started blooming. I was told by next weekend they should be in full bloom, so get out and see them while you can! If you haven’t been to the arb, it’s on U of M campus, a straight shot down Geddes Rd from Ypsi. It’s free to get in but parking can be tricky. There are several entrances, lots of walking/hiking trails, a river and it’s dog friendly!

Summer has been off to a busy start, but I will try harder to keep up with new posts! We went to Gallup Park last week when the water was high from the rain. We kayaked to the damn and back and the current was STRONG!!  The weather was perfect and the clouds reminded me of the opening credits of “The Simpson’s.” I was surfing instagram later that day and actually found a photo of us on the river someone else posted! I love that this park is only a 10 minute drive from Ypsi. Rentals are cheap, $18 for a double kayak for 2 hours. In addition to kayaks they have canoes and paddle boards.  The office also sells snacks and Zingerman’s coffee!

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May the 4th be with you today! We are sitting outside drinking Bells Black Note, a bourbon barrel aged beer! Also picked up these great tumblers from The Rocket in Downtown Ypsi.

May the 4th be with you today! We are sitting outside drinking Bells Black Note, a bourbon barrel aged beer! Also picked up these great tumblers from The Rocket in Downtown Ypsi.

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Here are some of my favorite photos from my recent road trip to Florida! The top two photos are from Newport, KY.  I had a great trip, the weather was perfect, I got to visit some old friends and try some new places! 

I had lunch at Sci-Fi Diner at Hollywood Studios, walked around the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, drank wine in Italy, watched the Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, see fire works and listen to dueling pianos at Disney’s Boardwalk, hang out in down town Winter Park, spent the morning at downtown Disney, visit the Winter Park Farmers Market, take a scenic boat tour, catch up with old friends, try Lineage Coffee and eat a lot of really great food!

We finally got over to GlassBox on Washtenaw and I decided we had to go again so I could do a post! It was a perfect rainy afternoon to meet friends and enjoy a great cup of coffee. They brew Counter Culture, which is one of my favorite brands out of North Carolina.  In addition to coffee and raw juices, they serve a small selection of salads and sandwiches at a very reasonable price. The shop is set up very well for students and professionals, with a lot of single seating and outlets near every chair, including along the bar.  We got a brief introduction to one of the owners, but business never slowed enough for her to come back and chat! It is a husband and wife team, who appear very hands on as well as hard working with this store as well as on in downtown Ann Arbor. We will definitely be back!

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