Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

Ann Arbor Offers Many Events to Enjoy this Weekend

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Ann Arbor is hopping, with parades, a classic car show, contra dancing, and a regatta, among other things. With so many events to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s close to your Ann Arbor home. Celebrate the beautiful Michigan weekend by spending some time in the great outdoors- enjoying a bike ride, tossing a Frisbee around, or cheering on a parade.

Saturday May 23

Ann Arbor Neighborhood Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m. neighborhood parade for any child who wants decorate his or her bicycle, with the opening of the Forestbrooke neighborhood pool to the general public. Line up at 2609 Yost St. (at Eli Drive) in Ann Arbor.

Military memorabilia display and open house
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through Monday, VFW Graf-O'Hara Post, 3230 S. Wagner Road, Lodi Township. Display features vintage military items.

1st Annual Classic Automobile Show
Ann Arbor City Club
Noon-6 p.m.
A show of vintage, classic, and collectible cars. Concessions. Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 995-0085, 426-5908, 662-3279.

Volunteer Stewardship Workday
Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Help native plants get established in the Lakewood Nature Area. City staffers will lead a short nature walk. Meet at Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake, 3 blocks south of Jackson. Free. 996-3266.

U/M Exhibit Museum Planetarium
Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days). Black Holes (12:30 p.m. Sat. only). Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. both days). U/M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $4.75. 764-0478.

Savory Crepes Cooking Demo at Morgan & York
3-4 p.m.
With Morgan & York staffers. Tastings. Preceded at 2 p.m. by a talk on "Wine Regions of Southern France." Morgan & York, 1928 Packard. Free. 662-0798.

4th Saturday Contra Dance
Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance
8 p.m.
Dances to music by the Root Cellar Old Time String Band. No partner needed. Beginner lessons at 7:40 p.m. Preceded by a free open jam for string and other musicians, 3-6 p.m. 8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $9. Dance: 730-6919. Open jam: 994-9307

Sunday, May 24
Sunday Bike Ride
Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
9 a.m.
Bike ride with pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders. Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431.

Dan Rice Memorial Regatta
U-M Sailing Club
10 a.m.
Watch club members race their zippy JY15 dinghies around Base Line Lake. Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd. Free. 426-4299.

25th Annual Memorial Day Observance
Arborcrest Memorial Park
2 p.m.
Annual tribute features speeches by local officeholders, veterans, and military officers and a bugle salute. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Arborcrest Memorial Park, 2521 Glazier Way. Free. 761-4572.

Ultimate Frisbee
Ann Arbor Ultimate
3 p.m.
Join a pickup game of this spirited team sport. Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free.

U/M Ballroom Dancers
8-10 p.m.
Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos and swing. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice. Michigan Union Ballroom. $3. 763-6984.

Monday, May 25
parades and Memorial Day observances

Ann Arbor: 10 to 10:15 a.m. parade of the Glacier Area Homeowners Association, along Frederick, Middleton, Bardstown, Windemere and Barrister streets, ends at Glacier Highlands Park.

Ypsilanti: Pancake breakfast and Memorial Day service, 8 to 11 a.m., Yankee Air Force Museum, Willow Run Airport. Entry off Beck Road. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Includes the Ypsilanti Community Band, astronaut Jack Lousma and Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Washington Ross, and an 11 a.m. flyover. Details: 734-483-4030 or

Ypsilanti: 9 a.m. procession begins at Huron Street and Michigan Avenue, to Cross Street, North River Street, and then Highland Cemetery for a ceremony. Includes veterans, Scouts, marching bands, Gold Star Mothers, a 21-gun salute and flyover.

Milan: 9 a.m. parade at the American Legion, 44 Wabash St., along West Main Street to the Marble Memorial Park Cemetery.

Chelsea: 10 a.m. American Legion parade. Begins behind the police station on Middle Street to Main Street Park Street on East Street back to Middle Street to the Oak Grove Cemetery for a ceremony.

Plymouth: 7:30 a.m., parade starts at Harvey and Wing streets and features the Plymouth-Canton High School marching band and veterans. They will proceed to the new Memorial Park on Main Street downtown.

Saline: 10 a.m. parade at the fire station on Harris Street at Michigan Avenue. Goes to Monroe Street, then to the Oakwood Cemetery for a 10:30 a.m. service.

Ypsilanti Township: 1 p.m., Washtenaw County Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center, 7200 Huron River Drive.

1 comment:

  1. Root Cellar String Band was difficult at best to enjoy.