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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-16-06 03:09 PM
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It's Art Fair week in Ann Arbor!
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If you're planning to attend, please let this townie, who has worked almost every single Art Fair since the mid-80s, offer some advice.

1. Please leave your furry friends at home. If you claim to be an animal lover, you will leave your pet at home in comfort and not straining at the edge of a leash, panting for air in the tight crowds, eating spilled junk food, while walking on blazing hot pavement. Every year we do an interview with the Humane Society on this topic and every year I see miserably unhappy dogs at Art Fair.

2. Please reconsider the SUV-sized stroller. There just isn't enough room to maneuver it through the crowds. And consider getting a sitter and not taking your babies and toddlers to Art Fair in the first place. It's no fun for them to swelter in their strollers; they get hot and cranky and take the pleasure out of your day too.

3. Remember that there are people behind you so don't keep stopping dead in the middle of the street to decide where you want to go next or to sort through your bags.

4. Park at Briarwood, Pioneer, or Webers and take the shuttle. Unless you get there early in the morning, the chances that you you'll find a spot near the fairs is slim and your slowing down to look up every driveway you pass is hard on those of us who are just trying to run an errand or get to work.

5. Remember that the no open alcohol on the street is a state law and act accordingly. It doesn't change at Art Fair time and berating the poor cashier who tells you that doesn't do a thing.

Don't get me wrong, we love having you here for Art Fair and hope you have a great time. Be sure to check out the non-profits on Liberty Street; lots of great bumper stickers, yard signs, etc. to pick up and take home. And don't miss the sidewalk sales; particularly Van Bovens on State St. where they put all their expensive shoes on sale and Footprints on South U with 60% off some Birkenstocks. It's the best time to stock up. And visit the WEMU booth on North U and Thayer near Mr. B. and his boogie woogie piano. We'd love to see you!
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  -It's Art Fair week in Ann Arbor! 1gobluedem  Jul-16-06 03:09 PM   #0 
  - And If You Can't Stand Art Fair, You Have Until Tues. Night To Escape!  Demeter   Jul-16-06 05:09 PM   #1 
  - Oh, I thought about the Celtic Festival  1gobluedem   Jul-17-06 08:06 AM   #3 
  - Good points.  livvy   Jul-17-06 07:20 AM   #2 
  - Have fun, livvy  SharonRB   Jul-17-06 08:07 AM   #4 
  - Great point about the umbrellas  1gobluedem   Jul-17-06 09:35 AM   #5 
  - You know it's Art Fair week because the temps are over 90  noonwitch   Jul-17-06 09:47 AM   #6 
  - If you're planning to attend, please let this townie  Scout   Jul-17-06 06:26 PM   #7 
  - But how do you REALLY feel? :-)  1gobluedem   Jul-18-06 08:25 AM   #8 
  - One more about parking.  jeanarrett   Jul-18-06 02:08 PM   #9 
  - Anyone go yet?  skipos   Jul-19-06 03:45 PM   #10 
  - Wow! Those are really spectacular!  jeanarrett   Jul-20-06 08:16 AM   #12 
  - I like the weddings and quilts  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 08:18 AM   #14 
  - Not going to make it this year.  livvy   Jul-20-06 08:45 PM   #21 
  - Go? After all those dire warnings?  LisaM   Jul-19-06 07:19 PM   #11 
  - So much better to be stuck there though, rather than say in . . .  jeanarrett   Jul-20-06 08:17 AM   #13 
  - You can also get poked in the ear, or just end up getting the runoff...  livvy   Jul-20-06 08:32 PM   #20 
     - One last note on the near umbrella riot...  livvy   Jul-22-06 10:52 AM   #38 
  - I've been reading this thread with some bemusement.  TahitiNut   Jul-20-06 09:47 AM   #15 
  - Those sound lovely  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 10:04 AM   #16 
  - The A&W Festivals were all very well attended. Throngs of people.  TahitiNut   Jul-20-06 10:25 AM   #17 
     - I don't think anyone is 'afraid' of crowds who goes to Art Fair  1gobluedem   Jul-20-06 10:35 AM   #18 
  - Far more socially liberal? Than Ann Arbor? C'mon...  Lefty48197   Jul-20-06 11:44 PM   #22 
     - Me too!  1gobluedem   Jul-21-06 07:16 AM   #23 
  - Those huge strollers are an issue  LisaM   Jul-20-06 12:06 PM   #19 
  - Only one more day, right?  livvy   Jul-21-06 07:08 PM   #24 
     - Hey, roomie  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 07:50 PM   #25 
        - Nope. I got a recorded message from Kerry and Granholm, but that's it.  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:01 PM   #26 
           - Did you only get one about the rally, but not the thing at Marie's?  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:05 PM   #27 
              - Right, just about the rally. I haven't heard anything about after it.  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:10 PM   #28 
                 - Maybe it's just an Oakland County thing?  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:15 PM   #29 
                    - Good questions, and I don't have an answer for any of them!  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:19 PM   #30 
                       - There's a Michigan Dem site  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 08:41 PM   #31 
                          - I found this...which is exactly what you nevermind...duh!  livvy   Jul-21-06 08:57 PM   #32 
                             - LOL -- Google is your friend!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:00 PM   #33 
                                - I just did. Want to plan on going?  livvy   Jul-21-06 09:11 PM   #34 
                                   - Tentatively, absolutely!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:26 PM   #35 
                                      - Ok, now that we have totally hijacked this thread...sounds good!  livvy   Jul-21-06 09:29 PM   #36 
                                         - That we did!  SharonRB   Jul-21-06 09:32 PM   #37 

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