Art & Music

The Hilton Fall Festival, named for its former location along Hilton Road, will return to Martin Road Park in Ferndale on Saturday, October 11th from 11 am to 5 pm.

Once again presented by Garden Fresh Gourmet and spearheaded by Ferndale Recreation, the festival brings a full day of fun with amazing activities throughout the day.

Carnival games, concession sales, pony rides, hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts, a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more are offered for one low price per person.

The festival was moved from Hilton Road to Martin Road Park in 2013 because Martin Road Park offers a perfect autumn backdrop with its beautiful trees. In addition, the large Activity Center located there provides plenty of indoor space to host most of the games and crafts so that potential rainy weather doesn’t hamper the event.

Tickets to the event will remain affordable at $5 per child ages three through 15, $2 per adult, and free for children two and under. Parents will enjoy an all inclu- sive price structure because it allows their child to participate in all the activities.

Ferndale Recreation is able to offer this all- inclusive price structure because of the generosity of many local businesses.

Major sponsors in the past have included: Garden Fresh Gourmet, Hodges Subaru, Gage Products Company, Oakland County Parks, Grand Central Self Storage, DTE Energy, Credit Union ONE and Ferndale Public Schools. In addition, nearly 100 supporters volunteer throughout the day to ensure families have a great time.

Many details are still in the works. You can learn more and get updates by visiting www.hiltonfallfest.com.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the many fun activities or in volunteering, please contact Jill Manchik at Ferndale Recreation at 248-544-6767.

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For 15 years, the Metro Times sponsored this expansive music festival in early March, aiming to encapsulate SE Michigan’s music scene. It settled into a model: dozens of Hamtramck bars hosted three nights of live music (with a kickoff in downtown Detroit), showcasing up to 200 local bands; the largest all-local music festival in North America. For Blowout 16 last year, the festival expanded into Ferndale for three nights, hosted at local hot spots like The Loving Touch, New Way Bar, Rust Belt Artist Market, Como’s Restaurant, and even the Library. Festival-goers gained all-access wristbands to each venue to hang-out, listen, and then move on to the next bar, to the next band…

And now, to the next Blowout, May 1 – May 3, hosted in Ferndale, Hamtramck, and Detroit. As we go to press, the final schedule is still being completed but the full schedule will be available soon at mtblowout.com.

“Blowout is larger than one band,” says Anthony Morrow owner/operator of marketing company Pulp Detroit and a co-coordinator of Blowout with W.A.B. owner Chris Johnston.

“It’s larger than one venue, one scene or one city. It’s a live music experience. Blowout, really, is a Mecca for music lovers.”

Morrow sees it as four nights of live musical “mayhem” where three cities (Detroit, Hamtramck and Ferndale) host thousands of people “scurrying” from place to place. Johnston and Morrow split festival programming, booking bands, and organizing venues. Pulp Detroit created the website and drove the social media marketing online.

Morrow: “Watching Ferndale flourish into a music scene has been exhilarating. A huge chunk of the praise really goes to Johnston, who had a strong vision for turning The Loving Touch into a venue. And, they’re doing a great job down at the New Way as well. The Grasshopper has carved out a niche with electronic music, too. But, really, it’s the bands and DJs who made the scene what it is…”

Johnston paints a poignant metaphor: “Blowout was born and raised in Hamtramck, and in its teenage years its parents separated; one moved to Ferndale.

“Now, as it gets older, Blowout’s finding it has ties to more and more places. I’m always disappointed to read one parent say something bad about the other and then have other relatives take sides. This kid (Blowout,) still needs support from everybody. I feel the same way about the music scene. I’m excited that Ferndale’s making a stand as a great live music town, but the goal isn’t to do it at the expense of other cities. I’d like to believe that the bar is being raised everywhere.”

Johnston helped foster the W.A.B./Emory and Loving Touch into Ferndale’s live music nerve-center over 15+ years, overseeing the pool hall’s transformation into a substantial live music spot for big name touring acts as well as hometown heroes. The Ferndale resident is strongly in favor of a vital music scene in the Detroit area. And he says he continues to work hard promoting good shows and great bands “in far more places than Ferndale.”

Lauren Deming, singer/songwriter/keyboardist of classy-jazz-pop revivalists El Dee: “Ferndale has its own thing going for it and I can vibe with that. I think there’s lots of people from the suburbs who don’t mind making the drive for those kinds of things because it’s closer (or less threatening?) than Detroit. Besides close proximity, Ferndale and Detroit are apples and oranges thriving in their own unique way. The exciting thing about Blowout is all the wacky foot traffic you can count on and all the amazing music you can discover in such unassuming places. All sorts of people, not your typical show-goers, are wandering that weekend, so it’s fun.”

Jason Stollsteimer, singer/songwriter/guitarist of pop/rock quartet The Hounds Below: “Metro Times’ Blowout is and always will be a showcase for all the stylings Michigan music has to offer. It was never intended to be a Hamtramck festival or a Detroit festival. It was never about bars paying their rent or as a dependable source of income for local businesses.

It was a music experience for Michigan citizens to see bands that they otherwise might not have known about. It’s the Metro Times throwing a great party with Michigan bands being the centerpiece.”

Jeff Howitt, singer/songwriter/guitarist of Ferndale-based psychedelic-roots quartet Duende: “The first couple Blowouts I’d go into any bar. There wasn’t a sense of who you had to see, but who you could see. To see the streets flooded with so many people. We’ll have to see how it works, keeping it one weekend yet still spanning three cities, with time and transportation. It’s still solidly representative of how many people around here love music as well as play/write/perform it. People will always beat up the ‘burbs, funny though, that most of the loudest voices were born in them. Where is Detroit? We should see all these neighborhoods and smaller cities as boroughs of the larger Myth of Detroit, it’s Spirit; and, then, move the tradition forward.”

Metro Times Blowout is Wednesday Apr 30 through Sat May 2. Log on to mtblowout.com to find info about purchasing wristbands, for full line-ups at each designated venue, in- cluding when and where to see/hear live music in Ferndale.

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You’re Invited to Drayton Avenue Co-op Preschool “Carnival” Silent Auction – April 25, 2014

This adult-only event, our biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held Friday, April 25th from 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest, in Ferndale.

Fundraising and donations help keep tuition low for DACP’s unique, high-quality educational program. Drayton Avenue Co-op Preschool was established in 1949 as a non-profit, play-based cooperative preschool for children ages 2 to 4. It is a non- denominational organization that welcomes children of any race, sex, creed or national origin. As DACP relies on parents and caregivers to volunteer in the classroom alongside the teacher, it is a tight-knit community where lifelong friendships are forged between families. With a strong tradition that spans more than 60 years, the continued success of DACP depends on community support, as well as new families joining the program.

Advance tickets are $10 per person, and are available by calling (586) 260-7218, or they can be purchased at the door on the night of the event for $15 per person. Guests will enjoy live performances from local musicians, as well as appetizers and adult beverages donated by Ferndale and other Michigan restaurants.

Bidding on Silent Auction items will begin at 6:00 P.M., with staggered ending times. Local businesses and artists, Michigan businesses, as well as international names are some of the donors providing a wide variety of goods to bid on.

For more information about DACP’s 22nd Annual Silent Auction, contact co-chair Kim Hart at (586) 260-7218. Details about the event and auction items can also be found on the Drayton Avenue Co-op Preschool facebook page.

Clean the Ferndale Up Returns May 17th! – May 17, 2014

Keeping Ferndale in tip-top shape should be a priority for every citizen. Back again for another round of spick-and-span this year is Clean the Ferndale Up!, the Spring event that encourages citizens to take to the streets and take part in a citywide beautification effort unlike any other. An event that turns cleaning up the city into a fun community effort, Clean the Ferndale Up! is now in its third year and is again being presented in partnership by the City of Ferndale and the Ferndale Community Foundation. “The Ferndale Community Foundation is very excited to partner again with the City of Ferndale for the 3rd Annual ‘Clean The Ferndale Up!’” said Greg Pawlica, Ferndale City Council Member. The event provides an opportunity for people of all ages to come together for a couple of hours, on Saturday, May 17th, and help put a little extra polish on our city.”

Started in 2012 by Ferndale Community Foundation Board Member Matt Nowaczok and his wife Marci, Clean the Ferndale Up! has grown in scope and size
every year. The canvass of 2014’s event will be Ferndale’s popular downtown destinations with the hope to expand into the residential centers as well. “This year, we will be focusing our cleanup efforts in the downtown area; 9 Mile, Woodward Avenue, and the parking lots,” Pawlica said. Depending on the size of the all- volunteer force, the city’s green space could benefit as well. “If we get enough volunteers, we’ll expand our cleaning into the parks across the city.”

Events like Clean the Ferndale Up! are only as effective as the people who volunteer to support them. Interested in putting some sweat equity into your city? Ready to have a day of fun, making the world around you a little more beautiful? Visit www.cleantheferndaleup.com for all of the latest updates and registration information. More details to follow!

Dinner Plans? FernCare Plans Sixth Annual Dinner – May 8, 2014

On May 8th, FernCare will host its sixth annual dinner — the free clinic’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Returning to the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren, the night promises to be full of great food and fun, all going to support one of Ferndale’s most important community organizations.

Along with raising funds, the dinner serves as a way for FernCare to update supporters and donors about progress of the clinic and gives the organization a way to say “thank you” for the community’s continued support. “The Board always looks forward to the annual dinner because it gives all of us a chance to personally thank people who have supported the work of the clinic,” said Ann Heler, FernCare’s Board of Directors President. “It is also the event where we announce new programs, future plans, and outline what we have done with their support over the past year.”

With a large amount of media attention focusing on the newly implemented Affordable Care Act, the night also serves as an opportunity for FernCare representatives to educate supporters on how the new legislation will impact the clinic and the future. “With the ACA finally open and in its beginning phase, we can assure our guests once again we are not closing,” Heler said. “There will continue to be a place for free clinics for quite some time.”

Tickets are available now through the FernCare website at FernCare.org and are $40 per person and $320 for a table of eight. Though specifics of the night’s agenda are still being finalized, Heler assures that a splendid time is guaranteed for all. “On a personal note, the dinner highlights our acceptance by Ferndale and surrounding communities as something positive and helpful,” Heler said. “To use one of my favorite sayings: it makes all of us smile!”

Rotary Presents a Delicious Warm-Up – March 6, 2014

Ferndale’s Rotary club is one of over a million clubs that comprise Rotary International, a non-profit, community service organization that originated in 1905. At age 90, Ferndale’s club is the “longest living service organization in the city,” according to organizer Jerome Raska. This year the Rotary club continued to live the mission of Rotary International by partnering with FernCare for the first time.

This year’s Rotary club annual fundraising event, the Winter Warm-Up on March 6, 2014, was the third of its kind and matched the success of past events. Proceeds were split between the two organizations as well as much love and good cheer. Area restaurants donated their favorite soup, while local sweet shops donated an assortment of desserts. Attendees and a panel of local celebrity judges declared a winner in each category, but you’ll have to sample all the participating venues and make your own decision; the winners are a secret to non-attendees.

The Rotary club is renowned for its sponsorship of the firehouse and such events as the Bike Rodeo, in partnership with the city’s police department. Its next big statement will revolve around the water, a cornerstone issue for Rotary historically. Other annual events sponsored by the Rotary club include the Pancake Breakfast, in conjunction with the Ice Festival and the Achievement Awards. If you’re interested in learning more about the Rotary club, you can attend one of their weekly meetings at Blumz, on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. It’s a membership organizations with a member fee and all are welcomed, though RSVP is appreciated as well as a commitment to “Service above self,” said Jerome.

Annual Ferndale Blues & Music Festival – January 24 to February 2, 2014

The Annual Ferndale Blues & Music Festival wrapped up its 14th year in February, having again organized more than 60 concerts in 20 venues over a nine-day period. While this year’s festival was as large as ever, with record sponsors and great music, the funds raised from the Ribs Barbeque tent plummeted by more than half, so our fundraising overall was down by a third as well.

The Blues Festival began in 2001, after Monica and Larry Mills and Craig Covey had attended the Chicago Blues Festival and decided to organize one here. Detroit used to have major blues festivals but they ceased in the early ‘90s. Originally created to raise money for Ferndale Youth Assistance, the event grew to a nine-day event from its original weekend, and now includes the Michigan AIDS Coalition, a group Covey founded in 1988.

Multiple venues hire bands and bring in music, and funds are raised through sponsors and donations. At its height in 2013, the event brought in more than $22,000 in proceeds. The festival began to grow to include Hazel Park, Royal Oak Township, and Royal Oak for a couple of years, but has since returned to its roots in Ferndale only.

Volunteer help is critical to the success of the event, and the brutal 2014 Winter took its toll on attendance, volunteerism, and some donations. Organizers are considering all aspects of the event in hoping to carry on the tradition and have a 2015 Ferndale Music Festival. Having always been held in the dead of winter to support our businesses and bring cheer to chilled residents, the dates have not been set for future blues.

Pub Crawl – July 25, 2014

Since 1996, Ferndale has held an annual pub crawl to raise money for local charitable groups. Created by an LGBT resident’s group called FANS of Ferndale, the event began the first year with 35 people traveling as a group to five or six bars in Ferndale’s downtown. The event grew exponentially, and by 1998 became a community-wide happening that attracted 150 people going to ten nightspots. At its height in 2009, nearly two thousand people walked in multiple large groups to two dozen locations, mirroring the growth of our now-thriving downtown. Funds raised for the Ferndale Community Foundation, FernCare, Police Auxiliary, and AIDS education totals on average $10,000 to $15,000 per year.

Restaurants, nightclubs, and bars join the event by sponsoring for a fee, this year $350. They more than make up for this deductible donation by hosting hundreds of crawlers who walk from place to place. Attendees pay a fee to join, which last year was $10. Sponsors add to the fundraising total, which is divided among the charities later in the summer. One year we had flooding, and one year we had a power outage, but the event always goes on, rain or shine.

We have actually trained other cities on our successful techniques, and similar crawls are now held annually in Royal Oak, Berkley, Madison Hts, and Hazel Park. Other smaller groups also hold crawls in Ferndale throughout the year. But none come close to the size and success of the iconic annual Ferndale Pub Crawl, always held on the last Friday of July.

You must be 21 to attend, and no driving of motor vehicles is permitted. There has never been an arrest or injury from this event, which this year will be on Friday July 25th. Sponsors, businesses or individuals who want more information can check www.ferndalepubcrawl.org or call Monica Mills at 248-545-1435.

Ferndale Bike Rodeo – June 7, 2014

Saturday June 7th • Attention, bike lovers, this one is for you! The Ferndale Bike Rodeo is free, and no registration is required! Every child attending will be

fitted for a new helmet, and the Police department will be on-site providing free bike licenses to Ferndale residents. In addition, the Fire department will be giving Firehouse safety tours. This great event is sponsored by the Ferndale Recreation department, the Police and Fire departments, and Ferndale Rotary Club. This fun event for the whole family will be held at Geary Park from 10am–2pm

Trunk and Treasure: A ‘Little Bit of Everything’ Sale! – June 14, 2014

Saturday, June 14 • Join in with ‘recycling’ your stuff: this fun community event will be held in the City Hall parking lot on Saturday June 14, and is open to both residents and non-residents! Registration is only $15, and each participant can bring a table, 2 chairs, and any of your unwanted items (including arts & crafts). A concession stand serving refreshments will be present on-site. There are 45 spots available, and deadline for registration is June 11th at the Kulick Community Center, at 1201 Livernois (completed forms/payment can be turned into the office at this same address). Please call: 248.644.6767 with any questions you may have regarding the event! Please sign up at: www.ferndalerecreation.com, or go to the Kulick Community Center.

Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Fair – September 12-14, 2014

The edgy Funky Ferndale Art Fair will shut down West Nine Mile this year from September 12th through the 14th. Applications are still being taken to become one of 120 juried artists taking advantage of our prime shopping district. What makes the 11th annual show “edgy?” The artist application says this:

“We are looking for work that shows more than a bit of creativity; that challenges the mind, or simply sparks the imagination: Artwork that does not sit quietly but invites a reaction.”

At the same time, filling East Nine Mile with art, the 7th annual DIY Fair takes place. Both events have food, music, and enough cool stuff for sale to stretch your self-control to the limits — all in the coolest downtown in Metro Detroit. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is juried; the DIY Fair is more first-come, first-served for booth space, but there’s not much difference in interest.

Both will keep you walking, spellbound, and eager to see what’s next. Googling either event name will get you information, an application, artist reviews, even Facebook pages (which can help you find more fairs if you’re an artist or a buyer). Non-motorized transportation to the shows is encouraged, and last year parking that benefited FernCare and Ferndale Public Schools, costing $10, was avail- able all around East Nine.

Transgender Day of Empowerment – April 26, 2014

Plan on attending the 2014 Transgender Day of Empowerment April 26, from 9am to 6pm at Affirmations (900 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI. Presented by The Gender Identity Network Alliance, the Transgender Day Of Empowerment (TDOE), started in Michigan in 2009 as a counterbalance to the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day of workshops and projects that focus on empowerment by:

  • – Searching for undiscovered opportunities that lie within the obstacles we face rather than focusing on, or surrendering to, the injustices of those obstacles;
  • – Asking what we can do differently through our actions & attitudes to help create the conditions to bring about a more desired outcome;
  • – Recognizing the most important relationship we will ever have is the one we will have with ourselves, and;
  • – Embracing positive attitudes, encouraging solution oriented perspectives, and elevating the way we think.

This year’s theme, “Creating the Conditions for Change,” is a call to action for the community to make intentional strides in shifting ourselves, others and the culture around us with the purpose of supporting all in their paths of self-empowerment and progress. The TDOE events will feature such prominent facilitators as Drs. Sandra Samons, Stephen Rassi and Kofi Adoma, Equality Michigan’s new Executive Director Emily Deivendorf, and Associate Professor Dr. Julie Nemecek along with Organizations such as Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG), KICK, and Affirmations.

Of note this year will the display of personalized videos, testimonials and donated mementos from such prominent members as Janet Mock , Christina Kahrl , Kylar Broadus along with many others.

Why attend? Michelle Fox-Phillips from GNA says, “Today is about changing your attitudes about yourself.”

For more information or to have your organization help sponsor the event, please contact Michelle Fox-Phillips, Executive Director, Gender Identity Network Alliance, 248-514-2688.

Michigan Youth Arts Festival – May 8 – 10, 2014

Located in Ferndale, Michigan Youth Arts is an alliance dedicated to developing, recognizing, and advocating excellence in arts education for children across the
state of Michigan. Consisting of 16 statewide education associations, Michigan Youth Arts works to develop and deliver arts programming throughout the
state. A cornerstone of the MYA’s yearly program is the upcoming Michigan Youth Arts Festival — the nation’s only large-scale collaborative event of its kind. This year’s event will take place on May 8th–10th, on the campus of Western Michigan University. From a pool of over 250,000, 1,000 students from across the state who demonstrate superior talent in one of ten artistic disciplines are invited to attend the MYAF. Student attendees will participate in over 100 live performances throughout the weekend — all free and open to the public.

This year’s festival will features special guest and Artist-In-Residence Dan Scanlon of Pixar Animation Studios. Scanlon, a Clawson native, has worked on such groundbreaking films as Monster’s University, Brave, Cars, and Toy Story 3. As Artist-In-Residence, Scanlon will lecture and lead a presentation to festival goers as well as teach master classes for students in certain disciplines. “We’re absolutely thrilled to give Michigan’s top youth talent an interactive experience with such a renowned professional in the creative field,” said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. “It’s important for students to know that they can build exciting and promising careers in the arts, and we’re overjoyed that Dan Scanlon will be there as proof of that inspiring message. If students are encouraged to embrace their creativity, they are more likely to pursue work that fits their personal definition of success.”

For more information on Michigan Youth Arts and the upcoming Michigan Youth Arts Festival visit www.michiganyoutharts.org

Annual PTSA Arts & Crafts Fair – May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 10
The Ferndale Secondary PTSA will host a Handmade Arts & Crafts Fair on May 10, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm at Ferndale High School at 881 Pinecrest in Ferndale. Local crafters and artists will showcase and sell their original handmade goods. All proceeds benefit the Ferndale Schools Parent Teacher Student Association. Admission is $1.00 — Free to children 10 & under. Strollers wel- come! The Fair is currently seeking artists and vendors. For details and an application, please send an email to fsptsaartcraftfair@gmail.com for more information. The application deadline is May 5, 2014.

96th Memorial Day Observance to Take Place in Ferndale – May 16, 2014

“Lest we forget” — on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the 96th annual observance in honor of those who gave their all will take place in Ferndale.

Ferndale’s observance is the longest consecutive Memorial Day event in the state of Michigan. A wide variety of community organizations and civic associations
march in the parade. Once again, members of Michigan’s Fallen will participate to commemorate service members who have lost their lives during current military engagements.

The Memorial Day observance begins with a parade commencing at 10:00 a.m. on Livernois, just north of W. Nine Mile. The parade route winds north on Livernois through the streets of Ferndale and returns south on Woodward Avenue before turning onto W. Nine Mile Road. It concludes with a program held at the city’s Memorial Mall, which is located on Livernois, two blocks south of W. Nine Mile Road.

The program includes the reading of the “Honor Roll,” those members of the military who died since Memorial Day 2013.

Ferndale’s observance is hosted by the Ferndale Memorial Associa-tion. Questions? Call Barbara Earl, a director of the Ferndale Memorial Association at 248-541-6032. www.ferndalememorialassociation.com

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With those last bits of ugly black snow finally melting away from the side of the road, and the parks and golf courses throughout the Metro-Detroit area starting to
turn green again, spring has most certainly returned to Ferndale. Each spring, festival-goers, musicians, artists, vendors, runners, and volunteers alike take to the streets of Ferndale to take part in the incredible array of events and celebrations that take place within our city. Hop on your bike, grab your stroller, or roll down the windows for fresh air and make Nine & Woodward your permanent destination for the next few months of fun.

With so many great events returning from years past and some great first-time events as well, people from all over will have the chance to enjoy events as diverse and unique as the Ferndale population. One of the biggest events our city hosts, Pride, will be returning again for what is sure to be its biggest year yet. Starting with the famous (and colorful) Rainbow Run and including a group marriage ceremony, a concert by Tony Lucca, and plenty of other special events, Pride is definitely a can’t-miss event for the entire community. Look for Pride during the last weekend in May.

The Green Cruise and Dream Cruise, two summer standouts, return again this year with some awesome additions for 2014. Green Cruisers will be treated to a half mile parade and free bike tuneups while Dream Cruisers can enjoy a 50th anniversary celebration of the Ford Mustang along with a variety of entertainment including retro emergency vehicles on display and plenty of great live music. Look for both events in August.

Ferndale will also play host again to the Metro Times Blowout, the DIY Street Fair, the Funky Art Fair, the Relay for Life, and many other exciting opportunities to take to the streets and celebrate the beautiful Michigan Spring and Summer. In the following section, you’ll find a detailed schedule of all of the awesome celebrations hitting Ferndale in the coming months. Be sure to grab your family and friends and take part!

If something happened with our soundness, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a preparation. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotence and other states coupled to erectile disfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What folk talk about “viagra stories“? The most substantial aspect you must look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction can be the symptom a strong soundness problem such as core trouble. Causes of sexual dysfunction switch on injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a state called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual disfunction. Even though this medicine is not for use in women, it is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk.

The ad read: “Painting Treasures at the Purple Peacock.” Intriguing! I was very interested after having seen much beautiful hand-painted furniture in stores only to be deterred by the price. Here was an opportunity to create my own!

The owner of Purple Peacock and painting teacher is Pollyanna Robling, wife of Ron Robling, owner of R & S Resale of Ferndale. Pollyanna is a children’s art teacher by day and she also dabbles in children’s art, watercolors and collages. Some of her creations can be found in their store. They also have a new storefront for estate sales and painting classes, named Professional Estate Liquidators, where I attended the premier “Chalk Painting 101” class on Saturday, December 14th in Ferndale.

Pollyanna recently became a paintologist, training with Van Gogh paints – an eighteen month old company developed by Cathy Van Gogh, accomplished decorative faux finisher. The Purple Peacock is now the exclusive carrier of Van Gogh products in Oakland County. This brand of paint, manufactured by Cloverdale in British Columbia, is also self-leveling, which offers a very smooth finish free of brush strokes.

Twenty-five and one brand new colors, with four of them custom colors ordered by Pollyanna. This is a waterbased fossil paint, or chalk paint (made from dried limestones) which adheres to anything, making it conducive to the DIY market. Chalk paint works well for distressing techniques, whereas regular latex paint does not. Some of the colors include “bole”, a clay color used a lot with gold guilding, “serenity”, “balsamic”, “muse” which is good with antiquing kitchen cabinets, “buttah” – a beautiful yellow, “confidence,” etc.

Other “furniture make-up” finishing prod- ucts offered by Van Gogh include the thicker “luminous eyeshadow,” the silvery “glamour glaze,” the hard wood-filler like “furniture facelift” (also used for raised relief), “cabinet concealer,” thick crackle for textures “wrinkle lotion,” “facial masque” for a stone look, and the layers of translucent colors “furniture frosting.”

Much of this presentation was also given by Scottie Vosburgh of Virginia, developer for Van Gogh (www.savedby scottie.com). Other topics covered include Van Gogh’s brushes and furniture wax. Their brushes are made of natural materials and have oval tips with all handmade kiln dried wood handles. Their wax is made of beeswax and mineral oil and is safe for kids toys and completely non-toxic and low VOC. The also have a hard as nails table top finish “furniture facelift.”

Pollyanna and Ron provided food from Christine’s Cuisine which was delicious, and hopes to support other local restaurants with lunch at Saturday classes. I look forward to more classes!

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As winter begins to thaw into spring, couples everywhere look for unique ways to celebrate their upcoming matrimony. Now, thanks to the brainstorming power of handmade advocates Angela Ficorelli (owner of Moving Beauty), Carey Gustafson (owner of Glass Action!), Lish Dorset (crafter extraordinaire), and Stephanie Tardy Duimstra (owner of Type Shy), Metro- Detroiters have a great new resource to find innovative vendors, artists, and venues to help them make the happiest day of their lives also the most functional and fashionable.

The idea for the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring came during a discussion at a 2013 craft fair. Ficorelli, Gustafson, and Dorset realized that, despite having a large, supportive crafting and handmade community, there existed no go-to resource in Detroit to connect brides and grooms with artists and independent businesses that could provide unique options to help color their special day. They acted quickly and put together the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring – a consortium of like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs from across Metro Detroit.

Vendors must meet the criteria of being a boutique business featuring high-quality handmade goods, exhibit a modern wedding design esthetic, and participate in, and support, the do-it-yourself community.

The list of vendors has grown exponentially since they began, with florists, venues, DJs/bands, photographers, and more signing on to offer their unique brand of goods and services to DIY wedding planners in the Detroit area. “Think of a real-life Etsy,” Ficorelli said, who oversees the day-to-day operations at the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring. “Since February 2013, we have been a growing online resource for couples wanting a wedding rooted in the values of handmade goods.”

Now the minds behind the IDWR are bringing that resource to life with the announcement of the Detroit Indie Wedding Show to be held at Rust Belt Market on March 8th.

The second event presented by the IDWR (they held a bridal showcase in June), the March 8th show promises to be “a more formal show featuring music, DJs, flowers (and flower alternatives), glass work, stationery, photographers, videographers, catering, and desserts,” Ficorelli said. With over 20-plus vendors and musical acts expected, the event will be a diverse display of some of Detroit’s best talent and most original work.

The choice of venue is no accident, as Rust Belt fits perfectly within the ideals and requirements of the IDWR. The creation of Chris and Tiffany Best, Rust Belt’s aim is to foster an environment for small, creative businesses to grow and thrive. After a successful Kickstarter campaign recently helped to raise the funds for a massive redesign and renovation effort, the Bests’ brainchild is one of the premiere venues for events and shows in the Midwest.

The first Detroit Indie Wedding Show presented by the Indie Detroit Wedding Ring takes place on March 8th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be held during market hours, so visitors will have the chance to view and experience the entire living market.

To see the latest news and information on the upcoming show, be sure to follow the IDWR on Facebook at facebook.com/IndieDetroitWeddingRing. Potential vendors interested in displaying their services at the show can
find the vendor application on the IDWR blog at IndieDetroitWeddingRing.blogspot.com. For information on all of the upcoming events and vendors at Rust Belt, visit rustbeltmarket.com.

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Eric Hinchman knows something about creativity In fact, he knows something about Ferndale, too. The entrepreneur behind Ferndale’s Bedoshirts (a hip clothing business that sells threads with cutting-edge designs) and the Detroit Bachelor DJs is now taking that same creative spirit he’s brought to clothing and live music, and sharing it with a much larger audience via a the new pod- cast: DBDJs Audiocast. With eleven popular episodes and the podcast reaching the top spot under New and Noteworthy Podcasts on iTunes, Eric Hinchman sat down with us to talk about DBDJs and their new-found podcast popularity.

Ferndale Friends: Let’s start with the basics, who are the Detroit Bachelor DJs?

Eric Hinchman: The DBDJS are a collective of like- minded individuals who are talented enough alone, but when joined together create a giant unstoppable robot. We each have our own unique personalities that shine through in the tracks that we select while performing. We’re probably best known for playing an eclectic hybrid of techno and house music, but we’re not limited to that, and can often be found dabbling in drum and bass and jungle, electro, ambi- ent, IDM, and other genres, depending on what’s most appropriate for the venue and the event taking place. Regardless of genre, we’re generally exposing brand-new music for the first time, or reminding you of something long forgotten about. We don’t play top-40 hits and we generally don’t take requests. Not that we’re jerks, it’s just that most of what’s in our collection isn’t popular yet.

We basically play music people need to hear.

FF: What kind of live events do DBDJs typically play?

EH: It used to be difficult to hear the sounds that we play unless you attended early underground dance parties (or raves) back in the day. We don’t play hits, we generally play brand-new music, and some of those songs may become popular. And whether they do or not, we have probably already grown tired of them by that time and have moved on. But, eventually the music became more mainstream and now the most obvious events would be gigs at nightclubs. We have also performed at events like grand openings for businesses, charities, radio broadcasts and internet streams, concerts, festivals, in-store performances at record shops and musical instrument retailers, corporate parties, bars, restaurants, salons, holiday parties, gallery openings, etc. Anywhere we can fit a sound system and mixing gear, and there is a desire for the mood of the room to be enhanced by music — there doesn’t have to be a dance floor.

FF: How did the idea for the new podcast come about?

EH: Most of the media I consume is in the form of an audio or video podcast, and I have been a fan for a long time. As far as I know, they were the first true forms of digitally distributed on-demand content, and the fact that they’re generally available for free is always nice. Throughout my life, I’ve found myself interested in a number of multimedia-related trades. From film and video editing and production, animation and illustration, design and web development, there was even a time when I considered pursuing journalism.

The idea came about once I realized I could essentially combine all of those interests and produce them from the comfort of home, or anywhere else for that matter.

After some research, I found that I already had the tools and knowledge necessary. It was just a matter of creating the package. There was definitely an intimidation factor and fear of the unknown, but once the show was approved by Apple, a weight was lifted, and I only wished we had started earlier.

FF: What are you trying to accomplish with the podcast?

EH: The main thing is to simply grow our audience by reaching new fans. But, the podcast is accomplishing things I didn’t anticipate. We are reconnecting with old friends and colleagues that we’ve lost touch with over the years. It’s also reinvigorating and inspiring us now that we’re able to reach people on an international level with the help of our website and social media. It’s a great feeling when you release a new episode, then watch in real-time people listening and having a conversation about it immediately after you post it online.

FF: What does the future hold for the DBDJs?

EH: We are working on a handful of other shows with slightly different themes, and plan to start creating video podcasts after the new year. Live video streaming from events would be nice eventually. We’re also discussing getting back into organizing and promoting events when the right opportunities come our way. Some of us write original music or are experimenting more with it, so it would be a logical step to eventually evolve into a publishing company and record label. We have acquired a nice collection of original designs throughout the years that could be incorporated into some really nice merchandise, so I’m toying around with the idea of adding an online store to the DBDJs website.

FF: You’ve started two businesses in Ferndale. Besides being your hometown, why did you pick Ferndale?

EH: Originally, it was because of location and mainly sentimental reasons. Being able to jump on the expressway and travel in any direction possible is a real luxury, and I used to dream of a day where we would have high-speed rail from Detroit to Pontiac and it appears that may finally become a reality. Over the years, I’ve watched Ferndale grow while staying committed to independence, diversity and it’s DIY attitude — an unexpected bonus. Coincidentally, most of us in the DBDJs live here currently, or have at one time or another.

Ferndale has always been important to me and is the right town for more reasons than I can count, but it has always been an intentional and strategic decision to stay here.

The Detroit Bachelor DJs are Derek Plaslaiko, Craig Gonzalez, Keith Kemp, Matt Clarke, RJ Covert, Drew Maddox, Andy Toth, Greg Mudge, Mathew Boynton, James Teague, and Eric Hinchman. To find episodes of DBDJs Audiocast visit detroitbachelordjs.com or search for it in iTunes. Show announcements can be found on their facebook: Facebook.com/DetroitBachelorDJS and Twitter: @dbdjsinfo.
For booking information email info@detroitbachelordjs.com.

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Excitement is already filling the hallways and classrooms of Ferndale High Schools as the award winning theater department readies another in a long line of incredible student productions.

Years past have brought us classics like The Sound of Music, and The Music Man — with each year’s ensemble cast impressing with their diverse array of talents. This year, Ferndale High is tackling Thoroughly Modern Millie, a musical about a small-town girl from Kansas named Millie Dillmount who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love. Millie soon begins to enjoy the “flapper” lifestyle, checks into a hotel, and trouble and mischief quickly begin.

The musical is “flashy and colorful, with lots of dancing,” says Judy Donlin, the highly respected producer who helps bring Ferndale High’s shows to life. “It’s just very, very entertaining.” Donlin is working side-by-side with Melissa Smith, who is acting as director for Thoroughly Modern Millie, to insure that the production is another smash hit. Based on a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, the show opened on Broadway in 2002 and went on to win six Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress (won by Michigan-native Sutton Foster).

Taking over the lead role in the Ferndale High School production is senior Samantha Berger. A veteran of the Ferndale High Theater, Berger is excited about the chance to play the lead role.

“[The production is] theatrical, modern, and it’s the biggest dance production we have ever done,” Berger said.

Samantha’s character leads the well-known opening number “Not for the Life of Me,” and continues to flavor the show with a variety of song-and-dance numbers. The ensemble cast features a large number of talented Ferndale High Students including David Burk (playing Millie’s love interest Trevor Grayton II), Joanna Gaden, Angel Morales, McKenna Voss, and Grace Wilson (playing the Priscilla Girls), and many others.

Along with the great student talent and vision of Donlin and Smith, many dedicated people use their time and energy to make these productions some of the best in the state. Kim and Ken Schroeder work hard to help the students learn the challenging melodies and complexities of the music. Jan Whinham choreographs the performances (an important task for a musical that brought home the Tony for Best Choreography) and has been working with stu- dents on tap dancing rehearsal since October. Carol Digby is the master seamstress who creates each and every article of clothing worn on stage, and the husband and wife team of Jim and Liz Pfleger design the sets and facilitate the props, respectively. Books are kept by Tom Jaksa, who helps to ensure the financials are balanced and the production is able to acquire all items needed. All of these people make up the “really dedicated group of adults who are tireless in their work, much of which is also volunteered,” Donlin said.

Another wonderful addition to the upcoming production is the chance to premiere it in the newly remodeled Ferndale High School theater. Using money from a bond passed in 2012, the theater’s stage equipment, sound system, theatrical lighting and rigging system, curtains, stage access, acoustical wall treatments, and projection booth have all been updated and modernized.

Donlin is encouraging the community to come out and see the results of the bond they voted on. The show is sure to be “a nice evening out and [guests will] leave having had a great time,” Donlin said. With such a talented cast, dedicated crew, and impressive venue, Thoroughly Modern Millie is primed to be yet another in a long line of incredible productions from Ferndale High.

Thoroughly Modern Millie runs the weekends of March 22nd and March 28th. For tickets or information you can visit the box office, online at http://fhsmusical.bpt.me, or call 248-586-8609. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors or students (with valid ID).

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“I could explain it, but…I can’t explain it.”

Scotty Hagen has just gotten home on a Saturday night, settling into his chair inside his apartment — a.k.a. the headquarters for his modest, albeit rather industrious, local music distribution label, Bellyache Records.

This is the first night in as long as he can remember where he can actually watch TV without grasping a tape gun. There’s no records to ship, no printers to follow up with, no packages to seal — at least, not until next month. This, after what has been Mr. Hagen’s busiest year, with 14 releases, several well-attended local concerts under the Bellyache banner, and a steadily-filling calendar of commitments for the new year.

He’s catching his breath tonight because in the morning he has to open up the store he manages, UHF Records in Royal Oak. Truly, this Ferndalian eats, sleeps, and breathes music (of course, he’s also a lifelong musician, and longtime bassist for local metal-pop outfit The Grande Nationals).

“I just…love music,” says Hagen. “I enjoy making records, I enjoy that whole process. I enjoy the satisfaction of bringing music to people.”

After six solid years running Bellyache, Hagen’s sold “literally thousands” of records, a stat that would likely stagger his younger self: the punk-rocking metal maven high school grad day-jobbing through chain stores like Camelot Music. Not only does Hagen now manage an independent vinyl record store, he’s become the premiere local distributor for the latest recordings of Ferndale’s increasingly active scene of bands and musicians.

These developments would also likely stagger the Hagen circa 2005, back when he was wearing rubber gloves and a hairnet in his kitchen, baking chocolate bars.

Bellyache Records began as the Bellyache Candy Shoppe. His friend, Michelle Moore, who worked in promotions, shared his nostalgia for old-timey candy shoppes. “Really, we just wanted to go to the All Candy Expo in Chicago, but you had to run your own business to be eligible, so…we started up our own vintage candy shop.”

Both Moore and Hagen, at that point, were well connected in the local music scene, so it figured that curating a compilation album from bands like The Hentchmen, The Muggs, The Gore Gore Girls and many more, seemed an ideal way to kickstart the Candy Company, so to speak.

“Well, obviously we had to give this project its own imprint label at that time, so we just called it Bellyache Records,” Hagen explained.

The company grew modestly through 2007. Hagen then decided to experiment with this new label of theirs and release a 7” single (on a 45rpm record) for The Gore Gore Girls. That led to a Grande Nationals LP and another compilation: a Halloween-themed double LP mix of spooky dance party ditties created exclusively for Bellyache by 30 distinctive local bands.

Eventually, bands started coming to Hagen (as opposed to vice-versa), to put something out for them. In the summer of 2008, the vinyl started outselling the candy bars; Bellyache released a double LP of demos and rarities for renowned rock group The Go. “That’s when I realized,” said Hagen, “that this is working!”

Hagen almost considers that summer to be Bellyache’s defining moment, but he can’t resist special regard for the respective concerts celebrating the releases of his first two compilation CDs (2006’s Sweet Sounds of Detroit Vol. 1 and 2007’s Ghoul’s Delight).

The label’s launchpad was fortified by scene camaraderie — from pop bands to punks, from metal-lovers to synth-centric electronica composers. Hagen was humbled by the enthusiastic response he got early on, not just from bands submitting their songs but from the large crowds attending his label’s release shows.

At a recent Duenseday Music Showcase (hosted monthly by local rockers Duende at the Loving Touch), Hagen stopped in and realized he was surrounded by his clientele, several of them separated by respective bands or solo projects. “I don’t know if they all realized that, by this extension, we’ve all worked together. My common link used to be that I was a musician, but I’ve enjoyed the new role, that I have a hand in getting their music out to people.”

And that speaks to the vinyl fanatic in Hagen. “When I buy a record, I like the full package.” That’s why you get lots of extra treats with Bellyache Records, like a theatrical playbill inserted into Duende’s Murder Doesn’t Hide The Truth or a Halloween mask in Slasher Dave’s Spookhouse LP.

And it’s not just bands: artists are also enthusiastic contributors to the Bellyache catalog, with talented illustrators and graphic artists like Annette Barbara (Duende cover), Mike Ross (Pewter Cub cover) and Jason Abraham Smith (Oscillating Fan Club cover) all contributing original work.

Set aside all the sensational music, Hagen says he revels at looking back at “this discography and seeing all this fantastic artwork.”

Bellyache’s homespun MO extends to the pressed wax itself, as Hagen has nothing but the best things to say about Detroit-based Archer Records, a specialty plant for pressing, mastering, and plating vinyl records.

Not surprisingly, Hagen’s schedule is already filling up. He said he hopes someday to re-release past material from the Muggs and maybe even a film soundtrack. He’s currently talking to Ryan Roxie, Alice Cooper’s guitarist, for a possible solo release. Local garage punkers Caveman Woodman will have new material out soon, as well as thematic instrumental synth-based outfit Voya3r.

“It’s fun to have this great blend of bands,” says Hagen, “from indie-rock like Bars Of Gold to pop with Betty Cooper, or something harder like Nice Hooves or something groovier like The Muggs.”

It all comes back to Hagen’s apartment. His living room carpet often flooded with plastic sleeves and boxes, packing up his product (i.e., Ferndale band’s latest and greatest) to ship in the morning. “It’s flattering,” says Hagen, “that these bands come to me. We want to keep it local and I’m going to do the best I can for them.

“If this can be a platform or a stepping stone for a band to something bigger, or if you just want to get your record out to people, I’m here for you.”

For more information on Bellyache Records visit bellyacherecords.bandcamp.com

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Most people who stroll the beautiful beaches of Michigan’s Great Lakes see nothing more than a mixture of nature’s debris along the sandy shore. Robin Serrano, the owner and creator of Two-Track Mind Jewelry, is seeing things differently and turning that vision into something unique.

It all started with Robin’s deep passion for Lake Michigan. She tries to spend as much time as she can on the shore, vacationing at her cottage. “I don’t know what it is, it’s just so soothing and comforting, and I love my connection with the lake,” Serrano said. It was during her regular walks on the beach that she began collecting different items she found in her path. At first she didn’t know what to do with the things she collected.When asked by her children, Sophia and Sam, what she was going to do with the things she was collecting, she came up with the idea of making jewelry, and Two-Track Mind was born.

Serrano enlisted the help of her children, Sophia and Sam, and they began to hunt for these natural treasures as a family. Her children became very involved in the process and helped in the discovery of the beach glass, driftwood, and other natural findings that she uses to handcraft her pieces of art. They also help to construct the jewelry.

Spending time creating these pieces with her kids is something Robin loves to do and is one of the most rewarding aspects of Two-Track Mind.

Collecting and constructing these unique pieces turned into a new hobby for Serrano, and it wasn’t long before friends and family took notice. Due to the interest she was receiving, she began to sell her handcrafted suncatchers to friends, and that’s when things began to take off. What started as a small hobby, is now gaining a big reputation for quality, creative, handmade goods, with a local connection to Michigan’s incredible Great Lakes.

But jewelry isn’t all she does. Robin’s day job is at Bubble & Bark, a pet grooming company located right here in Ferndale. She is a senior groomer there, and has been grooming for 28 years. Robin is a very creative person and her creative nature is evident in the grooming expertise she shows at Bubble & Bark. “I was working for Cadillac Auto Plant and I got laid off for a while. By the time they had called us back, I had started grooming. I worked one day at the plant and said, ‘No thank you’.” She was happy where she was, and continues to love what she does for a living.

Outside of her day job, Robin has strong ties to the Ferndale community. She has a best friend who lives in the area, and she met her boss here, too. She has been a frequent visitor for many years, and she has tried to get her jewelry creations into some stores in the city. So far, she mainly sells her jewelry to family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone else who is interested, thanks to her great word-of-mouth reputation and home parties. Robin’s jewelry is also available at Tootie and and Talullah’s in Berkley, which is currently carrying a full complement of Robin’s work.

Two-Track Mind Jewelry has turned from a hobby to passion for Robin Serrano. Her favorite items to make are suncatchers and earrings, though she said that it is always a challenge to find pairs of beach glass that are close enough for a matching pair. A big portion of her business is custom orders and she looks forward to continuing to use her creativity to create one-of-a-kind pieces for customers. Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far, with about 90 per cent of first-time customers returning to make another purchase.

With that kind of success, there is no doubt that Robin Serrano, and Two- Track Mind, will be continuing to make beautiful, nature-inspired pieces of jewelry for as long as the tides come in on the shores of Lake Michigan.

If you are interested in contacting Robin or checking out her wonderful creations, you can check out her page at artfire.com/users/twotrackmind. She also has a Two Track Mind Beach Glass page on Facebook, but she admits that she tends to keep more up-to-date things on her personal Facebook page. You can “like” her TwoTrack Mind page and you can also send her a friend request on Facebook. Her personal page is at facebook.com/RobinAllenSerrano

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