Ferndale Pride is one of Ferndale’s best known celebrations, and this year’s event is set to be especially exciting. Recognizing the diverse LGBTQ and ally community, Ferndale Pride aims to be a safe, fun, and inclusive event for all.

Mixing Ferndale residents, visitors, businesses, and performers, the Pride weekend is guaran-teed to have something for everybody: big-name performers, thought-provoking speakers, and unique and interesting vendors are just some of the things to look forward to at this year’s festival.

Though the main Pride event takes place in the last weekend of May, there are a number of fundraising opportunities before then in and around the city. The New Way Bar is hosting a Warm Up to Pride night on Saturday, April 12th at 9 p.m. with various fundraising opportunities. Downtown favorite Rosie O’Grady’s will host 50/50 raffles the first Wednesdays of April and May, where profits will go to supplementing the costs of putting on the weekend-long celebration. Check the pride website at for a complete calendar of events.

Attendees can look forward to an all-weekend street fair that brings together many different local flavors. On Saturday and Sunday, from Noon to 9:00 P.M., the streets will be filled with a variety of performers representing a diverse group of tastes and talents.

Two separate stages sponsored by Motor City Casino have continuous music lineups planned for entertainment and dancing. The headlining act is one of Michigan’s favorites, singer Tony Lucca, performing on Saturday night. While the music plays, you can peruse the shopping area. From local businesses to independent crafters, exploring the vendor tables will be a great way to find gifts and other unique items. A wide variety of food and drinks will also be served.

The jam-packed weekend has events to fit any schedule starting, with the Friends of the Library-sponsored “Pride Prom” — an unofficial kickoff event featured on Friday night. Saturday morning, runners, walkers, and spectators alike can join in the fun of the Rainbow Run — a standout Pride event. Registration is still open for the 2K Fun Run or 5K Walk, and participation in either events promises to be an unforgettable colorful memory. Saturday at noon marks the official kick-off balloon launch, followed by the awarding of the charitable grants organized by Pride.

New this year is the group marriage ceremony held Saturday afternoon — a first in Pride history. The fun continues with a rally for gender
equality (with an array of speakers), and a Sunday full of after-parties.

Are you ready to get involved with Ferndale Pride? Register to be part of the Rainbow Run at Visit to see sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Volunteering positions include greeters, information distributors, stagehands, and more. Sponsoring Pride weekend has a variety
of benefits at many different levels. Follow the website as well as the Ferndale Pride Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up with the schedule and opportunities happening.

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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 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 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 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:, 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

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 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.

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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 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!

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 connected to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What humanity talk about “viagra stories“? The most vital aspect you must look for is “sildenafil citrate“. Such problems commonly signal other problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong heartiness problem such as heart trouble. Causes of sexual malfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause sexual dysfunction. Even though this physic is not for use in women, it is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk.

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 Potential vendors interested in displaying their services at the show can
find the vendor application on the IDWR blog at For information on all of the upcoming events and vendors at Rust Belt, visit

If slightly happened with our health, we believe there is a solution to any maladies in a cure. What medicines do patients purchase online? Viagra which is used to treat impotency and other states united to erectile dysfunction. Learn more about “sildenafil“. What people 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 heart trouble. Causes of sexual disfunction include injury to the penis. Chronic disease, several medicaments, and a condition 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 curing passes into breast milk.