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the more they stay the same.

Art in the Park is one of Plymouth’s premier yearly outdoor events.  I’d say it’s the king of all the local festivals and fairs.

What really stands out this year is that it looked surprisingly the same as last year’s event.  The same vendors have the same tents in almost the exact same places.  There appear to be more empty spaces this time around.

While this might appear to have a negative tone, I certainly intend no such thing.  This is more an observation than a judgment.  As always, there are some cool things to be found.  I bought a painted coin pendant, which, though pricey, is quite nice.  I do not remember this vendor in years past.

There’s still another day of AIP, so come out and see for yourself what is offered.

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In the run up to this past weekend’s Art in the Park, I really had little to no interest in it.  I probably felt like I had seen a lot of the art in years past.  I also knew it would be hot and, quite honestly, I don’t like walking around on pavement in the heat all day.  Our plans to get away to one of the Great Lakes fell through so we went to the AitP and I’m glad we did.

My wife loved  — loved! — the works at the Plymouth Potter’s Guild’s tent.  She bought several pieces, which is a first.  We normally don’t buy much at this festival.  It was nice to support local artists and it was cool to see that some local people making great stuff.

I loved the artist — and I cannot recall her name — who did literary caligraphy.  She has not been at AitP in the past few years, so she was new to us.  Her stuff was beautiful.  I would have picked up a piece but I got shopped out before I could make up my mind and return to her booth.

The street chalk artists did some lovely free-hand copies of a handful of Van Gogh masterpieces.   It was inspiring to watch them work.

The most pleasant surprise for me was the appearance of “The Toppermost,” a Beatles tribute band.  I’m a Beatlemaniac, but I’ve never really gotten into cover bands.  Since they were playing a free concert, though, I was happy to check them out.  I must say they did a pretty good job of capturing both the sound and spirit of the Beatles live, at least the Beatlemania/moptop period (1962-64.)  Vocally they didn’t sound  a whole lot like the Beatles, but who can really copy the singing styles of any of the Fab Four?  No one.

I didn’t get a lot of photos this time around, but I got a few that I will share.   They don’t really capture the overall feel for the event — they’re little tiny snippets.

Painted Boy


Van Gogh boats


Sugar and Spice

The Toppermost

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Art in the Park starts tomorrow.  While I generally think that all the downtown events are good for the city to some degree, I think I have lost personal enthusiasm for this event.  I hope it goes over well, and I hope it brings a lot of cash and cool people into the city.  But I’m probably not going to spend too much time down there myself.  I like being able to go where I want to go, when I want to go there, and AitP gets in the way of that.  I must be getting old and curmudgeonly.

Here’s a link to the official website for the event.


I also noticed the the compass at Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street was being re-painted and/or re-coated.  I like the aesthetics of it, but the more I think about it needing maintenance (at who knows how much cost) the more I question the return on investment.  It doesn’t look that great and it needs to be kept up.  I think brickwork would’ve looked as nice and required less work on a year basis, but I could be wrong.

Sorry for if this seems unnecessarily negative.

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I presume most readers of this blog are familiar with Plymouth’s annual Art in the Park weekend.  It kicks off today.

If you don’t know anything about it, the event showcases the works of various painters, sculptors, photographers, craftspeople and other artisans.  Works of art or craft can be purchased at vendor tents that line the streets in the heart of the downtown area.  If nothing else the event is a great chance to get out and people watch downtown.


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Things are upside down and backwards at the moment.  Normally I’m fairly in touch with what’s going on around town and when something big happens I write about it.  This weekend, though, I’ve been in Traverse City, Michigan, enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery, I think, in the entire United States.  I’ve also had good food and been with some of my favorite people.

But I missed Art in the Park.  I have no idea what the weather was like, whether there were any new, interesting or especially unique vendors.  Simply put: I missed all the fun in town (traded it for fun up here.)

I’m writing this from the beach on West Bay in Traverse City, watching the sunset as I click away.  I’m sure no one will feel sorry for me.

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