The Friday 5 — April 21-23
By C & G News
The Friday 5 — April 21-23
More than 100 displays and presentations plus kids activities highlight the weekend-long MI Earth Day Fest.
Visitors to Welcome Back Birds at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House last April got to learn about various local and migrating species and see demonstrations like this one, in which bird-guide author Allen Chartier measured, inspected and banded a sparrow before releasing the small bird. The second annual Welcome Back Birds takes place this Saturday.
Artwork illustrating the impact of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes will be on display as part of a travelling exhibition by Art Road during GreenFest April 22 at the Detroit Zoo.
Gabriella Whiting plays Florence Ballard, Allison Semmes plays Diana Ross and Tavia Riveé portrays Mary Wilson — aka the Supremes — in “Motown the Musical.”
The Royal Oak Farmers Market will host Spring Beer Fest on Saturday, April 22.
Posted April 20, 2017
1. MI Earth Day Festival
April 21-23 • Downtown Rochester
At the MI Earth Day Festival in downtown Rochester, celebrating Mother Earth is a three-day extravaganza.
This year’s event will be held 4-8 p.m. April 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at Third and Water streets.
The event, held rain or shine, will showcase ways for people to shop, learn and celebrate eco-friendly alternatives with over 100 exhibits, presentations and programs, along with children’s activities, entertainment, organic foods and beverages, free wellness activities, contests and more. Admission to the festival and all programs is free.
For more information, including program schedules, lists of participants and all other event details, visit miEDF.com.
2. Welcome Back Birds
Saturday, April 22 • Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores
The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is a popular stop for migrating birds, so the historic estate is greeting its feathered friends with the Welcome Back Birds event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday April 22.
There will be hands-on activities, such as building a sun-catcher to protect birds, and visitors will be able to enjoy spring blooms as they stroll through the grounds. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will give a presentation on warblers, and there will be programs on bird banding and peregrine falcons, which have made a comeback in recent years.
Welcome Back Birds takes place rain or shine. Admission costs $12 for non-Ford House members and $10 for Ford House members; children ages 2 and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at the Ford House or from Wild Birds Unlimited, 20381 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods. The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, on the St. Clair Shores border. For advance tickets or more information, call (313) 884-4222 or visit www.fordhouse.org.
Saturday, April 22 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
GreenFest activities include chemistry demonstrations, worm-composting education, zookeeper talks and a sustainability tour highlighting the Detroit Zoological Society’s green efforts. In addition, a traveling exhibition by Art Road will be unveiled during the event, illustrating the impact of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.
GreenFest is supported by DTE Energy and Kroger. All GreenFest activities are free with zoo admission, and attendees who bring a cellphone for recycling will receive a reduced zoo admission price of $9. Admission is free for Detroit Zoological Society members.
For more information about GreenFest, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.
4. ‘Motown the Musical’
Now through April 30 • Fisher Theatre, Detroit
Audiences can enjoy their favorite Motown classics — and learn about the music’s history — with the production of “Motown the Musical,” running through April 30 at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre.
The show traces the rise of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and the young musicians — including Diana Ross of the Supremes, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder — who would become Motown megastars. Michigan natives Devin L. Price, who grew up in Lansing, and Louis James Jackson, who grew up in Detroit and Southfield, are part of the show’s ensemble.
5. Spring Beer Fest
Saturday, April 22 • Royal Oak Farmers Market
More than 50 breweries will offer samples of their best brews during Spring Beer Fest from 7:30 to 11 p.m. April 22 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.
Tickets cost $45 and include 15 drink sample tickets, a commemorative pint glass, a keepsake photo, games and live entertainment by Cosmic Groove. For more information, visit royaloakbeerfest.com.
C & G Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, K. Michelle Moran and Victoria Mitchell contributed to this report.
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