‘Listen to your art’ at this year’s Festival of the Senses in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 16, 2019


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 2019 Clinton Township Festival of the Senses is expected to bring in more diverse crowds with its offerings of art, entertainment, food and activities.

This year’s festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

Bailey Stiefel, a recent graduate of the local Pankow Center, created the festival’s poster art that is tied to this year’s theme: “Listen to your art.” It is the 13th year of the festival, and the third year that the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department has run the event.

“Now I feel like we know what we’re doing. (We’re) a little bit more comfortable to add our own stuff and know the vendors, so we kind of know who’s coming and what spots to fill,” recreation coordinator Tami Letcavage said.

The event kicks off annually with a dog parade. Registration costs $5 in advance and $7 on-site and begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, with the actual parade beginning around 10:15 a.m. There will be contests for best costume, best trick and more. All proceeds go toward Macomb County Animal Control.

This year, the department planned certain times to facilitate activities and entertainment. There will be something going on at all times, including live musicians, magicians, yoga, ventriloquists, dancers and crafts.

A painting party, led by recreation coordinator Emily Minna, will take place for the second year, but for the first time on the grounds. Children can register in advance or on-site, and the township will provide paint and canvases.

Food trucks will include Detroit Panzerotti Company and Big Boy, as well as specialty vendors that serve carnival-type food and drinks, including lemonade, pretzels, popcorn and jerky.

About 80 vendors will be on hand, including 15 to 20 artists new to the event. Letcavage said the vendor numbers are consistent with last year.

There will also be an exciting prospect for some local youths, as six artists between the ages of 6 and 16 will have their original artwork set up in tents along the main walkway.

“It’s a good opportunity for them to kind of see what the business end of it is like,” Letcavage said. “They’re responsible for making all the art, selling all the art, and they’re going to be at their booths the whole show — kind of promoting and putting themselves out there, learning what it’s all about and seeing what it takes to actually succeed in that field and make a name for themselves.”

Parking will be available on-site, while shuttles will take attendees to and from Erie Elementary, 42276 Romeo Plank Road.

To register or for more information, visit clintontownship.com/recreation.html or call (586) 286-9336.