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SPECIAL FEATURE: Recap – First Fridays/Farmer’s Market/FREE CLOTHES FOREVER

First Fridays/Farmer’s Market Recap

FRIDAY AUGUST 7TH – First Fridays Ypsi was spectacular this month, bringing hundreds of revelers to the streets to celebrate our local arts and music scene!  FREE art and music events happened at 16 local businesses, ending with new local sounds from SOFT MILK enrapturing our hearts at Cafe Ollie.

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SOFT MILK – YpsilantiNews has never heard anything quite like this well-loved duo, and neither have you.  Also sometimes referred to as ‘Ghost Milk‘ for their unusual on stage-attire, they are healing, entrancing, and uniting.  A wedding was even performed on the dance floor during their set Friday night!  Don’t miss their next local show, whenever that is.  Here’s an official video on their YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlelMfLzKB0&spfreload=10  Find them on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/listentosoftmilk

FIRST FRIDAYS – If you don’t know about First Friday‘s yet, you must not be walking around town very often on the first fridays of every month.  Since 2013, a new non-profit (#FirstFridaysYpsi) has organized a FREE art walk around town, so everyone can visit businesses that have art on display, live music, live art, and more, all within walking distance around town.  Even Ypsilanti City Hall has participated with a display of art from a local school!  Our only complaint is that there is so much going on, you can’t see everything you want to for as long as you want.

First Friday, August 7th 2015, had hundreds of Ypsilantians walking around Downtown and Depot Town enjoying the artistic festivities.  Hula hooping, music, and live portrait drawing made for a decent sized crowd on the sidewalk in front of 206 West Michigan Avenue in front of Lampshade, a new venue/meditation studio that has not opened yet (right next to Frank’s Drugs).  You can see pictures at #FFY on Facebook if you search a little.

Anthony Morgan on the mic in Library Plaza downtown gave us a mix of prose, philosophy, flows, and anthology.  There were many familiar faces in the crowd and people were gettin down.  The new 90’s store Friends Closet on the SE corner of Washington and Pearl had free painting if you had a canvas or bought one.  Bona Sera featured art from the top three winners of the 2014 Heritage Fest Live Art Showdown.  Many people remarked that the prices on the art were awesomely reasonable as well.

With all of the live music and extra people all over town, several locals we talked to near Emmet and Ballard Streets still were not familiar with First Fridays.  Make sure you tell your friends!

Check out First Fridays online at http://firstfridaysypsi.com and https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysYpsi.

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Saturday August 8th:  The Depot Town Farmer’s Market had a few sprinkles on it in the morning, but fortunately nothing too serious. Then, the incredible aquisition of very fine produce commenced:


Look at Zilke Vegetable Farm goodies:

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And Radicle Roots‘ fine feasts:

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Ypsilanti Growers Collective booth:

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YN was so busy digging in the piles of free clothing that we forgot to take a picture of the GIGANTIC PILES of FREE awesome duds that everyone brought to market!  We had TWO tables set up this week because there were so many clothes.  Don’t worry, if you don’t bring anything, you can still take free stuff!  In fact, we want more people to come take stuff so we don’t have to arrange to donate it somewhere afterwards!  (Many thanks to Totally Awesome Fest for taking all of the clothing so far for their 2016 Festival!!)

The FREE CLOTHING SWAP/SHARE happens EVERY SATURDAY IN DEPOT TOWN FROM 9AM TO 1PM!  Bring stuff, take stuff, whatever you want…  IT’S FREE!  Come join the free fun.

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And get your super fresh produce from our local farmers when you get free clothes!  They take cash, credit/debit, EBT and WIC.  Double your food bucks with EBT!!  

No farms, no food!  Support your local farmers!  Become friends with the people who grown your food.  🙂

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MEANWHILE, DIY YPSI HAPPENED ALL WEEKEND AT CORNER BREWERY!

YPSI NEWS UPDATE – 8/6/15 – B&Es/Protestor Arrested/DropCam/Rec Center Approved/AQI



Ypsilanti News Update

We bring you the news because the news happens.



1.  There has been a ‘rash’ of home invasions in Ypsilanti and Superior Townships.  Read about the breaking and entering here:  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/rash_of_home_invasions_reporte.html#incart_river This is not abnormal for our area, except the perpetrators don’t often Break to enter.  Usually, they go into your car, house, or garage through unlocked doors.  Ways to prevent this are:  double-checking to make sure doors are locked, security systems, security signs, and other deterrents like dogs, motion sensor lights, motion sensor alarms (some make a dog-barking sound), making sure your place looks well lived-in and like many people are HOME and watching, and getting involved in your local neighborhood watch.



2.  Here is a video on YouTube of local activist Anthony Morgan being arrested during a peaceful protest in Ypsilanti.  There appears to be a lot of controversy surrounding this arrest, suggesting that Mr. Morgan was singled out from the other peaceful protesters for some reason.  Perhaps because he is very active sharing the #BlackLivesMatter Campaign?  We need to keep an eye on this situation to ensure that he is treated fairly.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v-gsgtlkdg



3.  Wish you were downtown but you aren’t?  No problem.  Just click this link to watch the LIVE DropCam downtown Ypsi on the SE Corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington and be a part of the action without anyone even knowing you are there! https://video.nest.com/live/BET6cv  (Full Video and Audio LiveCam)



4.  Ypsilanti City Council approved the plans for the 50,000 square foot Recreation Center on MIchigan ave at the Water Street Property.  You can read the story here: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/new_eastside_recreation_center.html#incart_river



5.  Our Air Quality has been GOOD lately!  Can you smell it? Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.01.32 PM

You can check out the link monitoring our Air Quality Index here: http://aqicn.org/city/usa/michigan/ypsilanti/


SPECIAL FEATURE: Freek Fest 3 – Part 2 – Under the Bridge

The second video of the FREEK FEST III coverage is now available @ CreateHarmony:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIMOUfRVT7s

Erich the Viking and Matt Nisbett are featured in this segment, as well as the crowd, the river, and the love.

See the first video in the FF3 series here:  https://ypsilantinews.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/freek-fest-3-video/

And first pix of the Festival here:  https://ypsilantinews.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/freek-fest-3-in-progress-pix/

Peace!

YPSI NEWS UPDATE – 8/3/15 – New Venue/Air Quality/Farmer’s Market/Power-Outage/Murder/Beacons/Seed Library/Maynard on Riggs

YPSILANTI NEWS UPDATE – 8/3/15



 1. A NEW VENUE IS OPENING DOWNTOWN! !  Will we finally have the right place for the open mic that was LOST when Woodruff’s closed down?  Is this  a possible new home?  We have tried  n hoped 4MANY places…..  keep ur fingers crossed (excerpt taken from Ypsi Underground Facebook page):

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2. Our Air Quality is finally GOOD (35)!!!!  We went through a rough patch all around the 4th of July, with moderate crappy air quality due to the FIREWORKS.  IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER NOW!!!   ::::

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3.  Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will was at the FARMER’S MARKET ON 8/4/15!  We haven’t heard what she said.  If you talked to her, let us know about it!  **Our Farmer’s Markets, run by Growing Hope have all kinds of vendors, including farmer’s selling produce, eggs, meat, prepared food, crafts, and more!  Lots of FREE stuff – come down and hang out!  Usually, Market has all or some of the following for FREE!!::  Free live music; Free 10 min massage; Free kitchen supplies/tasting booth; free chiropractic assessment; free frequent shoppers card!  Markets take cash, credit, debit, EBT, WIC, etc.  Downtown Market is every tuesday from 3-7 at 16 S. Washington St. and Depot Town market is by the FreightHouse every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.



4.  Power Out! Are you prepared??!?  Many are still without power after the storm last night.  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/thousands_remain_without_power.html#incart_river

If the power went out, could you survive for a few days, a week, a month?  It’s EASY to stock up enough important survival tools to do your part if the SHIT HITS THE FAN in our area!  Keep these supplies (per person):   4 DAY SUPPLY:  4 gallons of water, 4 days worth of foods that don’t require heating/cooking/much preparation (canned beans/veggies, fresh veggies/fruits, ready-to-eat energy bars/granola/snacks, survival meals, roasted/prepped nuts/seeds/legumes/mixes, etc); Water; Environmental Shelter (warming utilities if its winter/tents/etc); first aid kits; flares; fire starters; plastic bags; fasteners; flash lights; solar powered lights/radio/flashlights; batteries; MORE….

****THE MORE OF US LOCALLY THAT ARE PREPARED (JUST IN CASE), THE BETTER.  🙂



5.  “POLICE IDENTIFY MAN SHOT AND KILLED IN YPSILANTI” It’s SO sad to lose one of our young strong men!!  This MURDER happened at a local gas station on Harriet St on Sunday 8/2/15 :  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/police_identify_man_shot_and_k.html#incart_river May peace be with the shooter and the shot.  We are all in this together.  Love everyone, even your enemies, if possible, just so our kids don’t see so much chaos….



6.  BE CAREFUL! What did you find in the trash?  Make sure its not an active boater’s emergency beacon, or the SWAT TEAM is comin’ to your house!  lmfao!!!  This guy had a surprise:  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/emergency_beacon_causes_false.html#incart_river



7.  “”The Ypsi Seed Library needs your donations!

After a very successful spring season, the Ypsi Seed Library is running low on seeds! The selection in our Seed Library depends on community donations. We accept any non-hybrid food seeds, whether you saved them, received them from a friend, or purchased them. Partial packets are fine! Just tape them shut and drop them in the collection box at either Seed Library location. For more information about sharing or taking seeds, go to our DOWNTOWN YPSILANTI LIBRARY.”” – Taken from Library post



8.  Check out Mark Maynard’s blog on his Exit Interview with local artist Rita Jane Riggs!   http://markmaynard.com/2015/08/ypsiarbor-exit-interview-rita-jane-riggs/

SPECIAL FEATURE: Freek Fest 3 – Part 1 – Tridge

FF3 VIDEO LINK:  In conjunction with Ypsilanti News, YouTube Channel CreateHarmony presents FREEK FEST 3, DOCUMENT-AIR-EASE!  (Part 1) The first video in the series is available now here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El6RoBHnI7g

And Part 2 is available here:  https://ypsilantinews.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/special-feature-freek-fest-3-part-2-under-the-bridge/

Part 3:  https://ypsilantinews.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/special-feature-freek-fest-3-part-3-good-vibes-glass/

Part 4:  Coming Soon

This video was filmed on an older Android phone with no service.  Not that service matters regarding video quality, but, due to principle, we prefer to state that.  YN knows that cell phones fuck up your head, so we don’t use them, except as unconnected recording devices.  Anyway, we know that this video quality could be better, but we prefer quantity over quality because we are confused humans.  🙂 If you have photos or videos of FF3 that you would like to share, let Ypsilanti News know at FreeYpsi@mail.com . ENJOY!

SPECIAL FEATURE: Freek Fest 3 – Pix n’ Commentary

FREEK FEST 3 HAPPENED!

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7/31/15

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IN YPSILANTI

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WITH SEAN RUONA, JOE BOONE, LEFTY LEADFOOT, ERICH THE VIKING, MESSY, MATT NESBITT, SHAKEY JAKE, CLARA BALMER, KURMUDGEON, JAMES KENSINGTON, GILLIE AND THE FREEMEN, MARCH OF THE ANT, THE BUTTS, ARIAN CAMILLE MONCEAUX, DARKNESS, ZACHARY LOCKWOOD, KYLE EVAN PLUTA, UNICORN AND MORE

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IN ONE OF YPSI’S MANY OUTDOOR FREE AMPHITHEATERS

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THE RIVER, THE SAXOPHONE, THE GEESE – THIS IS HOMECAM07502 1438362610288

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WITH VIKINGS SINGING LULLABYS

AND THANKFULLY CLEAR BLUE FLUFFY SKIES

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WE COME IN PEACE

US PEOPLE FROM THE EAST

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HEADY KIDS, THE MUSIC WHIZ, DR. CHEF FEAST, AND PANTHEONS BEASTCAM07558 CAM07572


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WE FLOCK TOGETHER

IN GOOD YPSI WEATHER

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AND WHEN THE MAESTRO PLAYS

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WE START HEADING THIS WAYZ…


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AND THANK GOODNESS IT’S FREE

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OR WE DON’T KNOW IF WE’D BE

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FROLICKING THIS HAPPILY!


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MANY THANKS TO GOOD VIBES GLASS

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FOR MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST!

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**SPECIAL THANKS TO COLIN MOOREHOUSE FOR MAKING THIS EVENT HAPPEN AND SHOWCASING THE PHENOMENAL TALENT IN OUR TOWN.