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Shakespeare in the Arb performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream, celebrates 10th anniversary

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The annual Shakespeare in the Arb production, put on by a cast consisting primarily of University of Michigan students directed by Professor Kate Mendeloff celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

In honor of a decade of Shakespeare in the Arb, the crew offered four extra performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” every Thursday through Sunday throughout the month of June.

The popular show took place at 6:30 p.m. in Nichols Arboretum. A crowd of more than 250 attended the performance on Friday, June 25, the largest turnout so far this year. The tickets sold out very quickly and more than 100 people were turned away.

Mendeloff and dozens of other volunteers led the crowd on a near mile long hike through the hills and woods of the Arb to the different scenes of the play. The weather was warm and the sun shined brightly on the tall trees which provided a backdrop on what you could call the world’s largest stage.

Check out the Ann Arbor Journal in print on Thursday, July 1 for a photo page.

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Fairies frolic among tall pine trees Friday June 25 during Shakespeare in the Arb's 10th anniversary performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The show sold out to more than 250 people.

Sean FitzGerald, performing as Demetrius acts out a scene with Elise Randall, performing as Helena on a winding pathway in the Arb.

Eva Rosenwald performs as Titania, the Queen of Fairies during a scene deep in the woods of the Arb.

Tony Alvarez of Ann Arbor laughs during a scene in the peony garden. “It was fun and it was a very nice day” Alvarez said.

Kaela Parnicky, performing as Hermia, hugs Chris Anderson, performing as Lysander during a scene in the peony garden.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Opening Day – with audio slide show

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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival‘s Top of the Park in downtown Ann Arbor opened Friday with extreme face painting, music performances and severe storms.

The event began at 5 p.m. with face painting by Body Masterpiece and performances by Tokyo Sexwhale and Mucca Pazza. The sky began to turn dark and severe thunderstorms moved in as My Dear Disco took the stage around 9 p.m., bringing the event to an early end. An estimated 3,000 people attended the opening day events.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival continues through July 11. Click here for a full schedule of events.


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People sit in the grass Friday at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ingalls Mall.

Dominik Trobaugh, 9, of Saline gets his face painted by Leah Reddell of Body Masterpiece from Colorado Friday at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ingalls Mall.

A young boy lines up with other members of Mucca Pazza Friday at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ingalls Mall. "Look, he's playing bear-itone" said a member of Mucca Pazza.

Cierra Lichtenbergen, 8, of Massachusetts laughs and dances with her aunt Sarah Wetherby of Ann Arbor as her boyfriend Wayne Kung of Ann Arbor watches Friday at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ingalls Mall.

Mucca Pazza leads the crowd in singing Friday at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on the steps of Rackham Auditorium.

Grillin’ for Food Gatherers 2010 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

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Food Gatherers held their annual ‘Grillin’ fundraiser this Sunday at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

For the story, check out the Ann Arbor Journal today in print, or click here to view it online.

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Volunteer Nina Robles laughs while talking with guests during Grillin' for Food Gatherers Sunday at the at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Fresh veggies are cooked during Grillin' for Food Gatherers Sunday at the at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Hundreds of guests eat fresh cooked food during Grillin' for Food Gatherers Sunday at the at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Ben Cooper, 6, plays with slime at the Hands-On Museum's table during Grillin' for Food Gatherers Sunday at the at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

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10th annual Mayor’s Green Fair in Downtown Ann Arbor

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The 10th annual Mayor’s Green Fair was held Friday from 6-9 p.m. on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

The event had more than 120 exhibits featuring environmental information, hands-on activities for youth, clean energy, green commute options, and local food. Thousands of people filled the streets to talk and learn about the latest in green technology.

“It’s really remarkable and gratifying to see (the green fair) grow. I think the people of Ann Arbor really appreciate anything green and it really shows where their ethics are” said Mayor John Hiefjte Friday at the Green Fair. “The thing that I enjoy most is the things that someone made at home in their garage.”

Ann Arbor resident Michael Flynn displayed an exhibit he built himself at the Green Fair. The exhibit was a bike that when peddled, demonstrated the difficulty in powering four incandescent bulbs over four LED bulbs. It also played music on a small stereo. “The stereo is a reward for the effort” Flynn said.

Kyle Ritter, 11, of Indiana was in town for a baseball tournament with his parents, Susie and Don. Kyle tried out the bike and found the LED bulbs to be much easier to pedal.

The Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition held Bike Fest in conjunction with this year’s Green Fair. Local bike shops such as Sic Transit, Two Wheel Tango and Wheels in Motion showed off the latest bikes.

A popular exhibit at Bike Fest was a bike-powered blender for making smoothies.

Ann Arbor resident Marcus Blough gave the smoothie bike a shot. After a minute or two of pedaling and a couple calories burned, an orange-banana smoothie was made. “It was worth the work” Blough said as he drank his smoothie.

The Michigan Mountain Bike Association had an obstacle course and stunt demonstration. People crowded to watch and many were dining outdoors just feet away. MMBA members Bryan Benson and Alex Chiau of Ann Arbor did stunts on their bikes. The two did side and bunny-hops more than three feet in the air.

Restaurants and bars along Main Street were full of energy and the streets echoed with music from a wind and solar powered stage as the crowds died down toward the end of the event.

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Mayor John Hiefjte gives Jackson Paul-McDonald, 2, a high-five Friday during the 10th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street. “It’s really remarkable and gratifying to see (the green fair) grow. I think the people of Ann Arbor really appreciate anything green and it really shows where their ethics are” said Mayor John Hiefjte Friday.

Kyle Ritter, 11, of Indiana pedals to power a row of LED lights and a stereo as Volunteer Michael Flynn of Ann Arbor watches Friday during the 10th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street. The display, which was created by Flynn, showed how much more energy it takes to power incandescent bulbs over LED bulbs. "The stereo is a reward for the effort" Flynn said.

Marcus Blough of Ann Arbor makes an orange-banana smoothie with a bike powered blender as Volunteer Laura Baily of Ypsilanti holds the lid Friday during the 10th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street. "It was worth the work" Blough said as he drank the smoothie.

Michigan Mountain Bike Association member Bryan Benson of Ann Arbor does a side-hop three feet in the air Friday during Bike Fest at the 10th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street.

Paul's Big Radio members Josh Killom of Adrian, left, Jerry Hancock of Ann Arbor and Paul Lippens of Indiana perform on a solar and wind powered stage Friday during the 10th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street. The band defines their style as "old dude rock or eclectic Americana."

37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run

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The 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run hosted by the Ann Arbor Track Club was held Sunday morning.

Despite several early morning tornado, thunderstorm and flash flood warnings, the race went on after a 30 minute delay due to a fallen tree on Huron River Drive. The run featured a 5K, 10K, USATF 10k masters and half-marathon on a hill-themed course.

The event had a record-breaking 6,950 participants and thousands more filled the streets to watch and cheer them on.

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Runners make their way toward the finish line on Main Street Sunday at the 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

Katie Dwyer of Ann Arbor gets high-fives as she nears the finish line Sunday at the 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

Terry Meerkov of Ann Arbor raises her arms and cheers as she passes her son and daughter during the 5K run Sunday at the 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

Christopher Marzonie of Ann Arbor carries his wife, Sheryl as they cross the finish line Sunday at the 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

A half-marathon finisher wears his medal Sunday at the 37th annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run.

Ann Arbor Community High School graduation at Rackham Auditorium

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Ann Arbor Community High School held its graduation ceremony Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium in downtown Ann Arbor.

The class of 2010, which had about 100 graduates, went on stage in groups with their forum leaders and were presented with their diplomas. Each student had 30 seconds to do or say what they wanted. Some said a simple “thanks”, some told jokes, read a poem or sang a song.

In between groups there were breaks for musical performances and videos, one of which showed a graduates baby photo followed by a current photo, which drew plenty of laughter.

As I sat and watched the ceremony unfold, I could tell there was something deeper going on. This wasn’t just a graduation ceremony, this was a family saying goodbye to each other. It was apparent in the emotion of the students and teachers.

The ceremony made it obvious how lucky Ann Arbor is to have Community High School and how lucky each one of those students are to have been able to attend such a unique alternative high school.

Congratulations Community High School Class of 2010.

Audio: a group of graduates (slightly jokingly) perform Let it Be by The Beatles

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Teacher Robbie Stapleton gets emotional after presenting graduate Tanner DePriest his diploma Tuesday during Community High School's graduation ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.

Teachers Cheryl Grace, left, and Cindy Haidu-Banks listen as graduates give short speeches on stage Tuesday during Community High School's graduation ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.

Teacher Ed Kulka gets emotional after presenting graduate Jamal Hunter his diploma Tuesday during Community High School's graduation ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.

Teacher Craig Levin, left, watches as graduates Zach Aube and Alex Patten sing a song about Nadeem Persico-Shammas Tuesday during Community High School's graduation ceremony at Rackham Auditorium. "I would gladly walk a mile just to see this brave man smile, like a crocodile, from the isle of Nadeem" Aube and Patten sang.

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Graduate Glenna Benitez hugs Teacher Craig Levin after receiving her diploma and reading a poem Tuesday during Community High School's graduation ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.

Written by Jeffrey Smith

June 3, 2010 at 1:02 am