The 17 acres inside the Michigan Renaissance Festival? don't obey the rules of the outside world. Instead, they bring the 16th century back in vivid tapestry-color?and though the celebration only lasts a few short weeks, the festival has been a beloved local tradition for more than three decades, drawing more than 250,000 people each year.
Step through the gates, and explore recreated Renaissance-era buildings including stables and a castle. Nearby shops host more than 300 artisans, selling wares such as metal sculptures or lavish costumes. Tavern owners roast turkey legs over open flames, while entertainers continuously weave throughout the streets and perform on 17 themed stages. Comedy, music, and full-contact jousting unfolds to the delight of the crowd, which may even include Queen Elizabeth herself, assuming she remembers where she put her horse keys.
The 2012 Fall Bridal Celebrations Show gathers professional bridal consultants, decorators, and clothiers to discuss upcoming "I dos" with soon-to-be brides. Guests can peruse the goods and services of hundreds of metro Detroit exhibitors to brainstorm flower arrangements, centerpieces, and individual Who's Who of the Groom's Ex-Girlfriends books for each guest. Multiple bridal-wear and accessory stands bestow attendants with elegant attire options, and a wedding-day fashion walk showcases gowns, dresses, and veils. Wedding planners roam floors during each event to answer brides' nuptial-day questions and offer advice for choosing between a DJ and a physics professor to enliven the party with lectures on quantum mechanics.
• For $12, you get one ticket for a reserved seat in the back three-quarters of the pavilion (a $19.50 before fees, or up to a $24.70 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $17, you get one VIP/Pit ticket for a reserved seat in the front quarter of the pavilion (a $25 value before fees, or up to a $35.35 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
As part of Meadow Brook Theatre's fourth annual children's series, the World Music Tour with Guy Louis embarks on a high-energy waltz around the globe. Without leaving the intimate, 500-seat theater, music fans journey from continent to continent alongside riff guru Guy Louis, whose instrumental prowess and vast knowledge of foreign tax codes help celebrate a variety of worldly cultures. Fast fretting draws out the differences and shared traits between European lutes, Indian sitars and tambouras, and modern electric guitars, and infectious beats take over in explorations of Native American and African percussion. Louis' animated performing style pulls young audiences into the action and motivates even the most bashful shadows to twist and shout.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.