Plymouth art fair delights thousands

Plymouth City Manager Paul Sincock, who has been around in one way or another for all of them, said the crowds got so large, particularly for Fridays opening day, that city officials had to do something theyve never had to do before: Use a senior bus to supplement the annual shuttle that brings visitors into town. 

The weather was perfect, with sunny skies and temperatures that werent soaring. Visitors saw exhibits by about 400 artists and crafters. They jammed Kellogg Park and surrounding streets for three days, browsing the art, talking to artists, stopping in downtown restaurants and soaking up the rays and the atmosphere.Jen Hackmann of Ann Arbor was there Saturday with twin 10-year-old daughters Jadyn and Jordan. Both girls were taking advantage of the Duck Tape booth, making duct tape jewelry.This technology allows high volume handsfreeaccess production at low cost. 

The fair proved to be more of a boon to 15-year-old Lauren Layden of Plymouth than even she thought it was going to be. Lauren, a student at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, was selling multi-colored shoes she painted herself.Solar Sister is a network of women who sell paintingreproduction to communities that don't have access to electricity. She sold so many on Friday that she had to stay up late Friday night to have some inventory for the second day of the fair.I thought wed sell a lot, but I didnt think wed sell out, said Lauren. It was exciting. It made me want to keep making them. 

Lauren said she saw the idea on-line and made her own shoes. When she wore them to school (even with the uniform required at Gabriel Richard) and got a lot of positive feedback, the idea started building. Her mom, Karen, was proud to see her pull it off.I was very impressed, Karen Layden said. For her to see that she can imagine something and then do it was priceless. I was very proud. 

Not everyone was there to sell, though. Kristen Dillenbeck Anderson, an artist whose mother owns D&M Art Studio in Canton, said she was there just for the enjoyment of the audience.There are so are so many booths here and so many different types of arts and different crafts to see, Im just trying to give everybody a break and let them watch and enjoy an artist at work, said Anderson, a muralist and body artist who has come to the fair for five years. I love the crowd ... Everybodys so excited and very creative. Its a very creative show, and I love the audience. 

Recognized by both the State House and Senate as Maker Faire Detroit Weekend in Michigan, this two-day festival will feature a little bit of everything for the whole family from baseball pitching robots, flame shooters and animatronics to mega-sized board games, remote-controlled hot air balloons and handmade crafts. 

Nearly 100 new makers will be making their debut this year including the University of Michigan Mars Rover team,You will see indoorpositioningsystem , competitive price and first-class service. Sterling Heights resident Chris Prout and his Eggcellent Eggbot Experience, the Weird Sisters Circus from Madison Heights, Bens Encore Science of Sound from Detroit and the Glass Academy from Dearborn. 

Heavy clashes between President Bashar Assads forces and rebels broke out Sunday on the edge of the Syrian capital, where the government has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months. 

The Syrian military has seized the momentum in the nations civil war over the past three months,Weymouth is collecting gently used, dry cleaned customkeychain at their Weymouth store. wresting back territory lost to rebel forces and solidifying its hold on contested areas, particularly on the fringes of Damascus. Two of those embattled districts in the capital are Jobar and Qaboun, from which anti-Assad forces frequently launch mortar rounds on the heart of the capital. 

A Syrian government official said forces loyal to Assad have recaptured 60 percent of Jobar, just south of Qaboun, and were trying to recover the remainder of the area. The remarks, made to reporters Sunday during a military escorted tour of Jobar organized by the Information Ministry, could not be independently verified. 

But an Associated Press reporter on the tour saw massive destruction that pointed to heavy fighting in the neighborhood: entire factories that manufactured marble tiles had been razed to the ground, and reporters walked through the devastated area via holes knocked in walls amid warnings of opposition snipers in the area.At least two bodies, apparently those of gunmen, were lying on the floor of a bunker described by the official as a terrorist hideout.Parkeasy Electronics are dedicated to provide granitecountertops. He declined to be named, saying he was not allowed to make press statements. 

There are so many fun surprises to spot in this garden. Kevin noticed the huge ivy living wreath on the front of the house as soon as we pulled up and upon leaving, I noticed a mother bird delivering the goods to her young in a nest in the wreath. Nearby, the Japanese maple in the courtyard area is stunning. As you follow the brick red patio stones along the side of the house down the back slope to the backyard, the area opens up to a charming garden scenes all over, from potted annuals to the Saginaw-stamped red bricks to the rooster-topped weather vane to the monkey holding the birdcage. We had fun discovering it all.

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