Ton-Up Festival Premiere

On June 26, Ypsilanti’s Depot Town will be invaded by possibly 1,000 motorcycles.  It’s the welcome and friendly invasion of The Ton-Up Motorcycle Show and Music Festival.  Parts of Cross and Rice Streets will be closing for the event which will feature motorcycles and scooters of all types from all eras, with a focus on vintage bikes.

Cafe’ Racer at 10 Cross Street acts as “Mission Control” for the free festival.  There will be live music on stage from noon to 11pm with a lineup of local musicians such as The Reefermen, Ypsitucky Colonels and Rattlebox.  A beer tent will be set up and motorcycle accessories & parts will be available from vendors.

A $5 entry fee gets your bike into the Mods Vs. Rockers bike competition.  Entrants have a chance to win in many categories:

Directors Awards
Directors Choice – The Directors Favorite
The Future’s So Bright – Exemplifies Hope For The Future
Dedication Award – Someone Who Has Contributed To Making The World Safer For Motorcyclists
Class Awards
Best Scooter
Best Mod – Scooter/Rider Combination
Best Café
Best Rocker – Bike/Rider Combination
Best Brit Bike
Best Japanese Bike
Best European Bike
Best American Bike
Best “Bitsa” Bike – Bits Of This, Bits Of That
Best Original/Un-restored Vintage Bike
Maybe One Day It’ll Be A Bike
What Were You Thinking?
Trailer Queen
Longest Distance Ridden
Iron Man – Oldest Rider
Wet Behind the Ears – Youngest Rider
Peoples Choice – Chosen By Popular Vote


During The Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival, Cafe’ Racer is holding a contest to find a  model to grace a page of their 2011 Pin-Up calendar.  Contestants will model vintage 40s, 50s, & 60s pin-up attire.

Ton-Up is a British term that refers to a motorcycle capable of speeds of 100mph or more.  Organizers expect between 2,500 and 3,000 people to attend this first-time event.  To find out more about this event, sponsorship opportunities, the pin-up competition, or to register your bike for the show, visit The Ton-Up Web site at

Your Ypsilanti Weekend June 18-21, 2010

June 17, 2010 by  
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Depot Town Cruise Night:  Thursday, 5pm-9pm; Cross Street – Enjoy live music while strolling Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town amongst classic, new and unique automobiles.  No Admission Charge – Free

The Waiting Room:  Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 5pm; Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti  – An intriguing dark comedy exploring what would happen if three women from three different time periods and cultures met in a doctor’s office today to discuss their maladies.  Ticket Prices – General Admission: $16,  Students & Seniors: $11

Crossroads Music Fest:  Friday, 7pm-10pm; Washington Street, Downtown Ypsilanti – Barbara Payton and Just Jill perform.  No Admission Charge – Free

Depot Town Farmer’s Market:  Saturday, 8am-1pm; Freighthouse Plaza, Depot Town Ypsilanti – The market offesr fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, meats, bread and other baked goods, and craft items.  No Admission Charge – Free 

Ypsilanti Relay For Life:  Saturday – Sunday, 10am to 10am; Riverside Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti – To benefit American Cancer Society.  No Admission Charge – Opportunity For Donation


Ypsilanti Ladies, Take The Field!

June 16, 2010 by  
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Eastern Michigan University is offering “Football 101” –  a skills clinic for women Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10 am-3 pm.  Participants will experience what it’s like to be a player as coaches teach them the importance of different positions and run them through practice drills.  At the end of the day, they will have the basic knowledge and skills needed to enjoy the game of football.

Registration for the event is $30 per person ($15 for EMU students) which includes lunch, a “Football 101” t-shirt, and photo opportunities with Head Coach Ron English.  Each participant will also receive a season ticket to the 2010 EMU Football season.  Additionally, for each Football 101 registration, $5 will be donated to support EMU Volleyball’s “Dig Pink” fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research, which will take place in the fall.  For more information about the EMU Football 101 Skills Clinic, call 734.487.8109 or visit

Ypsilanti Parks & Rec. Seeks Commissioners

There are several seats open on the City of Ypsilanti’s Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Ypsilanti commissioners are seeking committed citizens from all areas of the city to apply to be considered for an appointed position.  The Commission works to:

1) Collaborate to create & implement a Parks & Recreation Master Plan
2) Recruit/recommend/promote Parks & Recreation use and activities
3) Coordinate the Adopt-A-Park Program
4) Assist in recommendation and implementation of related city/area plans (non-motorized plan, border-to-border trail, etc)
5) Coordinate with other government units for area-wide collaboration (Washtenaw Parks & Rec, Ypsi Twp, School District)
6) Other governance as relevant to parks & recreation

Meetings are generally monthly (currently on Thursday evenings), and terms are four years. Adults and high-school aged youth are both welcome to serve.  Interested citizens should contact Mayor Schreiber at  [email protected] to discuss their interest in being considered for an appointment.  The Mayor will take multiple factors into consideration, and interest in the position will not necessarily lead to an appointment at this time.

Crossroads Concert Schedule


The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti welcomed local blues acts Chris Canas and the Martindales for the opening weekend of Crossroads.  The free outdoor summer concert series takes place 7pm-10pm every Friday through August on Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti.

06.11           Hullabaloo
                     Dragon Wagon
06.18         Barbara Payton
                     Just Jill
06.25      FOLK / ROOTS  FEST  (8:30pm)
                    Washington Street Stage
                    Back Forty
                    David Rossiter
                    Dave Boutette
                    Library Stage
                    BJ Walraven
                    Michael Lipson
                    Eric Moore
                    Norm DeAngelis
07.02        First Class Band
                    Martin Simmons
07.09   (8:30pm)
                    Six Foot Poles
07.16    (8:30pm)
                    Bill Bynm & Co.
07.23         Horse Cave Trio
                    Tracy Mack & The Magic Land Band
07.30        Dave Sharp Seven
                    Tracy Kash Thomas
08.06       Bugs Beddow Band
                    Paul Miles
08.13        Jill Jack
                   Detroit Luddites
08.20      Harper
                   Flying Latini Brothers
08.21   (3:00pm)
                   Lady Sunshine & The X Band
                   Eddie Hughes

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You Can Get There!

June 11, 2010 by  
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The Whittaker Road branch of the Ypsilanti District Library wants you to know that they’re still open, and even with the construction – yes, you can get there! Visit for detour updates.

Ongoing Summer Events in Ypsilanti


Kids’ Club Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Michigan Ave.)

Baby Brigade Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Paul Keller Orchestra 8:00pm  Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave.)

Name That Tune Trivia  10:00pm  Pub13 (13 N. Washington)


Toddler Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Downtown Farmer’s Market 2:00pm – 6:00pm  (Ferris St. between Hamilton & Adams)

Motorcycle Mania 5:00pm – 9:00pm  Depot Town

City Council Meeting 1st & 3rd Tuesdays  7:00pm  City Council Chambers (1 S. Huron)

African American Authors Last Tuesdays 7:00pm  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

My Trivia Live 9:00pm  Tap Room (201 W. Michigan Ave.)

Kareoke with Tune in a Bucket 10:00pm  Pub 13 (13 N. Washington)


Toddler Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Preschool Storytime 1:30pm  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Mystery Lovers Book Group Last Wednesdays  2:00pm  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Open Mic & Live Music 8:00pm  Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave.)

Dueling Pianos 8:00pm  Pub 13 (13 N. Washington)

Open Mic w/ The Martindales 9:00pm – 1:00am  Tap Room (201 W. Michigan Ave.)


Jump Start Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Morning Book Discussion 1st Thursdays  10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Cruise Nights 5:00pm – 9:00pm  Depot Town

Jazz Night 8:00pm  Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave.)


T.G.I.F. Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Underground Roots Presents 7:00pm  Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave.)

Crossroads Summer Festival 7:00pm  Washington St.  (North of Michigan Ave.)


Super Saturday Storytime 10:30am  Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker Rd.)

Depot Town Farmer’s Market 8:00am – 1:00pm  Freighthouse Market Plaza (Depot Town)

Local DJ’s 8:00pm  Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave.)


Kareoke w/ Gypsy 10:00pm Pub 13 (13 N. Washington)

Opening Day of Farmer’s Market is a Sure Sign of Spring

Evidenced by the return of migrating birds, the fragrance of lilacs in bloom, and the season opening of the Farmer’s Market, it would seem that Spring has sprung in Ypsilanti.

The Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market will open Tuesday, May 4th but you won’t see the colorful canopies of the vendors in the Key Bank parking lot where they’ve made their seasonal, weekly, home since the DYFM’s start in 2006.  The market has a new location on Ferris Street between Hamilton and Adams streets.  “They outgrew the former space” says Ryan Stedman, who manages the market for the nonprofit organization Growing Hope.  “The new space will accommodate a larger variety of vendors, community groups and entertainment.”

Vendors at the DYFM are farmers, backyard gardeners, greenhouse growers, and community gardeners.  Previous years vendors have included:

  • Living Stones Community; a non-profit organization that offers formerly incarcerated Washtenaw County residents an internship that includes training in urban agriculture and entrepreneurship.
  • Thomason Family Farm; All produced within downtown Ypsilanti, a special variety of cheeses is the delicious offering from the Thomason Family Farm.  Aubrey Thomason, who doubles as a cheese maker for Zingerman’s Creamery in Ann Arbor, has done work with cheese in the states and abroad.
  • Ypsilanti Food Co-op; The Ypsilanti Food Co-op has been around for 36 years. They bake an assortment of artisan breads.  The co-op also provides support and services for the surrounding community.

The Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market provides the community access to buy fresh, local, products direct. This results in a healthier community, a cleaner environment, support for the local economy and development of Ypsilanti downtown.  Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber will be at the market from 5 to 6 p.m. to greet members of the community.  Local weather forecasts predict temperatures around 70 degrees;  Perfect for a visit to the Farmer’s Market which will operate from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and accepts credit cards, bridge cards, and cash.

Lecture by Interventionist specialists and best-selling authors Jeff and Debra Jay

March 15, 2009 by  
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WHAT: A FREE presentation by Jeff and Debra Jay; internationally-known Intervention experts, best-selling authors and popular media personalities!

Can others help when an addict/alcoholic doesn’t seem to want help? Do family and friends have to wait for the addict/alcoholic to “hit bottom?” What if the “bottom” is death, jail or insanity?

Through the intervention process, people who care learn how to use love and honesty to break through the denial that keeps an addict or alcoholic locked in the downward spiral of his/her disease. The intervention process helps “raise the bottom” to where the alcoholic/addict is, rather than waiting for him/her to become sicker and “hit bottom” on his/her own. Intervention brings about a moment of clarity that allows an addict/alcoholic to accept help.

Through their work in intervention, Jeff and Debra Jay have found that love is a powerful force for confronting addiction. Unlike practitioners who espouse a “tough love” approach, they found that love breaks through denial more effectively than toughness. With love first and good planning, “tough love” is often unnecessary.

WHEN and WHERE: “Intervention” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

WHO: Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers whose presentations are liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions

Jeff Jay is the co-author (with Debra Jay) of Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. A standard-setting book on intervention, Love First has helped tens of thousands of families, friends, and professionals create a loving and effective plan for helping those who suffer from addiction. First published in 2000, the second edition of Love First, revised and expanded, was published in 2008. Jeff also co-authored At Wit’s End, a book on co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Jeff heads a private practice that provides intervention and crisis management services nationally. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online, Moyers on Addiction and other national broadcasts and has been featured in Parade Magazine, the Washington Post and numerous publications and professional journals. “I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff, “Intervention saved my life.”

Debra Erickson Jay is an addiction specialist, professional interventionist, and author. She provides intervention training and consultation services, with an additional specialty in older adult intervention. Debra has appeared frequently on “Oprah” and other nationally broadcast programs. She is a co-author (with Jeff Jay) of “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction;” the author of “No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction;” and a co-author of “Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence.”

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT NEWS: This free program will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to anyone who cares about an alcoholic or addict, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process. We’d like to ask your help to inform your readers of this unique opportunity to learn how “Love First” can help addicts and alcoholics find recovery.

BOOK SIGNING: Books by Jeff and Debra will be available for purchase and to have signed by the authors.

CONTACT INFORMATION: The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing addiction services. For information, your readers can contact Dawn Farm at 734/485-8725 or [email protected], or see the web site at

CE: Intervention and each program in the Education Series provides 1.5 free CE hours.

Contact Matt Statman at 734/669-8265 or [email protected], or see their web site at for more information.

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