The Secret: Walk Anywhere – Festivals, Fools, and a Country Queen

Strange and wonderful things are afoot in Ann Arbor – Two purposely odd festivals and one of the young and rising stars of Country Music will be in town this week.

No matter what activities you choose, the Bell Tower Hotel is within walking distance – and we always offer optional valet parking.

If you need directions, or have any questions you can always feel free to ask anyone on our staff.

The most important part of your stay – to us –  is the quality of your experience.

Standout Young Country Star Kacey Musgraves comes to the Michigan Theater

2014 Country Music Album of the Year award winner Kacey Musgraves brings her talents to Ann Arbor for a concert at the legendary Michigan Theater April 8th.

Musgraves has been nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards and four Grammy awards in 2014.  She has also toured with artists from Katy Perry to Lady Antebellum.

Festival in the Moonlight

FoolMoon, starting at dusk April 10th and continuing until midnight, is a processional of illuminated sculptures carried by dancing teams and marched all over Ann Arbor.

The Festival celebrates community participation and has a unique atmosphere, free and delicious treats, and craft brewing.

The processional starts between Washington and Ashley Streets and proceeds towards downtown.

There are three official starting places for the festival – “Farmers’ Market at Kerrytown, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Slauson Middle School at 1019 W. Washington St. Participants are encouraged to bring their luminaries and meet between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. to start the walk.”

Free Public Art Accessible to Everyone

FestiFools starts on Sunday April 12th at 4 p.m.. and, “brings students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone.”

The art is created by University of Michigan students and people throughout the Ann Arbor community.  The art tends towards the theatrical – including huge and colorful papier-mache puppets.

If Fools Are Not For You – Maybe a Play or Some Jazz at U of M

The University of Michigan’s Department of Theatre and Drama is presenting the play Iphigenia at Aulis at the Arthur Miller Theater.  The play is running every day this week and tickets are available through the website.

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month – and the University of Michigan School of Music is offering a Jazz Showcase at the Rackham Graduate School on April 12th.

Even More Music

The Ark will host Robert Earl Keen April 9th – touring in support of his new bluegrass album “Happy Prisoner.” Luke Wade, a performer on the 7th season of ‘The Voice’,  will appear on their stage on the 10th.  Award winning songwriter Liz Longley will take the stage on Saturday the 11th.

Sports Options for U of M Parents and Fans

Good luck to all of the teams competing this week for the University of Michigan here or on the road! Go Blue!  All of the following teams will be playing at home this week:

Women’s Tennis plays Michigan State on April 10th.

Men’s Tennis plays Minnesota at Noon on April 11th.  Women’s Rowing has two matches on the 11th – one at 9 a.m. against Indiana and another at 3 p.m. against Iowa.  Women’s Tennis plays Memphis at 4 p.m. also on the 11th.

Men’s Tennis plays Wisconsin at Noon while Men’s Lacrosse plays Ohio State on the 12th.

If You Need A Few Laughs

Dave Landau will be appearing this weekend at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.  Mr. Landau has performed at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival and on Last Comic Standing.

Don’t Forget Our Excellent Conference Facilities

Meeting, Conference BoardroomLooking for a meeting facility in Ann Arbor? The Bell Tower features two comfortable conference rooms – The Executive Boardroom (seating up to 8) and the Conference Room (seating up to 30 people).  Audio Visual equipment is available for rental. Wireless is complementary..

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