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VillageFest weekend coming

August 29, 2013
Grosse Pointe’s community celebration, VillageFest, is Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, in The Village and focuses on health, community and the family.

The free festival is open to the public and features something for each family member, including an art exhibition, live music and entertainment, food and refreshments, a car show and activities for the children, along the three-block Kercheval Avenue shopping district between Cadieux and Neff.

A Taste of Grosse Pointe is sponsored by The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe. Sample menu items from the area’s restaurants, including Blue Bay Fish & Seafood, Blue Pointe, Bogartz Food & Spirits, Cleopatra, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Pierogi Gals, Red Crown, Jet’s Pizza and Salvatore Scallopini.

Live entertainment each day is from noon to 5 p.m. on the VillageFest Stage. Performances will be by Grosse Pointe Threatre members, Sweet Adelines, Crossroads, Efficiency Jazz Combo, Metro Jazz Voices and The Jukes.

A Saturday night dance party, from 7 to 10 p.m., features live music by The Sun Messengers.

A juried art show features dozens of local artists displaying and selling their artwork.

Back by popular demand are Upcycle Art, coloring contests and fun with Art Road. This year, monetary awards will be presented at the end of the show on Sunday and range from $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.

The Village Car Show, sponsored by Ray Laethem, notes the area’s automotive history. Featured automobile classes include classic, exotic, hot rod and antique vehicles.

All entries qualify for People’s Choice judging and special awards, daily awards and door prizes. This year, visitors can test drive a new model vehicle form Les Stanford at the corner of Cadieux and Kercheval.

Kids on the Block, produced by El’s Boutique, includes a children’s bounce house, a giant slide and carnival games.

The Sunday afternoon “pooch parade” is produced by the Michigan Humane Society. Leashed dogs walk The Village at 12:30 p.m.

For a complete list of events and times visitthevillagegp.com/.

This year’s new features include health, community and family interests, including new entertainment for children, Singing Time demonstration by Momcat’s Singing Academy and Music Together demo by Hummingbird’s Music Together.

Yoga takes the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday and Zumba at 2 p.m. Sunday. Instructors for both activities are on the stage to lead participants in the exercise programs. The event is open to participants of every level and all ages.

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe staff offer a variety of demonstrations and the supply the latest information on getting and staying healthy, as well as parenting tips.

VillageFest is going green this year and asking patrons to drop their empty beverage cans into recycling bins.

Guests can visit the Community Corner, at Kercheval and Notre Dame, to meet community organizations that offer a variety of services from health and support serves to education and outreach.

In addition to presenting sponsor Beaumont, VillageFest is made possible by The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, McDonald’s, Ray Laethem, Wells Fargo Bank, Aitken & Ormond Insurance, Becker Ventures and Camp Bow Wow.

Festival sponsors include Les Stanford, Renewal by Andersen, Pointe Fitness, Elder Living Construction and Michigan Humane Society. Festival supporters are Clarkson Law Firm, Haggerty Insurance, The Tutor Doctor, Yoga Shelter, Atwater Brewery, CVS Pharmacy, Kroger and Notre Dame Pharmacy.

VillageFest is produced by the Grosse Pointe Village Downtown Development Authority and sponsored by Beaumont Health System.

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