While Autumn is generally characterized by the new color and eventual falling of leaves, the season isn’t in full swing until you’re sipping fresh-pressed cider and eating a homemade cinnamon-sugar donut. And the Southeastern Michigan region has countless family-run, independent farms and orchards providing just that. Each year, families and friends with cider cravings head to local orchards to pick apples, prance in a pumpkin patch, and get lost in a corn maze. Wasem’s Fruit Farm in Milan will also have raspberries up until early October. Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti, a local favorite, also offers hayrides. Manchester’s Alber Orchard and Cider Mill has been pressing apples for cider since 1890 and grows over 100 varieties of heirloom apples no longer offered in grocery stores. Watch out for “Showcase Weekends” at Dexter Cider Mill, where local musicians, artists, and other talent will entertain as guests shop the diverse variety of products from their signature cookbook, such as Cider Slushies and Apple BBQ sauce.
By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance
by Jeff Milo Music forges connections. And with an artist like Tyler Duncan spending the last 15 years in the producer’s chair for albums by Michigan-based artists, music cultivates versatility. Ann Arbor-based Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer/producer, Tyler Duncan’s fall/winter slate of production/writing-contribution credits include the forthcoming debut album by singer/songwriter Madeline Grant, followed by new releases
Swizzille Trip will take Ann Arbor on a dreamy, unhinged sonic ride Friday night. The Detroit psych-rock trio will host “Psychedelic Friday” with Detroit Trouble, The Kenny Hill Group, Frame 42 and XLR8 at The Blind Pig. It will be a far-out musical journey filled with trippy, poppy and down-home blues-rock fitting for a Labor