This Saturday, the city of Detroit celebrates the 38th Noel Night, bringing the community together in different kinds of festivities around Midtown. Expect a lot of caroling, some great holiday food, seasonal shopping, a good measure of family activities and more.
Matt Clayson, the director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (otherwise known as DC3), shares his enthusiasm about how Noel Night might benefit the emerging creative class in the city. “Noel Night and similar events helps create a sense of community – a sense of place – that attracts creative talent,” he explains. “It is an event that celebrates our assets and our authenticity in a way that builds bridges between creative sector business owners, creative practitioners and the general public.”
The CCS Ford campus is a “creative must-see” on his list. There, students will be displaying and selling their work. “They may also be doing some metal working demonstrations, as they did in year’s past,” Clayson says. “I always enjoy the warmth blasting from the fires used to heat the metal.”
Here are a few more highlights:
-Free admission to several cultural institutions of the city: The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the African American Historical Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum and others. Look for special performances by dancers, singers, and other musicians in these venues, too.
-The Detroit Public Library will host music and dance performances as well. For kids, they’ll be displaying a puppet show and offering a visit with Santa.
-The Pop Up Detroit art exhibit will open at 5800 Cass Ave. (right by Alvin’s). Moving around to different buildings (sometimes abandoned ones) in the city for each exhibition, they hope to draw attention to the space in which the artists show their work as well as the art itself. The event starts at 5 pm, and runs until midnight.
-Churches are getting into the event, too. The 1st Unitarian Universalist Church will have local artists, artisans, crafters and more selling their wares in it’s McCollester hall.
For a detailed schedule of events, visit http://www.detroitmidtown.com/05/noelnight_schedule.php?msub=77
Happy holidays, Detroit!