If you liked the lights and action in Midtown during Dlectricity hold on to your seat. That was nothin’.
Come this Saturday (December 1) Midtown will celebrate its 40th Annual Noel Night from 5:00pm -9:30pm. Think of it as one big open house with more than 75 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, open their doors to the public, free of charge.
As a special treat there’s a preview of the new Michigan Science Center.
Want to get from one place to another? Take the horse-drawn carriage ride.
Want to shop? Want to eat? Check out the holiday shopping and family craft activities. Yoga Shelter Midtown Detroit will become a pop-up market with independent food vendors and artists from around the city. Local artists and designers will be at The Inn on Ferry Street. Other retailers and restaurants will offer special Noel Night promotions and discounts as well.
Want some culture? Some music? Some dance? Take in performances by more than 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. Be sure not to miss the special performances by The Ahn Trio, Irma Thomas, the California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio, The Good Lovelies, the Wiyos and other favorites like Thornetta Davis and the Tartan Terrors.
Just to catch you up on who’s who in that group. The Ahn Trio is a classical sister act with a modern take on the piano, violin and cello. Listen here.
Irma Thomas is known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” She is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James and won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the Rain in 2007. Listen here.
The six virtuoso guitarists in California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar fuse combine their more than 40 years of performing experience into one unique 6-by-6-string “phenomensemble.” Each trio’s fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.
The Heidelberg Project also gets into the act and will hold an opening reception for Kelly Darke’s “Inside/Out” exhibit at its gallery at 42 Watson.
Not enough fun yet? Make sure you are “in voice’’ so you can be part of the community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band. It’s a long-standing Noel Night tradition that ends the night’s festivities.
Photo Credit: Noel Night Facebook Page