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Ann Arbor Art Fair DO 12 (DTW)- July 23-24, 2016

Ann Arbor Art Fair DO 12 (DTW)- July 23-24, 2016

Old Feb 6, 16, 7:00 pm
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Ann Arbor Art Fair DO 12 (DTW)- July 23-24, 2016

There is still room. Also, the location is new. Similar name, but if you go to the old location, there will be no one there.

Two or three speakers Saturday afternoon, a nice dinner, then brunch Sunday and an Ann Arbor walking tour.

This DO started with bringing in a speaker or two to educate the attendees.

I know the speakers I've asked will keep up that tradition.

Our first confirmed speaker is Stefan, of Rapid Travel Chai. I love the variety of diverse countries Stefan visits and posts about. I am not sure why armed guards and barbed wire in trip reports excites me, but it does. Looking forward to Stefan's presentation.

Also confirmed will be Drew and Carrie from http://travelisfree.com/ and http://freakinflyers.com/ are also going to be speaking. I'm toying with a question and answer with me asking the questions.

Sunday's activity is a walking tour of Ann Arbor, after brunch at Webers. The walk was attended by about 7-8 people last year, as was actually surprisingly good. A combination of old town Ann Arbor and U of Michigan buildings. I would encourage people to consider taking the walk and getting more time to meet other travelers.

Feel free to respond as committed or tentative, and let me know if you are bringing someone to the meeting or just to dinner or brunch. Or if you are just coming to the meeting or a meal or meals.

Got a question on the fee to attend. I've decided to double it this year. So, 2 x $0= $0!

Reply to this thread if you are interested.

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Old Feb 6, 16, 7:01 pm
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Location has been secured.

Pittsfield Township Senior Center

701 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Noon to 5:30PM

12:00 Introductions of attendees, including how you picked your Flyertalk handle and where you are from
12:30-1:45 Interview of Drew and Carrie
1:45- 2:00 Break
2:00- 4:00 Stefan
4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-5:15 Shared Tips (a crowd favorite)


6PM Dinner will be at Palm Palace. A buffet. $25 per person, which includes tip and tax. Beverages will be extra. We cover the dinner for the speakers, so figure on adding $2 per attendee.

We had dinner here about 5 years ago and it was excellent.

Palm Palace

2370 Carpenter Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Brunch at Webers 9:30 AM (res for 30-35)
3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Ann Arbor walking tour immediately afterward, was actually pretty good last year. See Ann Arbor and socialize with other points addicts.

Transportation options, courtesy of Bob H:

DTW is about a 30 minute drive from Ann Arbor (depending on where you're leaving/going to of course!)

You need to allow about 10 to 15 minutes to get to the ground transportation center plus some time to take the rental car shuttles if you're doing that.

Michigan flyer provides bus service to certain locations in Ann Arbor on a once an hour basis for $22 RT



Ann Arbor Custom transit provides shared van service to any address in the Ann Arbor area for $31 one way. I used them several times this past winter and they were reliable. (Normally I park off airport and didn't want to leave a car in all that snow, or come back late at night and have to dig one out !)



Ann Arbor has excellent local bus service and you really don't want to take a car downtown during Art Fair



There are motel clusters near Briarwood Mall (I94 and State Street) and at the Plymouth Road exit off US23.

Rental cars are available here at several locations including the Ann Arbor Airport (National) and Holiday Inn North (Avis).

Motels in town are likely to be packed through Sat, it may be cost effective to stay a little farther out, such as near DTW.


Amtrak does provide good service to Ann Arbor from Chicago and a few points to the east of Chicago and lots of places to the west / far west.

See Amtrak.com

Then there's the alt airport issue of places like FNT and Lan, both of which Mrs Bob H have used but not recently because DTW-FNT is gone, probably because is only about 60 miles from Ann Arbor.

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Glad to see the tradition continue!
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Hello Bikeguy

We attended last year and learned some new stuff.

Please count two of us for this year. Thank you for your hard work.

We know the pay is great !
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