There are few places where you can watch a game of vintage baseball while perusing the works of more than 100 local artists, but Clinton Township promises to be one of them next weekend with its sixth annual Festival of the Senses.
The township’s premier fine arts festival, the two-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. As in past years, admission, parking and entertainment are free, with more than 100 artists and vendors registered to sell their wares at the event.
“It’s just a wonderful community event and we try to support the artists, restaurants and talented entertainers here in Clinton Township,” said Mary Ann Hosey, festival committee chairperson. “It’s a feel-good community event. It showcases the township and we’re able to support local charities that deal with children and the arts.”
Festival proceeds benefit three local charities
This year, proceeds from the festival's sponsors and vendor registration fees will benefit Charity Music instrument donation, the Read to Me literacy program and music scholarships for the Warren Concert Band.
“Every year the committee tries to identify three worthy charities,” Hosey said. “The festival itself is funded with no taxpayer dollars. We’re fortunate to be able to have this event and as a committee, we wanted there to be some way to give back to those who support children and the arts.”
The township’s four-legged friends will also get some love with the festival’s first-ever Dog Parade, which is set to kick-off the event at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 on the grounds of the Civic Center.
Registration is $5 per dog and proceeds benefit EARL (Every Animal Rescue League) and the Veterinary Technician Kitten Raising Program.
The committee is currently pre-registering dogs to participate in the parade. The first 150 canines to be entered will receive a doggie goodie bag complete with a Festival of the Senses kerchief, dog treats and other food samples.
Art, entertainment and food
Stretching across the Civic Center and Historic Village grounds, Hosey said all 112 of the festival’s originally plotted spaces have been filled, although she will accept vendor applications through Friday for overflow booths.
“Instead of me trying to solicit people, they are now calling because this is a festival they want to be in,” Hosey said. “It’s the same thing with entertainment groups. Some have enquired and I’ve had to tell them, ‘Sorry, I’m full this year.’”
Entertainment this year includes solo vocalists, folk groups, a Polish dance troupe, gymnasts, blues bands and vintage baseball games featuring the Mount Clemens Regulars, Wyandotte Stars and Greenfield Village Lah De Dahs.
Speciality food vendors ranging from Tawas Bay Fudge Rollin' Thunder Lemonaide and Kettle Corn will be scattered throughout the festival and the main food tent will feature cuisine from Rojo Mexican Bistro in The Mall at Partridge Creek and Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market.
Free parking will be located at the Civic Center, Chippewa Valley High School and Erie Elementary. A free shuttle will bring guests to the Art Festival. Handicap parking will also be available at the Civic Center.
Stay with Patch for more festival information, such as entertainment schedules, as the event approaches.