You're at the U, so why not act like a student and sit in on one of the athletic contests? The football games always sell out, but you can find hungry students looking to make a quick buck by selling their tickets (as well as more mature folks who will undoubtedly charge you a premium if they can get away with it) outside the Big House. If you're around during basketball season, it's great fun (and much cheaper - top ticket is $22) to see the hoopsters in action at Crisler Arena. Our hockey team, playing in the Yost Ice Arena, is usually in the Frozen Four. And the University fields a myriad of other sports teams at venues across the campus. Michael Phelps swam in our pool, and you can catch a meet and see the rising stars of the future, free of charge.
This is the latest information from the University's athletics website on tickets:
Tickets for volleyball, men's and women's gymnastics, and wrestling are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Tickets for baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer are $7 for reserved chairback seats and $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens in the general admission bleachers. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. University students with a valid student ID will be admitted free of charge. Doors/gates open 1 hour prior to the event.
Admission is not regularly charged for regular-season competition in the following sports unless otherwise noted on the team's schedule: field hockey, rowing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's water polo.
Ann Arbor has three Episcopal congregations, and depending upon where you are staying or the style of worship which you prefer, one of the others may be more appropriate. But I'm a big fan of St. Andrew's Church, which is the oldest of the trio -- indeed, it was the second Episcopal parish in Michigan -- and which features really excellent music. (I once attended an 8:00 AM Easter service and was delighted to find that it included full choir, brass and bells. What a treat!) St. Andrew's has also recently undergone a major renovation, including re-installation of some marvelous Victorian stained glass. It's a friendly place, too -- the church has been feeding a Sunday breakfast to those who need one for more than thirty years.
Services are at 8:00 (generally no music), 9:15 (zippy 25-minute family-friendly Eucharist), and 10:00 (main choral mass); compline is sung on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM. There are also weekday services on Wednesday (Eucharist at 7:00 AM, Evensong at 6:00 PM), Thursday (Eucharist with healing at 5:30 PM), and Friday (Eucharist at 12:15 PM).
From mid-June into early July, the city has a summer music festival, held at Top of the Park, next to the Power Center theater. There are paid performances every night inside the Power Center, while the performances located outside are free. Many performers are regional, and range from reggae to swing to rockabilly.
Hill is an acousitcally perfect venue that hosts a variety of musical talents. If you are in Ann Arbor try to get tickets to a show playing there. You won't be disappointed by the sound quality of the theatre.
If you are lucky enough to be there in October try and catch the Halloween Concert. The Music Students put on a classical concert with a musical theme of - you guessed it - Halloween. Don't forget to wear a costume!!
Rent a canoe or kayak and take a ride down the Huron River. Best time of year is in the spring or early summer when the water level is high. In the late autumn the water level can get so low that your canoe can hit the bottom in places, sometimes even causing you to have to get out and push your canoe into higher water.
1. Anson Brown Building (1001-1007 Broadway). This block, once known as Lower Town, is the oldest commerical building in the city being built in the 1830s. Continue southwest on Broadway via the Broadway Bridge to Beakes Street.
2. Second Baptist Church (216 Beakes). This church was one of the first African American churches in the city, built in the 1890s. Continue down Beakes to Main Street.
3. Kellogg-Warden House (500 N. Main). This house, was built in 1835 by the Kellogg and Warden families. One of the oldest houses in the city. It was moved from Lower Town to its present site and now houses a museum. Continue south down N. Main to Huron Street. Turn left .
4. Silas Douglass House (502 East Huron). Built in 1848, this Gothic Revival was once owned by Silas Douglas, an early professor at the university and later the city mayor. Continue down Huron to State Street.
5. Unitarian Church (corner of Huron & State). This Romanesque style church was built in 1882. Quite unique. From Huron turn right on State Street walking past the edge of campus.
6. Newberry Hall (434 S. State). This building was once the U of M Student Christian Association in 1891. Today it's the Kelsey Museum (see other tips to do). Turn back on State Street . Turn left heading on E. William.
7. Deke Shant Building (611 E. William). Built in 1878 and designed by U of M architecture professor William LeBaron Jenney, it was the first fraternity on campus. It's still owned by Delta Kappa Epsilon. Continue down E. William turning right on S. Division.
8. Bennett-Kempf House (312 S. Division). This house was built in 1853 by postmaster Henry Bennett. Today it houses a museum.
Continue up Division to E. Liberty turning left. Walk down to S. Fourth and turn left.
9. Bethlehem Church (423 S. Fourth). Built in 1896 this beautiful stone church was built by the German community. Head back up S. 4th turning left on E. William and right on Main.
10. End your walk on Main Street enjoying the many buildings that look just as they did in the 1870s.
Burton Memorial Tower, located on Central Campus, is home to a 55-bell Baird Carillon. You can climb to the top and hear the bells being played Mon-Fri from noon-12:30. It also offers nice views of Central Campus.
The museum is pretty small, but is worth a look. It offers changing exhibitions which are often quite good. It's free though they ask you make a small donation.
Tuesday - Saturday 11-5, Thursday open til 9, Sunday 12-5
This museum offers displays concerning dinosaurs, fossils, minerals, local wildlife and such. It also has a planetarium. Museum is open Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun noon-5. The Planetarium is only open Sat 10:30-3:30 and Sun 1:30-3:30. The museum is free. The planetarium is $3.
Take your time on walking in this area, well, if you don't feel cold! It's pretty when you walk on the streets there, it's a wonderful campus, and you will feel very comfortable while you're walking! ;)
Spend money with downtown merchants and then go home. Traffic is bad enough
as it is, without you and your SUV hanging around. And please, please watch the
football game on TV.
One unique quality here is the alacrity with which the police will home in on your
vehicle and gleefully ticket it if you park inappropriately. It's just our little way
of saying, 'Thanks for visiting. Now, go home.'
University of Michigan is one of the largest public institutions in the US and is very highly regarded, both in academics and athlethics, Some great places to walk around and explore are State Street, The Diag, and the Law Quad. Just ask anyone who looks like a student where the places are.
College football with The Wolverines
The Wolverines are the football team for the University of Michigan and consistantly one of the best in the country. In the autumn, it's often difficult to find tickets for a game, but catch it with a huge helping of cheering bar fans from one of the many pubs in Ann Arbor.
The Ann Arbor Museum of Art, isn't the Louvre, but it's worthwhile visit with lots of special activities. For example, VT member paxgothica enjoys the monthly (free) tea ceremonies that are held in the Japanese wing. There's a different tea cememoney each month with a host to explain what's happening as the ceremony takes place. The current temporary exhibit celebrates the work of Picasso.
When people want to have a great time in Southeast Michigan while supporting a great cause, they head for the annual Dawn Farm Jamboree. The Jamboree is a family event held on the second Sunday of September every year. Admission and activities for all ages are FREE, including great live music all day by a popular local band, hayrides, animals to pet, pony rides, lots of games and activities for children, a rock climbing wall, tours of the 74 acre farm, and live and silent auctions and a gift table with a variety of donated goods and services, many at bargain prices! Dawn Farm welcomes all to join us and share in celebrating the tremendous power of hope, recovery and community in the lives of individuals, families, and our entire community - and have great fun and find terrific bargains in the process! Funds raised from teh auctions help defray treatment costs for individuals who have no other resources.
There's ample free parking, and the site is easily accessible from major highways.