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ANN ARBOR DELIVERS SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES
By Christine Beamer
Daily Arts Writer
Denial can be a beautiful thing
when it comes to the idea of spring
in Ann Arbor. While there is a solid
chance snow might fall in the next
couple of days, it has technically
been spring since March 20, and
there are many ways to celebrate
the new season right here in Ann
"I've got sunshine on a cloudy
day"- The Temptations
Though mittens may be a require-
ment, going for a hike or a canoe
excursion is a great way to defy the
remnants of winter. Nichols Arbore-
tum, located right next to the Uni-
versity campus, boasts 123 acres
of forest filled with trails and with
some luck, a few early flowers.
Make sure to take some friends and
some Frisbees for a rousing round of
folfing (Frisbee golfing). Another
unique park is Gallup Park, located
on Fuller Road. As LSA sophomore
Mike Liang said, "I love Ann Arbor
parks. Where I grew up, subur-
bia had completely taken over any
Indeed, instead of just offering the
typical mowed lawn and preschool-
ers playing on a swing set, Gallup
Park has scenic trails that wind next
to the Huron River for a date or just
an escape from the immediate cam-
I love Ann Arbor
parks. Where I
grew up, suburbia
taken over any
- Mike Liang
For hardcore hikers, the Water-
loo-Pinckney Trail or the Waterloo
Recreation Area might satisfy a lust
for the great outdoors. Although
the Waterloo Recreation Area is in
Chelsea, which is located about 15
miles from Ann Arbor, it is the larg-
est state park in the Lower Penin-
sula and is worth the drive. Visitors
can hike or mountainbike on any of
these trails and pretend to get away
Another fun resource at the Uni-
versity is the canoe rental available
through the Outdoor Adventure Club.
Eager adventurers can rent canoes for
$15 and up, and they can be used at
Gallup Park (since the park encom-
passes several miles of the Huron
River) or at area metroparks.
Music freshman Jessie Harvey has
gone canoeing on the river numerous
By Megan Jacobs
Daily Arts Writer
Ohio. Home to LeBron James, the
Wright Brothers and that collegiate
superstar, the Ohio State Univer-
sity. These sparkling attributes may
seem far out of reach, or at least out
of mind. Fortunately, Ohio boasts a
veritable playground, especially for
Michiganders on the move and those
seeking a close road trip.
Anyone can find an Ohio guide-
book at the nearest AAA (there's
one at 1200 S. Main St.), but it takes
a native to truly illuminate the must-
dos and eats when venturing south.
If a visitor to Ohio plans to eat
anything besides a sack lunch, Sky-
line Chili is an absolute must.
A Cincinnati original that has
since spread all over the state, it is
simply unlike any other. As a change
from typical coney joints in Michi-
gan, Skyline serves their chili over
spaghetti. A "3-Way" is chili and
cheese topping spaghetti, a "4-Way"
adds onions and a "5-Way" includes
onions and tomatoes.
There's no reason to stop at just
one, however; Skyline coney dogs
are "literally two-bite coneys," Day-
ton-born LSA sophomore Louis Pre-
onas said. "My mouth is watering
just thinking about them ... mmmm,
mustard, cheese, chili and onions."
For those with no immediate
plans to visit Ohio, Skyline recently
opened locations in East Lansing on
Michigan State's campus and one in
It doesn't take a trip to the beach
to taste sand tarts from Ashley's Pas-
try Shop, which have been deemed a
legend in Dayton, Ohio. These cook-
ies are molasses and ginger topped
and are capped off
with cinnamon and sugar. Ashley's,
located at 21 Park Ave. in Dayton,
will overnight ship them anywhere
in the United States, especially to
celebrity customers Rob Lowe, Mar-
tin Sheen and Allison Janney (who
will have heart-shaped ones at her
wedding this summer).
Ever heard of Dorothy Lane Mar-
ket? For anyone who's missed out
before, it's a chain, primarily locat-
ed in Dayton, that is known for their
famous brownies and they will ship
their delicious treats anywhere in
These brownies are "killer
really to die for," said Ohio native
and LSA freshman Emily Youra. No
Duncan Hines imitation here - a
thick layer of caramel with choco-
late chips are sandwiched between
two layers of brownie, which is then
entirely dusted with powdered sugar.
Orders can be placed
either at the stores
themselves or online
Sports fans tired of
the Michigan home
teams can look to
Ohio for gametime
action. The Toledo
Mudhens are a top
minor league base-
ball team in the
nation, rarely fail-
ing dedicated fans.
The season starts in three
weeks, and their stadium,
Fifth Third Field in Toledo,
was just built in 2000.
The Football Hall of Fame in
Canton, is a nifty trip for only a
$13 pass. Greats such as John Elway,
Barry Sanders and Dan Marino are
featured in the main gallery, as well
as Super Bowl winning teams and
There are interactive games, too,
where visitors can coach simulated
It's also incredible
to see the John
because you can
really see the
behind the Beatles."
- Louis Preonas
teams or test how far they can throw
a football. It also encompasses the-
aters where visitors can watch any of
the previous 39 Super Bowl games.
For more Hall of Fame action,
check ot the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
The museum truly is awesome,
especially the Elvis room; dedicated
entirely to The King, visitors can see
themselves in any of his 200 plus
costumes and guitars.
"It's also incredible to see the
John Lennon exhibit because you
can really see the creative genius
behind the Beatles," said Preonas.
In this floor of the museum, all of
Lennon's lyrics are shown in their
original format, even the ones writ-
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Students walk down a path in Nichols Arboretum, which spans 123 acres.
"(The Huron River) is such a
peaceful setting. Houses alternate
with parks along the bank of the
river and provide a lot to look at,"
Harvey said. She added that the river
isn't too highly traveled, making the
canoer feel alone in nature.
Just because it's almost spring
doesn't mean necessarily saying
goodbye to winter sports like sled-
ding. Consider instead going ice
blocking, which is essentially the
summer form of sledding. Buy a
block of ice from a grocery store,
take a towel and go find a hill that is
mostly free from obstructions. Take
the towel, put it on the block of ice,
sit down, and push off, and watch out
for trees. Be warned though, friction
melts the ice and makes ice block-
ing much faster then sledding (which
might be an advantage).
And if all this exercise creates a
fierce appetite for fresh food, wan-
der over to the well established Ann
Arbor Farmer's Market. The mar-
ket is located at 315 Detroit St. in
the Kerrytown area, and it is open
throughout the year on Saturdays
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. According
to the Ann Arbor city website, the
market features fresh local produce,
baked goods, homemade apparel
and home decorations, all sold in an
More importantly, it is a chance
to explore Kerrytown and soak in
the atmosphere of Ann Arbor's non-
"Dorms unload - we're heading
out" - Dashboard Confessional
For those who would rather expe-
rience nature from a comfy audito-
rium seat, the Banff Mountain Film
Festival World Tour, hosted by the
Outdoor Adventure Club, provides a
great break on April 3 and 4.
According to Mike Liang, the fes-
tival, which will take place at Rack-
ham Auditorium, features about
six hours of acclaimed adventure,
outdoor, adrenaline, environmen-
tal, and cultural films according to
Liang. He noted that the festival is
a very popular event, and tickets go
fast. Tickets are $10 and available at
Bivouac or the Outdoor Adventure
Spring is also a great time to
explore downtown Ann Arbor art
galleries. In particular, the Art
school gallery will soon feature
graduating seniors' art work in the
Work gallery on State Street.
The gallery was established in
November of 2002, according to its
director, Greg Steele, in order for
art to have a presence on campus.
Starting on April 1, they will have
a very imposing presence indeed, as
200 to 400 pieces of art (one piece
from each senior) will be featured in
the gallery. The pieces are in many
mediums such as paint, sculptures,
glass, paper and video. The work
is extremely diverse, with classical
styles mixed with modern art and
everything in between. "If you want
to see it, it's here," Steele said.
In a similar vein, consider check-
ing out the numerous concerts of
graduating seniors and masters stu-
dents at the music school. In order
to graduate, the students must put on
public concerts and they often work
on the repertoire all year to create
a polished product. The concerts are
held nearly every weekend evening
from now until the end of school,
and offer a great opportunity for
a free evening of jazz or classical
"It's a free date, and there's usual-
ly food," said Music freshman Emily
Shipman, who plans to attend sever-
al recitals in the next couple weeks.
"I think it's fun to support fel-
low students when they accomplish
things, and it's interesting to see
how differently they interpret piec-
es," she added.
However, it is certainly not nec-
essary to know the pieces in order
to attend the concerts, and the con-
certs offer an intimate setting to
enjoy a wide range of repertoire.
For a schedule of upcoming con-
certs, check out www.rnusic.umich.
This is only a microcosm of
what Ann Arbor has to offer in the
spring time. So instead of thinking
of spring as the time to go see an
allergist, take a chance and go check
out many of the activities that occur
once the snow finally disappears.
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