July 24, 1984/ Page 13
Kids' activities chase des air from art fair
By DAVID VANKER
Between the heat, the crowds, and the
boredom, children often have a tough
time surviving the Art Fair in good
But this year, three local
organizations will offer relief in the
form of activities intended especially
for young people.
ON THURSDAY from 2 p.m. to 4
p.m., the Washtenaw County Parts and
Recreation Commission will give kids of
all ages a chance to help paint a banner
depicting Olympic sports.
The free event will take place on
South Main in front of the First of
America bank, and recreation depar-
tment spokesperson Jackie Perry said
she hopes it will make the Art Fair
more bearable for parents and children
"It's so hot (during the fair), and the
kids don't have anything to do," Perry
said. "(The banner) should be good for
parents who want to take a break. It's a"~~
shaded area; it should be pretty cool."
SPONSORS FOR the event - the Ann
Arbor News, Ulrich's Bookstore, and
Meyer's Thrifty Acres - will provide
enough paint, paper, and brushes for
about 50 future art fair exhibitors. DOUG McMAHON/Da.ily
The Ann Arbor art fair will super. These kids are smart enough to get out of the sun for a while and enjoy the children's activities planned for the Fair.
vise arts and crafts activities from 10 to year as the fair's self-appointed baby- something to do." four through ten will launch helium
noon and from 2 to 4 in the afternoon sitter, and Kaeren said the puppet- The Y will accommodate children of balloons carrying their names, get in-
each day of the fair. Program director making, painting, and wood working all ages, and though donations are ac- side a giant soap bubble; observe soap
Mary Kaeren said parents may leave aim to make participants out of bystan- cepted, there is no charge'for the ser- bubble experiments and the museum's
their children at the Y's booth in front ders. vice, exhibits.
of the Brown Jug on South University "THE ART FAIR is usually things "Bubble-Sitting" is the Ann Arbor Each session is limited to 12 children,
for up to half an hour while they walk you look at and not things you do," Hands-On Museum's cure for boredom. and space can be reserved by calling
around the fair. Kaeren said. "I think one of the pur- In a two-hour session at the museum, 995-5439. The cost of the program is $3.
This will be the Y's third consecutive poses of this is to give the kids located at 219 E. Huron, children aged
By DAVID VANKER
You've decided you want to make a million bucks,
and you've decided the Ann Arbor art fair is the
place to do it.
So you buy a couple hundred pairs of cheap
sunglasses for about 50 cents each and plan to wander
through the fair hawking them for $5 apiece.
Nice idea - if only it were legal.
Because of a City Council resolution, dated May 14,
peddlers' licenses issued by the Ann Arbor City
Clerk's office are invalid within three blocks of the
fairgrounds during fair hours.
Does this mean the Art Fair will be peddler-free?
Probably not, according to the head organizer of one
of the three separate fairs.
"There's not a whole lot we can do about it," said
Pat Kemeny-Macias of the State Street fair.
Anne Teichert, a spokesperson for the University
Artists' and Craftsmen's Guild, said peddlers have
not been a major problem in recent years.
"There have been people who have wandered
to seek buyers in
through the fair selling junk," she said. "We just
have our fair marshals ask them to leave."
Despite Teichert's sedate version of crowd control
at the fair, an official from the South University fair
committee said the City Council's resolution came in
response to a debate over property rights on and near
"Now the peddlers can work outside the fair area,
but many years ago, we had a problem with people
setting up on the corners (of the fairgrounds)," he
said. "The city ordinance took care of that."
As it stands, the law forbids peddling - the sale or
offer for sale of any item or service from a mobile
outlet-and soliciting-taking orders for goods to be
delivered at some later time - within three blocks of
the fair during fair hours.
Furthermore, only one of the Art Fair associations
- the Artists and Craftsmens Guild - allocates
booth space to commercial non-artists, and that
space is reserved for food vendors, Teichert said.
"(Food vendors) have to contact us by April," she
said. "We give first choice to student and non-profit
groups, then local private concerns, and then anyone
from out of town."
Teichert added that the guild also strives for some
variety in the types of food its vendors offer.
According to a spokesperson for Mayor Louis
Belcher, collections for charitable or non-profit
organizations share the fate of peddling during the
fair. Requests for permission to hold bucket drives
have been refused for the four fair dates.
The City Council resolution, which represents the
first written measure dealing with peddlers at the
fair, is an effort "to ensure that we have quality fairs
instead of just anyone running around," said
"Sure it's festival time," she remarked, "we just
don't want it to get out of hand."
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