8 - The Michigan Daily -- July 17, 2000
or many University student's, summer jobs and classes
often do not leave time for extravagant or long vacations.
But weekends often provide a chance for students to get
away and Michigan is filled with a myriad of different places to go.
This summer, hundreds of artists are making stops in Michigan
to perform for their fans.
Pine Knob receives many of these artists. One of the largest out-
door amphitheaters in the United States, the audience is able tojam
in one of the theater seats, or bring a blanket and sit on the grass to
hum to their favorite tune.
Amy Bryson, publicity manager for Palace Sports and
Entertainment said that Pine Knob has a continuous booking of
"At Pine Knob, we host anywhere between 75 to 80 events
between May and September, which has been the most of any
amphitheater in the country," Bryson said.
Pine Knob will welcome rock group Def Leppard on July 29,
and Latin sensation Santana on August 13.
Between the Detroit Pistons, The Detroit
Shock, and the Detroit Vipers, the Palace
of Auburn Hlills hosts approximately 200 events per year. Although
the majority are sports related, a couple of these events involve
For all the country fans, the Palace is now selling tickets for
Faith H1ill and Tim McGraw's "Soul to Soul" tour, coming to the
Palace on September 29.
Ann Arbor is notorious for its art festival. But for those who
aren't crazy about art, many other festivals will be opening across
The 21st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly will
run during the weekends ofAugust 14 through September 26. With
a 16th century village atmosphere, the Renaissance Festival has a
variety of events, including the International Strongman
Competition and the Bagpipe Blowout.
If anyone intends on taking a Shakespeare class for the upcom-
ing year, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival will provide a jump-
start to studying. Located at Ella Sharp Park in Jackson, this year's
festival will perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's
Dream" and "Richard Ill." The festival will run from July 20 to
August 6, and was visited by over 4,000 people last year.
Tonya Redding, the
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marketing director for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, noted the s
festival's direct ties with the University.
"We have a big University connection. We are presented in cooper- t
ation with the University department of theater and drama. There are z
over 40 people in the acting company, and many are from the h
University or the Ann Arbor area," Redding said. z
Waterparks are often a fun way to spend the day, as they provide a 1
full day of entertainment for a minimal cost.
In Muskegon, Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park contains the r
largest waterpark in Michigan. Located approximately 177 miles from
Ann Arbor, the amusement park also offers several thrill rides. One a
roller coaster, Shivering Timbers, was recently shown on the Discovery c
Channel for its documentary of roller coasters, entitled "Extreme
Rides 2000. I
Laure Bollenbach, office manager at the park, feels that Michigan* h
Adventure Amusement Park has a lot to offer to students and Ann F
Arbor residents. e
"We have over 40 rides and attractions. I think that it's a park you
can do in a day and really have a good time," Bollenbach said. a
Closer to Ann Arbor are the Oakland County Parks. Waterford Oaks t
Waterpark in Waterford boasts of a group raft ride that is 515 feet high.
Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights has a triple-flume waterslide
and wave-action pool. If you don't know how to swim, both waterparks a
provide swim lessons.
Within a thirty-minute drive, one can have access to numerous cue
lure, sporting, and recreational activities. The Detroit area is home to
hundreds of events and places to see. n
William Atkinson, a dental school student, said that he enjoys
attending events in downtown Detroit because of the area's diver- 1
"I was impressed with the vast diversity of downtown t
Detroit. I think diversity is one of the most impor- r
tant things in establishing a strong community
atmosphere," Atkinson said. fl
Comerica Park, which opened this year d
is the new home for the Detroit Tigers.
The $250 million stadium has a variety
of features for the fans. The ballpark
features the largest scoreboard in i
baseball, over 100 luxury seats and a h
waterfountain in Centerfield that i
simulates fireworks c
when a homerun is
hit. Rides are
children and t
Pine Knob Mackinac Island
Upcoming Concerts Fort Mackinac, Grand
Hotel, Nicolet monument
Third Eye Blind
Chicago Northwest Michigan
July 28 Interlochen Arts Academy
Sleeping Bear Sand dunes
Counting Crows & Live
August 2 and 3
Red Hot Chili Peppers
August 7 and 8
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August 18 and 19 Hockeytown Cafe, Detroit Institute of
Arts, Fox Theater, Comerica Park