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Posted on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 6:47 a.m.

Townie Street Party returns for annual pre-Art Fair revelry

By Freelance Journalist

Just before the city is overrun with visitors coming to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, locals got together Monday for the annual prelude, the Townie Street Party.

Photographer Andrew Kuhn captured these images:

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michigan face

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Oh SO True, Mr Blue! Shadow and Fringe is much missed these days...what has happened to our town? Disgraceful to call this a townie party - you pay for it with your soul and lots of money for nothin' but crap and commercialism. What's fun about it???

James Gonzo

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 2:59 p.m.

wow, they even managed to gentrify the townie party. These used to be legendary, back when Ann Arbor was legendary. Not so much anymore. Glad I left long ago for better places.

michigan face

Wed, Jul 20, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.

James - This is a rather new "pretend" event that has just been going on the Monday before Art Fair - supposed to make the "townies" (who don't really make up much of the herd) feel like they are "part of the art fair". It's a joke. I still go to and you're probably thinking of the Real townie party every Dec. at the Necto (alias Nectarine, Second Chance, Chances Are) - that's still a fun time to see people you don't always see.


Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

It used to be a party....not so much anymore.


Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 8 p.m.

... the bourgeoisie and their brats - yuck! No friggin' in the fountain at this staid affair.

Mr Blue

Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

Too commercial. Over-regulated by officious staff. A high rollers tent? C'mon. Souvenirs? Sheesh. Domino's Pizza? Yuck. Time for a Shadow Townie Party.


Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 4:31 p.m.

Agreed Amber. Perhaps you should stay home. I found it to be a charming and friendly place to see old friends, catch amazing local talent (and was thrilled to be able to purchase CD's to support them AND get to continue to listen to them), mingle, check out amazing kid art and more. I give kudos to the organizers for changing things around a bit - the layout this year worked well and seemed to allow air flow...thanks!


Tue, Jul 19, 2011 : 4:07 p.m.

You must have mixed this up with the Debbie Downer Festival.