Monday, September 27, 2010

Ypsilanti area offers plenty of fall fun

Ypsilanti area offers plenty of fall fun

Topics: News, Ypsilanti

Posted: Sep 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM [Yesterday]


Hay rides are a great way for families to celebrate autumn.

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If you're looking for fall fun, Ypsilanti has plenty to offer. Read on for the details on everything from costume parties to Oktoberfests to apple- and pumpkin-picking and more.

The embodiment for fall-related fun in the area is Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti Township. Among the many possibilities for enjoying an afternoon are a cider mill, pumpkin-picking, apple-picking, hay rides, pedal tractor racing, a petting farm, a corn maze and much more.

By night, Wiard’s transforms into The Night Terrors Haunted Thrill Park. Choose from six scary activities, such as the Labyrinth Haunted Corn Maze, Hayride of The Lost or Scareyoke.

Amore low-key venue for picking pumpkins and apples throughout the season is Wasem Fruit Farm on Judd Road. The farm is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once you fill up on cider and homemade doughnuts, head next door to the Talladay Farms Corn Maze, which also offers bonfires for larger groups in the evening.

Harrison Brown of Ypsilanti jumps off a hay bale at an event last year.

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Ypsilanti is well known across the region for its antique car shows, and one of the more unusual is the last show of the season on Oct. 3. The Southeast Michigan Antique Truck Show in Riverside Park is free and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Organizers say it will feature roughly 40 trucks, including a 1924 Garford flatbed, antique fire trucks, a 1930 Model A Gas Tanker and much more.

“It’ll be exciting -you’re going to get a real cross-section of trucks,” Jack Miller, owner of the Heritage Auto Museum said.

Stop by the Corner Brewery on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. for the annual "Imagine. A John Lennon Birthday Concert Fundraiser." Local artists Chris Buhalis, Jo Serrapere, Danny Kline, Ypsitucky Colonels and many more will perform John Lennon songs, and the $10 admission will go to support the Veterans for Peace “Peace Scholarship Program”. The scholarship assists students involved in an accredited peace studies program. The event is endorsed by Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono.

If you like beer, costumes and rock and roll, drop in to the Corner “Boo-ery” on Oct. 30 for their Halloween costume party. Admission includes food and music provided by Manhole UK.

For a more family-oriented Halloween party, check out the Ypsilanti Downtown Halloween Party on North Washington Street on Oct. 29 The event is free and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be music, games, a costume contest and candy for kids under 12 years old.

After the party stop by the Dreamland Theater at 26 E. Washington St. will present the puppet adaptation of Stephen King’s “Children of The Corn” on Oct. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and prior to the party the Ypsilanti District Library will hold "Scary Story Time" at 4:30 p.m.

You can plan a stay at the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast and walk to these events.

Chris Mason

Parish House Inn

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Pianos 'Round Town"playing near Parish House Inn B&B

The Parish House Inn is a short walk from this event. It will be a lively addition to Ypsilanti's already busy downtown and Depot Town.

Press Release:
Regarding: Pianos 'Round Town
Dates: Sept. 24 - Oct. 11, 2010
Location: Ypsilanti's Historic Depot Town and Downtown Ypsilanti (Michigan Avenue)
Time: Business Hours every day

"Pianos 'Round Town" jointly sponsored by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit, the Depot Town Association, and the Nelson Amos Studio will take place from September 24 till October 11, 2010. The pianos, placed on the sidewalks at various locations will be available for all to play during business hours. The event is modeled after "Play Me I'm Yours" which took place this past year in London, Sidney, and most recently in New York City. Pictures and updates can be found on facebook; video performances will be posted on ; For further information, contact Korin Hancherlian-Amos at 734-484-2787 or e-mail

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Chris Mason
Parish House Inn

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Parish House Inn,an Ann arbor/Ypsilanti area B&B loves Wiard's Orchard and Country Fair

Wiard’s Orchards & Country Fair

Wiard's Orchard and Country Fair has it all for fall: Apple Orchards, U Pick Apples, U Pick Pumpkins, a cider mill with cider mill donuts, bakery, pony rides, a corn maze, petting farm, giant inflatables, Old West hayrides, and more!

Makes Wiard’s Country Fair a great place for fall adventure. The-hand dipped caramel apples have people talking all over Metro Detroit! Wiard's has been serving the community since 1853, growing beautiful farm fresh apples, baking awesome apple pies, and serving customers with a smile. Country Fair Hours 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M./Dusk

Wiard's Special Events for 2010

Sept. 18 & 19 Grandparent’s Weekend
One free child with one paying grandparent
Teacher’s Appreciation Weekend

Sept. 25 & 26 Soccer Weekend – Children wearing Soccer uniform admitted at ½ Price

Oct. 2 & 3 Scout Weekend
Boy/Girl Scouts wear uniform scarf, hat, or vest and get a discount.

Oct. 9 & 10 Photo Contest Weekend
Go to for details and entry form

Oct. 16 & 17 Community Awareness Days– Safety and Service Visitors
Ronald McDonald Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00

Oct. 23 & 24 Wiard’s Reunion and Pumpkin Festival
Former employees wear your old Wiard’s Shirt or Hat for Free Admission for yourself.

Oct.30 & Oct.31 Wiard’s Costume Party

Further Event Information

Sep. 18, 2010 - Oct. 29, 2010
Only on: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Wednesday-Friday $8.50, Saturday-Sunday $11.99
Address: 5565 Meritt Rd., Ypsilanti
Phone: (734) 482-7744
For more info, visit website


Chris Mason

Parish House Inn