AuSable Artisan Village celebrates 10th anniversary
Tue, 06/08/2021 - 3:23pm caleb
Art, comedy improv, theatre performance, and concert highlight celebration during Memorial Day weekend
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling’s AuSable Artisan Village celebrated its 10-year anniversary with theatre, improv, art, and music during the recent Memorial Day weekend, and AAV officials reported good turnout and interest for the series of events.
The AuSable Artisan Village started its 10-year celebration with a comedy improv performance from Chad Patterson’s Gits and Shiggles on Thursday, May 27. Organizers limited the event to a capacity of 75 people.
Andrea Hentschel, AuSable Artisan Village Executive Director, said the performance “went really well.”
“It was like a breath of fresh air,” Hentschel said. “People were excited to be together and – on top of that – laughing together.
On Friday, May 28, the AuSable Artisan Village hosted a private party for its members, offering a dress rehearsal of the play “Love Letters,” part of the Artisan Village’s community theatre program sponsored by the Grayling Promotional Association. The party also included a dessert table and a toast to former AuSable Artisan Village executive director Terry Dickinson.
Hentschel said “the actors did a great job” and the dress rehearsal allowed organizers an opportunity to “work out some of the sound issues and figure out what modifications to make.”
“It was intimate yet energetic,” Hentschel said.
On Saturday, May 29, the AuSable Artisan Village offered a portion of proceeds from art sales to the Crawford County Community Christian Help Center, and people were also able to leave direct donations for the food pantry effort during the event, according to AAV officials.
Hentschel said three different artists offered art demonstrations on Saturday, including woodworking and charcoal portraits. She said turnout was good.
“We were pretty busy that day,” Hentschel said.
The AuSable Artisan Village capped its 10th anniversary celebration with a Family Jam concert event at the Paddle Hard shipping container facility on Michigan Avenue on Sunday. The afternoon concert featured four artists/groups playing separately and then joining up for a jam session at the end.
“It was a lot of fun, a lot of energy,” Hentschel said. “It was a pretty good crowd.”