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Noel Night returns to Midtown

38th annual free Christmas event features many special activities

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

The Christmas season has peered its head around the corner, as the 38th annual Noel Night gets everyone into the spirit.

Produced by the University Cultural Center Association, the free event will be 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 throughout the midtown Detroit Cultural Center area. It will feature over 120 performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, food, arts and crafts and a free bus service.

The activities will take place between Ferry and Willis streets, and between Cass Avenue and St. Antoine streets. Woodward Avenue will be closed between Warren Avenue and Ferry Street.

Event Program Coordinator Njia Kai said that she hopes more people will come out to this year’s event.

“Each year we try to create and involve new performances for the public along with the regular activities,” Kai said.

At the Detroit Institute of Arts, people can decorate specialized ginger bread cookies and listen to The Rhythm Society Orchestra.

This is sixth year that the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has participated in Noel Night. Chairperson of Noel Night at the Wright Museum, Charlotte Bradley said that a local political figure would take part in the celebration.

“We are really excited that this year 4th District U.S. Rep. Coleman A. Young II and his mother Annivory Calvert will play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus,” Bradley said.

Along with appearances from Santa Claus, the museum will feature venders selling jewelry, popcorn, hot dogs and Christmas items. A how-to Kwanzaa demonstration and African dancers will also be offered. Patrons will also have a chance to win a bike.

Wayne State will also be participating in the “Son of a Bliss” Christmas trees sale in front of Old Main on Cass with sounds from the WSU Jazz Combo and the Renaissance High School Marching Band.

The Art Department Gallery’s current exhibition of WSU professors Stanley L. Rosenthal and Adrian Hatfield’s recent sabbatical work will be open.

The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery’s “Still and Present: Photographic Works by Millee Tibbs and Andrew Doak” will also be open.

The Ice Sculpture Challenge will return to the DIA Plaza. WSU and College for Creative Studies sculpture students will compete under the direction of seven-time gold medal winner for ice carving, Tayana Raukar, who will also demonstrate and create her own sculpture.

For those who would rather enjoy spirits, from 8 p.m. to midnight, many can meet at The Whitney Restaurant’s “Ghost Bar.”

The bar tour takes insiders through Midtown, visiting four local venues to meet the staff and listen to stories behind Noel Night.

The Cass Technical High School Marching Band will perform at the tree-lighting ceremony for the Detroit Medical Center’s 45-foot tree.

To wrap up this years event there will be a community sing-along at the Woodward Avenue Bandstand between Kirby and Farnsworth streets led by the Salvation Army Band.

“It’s really beautiful to see everyone in the community come together to sing Christmas carols,” Kia said. “It’s such a sight as everyone sings and has a real good time getting into the Christmas season.”

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