Things to Do in Saline: Opening Day at Farmers Market, Sheep Shearing at Rentschler Farm, Makielski Arts Sale, Passport 2 Pittsfield and More

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 05/04/2019 - 01:41

The Sun’s apparently decided to sleep in this spring.

But let’s focus on the bright, um, brighter side.

Saturday and Sunday, while cloudy, should be warmer, with a high of 63 Saturday and 70 on Sunday. And there’s very little rain in the forecast. So this weekend is a good time to get out and about in the Saline area - especially since there are many worthwhile activities.

Farmers Market Opening Day

What: The Saline Farmers Market returns to the great outdoors.
When: Saturday morning, 8 a.m. to noon.
Where: In its familiar space, in the parking lot behind Benny’s.
Why: The farmers market is always a great place to buy produce, eggs, baked goods and other local products. There are 23 vendors lined up for opening day.
Cost: No cost to enter.

Rentschler Farm Museum Opening Day

What: The Rentschler Farm Museum opens for the season.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.
Where: 1265 E. Michigan Ave. (just west of the Emagine plaza).
Why: Visit this historic farm house museum, operated by the Saline Area Historical Society. There are new animals on the farm, including sheep and lambs. At noon, there will be a sheep shearing demonstration.
Cost: Free, but donations are accepted to help maintain the museum.

Portrait of Ann Arbor

What: Leon Makielski (1885-1974) Retrospective Showcase & Sale
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.
Where: Schmidt’s Antiques, 5138 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti (Just  east of Platt Road.
Why: Leon Makielski was a portrait and landscape painter who also taught art at the University of Michigan and Meisinger School of Art in Detroit. This selection features over 50 works, including many Midwestern landscapes and images of Ann Arbor.

Color Workshop

What: Salt Valley Arts program on color relationship.
When:  Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday
Where: Salt Valley Arts, 400 W. Russell (the old hospital)
Why: Learn about the color relationship teachings of the master of color, Josef Albers. Using color aid papers, you’ll experiment with color, learning how the eye sends color information to the brain and working through exercises to better understand the many aspects of color. Instructor, Valerie Mann. (Sign up)
Cost: $100

Passport 2 Pittsfield

What: Family-friendly tour of Pittsfield police, fire and government facilities.
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday
Where:  Township Hall (6201 W. Michigan Ave.), Police Station and Fire Station #1 (6227 W. Michigan Ave.), Utilities Field Office (4467 Concourse Drive), and Lillie Park South (4365 Platt Road).  
Why: This free event gives area residents an inside look into the township’s day to day operations, as each department will host family-friendly activities to show a sample of life in public service.
Cost: Free. AAATA TheRide will provide free Park and Ride services for visitors to park and visit all facilities.

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