Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival 2005: local information

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Food on-site

Good news! Once again, Mickey Wilson from Caterings by Jeannie's will be on-site serving ribs, veggie pasta, bagel sandwhiches, macaroni and cheese, and a few other side dishes, all at reasonable prices.

The Wide World Sports Center also usually has hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and a few vending machines.

Lodging

The hotels below are listed from nearest to furthest; all are within five miles. (Hotel info is from travelocity.com; prices are from May 2002, are in US dollars, and don't include tax, fees for extra people, etc.) There is also a chance that you may be able to find crash space on the floors of local jugglers' homes; contact Dave, at juggling.festival@umich.edu if you're interested.

Name Approx. Price Address Phone
Candlewood Suites 71-107 701 Waymarket Way 734-663-2818
Best Western 76-99 2900 Jackson Rd. 734-665-4444
Extended Stay America 40-55 1501 Briarwood Circle Dr. 734-332-1980
Holiday Inn 79-111 600 Briarwood Circle Dr. 734-761-2929
Weber's Inn 89-120 3050 Jackson Rd. 734-769-2500
Red Roof Inn 60 3505 S. State 734-665-3500
Courtyard 89-119 3205 Boardwalk St. 734-995-5900
Motel 6 46 3764 S State St. 734-665-9900
Quality Inn 56-119 3750 Washtenaw Ave 734-971-2000

Weather

Weather information for Ann Arbor

Restaurants

There's nothing right next door. But if you go a little over a mile south on Oak Valley Drive, you'll come to an area of strip malls where you can find restaurants that include the following. (Most of these blurbs are lifted directly from arborfood.com. They may be out of date; call ahead to the restaurant if you want to be sure.)

  • Alpha Koney Island: Classic coneys and traditional breakfasts in a diner setting. Under $6/plate. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 2833 Oak Valley (Oak Valley Center) 930-1520
  • Beijing Restaurant: The cuisines of Beijing, Shanghai, Szechuan, and Canton combined in a comfortable environment. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm (Fri & Sat til 10:30pm). Sun noon-9pm. 2803 Oak Valley (Oak Valley Center) 668-0201
  • Godaiko: Authentic Japanese specialties, including sushi, sashimi and cooked entrees with an emphasis on fresh fish. Tatami room available, where diners can sit on traditional tatami mats. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30-10pm (Fri & Sat til 11pm). Sun 5-10pm. 3115 Oak Valley (Village Centre) 930-2880
  • Joe's Crab Shack: Crabs, beer, and dancing servers. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm. 3020 Waters Road (Between Meijer's and Best Buy) 662-7091
  • McDonalds: under $6/plate. Hours: Sun-Thurs 6am-midnight (Fri & Sat 7am-midnight). Seating area may close earlier than listed time. 3001 Waters, 995-9356
  • Original 60's Sub and Pizza Shop Philly-style sub shop serves 15 hot and five cold, plus two-foot party subs, salads, pizza, soups and chili. Under $6/plate. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. till 10 p.m.). Closed Sun. 3135 Oak Valley (Village Centre) 930-6060
  • Outback Steakhouse: Aussie-themed chain restaurant serving steak, chicken, fish, ribs. $12 to $18/plate. Hours: Mon-Fri 4-10:30pm (Fri til 11:30 pm). Sat 3-11:30pm. Sun 3-10pm. 3173 Oak Valley (Village Centre) 662-7400
  • TGI Friday's: Chain with a variety of items, including potato skins, Buffalo wings, sandwiches, pasta, enchiladas, and ribs. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: Daily 11am-2am. Also Sat & Sun brunch 11am-3pm. 3015 W. Waters, 997-7050

If you want to go into downtown Ann Arbor, you'll find too many restaurants to list here. A few favorites of Ann Arbor jugglers (information from arborfood.com and Arborweb's restaurants section):

  • Seva: Everybody's favorite Ann Arbor vegetarian restaurant. But calling Seva a "vegetarian restaurant" doesn't do justice to the variety of great Mexican, Asian, Italian, and American cuisine. Try the portabella burger or the enchilada calabasa. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm (Fri and Sat til 10pm). Sun 10am-9pm (brunch 10am-3pm). 314 E. Liberty 662-1111
  • Zingerman's Delicatessen: A wide selection of sandwiches, hearth-baked breads, smoked fish, cheese, olive oils, and desserts. They also sponsor Markadia, a fresh produce stand in Kerrytown, so produce can be added to your deli order. $6 to $12/plate. Hours: 7am-10pm daily. Delivery of Food by Phone. 422 Detroit St (663-DELI).
  • The Original Cottage Inn: Family Italian restaurant, popular Ann Arbor hangout. Under $12/plate. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-11 p.m. 512 E. William 663-3379
  • Dominick's: Pasta, pizza, Italian deli sandwiches, and drinks served in Mason jars. Rustic surroundings outside and inside. This is the place to go if it's nice out. Under $6/plate. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. Closed Sun. 812 Monroe 662-5414
  • Kabob Palace: Great Middle Eastern food at reasonable prices. $5-$12. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat & Sun noon-10pm. 516 E. William, 327-4871.
  • Jerusalem Garden: Good, cheap Middle Eastern food. Under $6. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat 11am-8pm. Sun noon-5pm (summer hours Mon-Fri.10am-9pm. Sat 11am-9pm. Sun noon-6pm). 307 S. Fifth Ave, 995-5060
  • Blue Nile Ann Arbor's only Ethiopian restaurant with your choice of a meat or vegetable "feast": a large, communal platter of savory meat and/or vegetable dishes eaten with a soft, spongey bread called injera instead of utensils. $12 to $18 for all you can eat. Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm. Fri & Sat 4-10:30pm. Sun 3-9pm. 221 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 998-4746.

Entertainment

Looking for something else to do besides juggle? There's a lot going on in Ann Arbor, and the sites below will tell you all about it.