In the past two years The Michigan Glass Project was able to raise over $24,000 to donate to the Belle Isle Aquarium. They are a large part of the reason that it was able to reopen to the public. This year's Main Event will take place June 6-8 and the proceeds from the vent will go to the Aquarium. They are hoping to raise more money and get more people involved this year.
June 5th you can head out to the Aquarium for the kick off party. This will include drinks, food, live music, and networking. Tickets for the kick off party are $25 at the door and the Aquarium is located on Belle Isle. (Remember you must purchase a $10 pass to get onto Belle Isle these days, so factor that in if you do not already have one.)
June 6th will be the first day of the Main Event. This will take place at IC Building 6 at 1600 Clay St. Detroit, MI 48211 and will go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first day will feature live glass blowing demos, live music, wares from local vendors, and food & beverages. A day pass is $15, but a 3 days pass is only $20.
The after party for the first night will be held at the Tangent Gallery located at 715 E Milwaukee St. in Detroit. This party will go from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature live music, live painting, a silent auction and a cash bar. It is $10 to get in the door, unless you already have a bracelet. Then it's only $5.
June 7th will be the second day of the Main Event, located once again at the IC building. The price and the attractions are the same, but the Saturday's after party will be held in The Whitney Garden and will feature live music and a cash bar. Tickets are once again $10 or $5 if you have a bracelet. This after party also goes from 10-2.
Sunday will feature live glass blowing, vendors, music, food and drinks, but they will also have a special brunch from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The last day of the main event will be a little shorter, as it will be open from 10 a.m. -.8 p.m.
Sunday's after party will take place at The Old Miami and will feature live music. This party is free with a wristband and only $5 without one.
The weekend's events will feature twenty torches, ten dedicated to the main team of artists and ten dedicated to local and national glass artists interested in sculpting for the cause. They will have live soft glass demonstrations featuring local furnace glass masters from The Juice Box Studio and a soft glass beadwork station with recognized beadmakers from around the area. You can watch live painting with nationally recognized street artists and have a few drinks with your friends while taking it all in.
We attended the event the last two years and were surprised by how much fun we had. We have two recommendations for anyone attending. Make sure to dress light, those torches get warm, and pace yourself. Day drinking can be a little intense.
For more information follow The Michigan Glass Project on Facebook here.