Goings on in Ferndale: Spike and Mike, Ferndale Pride, Blues and Music Festival


Spike And Mike's Sick And Twisted Festival Of Animation

The Magic Bag has been hosting the Sick and Twisted Festival since 1992, taking credit for unleashing Beavis and Butthead for the first time to unsuspecting Detroit-area audiences. Other festivals were highlighted by premiers of "The Spirit of Christmas" and "Frosty," early works by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. In recent years, the Festival has introduced new episodes of Happy Tree Friends, cutesy animals whose antics lead to often unspeakable violence. Spike Decker and Mike Gribble have been producing and showcasing new animation for almost three decades, a pretty big feat considering that Mike has been dead for nearly 20 years. The Sick and Twisted Festival plays to sold out houses regularly throughout North America. It comes to The Magic Bag in Ferndale on Dec. 22, 29-30. Tickets for the 18 and over event are $7 in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themagicbag.com.

Calling All Sponsors For Ferndale Pride

Ferndale Pride is summer's first LGBTQAI festival in the state of Michigan. Free to the public, the event unites community and businesses for the biggest party of the year. Join the organization, this year, on June 3 to feel the love that is Ferndale Pride.

Work already is underway for Ferndale Pride 2017. As the kick-off event to summer, Pride is a great way to showcase a company as a sponsor and proud supporter of the diverse LGBTQAI community. There are new sponsorship options available, including sober spaces, main and DJ stage options, and more opportunities to participate in the children's area.

Pride's street fair is on West Nine Mile Road, Allen Street and West Troy Street in downtown Ferndale. Pride also hosts parties and events for weeks leading up to the street fair that will bring thousands of participants to Ferndale. There is an information packet available online at http://www.ferndalepride.com to include sponsorship levels and pay online. Sponsorships allow businesses and organizations an opportunity to promote themselves as well as join Ferndale's biggest party of the year. For more information, contact Julia Music at julia@ferndalepride.com or 248-906-8683.

Support The Ferndale Blues And Music Festival

One of the longest running and most popular winter events in Southeast Michigan is the Ferndale Blues and Music Festival. There is an opportunity to become a part of this great nine-day event set for Jan. 27-Feb. 4. The 16th annual festival held in downtown Ferndale and neighboring communities showcases a large array of musicians and bands featuring music from blues and jazz to rock'n'roll at dozens of local venues. The volunteer-run festival began in 2002 and has gained in prestige and popularity each year. Expenses are kept low, and all proceeds go to the non-profit organization Ferndale Youth Assistance. Thousands of people gather at local bars, nightclubs, restaurants, coffeehouses, churches, schools and community centers. All contributions, donations, and sponsorships are tax deductible. The festival is supported by the city of Ferndale, the Ferndale DDA, Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce, Ferndale Public Schools, elected officials, and numerous businesses, churches, and media outlets. To become a sponsor, volunteer or show support in other ways, please contact event co-chars Alyssa Atkinson at 248-259-0058 or at atkinson.a.alyssa@gmail.com or Craig Covey at coveyc@oakgov.com or 248-721-6434. For more information, visit http://www.ferndalebluesfestival.org/.

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