A.K. Field Notes has had the pleasure of experiencing many phenomenal destinations all over the world and today we invite you to expand your cultural perspective with Grand Rapids very own botanic garden, Frederik Meijer Gardens. Located in Grand Rapids, when visiting Meijer Gardens you will find the extraordinary combination of two art forms – horticulture and sculptures. We had the opportunity to sit down with Meijer Gardens President, David Hooker, for a behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a part of destination that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The summer solstice marks the official first day of summer! That make the longest days of the year happening THIS WEEKEND! Make them count! What’s there to do you ask? Plenty! From local events to nearby destinations, we’ve rounded up what we are aiming to get out and do this weekend! So after you stop by our Semi-Annual Sale, here are some great suggestion for what you can do in your new digs! Whatever your plans may be this weekend, take note from the wise words of Diane Von Fursteberg, ” Sleep is easier to make up than a unique evening.”
SATURDAY – Founder’s Fest 2014:
What: Founders Fest 2014: A Celebration of Beer and Music. Our biggest party and a thank you to the city of Grand Rapids, and the community that has made us what we are today. Strictly Ages 21+ Only.
When: Saturday, June 21 from 3pm – 11pm.
Where: The streets surrounding Founders Brewing Company, located at 235 Grandville Avenue SW. Entry gates will be located at the north end of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Grandville and Cherry Street.
Note: The Brewery, including the Tap Room, Deli, and Company Store will beclosed to the public the entire day, as this event is entirely outdoors.
Note: Founders Fest is a cash-only event, please come prepared to increase speed of service, though an ATM will be available on site.
SATURDAY – Whitecaps game against Fort Wayne:
What’s more summery than a baseball game with a beer and a hot dog and all your good pals?!
ALL WEEKEND – Bruce Weber Photography Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts:
Last night kicked off the public opening of Bruce Weber’s latest exhibition “Detroit” with the likes of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Carolyn Murphy and Bruce himself in attendance for the celebration. Presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts with the generous support of Condé Nast this exhibition is not one to miss!
In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber travelled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. The idea was to photograph a well-known model—in this case Kate Moss—as a starting point for a much broader exploration of an unfamiliar place, its culture, and, most importantly, its people. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This time, Weber sought out familiar faces as well as new individuals who could speak to the city’s dynamic evolution. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city.