Visited the Village of Milford for the first time on Saturday August 8th. The Milford Memories Summer Festival, also referred to as Art in the Village, event was in progress. The event had shuttle parking available, however we did not have trouble finding a spot close to downtown to park for free for the day.

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The art show was bigger than it looked and probably encompassed a couple miles. There were over 300 artisan booths across the cute downtown featuring jewelry, pottery, clothing, photography, hand blown glass, metal, arts and crafts.  This event was not limited to only juried artists so more craft displays appeared available.

A food vendor section filled with fair food such as pizza, corn dogs, funnel cake, elephant ears and more was available. I tried an apple cider slushie for the first time and it was really tasty. I highly recommend this refreshment and if you like frozen drinks and apple cider, you won’t be disappointed.

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My main treasure purchased was a “Smitten with the Mitten” tile for my garden by The Painted Garden. This slate tile brings charm to my front walkway and it is weather proof allowing it to remain outdoors in all seasons. The Painted Garden also paints custom dog pictures on their tiles so you can have one made featuring your favorite pooch. I learned The Painted Garden has a studio in downtown Milford that you can also check out besides viewing their products on the website or assorted art fairs.

My favorite photographer of Michigan landscapes, Neil Weaver, had a booth at this festival again. His photos always inspire me to want to visit more places in the Mitten. When looking through Neil Weaver Photography’s 2016 calendar, I discovered a new destination in the UP, Copper Harbor, to add to my list of places to see. I also really like his photo “US 41 Tunnel of Trees” that is taken near Copper Harbor. My photo wish list continues to grow.

The Milford Memories Summer Festival also featured on site radio performances, a blind canoe race, assorted sporting events and even a rock climbing wall that many kids were enjoying. Additionally, the large Central Park Beer Tent was hopping with activity. Live music was available both in the beer tent and the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater.

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I am glad to have discovered the Village of Milford with its quaint downtown and large beautiful homes. I am excited to go back to browse the downtown shops and try out the restaurants. I will be sure to report back then.

 

About Liz Ball

Liz Ball is a freelance writer focusing on Michigan travel and local events in her community.