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      This is the only thing I'll miss about Ann Arbor.  You never knew what you'd find in that alley.

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Comment by Bill Sargent on September 5, 2013 at 10:22am

  Don't Panic Erica!!  That Alley is alive and thriving.  They've only closed off one wing of it in the last year or so and I suppose that's for security reasons for the stores facing the street.  

    The reason I'm going to miss that alley is I'm not going to be doing the show any more.  The sales had dropped to the point where they weren't paying for the extremely high booth and application fees.  Not to mention the third year in a row of hundred degree heat.   Then there was the year when we got brief relief from the heat on the last day when it rained.  Shortly after that the sun came back out and there was plenty of time for it to heat thing up again so that we were packing up in a steam bath.  No more.  

    Well, the truth is that I was going to turn down the re-invite from South U. but South U. failed to re-invite me.  It's kind of like I was getting tired of a girl friend and was about to break it off but she wound up beating me to it.  

Comment by Erica Wagner on September 4, 2013 at 11:11pm

As an artist who went to school at U of M and graduated in 2012, and now doing art fairs myself... this is one of the saddest things I've read on this entire site.  I LOVED that alley way!  We used to sneak through it every time there was a bad speaker for Penny Stamps Lectures.  So many amazing memories just as a student there, and this is so sad to hear it is not longer there!!!

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on July 30, 2013 at 1:01pm
Bill, last time I went down the alley, it had been painted a flat red. No more graffiti. And, fences were erected to block some alleys.
Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on July 28, 2013 at 8:18pm

That alley looks better because of the art work. 

I take it you are not going back there, Bill.

Comment by Connie Mettler on July 27, 2013 at 10:30am

When I walked past it on Friday during the art fair there was a musician playing and children dancing.

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