Detroit’s own Arts & Scraps will be at Detroit Bookfest helping kids build their own books

Detroit’s own Arts & Scraps will be at Detroit Bookfest helping kids build their own books

 

*Big thank you to Bookfest Committee member Louie Meizlish for sourcing and arranging this!*

 

Arts & Scraps Detroit Scrapmobile (photo by Arts & Scraps)

Arts & Scraps has been an interactive institution on the Eastside for over thirty years.

Founded in 1989 by Peg Upmeyer, Arts & Scraps was originally started to help cash-strapped teachers obtain affordable, creative resources for their students.

Arts & Scraps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and recycling store which collects donated recycled goods and turns them into art.

They recycle over 28 tons (ie: 56,000 pounds) of industrial materials annually!

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Their East English Village location includes a 5,000-square foot combination store, offices, classroom, and donation intake. Located across Harper Avenue is their 13,000-square foot warehouse where the Scrapmobile is parked and where their creative ‘sticky kits’ are assembled.

Open to the general public, the store features a delightfully whimsical interior, which fondly reminds me of rummaging for treasures at Neisner’s and Jupiter’s on Vernor Hwy many moons ago.

Arts & Scraps community store manager, Stevie Baka, was kind enough to chat with me about their operation.

Arts & Scraps Detroit community store manager, Stevie Baka (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Let’s hear from Stevie directly:

“Arts & Scraps is thrilled to be coming to Detroit Bookfest! Our 26-foot-long bus, the Scrapmobile, will be there. The inside is filled with recycled creative materials, kids can get a bag and make something completely unique. Building their own book, for example.”

“Arts & Scraps is a creative re-use that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education by reimagining teaching tools. Our programming is STEM, and the store is art-based.”

Many businesses generate a ton of ‘waste’ which can easily be donated and used by someone else. You never know what somebody can use or re-use. We also encourage people to recycle what they can at home.”

“The store features things like fabric, yarn stock, rubber stamps, sewing materials, scrapbooking & collage-making materials, heritage crafts, old photos, postcards, magazines, bottles, paint, laces, etc.”

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

“Kids can make some amazing stuff! We encourage kids to focus on imagination, creativity, and open-ended experimentation. We’re experience-driven and encourage people to experiment with their innate creativity. We’re also a field trip program with a target age range of three to pre-teen.”

“If your company is looking for something unique to do, Arts & Scraps engages in corporate volunteering. Companies like Ford, Rocket, BCBS, Motown Mission, etc, have their employees volunteer here.”

“We often receive donations of the contents of entire houses when people’s relatives pass on. There is an energy transference when loved one’s pass away. People feel good knowing that their items are not going into the trash but being loved and re-used by the community.”

“In regard to book donations, we prefer anything kids, educational, old, weird, unusual, etc, because the books will be cup up and collaged, which we know is considered sacrilegious by many book collectors, but it’s still better than old books being pulped and completely destroyed.”

When donating, we prefer that people please drop off their items to us. You can make an appointment to donate your items to us on our website or by phone.”

Thanks, Stevie!

St. Albertus Rectory (4231 St. Aubin @ Canfield, Detroit) photo by Google

Interesting historical sidenote about Stevie:

They live inside the old St. Albertus Rectory (4231 St. Aubin @ Canfield, Detroit). Open from 1891-1990, the rectory is now in the care of Stevie’s family.

“My family immigrated from Poland and lived near the Rectory in Poletown. My Grandpa went to school there, got married there and my brothers were able to move in and rehab it under the guidance of the Polish American Historical Site Association (PAHSA) who owns the property. We are always looking for volunteers there, as well.”

 

 

Arts & Scraps
16135 Harper Ave.
Detroit, MI 48244

 

Homepage
https://www.artsandscraps.org/

 

Contact
[email protected]

 

Donation form (donate your materials here)
https://www.artsandscraps.org/donate-1

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ArtsAndScrapsDetroit/

 

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/artsandscraps/

 

Arts & Scraps Detroit donations

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Arts & Scraps Detroit (photo by Ryan M. Place)

Detroit Bookfest 2022 Food Trucks: DELRAY BARBECUE and TREAT DREAMS ICE CREAM

Detroit Bookfest 2022 Food Trucks: DELRAY BARBECUE and TREAT DREAMS ICE CREAM

Eastern Market Shed 5 map

 

The Detroit Festival of Books, aka: Detroit Bookfest, is a FREE annual in-person event at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan.

Eastern Market

Shed 5

2934 Russell Street

Detroit, MI 48207

 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Where will the Food Trucks be located at? 

 

There will be two food trucks, Delray BBQ and Treat Dreams Ice Cream on the south side of Shed 5 along Alfred Street, just east of Russell Street.

 

Delray Barbecue

Delray Barbecue BBQ Detroit

 

Delray BBQ is located in the Delray neighborhood of Southwest Detroit. They have some of the best BBQ food in the state of Michigan.

They will be selling slow smoked ribs, homemade mac & cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and Dearborn hot dogs. All sandwiches are served on toasted Delray bakery buns and all local products.

Delray’s top sellers are: ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and mac & cheese.

Delray BBQ was co-founded in 2020 by Collin Karcher and Steven Sladovnik. Both with a love for creating homemade dishes, saw a demand during the covid shutdown for quality BBQ in the Delray/Detroit area. Soon after the founding, both owners took the leap to running a business full-time. In addition to the food truck, they now have another location in Ferndale at 9 mile and Woodward.

They are a locally owned and operated business with roots in the Old Delray neighborhood.

 

https://delraybarbecue.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/DelrayBBQ/

https://www.instagram.com/delraybbq

Delray Barbecue BBQ Detroit

 

 

Treat Dreams Ice Cream

Treat Dreams Ice Cream is a phenomenal ice cream truck.

They will be selling ice cream scoops, ice cream sandwiches (aka: Super Sammies) and pooch pops.

Their top-sellers are: Kooky Monster, Double Chocolate Chip, Honey Lavender.

Treat Dreams was founded by Scott Moloney in Ferndale in 2011. They opened their Detroit location in 2015. And……they have a third location coming soon!

https://www.instagram.com/treat_dreams/

https://www.facebook.com/TreatDreams/

https://www.facebook.com/TreatDreams313/

 

Exclusive Interview:  Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer will be live outside Detroit Bookfest

Exclusive Interview: Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer will be live outside Detroit Bookfest

 

Deon will be located on Russell Street at Alfred Street from 11am-3pm during Bookfest. Please bring money to tip him. Paper money, small bills are appreciated.

 

Considered a Detroit street legend and one of the top street performers in the Midwest by many, the musically gifted Deon Forrest, has built a reputation for doing his own thing.

Self-taught and ambidextrous, Deon “plays the pots” on the streets of Detroit, most notably drawing massive crowds in the neighborhoods of Eastern Market, Greektown and Downtown.

Videos of Deon have gone viral numerous times. Some of the videos online have over 60 million views. He was featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and some fans of his work include Eminem, Janet Jackson, Post Malone, Jermaine Dupri, and many others.

Deon’s sense of rhythm, timing, theatrics, audience engagement and overall musicianship are what sets him apart from the competition.

Big Sean’s Detroit 2 album cover (featuring Deon Forrest on the front cover)

 

Let’s hear from Deon directly:

 

I love Detroit. Straight up. I grew up on the streets, didn’t have nothing. Then In 2008, I got shipped here and lived in a group home in Southwest Detroit at Fort and Schaefer. I got myself together in Detroit. I found out who I was in Detroit, this city made me who I am.”

“At that time, nobody knew who I was. I didn’t even know who I was. I didn’t know what I wanted to be or what I really wanted to do. But I knew I needed a hustle. Couldn’t let my kids stay on the streets and I didn’t want to beg for money, so one day I’m at my friends and being a percussionist, I’m always tapping on stuff, and I’m getting into the rhythm and right then and there I realized Deon you’re going to be a street performer.”

“I started off as a techno drummer without the speaker. Now I got a TopTech Audio speaker specially rigged on wheels. Built my pots because I wanted to do something unique and different. And now I got a whole mobile orchestra! My kit includes: piano, pots, slider, etc. I use ten pots and one cymbal. The buckets provide the bass. My favorite drumsticks are the plastic-tipped marching band Vix Stix (aka: Vic Firth).”

“My style is like Daft Punk mixed with Stomp (the British percussion group) and I can remix any song.”

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer (photo Deon Forrest)

“The streets is like a big petri dish for testing your skills. To be a street performer, you have to battle underground to see who’s the best. I earned the title ‘King of Greektown’ because I’m 10-0. You set up near a big crowd and try to take the crowd. Whoever draws and keeps the crowd is the winner and you earn that spot.”

“I beat the five Chicago bucket drummers. We were rivals for a minute but now we’re cool. I outmaneuvered the marching band and they even had big bass drums. Also whooped a few horn players. I’ll go toe to toe with anybody on the streets. You play something? Bring it. Let’s see what you got. I’m in Eastern Market, Greektown, all over Downtown, come find me.”

“I play outside a lot of sports games, especially the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, and outside live music venues, especially the Fox Theatre and Masonic Temple. The most money I ever made in a short time was I made $1,200 playing drums for about 1h30min. On a typical night, I average around $500.”

“I did a performance for Post Malone in Greektown. I played Martha Reeves birthday party. I’ve been in an NFL commercial with Barry Sanders. I’ve done all sorts of stuff.”

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer and Detroit rapper Big Sean (photo Deon Forrest)

“One of my main inspirations is Michael Jackson. I also find some parallels between his life and my life. For instance, there was the Jackson Five. I used to perform on the streets with five people, including my man Miles Hubbell, but gradually the group started shortening until it was just me. Plus, how he did the moonwalk, I built a slider on my kit so I can kick the pot out and moonwalk it back.”

“Believe it or not, I only practice in my head. I get the music on my phone and listen to it. I have a special ability to instantly memorize music. I have a song of list of hundreds of songs in my head. I also do requests. My favorite stuff to play is pop, dance, techno, R & B, etc.”

“I love Detroit because there’s all kinds of wonderful and different people here. The best advice I can give y’all is just be who you are. Because whether you like it or not, the Real You’s gonna come out eventually. Just let it shine.”

“I’m a big basketball fan, would love to do something with the Detroit Pistons.”

“Currently, I’m building a special set. It’s a 360-degree chair that spins. I sit in the middle and there’s four different drumming stations where I can spin and play multiple, different songs interchangeably.”

Come check out Deon on the pots!

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer (photo Deon Forrest)

Contact (hire Deon for gigs)

[email protected]

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/greektownhotbox/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017094069837

 

CashApp

$Greektownhotbox

 

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh-cH6eDaRrko8HKeeYp9bw/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer (photo Deon Forrest)

Deon Forrest (aka: Greektown Hotbox) Detroit’s own world-famous street performer (photo Deon Forrest)

 

 

Deon Forrest playing in Detroit for rapper Post Malone

 

 

 

Deon Forrest is featured in this commercial with Barry Sanders

 

Debbie Maciolek is the Official Photographer for Detroit Festival of Books

Debbie Maciolek is the Official Photographer for Detroit Festival of Books

Iconic photo of Detroit Bookfest taken by Debbie Maciolek in 2018 (Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit)

Native Detroiter, Debbie Maciolek, runs Debography, a local photography company. She expertly photographed some early incarnations of Bookfest for us in the past. And now, thankfully, she’s back!

The quality of her work is superb, and we are immensely fortunate to have her documenting the event.

You will see her running around at Detroit Bookfest taking photos. Please treat her with courtesy and respect.

Debbie Maciolek self-portrait (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

Here’s Debbie:

 

“I’ve got lots of books to donate. I can’t throw out a book. It goes against everything I believe in.”

“My early years? Wow, well, I grew up on Detroit’s Upper Eastside.  I lived on Lansdowne, between Yorkshire and Grayton and attended Guardian Angels at Kelly and Whittier and also Bishop Gallagher.”

“I attended Wayne State University, studying business and have my certificate of Photographic Arts from Macomb Community College.”

“For the past 28 years, my husband Bob and I have lived in Macomb. He’s a Colonel in the National Guard and we’ve owned a software business for 16 years now called Static Line Software.”

Abandoned Detroit building (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

“We have a son and a daughter, Blake and Claire, both finishing up college at Western Michigan and University of Michigan respectively and two furry kids. Our two dogs are Bella – a Lab-Pit mix, and Dexter – a Great Pyrenees-Siberian Husky mix.”

“I come from three generations of Detroit firefighters. My grandfather and father both retired as Chief of the city and my brother is a current Sergeant on the Eastside.”

“When I was young, my dad used to race stock outboard boats all over the state in short courses and marathons.  This is actually how I started photography. To this day, I love photographing live sports, especially hockey, and capturing the raw in-the-moment action.  Traveling frequently allowed us to camp all over the state. There is nothing like Michigan in the summer, the forests and lakes are incredible.”

Debography was started November 2016. I was able to leave my job with a software services company and move into being a photographer full-time. I shoot senior photos, lifestyle, off the beaten path type stuff, abandoned buildings, nature photography, events, etc.  Not weddings, never weddings.”

Detroit River photo (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

“My camera setup consists of a Canon 5D Mark IV and I use primarily Canon lenses, and Sigma Art lenses. My preferred editing software is Photoshop and I’ve found the absolutely best company for lighting supplies and support – Flashgear.net.”

“My advice for aspiring photographers is to understand the manual settings and remember that lighting is everything, it will always make or break your shots. Take the time to understand how light affects your subject.”

“As for hobbies, I love traveling, seeking out new adventures, experiencing off the beaten path type stuff. I’m an avid reader, mostly mysteries. I belong to a book club that’s…really more of a wine club, but hey, it’s fun. I’ve also been getting back into running, I’ve completed four half marathons and am looking to fit in a fifth one.”

Michigan is a wonderful state, we love it here; there is always something new to do. My husband and I have a cottage in Gladwin on Secord Lake and have made some fabulous friends up there. I grew up going to Burt Lake and Indian River, which are about a half hour south of Mackinaw City, and will always be one of my favorite spots. The State Park is great and the swimming and hiking can’t be beat.  Locally, we love spending time outdoors at Stony Creek Metropark and Dodge Park.  Favorite restaurants near our house include Da Francesco’s Ristorante for Italian food and Golden Fleece in Greektown for Greek food.”

“Outside of Michigan, my favorite spot hands down is Ireland. Stunningly beautiful country. I recommend renting a car and driving around southern Ireland, especially the Killarney area. And yes, for some reason, the Guinness really does taste better over there, the rumors are true! It tastes like Irish Magic.”

Castle in Ireland (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

 

 

 

Contact (hire Debbie for gigs here)

[email protected]

 

Homepage

https://debographyphoto.com/

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/DebographyPics/

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/debographyphotography/

 

Photo Art IG

https://www.instagram.com/debographyphotoart/

Owl in the trees (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

Nature photo (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

Fire hydrant encased by tree (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

Photo of a Horse (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

Capturing the Sunset (photo by Debbie Maciolek)

 

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 17, 2022)

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 17, 2022)

 

BEER!

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No cover charge!

https://www.facebook.com/events/517712936663828

 

 

In celebration of the annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka Detroit Bookfest), EMBC will be opening early on Sunday, July 18th for the Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty!

Located three blocks southeast of Shed 5, Eastern Market Brewing Company (EMBC) is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Market.

Currently, the street they’re on, Riopelle, is closed to vehicle traffic. It is pedestrian-only and they have tables in the street, food tent, live DJ, and of course beer, glorious beer.

DJ Sam Morykwas

 

DJ Sam Morykwas will be spinning good music.

And the delicious ice cream food truck Cookies and Cream Detroit will be selling Guernsey ice cream!

 

Eastern Market Brewing Company

2515 Riopelle Street

Detroit, MI 48207

 

 

 

Some of their most popular beers are:

Elephant Juice, Market Day IPA, Mae Blanc, Wonderboy, and White Coffee Stout

 

Beer list

https://easternmarket.beer/beers/

 

Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/517712936663828