Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Michigan Mommies--Something fun to do with your family!

Go Green at Garden Family Hootenanny

DETROIT - There’s wonder to be found through the garden gates this summer during the Garden Family Hootenanny, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2009 at The Whitney. Seeds of music will be sown in the beautiful gardens of the historic restaurant with live performances by the Mydols and Cello-Bella!, a Music Together demonstration, and plenty of fun for children of all ages. As parents dig into food and drink in the outdoor cafe, kids will discover bubbles, games and crafts along the garden path.

A “hootenanny” is defined as a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and dancing. The Garden Family Hootenanny is the latest in a series of Hootenanny concerts and CDs organized by Mydols lead singer April Boyle to celebrate music both children and parents can enjoy.

Since 2001, Detroit Family Hootenannies have brought together talented musicians to jam with full audience participation. Acts have included Dan Miller, Pas/Cal, The Sirens, Loretta Lucas, Jawbone and Liz Mitchell. The concerts gave rise to two critically-acclaimed compilation CDs, Detroit Family Hootenanny: Detroit Folks Playing Old and New Music for Kids in 2006, and Holiday Hootenanny in 2007.

This year’s entertainment includes all-mom band the Mydols, who get kids to join in on songs like Run Crazy Baby and 3. Cello-Bella! will play family faves like On the Good Ship Lollipop and You’ve Got a Friend in Me on cello and acoustic guitar.

Melissa Bila Regan of Harmony and Me and Merrily Gechter of Music Together with Merrily will share musical instruments and lead kids through a sample of the early childhood music classes they lead in Birmingham, Plymouth and Canton.

The Whitney will provide garden fare, cocktails and mocktails for purchase.

The Garden Family Hootenanny is sponsored by ecostore USA, provider of eco-friendly cleaners, bath, body and baby care items at

The Garden Family Hootenanny will take place at the Whitney Restaurant, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201, Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for parents; free for children 12 and under. Call Emily Driscoll to reserve your spot at
(313) 832-5700. For more information, visit