Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village in Dearborn
Take a trip back in time to the early 20th century July 14-15, 2012 with era music, dancing and food fun for kids, parents and the entire family
Dive into the sights, sounds and tastes of the ragtime era at the Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village Dearborn, returning July 14-15, 2012.
Listen to performances from accomplished ragtime pianists such as "Perfessor" Bill Edwards, Nan Bostick, Villy Meyer, Brent Beggs and Jerry Perrine as they showcase the spirit of the ragtime heyday.
Try out some of the ragtime era dances for yourself with a dance demo and instruction, while a professional duo shows some of the more intricate steps.
Catch a break and watch the 1924 classic silent film Lizzies of the Field. This 13-minute slapstick comedy by Mack Sennett is accompanied by live piano. Be sure to check out the phonograph and player piano demonstrations, too.
You can even taste the ragtime era with foods from regional farmers and producers, which are prepared fresh by the chefs at The Henry Ford.
On Saturday only, there will be high-energy music contest as pianists show off their skills. In addition, the birth of jazz at ragtime's end is showcased by the Dixieland Jazz Parade around the Village Green and down Main Street, led by the Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band.
There is also a multimedia presentation titled Women in Ragtime from Nan Bostick (one of the nation's leading ragtime experts) and Taslimah Bey on Saturday, and Detroit's Ragtime Legacy by Nan Bostick on Sunday.
Tickets for adults ages 13-61 are $24, youth ages 5-12 are $17.50, seniors 62 and up are $22, and kids 4 and under get in free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The event takes place on the following days and times:
- Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Check out the Metro Parent listing for more information on the 2012 Ragtime Street Fair at Greenfield Village in Dearborn.