From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, it’s that time of year when everyone is trying to sell us something…. This blog is about the institutions in Detroit that give us something—and Noel Night, which celebrates them!
This year Noel Night is “Extending the Long-Standing Tradition” (46 years!) by extending its hours!
On Saturday, December 1st, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., you’ll be able to visit and enjoy special events at the same cultural institutions that make living in Downtown Detroit an incredible gift all year round!
At 3:30 p.m., The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will host special guest Reverend Osagyefo Sekou: “Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou’s music is an unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar.”
The Detroit Historical Museum will host very special guest(s), Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 5 p.m., and their ‘Streets of Old Detroit’ shops will be open for business! You can also ‘Make and Take Crafts’ with Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc or catch the ‘Ho Ho Holiday Show with Richard Paul’ (every 15 minutes from 2 until 5 p.m.).
You can visit the Snow Queen from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Detroit Institute of Arts. At noon, Dream Arts Company will perform “Madeline’s Christmas, The Musical.” At 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., Luke Winslow-King will perform (“Born and raised in the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope”). At 1:30 and 3:30, you can enjoy performances by Lily and Madeleine, “an American folk pop duo from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, which consists of sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.” And at 2:00 p.m., The Detroit Film Theatre will put on Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea: “The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.”
There’s no way the librarians at The Detroit Public Library could ‘shush’ all the gasps of awe from visitors, and apparently for Noel Night they have not only given up, but have given into breaking the silence in this gorgeous library. At noon, the Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy Choir will perform, followed by Michigan Opera Theatre Carolers at 1 p.m., the Detroit Children’s Choir at 2 p.m., The Moxie Strings at 3 p.m., and at 4 p.m. the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings will perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with the choir from Kirk in the Hills.
While I can hop on the QLine Detroit or take my Downtown Detroit Luxury Loft’s Resident Shuttle to all of these wonderful cultural institutions any and every day of the year, this Saturday is one day (and Noel Night) I don’t want to miss! That is the gift that keeps on giving!