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Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools

University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.  Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s Festifools come from students most of who aren’t art students.

Making a FestiFools puppet
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LeTorrian  Jackson is a psychology major who designed a monster book puppet that uses scissors and a lighter to re-write history.  Jackson thinks the class has been a great stress reliever and has taught her about thinking of the meaning behind artwork.  

Festifools Studio
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Mark Tucker is a University of Michigan lecturer and is the creative director of WonderFool Productions. Tucker says FestiFools started as a university and student driven event eight years ago, but has become more community driven over the years.

That’s particularly true of FoolMoon which takes place tonight.

Tucker expects several hundred luminaries with about 95 percent of them made by community members.Festifools will take over Main Street from four to five Sunday afternoon, with FoolMoon taking place tonight.

FoolMoon runs Friday from dusk until midnight at Ashley and Washington.  There are 3 starting places for FoolMoon processionals.  Bring your luminaries and meet between 7:45 and 8 PM, with the processions starting at 8:15.  They start at the Farmer's Market, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Slauson Middle School. 

Festifools takes place Sunday on Main Street between William and Washington from 4 to 5 PM.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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