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June 1 & 2, 2013 - Waterford Peacefest

The Waterford Peacefest of 2013 at L.A. Cafe and Java is over, but Detroit Metro Mashup did our best to keep it alive for you with our photographs. We took a lot of photos, too many to use them all, but we've got a good cross-section linked in the image stack above. The Peacefest was held on June 1st and 2nd and DMM went on Sunday the 2nd. The weather was close to perfect and made perambulating the festival really pleasant, even more inspirational and less perspirational than usual. The only difficulty was getting to the event itself. It was an unfortunate cosmic coincidence that the road construction on Dixie Highway was at its peak in the lanes immediately in front of L.A. Cafe on Sunday, almost a yin and yang sort of occurrence. We can scarcely get pot holes patched during the weekdays, but they were repaving the highway on Sunday in front of a festival. Go figure. At any rate the Peacefest was crowded, so dedicated fans managed to get across or around the steaming asphalt to the festival somehow, while karmically favorable breezes blew the dust and odors away from the event.

There were some familiar artisans, craftspersons, and vendors, but there were some new really cool ones as well. We tried to get photos of everyone exhibiting (everyone who didn’t duck the camera anyway), but there were a lot of things going on. If we missed you, or didn’t get your name or booth name with your photo, we apologize. Booth signs help! There were booths with clothing, pottery, jewelry, hula hoops, metal sculpture, temporary tattoos, rat fink-like and comic artwork, fine art paintings, glassworks, music, artistically modified furniture, cosmetics, and, one of our personal favorites, the Basic Earth Elements' Magick Needs Apothecary. This was a small, but extremely well outfitted, self-contained magic shop that looked as though it belonged on the grounds of L.A. Cafe or had magically sprung full-blown from the earth for the event. Check out the photos, it’s hard to describe. 

In addition to the artisans, there was the great food and specialty coffee beverages that are always available at the L.A. Cafe. The Peacefest was initiated by the L.A. Cafe and Java, located at 5815 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI. The Cafe was established in 1986 and features a variety of straight and flavored coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, etc., in addition to a being a vegetarian and vegan restaurant. We at DMM can attest to the quality of both the food and the coffee drinks, having routinely dined there many times over the years. Actually, I’m getting hungry thinking about the Earth Mother sandwich. Owned by Darren and Heidi Graunstadt, the cafe began the Peacefest six years ago as a way for regional artists to display and sell their works and wares. If you’ve never been to the Peacefest, go have a look at our photos and you won’t want to miss it next year!

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