Friday, December 14, 2012
The Royal Oak City Commission will review a 2012 Arts, Beats & Eats financial report at its regular meeting on Monday.
At their 7:30 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall Monday, city officials are expected to discuss a 2012 Arts, Beats & Eats (ABE) financial report. (See the attached PDF). "Financially, 2012 was the most successful ABE Festival for the City with retained net income of $92,636.27 after repaying the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) it's $100,000 advance and it's 10 percent share of net income," City Manager Don Johnson wrote in a memo to commissioners. "Our revenues were up, mostly because of good weather and our expenditures are down because we keep getting better at running it," Johnson said. ABE producer Jon Witz agrees the city is getting better at running the festival due to "lessons learned" from the first two years. Those lessons …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Many Royal Oak organizations benefited from the Labor Day weekend festival.
Arts, Beats & Eats presented checks totaling $337,092.45 to more than 60 charitable and cultural organizations at Pronto's in downtown Royal Oak today. Event producer Jon Witz handed out checks to the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County, Royal Oak Animal Shelter, Royal Oak Women’s Club, Royal Oak High School's Model United Nations club, Royal Oak Historical Society and many other Royal Oak groups and religious organizations. This year, 390,000 people visited Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, Witz said. "The reviews we've had from our patrons on our Facebook and in our email have been some of the best we've ever had," said Witz. "We've heard a few to the contrary, but they are far outweighed by the tremendous applause and positive reviews that…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Royal Oak officials will tackle a busy agenda when they meet at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall.
At their 7:30 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall, Royal Oak officials are expected to discuss a variety of matters. To knock or not to knock? In February, the Royal Oak City Commission voted to direct the city attorney's office to prepare proposed amendments to the peddling ordinance, which would allow for the creation of a Do Not Knock registry that would be provided to anyone issued a peddler's license. The registry would also be made available on the city's website. Tonight commissioners will vote on a second reading of the amendment. City Commissioners will also look at a proposal from Oakland Community College (OCC) to negotiate a purchase agreement for the city owned property adjacent to the college at the southwest corner of Main …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Festival will be held Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 in downtown Royal Oak.
The Ford Arts Beats & Eats is back for its 15th year, and come day Labor Day weekend, the streets of downtown Royal Oak will be completely transformed into one all out fun-fest. The community will come alive as thousands of visitors from across the state make their way to the Festival. With so much going on, it might be easy to become overwhelmed. That's why Patch has compiled a complete guide of what to expect at the 2012 event. Over 140 booth spaces will house artists from across the nation, highly skilled in media including ceramics, fabric and fiber, painting, leather, photography, sculpture, drawing, wood, digital art, graphics and printmaking, glass, jewelry and metal. The much-talked about Juried Fine Arts Show will feature these …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Royal Oak City Commissioners want an outside investigator to determine whether Commissioner Jim Rasor has violated any laws or ordinances.
The Royal Oak City Commission approved an independent investigation to determine whether the actions of one its members constitute a conflict interest or an ethics violation at a special meeting at City Hall Friday evening. Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Capello, who requested the special meeting along with Commissioner Peggy Goodwin, described receiving an anonymous letter on Aug. 14 that alleged inappropriate actions on the part of Commissioner Jim Rasor with regards to an Arts, Beats & Eats (ABE) parking station operation. Capello, who found the letter unsettling, followed up with City Manager Don Johnson who established Rasor had applied for an ABE parking station license for the former Fresard property. The Main Street property was recently …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The festival will be held Labor Day weekend in downtown Royal Oak.
With the annual Arts Beats & Eats Festival just one month away, the city of Royal Oak is ironing out the festival's final touches. Here are some basic things to expect when the fun begins Aug. 31. Beginning Aug. 29 at 6 p.m., the following streets will be closed: Beginning Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., the following streets will be closed: Check back on Royal Oak Patch on Wednesday afternoon as the complete entertainment lineup for the 2012 Arts Beats & Eats is announced. For more information, visit artsbeatseats.com.
The acts for the 2012 Royal Oak festival will be formally announced August 1.
The Arts Beats & Eats is right around the corner, bringing some of the biggest acts in music along with it to downtown Royal Oak. On Wednesday, this year's much-anticipated entertainment lineup will be officially announced. With more than 100 artists based nationwide, the show is sure to be one to remember. Make sure to check back in with Patch Wednesday afternoon to view complete coverage of the jam-packed musical schedule. With that in mind, Patch would like to know, who would you most like to see perform at the 2012 Arts Beats & Eats?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
New collaborations are announced for the Labor Day weekend festival.
If event producer Jon Witz had one wish for the 15th Annual Arts, Beats & Eats festival, it would probably be that the weather will be just as fabulous on Labor Day weekend as it was Wednesday. From Pronto’s patio, Witz highlighted some of the new innovations to the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 event to community leaders, sponsors and the media, while singling out Mayor Jim Ellison and the city of Royal Oak for its warm hospitality, the ability to be flexible and masterful planning. The four-day festival offers more than 200 performances on 10 stages, a highly ranked juried fine arts show, local restaurants and other regional and local attractions. Last year, high temperatures and storms hammered festival. Witz praised the city’s leadership for the …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Commissioners will tackle a long agenda when they meet at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall.
At their 7:30 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall, city officials are expected to discuss a variety of matters. Commissioners will review proposals from three companies—Park Rite, Miller and Ampco—for operating Arts, Beats & Eats parking with volunteers and as a stand-alone contracted operation. Based on the proposals submitted, there is significant cost savings in running the parking as a stand alone operation, according to a letter to members of the City Commission from Greg Rassel, director of recreation and public service. Rassel recommends not using volunteers to assist with parking this year at Arts, Beats & Eats. Commissioners will get a report from the Charter Vehicle Task Force Committee, which met on May 4 to address problems …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Managing parking for Arts, Beats & Eats is on the Royal Oak City Commission's agenda when it meets today at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall. Commissioners are expected to hear City Manager Don Johnson outline a plan to have Greg Rassel, the city’s public service director, prepare a Request For Proposal (RFP) and accept bids for managing Arts, Beats & Eats parking. According to Johnson, the Boys & Girls Club and a major valet operator are interested in managing parking at the Labor Day event. Both believe they can do it less expensively than Ampco System Parking has in the past two years, according to Johnson. Ampco, by contract, would continue to manage the three city owned structures during Arts, Beats & Eats. The new parking …