Pre-Conference Welcoming Reception - Downtown Ferndale
Saturday, May 17
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Ferndale, the first inner ring suburb north of Detroit and GAMSA winner, will host the first-ever Welcoming Reception on Saturday, May 17th to "Get You In Gear" for the conference. Arrive anytime after 4pm and pick up your "Get In Gear" access pass to take one of the many self-guided tours art and history, shop in the eclectic mix of independents offering specials and discounts or take a load off at one of the 30+ diverse restaurants, pubs, breweries and distilleries. Then meet up with old friends and make new ones from 6-9pm at the Rust Belt Market, an indie artisan market and host site of the reception party, where you can nosh on local flavor, savor Michigan & Ferndale-based brews and cocktails, as well as take in the sounds of local musicians. The party doesn't stop here–Downtown Ferndale is a late-night town and welcomes you to take part in the after-party. Shuttles will run all night long.