Percussionists, led by Assistant Prof. Michael Gould (center, left), used instruments including pieces of wood, spoons, washboards, shovels and drums to accompany the dancers.
The Heathdale celebration is part of a series called Arts in the Arb that also includes the current production of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. Remaining performances will be held June 20, 22 and 23. Space is limited.
For several years Arboretum (Arb) staff and volunteers from both the University and Ann Arbor community have worked to transform the Heathdale into its present condition. In October 2001 more than 150 rhododendrons and ferns were added to the Julie Norris Post Collection of Appalachian Plants.
The name Heathdale was given to this narrow valley of the Arboretum in the 1920s, says Arb Director Bob Grese. That was after expeditions were made to the southern Appalachians for various plants of the heath or ericaceous family to add to the collections of Nichols Arboretum. The heath family of plants includes rhododendron and azaleas, mountain laurel, dog-hobble, blueberry and sourwood.
Volunteers are needed to participate in ongoing Heathdale Restoration Workshops. Summer workshops will be held 9 a.m.noon July 13 and Aug. 10. Snacks and tools will be provided. For more information, call (734) 998-9541, send e-mail to Arb@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~wwwarb/.
(Photos and collage by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)