Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 27, 2012

Michi-Gifts: Jeff Daniels and Christmas Gifts from the Great Lakes State

Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, was preempted this year by retailers who insisted on opening their doors a day early, on Thanksgiving. Folks fled their turkey dinners and dirty dishes and flocked to stores to scoop up deals on goods that they just couldn’t wait another 12 hours to buy.

As an alternative to mass-produced merchandise and the mall mentality I am reviving the “buy local” email message that I received last year about thinking outside of the big box shops.

Click here to read Birth of a New Tradition, and be inspired to get creative in your gift-giving this season.

Give a gift of an evening with Jeff Daniels (PRTC photo)

Watch this space for homegrown gift ideas that are produced or experienced locally, such as tickets to a live performance of Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged at the actor/singer/playwright’s Purple Rose Theatre in beautiful downtown Chelsea.

Daniels opened the intimate, 168-seat theater in his hometown, about 20 minutes west of Ann Arbor, in 1991. Original plays showcase talent from the Midwest, and the founder and executive director makes occasional appearances.

He named the non-profit theater for the 1985 Woody Allen film The Purple Rose of Cairo, in which he starred. Fortunately his movie Dumb & Dumber didn’t come out until 1994, well after the theater’s identity had been established.

Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged
Tickets for the following performances are $75 each and available by phone at 734.433.7673 or online at Purple Rose Theatre:

8 p.m. Thursday, December 27
8 p.m. Friday, December 28
3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, December 29
3 p.m. Monday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration
The 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve performance is part of a $250-per person fundraiser to benefit Purple Rose Theatre Company. The progressive party begins at 5 p.m. at Chelsea’s Village Conference Center with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a sneak-peak at Daniels’ new comedy The Meaning of Almost Everything which will open in January 2013.

The celebration moves to the Purple Rose Theatre for Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged featuring guest artists, and capped at 10:30 p.m. by a champagne toast to 2013.

For New Year’s Eve tickets phone 734.433.7782 x15 or email  A local hotel is holding rooms at a special rate. Click here for details on the New Year’s Eve Party.

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