Tickets online here.
Springfed Arts Backyard Bash
A Salute to Lux & bugs
Save the Date! Saturday, May 18, 6 pm
Honored guests will be Thomas Lux, internationally acclaimed poet and teacher, and
bugs Beddow, bandleader/trombonist/flutist/music teacher, appearing with his award winning R&B band. We will serve food from the new Jeff Valdez’ restaurant 275 Bar & Grill, handcrafted beer from Lily's Seafood and much more under the big tent. You can win raffle prizes and bid on silent auction items. The proceeds of the benefit go toward building scholarship funds for Springfed Arts' retreats, writing classes and showcases. It's our only fundraiser of the year and we depend on a portion of the proceeds for help with our operating costs.
The benefit is chaired by Rebecca Vlasic and Lisa Galperin. Tickets start at $60. The benefit will be held at the Rebecca Vlasic home in Birmingham. Tickets and info online at www.springfed.org For more information on how to donate goods or services please contact Executive Director John D. Lamb at (248) 589-3913 or
Your Generous Contribution:
Supports the Retreat Scholarship Fund
Underwrites creative writing workshops/readings
Sponsors visits by songwriters/authors/poets
Jane Kenyon Pkg — $1000 +
6 SABB tix, 6 Raffle tix,
attend one Springfed Arts Retreat
Theodore Roethke Pkg — $500 +
5 SABB tix, 5 Raffle tix
Robert Hayden Pkg — $300 +
3 SABB tix, 3 Raffle tix
Edgar Guest Pkg — $150 +
2 SABB tix, 2 raffle tix
Friend — $ 60 per ticket
Springfed Arts is a Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) Organization
Your contribution is tax-deductible less $30 per attendee.
Thomas Lux, acclaimed poet and teacher began publishing haunted, ironic poems that owed much to the Neo-surrealist movement in the 1970s. Known for pairing humor with sharp existentialism, Lux commented in the Los Angeles Times, "I like to make the reader laugh—and then steal that laugh, right out of the throat. Because I think life is like that, tragedy right alongside humor." Thomas Lux has featured prominently for Springfed Arts’ Walloon Writers and Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreats. He taught at Sarah Lawrence and is affiliated with the Warren Wilson MFA program; currently the Bourne chair in poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he is a renowned teacher. He described teaching’s greatest rewards: “you see people get excited by poetry. You see their lives changed by poetry. You see someone beginning to learn how to articulate and express themselves in this very tight art form, in this very distilled manner…” His many awards and honors include the Kinglsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
bugs Beddow, bandleader, vocalist, trombonist, and flutist for his own band, is the K-5 music teacher at Roosevelt Elementary and a 6th grade band director at Abbott Middle School, both in the West Bloomfield School District. When he’s not gigging with his band he teaches private lessons on trombone, trumpet, tuba, sax, and flute at the Orchard Lake School of Music in Sylvan Lake and West Bloomfield’s Marshall Music on Haggerty Road. He also serves as Vice President of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society and has received numerous awards for classical music performances on trombone. The bugs Beddow band has won the Detroit Music Awards for Best R&B Band five times and, in 2012, was awarded the title of #1 R&B Band in Detroit by WDIV’s Vote 4 the Best!