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Outbound: PLAY/GROUND @ Mustang City

If you’re thinking that visiting an interactive art installation in Medina might be too much of a stretch, especially after a couple of beers, fear not, because the organizers have enlisted transportation (luxury and school buses) from The Hotel Henry, to and from the event during the preview party (21+ for the preview party – the rest of the weekend is all ages).

So what’s so special about this event, being held at Mustang City – the historic Medina High School (324 Catherine Street, Medina, NY)? For one, there is a litany of artists lending their skills, passions, talents, and expertises to the giant immersive installation.

The 29 artists from the US and Canada are participating in a very unusual art extravaganza. That means that it’s time for a road trip with your friends, because you’re not going to want to miss the wild escapade. Plus, when was the last time that you hopped on a bus to check out an immersive art installation? Everything about this spells F-U-N.

You might recognize the names, but you most likely don’t recognize the venue – Mustang City. That’s what makes this such a trip – literally and figuratively. “It’s going to be wild,” said Mike Hungerford. “Artists started installing last weekend and will be installing until this Thursday evening —  it already looks unreal.”

Sometimes, in order to express one’s self to the fullest, a stage must be set that allows for that to happen. Galleries can be limiting. And the great outdoors leaves artists at the mercy of Mother Nature. But an old high school? Well, that’s completely different.

Audiences of all ages are invited to be transported into fantastic realms of story and exploration.

PLAY/GROUND is being produced by Resource:Art (affiliated with Hotel Henry), in conjunction with Hallwalls, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). Altogether there are 29 immersive art installations, crafted by respected contemporary artists.

“In addition to the immersive, experience driven installations in the classrooms, auditorium, stairwells, and hallways, we’ll be running a series of workshops aimed at kids throughout the weekend. WNY Book Arts Center will be on site running an interactive, super fun workshop for kids. Similarly, Ginny O’Brien is planning another mind-blowing workshop experience perfect for young attendees. Based on ticket sales to date, we’re expecting around 2,500 curious and adventurous men, women, and children. With roughly 500 for the catered preview party on Friday night and 1,000 on both Saturday and Sunday during the general exhibition.” – PLAY/GROUND organizers

PLAY/GROUND @ Mustang City

October 12-14, 2018

Mustang City – The old Medina High School – 324 Catherine Street, Medina, NY

The Preview Party (Friday, October 12) – Catered with a cash bar and live DJ. This is a 21 and over event. Special performances and installations are happening throughout the evening. 7pm to 11pm – Get tixSee Facebook event | Your ticket includes one-night-only performances, music, and other happenings. Food is included (by Sourced Market & Eatery) with a cash bar sponsored by Leonard Oakes Estate WineryDifferent ticket packages are available to the Preview Party and can be purchased through the website or at the door.

General exhibition tickets are $10 (kids under 12 free) and can be purchased on the website or at the door.

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, from 11am – 5pm on both days

Ticket options include:

General Admission (PLAY)

PLAY/RIDE (School Bus) – includes transportation to and from PLAY/GROUND in a school bus which will leave hourly from Hotel Henry. Also included in PLAY/RIDE is a complimentary drink at the Hotel Henry before getting on the school bus. Buy your PLAY/RIDE ticket before Sept 1st and save $5. 

PLAY/RIDE (Luxury Ride) – includes transportation to and from PLAY/GROUND in an limo bus which will leave hourly from Hotel Henry. Also included in this PLAY/RIDE ticket is a complimentary drink at the Hotel Henry before getting on the limo bus as well as adult beverages on the bus itself. Buy your PLAY/RIDE ticket before Sept 1st and save $5. 

PLAY/RIDE/STAY – admits 2 adults to the PLAY/GROUND preview party, includes transportation to and from in a limo bus which will leave hourly from Hotel Henry, as well as a one night stay at the Hotel Henry and a brunch credit for the next day. Also included in this PLAY/RIDE/STAY ticket is a complimentary drink at the Hotel Henry before getting on the limo bus as well as adult beverages on the bus itself. There are a very limited number of PLAY/RIDE/STAY tickets available. 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Orleans Renaissance Group.

Hosted by PLAY/GROUND – find on Facebook

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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