BELLE ISLE (WWJ) – Fundraising through flame. That’s what more than a dozen glass blowers from Michigan and beyond are doing this weekend — with the money going to reopen the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Michigan Glass Project Coordinator Drew Kups said the event will showcase what he calls the resurgence of flame work as an art form.

Money raised through the sale of glass art created during the weekend event will go to the aquarium, as will proceeds from ticket sales for a series of events featuring music, live art and gourmet food.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday on Belle Isle. Get all the details, including entertainment and event schedules, at

The 10,000 square foot Belle Isle Aquarium operated from August 18, 1904 to April 3, 2005. It was the oldest continually operating aquarium in North America. The Belle Isle Conservancy is continually trying to find donors to aid in the re-opening of the Aquarium. Currently, the organization is working on the repair of the roof and getting the tanks running.


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