Art lovers gather for show, social

Approximately 80 art lovers gathered at the new, but temporary, headquarters of the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte Aug. 6 for an ice cream so-cial marking the opening of the organization’s Mem-bers’ Salon Show.
Works of some 25 DCA member artists were on display at the location, on Biddle at Elm.
Gallery assistant Ashleigh Allen and Sandy Kop-pinger, DCA artist member, scooped out chocolate and vanilla ice creams with fudge and caramel sauces at the social, which was sponsored by state Rep. Deb Kennedy.
The organization expects to relocate its perma-nent headquarters in January at the historic former Masonic Temple, on Chestnut near Biddle, as part of a joint project of the DCA and the city of Wyandotte.
Plans are under way for the organization’s 21st annual Salute to Excellence Sept. 21. The evening will begin with dinner at the Trenton Hotel Grill, once an 1800s stagecoach stop. An awards ceremony will follow at the Trenton Village Theatre.
The honorees will be Sharlet and Pietro DiGior-gio, Greg Mahar and Joe Scott. In addition, a special recognition award will be presented to the city of Wyandotte.
Tickets, $100, are available by calling the DCA at (734) 720-0671, or visiting www.downriverarts.org.

Annual festival
to aid charities

More than a dozen charities will benefit from the 12th annual Arts, Beats & Eats — Festival of Hope, the not-to-be-missed Labor Day weekend event to be held Sept. 4 to 7 in downtown Pontiac.
Participating will be 155 art exhibitors, 50 restau-rants and 200 music performers.
Because economic conditions prevent Chrysler from sponsoring the event as it has since the festival’s inception, the organizers are providing complimentary exhibit space and sponsorship benefits to not only Chrysler Group LLC, but also the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.
Charities that will benefit from the festival include the Arthritis Foundation, the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Goodwill Industries, Gleaners, Vol-unteers of America and the Rainbow Connection.
Among the participating eateries offering samples of their specialties will be the Trenton Ice Cream Shoppe and Kola’s Food Factory of Riverview.
Others include Coach Insignia, Forte, Tribute, Sangria, Greektown Taverna, Ryba’s Fudge Shop, Kerby’s Koney Island and Heavenly Chicken & Waf-fles.
A small admission donation of $2 per person will be requested this year. For more information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com.
In addition to the music and dance performances and art displays, a special arts and crafts area will of-fer children a chance to make and take home art proj-ects.

Save the date . . .

Aug. 29 — Charity event to benefit Children’s Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Riverview Schools; 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Stix Martini & Cigar Bar, 14312 Pennsylvania, Southgate; $10 ticket cost includes food, live entertainment and a raf-fle ticket; for more information, call (734) 246-2820.

Sept. 20 — Fun Run for animal lovers, “5K for K9s,” to be sponsored by the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and GoodBoy Events; 9 a.m. at Camp Dearborn in Milford; a 1-mile Kids’ Race will begin at 9:05; registration will start at 7:30 a.m.; a picnic will follow the races; registration for the Fun Run is $25 ($30 after Sept 18;); for Kids’ Race, $20 ($25 after Sept. 18); proceeds will benefit the Animal Shelter; for more information or to register on line, go to www.active.com or www.goodboyevents.com.

Sept. 26 — Dinner Dance and live auction sup-porting Little Dresses for Africa; 6:30 p.m. at the Ital-ian American Hall, 646 Biddle, Wyandotte; tickets, $35; party attire suggested; for tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call Rachel O’Neill, (734) 637-9064.