DCA ‘Bootleggers’ benefit attracts 100 to new center

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Norma Wurmlinger and James Skura (seated), both of Southgate, welcome Richard and Shelley Dalley (left) of Grosse Ile and Phillipa and Bill Matakas of Al-len Park to the Downriver Council for the Arts’ “Roar-ing ’20s Bootleggers’ Bash.” The fund-raiser was held March 5 at the organization’s new headquarters in the Wyandotte Regional Art Center, the former Wyan-dotte Masonic Temple.

Wearing feather boas, yards of pearls, glitzy headbands and fedoras, members and supporters of the Downriver Council for the Arts gathered March 5 for the “Roaring ’20s Bootleggers’ Bash,” the organi-zation’s first fund-raiser in its new headquarters at the Wyandotte Regional Center for the Arts.

The benefit, chaired by Laura Wyatt, featured food, beer, wine and martinis, along with entertain-ment by the Doug Scott 814 jazz trio and vocalist Jill Ryan.

The lower level of the former Wyandotte Masonic Temple was transformed into a speakeasy (DCA was the password for entry from the alley) with miniature white lights and black tablecloths centered with mar-tini glasses filled with iridescent shreds and twinkling votives.

Assisting Wyatt were Norma Wurmlinger, Phillipa Matakas, Nicole Camileri, Joy Squire, Karen Ranka, Tony Arminiak, Nancy Patel, Rich Cieslowski, Doug Scott, EmmaJean Woodyard and Kathleen Dailey.

Program slated at Dearborn Inn
The Dearborn Inn will be the setting March 19 and 20 for the 52nd “Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference,” a program featuring talks by historians, genealogists, librarians, education spe-cialists and numerous others.

Breakout sessions are planned throughout the two days, along with a breakfast, luncheons and a concluding reception.

Among the speakers will be radio commentator Jack Lessenberry, who will discuss the elections of 1010, and Jeffrey Leestma, whose topic will be the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Registration for the conference is $45, with an additional charge for the meals. For more information and online registration, go to www.hsmichign.org or call (800) 692-1828.

Coming up . . .
March 14-21 — “Sci Quest 2010,” a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math featur-ing fun activities, programs and shows for the entire family; at the Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R; highlights will include a two-day IMAX film festival and Science Rocks II concert; activities are free with mu-seum admission (there will be no charge for museum admission on March 21 during the IMAX film festival, a Dr. Seuss birthday bash, an engineering program and chemistry demonstrations); the museum will be closed on March 15; for more information, call (313) 577-8400 or go to www.detroitsciencecenter.org.

March 15 — “Cooking With Style” class, “The Breakfast Club: Brunch at Its Best,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton; $120 fee includes dinner after class with complementary wines and table- setting ideas by Leslie Jacobs of Leslie Jacobs Associates (guests can join the group for dinner only for $75); for reservations or more information, call Jacobs at (248) 646-4517 (ljredhead@aol.com) or Colin Berens at (313) 253-4357 (colin.berens@ritzcarlton.com).

March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day buffets; 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Fifty-One O One Restaurant in the Culinary Arts and Student Center of Henry Ford Community College; $12 per person; res-ervations recommended, (313) 206-5101 or (313) 317-4116, or e-mail caduling@hfcc.edu.

March 27 — Southern Great Lakes Symphony’s “Backstage Pass” benefit performances; 5 to 10 p.m. at the Wyandotte Regional Art Center in the Wyan-dotte Masonic Temple, 81 Chestnut; performances by a variety of SGLS ensembles, silent raffle, food and beverages; tickets, $30, $50 and $100; for more in-formation, go to www.sgls.org, e-mail backstage pass@sgls.org or call Debby Mitek at (734) 671-8343.

April 16 — Exchange Club of Dearborn’s annual Monte Carlo Night party, black tie optional; 6 p.m. at Park Place, 23400 Park; appetizers, open bar, sea-food/steak dinner, desserts, drawings for cash prizes totaling $10,000; tickets, $150 per person (only 200 will be sold); for tickets, more information or to be-come a sponsor, call Mark Karcher, (313) 277-4600 (makarcher@finsvcs.com) or Marty Heger, (313) 565-3100 (mhegerjr@dfsb.net).