Reception and fall fashions kick off bipolar fund event

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Among the guests at a reception and fashion show kicking off a fund-raiser to be held Oct. 14 for the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund are Downriver residents Karen Ranka (left), Martha Sholtes, Dee Howey, Dr. Bill Athens, Angie Athens and Michele Hanson. Margaret Trudeau, widow of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, will speak on her own struggle with bipolar disorder.

By Evelyn Cairns
A champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception and fall fashion show Aug. 19 at Neiman Marcus was the kickoff for a Prechter Bipolar Research Fund benefit luncheon planned for Oct. 14 with former first lady of Canada Margaret Trudeau as the speaker.

Hosts for the reception and fashion show were Waltraud Prechter, Karen Davidson, Jennifer Fischer and Neiman Marcus.

Prechter, of Grosse Ile, is founder of the Prechter Bipolar Fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center and a general chairman of the luncheon, to be held at The Henry (the former Ritz-Carlton). Her late husband, Heinz, who committed suicide, suffered from bipolar disorder, as does the luncheon speaker.

Among the honorary committee members at-tending the fashion show were Downriver residents Emily Solosy of Wyandotte; Terry Mahar of Brownstown; Karen Mazo of Flat Rock; and Angie Athens, Dr. Marilyn Belamaric, Dee Howey, Karen Ranka and Martha Sholtes, all of Grosse Ile.

Also on hand were Dr. Melvin McInnis, head re-searcher for the Prechter Fund, and Dr. John Greden, the fund’s executive director.

The fashion show featured designs by Michael Kors, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin.

Arts & Crafts group to meet
A discussion on where local artists can display their works and where they can attend classes and seminars locally will highlight the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild’s first meeting of the season at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo.

In addition, an overview of the organization’s 60-year heritage will be presented, and the members’ artwork of the Downriver area will be displayed.

There is no fee for the meetings. For additional information, call Maureen Cassidy Keast at (734) 777-6109.

Scarecrow fest set for Oct 1-3
Plans are underway for the annual Trenton Scarecrow Festival, which will feature three days of family activities, including a scarecrow-building con-test, Oct. 1 to 3 on West Jefferson in downtown Trenton.

Also planned are a carnival, children’s games, an art fair, a best-dressed-dog contest and a Scarecrow Idol competition. Auditions for the Idol contest will take place on Sept. 12. Call (734) 675-7325 for an audition appointment and more information, or go to

Save the date . . .
Through Oct 3 — Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and Labor Day, rain or shine; entertainment, food, games of skill, mu-sicians, comedians, jousting tournaments and shops with works by artisans; admission, $19.95, adults; $10.95, children 5-12 (children 4 and younger, free); $17.95, seniors and students; discounts are available at Kroger’s; for more information, go to

Aug. 31, Sept. 7 — Seaway Chorale & Orchestra auditions for new singers; 6 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 2530 Charlton, Trenton; sopranos, altos, tenors and basses over 18 years old are needed; for more information, call (734) 783-5202 or (734) 676-9504.

Sept. 3-6 — Detroit International Jazz Festival; at Hart Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront; jazz and Ameri-can music on six stages; free admission; for more in-formation, go to

Sept. 3-6 — Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Royal Oak; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 3, 4, 5, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6; more than 150 music acts will be pre-sented on 10 stages, juried fine arts show and more than 40 restaurants; for more information, go to

Sept. 10-12 — Annual Art & Apples Festival; 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; 9 a.m. to 7:30 Sept. 11; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12; in Rochester Park, Rochester; food, live entertainment, and kids’ art activities; for more information, go to