Southern Great Lakes sets benefit Masquerade party

By Evelyn Cairns
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony is completing plans for “Masks, Music & Merriment,” a Halloween Masquerade fundraiser to be held Oct. 30 at the Stone Creek Banquet Hall, One Maguire St. in Flat Rock.

The evening will feature Halloween games, a costume contest, danc-ing, a 50-50 raffle and box raffles.

Three ticket levels have been established: Mayhem, at $100; Music, $40; and Merriment, $25.

Mayhem and Music level ticketholders will arrive at 7 p.m. for drinks and finger foods, and Merriment level guests at 9 p.m., when a cash bar will be available.

Mayhem attendees also will receive tickets for the semi-finals of the symphony’s Downriver Idol Contest, scheduled for Jan. 28. The pre-liminary contest will take place Jan. 7 to 9, and a concert featuring the winners, Feb. 27.

Live classical music will be provided at the Halloween party from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and additional music from 8:30 to 11 p.m. by Rush Entertainment, featuring DJ Aaron Kaleniecki.

More information about the party is available by going to or calling (734) 246-2890.

The symphony’s concert season begins on Nov. 21 with a perform-ance by Ralph Votapek, pianist; his son, Mark, cellist; and son-in-law, Aaron, violinist. Information about season and individual tickets is available at the above site and telephone number.

Black-tie event to aid animals
The Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter will mark the 10th (diamond) anniversary of the organization Oct. 22 by offering guests the opportunity to win a $4,000 brilliant-cut diamond bracelet.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Dearborn Inn, will include a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, a pet boutique and a red-carpet staging area for adoptable animals.

Tickets, $175, are available by calling (313) 943-2697 or visiting Proceeds will support shelter operations and community and animal-related programs.

Coming up . . .
Through Nov. 12 — Downriver Council for the Arts’ Tenth Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, featuring Gail Bell, Roberta Harris, Kim Hildebrandt and Jennifer Mizak; at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.

Oct. 18 — Cooking class in the kitchen of The Henry (formerly the Ritz-Carlton), “Cozy Fall Suppers: Soups, Stews and Sauces”; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; a $120 fee includes dinner with complementary wines and table-setting ideas by Leslie Jacobs (guests’ dinner only, $75); for res-ervations or additional information, call Jacobs at (248) 646-4517 or Colin Berens at (313) 253-4357 or e-mail

Oct. 20 — Opening Fair Lane Music Guild dessert concert by violin-ist Gabriel Bolkosky and pianist Michele Cooker, featuring the works of Kreisler, Brahms, Bach and Debussy; 7:30 p.m. (dessert service will begin at 7 p.m.) at the Henry Ford Estate — Fair Lane; tickets are $15, $14 and $9; for more information about individual and season tickets, call (313) 593-5330 or go to

Oct. 20, 22, 23, 24 — Michigan Opera Theatre performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “The Mikado”; at the Detroit Opera House; tickets, $29 to $121, and more information are available by calling (313) 237-SING, or online at and at all TicketMaster outlets.

Oct. 20 — Art exhibit and celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with art by Nora Chapa Mendoza and ceremonial dance by Alberto Ramirez; 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chest-nut; tickets, $10 ($5, full-time students); for reservations or additional information, call the Downriver Council for the Arts at (734) 720-0671 or e-mail