Awards, installation mark Soroptimists’ anniversary

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Pam Bradford of Lincoln Park (left), president of Soroptimist International of Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor, presents the Woman of the Year Award to Jill Gentner of Allen Park, corresponding secretary, at an installation dinner marking the organization’s 60th anniversary. The event took place June 9 at Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro in Wyandotte.

By Evelyn Cairns
Jill Gentner of Allen Park was recognized as Women of the Year by her fellow members of Soroptimist International of Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor at the organization’s 60th anniversary installation dinner June 9 at Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro in Wyandotte.

The club expressed it’s appreciation to Gentner for exceptional service as corresponding secretary of the organization and accepting the position for the 2011-2012 year, even though she is the mother of newborn baby.

The honoree was presented with a bouquet of yellow roses, the traveling Soroptimist of the Year plaque and an engraved silver compact.

Pam Bradford of Lincoln Park was installed as president; Pat Anderson of Southgate, vice president; July Wilder, treasurer; Gentner, corresponding secretary; and Dee Murray of Wyandotte, recording secretary.

Directors are Cathy Wilder of Southgate, Lynn Watkins of Taylor, Vonda Cinci of Grosse Ile and Carolyn Mullins of Riverview. Sue Renaud of Wyandotte conducted the installation.

The Woman’s Opportunity Award of $1,500 was presented to Juliann Kusiak of Southgate, to continue her education at Baker College while rearing her two children as the head of a household.

The organization also made charitable donations to the Yes Mamm program at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and the Downriver Guidance Center, both in the amount of $2,774.

Golden year fair is slated
The golden anniversary celebration of the Wyandotte Street Art Fair July 13 through 16 promises to be the best ever with a lineup of more than 250 exhibitors, the introduction of the Clock Tower Crafters Show, a children’s emporium, continuous entertainment and 30 food vendors.

The 50th annual fair, the second largest in Michigan and considered one of the biggest and best in the country, will take place on Biddle between Eureka Road and Oak Street in downtown Wyandotte.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with entertainment from noon to 11 p.m. each day.

Artists from some 30 states will offer their creations in oils, watercolor, glass, jewelry, fiber, leather metal, pottery, photography and other mediums.

Attractions will include a creative magnet workshop to be hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts at First and Elm streets the four days of the event.

Food vendors will tempt fairgoers with such popular items as blooming onions, sliders, stuffed cabbage, pulled pork sandwiches, corndogs, spinach pie and gyros.

The fair annually attracts some 200,000 art lovers, including visitors from nearly 40 states. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit

Trenton festival is July 8, 9, 10
The city of Trenton is gearing up for its 36th Annual Mid-Summer Festival July 8, 9 and 10 along West Jefferson in Downtown Trenton.

A wide variety of activities, entertainment and food will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 8 and 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10.

Free shuttle service will be available from the Kennedy Recreation Center, Trenton High School and the K-mart store on West Road.

Among the festival features will be a reunion tent, bingo games, a SportsFest Volleyball Classic and entertainment by popular bands, among them Hidden Agenda and Flash Back.

A special kids’ center will offer arts and crafts, games with prizes, a toddler trot and a diaper derby.

A variety of foods will include funnel cakes, pizza, pepperoni rolls, corndogs, shish-kebab, strudel, cotton candy and popcorn.

Additional information is available by calling (734) 675-7300 or visiting

Kids’ classes being offered
Applications are being accepted for participation in summer art camps offered by the Downriver Council for the Arts at the Wyandotte Art Center, 81 Chestnut.

Five-day classes will begin on July 29 and will be available through Aug. 26. They are designed for children age 6 through 10.

Subjects will include drawing, painting, pottery and the performing arts.

For class schedules and fees, call (734) 720-0671 or visit