‘Joe vs. Joe’ competition to highlight Retro celebration

By Evelyn Cairns
A “Joe vs. Joe” burger eating contest pitting Wyandotte Mayor Joe Peterson against Southgate Mayor Joe Kuspa will be a highlight of the Southgate Heritage Retro Weekend Friday through Sunday on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, 14400 Dix-Toledo Road in Southgate.

The contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Heritage Days celebration will start Friday with the Mayor’s Walk and youth run at 5:45 p.m. and the second annual Half 8 Heritage Run at 6:30 p.m. Square Pegz will provide music from 8 to 11 p.m. under the big top.

Among other special events on Saturday will be the first summer ice show at 7 p.m., followed by open skating until 10 p.m.

Also scheduled on Saturday are the 37th annual Heritage Day parade, a police vs. fire department volleyball match and a golf ball drop offering a $1,000 prize.

For children, there will be face painting, a sand mountain treasure hunt, train and pony rides and a kids’ Olympics. Providing entertainment will be Little Davy & the Diplomats, Boogie Dynomite and Mega-80s. A fireworks display will be a highlight of the evening.

Art and car shows and a Taste of the Town will take place on Sunday. Participating eateries include Applebee’s, Mallie’s, Malarkey’s, McCafferey’s, Pico de Gallo, Real Bar-B-Q, Subway, Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen and Vic’s Casual Dining.

The car show will offer a $100 People’s Choice Award and other prizes. The registration fee is $5 until Wednesday, and $8 on the day of the show. For more information about the show, call (734) 258-3822.

The Southgate Rotary Club will sponsor a gambling tent from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about Heritage Days, go to www.southgate-mi.org.

Yacht club sets regatta
The Grosse Ile Yacht Club will host the inaugural Downriver Leukemia Cup Regatta, a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Saturday in memory of club member Patti McCarthy, who died of the disease.

Her husband, Terry, honorary race committee chairman, said the club has set a fundraising goal of $50,000.

Incentive awards include an opportunity to win a fantasy weekend sail with Gary Jobson, world renowned sailor and ESPN commentator, Oct. 14 to 16 in New York, with transportation, accommodations and a private reception at the New York Yacht Club included.

Jobson was diagnosed with lymphoma while covering the Americas Cup in 2003 and is now cancer free.

Scores of boating enthusiasts are expected to line the shores of the Detroit River as the yachts begin sailing downstream from Belle Ile at 11 a.m. to the yacht club, where a silent auction, entertainment by a blues band, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony are planned.

Although only sailboats are eligible to participate in the race, power-boaters and members of reciprocal clubs and their friends and colleagues are encouraged to register their boats and travel the Detroit River course, the chairman said.

The Downriver Leukemia Cup regatta is one of four scheduled this year with a goal of raising a total of $125,000 for the society.

For more information, call Lauren Sackey at (248) 581-3906 or email Lauren.sackey@lls.org.

Maker Faire is returning
Henry Ford Museum promises two days of family fun Saturday and Sunday when 300 makers present their fascinating ideas and inventions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, food and arts and crafts at Maker Faire Detroit.

Among the amazing creations will be robots, flame shooters and solar-powered mechanical sculptures. Metropolitan Detroit participants will include a Girl Scout troop that turns trash into sunglasses, bracelets and belts.

More than 18,000 people attended last year’s Maker Faire.

Ticket prices are $28, adults (13 to 61); $19, youths (5 to 12); and $26, seniors (over 62). Children 4 and younger are free. For details and more ticket information, go to www.thehenryford.org/makerfaire.