Wyandotte Arts Center busy with Halloween plans

By Evelyn Cairns
Members of the Downriver Council for the Arts will gather at the Wyandotte Arts Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 to carve pumpkins that will decorate the center Oct. 8 at the DCA’s Monster Mash Bash Halloween party.

Carvers will provide their own tools and designs, but pumpkins will be provided, and donuts and cider will be served. Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 pumpkins. There is no charge for the evening.

The Monster Mash Bash, to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the center, will feature food, drinks, a glow-in-the-dark art show, karaoke and dancing to the music of deejay Bulldawg. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

In addition, the 1925 silent movie “Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney, will be screened, and The Wyandotte Community Theatre will stage a scene from the scary “Neighborhood Three,” a play about teen-agers addicted to an online horror game.

Tickets, $25 per person, or $45 per couple, including three drinks, are available by calling the DCA office at (734) 720-0671 or going to www.downriverarts.org.

Family Fun Night will be observed from 6 to 8 pm. Oct. 21 with Halloween-themed arts, crafts, games and cider and donuts. There is no charge for the event.

The center is at 81 Chestnut.

Tea slated by SGLS
The Southern Great Lakes Symphony has scheduled “A Tea to Remember” for 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, 7025 Horsemill.

In addition to traditional tea fare, the event will offer music, raffles, a silent auction and an opportunity to learn about Victorian tea customs and tea etiquette. Hats are encouraged.

Tickets ($25) and sponsorships ($50, $100 and $200) are available by going to www.sgls.org.

Center Gala is announced
Jay Towers, WJBK-TV Channel 2 news per-sonality, will be the master of ceremonies for the Information Center’s 17th annual Gala Celebration and Silent Auction, “Brighten a Life,” Oct. 13 at Crystal Gardens.

A reception is planned for 6:15 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. Business attire is sug-gested.

Tickets, $75, and sponsorships, beginning at $250, are available by calling (734) 282-7171.

Crystal Gardens is at 16703 Fort St., Southgate.

Wizard to be in residence
The Wizard of Oz will be in residence at the Henry Ford Museum from Oct. 1 through Jan. 9, when visitors can visit a child-size Land of Oz, complete with a Yellow Brick Road.

Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters on Saturdays during October and participate in story times, hands-on demonstrations, make-and-take crafts and photo sessions with the characters.

For more information and ticket prices, call (313) 982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org/oz.

Village sets fun activities
Halloween will be observed Oct. 14 to 16, 21 to 23; and 28 to 30 at Greenfield Village, where spirits of the past will come to life with spooky sights and sounds, including a headless horseman and a wicked witch.

Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes and bring their cameras to take photos as they follow a path of lighted pumpkins to collect treats with provided bags, eat at village restaurants or shop for Halloween T-shirts or other Halloween collectibles.

For additional information and ticket prices, call (313) 982-6001 or go to www.thehenryford.org.

Save the date . . .
Oct. 14-16 — “Gazillion Bubble Show,” featuring world renowned bubble artist Fan Yang creating dazzling bubbles in an extraordinary interactive family show; Yang has set 17 Guinness World Records with his amazing bubbles and special effects; tickets, $25 to $49, are available at all TicketMaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.