Divisional winners named in Downriver Idol contests

Photo by Evelyn Cairns


Darlene Szatmari (holding roses) receives congratulations as the honored guest of the Hungarian Arts Club’s 54th anniversary White Rose Ball from her husband, Steve (left), and their son-in-law and daughter, Gary and Jennifer Sullivan. The Szatmaris are the owners of the Rhapsody restaurant in Southgate. Approximately 260 guests gathered Feb. 4 at the Dearborn Inn for the ball, which attracts Hungarians from through the metropolitan Detroit area. Five young women of Hungarian descent made their debuts to society at the event, and art scholarships were presented to two students with Hungarian roots. Jessica Standish of Allen Park was among the debutantes. Darlene Szatmari is a former Arts Club debutante.

By Evelyn Cairns
Three Senior Division and four Junior Division contestants were chosen to compete for Southern Great Lakes Symphony Downiver Idol titles during semi-final contests held Feb. 3 in Flat Rock.

Progressing to the Senior Division finals, to be held during the SGLS “Fantasia” concert Feb. 26 at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium, were Dave Martin of Wyandotte, and Jill Ryan and Lara Semetko of Grosse Ile.

Martin has been director of choirs at the city’s Robert J. West Middle School for 14 years and also has taught music at the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center fine arts camp.

The lead singer and guitarist for several bands, he has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University.

Ryan graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor‘s degree in theatre. She has worked and performed with groups including the Western Michigan Opera Association, Trenton Theatre, the Islanders, Southern Great Lakes Symphony, Ballet Americana and the Grosse Ile Chorale.

The singer has served as executive director and producer of the Grosse Ile Boar’s Head Festival since 1993.

Semetko, a coloratura soprano, is pursuing a double major in vocal performance and music education at Central Michigan University.

She is active in collegiate, community and charity events and has won many scholarships and recognition in numerous competitions, including that of the Wayne County Alliance for the Arts. She also was named the American Guild of Music Broadway Champion and Classical Champion.

Junior Division winners were Olivia Anderson, 14, of Southgate; Ellen McCartney, 16, of Wyandotte; Katie Kurilko, 15, of Trenton; and Emma Rathfon, 9, of Brownstown. They were scheduled to compete for the Junior Idol title on Feb. 10.

Tickets for the “Fantasia” concert, $25, are available by calling 734-246-2890 or going to www.sgls.org.

Free clinics to be offered
The first in a series of free monthly medical clinics is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb.18 at the Lincoln Park First United Methodist Church, 1724 Fort Park, by Downriver Care and Wellness, an organization formed by members of the Lincoln Park Ministerial Association.

According to chairman John Peck, pastor of Bethel Assembly of God, DCW is dedicated to meeting the medical needs of those without medical coverage or resources.

In addition to Bethel and First Methodist, participants include the Lincoln Park Church of Christ, Blessed Hope Christian Church, Jehovah Jireh Minis-tries, Oakwood Health Systems and the Detroit Medical Center.

Others are Fairlane Investment Advisors, Karn Sitkins Payette Insurance Agency and The Information Center.

For more information, call Peck at 313-381-6090.

Coming up . . .
Feb. 15, 16 — Lectures on the legal aspects of dementia by Roxanne Chang; hosted by The Information Center; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the American House Southland, 25250 Eureka Road, Taylor; 10 a.m. Feb. 16, Dearborn Senior Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.; and 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Henry Ford Self-Health Center, 23400 Allen Road, Woodhaven; for more information, call Erica Hartman at 734-287-7858.

Feb. 17 — American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Info Fair and Luncheon; 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand; info fair is free; luncheon tickets, with trainer Chris Powell as speaker, are $175; for more information, go to www.detroitgoredforwomen.org or call 248-936-5835.

Feb. 18 — Trenton Rotary Club’s annual “Winter Beach Blast” fund-raiser; 6 p.m. at Crystal Gardens in Southgate; food stations, open bar, auctions, games and entertainment; $40 ($45 at the door); for tickets or more information, call Valerie Dzagulones, 734-671-2531.

Feb. 21-26 — Musical, “Rock of Ages,” nominated for the Tony Awards five times; the play revolves around love and the greatest songs of the ’80s; at the Fisher Theatre; tickets, $29 to $79, are available at Ticketmaster outlets and www.broadwayindetoit.com; for more information, call 313-872-1000.

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