Trolley, walking tours will raise money for museums

By Evelyn Cairns
A trolley and walking tour of the Downtown Wyandotte DIA Inside Out larger-than-life reproductions and the Artistic Creators Guild Art Show is planned for April 21 and 22 to raise funds for the Wyandotte Museums.

Docents will provide information about the works and answer questions during the tour.

Among the DIA reproduction locations are the Wyandotte Museum, the Biddle Gallery, Bishop Park, Merrill Lynch, Chase Bank, the Willow Tree and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

The event will begin with a viewing of the guild’s art show at the 1896 Victorian MacNichol Home on the Museums Campus, where works will be offered for sale and the artists will be on hand.

It will end at the Wyandotte Arts Center with refreshments, to be served by the Downriver Council for the Arts, and a musical interlude by the Royal Garden Trio. The trio is known for “Miss Bliss,” the trademark song used in DIA television and radio commercials.

The event will offer the opportunity to win DIA merchandise, passes and a year’s membership.

Tours will begin at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21, and at noon and 1 and 2 p.m. April 22. Tickets, $15, are available at the Wyandotte Museums office, 2624 Biddle. For additional information, call 734-324-7284.

The event is a cooperative effort of the Downtown Wyandotte Development Authority, the Wyandotte Museums and the Downriver Council for the arts.

Student chef earns honor
Brad Alderman of Trenton has been named Student Chef of the Year by the Michigan Chefs de Cui-sine Association.

“It’s a surprise and it’s an honor,” he said. “It’s good to know I’ve earned the respect of the chefs and teachers here who nominated me.”

Alderman will graduate from Henry Ford Community College with an associate’s degree in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management in December. He plans to transfer to Eastern Michigan University or Sienna Heights University to continue his culinary education.

Two women win awards
Two members of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra board have won awards for exemplary service and contributions to the community.

They are Jan Huang, who was named Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women, Wyandotte-Downriver Branch, on March 13, and Gail Mee, who was presented with the Gene L. Brazell Community Role Model Award on March 23.

Huang is a vice president of Merrill Lynch, and Mee is president of Henry Ford Community College.

The orchestra will present a “Latin Rhythms” concert featuring Croatian-born classical guitarist Ana Vidovic on April 13 at the Michael Guido Theater in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. A concert preview will take place at 7 p.m., and the con-cert at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 to $30, adults, and $10, students. To purchase tickets, call 313-565-2424. For more information, go to

Don’t miss . . .
Through July 19 — Film showing of James Cameron’s “Titanic: An IMAX 3D Experience” on a 62×85-foot screen at The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre; for ticket prices and additional information, go to

Through Sept. 20 — “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibi-tion,” marking the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated ship; in the Henry Ford Museum; tickets, including museum admission, are $27, adults; $25, seniors; $22.50. youths (children 4 and under, free); for information about daily museum activities, pres-entations and lectures about the Titanic, go to

April 14 — “Bridge to Asia” event featuring art-work, dance, exhibits and music of Asian cultures; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wayne County Community College, Downriver Campus, 2100 Northline, Taylor; no charge.

April 14 — Documentary film, “Our Greek Story,” 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Wood-ward; viewers will travel from Greektown to Greek Orthodox Church ceremonies to the “old country”; free with admission fee of $6, seniors, and $4, youths (children 4 and under, no charge); for more information, call the museum at 313-833-1801 or go to