Chamber presents full slate of activity this summer


Jennifer Giering

By Jennifer Giering
President
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
It’s summer and that means there is a lot to do in Dearborn. The team at the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce is working hard to bring some exciting, new events to fruition while enhancing some of the favorites.

The Farmers and Artisans Market will continue to be held Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 25. Back by popular demand, we will host two additional Tuesday evening markets this season – July 17 and Aug. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. At each market you will find the season’s finest produce, breads, cheeses, meats and flowers.

Children will be entertained with activities each week and the Dearborn Animal Shelter has an adoptable four legged friend to wag and wiggle through the market greeting guests. Customers can also enjoy live music and culinary demonstrations. Go to www.dearbornfarmersartisansmarket.com for more information.

New this summer, the Chamber is partnering with the Michigan Mobile Food Truck Association to bring three Food Truck Rallys to downtown west Dearborn. Food Truck Rallys are the new trend among foodies and are popping up across the region. Dates for the rallys are July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. Expect eight to 10 food trucks offering up gourmet fare in a fun, family friendly environment. Each rally will be held in a parking lot in downtown west Dearborn and feature live entertainment.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Cruisin’ Dearborn Car Cruise will return to Dearborn Homecoming Friday, Aug. 3. Cruisers will gather at 19th District Court, travel down Michigan Avenue and park at Ford Field. The parade of classic cars is an annual favorite and we will once again give prizes to the most impressive set of wheels. A $10 entry fee is required for each car and space is limited to 150 cars. To register, go to www.dearbornareachamber.org.

New this year, Special All-Stars Day will be a part of the exciting line-up at Dearborn Homecoming. All-Stars Day is dedicated to children and adults with special needs. From 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3, these special guests and their families can experience amusement rides, activities and music. We appreciate the partnership with the city of Dearborn, the Dearborn Community Fund, Wade Shows and Hype Athletics to bring this event to the community. For more information and to register, go to the chamber’s website.

Speaking of “all stars,” I have a fantastic team at the chamber! They are the hardest working, most dedicated and loyal group of women I have ever met. Renee Aloe, director of Membership Services, and Peggy Richard, director of Events have been the cornerstone of the chamber for over five years each. They continue to reinvent the chamber, adding value and using their creativity to reinvigorate membership and events.

We are thrilled to add our newest team member to the lineup, Wendy Fichter, director of Small Business Development. Wendy was the executive director for the Dearborn Heights Chamber of Commerce. Her enthusiasm and energy is contagious and she is going to be a tremendous asset to the organization.

We are fortunate to have Joan Reed at the helm of the farmer’s market again this year. Congratulations to Joan on the fifth anniversary of the market.

Lastly, I would like to thank Hilary Mascot, an intern for the chamber, who continues to work with us on special projects. Allie Renko, a junior at Dearborn High School, will be volunteering for the chamber again this summer. It’s a privilege to work along side these inspirational and dynamic ladies. Come along with us, we have a great summer planned!