DCA sets second Hudson’s Maurice Salad lunch, talk

By Evelyn Cairns
Remember Hudson’s Maurice Salad, the world’s largest flag and the “real” Santa Claus?

The Downriver Council for the Arts will offer an opportunity to reminisce about the once tallest department store in the world during the DCA’s second Hudson’s Maurice Salad Luncheon Nov. 10 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture (formerly the Wyandotte Arts Center), 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The luncheon will start at noon with the serving of another Hudson’s classic: Canadian cheese soup.

Highlighting the event will be a lecture by Michael Hauser, co-author of two books about the legendary 25-story store, which was imploded in 1998. Hauser, marketing manager for the Michigan Opera Theatre and Detroit Opera House, also was guest curator at the Detroit Historical Museum for the exhibit “Remembering Downtown Hudson’s.”

DCA Executive Director Tammy Trudell said the speaker will display six tables of Hudson’s artifacts and memorabilia acquired before the store’s implosion.

Luncheon tickets, $25, and more information are available by calling the DCA at 734-720-0671 or going to www.downriverarts.org. A copy the salad and soup recipes will be provided to attendees.

Early reservations are suggested, as the first luncheon, held last year, was a sellout.

Should the reservations be closed and you would like copies of the recipes, email Evycairns@aol.com or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Evelyn Cairns, 26211 James Drive, Grosse Ile, MI, 48138.

The recipes are from the out-of-print “Marshall Field’s Cookbook.” (Hudson’s became a Marshall Field’s store in 2001, then a Macy’s store after Macy’s acquired Marshall Field’s in 2005.)

Boutique, show plans revealed

The Downriver Council for the Arts is accepting handcrafted items for its annual Holiday Boutique, to be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

No paintings will be accepted for the boutique. Winter-themed paintings,however, can be entered into a “Baby It’s Cold Outside” mixed media fine art show slated concurrently. Marianne Letasi will judge the latter, to also include drawings, textiles, sculpture and photography. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 17.

There are no entry fees for the boutique or the art show, which open to the public. A percentage of the proceeds will help fund DCA programs. An opening reception for the events will be held Nov. 29.

Entry forms and additional information are available by calling the DCA at 734-720-0671 or going to www.downriverarts.org.

Sinatra concert slated by chorus
Songs made famous by the beloved Frank Sinatra will be performed in a choral concert by the Down-river Community Voices at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Angelica Lutheran Church, 8400 Park Ave., Allen Park.

Aaron Kaleniecki is director of the chorus.
Tickets, $15, and additional information are available by calling 313-575-0642 or going to www.downrivercommunityvoices.com.

Center plans trivia contest
The Information Center, based in Taylor, has scheduled a trivia challenge for Nov. 1 at the West-field Center, 2700 Westfield, Trenton, with proceeds earmarked for the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.

Teams of up to eight people will gather at 6 p.m. for a light dinner and soft drinks. The contest will run from 7 to 9 p.m., after which prizes will be awarded.

Reservations, $20, are available by calling 734-282-7171 or going to www.theinfocenter.info.

Coming up . . .
Nov. 2, 3, 8 9, 10 — Performances of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” by the AKT Theatre Project and Woodhaven High School; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture; 7:30 Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Woodhaven High School; tickets are $10, adults; $5, students; for more information, call 734-2 58-8370 or go to www.akttheatre.com.