Grammy-winning country singer to perform in Taylor

By Evelyn Cairns
Grammy Award-winning Country singer Lee Greenwood will present a “Tennessee Christmas” concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center of Wayne County Community College District Downriver, 21000 North Line Road in Taylor.

Greenwood has been named Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. His beloved “God Bless the USA” was voted the most recognized patriotic song in the United States.

Tickets, $38 and $45, are available by going to or calling 734-374-3200.

The college is partnering with Taylor VFW Post 4422 in collecting beef jerky, wet wipes, detergent pads and bug spray for distribution to active-duty service members. Collection boxes are in the center lobby.

Santa greeting kids in forest
Jolly Old St. Nick is greeting children every weekend though Dec. 23 at Santa’s Magic Forest, in the Activity Building at Heritage Park, 1211 Pardee Road in Taylor.

Live family entertainment is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Reindeer Days are scheduled for Dec. 15 and 16, when the forest will open at noon.

Among the attractions are animatronic holiday figures from the old Hudson’s department store.

Admission costs $3 for adults and $2 for children 10 and under. The charge for a picture with Santa is $7

All proceeds are earmarked for the Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry. For additional information, call 734-442-0031.

Art Deco to be lecture topic
“Art Deco in Art and Architecture” will be the subject of Michael Farrell, professor of art history, at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Downriver Council for the Arts at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.

Art Deco is a style that began in France and became popular throughout North America and Europe during the 1930s and ’40s. Examples of Art Deco architecture in Detroit include the Guardian, Penobscot and Fisher buildings.

A related style, Streamline Moderne, is seen in the design of the 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan.

Farrell, who has been a professor of art history at the University of Windsor since 1968, also taught at Central Michigan University and the College for Creative Studies. In addition, he was adjunct curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum.

The cost of the lecture is $15 ($10, DCA members, and $5, full-time students).

Coming up . . .
Dec. 14, 15 — Play, “A Christmas Carol,” based on the story about Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future; 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15; at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road, Southgate; for tickets, $10, go to or call 734-282-4727; they also will be sold at the door.

Dec. 19 — Play, “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” special Kids’ Night; at the Detroit Opera House; starring Stefan Karl, star of Nickelodeon’s “Lazy Town”; tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations or at or; for more information, call 313-872-1000.