Al fresco Pasta & Puccini to feature, food, wine, song

By Evelyn Cairns
Pasta & Puccini IV, an exceptional combination of traditional Italian fare and arias, will be presented by the Downriver Council for the Arts June 28 at a new venue.

The always-sold-out fundraiser will take place at 6:30 p.m. in a large tent across the street from the DCA headquarters, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Dinner, to be catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, will include a salad, Chicken Marsala, two pasta dishes, cannoli and wine.

Strolling accordionist Natale Emanuele will provide music during the cocktail hour, and vocalists Lara Semetko, Rosella Lo Duca and Dino Valle will sing arias during dinner accompanied by pianist Neil Eisenstein.

The evening also will include a silent auction and raffles. Tickets for the fundraiser are $55 per person; $100 per couple or $475 for a table of 10. Reservations are being accepted at 734-720-0672.

Chairwoman of the event, Paula Boase, is being assisted by Karen Ranka, Phillipa Matakas, Faye Tabor and Dale Cook.

Proceeds are earmarked for the DCA’s educational programs and improvements to the cultural center, the historic former Wyandotte Masonic Temple.

Fireworks set over Detroit
The skies over Downtown Detroit will explode with spectacular color June 24 when hundreds of thousands of spectators gather for the Ford Fire-works, presented by Target and produced by The Parade Company.

The new name of the event reflects a multi-year commitment by the Ford Motor Co. as lead sponsor and includes present sponsorship of The Parade Company’s official roof-top party (which is sold out), one of the Parade Company’s largest and most popular fundraisers.

The display will start at 10:06 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WDIV Channel 4 beginning at 8 p.m. For a special simulcast including traffic and weather information throughout the day, tune to WJR-AM 760.

River Days fest planned
Musical acts, tall ships, an art show, face painting for children and jet-ski demonstrations are just a few of the attractions that will beckon metropolitan Detroiters to the Detroit River Conservancy’s 10th annual River Days festival Friday through Sunday along the Detroit riverfront.

Festival hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission will cost $3 daily ($5 after 5 p.m.). The annual DMC River Days 5K Walk and Run will take place Saturday. Registrations are being accepted at

The area from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal to Rivard Plaza and the William Milliken State Park will be abuzz with things to do, while a food court will feature 20 eateries.

Participating national acts will include The Guess Who, The O’Jays and George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars.

Magic and puppet shows and arts and craft projects are among the activities planned for children.

In addition, the Department of Natural Resources will offer instruction on fishing, birding and disc golf, plus demonstrations on camping, hiking, biking, paddling and archery.

Coming up . . .
June 18 — Friends of the Detroit River Friend-ship Cruise; arrive at 6 p.m. for 6:30 p.m. departure from the Portofino Restaurant, 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; the $35 per person cost includes a pizza dinner, a one-year membership in the Friends of the Detroit River and a narrated tour of the river on the Portofino Friendship boat; for reservations (necessary), call 734-675-0141 or e-mail

June 29 — Leukemia Cup Regatta at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club, presented by the Grosse Ile and Ford yacht clubs; for the first time, since the first race was held in 2011, power boats also will participate; additional information is available from Brian Rooks of the Grosse Ile Yacht Club at 424-806-4747 or, or Cary Diehl of the Ford Yacht Club at 734-674-7882 or