Trenton’s 38th festival will offer a Sample of Summer

By Evelyn Cairns
The 38th annual Trenton Summer Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, but the celebration will start on Thursday with a Sample of Summer preview at 7 p.m. in downtown Trenton.

The evening will begin with a wine tasting arranged by Casa del Vino and sponsored by the Trenton Rotary Club, followed by a sampling of food from the Grand Event, the Roundhouse and Del’s Pizza.

Country singer Alan Turner and the Steel Horse will play until 10 p.m. The group was nominated for four Detroit music awards in 2012.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the event, to take place at the main stage, on the corner of West Road and West Jefferson.

Some 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day festival, according to Joann Perna, Trenton parks and recreation director.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fifty Amp Fuse will perform on Friday, and the ’70s and ’80s rock band The Tubes with Fee Waybill on Sunday.

Among the attractions will be works for sale by more than 150 artists and craftsmen, a children’s play market and sporting events including volleyball and horseshoes.

Festival committee members include Al Side-bottom, vendors; Peggy Eaton, organizations; Brenda and Ashlee Oaks, Kid’s Korner; Scott Kloock and Mary Evans, beverages; Bob Baker, entertainment; and Joe Oaks, logistics.

Others are Scott Barr, Pat Labadie and Corky Peck, arts and crafts; Kathy Kane, marketing and sponsors; Ilene Flanagan, photography; and Pauline Arthurs, festival breakfast.

For additional information, call 734-675-7300.

Leukemia Cup race scheduled
For the first, time, the Downriver Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Leukemia Cup Regatta — a joint endeavor of the Grosse Ile and Ford yacht clubs — is open to power boaters as well as sailboat skippers, with separate courses for each.

The third annual event will be held on June 29 in honor of leukemia patients Barb Takacs of Grosse Ile and Parker Shanton of Allen Park.

The regatta will be followed by dinner with a $1 rum bar, and fundraising auction arranged by Sharon Kemp, Pat Nielsen, Susan Muscat and Brenda Wooddrift.

Takacs, 60, who has been battling the disease for more than 18 years, underwent a bone-marrow transplant in 1995. She said that research funded by organizations like the LLS saved her life.

Parker, 5, the youngest of three children of Mike and Erica Shanton, is in the final phase of chemo-therapy, which will continue through November of 2014.

For additional information about the regatta, call Allison Frantz at 800-456-5413 or e-mail

Coming up . . .
June 26 – Annual Allen Park Classic Car Show (rain date, July 10); 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Allen Road between White and Roosevelt; free registration begins at 4 p.m.; refreshments, door prizes and trophies; for more information, call 313-928-0940 or go to

June 26 — Fender Bender, a community event marking the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth; 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; hot dogs and beer will be served and sculptures created from car fenders will be on display; tickets are $5 in recognition of Ford’s $5-a-day wage paid 100 years ago; for reservations or more information, call 313-943-3095 or e-mail

June 27 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Cruisin’ Downriver Kick-Off Car Show; in the parking lot of Yack Arena in Wyandotte; participants will receive Cruisin’ Downriver T-shirts and dash plaques; the entry fee is $20; for additional in-formation, call 734-284-6000; the chamber’s after Business Ours meeting will take place in the arena from 5:30 to 7:30 with a contest for the best ’50s costume; admission is $15 ($5, for chamber members).

June 29 — Fourteenth annual Cruisin’ Downriver; beginning at 10 a.m. along Fort Street through the cities of Lincoln Park, Southgate and Wyandotte; for more information, call 734-284-6000, Ext. 29, or go to

July 3, 4, 5, 6 — Twenty-first Annual Salute to America Independence Day celebration; 6 to 10 p.m. at Greenfield Village; with music, lawn games, picnicking, food and a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert; for ticket prices and more information, go to