Roar on the River to race into town with pirate event

By Evelyn Cairns
One of the most anticipated events of the summer — Roar on the River — will get under way from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with a Pirate Night party featuring A Taste of the Races on the waterfront of Elizabeth Park in Trenton.

The 63rd annual “Roar” will continue on Saturday and Sunday with boat races, jet-ski shows and a variety of other activities.

Tickets for the party, $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the taste, will entitle purchasers to the specialties of more than 30 restaurants and vendors and an evening of fun, including a pirate costume party, concerts by popular bands and a fireworks display.

Entertainment will be provided by the Mike Leslie Band, Bo Bice (“American Idol” runnerup to Carrie Underwood), and War Machine, a KISS tribute band.

Among the participating restaurants are Bootleg Bar-B-Q, Brooklyn’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Café West, Eldorado, Famous Dave’s, Fratello’s, Jet’s Pizza, Mr. Nick’s, The Rhapsody, Savannah’s, Shish Gardens, Sibley Gardens and TV’s Deli & Diner.

Tickets are available at the Trenton City Hall; Jocks & Associates PC; Mans Lumber; and the offices of Drs. Jackson, Snider, and Parker.

There is no charge for viewing the races or at-tending the concerts. The latter will start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. WRIF will broadcast from the races daily.

Hope for good weather, because the cost of tickets is not refundable, regardless of weather conditions.

Activities on Saturday will include a pancake-and-sausage breakfast offered by Boy Scout Troop 1721 from 7 to 11 a.m., a children’s fun fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free concerts by Bomb Squad, Infatuation and Rare Earth from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Troop 1720 will again offer pancakes and sausages from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, and the children’s fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

Championship racing competitions will start at 12:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow at 5 p.m. The times are subject to change depending on race course and weather conditions, event officials said. For a complete schedule of events, go to

The executive committee for the “Roar” consists of John Allen, Carole Bell, Bruce Diven, Jane Dunn, Linda Francetich, Paul Jocks, Fred Miller, Brad O’Connor, Ronnie Ruelle, Ed Shenton, Rick Williams and Jean Wloszek.

Roar on the River is presented by the Trenton Rotary Club with PNC as title sponsor.

Event to mark World War II
The Wyandotte Museums will offer a trip back in time to 1945 at its World War II Victory Rally fund-raiser slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Yack Arena, 3131 Third.

A USO Canteen, complete with a big band, dancing and lessons on the steps of the ’40s are planned. Attendees are encouraged to wear period clothing and military uniforms. Tickets are $15 ($10 for veterans, students and Wyandotte Historical Society members).

In addition, the museums have installed on the site a military-history exhibit that includes a period victory garden and military artifacts and vehicles. The exhibit will be open from noon to 6 p.m. with a $2 charge for admission. For additional information, call 734-324-7284 or go to

Czech, Slovak Festival slated
Ethnic dance troupes, live band music and the sale of delectable pastries and imported beer and wine will be among attractions at the annual Czech and Slovak Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Sokol Cultural Center, 23600 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights.

Festival hours will be 1 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission will cost $5 a day for adults; children 14 and younger will be admitted free.

Bands scheduled to perform are the Martin Brothers Plus 2, Millie’s Polka Band, Joe Tomes Brass Band and Jerry Robotka. For additional information, call James Mack at 734-542-4820 or 586-924-9233.

Save the date . . .
July 27 — Traditional Indian dance concert, “Yatra – Journey to a Timeless Destination,” directed by Chaula Thacker; 7 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., for tickets, $50, $30 and $20, call 248-661-3580.