Village beer, barbecue evening Michigan-themed

Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a glass of cold beer, so no wonder there are so many beer events this summer.
The latest is Greenfield Village’s “Local Roots, Blues, Brews & Evening Dining BBQ” Aug. 8, spotlighting Michigan beers and locally sourced food.
The Front Street Blues Band will welcome guests to the Greenfield Village Pavilion beginning at 6:30 p.m. for passed appetizers of barbecued pulled pork with slaw topping on Zingerman’s bread; buffalo chicken cones with blue cheese mousse; and jardinière vegetable skewers.
The dinner menu will include smoked Michigan beef brisket, pork ribs and grilled lamb, accompanied by bacon-wrapped grilled corn on the cob and Michigan vegetables, including potatoes and green beans.
A cold station will offer whole trout platters, shrimp pasta salad, smoked deviled eggs and additional items.
Topping off the meal will be house-made short cakes and apple, blueberry and cherry compote topped with whipped cream.
For reservations, $65, including two drinks tickets, call 313-982-6001. Only 325 people can be accommodated.

Model jet flyings set

Radio-controlled model-jet enthusiasts will gather at the Grosse Ile Airport Aug. 8 through 11 for the Burt Eisenberg Annual Memorial Charity JetFly sponsored by the Michigan Jets.
Flying hours will be 1 p.m. to dusk Aug. 8; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11.
General admission will cost $10 per carload. Proceeds are earmarked for the Naval Air Station Grosse Ile Fund and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The Flying Pilgrims R/C Club, the Detroit Aero Modelers and the Midwest R/C Society are hosting the event. The Grosse Ile Airport is at 9601 Groh Road. For additional information, e-mail

Jazz on River concerts slated

The annual Jazz on the River concerts will take place Saturday and Sunday at Elizabeth Park in Trenton with flutist Alexander Zonjic and his guest, keyboardist Keiko Matsui, among the performers.
The concert schedule for Saturday features Athena Johnson & Friends at 1 p.m.; Demetrius Nabors, 2:30 p.m.; Brian Simpson, 4 p.m.; Nick Colionne, 5:30 p.m.; and Jeff Lorber Fusion with Paul Jackson Jr. and Eric Marienthal, 7:30 p.m.
Performing on Sunday will be Deon Yates at 1 p.m., Testimony, 2:30 p.m.; Lin Rountree, 4 p.m.; Zonjic and Matsui, 5:30 p.m.; and Sax & The City, starring Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Vincent Ingala and Joe McBride, 7:30 p.m.
There is no charge for the concerts; however, a $5 donation for parking will be requested. Elizabeth Park is at 3975 W. Jefferson.

Music, art on agenda

The Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Music & Art in the Garden program is continuing with concerts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at 22314 Northline Road.
Performing on Aug. 7 will be Girls’ Night Out; on Aug. 14, Big Ray & The Motor City Kings; and Aug. 21, Grammy-winning drummer Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz with Ray Tini, Terry Lower, Eyde Evans Hyde and Michael Hyde.
Tickets for the Aug. 7 and 14 concerts are $5; the Aug. 21 show, $15.
Artists whose works will be on exhibit are Maralena Howard, Sharlet DiGiorgio, Carol Cooke-Reid, Marianne Letasi, Kyra Wojcik and Nancy Pitel, July 31; Nancy Carty McDevott, Aug. 8; Marianne Letasi, Aug. 14; and Leo Kuschel & Friends, Aug. 21.
For rainout, refreshment and other information, call 888-383-4108 or go to

Play ‘Ernie’ is extended

Owing to popular demand, performances of “Ernie,” a play by Mitch Albom about the beloved sportscaster Ernie Harwell, have been extended through Aug. 11 at the City Theatre, inside Hockeytown Café in Detroit.
Screening times will allow the audience to watch the play and attend a Detroit Tigers game the same day.
Tickets are $20 and $25. For tickets, screening times or other information, call 800-745-3000.