Greenfield Village summer event drawing to a close

By Evelyn Cairns
The summer is winding down, and so is the opportunity to attend the Greenfield Village Summer Celebration, an extravaganza of historic exhibitions, drama, sports, games, rides, music and food, which ends on Aug. 18.

Among the dramatic presentations are a daily comedy review of George and Ira Gershwin tunes, a play about Thomas Edison’s inventions, a “flight” with the Wright brothers and a chance on Wednesday and Thursday to hear a Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn impersonator talk about Finn’s remarkable adventures.

Popular songs from 1929 are sung every day by the Greenfield Singers, and other groups perform tunes from the 1890s through the 1930s, complete with dance steps.

Craft demonstrations are conducted daily at the Pottery, Weaving and Tin shops and Printing Office.

Hands-on and interactive programs offer adults and children 6 and older an opportunity to operate a 1917 lathe to make a brass candleholder to take home for a $5 fee.

At the Glass Shop, those 14 and older have a chance to work with glassblowers to create their own glass flowers for $35, and visitors can make two hand-dipped beeswax candles for $3 or $6.

Children’s games and puppet shows are among many other free activities. For details, go to

Village admission costs $24, adults; $22, seniors; and $17.50, youths. Children 4 and under are admit-ted free.

Pasta buffet benefit set

A pasta buffet and music by the Doug Scott Trio will be highlights of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony’s annual Summer Jazz fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.

Chairwoman Judy Gullen has chosen a menu that includes salad, garlic bread, cavatappi, Bo-lognese and Alfredo sauces, brownies and ice cream.

Tickets are $40 with a cash bar. Reservations are being accepted at 734-246-2890 or online at The yacht club is at 29677 E. River Road on Hickory Island in Grosse Ile Township.

Plans are under way by the organization for a Rock ’n’ Ride benefit featuring motorcycles, timed drag racing, rock music by the SGLS and garage bands, food and beverages in October. For additional information, visit the above website.

Photo exhibit is scheduled
The Downriver Council for the Arts is accepting entries for its third annual juried photography exhibit, slated for Sept. 5 through 28 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 27. Awards ranging from $100 for best of show to $25 will be presented. The contest is open to amateur and profession photographers 18 and older.

For complete rules, fees and entry forms, go to the DCA website, An opening reception will be held on Sept. 5.

Coming up . . .
Aug. 13 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Pub Crawl; a T-shirt ($25) will serve as ad-mission and transportation to more than a dozen eateries for samples of food (drinks are not included); for more information, call 284-6000, Ext. 27, or go to

Aug. 16, 17 — Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center performance of “CATS”; 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson; for ticets, $12, adults; $10, students ($15, preferred seating and theater tour), go to or call 734-771-7945.

Aug. 17 – Sept. 27 — Michigan Renaissance Festival; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day, rain or shine; music, shopping, sword-swallowing, jousts, fire-juggling, craft demonstrations, food, beverages and more; for additional information, go to