7-year-old beauty will seek support at city celebration

Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Seven-year-old Jennaiveve Pinchot of Lincoln Park wears the crown she received in April when she was named Miss Michigan Coed. She will compete for the Miss American Coed title in November at Walt Disney World. Jennaiveve will be seeking donations during Lincoln Park Days to help fund her competitions.

By Evelyn Cairns
A 7-year-old veteran beauty-pageant contestant will be among the booth operators vying for attention — and dollars — as festival goers stroll down the midway during Lincoln Park Days Friday through Sunday at Youth Center Park, 3525 Dix.

Jennaiveve Rae Pinchot of Lincoln Park, who has been involved in pageants since she was 10 months old, will be seeking contributions to fund her next challenge: capturing the title Miss American Coed.

The reigning Miss Michigan Coed — she was crowned in April — will compete in the national phase of the contest during Thanksgiving week at Walt Disney World.

A pupil at Carr Elementary School in Lincoln Park, Jennaiveve loves to dance and take part in pageants, her grandmother, Sarah Pinchot of Lincoln Park, said. Jennaiveve is the daughter of Shannon Pinchot.

Lincoln Park Days, which has been ongoing for more than 80 years — 70 at Youth Center Park — has been sponsored by the Exchange Club of Lincoln Park since 1925.

Hours will be 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The family-fun event will include carnival rides with discounted wristbands available for children.

Entertaining the crowds will be bands including Lucky Stiff and Ray’s Garage, Aug. 23; and Free Zumba with Zumba Krista, Brass Knuckle Karma, Doesn’t Matter and Superlast, Aug. 24.

The lineup on Aug. 25 will be JD Eicher and the Good Nights, The Twisten Terantulas and Terrie Lea and the Mustangs.

Among the many organizations seeking donations or selling food or other items along the midway will be the Skate Company Skating Club (water and raffle baskets) and Shriners Children’s Hospital Transportation (ice cream).

In addition, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Vegas tent, and the Lincoln Park Memorial Parade Committee will seek funds for city processions.

The Lincoln Park Railsplitters Excel Exchange Club, the first high school Excel Club in Michigan, also will man a booth.

On the final day of the festival, the Lincoln Park Goodfellows will sponsor a car show. Registration is 9 a.m., and the judging at noon.

To preregister ($15), pick up a form at the Lincoln Park Police Department, 1427 Cleophus, or Al Petri & Sons Bicycles, 2160 Fort St. in Lincoln Park.

For additional information about Lincoln Park Days, call Debbie Van Cleve at 734-560-1121. She and Heide Brown are co-chairs.

Talk, lecture are planned
An opera lecture and concert focusing on bel canto, Italian classics and Neopolitan songs will be presented by the Bellini Opera Theatre of Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

There is no charge for the program, one in a se-ries continuing through Dec. 19.

Dino Valle of Dearborn is artistic director of the Bellini Theatre, and Ross Lo Duca of Lincoln Park, president.

WCT will hold karaoke event
A karaoke benefit to raise money for lighting and sound equipment has been planned for 7 p.m. Saturday by the Wyandotte Community Theatre at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Tickets, $20, include beer, wine, pop and hors d’oeuvres. A 50-50 drawing also is planned.

For additional information, call 734-775-9635 or go to www.wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

Coming up . . .
Aug. 22 — Arts du Jour, the annual charity preview for Arts, Beats & Eats; 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Royal Oak; VIP tickets, $100; general admission (at 6 p.m.) $65; specialties of dozens of restaurants and drink vouchers are included; for more information or tickets, go to www.artsdujour.org. Arts, Beats & Eats will take place Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 in downtown Royal Oak.

Aug. 25 — Summer Jazz, a benefit for the Southern Great Lakes Symphony; 6 p.m. at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club; pasta buffet supper and music for listening or dancing by the Doug Scott Trio; tickets, $40 (cash bar) are available by calling 734-246-2890 or going to www.sgls.org.