Aromas, activities will lure visitors to Flavor Weekends

By Evelyn Cairns
The tantalizing aromas of such favorite traditional foods a smothered pork chops, bean soup, chicken potpie and peach cobbler will attract visitors to cooking shows Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 5 and 6 at Greenfield Village for the village’s Fall Flavor Weekend celebrations.

Additional activities will include farmers’ markets, product sampling, plowing demonstrations with steam and horses, and threshing demonstrations with a 1904 threshing machine.

The cooking shows will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all four days at locations including the Firestone Farm, the Ford and Mattox Family Home, the Edison Homestead, Susquehanna Plantation and the Daggett Farmhouse.

Among many additional dishes and desserts to be demonstrated are German cabbage, baked shrimp with rice, stuffed eggplant with ham, buttermilk biscuits, apple brown betty, gingersnaps and stewed pears in wine.

Some of the recipes are from the vintage Fannie Farmer “Boston Cooking-School Cook-book” and “The Story of Crisco Cookbook.”

The Henry Ford’s executive chef, Michael Trombley, will be in the spotlight at two additional cooking demonstrations at noon and 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 in the village’s Taste of History Restaurant.

On Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, the farmers’ markets will offer local grains, baking mixes, organic breads, meats and honey, along with produce, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Pavilion. Village Herb Society members will be there to sell their handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Samples of products including Greenfield Village fudge and preserves, American Heritage chocolate, and meats from the Dearborn Sausage Co. will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Activities are free with village admission, which costs, $24, adults; $22, seniors; and $17.50, youths 5 through 12. Children 4 and younger are free.

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Arts Council benefit slated
Tickets are on sale at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte, for a Bellini Opera Theatre concert at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 featuring Verdi arias and favorite Neapolitan songs.

The event, which will recognize 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is a joint venture of the Bellini Opera Theatre and the Downriver Council for the Arts. Proceeds are earmarked for the DCA.

Soloists will be Eva Evola and Elena Repnikova, sopranos; Lisa Agazzi, mezzo soprano; Carlos Seise, tenor; and Dino Valle, baritone. Pianist Neil Eisenstein will accompany the singers.

Tickets, $20, include a wine-and-cheese after-glow with the artists. Reservations and additional in-formation are available by calling the DCA office at 734-720-0671 or going to www.downriverarts.

Valle, a Dearborn resident, is artistic director of the Bellini Opera Theatre, and Ross Lo Duca of Lincoln Park is the founder.

Kiwanians set Comedy Night
Chili Challis, a former writer for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” will be the headliner at a Family Friendly Comedy Night event scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Rocky’s Pub, 12850 Sibley Road, by the Riverview Kiwanis Club.

Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, will include pizza salad, beer, wine or soft drinks. The show will start at 6:30 p.m.

Chalis, who appears on the nationally syndicated radio show “Bob and Tom,” has been a headliner at clubs, casinos, colleges and corporate events for more than 25 years.

Also performing will be Kate Brindle of Dexter. The opener and emcee will be Mike Neubecker of Brownstown, who has performed at comedy clubs coast to coast and has opened for comics including Rosie O’Donnell, Mike Green and Challis.

For tickets or more information, call 734-775-6386.