Roar on the River to kick off with ‘Christmas in July’

A roaring good time is promised to those who attend the Trenton Rotary Club/PNC Bank Roar on the River kickoff party at 6 p.m. July 17 on the waterfront at Elizabeth Park.

As the first of events continuing through July 19, the “Christmas in July”-themed party will feature “A Taste of the Races,” offering the specialties of some 30 Downriver restaurants and caterers, plus contests with prizes for the best Santa outfit and ugliest sweater or T-shirt.

Among the participating eateries and food vendors are the popular Buffalo Wild Wings, Café West, Famous Dave’s, Jet’s Pizza, Mom’s Restaurant, Parthenon Coney Island, The Rhapsody, Savannah’s, Sibley Gardens and TV’s Deli & Diner.

Food will be served until 8 p.m., and Fifty Amp Fuse will provide entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets, $25, are available at the Trenton City Hall and online at There will be no refunds in the event of inclement weather.

In addition to world championship and other boat races, the weekend schedule will include jet-ski shows by Typhoon Tommy on Saturday and Sunday, and pancake breakfasts hosted by Boy Scout Troop 1721 from 7 to 11 a.m. both days.

In addition, free concerts are planned by Standing Room Only and Boogie Dynomite on July 18.

An awards ceremony at 5 p.m. July 19 for all racing classes will conclude the event. For additional information, go to the above website.

Design contest deadline near

Entries are being sought by the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with the Downriver Council for the Arts, for a full-size model of a stained-glass window to be installed at the DRIWR Visitor Center under construction in Trenton.

The mock-up design must be for a 4-foot-by-4-foot window depicting the artist’s interpretation of Detroit River flora and fauna. Judging will be by the DRIWR and the building contractor. The DCA is not involved in selecting the winner.

Designs are limited to six colors of paint, marker, paper or any two-dimensional material on paper, canvas, wood or other surface.
Registration for participation in the contest is required online by July 24, but the deadline for completed entries is not until Sept. 8. There is no fee involved.

Entry forms and complete rules are available at

Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Downriver Council for the Arts, James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte, MI 48192 Additional information is available by calling the center at 734-720-0671 or emailing

The entries will be on display Sept. 10 through 26 in the main gallery of the center. An opening reception is planned for the exhibit on Sept. 10, and the winner will be announced at a reception on Oct. 10. The art works will be offered for sale, a contest spokesperson said.

The Visitor Center is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

Coming up . . .

July 14 — Park It Family Fun Night at Champaign Park, 18401 Champaign Road, Allen Park; performance by the George Brothers Band at 6 p.m.; movie, “Rio 2,” at dusk; for more information, go to

July 15 — Performance by keyboard specialist Chris Codish & the Brothers Grove in the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Music & Art in the Gardens series at 22314 Northline; doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and drinks for sale; concert at 6:30 p.m. with limited seating (lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged); admission is $5 for all ages; for more information, call 888-383-4108 or go to

July 16 — Concert by the Fabulous Oldies But Goodies band in the Grosse Ile Recreation Department series; 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Water’s Edge Recreation Complex, 25215 West River Road, Grosse Ile Township; no charge.

July 19 — Performance by guitarist Benny of the Jets in the Grosse Ile Concerts on the Common series; 7 p.m. in the gazebo at Macomb and Meridian roads; no charge.