Four groups to join hands for sale at Prechter Center

Going PlacesCFour Downriver art organization will join hands to offer a plethora of art and hand-crafted items for sale Dec. 5 at the annual Downriver Arts & Crafts Holiday Show at Wayne County Community College District Downriver campus.

The participating groups are the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild, Art Ambience, the Acanthus Art Society and the Downriver Council for the Arts.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center at the college, 21000 North Line Road in Taylor.

There is no charge for admission to the event, which will include demonstrations by Downriver artists in watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel painting; sculpture; and paper arts. Also planned are children’s make-and-take workshops.

Among the items to be offered for sale are purses, designer clothing, reconstructed wood projects, handmade cards, Christmas ornaments, scarves and fiber art.

For additional information, call Maureen Cassidy Keast at 734-777-6109

Holiday event set by DCA

Mark McPherson will bring Charles Dickens to life when he portrays the author of “A Christmas Carol” during the annual holiday luncheon of the Downriver Council for the Arts on Dec. 5.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the DCA headquarters in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

TV’s Deli and Diner will cater the meal, to include roast turkey with dressing, cranberry relish, green beans and red velvet cake.

Tickets, $25, are available at the DCA headquarters or can be reserved by calling 734-720-0671.

The opening reception for the organization’s Winter Wonderland Art Exhibit & Boutique is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the main gallery of the DeSana Center.

There is no charge to attend the reception. The exhibit will feature works inspired by winter, and the boutique will offer one-of-a-kind handmade gifts crafted by local artists. Refreshments will be served.

‘Nutcracker’ ballet slated

The Ballet Americana Dance Company of Taylor will present “The Nutcracker,” accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, Dec. 4 and 5 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Dancers from the Miami City Ballet will star in the production. The Dec. 4 performance will take place at 8 p.m., while on Dec. 5, performances are scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m.

For ticket information, go to

Tree lighting is scheduled

Caroling and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus will highlight the annual city of Lincoln Park tree- lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Southfield Road median at the City Hall.

Refreshments will be served at the Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road, following the ceremony.
On Dec. 13, the Historical Society will host its annual holiday open house with refreshments and music from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum.

Seaway plans two concerts

The Seaway Chorale and Orchestra will take the audience on “A Musicological Journey” of Christmas songs through France, Italy, Austria and the United States Dec. 4 and 5 during concerts at the Flat Rock High School Community Auditorium.

The performances, to include the chorale’s new youth group, will begin at 7:30, but Santa will be present beginning at 6:45 to greet children and hear their wishes. A raffle will be held during intermissions, with proceeds earmarked for support of the chorale and orchestra.

Tickets are $10, presale, or $12 at the door. Students ages 5 to 7 will be admitted for $6. Tickets are available by calling 734-675-2459 or 734-675-3548, or by going to or

The auditorium is at 25600 Seneca Drive.