Dinner to benefit clock repair work

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – The clock is ticking again, but the watchmen still need to be paid.

The Lincoln Park Historical Society invites the community to a spaghetti dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. April 16 to benefit repairs and technology upgrades for the landmark Verdin tower clock. Lincoln Park Historical Museum Curator Jeff Day said that after several months of sitting idle, the clock had been put back in working order.

“Now we need to complete the payments for the equipment and installation,” said Day, who said the Loyal Order of Moose, Chapter 1665 stepped up to host the fundraiser. “A ‘dinner in time,’ as it were, to help pay for the repairs and technological upgrades.”

For more than a decade the clock has greeted residents and visitors at the intersection of Fort Park and Southfield Road. Last year, the clock – which was installed in 2002 – stalled and needed replacement of its motor, gears and bearings.

Day said the museum’s annual giving campaign helped pay for an evaluation and initial work, and it was hoped the fundraiser will finance the repairs.

“We hope that the folks in the community who have enjoyed the street clock’s presence will come out and express their support,” Day said.

The spaghetti dinner will be held at Moose Lodge Hall, 1600 Fort St. Tickets are $8 for adults in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available April 13 at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road, or by contacting museum officials at 313-386-3137 or via email at lpmuseum@gmail.com.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)