Melvindale Oktoberfest to kick off autumn activities

going-placescMelvindale is making plans for a wide variety of fun activities this fall beginning with the Downtown Development Authority Oktoberfest Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and continuing with a concert/movie/play/crusade by Carman Live on Oct. 11; the Harvest Fest Trunk or Treat, Oct. 16; Holiday Craft and Vendor Show, Dec. 3; and Women’s Luncheon and Ornament Exchange, also Dec. 3.

The Oktoberfest, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. at the Kessey Fieldhouse, 4300 S. Dearborn, will feature beer, traditional food, live music, crafters, vendors and a kid’s zone.

Also planned on Oct. 1 are a men’s prayer breakfast at 9 p.m. at the Downriver Christian Community Church, 18595 Prospect, and a euchre tournament at noon at the fieldhouse.

A $10 entry fee is required for the tournament, and a charge of 25 cents per euchre. Registration is required at the Melvindale Farmers Market, on the corner of Oakwood and Prospect, which is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Cemetery walk is scheduled

The mourning traditions of the Victorian era will be explored Oct. 7 when the Wyandotte Museums sponsors its Historic Cemetery Walk.

The evening will begin at 6:20 p.m. with the viewing of an authentic 19th funeral in the parlor of the Ford-MacNichol Home, 2610 Biddle, where artifacts from the Thon Funeral Home, which has been in Wyandotte for more than 150 years, will be on exhibit.

After the funeral, participants will board the Wyandotte Trolley for a ride to one of the oldest cemeteries in the Downriver area, where candles and jack-o’-lanterns will light the way.

Afterward, refreshments will be served at an Edwardian-style Halloween party. The event is a family activity for all ages.

Tickets are $20, with departure times of 6:20, 6:40, 7, 7:20, 7:40 and 8 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine, so appropriate clothing is suggested.

For tickets or more information, go to or call 734-324-7284.

Workshop scheduled

Participants in a Downriver Council for the Arts “Girls’ Night Out” workshop Sept. 29 will learn to make magnetic clips to hold notes and photos. Cheryl Alt will be the instructor.

The workshop is slated for 7 to 9 p.m. in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Basic supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring along photos or special embellishments they would like to use, Alt said.

Registration is necessary at 734-720-0671, and only 25 participants will be accepted. The cost is $15 for DCA members and $20 for non-members. The program is for those 14 and older (teen-agers must be accompanied by an adult).

Coming up . . .

Oct. 8, 9 — Annual Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, at 6325 W. Jefferson, at the foot of Livernois in Detroit; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 9; admission is free; secured parking will cost $5 per vehicle. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Oct. 15 — Wayne County Day at the Detroit Institute of Arts; bus transportation will be provided by the DIA for Wayne County residents from the Downriver Council for the Arts headquarters in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; 9:30 a.m. pickup and 2 p.m. return; no charge, but reservations are required at 313-833-4005 or