Wyandotte Street Art Fair will celebrate its 56th year

going-placescOne of the top art fairs and the second largest in Michigan, the Wyandotte Street Art Fair, will celebrate the 56th year of its founding July 12 to 15.

The fair, which will take place along Biddle Avenue between Eureka and Oak streets from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, will feature juried works of 250 artists from 30 states and Canada, plus a multitude of handcrafted items, music, food and activities for all ages.

Entertainment will be provided from noon to 11 p.m. daily by well-known bands, including Heroes of Charlotte, Rummler, Category 5, Boogie Dynamite and Mega 80s.

Food vendors will provide myriad enticements from elephant ears, corn dogs and cotton candy to pretzels and ethnic favorites.

Kola’s Kitchen will offer dozens of its popular specialties, including pierogi, stuffed cabbage, pulled pork, curly fries, jumbo turkey legs, and hot dogs with a variety of toppings.

The history of the fair dates to 1961, when a group of Acanthus Art Society members began exhibiting their works in front of a Wyandotte business.

A spokesman for the fair said one of the purposes of the event is to offer artists and visitors the opportunity to meet one another in a hospitable and festive atmosphere.

Roaring time starts July 14

The roar of outboard motors will attract racing fans from throughout the Downriver area and beyond to Elizabeth Park in Trenton July 14 to 16 for the annual PNC Roar on the River, presented by the Trenton Rotary Club.

Highlights of the event will include a “Taste of the Races” kickoff party July 14, a VIP party July 15, and a racing-awards ceremony July 16.

In addition to boat races, jet-ski demonstrations and other water activities, the event will feature entertainment by well-known bands, children’s activities and pancake breakfasts.

The kickoff party will take place in a tent at the park and feature the specialties of some 30 local restaurants and music by The Hines Drive Band and The Phoenix Theory. Tickets are $25.

Elizabeth Park’s newly remodeled banquet center, the Chateau on the River, will be the setting for the VIP event, to include a buffet dinner, music by The Toppermost Beatles and Fifty Amp Fuse, plus fireworks.

The gathering also will pay tribute to Fred Miller, known as “the godfather of the races,” who died unexpectedly in March. The cost of the dinner is $25.

Tickets for the parties are available at the Trenton City Hall, 2800 Third St. The phone number is 734-675-8600.

Dr. Pocket is next band

Ken Strain’s 10-piece horn-driven band, Dr. Pocket, will be featured at the Taylor Conservatory Music & Art in the Gardens series July 12 concert, which will take place at 22314 Northline.

Gates will open a 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, and the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. General admission costs $5, with no charge for children 5 and younger. Attendees are encouraged to provide their own lawn chairs or blankets.

The concert will take place rain or shine, but may be moved to an indoor location in the event of inclement weather. Weather information is available by calling 888-383-4108 or going to www.Taylorconservatory.org.

Society slates medieval days

Historic Fort Wayne visitors will have an opportunity to see how lords, ladies, knights and serfs lived, ate, camped and fought at a medieval camp to be presented July 15 and 16 by members of the Middle Kingdom of the Society of Creative Anachronism.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois in Detroit. Demonstrations will include dueling with swords, the throwing of hatchets and knives, cooking and dancing.

There is no charge for the program, but donations will be accepted. Tours of the fort will be available for $5 a person, or free for children under 12. Secured parking is $5 per vehicle.

For more information about events at the fort, go to the fort’s new website, historicfortwaynecoalition.com.