Friday, July 15, 2011

Ford House Fairy Tale Festival casts enchanting exhibit

Illustrations courtesy of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

If you've been yearning to see the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, but have held off for an event that your children would enjoy, Saturday would be a good time to go.

The Ford House Fairy Tale Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23, at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores kicks off a magical exhibit "Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children's Books" featuring 59-original illustrations from well-loved classic fairy tales that have been retold for centuries. 

Traditional stories such as "The Firebird, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty," and "Little Red Riding Hood," are all depicted with modern versions like "Cinderella's Dress," and "The Hungry Coat."
"In today's world," fairy tales can dispel the uncertainties of our world with a magic carpet ride, for both children and adults, to the realm of wonder and enchantment. The marvelous illustrations of fairy tales help fill the human longing for stories that transcend the every day," according to promoters of the event.

Admission to the Fairy Tale Festival: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Admittance to the Fairy Tale Art exhibit, through until Sept. 18 is included with regular admission to Ford House and is free to members. Watch for further events surrounding the visiting exhibit.

Click here for more details or call (313) 884-4222.

Looking for something else to do with the family? Check out our list of events going on in the Detroit area:

Peace Corps picnic
Southeastern Michigan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers picnic honoring 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps, noon-5 p.m. July 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 3000 12 Mile Road, west of Ryan. Meat, soft drinks provided, bring dish to pass. Call (586) 774-3144.

'Biggest Loser'
Casting for season 13 of "The Biggest Loser" TV show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 30, at Gardner-White Furniture, 45300 Hayes Road, Macomb Township. For details and applications: The Biggest Loser

Sterling Theatre
"The Wizard of Oz" presented by Sterling Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m. July 22-23, and 2 p.m. July 24, at Stevenson High School, 39701 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights. Admission $10 in advance, $12 at the door; purchase at city's Parks & Recreation Department, 40620 Utica Road, call (586) 446-2700.

Youth theater
Stagecrafters Youth Theatre present "Disney's Camp Rock - The Musical," July 22-31, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Cast features local youngsters. Showtimes 7 p.m. July 22-23, 29, 3 p.m. July 23, 30, 1 p.m. July 24 and 31, and noon July 28. Advance tickets $6 youth, $10 adults. Click here for more about Stagecrafters or call (248) 541-6430.

BBQ Cook-off and car show
Second South Macomb BBQ Cook-Off and U.S.M.A. Car Show, July 30, at Gratiot Auto Center, 29187 Gratiot, north of 12 Mile Road, Roseville. Prizes awarded for "Top Ribs" and "Best Cars." Cooking starts at 7 a.m., judging at 2 p.m., with awards at 3:30 p.m., car show and vendors start 9 a.m. Fee to enter cook off, but otherwise free to attend. There will be food available for purchase. For information, email SMBBQ@live.com.


Treky fans!
The Redford Theatre will be showing "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and De Forest Kelley at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The non-profit Motor City Theatre Organ Society owns and operates the Redford Theatre at 17360 Lahser Road, in Detroit. This enables attendees to enjoy a classic film plus organ concerts enhanced by the setting of a beautifully restored theater. Tickets: $5 includes free supervised parking. For more information visit: The Redford Theatre

Broadway Onstage
New season begins with "The Sex Maniac" comedy, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. select Sundays, July 22-Aug. 20, at Broadway Onstage, 21517 Kelly Road at Toepfer, Eastpointe. Tickets $14 opening night, $16 all other performances; call (586) 771-6333.

Free concerts
Air Margaritaville plays Jimmy Buffett songs, July 22, and Intrigue plays top 40 hits July 29, both 7:30 p.m. at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark. Picnic baskets are allowed, but no glass containers; food also available at concessions. Bring blankets or chairs. Admission: Metropark permit, daily or annual. Call (800) 477-7756. 
Warren Cultural Commission presents Thomas H. Carey "Concerts at the Square," 7 p.m. Sundays, at Warren City Square, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road. Schedule includes: July 24, Mainstreet Soul; July 31, Jill Jack; Aug. 7, Motor City Brass Band; Aug. 14, The Under Pressure Band; Aug. 21, Warren Concert Band. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Call (586) 264-0959.
St. John Hospital and Medical Center's The Plaza Jazz Concert Series, continues 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, except July 28, at The Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval and St. Clair, Grosse Pointe. Free. Call (313) 886-7474 or visit www.thevillagegp.com.
Uptown Friday Night Concert Series at The Fountain Stage, on Macomb Place between N. Walnut and Pine streets, in downtown Mount Clemens, 9:30-11 p.m., July 22, Smokin' Ash; July 29, Strat Axis; Aug. 5, The Allies. For details: Click here or call (586) 469-4168.
Concerts by live bands and dancing at Thomas S. Welsh Activity Center at Metro Beach Metropark, 6:30-10 p.m. Sundays through August at the Harrison Township park. Music, dancing free, vehicle entry permit required. Information: (800) 477-3172

Art exhibits
"The Art of Mark III," mixed media exhibit, July 23-Aug. 30, at City Gallery, 292 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens. Opening reception: 3-9 p.m. July 23. Call (586) 469-8781.
Anton Art Center
"Going Green" exhibition runs through Aug. 14, in Petitpren Community Gallery of the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Group exhibit of works by Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, Mount Clemens Art Association and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts, Inc. Opening reception 1-3 p.m. July 17; Center hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Call (586) 469-8666.

Park*it for fun
Annual free Park*it family fun nights is under way and continues at tri-county locations through August, and also Oct. 22 at Warren City Square. Fun starts at 6 p.m. and includes outdoor concerts, kids' activities, sponsor giveaways and a family movie.  

Go Comedy!
"ROGOCOP! The Musical," a parody of the movie "Robocop," presented 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 26, at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets, $5-$15, available at Go Comedy!or by calling (248) 327-0575 after 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.

Vintage Baseball
Regular Base Ball Club of Mount Clemens plays 2 p.m. at field on east side of Romeo Plank Road north of Clinton River Road: July 23, Wyandotte Stars, and Aug. 21 Midland Mighty River Hogs. Visit Regular Baseball Club's schedule
Rochester Grangers Vintage Base Ball Club plays at 1 p.m. Aug. 28, at Halbach Field in Rochester. Free admission. Visit www.rochesterhills.org or call (248) 656-4663.

Museum Wednesdays
Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, noon-1 p.m. entertainment, fire truck sprays and creek wading 1-2 p.m. Admission free for museum members, $2 for others ages 2 and older, at the museum, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, east of Rochester Road off Tienken Road. Call (248) 656-4663 or visit www.rochesterhills.org.

Rockin' on Riverfront
Free Chevy Rockin' on the Riverfront concert series continues 8-10 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 12 at Riverfront Plaza in downtown Detroit. Schedule: July 22, REO Speedwagon; July 29, Grand Funk Railroad; Aug. 5, Leon Russell and Mitch Ryder; and Aug. 12, Bachman Turner. Parking available $5 at GM surface lot at St. Antoine and Atwater adjacent to GM Renaissance Center. Viewing space on first-come, first-serve basis, with own lawn chairs or blankets. Food concessions available; coolers not permitted. 

Film series
Detroit Historical Society weekend film series Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. in Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave. at Kirby. Free with admission $6 adults, $4 ages 60 and older, college students and ages 5-18. Parking $4. Call (313) 833-1801 or visit www.detroithistorical.org.

Twilight Tuesdays
Self-guided tours of Meadow Brook Hall or landscape and architecture tours of the grounds during "Twilight Tuesdays" 6-9 p.m. July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20, at the historic Rochester hall, with music. Admission $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; reservations not required. For details, (248) 364-6263 or Meadow Brook

At the zoo
Wild Summer Nights concert series at Detroit Zoo, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 31, free with zoo admission or $5 after 5 p.m.; animal habitats and Dinosauria open until 8 p.m. For schedule, visit Detroit Zoo or (248) 541-5717. 

Mosaic Youth Theatre performs play "One Lion to Live," 10 and 11 a.m. and noon Aug. 21 in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the Detroit Zoo, 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. Also, "Zoo Medleys' featuring songs about the earth and its inhabitants performed at Zoo's front entrance 10 and 11 a.m. and noon July 31, and the same times Aug. 13 in Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. 

Warren art
Warren Tri-County Fine Art Association works by member watercolor artist Mary Reo featured 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday during July at Warren City Hall.

Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Locally grown products, including flowers. Family Day, July 16, includes information on health, nutrition, personal and fire safety, from Macomb County Health Department, sheriff's office, Mount Clemens Fire Department, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Visit Mount Clemens Farmers Market

Macomb Daily features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this list.

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