Friday, August 31, 2012

Detroit Navy Week set to launch

Best of 1812 collection/Detroit Navy Week
Big ships have always been a part of Detroit's skyline but in an industrial kind of way. As part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial and Detroit Navy Week, Sept. 3-10, visitors to the shore will see a replica tall ship and several Navy war ships. Not to mention a variety of concerts and fun events planned as part of the week-long celebration.

Being a military event naturally the brass will be there including U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory M Nosal but also the brass sounds of U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps military bands.

Ever wondered what it was like for soldiers on the sea in 1812, or modern day sailors?
Visitors of all ages -- will have the opportunity throughout the week to tour a variety of ships including the USS De Wert, USS Hurricane, Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay and the War of 1812 replica tall ship - the historic US Brig Niagara. Rebuilt several times since its early construction using original wreckage salvaged from Lake Erie it is not only something to see but something to experience.  I know of at least one painter who will be heading to the docks with his brushes and easel. It's not every day - after all - that one gets to see the Niagara moored on the Detroit River.

Landlubbers can also head to the shores of Lake St. Clair Metropark where several events will be held as part of Detroit Navy Week. The U.S. Navy Band Michigan performs 6 p.m. Friday followed by the Michigan Philharmonic, an F-18 flyover and Americana medley by American House Traveling Choir at 5:30 p.m. Saturday events include Detroit Red Wings Alumni vs. U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces softball game at noon, and exhibits of war memorabilia.

For a complete schedule of events, visit Detroit Navy Week www.1812detroit.com or www.metroparks.com.

For a complete schedule of events, visit Detroit Navy Week www.1812detroit.com.

Looking for other things the family can do this weekend? Check out our list of local events and activities going on in the Detroit area:

Water colors and crafts
Art on the Bay is a fine art and crafts show going on this weekend at Walter and Mary Burke Park, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park, nestled on the shore of Lake St. Clair in New Baltimore, features a public beach, playground, picnic area and beach volleyball court

What's Up Doc
The classic revival of Howard Hawk's 1930 comedy, "Bringing Up Baby," starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal will be presented on the big screen at the nostalgic Redford Theatre, Sept. 7 and 8. Tickets: $4. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Movie rated G. For more information visit www.redtheatre.com.

Art & Apples
47th Art & Apples Festival for Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Sept. 7-9, in Rochester Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. Event includes pie-baking contest, entertainment, art, kids' activities. For details, www.artandapples.com or 248-651-4110.

Art events
"Patriotism" exhibit, through Sept. 22, at Anton Art Center's Petitpren Community Gallery, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Center open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 586-469-8666 or visit www.theartcenter.org. Annual ArtParty for Anton Art Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, on Macomb Place in downtown Mount Clemens, includes restaurant tasting stations, open bar, entertainment, art auction and more. Advance tickets $50, or $60 week of event; call 586-469-8666 or visit www.theartcenter.org.
Lakeside Palette Club meets 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, in Gilstorf Room of St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 11 Mile Road. Program is demonstration by Troy artist Brooke W. Ellis. Regular meetings at same time and place first Monday of the month. LPC also holds studio space 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays for members to work on their art at SCS Adult Education Center room 111, 23055 Masonic. For details, 586-321-6109 or www.lakesidepaletteclub.org.

Lake House
"Cocktails, Canvas and More!" benefit for The Lake House, a gathering place for those touched by cancer, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6, at The Great Frame Up, 20655 Mack, south of Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods. For details, MiLakeHouse.org.

Rummage/bake sale
Barton Towers hosts rummage and bake sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 8, at 333 N. Troy St., Royal Oak.

Harvest dinner
Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Earthworks Urban Farm hosts fifth Harvest Dinner, Sept. 15, at Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. Social hour begins 5 p.m. with appetizers and garden tours; tickets start at $15. Reservation deadline Sept. 7. Call 313-579-2100 ext. 204.

Fall rides
Cider and Donut Wagon Rides, noon-3 p.m. Sept. 8-9, 15-16, 23, at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, Ray Township. Fee $6 adults, $4 seniors and children; call 586-752-5932.

At the Zoo
Senior Day at the Detroit Zoo, 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 5 for ages 62 and older, features music, tractor train
rides, music, bingo, zoo talks. For details, www.detroitzoo.org.

Garden Club
Mount Clemens Garden Club meets noon Sept. 10, at Mount Clemens Public Library Community Room, 150 Cass Ave. Program on "Create a Backyard Habitat for Birds." Non-member fee $5. To RSVP, 586-436-0700.

On stage
Avon Players starts new season with musical "Bye Bye Birdie," weekends Sept. 7-22, at the theater, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, $16-$18, call 248-608-9077 or visit www.avonplayers.org. Student, senior and group rates available, as are season tickets.
Warren Civic Youth and Teen Theatre auditions for "Seussical Jr. the Musical!" the week of Sept. 4, at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden. For times, dates and to schedule an audition, call 586-268-8400. Performance dates are Nov. 2-4.
What's That Smell? Productions auditions for "The Marvelous Wonderettes!" 7 p.m. Sept. 5, registration 6:30 p.m., callbacks 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Productin dates Nov. 17-18, 23-25, 29-30, Dec. 1, 7-8.
New season at Broadway Onstage begins with "God of Carnage," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. select Sundays, Sept. 7-Oct. 6, at 21517 Kelly Road, Eastpointe. For ticket information, 586-771-6333.
Stagecrafters presents "Legally Blonde - The Musical," Thursdays-Sundays, Sept. 7-30, at the Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak. Advance tickets $18 Thursdays, $20 weekends; showtimes 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.stagecrafters.org or call 248-541-6430.
Ridgedale Players present "Lend Me a Tenor," Sept. 7-23, at the theater, 205 W. Long Lake Road. For tickets and details, www.ridgedaleplayers.com or 248-988-7049.
Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy presents the comedy "None of the Above," Oct. 5-7 and 12-14, at Marygrove Theatre, 8425 W. McNicols Road, Detroit. For tickets, 313-993-3270 or theatre.udmercy.edu.
Two Muses Theatre presents premiere of "A Little Work," Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, Sept. 7-30, at the theater inside Barnes & Noble Bookseller, 6800 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. For tickets, $18 adults, $15 students and seniors, 248-850-9919 or www.twomusestheatre.org.

Tea Talk
Crocker House Museum/Macomb County Historical Society present "Tea Talk Tuesdays at Two," 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18 and Oct. 23, at the museum, 15 Union St., Mount Clemens. Events include historical programs, refreshments; tickets $7 Society members, $10 non-members. For reservations, 586-465-2488. Museum tours included.

Vine & Dine
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber hosts 9th Vine & Dine food and wine extravaganza, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 5, at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Road. Tickets $65 per person; 248-644-1700 ext. 21 or www.bbcc.com.

Antiques Road Show
Harrison Township Library hosts Antiques Road Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23, at 38151 L'Anse Creuse. Verbal appraisals $5 per item, no weapons. Call 586-329-1261.

Ford House
"Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Grimm Celebration" community art exhibit through Nov. 4, at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. Related youth and adult programs continue into the fall; for schedule, www.fordhouse.org.

Sounds of music
The Mall at Partridge Creek and Motor City Co-op Credit Union present free daily outdoor concerts (weather permitting) at Center Court through Sept. 3, at the Clinton Township mall on Hall Road between Romeo Plank and Garfield roads. Performances are 5:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For details, visit www.shoppartridgecreek.com.
Concerts/dancing at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 5-8 p.m. Sundays Sept. 7-30. Music free with Metropark vehicle annual entry permit, $25 season, $15 ages 62 and older, or $5 daily. Visit www.metroparks.com or call 586-463-4581.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit opens 69th season with 8 p.m. concert Sept. 8, by Juilliard String Quartet, at Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road at Lahser, Beverly Hills, on Detroit Country Day School campus. For tickets, $20 or $10 students, www.ChamberMusicDetroit.org or 248-855-6070.
Madison Chorale open rehearsal for prospective members, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at Wilkinson Middle School, 26524 John R, Madison Heights. Practices held there Tuesday evenings. Call 586-246-8719.

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