Summer 2007 Events GuideWritten by Whitney Meschke | | email@example.com
Through May 27 • Ansel Adams
More than 100 black-and-white photographs from this American icon will be on display, from early Yosemite works to his first landscape series to spectacular photographs of the Pueblo Indians, the Canadian Rockies, Western landscapes and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. $10 adults and $5 children. (313) 833-4249.
Through May 28 • Our Body: The Universe Within
This exhibit literally and figuratively goes "under the skin," exposing the intricacy of the human body, showcasing specimens preserved through a polymer impregnation process that prevents decomposition. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (until 9 p.m. May 28), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays at The New Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit. $25 adults, $23 seniors and $20 children. (313) 577-8400 or www.detroitsciencecenter.org.
Through May 28 • Flower Days
Area flower growers and vendors will convene to sell plants, produce, yard art, accessories and crafts. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 26-28 at the Toledo Farmers’ Market, 525 Market St. (419) 255-6765.
Through May 28 • Civil War Remembrance
Visitors can learn about and challenge the many viewpoints of the Civil War period by hearing from re-enactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers and people from the home fronts. Music, short plays, demonstrations, genealogical research, exhibits, military drills, hands-on activities and lectures also are planned. All day Memorial Day weekend at Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. Admission to both the village and the Henry Ford Museum: $30 adults, $28 seniors, $22 children ages 5-12 and free for younger children. (313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237.
Through May 28 • Movement 2007: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival
This festival showcases more than 100 performers, including Moodymann, Model 500 and Jeff Mills, on five different stages. May 26-28 in Hart Plaza, Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Detroit. $20-$21 a day or $40 for a weekend pass. www.demf.com/.
June 30-July 3 • 15th annual Salute to America
Celebrate Independence Day with fun, fireworks and patriotic music. The Walnut Grove historic district in Greenfield Village is transformed into a patriotic sea of red, white and blue as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents a magical program of American musical favorites. 6 p.m. June 30-July 3 at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $20 adult, $19 senior, $14 children ages 5-18 and free for younger children. (313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237.
July 1 • 4th of July Celebration
Visitors are invited to bring picnic baskets and join the McKinnis family and friends as they celebrate the nation’s independence. Pioneer children’s games and music will be featured, too. 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 1 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 US 224 W., Findlay. Free. (419) 425-7275 or www.hancockparks.com.
July 2-4 • River Raisin Independence Festival
A big bands street dance will be held in downtown Monroe, Mich., along with an all-day blues concert and fireworks at Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Road, Monroe. Also slated is the second annual Freedom Walk to Lake Erie. (800) 252-3011 or www.monroeinfo.com.
July 4 • The Pharm Lights the Night Fireworks/FamilyFest
A hands-on area for children features activities, musicians, jugglers and storytellers, rides (starting at 1 p.m.) and games; the Nu-Tones will perform at 7; and the day culminates in a pyrotechnic display at 10. July 4 in Promenade and Festival parks, along the Maumee River. www.citifest.org.
July 3 • Sylvania Star-Spangled Celebration
The sounds of the season are the booming of fireworks and the simulcast patriotic music that accompanies this display. About 9:30 p.m. July 3 at Centennial Terrace and Pacesetter Park, Sylvania. $5. www.sylvaniarecreation.org
July 4 • Independence Day 1813
Re-enactors will re-create the ceremony that took place in celebration of the time’s only national holiday (at 2 p.m.); noon-5 June 16-17 at Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. Free. (419) 874-4121 or (800) 283-8916.
July 4 • Independence Day concert
Civil War re-enactors will join the Toledo Symphony Concert Band in a concert of patriotic and popular tunes, including a performance of the "1812 Overture" featuring cannon-fire from Gillmor’s Light Artillery. 2-3:30 p.m. July 4 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Free; visitors are asked to bring seating. (419) 332-2081 or (800) 998-7737.
July 4 • Fireworks cruise
Get prime seats for the Glass City’s fireworks extravaganza, plus a cruise and snacks. 6 p.m. July 4 from the Jefferson Street Dock, Jefferson and Summit streets. $30. Call (419) 537-1212 to make reservations.
July 4 • Celebrate Freedom
Learn about the battle that opened up the Northwest Territory to settlement and then walk through the tall grass prairie in bloom. 1-3:30 p.m. July 4 at Fallen Timbers Monument, Side Cut Metropark, 1025 River Road, Maumee. Free.
July 4 • Fourth of July: 1876 Celebration
Taking a ride aboard "The Volunteer," tour the Isaac Ludwig Mill or shop in the General Store to celebrate, centennial style. Blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodcarving, candle making and more demonstrations and hands-on activities are planned. Noon-4 July 4 at Kimble’s Landing, Providence Metropark, 13827 US 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. Free.
July 4 • Cedar Point Fireworks
The skyline over "the Point" and Lake Erie will be filled with color. 10 p.m. July 4 on the beach in front of the Aquatic Stadium. Call (419) 627-2350 for details.
July 4 • Fremont independence Day Parade
The parade will begin at Birchard Park, 1400 Birchard Ave., and proceed to Rodger Young Park, at Front and Tiffin streets. 4-5 p.m. July 4 in downtown Fremont. (419) 332-4470.
July 4-7 • Woodville’s Fourth of July Homecoming
This year marks the 65th anniversary of this patriotic party, which will feature rides, free stage shows, a parade and more. All-day July 4-7 at the carnival grounds on Cherry Street, Woodville. (419) 849-3080.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
June • Point Place Days
A monthlong celebration of one of Toledo’s historic enclaves, the party is kicked off by the Point Place Days Parade (noon-1 June 2). Other events include a concert by Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland and tug-of-war contest (7 p.m. June 5 at Point Place Branch Library, 2727 117th St.; (419) 259-5390); barbecue; canoe races; baking contest; car show; fireworks; and a pet dressing contest. All month in Point Place (around 6205 N. Summit St.). Call Mark Schuster at (419) 727-8777 for complete details.
June 2-3 • Old West End Festival
Entry to some of the neighborhood’s historic Edwardian, Arts-and-Crafts and Victorian gems @@ the event’s main attraction @@ will be joined this year by garden tours. Other features include an art fair, classic car show, live entertainment, food, children’s activities and the King Wamba Parade (10 a.m. June 2). North of the Toledo Museum of Art off Collingwood Boulevard. $15 house tours, $5 garden tours or $20 combo ticket. www.oldwestendtoledo.com.
June 3 • Art Dabbler’s Fair
This fair will feature amateur artists and craftsmen, exhibits, displays and music. Noon-4 June 3 at 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. Free. (419) 873-2787 or www.perrysburgarts.org.
June 8-9 • Whitehouse Cherry Fest
A parade will kick off the festivities, which will include fair-style rides, food and other entertainment. 4 p.m.-midnight June 8 and 9 a.m.-midnight June 9 in and surrounding the Village Park, Providence, St. Louis and Indianapolis streets, Whitehouse. Free. (419) 877-2747.
June 8-10 • Detroit Festival of the Arts
A juried fine art and crafts market and more than 100 music, dance and theatrical performances, street painting exhibition, a 75-ton sand sculpture, ethnic cuisine, a children’s fair and the "Go Read Garden" are just a few of the activities that draw thousands of people to this event. 4-11 p.m. June 8, noon-11 June 9 and noon-9 p.m. June 10 in the University Cultural Center off Woodward Avenue, Detroit. (313) 577-5088 or detroitfestival.com.
June 9 • LatinoFest
Free before 3 p.m. and for kids 12 and younger, $10 after 3.
Clowns, magicians and puppets will be on hand to entertain the kids; also, musicians, including Mas Caliente, Sammy DeLeon and Bobby Pulido, and dancers will perform. 1-11:30 p.m. June 9 at Promenade Park, west bank of the Maumee River. (419) 350-0758 or www.latinofesttoledo.com.
June 9-10 • Wood County Heritage Days
Re-enactors, lost arts demonstrations, historical renditions and guest speakers will bring the past to life. This event also features an annual Antique Farm and Tractor Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9-10 at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. Free. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
June 13 • Family Fun Fest
Children are invited to decorate their trikes, bikes, wagons or themselves for a parade to a variety of games, crafts and refreshments to celebrate summer. 9:45 a.m.-noon June 13 starting from the Visitor Center to the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. Free. (419) 535-3056.
June 13-17 • Holland Strawberry Festival
The red, juicy fruit is the highlight of this festival @@ there will be a strawberry bakeoff @@ but other features will include a rib-eating contest, baseball and softball tournaments, pageants and a parade. 4-11 p.m. June 13-15 and noon-midnight June 16-17 at Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Road, Holland. Free. (419) 865-1859.
June 16 • Juneteenth celebration
Celebrate the announcement of American slaves’ freedom in 1865 with historical re-enactments, hands-on activities, gallery explorations and tours, dancing, demonstrations, music, films, storytelling and more. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. June 16 at the TMA, 2445 Monroe St. Free. (419) 255-8000.
June 22-23 • Mayfly Music Festival
Fifty Amp Fuse (June 22) and Heartland, On the Beach and the Redhill Band (June 23) will perform; also, games, canoe and pontoon rides, a rummage sale and more are scheduled. 6 p.m. June 22 and noon June 23 at 242 Toledo St., Dundee, Mich. $5. (800) 252-3011.
June 23-24 • Crosby Festival of the Arts
Fine art blends with beautiful scenery at this show, which will feature new artists and returning favorites. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 23 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24 at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $7 or $10 two-day pass. (419) 936-2986 or www.toledogarden.org.
June 24 • Portage River Festival & Bicycle Tour
The tour kicks off the festival, which will feature a flea market and craft show, antique cars and live music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24 at Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore; the tour starts at 7 a.m. at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St., Elmore. Free. (419) 862-3552.
June 27-30 • Gibsonburg Homecoming
Rides, a parade and music are scheduled. 6-11 p.m. June 27-29 and noon-midnight June 30 at Williams Park, State Route 300 and Stone Street, Gibsonburg. Free. (419) 637-7547.
July 4-8 • Comerica CityFest
The former Tastefest now celebrates Motown, with the emphasis spread from just food to include entertainment, a street market and more. Performers are to include "Weird" Al Yankovic, Cheap Trick, Yo La Tengo, Lupe Fiasco, Spoon, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4-7 and 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. July 8. Free admission; 11 meal and drink tickets $7. www.comericacityfest.com.
July 7-8 • Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 103-Year Festival
Celebrate more than a century of harbor light by hearing the memories of three of the light’s keepers who served with the Coast Guard. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 7 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 8 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Road, Oregon. (419) 691-3788 or (419) 836-1466.
July 13-15 • Third Annual African American Festival
This event will feature gospel music and other live entertainment, rides, a parade and citywide praise and worship gospel celebration. 5-10 p.m. July 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 14 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 15 at Nelson Grace Park, Indiana Avenue. Call (419) 255-8876 for ticket information and details.
July 13-15 • River Raisin Festival
This year’s festival will include three stages of entertainment, a parade and carnival, fireworks, tractor pulls, tournaments, crafts, lost arts and more. 4-10 p.m. July 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15 in Bachmayer and Ellis parks, downtown Blissfield, Mich., along the banks of the River Raisin, off U.S. Route 223. (517) 486-3642 or www.blissfield.net.
July 13-15 • Lagrange Street Polish Festival
Tens of thousands of visitors help this neighborhood celebrate its Polish heritage with games, polka bands and dance contests, and, of course, food: pierogies, kielbasa, paczki and chrusciki. 5-10 p.m. July 13, noon-10 July 14 and noon-8 July 15 in the Polish Village along Lagrange Street. $2 adults and children and $1 Golden Buckeye Card holders. (419) 255-8406.
July 14-15 • Mill Fest
Craftspeople will demonstrate blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodcarving, candle making and more, and the miller will demonstrate water power while operating the saw and gristmill. "Volunteer" rides will be offered, and visitors can shop in the General Store or stroll the Maumee’s banks. 12-4 p.m. July 14-15 at Isaac Ludwig Mill, Providence Metropark, 13827 US 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. Free.
July 14-15 • Rapids Rally Days
Barbecue, a parade and flea market, children’s play area and activities for all are in store. Activities are slated July 14-15 throughout the village of Grand Rapids. (419) 832-5305.
July 18 • Summer Fest
Crafts, walking tours, games, face painting and entertainment will be available, along with half-price pedal boat rentals. 6-8 p.m. July 18 (July 19 if raining) at Packer-Hammersmith Center, Pearson Metropark, 4600 Starr Ave., Oregon. Free.
July 18-21 • Ann Arbor art fairs
The original of these four concurrent fairs is nearly 50 years old; together the quartet draw more than a half million art lovers. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 18-20 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 21 throughout the University of Michigan campus, particularly North and South University, Main and State streets. Shuttles are available from Briarwood Mall, just off I-94 on State, and Pioneer High School, at Main and Stadium streets.
July 20-22 • 31st Annual St. George’s SummerFest
The highlight of this festival is the Middle Eastern foods prepared by the parishioners, but guest also can ride camels or ponies, visit a petting zoo, listen to music, watch Middle Eastern dancing, and tour the cathedral. 5 p.m.-midnight July 20, 2 p.m.-midnight July 21 and noon-9 July 22 at St. George Cathedral, 3754 Woodley Road. Call (419) 382-4166 or (419) 475-7054 for ticket information.
July 21-22 • Oak Ridge Festival
History will come alive with mountain men, Native Americans and pioneer families straight out of the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can watch old time baseball games and Civil War activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22 on State Route 4 a mile north of Attica. (419) 426-0611.
July 26 • KidsFest at the Riverbend
Children can meet Scooby Doo and take part in activities such as making music videos, climbing on giant inflatables, pioneer and lake activities and face painting. 2-8 p.m. July 26 at Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208, Findlay. Free. (419) 422-4624 or www.artspartnership.com.
July 28 • Dragon Boat Festival
Watch teams race 40-foot Hong-Kong style canoes 500 meters along the Maumee, or put a team of 25 together and participate. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28 at International Park on the Maumee River, 26 Main St. Attending is free, but team entry is $2,000, to benefit Partners in Education. (419) 242-2122.
Aug. 2-5 • Antique Machinery Show
This show will feature International Harvester tractors, engines and equipment. Other items of interest are to include a flea market, arts and crafts, food, tractor pulls, steam engines, a saw mill, threshing, and tractor square dance. Aug. 2-5 at Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay (419) 365-7047.
Aug. 8-12 • Attica Independent Fair
The Attica Independent Fair is one of the few remaining independent fairs in Ohio. Annual pig scrambles, a rodeo, horse races, concerts, combine and demolition derbies are planned. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 8-12 at the Attica Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Road, Attica. Call (419) 426-3247 or visit www.atticafair.com for ticket details.
Aug. 11-12 • Sixth Annual River Raisin Jazz Festival
A national roster of luminaries are joined by regional and local artists for a two-day jazz-palooza. Noon-10 Aug. 11-12 at St. Mary’s Park, North Monroe Street at West Elm Avenue, Monroe, Mich. Free. (800) 252-3011 or www.monroeinfo.com.
Aug. 15-18 • Pemberville Fair
For the 63rd annual fair, organizers decided to honor our local soldiers and veterans in a "Salute to the Military." Festivities are to include Kiddie and Grand parades, rides, a 5-mile run, exhibits, animals and more. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 3 p.m. Aug.16, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 1 p.m. Aug. 18 on Memorial Drive in Pemberville. www.pembervillefair.org.
Aug. 17-18 • Maumee Summer Fair/Taste of Maumee
More than a dozen restaurants will serving tantalizing foods and desserts (on Aug. 17) while live bands play. A parade and street fair and children’s activities highlight Aug. 18’s festivities. 5-11 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 18 at 605 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 794-1090.
Aug. 17-19 • Flag City Balloon Fest
Pilots will compete for points and prizes through flying performance in reaching predetermined targets; flights are scheduled for morning and late afternoon to avoid winds and are subject to weather-related cancellations. Balloon rides, a car show, 5K and stunt kite competition are planned, and several special-shaped balloons are to float in. Aug. 17-19 at Emory Adams Park, 1827 S. Blanchard St., Findlay (419) 422-3313 or www.flagcityballoonfest.com.
Aug. 19 • 33rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival
The Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival features Hungarian and ethnic foods @@ chicken paprikas and kolbasz, stuffed cabbages and szallona sutes @@ arts and crafts exhibits, cultural displays and a variety of music, dance and entertainment. Noon-9 Aug. 19 on Consaul Street. Free. (419) 244-3888.
Aug. 19 • Sunset Jazz and Art Festival
Live jazz will be paired with a juried art show; adult beverages and edibles will be available, too. 2-9 p.m. Aug. 19 on the Grand Rapids Towpath. (419) 832-0826.
Aug. 24-26 • German-American Festival
Dance or watch the stone-throwing contest, listen to traditional and modern German music (including live glockenspiel), taste German-American foods, watch some soccer and observe perhaps the festival’s highlight, a children’s Hummel look-alike contest. 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 24, 2 p.m.-midnight Aug. 25 and noon-9 Aug. 26 at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. $5 Friday and Saturday, $3 Sunday; children younger than 15 free. (419) 382-6198.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 • 28th Annual Detroit International Jazz Festival
More than 100 outdoor concerts feature 1,000 jazz artists @@ including Regina Carter, Herbie Hancock, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Patti Austin, Mavis Staples and the Miracles. Events will include fireworks on Sept. 1, weekend jam sessions and a children’s area. Hart Plaza, Jefferson Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Free. (313) 447-1248.
Sept. 1 • River Raisin Barbecue Festival & Main Street HoeDown
Ribs, chicken and all the do-si-do-ing anyone could handle. Sept. 1 in downtown Monroe. (800) 252-3011 or www.monroeinfo.com.
Sept. 2 • RiverFest
This event closes the summer season with a bang: fireworks. Rides and music are other draws. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 2 at Promenade and Festival parks along the Maumee River. www.citifest.org.1 – 2 – 3 – 4