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Dearborn Symphony Home Tour May 19

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Springwells Park, the historic early-American subdivision, designed by Edsel and Henry Ford at Rotunda Drive and Greenfield, is the location for the Saturday, May 19 Dearborn Symphony Home Tour.

The Headquarters for this 31st edition of the Tour is the neighboring Tournament Players Club (TPC) where tickets at $15 pre-sale and $20 on Tour day will be available.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking is available at Dearborn Congregational Church on Rotunda Drive adjacent to the TPC. Lunches at $13 will be available at the TPC Clubhouse and nine vendors will display their artworks, plus a Symphony jewelry booth.

Plan to take the tour of the five unique homes. enjoy the plentiful tree-lined streets and get some new decorating ideas.

All proceeds go directly to the Dearborn Symphony for next season’s concerts at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

To obtain tickets or for information, phone 313-565-2424.

Historical Museum Plans ‘Best Dearborn Stories’ 2

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It doesn’t have a title yet, but there’s a sequel in the works to the Museum Guild of Dearborn’s paperback “best seller,” Best Dearborn Stories: Voices From Henry Ford’s Hometown.

The Dearborn Historical Museum announced preliminary plans for the sequel this week.

The 382-page Best Dearborn Stories anthology sold more than 500 copies in the first month after its release in early December, a number believed to rank in the upper 20 percent among new U.S. books. We ran excerpts of the first book here on DeepsaidWhat? You can read the last entry HERE.

“I have to say the book’s reception was a pleasant surprise,” said Kirt D. Gross, the museum’s chief curator. “By our standards, it was certainly a best seller. We hope that plans continue to come together for the sequel.”

Overall, the book has sold more than 800 of its initial run of 1,300 copies, earning gross receipts of more than $16,000. All proceeds beyond the Museum Guild’s initial publication cost go to support the Historical Museum.

L. Glenn O’Kray, vice chair of the Dearborn Historical Commission and coordinator of the publishing project, said editors expect to come up with a title for the sequel within the month.

“It could simply be Best Dearborn Stories, Part II,” O’Kray said. “But there’s been some support for choices like Return of Best Dearborn Stories and Son of Best Dearborn Stories. And we haven’t ruled out popular favorites like Revenge of Best Dearborn Stories.”

He said editors have begun soliciting stories and hoped that publication details could be ironed out within several months.

As with the first book, residents and former residents are being asked to write up to 700 words describing a favorite Dearborn experience or person to help create a sense of place about Henry Ford’s hometown. The 152 authors who contributed stories for the first book covered categories such as Henry Ford, Mayor Orville L. Hubbard, Camp Dearborn, growing up, family, schools, neighborhoods, recreation, cops, diversity and activism.

The first book was published on a tight deadline that covered only 65 days from O’Kray’s original concept to delivery of the printed books.

Those interested in writing for the second book are asked to e-mail their stories by June 1 to O’Kray said he is willing to assist those who have a story to tell but have a rough time putting it on paper. For an appointment with O’Kray, call 313-724-8203.

Authors may submit photos for their stories to O’Kray at 752 Wagner Ct., Dearborn 48124. Photos will not be returned.

The price of the new book is expected to be $19.95, the same as the first book, O’Kray said.

Based on sales to date, O’Kray said he hoped to sell the remaining 500 copies of the first book “by the end of summer.” It will be sold during Dearborn’s Homecoming weekend, Aug. 3-5, and is currently available for sale at the museum’s McFadden-Ross House, 915 S. Brady, as well as the Henry Ford Centennial Library, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, the Dearborn City Hall and Hair Designs North, 841 S. Military.

O’Kray and his wife, Jane, also staked out Westborn Market one weekend to sell books.

“We were pleased not only with the number of books sold,” he said, “but also by the number of positive comments we got from shoppers who had already read it. I frequently run into people who say they had tears come to their eyes on reading some of the stories.”

The book project is one of several initiatives under way to help keep the Historical Museum’s doors open despite funding cutbacks imposed by the City Council for the current fiscal year and beyond. The Museum Guild, a nonprofit group of more than 20 clubs that support the museum, is planning a major fund drive to augment a museum membership campaign begun last year.

For information on Best Dearborn Stories, call the Historical Museum at 313-565-3000.

What Should Metro Detroit know about Dearborn?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Public radio station WDET is inviting Dearborn residents to take part in a “community conversation” in Dearborn 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the Arab American National Museum.

The radio station is asking: What should metro Detroit know about Dearborn?

This community conversation will not be recorded.

Interested in participating? Visit HERE.

Beer, Wine Coming to Dearborn’s Guido Theater

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Michael A. Guido Theater is located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

Taking a play from the revenue-generating pages of the Fox Theatre and the Detroit Opera House, the theater in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center will soon begin offering patrons the option of purchasing beer and wine to consume while watching a show.

Cup holders are in the process of being installed in each of the 1,200 seats at the Michael A. Guido Theater and the plan is to begin sales of beer and wine for the upcoming show season, confirms Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.

The city already holds a liquor license for the Center for when special events are held at the facility so broadening it to include shows in the theater is a smart financial move. The combination of beer and wine sales along with a show schedule that in recent years has had broader appeal will go a long way to helping the Center generate even greater revenues.

“The Most Happy Fella” to be performed by Friends of the Opera of Michigan at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

“The Most Happy Fella,” a Frank Loesser musical, will be performed by Friends of the Opera of Michigan (F.O.T.O.) at Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.

Based on a Sidney Howard play titled They Knew What They Wanted, Loesser wrote the book, music and lyrics for “The Most Happy Fella,” a story about a romance between an older man, a much younger woman and a case of mistaken identity.

When the show first opened on Broadway in 1956, critics referred to it as a “missing link between Broadway and opera.” Loesser called it a musical comedy and songs like “Standing on the Corner” and “Joey, Joey, Joey” became part of the popular music culture. “The Most Happy Fella” enjoyed a 14-month Broadway run and many revivals over the years including one by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

The F.O.T.O. cast is led by baritone Quinto Milito in the role of Tony. Other principal roles will be performed by: Katherine Kujala (soprano) as Rosabella; John Hummel (baritone) as Joe; Annie Klark (mezzo soprano) as Cleo; Elizabeth Mitchell (mezzo soprano) as Marie and Steven Patterson (baritone) as Herman. Cameo appearances will be made by Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and internationally known tenor Carlos Seise.

“The Most Happy Fella” is under the direction of James Pinard. Other production team members include: Patricia Damian, choreographer; Steve SeGraves, Music Director and William S. Harrison, Conductor.

Tickets priced at $29 and $24 are on sale now for the March 30 and 31 performances at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or one hour prior to scheduled performances. Contact the Box Office at 313-943-2354 for phone orders. Tickets can also be purchased online anytime at MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted.

“The Most Happy Fella” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

Entries Sought in Visual Arts, Writing Contest

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The 2012 Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI), sponsored by the Dearborn Community Fund, is accepting entries for the 2012 Visual Arts & Writing Contest.

The deadline for submission of all entries is February 29.

The contest is open to artists and writers of all ages. If offers first, second and third place awards and honorable mention recognition.

Artwork and writings must be inspired by one or more of the 12 MSI sculptures located in the East and West Dearborn areas and on the grounds of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.  Additional information about the sculptures, locations and entry requirements can be found at or by contacting the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478.

Selected artwork and writings will be showcased at the March 28 “Multi-Arts Night” program which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Studio A at The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. The program is open to the public at no charge.

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is a project of the Dearborn Community Fund with support from the East Dearborn and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities. The Dearborn Community Fund provides and promotes financial and volunteer resources in support of arts, recreational and cultural programs that directly impact the community.

West Dearborn to ‘Glow’ Tonight Beginning at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

What would you do if you had 2,000 glow sticks?

If you are Dearborn resident and architecture graduate Paolo Mastrogiacomo you create a celestial field that helps call attention to all that downtown west Dearborn has to offer.

And that is just what the University of Michigan grad will do this evening at the corner of Michigan and Brady with his colleague Ariya Kelly (and a bunch of volunteers including designers, artists and people from the community) when they arrange the 2,000 sticks in a pavilion design to creative an interactive, but temporary, visual experience for visitors.

This first ever Dearborn “Glow” project will light up the entire corner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to bring your cameras. It will be a fun photo to capture and share.

The “Glow” project is adjacent to the Dearborn Historical Museum, a co-host for the project along with the Dearborn Community Fund.

In addition to providing a unique visual experience, Mastrogiacomo sees his project, albeit temporary, as a way to provide our community with an opportunity to stop, play and become engaged while calling attention to downtown west Dearborn and all it has to offer.

Visitors will be encouraged to walk through the “field” and to move the glow sticks at will resulting in a constantly changing pattern. Three sculptures, part of Dearborn’s Midwest Sculpture Initiative which continues through April, are also featured on the site.

The Dearborn Historical Museum will be open to welcome visitors. A children’s activity area, light refreshments and museum tour will be available.

The project team hopes that this temporary interactive creative project will be the first of many and serve to encourage other area artists to develop future projects.

The event is free.

Additional information is available by contacting the Dearborn Community Fund at 313-943-5478.

Dearborn Arts Council Announces 2011 Honorees

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Dearborn Community Arts Council today released the names of the 2011 honorees for the 24th Mayor’s Arts Awards.   These esteemed individuals and organizations have been selected for their outstanding achievements in the Dearborn community.

Honorees for the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards are:

  • Frank Padzieski, The Mayor’s Award
  • Isabelle Renaud, Artist/Performer Award
  • Kurt Doelle, Arts Educator Award
  • Leslie Greeneisen, DCAC Bravo Award
  • Cynthia Frabutt, Volunteer Award
  • UM-Dearborn, Patron Award
  • Artists Society of Dearborn, Organization Award


The Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, February 8th in the Michael Guido Theatre at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.   The ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm and is free to the public.     A reception immediately following  the ceremony will be in Studio A, next to the theatre and will also be open to the public.

The  Mayor’s Arts Awards were created by Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) and  late Mayor Michael Guido to honor those members of our community who create, perform, educate and the support the fine and performing arts in the greater Dearborn area.

 The Master of Ceremonies for this year’s  event will be Dearborn’s multi-talented  Brian Townsend.   Among the groups slated to perform during the evening are the Prysm School of the Arts, the Dearborn High Thespians and a film montage of the DHS Film and Video program.

No reservations are required.   Any inquires can be directed to the DCAC office; 313-943-3095.

‘Best Dearborn Stories’ Book Signing Jan. 31

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Oakwood Common resident Marguerite Doman, age 96, is one of the interviewees featured in the newly published book Best Dearborn Stories: Voices from Henry Ford’s Hometown. We’ve been running excerpts from the book, which is a great collection of stories.

In recognition of Doman’s contribution to the book, Oakwood Common will host a book signing event, open to the public, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Doman will be available to greet guests and sign copies of the newly published book, which will also be available for sale.

Proceeds from the sale of the book, priced at $20 each, benefit the Dearborn Historical Museum.

In addition to her featured story, Doman is recognized as a natural writer in rhyme and meter. A former elementary school teacher in Taylor, where her husband held public office, Doman had never composed a poem before joining the writers group at Oakwood Common where she has lived for nine years.

Since then, her work has been published regularly in the residents’ newsletter and in several larger writing collections including Oakwood’s annual literary journal, Poetic Resonance Imaging. She is also a regular member of the Common Expressions writers group.

The book signing event will be held in the Rotunda Room of the Oakwood Common Retirement Community which is located at 16351 Rotunda Drive in Dearborn.

For more information, email or call 800-642-4663.

Hot/Cold Exhibit at Dearborn’s Green Brain Comics

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Headpace Gallery inside Dearborn’s Green Brain Comics is proud to announce its next exhibit, HOT/COLD, featuring some of Michigan’s best women artists.

The idea behind the HOT/COLD exhibit theme was to offer each hand picked artist the choice to create something hot and sassy, cool and wintry, or incorporate both themes. The results are amazing and Headspace Gallery is honored to showcase the wide range of styles resulting from this unique theme.

“As always, we like to promote our local home grown talent,” says Katie Merritt, co-owner and curator of the exhibit.

Most of the artists hail from the metro Detroit area, with one addition from Kalamazoo, and one former Detroiter currently residing in New York.

The artists vary as wildly as the styles including a published graphic novelist, Jane Irwin, two Center for Creative Studies students, Natalie James and Hanna Lee Stockdale, a musician/local business owner, Windy Weber, and even a 10-year-old aspiring artist, Audra Evans. The exhibit is featuring 14 of Michigan’s finest female artists in all.

HOT/COLD officially opens Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 with an opening reception/meet and greet with the artists at Headspace Gallery. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. with a live DJ, Terri “WhoDat?” McQueen.

Headspace Gallery is located inside Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave.  in East Downtown Dearborn. For more information check the website HERE or call 313-582-9444.

The exhibit will be on display until March 31, 2012.