J.D. Purvis (third from left), general manager of BASF, is welcomed to the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s new members’ party Aug. 27 by officers of the chamber Sam Sobh (left), chairman of the board; Saundra Mull, vice president; and Alan Anderson, president. The event, held at Pier 500 in Wyan-dotte, featured a “Jamaican Me Crazy” theme, Jamaican food and contests for the best Jamaican dress and best tan.
Classic car buffs from throughout the metro Detroit area and beyond will converge on Greenfield Village Sept. 12 and 13 for the 59th annual Old Car Festival featuring hundreds of autos from the 1890s to 1932.
Hours at the village will be extended for special activities on Saturday, when visi-tors will dance to tunes of the 1920s played by The Hotel Savarine Society orchestra and view a gaslight parade featuring vintage cars, autos, trucks, motorcycles and bicy-cles. Fireworks will end the evening.
On both days, guests will be able to see a team build a Model T Ford in minutes and enjoy musical and dramatic performances.
Festival gates will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with no charge beyond regular admission to the village.
For more information, call (313) 982-6601 or go to www.thehenryford.org.
roast is Sept. 14
The Riverview Community Center, 14260 Sibley, will be the setting next Monday for the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual steak roast.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. New York strip steak or barbecued chicken will be served with a baked potato, salad, corn on the cob sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, dessert and beverages, including beer and wine.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For reservations or more informa-tion, call (734) 284-6000, Ext. 25, or go to www.swcrc.com.
Awards program slated by council
The Wayne County Council for Arts, History & Humanities (WCCAHH) will honor 11 individuals and organizations Thursday at its 12th annual Recognition Awards pro-gram in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Studio A and include the opening of the “Art-ists Among Us 2009” juried exhibition in the center’s Padzieski Art Gallery.
Among WCCAHH awards recipients will be Leif and Patti Lorenz/Ballet Ameri-can, Allen Park; Doug Scott of Grosse Ile, the city of Wyandotte and EmmaJean Woodyard of Dearborn.
Rosalind Meyer of Grosse Ile is funding the program. Reservations are available by calling (248) 374-1930.
The center is at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
More to do . . .
Sept. 6-7 — Michigan State Fair; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; admission $10 ($5, children 3 though 12 and seniors 62 and older; children 2 and younger are free); parking is $7; for additional information, go to www.michiganstatefair.com or call (313) 369-8250.
Sept. 6-7 — Arts, Beats & Eats – Festival of Hope, benefit for more than 12 charities, in downtown Pontiac; Kola’s Food Factory of Riverview and Trenton Ice Cream Shoppe are among 50 participants; a donation of $2 will be requested; for more information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com.
Sept. 6-7 and weekends through Oct. 4 — Michigan Renaissance Festival — Food, games, entertainment, rides, demonstrations and crafts of the 16 century; in Holly, Exit 106 off I-75; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; tickets, $18.95, adults; $9.95, children 5-12; children under 4, free; discounts at Kroger, Walgreen and Wendy’s; free parking; for more information, call (800) 601-4848 or go to www.michrenfest.com.
Sept. 10 — Concert, Motown in The Courtyard, at The Ritz-Carlton; performance by Desire; admission and parking are free; reservations are not required; drinks and small plates will be available for purchase; for additional information, call (313) 441-2001.