By Evelyn Cairns
The star attraction at the 2012 Lincoln Park Days Festival will be a concert on Aug. 26 by hometown singer and recording artist Laura Wilkie, who will perform with her five-piece band from 5 to 9 p.m. at Youth Center Park, Dix at Gregory.
Wilkie’s talent became apparent when she was 8 years old and appeared on the Kenny Rogers Christmas Show. She later sang in the choral groups of Foote School, Lincoln Park Middle School and Lincoln Park High School before graduating from the high school.
Her time as a teenager was divided between attending high school classes in Lincoln Park and Nashville.
Wilkie began her recording career in the latter city, performing high-energy and soulful original music, modern country, classic rock-and-roll, and popular hits.
At 26 years old with 13 years’ experience, she performs at Detroit-area venues and special events and has taken part in talent- search competitions and radio and television broadcasts.
Wilkie has performed numerous times at Lincoln Park Days, beginning as a teenager. For additional information about the singer and a list of her recordings, go to her website: www.laurawilkie.com.
The three-day Lincoln Park Days celebration will kick off on Friday at the park with activities continuing from 4 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, hours will be noon to 11 p.m., and on Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
The Lincoln Park Exchange Club-sponsored three-day event will include a carnival, food concessions and vendors offering sunglasses, jewelry clothes, sunglasses and much more.
Among the food vendors will be Bert’s BBQ of Eastern Market, McCaffery’s Bar and Jerry’s Market.
In addition, a petting farm and pony rides will be available for children.
A car show and horseshoe tournament are planned on Sunday. The Lucky Stiff band will play from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, and the Doesn’t Matter on Saturday.
Participating organizations are the Lincoln Park High School Cheerleaders, Lincoln Park All-American Baseball Team, Lincoln Park Junior Rails Football Team, Lincoln Park Knights of Columbus, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Shriners.
Chairing the festival are Heide Brown and Debbie Van Cleve.
Masterpieces are on exhibit
As part of the Detroit Institute of Arts “Inside/Out” program, six reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA collection are on exhibit at six locations in Trenton.
The locations include the Veterans’ Memorial Library, 2790 Westfield; Kennedy Recreation Center, 3101 West Road; Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Road; and the Trenton City Hall, 2900 Third.
Others are the Trenton Police Department, 2872 W. Jefferson; and Rotary Park, on Riverside Drive between Atwood and Harrison.
The reproductions will be on exhibit until Sept. 30.
Save the date . . .
Aug. 25 — Detroit Historical Society Behind the Scenes walking tour of Hamtramck, including a visit to the Dodge Brothers plant, beginning at 10 a.m.; for more information or reservations with a credit card, call 313-833-1801.
Aug. 26 — Summer Jazz Event featuring the Southern Great Lakes Symphony Jazz Trio and a pasta buffet; 6 p.m. at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club, 29677 E. River Road; for tickets, $40, call 734-246-2890 and leave a number for a return call.
Sept. 9 — “Arias in Autumn,” celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi and featuring arias from favorite operas; 5 p.m. at the Downriver Arts Center, 91 Chestnut; tickets are $20 per person, with a wine and cheese afterglow included; for reservations, call the Downriver Council for the Arts office at 734-720-0671; the performance is being sponsored by the Bellini Opera Theatre and the DCA.