Mark McPherson of Grosse Ile Township, an actor well known for bringing literature to life, will appear as Charles Dickens at a holiday program to be hosted by the Downriver Council for the Arts Dec. 11, when he will discuss the author’s motivations for writing “A Christmas Carol.”
The event, “Meet Mr. Dickens,” will take place at 3 p.m. in the main gallery of the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.
McPherson, also an author, film maker and playwright, is recognized for his dramatic portrayals of Arthur Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and others.
Music for the program will be provided by Michael Mullen, who performs folk, Celtic and traditional American music on the guitar, Celtic harp and dulcimer.
There is no charge for the event, although donations will be accepted. Refreshments, including wine, punch, cookies and fruit, will be served.
The DCA gift shop will offer paintings, jewelry, ceramics, books and other items for sale. In addition, a Christmas tree has been decorated with handmade ornaments available for $5 and $10 each.
Members of a committee that planned the event are Paula Boase, Dale Cook, Linda Soules, Maureen Keast and DCA Executive Director Erin Suess.
Children’s event set
Special weekend activities for children have been planned by the Grosse Ile Historical Society in conjunction with its current Holiday Gift Boutique in the Grosse Ile Customs House, at East River Road and Parkway Drive.
Boutique hours through Dec. 18 are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Youngsters are greeted by Santa Claus and can be photographed in the historic Johnson sleigh. In addition, author Joy Carlough will be on hand to greet and meet with guests.
Among artists offering their specialties are Jim Maitland, woodworker and basket maker; Sharon Laura, potter; and Sue Zink, who will show her jewelry.
Holiday fest is planned
The fourth annual Southwest Holiday Fest will provide visitors to Detroit’s Mexicantown, between 16th and 25th streets south of Michigan Avenue, with a variety of holiday and winter-themed activities from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
Participating venues have slated mariachi bands, visits with Santa, horse-and-wagon rides, a portrait artist and refreshments including hot chocolate and Mexican Christmas fruit punch.
For more information, go to www.mexicantown.com.
Dec. 17 is the registration deadline to audition for roles in the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center’s February production of “Into the Woods Junior” at the Trenton Village Theatre.
Cast members must be aged 5 to 17, and the emphasis is on younger children, director Tamara Walter said.
For additional information, call 734-673-9507, email [email protected] or go to www.dypac.com. The auditions will be held at the theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.
Coming up . . .
Dec. 11 — Annual holiday open house of the Lincoln Park Historical society & Museum; 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1335 Southfield Road; music, refreshments; no charge.
Through Jan. 13 — “Artic Blast” exhibit at the Downriver Council for the Arts main gallery in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; featuring winter mixed-media fine art; for additional information, call 734-720-0671 or go to www.downriverarts.org.
Dec. 13 – Jan 8 — “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” at the Fisher Theatre; the Broadway smash hit about the singer’s rise to stardom from a teenager; tickets, starting at $39, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 9 – 30 — Weekends and Dec. 25 through 30; celebration of Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village; tickets, $26, adults; $23.50, seniors; $19.50 youths; children 2 and under, free; for more information, go to www.thehenryford.org.