The cities of Southgate and Riverview are completing plans for Heritage Days and Summerfest, respectively, both festivals featuring fun for the whole family. Carnival rides will be available every day at both, along with concerts by popular bands.
Southgate Heritage Days will begin June 14 and continue through June 17 at a new venue, Market Center Park, 13631 Trenton Road at Eureka. The Pulse Band will offer music from 7 to 11 p.m. on opening day.
Planned for June 15 are the annual all-school reunion, an Art in the Park show and a performance by 50 Amp Fuse from 9 to 11 p.m.
The annual Heritage Days parade will start at 11 a.m. June 16 and travel along Burns to Market Place Park, where attractions will include a car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Taste of the Town, from noon to 2 p.m.; and music by Little Davy & and the Diplomats from 12:30 3:30 p.m.
Activities for children will include train rides, face painting and Kids O-Lympics. In addition, the Motown Soul Band will play from 7 to 11 p.m.
On the final day of the celebration, a cornhole tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and the Duane Malinowski Polka Band will play for dancing.
The Riverview Summerfest, scheduled for June 15 to 17 at Young Patriots Park, 14133 Civic Park Drive, will get under way on opening day at 4 p.m. with a midway, food sales and craft vendors.
A beer tent will offer the beverage from 5 to 11 p.m., as well as from 1 to 11 p.m. June 16.
Other attractions on June 15 will be a children’s pony ranch and petting zoo from 5 to 9 p.m.; a classic-car show, from 5 to 10 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m. In addition, the Atomic Radio Band will perform from 6 to 10 p.m.
Highlights on June 16 will include craft sales, a chalk art from noon to 3 p.m., music by the high school and middle school bands, a roller-derby demonstration at 1 p.m. and a demonstration by Reno the Police Dog at the Riverview police crime-prevention tent.
Also on the agenda are a Riverview Fire Department open house, old-time games, cardboard-boat races at 4 p.m., a first-responders tug-a-war at 5 p.m., and a 5K run at 6 p.m. The Phoenix Theory will play from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Class of ’98 Band from 9 to 11 p.m.
A fishing derby is planned for 10 a.m. June 17, and Rosco the Clown will make an appearance at noon. The Andrea Doria Band will perform from 1 to 2 p.m., and the Good Racket Band from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The title sponsor for the festival is Ceaser Capital Management. Gold sponsors are Ash Stevens, C.E. Raines Co, DTE Foundation, Riverview Baseball Association, W.F. Whelan Company, and Pentiuk, Couveur & Kobiljak.
DCA sets art exhibit
The Downriver Council for the Arts is accepting entries for a members’ art show to be held June 22 through July 21 at its gallery in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, in Wyandotte. The deadline for entries is 9 p.m. June 19.
The exhibit will showcase works of current members of the organization or artists who are 15 or older and would like to become members. The entry fee for members is $10 for a maximum of three works.
The fee for non-members is $40 for a maximum of three entries, which includes a one-year DCA membership. Works must be original and available for sale. Entry forms with complete instructions and rules are available at the DCA headquarters or by calling 734-720-0671.
An opening reception with refreshments is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. June 22 at the gallery with no charge for admission.
Coming up . . .
June 17 — Chamber Artists of Southeast Michigan will perform a “Trio Brilliant” concert at 3 p.m. in the main Gallery of the Downriver Council for the Arts, located in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, in Wyandotte; Brandon LePage, Nick Thompson and Minji Kim will perform; the cost is $10, to be paid at the door.