The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, is announcing an innovative program to help local arts and cultural organizations raise sorely needed operating funds.

On Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., the Community Foundation will launch its $1 million “Community Foundation Challenge — Arts & Culture,” an online giving challenge designed to stimulate giving to arts and cultural organizations in southeast Michigan.

“For 25 years, the Community Foundation has supported arts and cultural organizations in southeast Michigan as part of our mission to improve the lives of all who live and work in the region, “ said Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan President Mariam C. Noland. “Arts and cultural organizations are essential to our quality of life. They touch our lives every day. They educate us, challenge us, show us who we are and who we can become. And right now, they urgently need our help.”

Gifts for the Community Foundation Challenge made online at to support participating Cultural Alliance members will be matched 50 percent by the Community Foundation. For every two dollars contributed online by donors to support these arts and cultural organizations, the Community Foundation will match it with one dollar. Gifts can be made by credit card or e-check and can range from $25 to $10,000 per contributor, per organization.

The goal of the program is to generate $3 million in much needed operating funds for participating arts and cultural organizations. Each participating Cultural Alliance member can generate up to maximum of $600,000 of operating funds ($400,000 in gifts and $200,000 in matching funds).

Time, however, is of the essence. The “Community Foundation Challenge – Arts & Culture” will begin accepting contributions at 10 a.m. on Aug. 18. It is expected that matching funds will be used quickly and the program will end once the $1 million matching fund is exhausted.

“Arts and cultural organizations all over southeast Michigan are suffering major cash crises and reducing their programs.” Noland said. “This Challenge gives everyone an opportunity to lend a hand to help support these vital organizations and makes their contributions worth even more.”

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $360 million through more than 33,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St.

Come join Cosi in supporting the Detroit Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Dine at any of their six Michigan restaurants, Wednesday, August 12th, 4pm till close and 10% of your purchase is donated to the walk.

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Sports Come Through in the Clutch

Micheline Maynard
The New York Times

In 1968, when I was young, Detroit was in shambles. Its soul had been wrenched open the summer before by riots that pitted angry black residents against a mostly white police force. The city’s newspapers were on strike. Auto industry leaders were beginning to worry about a threat posed by the Japanese.

Only one thing kept the city together, or so it seemed: the Tigers.

On the beaches of its metropolitan parks and in the kitchens and backyards of homes across Michigan, like the one where I grew up, we heard the voices of Ernie Harwell and Ray Lane broadcasting the play-by-play on WJR-AM and its sister stations.

When the Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, we were all united in more than just delight. The community, young and old, needed the success for spiritual reasons as much as for the sheer pleasure of seeing a sports team prevail.

Lately, I’ve felt a similar bond, only on a much grander scale and across many playing fields. As so many people around the world have lost their jobs, and seen their homes deflate in value and their countries become unsettled, sports have stepped in to distract us.

It is almost as if athletes everywhere have sensed an extra responsibility in 2009 and are rising to the occasion. They have good reason to do so. Even before the recession that has gripped the world, fans were increasingly fed up with doping scandals and violence and disappointments involving their sports heroes.

But athletic performance makes a difference now, far more than in a prosperous year.

Here in Detroit, where the Tigers have a tenuous grip on first place in the American League Central, two special events have gripped the city’s attention this year.

In April, it was the N.C.A.A. Final Four, in which the Michigan State men’s basketball team ultimately lost to North Carolina. Granted, it was a stretch to classify the East Lansing-based Spartans as a local team, but the 100-mile distance was happily overlooked, given the boost that M.S.U. gave to the local mood.

Two months later, the city was alternately jubilant and depressed, not to mention sleep deprived, thanks to the Red Wings. They tussled with the Pittsburgh Penguins before conceding the Stanley Cup in Game 7. That final buzzer at Joe Louis Arena ushered in a remarkable few months.

This summer has brought to mind not only my 1968 Tigers, but also the United States’ hockey victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics and France’s victory over Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final, which sent a million people surging onto the Champs-Élysées in celebration.

In rapid succession, fans around the world have been riveted by events that almost no one could have predicted.

In June, the United States men’s soccer team stunned top-ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup and led a shocked Brazilian team in the tournament’s final. There was no Miracle on Turf, however, and the Americans wound up losing the game but gaining respect.

Then came Roger Federer’s record-setting match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, an agonizing, exhilarating nail-biter whose final set lasted 30 games. The session went on long past the usual breakfast at Wimbledon and well into lunch before Federer finally claimed his 15th Grand Slam singles title.

It seemed only a blink of an eye before the 59-year-old Tom Watson was in the spotlight, falling a good putt short of winning the British Open but reassuring every golfer around the world that age was second to skill.

Layered over those individual performances was the three-week Tour de France, with so much drama it was hard to know which story was the most intriguing.

The Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, whose eyes have the same intensity as Federer’s, emerged as the best in his sport. But Lance Armstrong’s third-place finish at 37, after three and a half years away from racing, was clearly what many Americans cared about most.

Then comes fall and the World Series, when maybe, just maybe, my Tigers can recreate their magic once more.

Woodward Dream Cruise: Beginnings

Paul Stenquist
The New York Times

The Dream Cruise, Detroit’s mammoth automotive celebration, could take place only on Woodward Avenue, the street that has been inseparably linked to the automobile business for more than a century.

It was on Woodward that the birth of the American auto industry was announced in 1896, when Charles Brady King drove the street in his horseless carriage. Hundreds of spectators watched King cruise Woodward from Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit to Grand Boulevard, where he was ticketed for disturbing the peace. Henry Ford, who reportedly followed King on a bicycle, cruised the same avenue in his own car a few months later.

Woodward soon became the showplace for Detroit iron. Auto company executives used the street to show off their newest hardware, proudly demonstrating the machinery and gauging public reaction. In 1909, a one-mile stretch of the avenue became a concrete-paved road. In the 1920s, Woodward was widened from its southern end near the Detroit River to its northern terminus more than 20 miles to the north in Pontiac.

The 1950s were the golden age of the American car business, and Detroit was flush with dollars. New model introductions were celebrated. If you were old enough to drive, you had a car. And if you had a car, you showed it off on Woodward.

From one drive-in restaurant to the next, from the Totem Pole in Royal Oak to Suzy Q’s, the Varsity, Big Boy and Ted’s, young Detroiters in their hot iron cruised nine miles of Woodward. It was the place to see and be seen, a place to hang out with your friends and embrace the good times. If you were a hard-core street racer, it was also a place where you could engage in stoplight-to-stoplight drag races. Late at night, the competition became more serious. And the competitors weren’t just teenage thrill-seekers.

“Some big-three battles of the 1960s were fought just east of Woodward on Square Lake Road,” said Floyd Allen, Chrysler’s former vice president for power train product engineering. “A number of our engineers built their own high-performance street machines, as did the Ford and G.M. guys. Once a week, factory engineers from all over the area would gather after midnight. They had a portable Christmas tree and timing equipment. Pair after pair, they’d blast off side-by-side down Square Lake, recording numbers well into the triple digits at the quarter-mile finish line. It was a battle of warring states, a ritual defense of one’s honor.”

Today, you won’t see much real racing on Woodward, and the Detroit Three are fighting their battles in other arenas. You will see some machinery that is obviously built more for go than show, and quiet negotiations are sometimes conducted at the side of the road. But if races take place, they’re probably held in some obscure and distant place.

For most Detroiters, Woodward is more about entertainment than competition. And perhaps more about the past and the future than the moment. Today, Woodward is the cruise, the party, the celebration and the affirmation. It’s a place where car folk can go to dream about the way things were and hope for better days. It’s the beating heart of the American automobile business.

Why Are The Car Guys Smiling?

Joann Muller

For 44 years, the automotive glitterati has converged on this bucolic resort town (Traverse City) on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, with its sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and numerous wineries lining the Tuscany-like countryside.

One might expect the mood at this year's confab to be a bit dour, given that two of America's three carmakers just exited bankruptcy and numerous parts suppliers are hanging on by their fingernails.

Certainly, attendance is way down with 650 registered attendees vs. 1,000 last year and about 1,300 during the industry's peak years in the late 1990s. Unlike previous sessions there was plenty of elbow room at the bar during the evening social hour.

But oddly, Detroit's mood seems to be on the upswing.

"I feel like we're moving from, 'What in the world are we going to do?' to 'We can do this,'" said David E. Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, which sponsors the annual conference. "This is going to be a far more competitive industry than anyone imagined. People who have been writing this industry off are going to be in for a big surprise."

Cole would say that--he's the son of a former General Motors president and one of the industry's biggest cheerleaders. And auto company executives are, at heart, car salesmen--they always see better days ahead.

Still, there's no mistaking the survivor mentality taking hold in Detroit. The worst is over, and now it's time to pick up the pieces.

"I feel like it's the opportunity of a lifetime," said Thomas G. Stephens, vice chairman of global product development at General Motors, which used bankruptcy to shed billions in liabilities and lower its break-even point (on an EBIT basis) to an industry sales rate of 10 million vehicles per year. "If you can break even at 10 million units, and the replacement rate is 12 million, that bodes very well for the business."

For industry suppliers that feed off the automakers, there's also a feeling of relief now that the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies are behind them. "A lot of us were holding our breaths," said Prabhakar Patil, chief executive of Compact Power, which is supplying the battery for GM's upcoming Chevy Volt plug-in car. "That could have been a real mess," he said.

"There has been a lot of pain for families and for investors," he adds. "But the adjustment was required, and the manner and speed in which it was handled by the government puts us in a good position for the future."

The government's newfound interest in the auto industry--and in advancing cleaner alternative fuel technologies--also has a positive side, said Patil. "There was no way for some of these technologies to come to market by sheer market forces," he said, pointing out the enormous investment costs required. "No manufacturer is strong enough to bring these technologies to market on their own."

It certainly helped that the Department of Energy on Wednesday doled out $2.4 billion in federal money to automakers and their suppliers to establish battery manufacturing facilities, $1.3 billion of it in Michigan.

"Our economic table has been balanced on one leg," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has been working to diversify the state's economy. "That's an unstable table. We need to make it stable with more legs."

Olga’s Kitchen will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its newly remodeled restaurant at the Old Orchard Plaza, 6655 Orchard Lake Rd., just South of Maple, in West Bloomfield, by offering 25 cent specials on two of their most popular signature menu items on Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 10:30am – 10 pm.

The celebration begins with the first 25 parties/tables in line eating FREE. (Up to a $25 value per party)

The Anniversary celebration will include entertainment for kids including magic, and balloon sculptures from 10:30am to 4pm. Guests can enter to win $25 Olga’s Kitchen Gift Cards as well as a chance at the Grand Prize – Eat FREE for a year at Olga’s Kitchen ($300 value).

In addition, there will be sampling throughout the day of some of Olga’s Kitchen’s menu items, including Suncoast Smoothies, individually blended fresh fruit smoothies, being introduced at the Orchard Plaza location.

For only 25 cents, guests will be able to enjoy an Original Olga sandwich and the Orange Cream Cooler. Both of these specials are available for dine-in only.
Classic rock tribute bands, The Who Show and The Rock Show will co-headline the third concert in the 2009 Rockin’ on the Riverfront classic rock series on Friday, Aug. 7 from 8 – 10:30 p.m. The 2009 concert series sponsor is Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

The Rock Show is a Midland, Mich.-based tribute band that plays the hits of the iconic classic rock band, Journey. The band’s high-energy show – fittingly named “Don’t Stop Believing” – has won over Journey fans across the state. Expect to hear a tribute to all of Journey’s many hits from “Wheel In The Sky” to “Any Way You Want It” and “Open Arms”.

With note for note musical renditions, authentic costumes and vintage instruments, The Who Show will recreate a Who concert experience from the 1970s right on Riverfront Plaza. From classic hits such as “Teenage Wasteland” and “Pinball Wizard”, The Who Show has been thrilling audiences across the nation for more than a decade. VH1 has even noted the band as the “Most Believable 1970s Era Who Tribute”.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront will continue to feature classic rock headliners and openers every Friday through September 4, making the Riverfront Plaza the Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

Upcoming Rockin’ on the Riverfront concerts include:

August 14 – Rare Earth original lead singer Peter Rivera, Iron Butterfly and Blues Image lead singer Mike Pinera, Sugarloaf original lead singer Jerry Corbetta and Novi, Mich. bass player Larry Prentiss, touring as the Classic Rock All Stars.
August 21 – Foghat
August 28 – Edgar Winter
September 4 – TBD

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.

Food and refreshment concessions from Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will be available at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.

Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront sponsors include Bridgestone, Fathead, Quicken Loans, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, MediLodge, Motor City Harley-Davidson, Pepsi, SKYY Vodka and 94.7 WCSX-FM.

For more information, call (313) 567-6700 or visit or
Summertime in Detroit still means making the most of your free time and soaking up Detroit culture with family and friends in the process.

How about hitting The Henry Ford Museum before the ultra-cool exhibit Rock Stars, Cars and Guitars closes on Sept. 7; or upping your culture cred with a concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September? (FYI, single tickets for the DSO in September just went on sale this week).

Thanks to two just-released incentives from American Express, it’s possible to secure some summer fun (at a discount!) and earn coveted frequent flier miles on Delta Air Lines faster than ever, redeemable for vacations later.

Here’s a quick summary of what American Express rolled out August 1 for its Delta SkyMiles Credit Card holders:

Discounted entry at Detroit-area attractions. From August 1 to June 30, 2010, Delta SkyMiles Cardmembers can take advantage of special offers at popular Detroit destinations, including Buy 1, Get 1 Free tickets at The Henry Ford Museum (up to four) and 20 percent off Detroit Symphony Orchestra tickets (up to four). Extra bonus: Cardmembers will also earn frequent flier miles on their ticket purchases in the process.

How to redeem: For The Henry Ford Museum, the Cardmember must present coupon received in the mail from American Express in order to redeem Buy 1, Get 1 Free discount. To redeem the DSO discount, Cardmembers must present their Card at the theater’s box office to pay for tickets or go online and use the code: AMEXDELTA at

How to redeem: Visit or call 1-800-794-1308 and enter the promotional code 148790001. There is no cost to enroll.

Not a cardmember yet? No worries. Consumers who are applying and are approved for the Delta SkyMiles Card from August 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 can also enroll their card to take advantage of the promotion.

Mark Dowie

Detroit has zero produce-carrying grocery chains. It also has open land, fertile soil, ample water, and the ingredients to reinvent itself from Motor City to urban farm. Mark Dowie’s immodest proposal...

Were I an aspiring farmer in search of fertile land to buy and plow, I would seriously consider moving to Detroit. There is open land, fertile soil, ample water, willing labor, and a desperate demand for decent food. And there is plenty of community will behind the idea of turning the capital of American industry into an agrarian paradise. In fact, of all the cities in the world, Detroit may be best positioned to become the world’s first one hundred percent food self-sufficient city.

Not so long ago, there were five produce-carrying grocery chains—Kroger, A&P, Farmer Jack, Wrigley, and Meijer—competing vigorously for the Detroit food market. Today there are none. Nor is there a single WalMart or Costco in the city. Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s just turned down an attractive offer to open an outlet in midtown Detroit. There is a fabulous once-a-week market, the largest of its kind in the country, on the east side that offers a wide array of fresh meat, eggs, fruit, and vegetables. So despite the Eastern Market, in-city Detroiters are still left with the challenge of finding new ways to feed themselves a healthy meal.

One obvious solution is to grow their own, and the urban backyard garden boom that is sweeping the nation has caught hold in Detroit, particularly in neighborhoods recently settled by immigrants from agrarian cultures of Laos and Bangladesh, who are almost certain to become major players in an agrarian Detroit. Add to that the five hundred or so twenty-by-twenty-foot community plots and a handful of three- to ten-acre farms cultured by church and non-profit groups, and during its four-month growing season, Detroit is producing somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of its food supply inside city limits—more than most American cities, but nowhere near enough to allay the food desert problem. About 3 percent of the groceries sold at the Eastern Market are homegrown; the rest are brought into Detroit by a handful of peri-urban farmers and about one hundred and fifty freelance food dealers who buy their produce from Michigan farms between thirty and one hundred miles from the city and truck it into the market.

There are a few cities in the world that grow and provide about half their total food supply within their urban and peri-urban regions—Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Havana, Cuba; Hanoi, Vietnam; Dakar, Senegal; Rosario, Argentina; Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines; and, my personal favorite, Cuenca, Equador—all of which have much longer growing seasons than Detroit. However, those cities evolved that way, almost unintentionally. They are, in fact, about where Detroit was agriculturally around one hundred and fifty years ago. Half of them will almost surely drop under 50 percent sufficiency within the next two decades as industry subsumes cultivated land to build factories (à la China). Because of its unique situation, Detroit could come close to being 100 percent self-sufficient.

First, the city lies on one hundred and forty square miles of former farmland. Manhattan, Boston, and San Francisco could be placed inside the borders of Detroit with room to spare, and the population is about the same as the smallest of those cities, San Francisco: eight hundred thousand. And that number is still declining from a high of two million in the mid-nineteen fifties. Demographers expect Detroit’s population to level off somewhere between five hundred thousand and six hundred thousand by 2025. Right now there is about forty square miles of unoccupied open land in the city, the area of San Francisco, and that landmass could be doubled by moving a few thousand people out of hazardous firetraps into affordable housing in the eight villages. As I drove around the city, I saw many full-sized blocks with one, two, or three houses on them, many already burned out and abandoned. The ones that weren’t would make splendid farmhouses.

Even without local production the food industry creates three dollars of job growth for every dollar spent on food—a larger multiplier effect than almost any other product or industry. Farm a city and that figure jumps over five dollars.

As Detroit was built on rich agricultural land, the soil beneath the city is fertile and arable. Certainly some of it is contaminated with the wastes of heavy industry, but not so badly that it’s beyond remediation. In fact, phyto-remediation, using certain plants to remove toxic chemicals permanently from the soil, is already practiced in parts of the city. And some of the plants used for remediation can be readily converted to biofuels. Others can be safely fed to livestock.

Leading the way in Detroit’s soil remediation is Malik Yakini, owner of the Black Star Community Book Store and founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Yakini and his colleagues begin the remediation process by removing abandoned house foundations and toxic debris from vacated industrial sites. Often that is all that need be done to begin farming. Throw a little compost on the ground, turn it in, sow some seeds, and water it. Water in Detroit is remarkably clean and plentiful.

Although Detroiters have been growing produce in the city since its days as an eighteenth-century French trading outpost, urban farming was given a major boost in the nineteen eighties by a network of African-American elders calling themselves the “Gardening Angels.” As migrants from the rural South, where many had worked as small farmers and field hands, they brought agrarian skills to vacant lots and abandoned industrial sites of the city, and set out to reconnect their descendants, children of asphalt, to the Earth, and teach them that useful work doesn’t necessarily mean getting a job in a factory.

Thirty years later, Detroit has an eclectic mix of agricultural systems, ranging from three-foot window boxes growing a few heads of lettuce to a large-scale farm run by The Catherine Ferguson Academy, a home and school for pregnant girls that not only produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but also raises chickens, geese, ducks, bees, rabbits, and milk goats.

Across town, Capuchin Brother Rick Samyn manages a garden that not only provides fresh fruits and vegetables to city soup kitchens, but also education to neighborhood children. There are about eighty smaller community gardens scattered about the city, more and more of them raising farm animals alongside the veggies. At the moment, domestic livestock is forbidden in the city, as are beehives. But the ordinance against them is generally ignored and the mayor’s office assures me that repeal of the bans are imminent.

About five hundred small plots have been created by an international organization called Urban Farming, founded by acclaimed songwriter Taja Sevelle. Realizing that Detroit was the most agriculturally promising of the fourteen cities in five countries where Urban Farming now exists, Sevelle moved herself and her organization’s headquarters there last year. Her goal is to triple the amount of land under cultivation in Detroit every year. All food grown by Urban Farming is given free to the poor. According to Urban Farming’s Detroit manager, Michael Travis, that won’t change.

Larger scale, for-profit farming is also on the drawing board. Financial services entrepreneur John Hantz has asked the city to let him farm a seventy-acre parcel he owns close to the Eastern Market. If that is approved and succeeds in producing food for the market, and profit for Hantz Farms, Hantz hopes to create more large-scale commercial farms around the city. Not everyone in Detroit’s agricultural community is happy with the scale or intentions of Hantz’s vision, but it seems certain to become part of the mix.

Any agro-economist will tell you that urban farming creates jobs. Even without local production, the food industry creates three dollars of job growth for every dollar spent on food—a larger multiplier effect than almost any other product or industry. Farm a city, and that figure jumps over five dollars. To a community with persistent two-digit unemployment, that number is manna. But that’s only one economic advantage of farming a city.

The average food product purchased in a U.S. chain store has traveled thirteen hundred miles, and about half of it has spoiled en route, despite the fact that it was bioengineered to withstand transport. The total mileage in a three-course American meal approaches twenty-five thousand. The food seems fresh because it has been refrigerated in transit, adding great expense and a huge carbon footprint to each item, and subtracting most of the minerals and vitamins that would still be there were the food grown close by.

Detroit now offers America a perfect place to redefine urban economics, moving away from the totally paved, heavy-industrial factory-town model to a resilient, holistic, economically diverse, self-sufficient, intensely green, rural/urban community—and in doing so become the first modern American city where agriculture, while perhaps not the largest, is the most vital industry.
Royal Oak Mirror

The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce has challenged other Woodward Avenue Chambers - Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale and Birmingham/Bloomfield — to see which can bring in the most blood donations for the American Red Cross during Dream Cruise week.

Donor sites are as follow:

The Ferndale Chamber blood drive will be from 1-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Ferndale Public Library, now located at 642 E. Nine Mile.

Berkley/Royal Oak will be having a joint blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Berkley Donor Center, 21805 Woodward.

The Birmingham/Bloomfield Chamber drive will be from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Holiday Inn Express, 35270 Woodward Avenue.

Register at and enter the sponsor code chamberchallenge. Online registration is encouraged in order for the Red Cross to staff properly. Appointments will receive first priority.

Prizes will be awarded.
Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

It started with a family recipe.

Michael McClure, of McClure’s Pickles in Troy, explained that the pickle recipe came from the grandmother of his wife, Jenny.

“We’ve been making them in our family kitchens for 37 years,” he said. “Our sons, Robert and Joe, grew up watching us make these, then helping us (to) make these.”

He explained that the pickles were a big hit with the boys’ friends as they were growing up.

“I also gave them away for Christmas gifts,’ Michael said.

Robert and Joe were after their parents to go into business with the pickles for years, but Michael, who worked in sales and marketing, resisted.

“I didn’t want to work that hard,” he said.

But about three years ago, the younger McClures designed a Web site, completed coursework at Cornell University in acidic food processing and earned Michigan ServSafe certification, and McClure’s Pickles was born.

Using Michigan cucumbers whenever possible, flowering dill from Ontario, Canada, and California-grown garlic, McClure’s makes two varieties of pickles: spicy, and garlic and dill. The company also creates the same two varieties of relish.

The pickles received rave reviews in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Ruth Altchek of Martha Stewart Living writes, “It’s rare to find a line of prepared foods in which every item is delicious. The family-run company’s two varieties of pickles and relish … and its pair of multi-grain mustards incorporating beers from Michigan and New York, are all perfectly seasoned and textured.”

Christine Albano of Martha Stewart Living states in a letter to the McClures, “We loved them and know our readers will too.”

McClure’s was also featured in a story about a flea market on the Brooklyn Bridge that appeared in The New York Times, and in Bon Appetit magazine in March.

Michael explained that Robert is based in Brooklyn, where he is an actor and “some product” is made, and Michael has established McClure’s in that area.

At present, all jars of pickles and relish are hand-packed. The pickles are produced with a heat process, which allows the jars to remain un-refrigerated until they are opened. The labels are printed on recycled paper with wind-powered presses, and the company recycles cardboard boxes.

The McClures plan to expand the product line to include mustard and ketchup locally.

When the pickles are gone, keep what’s left in the jar, Michael said.

“Put anything you like — beets, hard-cooked eggs, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, carrots — in the brine for 10 days. Or mix the brine with tomato juice for Bloody Mary mix.”
Jonathan Oosting

Vice President Joe Biden will appear with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday in Detroit to discuss the the Obama administration's handling of the $787-billion economic stimulus package and announce the first round of federal research grants.

"He will discuss how we build a new economic foundation strong enough to withstand future economic storms and support lasting prosperity, and how we recapture the spirit of innovation that has always moved America forward," the White House said, via the Detroit News.

Auto officials told the News that Biden plans to announce the first round of funding from the $2 billion battery grant program, part of the $787 billion stimulus package approved in February.

Biden will speak from NextEnergy at 461 Burroughs St., where tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m.

NextEnergy is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization "with a mission to become one of the nation's leading catalysts for alternative and renewable energy," according to the company's Web site.

As a salute to the many past community contributions of the Big Three automakers and to rally support, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Arts, Beats & Eats – Festival of Hope organizers today announced Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. will receive complimentary exhibit space and sponsorship benefits during the festival.

“This was the least we could do to support and honor the millions of dollars the Big Three automakers have given back to the community,” Patterson said. “Economic conditions have reduced the number of civic initiatives our automakers are able to support and we want to thank them, especially Chrysler, the official sponsor of our last 12 events, for making the event possible for all of these years.”

Valued at $50,000 each, the automakers will receive a 3,500 square-foot exhibit space, which is large enough to display vehicles. They also will receive significant signage space, logo placement on entrance treatments and sponsor towers, and a major presence on the festival’s Web site as well as mentions in festival advertising.

Additionally, there will be a Big Three Music Stage, which will serve as a tribute to local Detroit-area musicians. Messages about “Buy from the Big Three, Support Detroit” will be broadcast throughout the festival.
Do the math: 500 Miles, 50 Hours, 50 Charities and $1 Million. It all adds up to an exciting celebration of Art Van Furniture's 50th Anniversary, dubbed the "Million Dollar Charity Challenge."

Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander announced the organizations from the Metro Detroit area who will receive these grants during a reception this morning at the Art Van Furniture store in Warren, Michigan. This was the first of five events around the State, where selected charities are awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 each. The organizations are Michigan-based 501(c)3 non-profits who focus on children, health and human services programs.

"If you are fortunate enough to be as successful as we have been, then I believe it is your responsibility to give back," said Mr. Van Elslander, "The Million Dollar Charity Challenge will benefit 50 remarkable and deserving organizations to help them continue their outstanding work and improve the lives of people across our state. We designed these grants as challenge gifts in order to encourage others to donate and maximize fundraising opportunities."

Maria’s Bridal in Rochester will give away 20 designer wedding gowns for free Sunday.

The gowns, valued at between $1,000 and $3,000, will go to the first 20 unemployed brides-to-be in line who can produce a Michigan Unemployment Insurance Debit Card. Others may receive a gift certificate that can be used during the event.

Wedding gowns will be offered in sizes six to 14 by designers such as Cymbaline Paris, Marisa, Maggie Sottero, Symphony Bridal and more.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m.

Maria's Bridal Salon is located at 210 West University Drive in Rochester (at the corner of West University and Pine).

Project 100, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to encourage the positive aspects of giving and community participation, announced that over the next 100 days, they will be randomly selecting 100 people who will each receive $100 dollars no strings attached.

“We believe that the act of giving changes everything,” says Jeremy Cybulski, a Project 100 spokesperson, “That’s why over the next 100 days, Project 100 will be visiting various Oakland and Wayne county communities and giving away crisp new $100 dollar bills.”

The organization assures there are no requirements and no strings attached. Jeremy states, “Recipients can do whatever they wish with the money. All we ask is that they think about what they can do to give back to their community — whether it’s volunteering for an event or helping out a neighbor in need. The specific act doesn’t matter because even the smallest act of kindness can create a spark for change.”

Project 100 is encouraging members of the community to visit their website,, where they can sign up to receive a visit from Jeremy’s team and potentially become the next $100 dollar recipient.

Jeremy added, “The website is a great source of information containing a whole section of ideas on how people can get out and volunteer in their communities. Plus if they sign up, They Could Be Next!”

Paul Billeci
The South End

With rental fees of $870 to $1395, does the convenience of apartment living look like a great deal for Wayne State students?

Illya Hudson, leasing consultant for Studio One Apartments, located at 4501 Woodward Ave., is still hopeful.

“Fortunately for Studio One, we are still at 96 percent capacity. It really has to do with the location of the apartments.

“Because we’re so close to Wayne, we have many med students and law students and are still getting applicants to apply for an apartment.”

Jason Peet, leasing manager for the Milton Apartments at 132 W. Willis, said he too hasn’t seen a downturn in rentals.

“I have seen no change in people or students applying for an apartment,” he said. “In fact, I feel more people are applying to rent instead of owning. It’s much easier to rent than it is to apply for a mortgage on a home.”

Living near campus provides students with not only independence, but also eliminates the long freeway drives for suburban students who live at home with family.

However, jobs with flexible schedules are at a premium in this area, and that has affected students, as well as their families.

Lauren Cusumano, 24, a student at Wayne, lived off-campus for some time but had to move back home.

“I had a job when I started renting, but now since I can’t have a steady work schedule because of school, I had to move back home,” she said. “It was easy when I lived near campus and had a five-minute drive, now I have a 45 minute drive from my parent’s home to Wayne.”

Writer, producer and recording artist Leon Russell will heat up the Riverfront Plaza stage on Friday, July 31 for the second concert in the 2009 Rockin’ on the Riverfront classic rock concert series, sponsored by Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM.

Russell has been a major force in the music industry for more than four decades. He has recorded with or written songs for various artists, including The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson. Russell is best known for his hits “This Masquerade” (the first song in music history to occupy the number one spot in jazz, pop and R&B), “Hummingbird”, “A Song For You”, “Delta Lady” and the legendary version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the Concert for Bangladesh.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront will feature classic rock headliners and openers from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every Friday through September 4, making the Riverfront Plaza THE Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.

Food and refreshment concessions from Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will be available at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.

Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.

For more information, call (313) 567-6700 or visit or

The Detroit Fashion Pages style team took a break from giving their everyday fashion and beauty advice and volunteered their time for the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan on Saturday, July 25 at the Kensington Church in Troy.

Depsite the morning rain, volunteers walked nearly 15 blocks and collected ove 6200 lbs of food!
The Panera Bread bakery-cafe located at 23719 Greenfield Rd. in the Clocktower Plaza in Southfield will salute 10 years of fresh bread on Wednesday, July 29. Beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, customers are invited to stop by the bakery-cafe for a complimentary small coffee. The first 100 customers will also receive a mini baguette to commemorate the milestone.

Customers can also enter to win a Via Panera catered lunch for 10 people by dropping their business card in a bowl. The general manager at the bakery-cafe will randomly draw the winner at the end of the day. Hours of operation for the Clocktower Plaza location are Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Go Green this Weekend At Comerica Park

Associated Press

The Detroit Tigers are showing their green side during this weekend's four-game home stand against the Chicago White Sox.

The team is hosting the free "Going, Going, GREEN!" gathering outside of Comerica Park's main gates from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It will give people a chance to learn about what they can do to be more environmentally friendly and find out about green efforts by Michigan businesses.

The Tigers play a doubleheader Friday, followed by games Saturday and Sunday. The first 10,000 fans through the gates at Saturday's game will get a Tigers "Going, Going, GREEN!" reusable shopping bag.

President Barack Obama will honor the 2008 WNBA Champion Detroit Shock for their accomplishments both on and off the court at a ceremony on South Portico of the White House on Monday, July 27, 2009. The ceremony will include a gift presentation from the Shock to the president.

Prior to the ceremony, the WNBA and the Shock will join forces with United We Serve – a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving in their communities this summer – to host a special WNBA FIT Clinic at the Richard England Boys & Girls Club in Washington, D.C..

The entire team, along with WNBA Legend, Community Ambassador and fitness expert, Jennifer Azzi, will promote fitness, nutrition, and self-confidence to 80 boys and girls at the club through interactive stations and positive messaging. WNBA FIT is part of the league’s social responsibility initiative, WNBA Cares, which supports educational programming, promotes hands-on community service and inspires young people and women of all ages to learn about the importance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Founder of Lesson On, Jeff Lesson, believes that its time to give back to the community that has supported him for many years.

Lesson, a golf talk show host, columnist and enthusiast has assembled some of the area’s finest golf courses in Southeastern Michigan to host a “Free Day at the Links,” in support of The First Tee of Detroit on Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Participating Lesson on’s “Free Day at the Links” courses, include:

Tanglewood, 53503 W Ten Mile Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178
Moose Ridge,11801 Doane Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178
The Majestic at Lake Walden, 9600 Crouse Rd, Howell, MI 48855
Lyon Oaks, 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393
Springfield Oaks, 12450 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI 48350
Lakes of Taylor, 25505 Northline Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
Taylor Meadows, 25360 Ecorse Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
Whispering Pines, 2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney, MI 48169
Highland Hills Golf Club, 2075 Oakland, Highland, MI 48356

Please visit, to view all of the participating courses. To register, please call the selected course and mention “Lesson On Golf’s Free Day at the Links” and secure your tee time. Walking the course is free and for a minimum $20 donation to First Tee, a cart will be included.

The First Tee of Detroit impacts the lives of young people of Michigan by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
David Kiley
Business Week

Ford Motor Co.’s has topped a quality survey, beating rivals Toyota and Honda for the first time.

The survey is not from J.D. Power and Associates, which has the definitive survey on things-gone-wrong in new vehicles measured in the first few months of ownership [J.D. Power, like BusinessWeek, is owned by McGraw-Hill Co.]. But the results of the survey, by Bloomfield Hills, MI-based RDA Group, shows Ford with the fewest problems among any manufacturer, including Toyota Motor Corp.

“We’ve been tied with Toyota before, but it sure feels better to be on the top!” wrote Bennie Fowler, Ford’s global head of quality, in a memo to employees Friday, a copy of which was obtained by BusinessWeek. “We can all be pleased with the progress we have made in quality, even as we face external and internal challenges in a tumultuous climate. Our progress has come as the result of our union partnerships in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, along with the work of dedicated teams in manufacturing, product development, purchasing, marketing, sales, service, legal, IT and others who follow disciplined, standardized processes.”

In Power’s recently released Inititial Quality Study, Ford placed eighth, but in a statistical dead heat with Toyota. Ford scored 102 things-gone-wrong per 100 cars in the first three months of ownership, versus 101 for Toyota. Honda scored 99 TGW, and Hyundai scored the highest among non-luxe brands with 95.
Curtis Granderson has given plenty of his time to charitable causes over his four years with the Tigers. His next fundraising effort will include a night out.

Detroit's All-Star outfielder, who scored the winning run in last week's All-Star Game, will become a wine taster for the evening, welcoming teammates Edwin Jackson and Ryan Perry for a Passport to the Wines of the World this Thursday at Big Rock Chophouse/The Reserve in Birmingham.

The event will feature over 300 wines from five continents, including local wines from the Detroit area and the state of Michigan, as well as a silent auction of sports memorabilia, wine and entertainment package. The evening includes a bachelor auction, where the highest bid will win an elegant dinner for two with Granderson, Jackson or Perry.

Noted young comic Jeff Dye, third-place finisher in last year's edition of NBC's Last Comic Standing, will perform a standup set and serve as the auctioneer. The Seattle native won the 10th annual Giggles Laff Off in his hometown last year and has performed in the Just for Laughs Festival the last two years, including this year in Chicago. His comedy is clean but has been described as charmingly twisted.

"I am really excited to have Jeff come out and perform at this event," Granderson said last week. "I am positive that all in attendance will enjoy Jeff's comedic style and he will add a great energy to the evening. Plus, he is a big baseball fan, albeit for the Mariners."

The festivities begin with a VIP reception hosted by Granderson, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A 7 p.m. champagne toast precedes the main event at 7:30 p.m. The bachelor auction will start at 8:45 p.m.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Grand Kids Foundation, which helps students and schools in Michigan's inner cities by purchasing school supplies and books, establishing baseball programs, providing equipment and helping improve facilities.

Tickets for Passport to the Wines of the World run $85 for general admission and $135 for a VIP package, which includes admission to the VIP reception as well as special VIP wines and a souvenir wine glass. Members of the Detroit Wine Organization receive a $10 discount on both VIP and general admission tickets. Membership is free at

On July 14, President Obama visited Macomb Community College and announced the 12 billion dollar American Graduation Initiative, a historic investment in our community colleges that will help prepare Americans for the jobs of the 21st century. This plan will help an additional 5 million Americans graduate from community college in the next decade.
Gary Graff

A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show.

In Rock's case it was a reflective song called "In Times Like These" that he performed as the first encore on Saturday and Sunday at Comerica Park, the usual home of the Detroit Tigers.

Explaining that he usually doesn't play new work until it's been released, Rock told the crowd he felt this was "an important song" inspired by the economic times the country, and especially his home state of Michigan, were experiencing.

"It's the truth, and we hope it's more inspirational than anything," Rock said before performing an acoustic version of the song, whose lyrics contain sentiments such as "I heard them say they're shutting Detroit down/But I won't leave 'cause this is my home town" and "Even though it's bittersweet and brings us to our knees/It makes us who were are in times like these."

Rock was planning to follow-up 2007's triple-platinum "Rock N Roll Jesus" this fall but, as previously reported, has decided to take the project to producer Rick Rubin, which will likely mean a 2010 release. The two are currently reviewing what Rock has in hand, including collaborations with rapper Lil Wayne and T.I., and plan to start recording after Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band wrap up their summer tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Rock also rolled out a variety of covers during the homestand, including the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" (accompanied by video screen images of a selection of deceased music heroes), the Jackson 5's "ABC" in tribute to Michael Jackson, snippets of the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" and Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" incorporated into other songs, and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," which closed each night's show. The concerts were filmed and recorded, but Rock told that he has not made any definite plans for any sort of official release.

Alice in Chains, which played on Saturday's bill in its only U.S. show of the summer, debuted "A Looking in View" from "Black Gives Way to Blue," the group's first album of new material in 14 years. Prior to the show all four band members joined Virgin/EMI executives at Detroit's Fox Theatre to preview the entire album for a gathering of music industry professionals.

On Friday night, meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd offered a pair of songs from its upcoming "God & Guns," which, as previously reported, is also coming out Sept. 29. The group opened its set with "Skynyrd Nation," an uptempo ode to its fans, and also performed the album's first single, "Still Unbroken," a heavy rocker that singer Johnny Van Zant dedicated to deceased Skynyrd members Leon Wilkeson, Hughie Thomasson, Billy Powell and Ean Evans and accompanied with historical photos of the group and its album covers on the video screen.

Ford: Designing Cars with Young People in Mind

Phil Patton
The New York Times

ANTONELLA is an attractive 28-year old woman who lives in Rome. Her life is focused on friends and fun, clubbing and parties.

She is also completely imaginary.

But her influence is definitely real. It is evident in the design of the Ford Fiesta, on sale in Europe now and arriving in the United States next summer as a 2011 model.

Antonella was the guiding personality for the Ford Verve, a design study that served as the basis for the latest-generation Fiesta. A character invented by Ford designers to help them imagine cars better tailored to their intended customers, she embodies a philosophy that guides the company’s design studios these days: to design the car, first design the driver.

Antonella is the personification of a profile created from demographic research about the Fiesta’s target customer, said Moray Callum, executive director of Ford Americas design.

Ford is using characters like Antonella to bring a human element to the dry statistical research drawn from polls and interviews. Based on psychological profiles, these characters are a more modern version of the “theme boards” that designers once covered with snapshots and swatches of material to inspire a design. They are also like avatars, those invented characters used in online games and forums to symbolize a participant’s personality.

“Invented characters get everyone on the same page,” Mr. Callum said. “Personalizing gives context to the information we have. Sometimes the target demographics are difficult to relate to by, say, a 35-year-old male designer.

“We found in the past that if they didn’t understand the buyer, designers would just go off and design something for themselves,” he added.

Murat Yalman, Ford’s director of global advanced product strategy, is a strong supporter of an approach that personalizes the ideal buyer for everyone involved in a vehicle’s development.

“You get a common focus for everyone from the clay modeler to the chief executive,” he said.

The method brings statistics to life. “It creates very memorable ideas that live on after the meeting or presentation,” Mr. Yalman said.

So Antonella is joined by Natasha, Ashley, Kristen and other characters from Ford’s imagination, each depicted in a Dewar’s profile type of write-up, and with images grabbed from the Internet. Antonella has her male counterpart in Anton. Jack is the presiding personality for the 2010 Taurus. Joe and Cal are the ideal characters for future trucks.

Antonella cares more about the design and function of her telephone than that of her car. Her priorities in the Fiesta are visible in the car’s central panel, where controls inspired by those of a cellphone operate the audio and air-conditioning systems. Designers working on the Fiesta referred to the shape framing the dashboard instruments as “Antonella’s glasses.”

Ford’s goal in using made-up characters is that they will help produce cars that transcend national traits and are instead built around international, psychological archetypes. Antonella is an extreme version of a type the Ford designers call the fun-seeker.

“There are fun-seekers in London and Cleveland,” Mr. Callum said.

But the image of the fun-seeker appears sharply etched and more extreme when set in Rome. “In Rome there are lots of small cars,” Mr. Yalman said. “They are always dodging each other. So a car there has to be nimble and it has to look the part. Romans have been conscious of how their vehicles look — all the way back to Caesar. Every little crease of their toga has to be just right.”

Mr. Yalman first found the composite characters useful when he began directing marketing efforts for Ford in Europe. Confronted with many boundaries of nation and language, he said, he looked instead at common values and attitudes, a process he referred to as mindset segmentation. “We did a value and attitude map,” he said.

Mr. Yalman found that archetypes like Antonella, the type he called hedonistic, existed in all countries.

The approach ties in to Ford’s efforts to create the Fiesta and other models as global products, with equal appeal in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Callum said the technique could be used to help imagine concept vehicles as well as production models.

Ford’s Lincoln division showed the Lincoln C design study, an idea for a smaller future luxury vehicle, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January. It was built around Natasha, a tech-savvy “social achiever” driver.

The designers imagined her life in detail in a video, “A Day in the Life of Natasha.” Several human models were screen-tested before one, who looks vaguely like Audrey Hepburn, was chosen to appear in the video. The video was also convenient for explaining the car to the press and public. It shows Natasha using a new generation of computer interface for the car’s information systems.

The Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept, shown at this year’s New York auto show, was created around Ashley, a very different character from Natasha. Ashley is billed as “a cool mom” who, like the vehicle, represents an update of traditional family priorities. In her profile, according to Ford’s internal research documents, Ashley’s “friends are part of her family.” She dresses up like her children at Halloween. She shops at T. J. Maxx, H&M and Target.

The concept van offers a vision of a post-minivan, post-S.U.V. family hauler with constant Web access. It includes an electronic tagging system for children’s backpacks, skateboards — and perhaps even dog collars — using the radio-frequency identification system Ford offers in some of its trucks; the tags help contractors assure that tools are collected when the work day is over.

Jack, the inspirational character behind the 2010 Taurus, is “the life of the party,” according to Earl Lucas, head of exterior design for the car. “He cares what his car says about him. He wants to be seen in an American car and he is involved in the community.”

Joe and Cal, the fantasy owners of the pickup truck of the future, are what Mr. Yalman called “the heroes of their neighborhood.”

Using psychological archetypes and patterns is more important when designing for younger people, Mr. Callum said. Some younger buyers invest less emotion in their vehicles than their elders did. “This can be hard for us to understand.”

Ford’s involvement with the technique can be traced to 2002, said Mr. Yalman, when Daniel Kahneman, a cognitive psychologist and behavioral economist who taught at Princeton and other universities, shared the Nobel in economic science.

Mr. Yalman had been following Dr. Kahneman’s work for some time, and the prize marked the ascendance of a wider new emphasis in economics on the psychological side of decision making. Dr. Kahneman is a proponent of “hedonic” choice, which explores ideas of pleasure and preference in buying choices and questions older, rational models of buyer behavior based simply on price or other hard factors.

“What this thinking suggested to us is that emotion played a much larger role than we thought,” Mr. Yalman said.

The new economic theories supported Mr. Yalman’s ideas. The choice to buy is not just about more horsepower per dollar or segment-leading rear legroom; design is critical, Mr. Yalman said.

“Before, all our cars in Europe were taken as Germanic,” he said. “So we dialed up the style.” Ford in Europe rolled out a more emotional exterior design language, called the kinetic look.

“We had done lots of models based on rationality, but now we are recognizing that emotions play a much more dominant role than we ever admitted,” Mr. Yalman said. “In buying a car, you have to fall in love.”

He added: “We now focus quite a bit on aspirations and dreams.”

These can be embodied in products. “Think of someone who has a really high-end parka in which you could climb Mount Everest. But the person only wears it on the train to work.”

So far, sales of the Fiesta have been strong. It is Ford’s best-selling car in Europe, and it was the No. 2 seller over all in that market for the first half of 2009.

The Barton McFarlane Neighborhood Association has decided to take matters of their beloved City of Detroit into their own hands.

Most major cities have hosted Taste Festivals to highlight the cuisine of local restauranteurs and to promote their city. The Barton-McFarlane Neighborhood Association has organized its own Taste Festival, known as " Taste of Soul", to spotlight the work they are doing to make improvements within their own community.

The association which boasts its own citizen radio patrol unit, afterschool tutoring programs,
and a Focus HOPE food distribution service, is putting on the "Taste of Soul" festival to raise funds for a building they wish to purchase to house the associations many programs.

The "Taste of Soul" festival will be held Saturday, July18,2009 at 8222 Joy Road on the corner of Roselawn St., from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., rain or shine. Participants can purchase food tickets for the delicacies being served by local caterers. Such mouth-watering cuisine as ribs; turkey wings; fish; chicken wings; hot dogs; Italian sausage; red beans and rice; collard greens; jalepeno cornbread; sweet potato pie; pound cake; peach cobbler; sweet tea; soda pop, and water will be available to festival participants.

"For $5.00 you receive 9 tickets, and you get to pick and choose what items you want to eat. All of the food is made from scratch, and is going to be delicious!", states festival organizer Fredia Butler.

The revenue generated to put on the festival was done soley with private donations. "We are not looking to the City of Detroit for money or a hand-out. The City just doesn't have it--the ordinary citizens have the power to make the City of Detroit a better place, this is our message." remarked Butler.

Since the mid-1960's, the Barton-McFarlane Neighborhood Association began organizing via potluck dinners in the homes of its residents. They would meet to express their concerns about the beautification and up-keep of their homes and surrounding common areas; crime prevention and the leisure activities of its residents.

The "Taste of Soul" festival is one of their more ambitious programs in recent years, but certainly not the last. "We intend to set the bar high for other neighborhoods here in Detroit. When a collective group of concerned citizens make up their minds to make change happen--there's no stopping us!", says Butler.

To learn more about the "Taste of Soul" festival, for interviews, vendor and volunteer
opportunities, call Fredia Butler, (313) 934-7048

"Taste Of Soul" Festival
Saturday, July 18, 2009
10am until 7pm
Rain or Shine

The Motor City Becomes Fashion City October 1-2

This October 1 & 2, 2009, the Motor City will transform into Fashion City, as Fashion In Detroit - a two-day fashion show extravaganza to rival other Fashion Weeks around the U.S. - makes its debut in a tented, high-end setting at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Created by Project Runway's Joe Faris, of Birmingham, the Fashion In Detroit executive committee is made up of Detroit's heaviest hitters in fashion, beauty and event management: Leslie Ann Pilling, nationally renowned designer and president of Presence II Productions and Leslie Ann Pilling Design, Rino, owner of FIGO salon, Karen Buscemi, editor of StyleLine magazine, Lians, international fashion photographer and co-owner of LM Studios, and K'Kio Hardin, international designer/art director.

"My purpose for spearheading this event is to put a fashion spotlight on Detroit and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Detroit fashion community," says Faris, who will show two of his lines at the event.

The two-day event will include 12 fashion shows by premier designers, a VIP private reception, an Afterglow bash with top-name rock concert and "Made In Michigan" product displays. Each day's admission ticket includes six fashion shows, gift bags, a souvenir guidebook/lookbook and other fun surprises.

Situated between the dates of New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week, Fashion In Detroit will feature top models showcasing the best designs of Spring 2010 on a 60-foot runway in a spacious tent with VIP seating, risers and standing room for 500 guests. StyleLine's Karen Buscemi will host the event, with music by some of the hottest artists from Detroit.

In addition to creating a sensational fashion event, the FID executive committee wants to help make a difference for Michigan. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a local charity, plus a grant will be presented to one local fashion designer. Recognition will also be given to one person who has made a difference in the Detroit fashion community, with a donation in his or her name presented to the Detroit Zoo.

For more information:

The 2009 Rockin’ on the Riverfront summer concert series, sponsored by Andiamo Detroit Riverfront and in partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM, is ready to rock the ‘D’ by setting the Riverfront Plaza’s scenic stage with some of classic rock’s most unforgettable bands.

The concert series kicks off July 24 and will make the spectacular Riverfront Plaza THE Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront will feature seven sizzling Friday night shows from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., July 24 through September 4.

Rick Derringer will headline the series on July 24. A seasoned musician and entertainer, Derringer has recorded four blues CDs, numerous jazz hits and has produced and written albums for the World Wrestling Entertainment. He is best known for his big hits, "Hang on Sloopy" (performed with his former band, The McCoys) and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo."

Rockin’ on the Riverfront performers include:

July 31 – Leon Russell

August 7 – TBD

August 14 – Classic Rock All Stars

August 21 – Foghat

August 28 – Edgar Winter

September 4 – Randy Bachman

Local bands and performers will open each of the seven shows.

“Summer in Detroit wouldn’t be the same without the Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series,” said Andiamo President and CEO Joe Vicari. “The beautiful riverfront creates an ideal backdrop to enjoy these free classic rock concerts. We invite everyone out to join us on the riverfront for a memorable experience."

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.

Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.

Valet parking is also available at the GM Ren Cen North Lobby on Jefferson Avenue.