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.

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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.