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3rd Annual Purple Rose Summer BBQ Fundraiser Serves Up Food, Fun, And Financial Support

From Katie Doral

The Purple Rose Theatre Company is proud to announce its 3rd annual Backyard BBQ Fundraiser, Sunday, August 3, beginning at 4:30pm. The BBQ will feature a farm-to-table dinner created by Zingerman’s Roadhouse with vegetarian options, cocktails, live music and auction activities. The event’s new destination location will be Cornman Farms, located at 8540 Island Lake Road in Dexter, seven miles from The Purple Rose Theatre.

Ticket prices are $70 and $100 per guest. For $70, guests enjoy the BBQ, cocktails and buffet dinner, auctions and ever-popular Wine Pull from 4:30 to 7:45pm. For $100, guests enjoy cocktails and BBQ, live/silent auctions, and receive a ticket for the 8pm performance of The Last Romance by Joe DePietro, including a themed-dessert intermission provided by Laura O’Brien Sweets and Treats.

All guests will enjoy a preview of the 2014 / 2015 Purple Rose season of plays. Auction items will include an exclusive Detroit Lions training camp package for four, a premium Detroit Lions suite (one game for 12 with parking and food credit), a Rocky Mountain getaway for six in Big Sky (Montana), Purple NEWSROOM Studio Bike autographed by Jeff Daniels, Chef Common’s Deluxe Lobster Bake and Wine/Theatre package for 12, U of M vs. Maryland Roth Club Football tickets and Premiere parking pass, autographed Lions football, a selection of gift certificates/services, jewelry, memorabilia and more. An updated listing and more information can be found at

Backyard BBQ sponsorship is provided by Cornman Farms, Steve and Sheila Hamp, Dawn and Jeff Williams, Bank of Ann Arbor, Spring Arbor University, Encompass Financial Partners LLC, Timothy L. Nasso, and Rick Taylor (Realtor, Charles Reinhart Company). Additional thanks to design and print service sponsors Edgar Norman Creative, Print-Tech, Inc. and Goetzcraft. Additional sponsorships are still available; contact for detailed benefit package.

Proceeds from the event provide operational support for The Purple Rose Theatre’s mission to present more than 300 professional performances annually, sustain development of new work that preserves the legacy of American Theatre, and educational/outreach programs serving diverse communities in the region.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit; call 734.433.7782 x14, or email

Pinckney Police Working Overtime To Catch Drunk Drivers

Information from Jeffrey Newton

Six police agencies within Livingston County have been awarded a $20,000 grant for OWI (Drunk Driving) Enforcement. Those agencies include; Brighton PD, Fowlerville PD, Green Oak Twp PD, Hamburg Twp PD, Howell PD and Pinckney PD (Grant Project Lead).

The grant is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, via the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). The purpose of the grant is to fund OWI Enforcement, by providing overtime funding to participating agencies so that they can add extra patrols during peak hours, and holiday driving periods.

The grant runs from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014.

ArtQuest Art Show Features Variety

By Dana Beehr

Chelsea-area residents turned out for the First Annual Summer Art Celebration on June 28 at USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US 12, Chelsea. About 21 artists showcased their works at the event, said USArtQuest owner Susan Rothamel.

“Since we have classes for artists, this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate summer with other artists from the community,” she explained.

Artists were chosen for the event by a small selection committee that chose a broad cross-section of artists working in media as diverse as gourds, fine jewelry and polymer clay. Other art forms included woodwork, origami, garden art and textile art.

In addition to Chelsea area artists, the event featured one artist from Arizona and another from Long Island. Both new and established artists were included. Works of new artists included photography and paintings from former NFL defensive lineman Markus Koch. “He’s showing for the very first time his artwork here at this show,” Rothamel noted.

Participating artists praised the event. “It’s a great environment and the beginning of a great future,” said fine jewelry artist Brian O’Neil.

“[We’ve] had such a lovely response from Chelsea, it’s been very rewarding,” said fused glass and bead weaving artist Sherry Peterson.

Other featured artists included woodworker James Tesen, polymer clay artist Claudia Ottinger, collage-abstract artist Kathryn Tisch Miller, spray-paint artist Grant Willis, mosaicist Marlies Wandres, mixed-media artist Victoria Newton and art quilter E. Brooks Hinerman.

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