Monday, June 21, 2010

REVIEW: Detroit River Days Preview Party

My son maxing and relaxing on our ride along the Detroit River
Party like a Rock Star on the Detroit River Walk

On Thursday, June 17th, my son and I went down to Rivard Place on the Detroit River Walk for the Detroit River Days Preview Party. This is an annual celebration held one day before the official River Days Celebration opens to the public.

This was a wonderful event that included music performed by local Detroit music legend Kimmie Horne, free food from local restaurants, free carousel rides for kids of all ages, and free boat rides along the Detroit River. Volunteers from the Parade Company were also at the party to remind everyone that they need volunteers all year long at the Parade Company. Even Mayor Dave Bing made it down to the party to welcome the crowd. My family had a wonderful time.

My son with volunteers from the Parade Company
Free Carousel Rides for kids of all ages
One of the views of Detroit from our boat ride on the Detroit River
It was a great party on the Detroit River Walk
Buy a Brick, Help the Detroit River Walk
My family was invited to this event, courtesy of the Friends of the Detroit River Front Conservancy, because over the years I have purchased several commemorative bricks along the Detroit River Walk.

When my son was a baby in 2001, I volunteered at a community service event with Ford as part of the Detroit 300 Project. Detroit 300 organized Detroit's 300 Birthday Party. Detroit 300 gave all the volunteers an opportunity to purchase the first batch of commemorative bricks that would be installed in the newly redesigned Hart Plaza River Walk and to have our names engraved on the granite wall at Hart Plaza. The first brick I purchased for myself and my son is located in front of the Gateway to Freedom International Memorial to the Underground Railroad and I also elected to pay extra to have my name engraved on the memorial's marble walls. I have since purchased commemorative bricks for other family members. It is wonderful to know that a part of myself and my family will live on in Detroit well after we have all passed on.

There is still room for many more Detroiters to be part of Detroit history by purchasing commemorative bricks along the Detroit River Walk. Your purchase will not only support the Detroit River Walk, but also be a wonderful way for you and your loved ones to always be a part of the great city of Detroit.

Click here to find out how to support the Detroit River Walk by buying your own commemorative bricks. Remember, the sale of commemorative bricks helps with the completion and maintenance of the Detroit River Walk. Buy your brick today and we will see you at next year's Detroit River Days Preview Party...

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