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Welcome Mat: Palmer Woods Music in Homes kicks off

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Grosse Pointe Garden Tour this weekend features seven sites

The 25th annual Grosse Pointe Garden Tour, sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Garden Center, will take place on June 24-25, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit seven delightful private gardens throughout the Grosse Pointes, where master gardeners and artists will be on site, along with the Grosse Pointe Shores Community Park, the Trial Gardens, and Veterans Garden at the War Memorial. The Garden Shoppe will be featured on one of the stops. All event proceeds will benefit the education, beautification, horticulture and conservation of the Grosse Pointe community. Pre-tour tickets are $15 and $20 on tour days. Tickets are available at several Grosse Pointe area merchants and at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Call 313-881-7511, Ext. 206.

Gift ideas for dads, grads.

Celebrating dads and grads

It’s that celebratory time of year again when dads and grads get some recognition for their efforts. For grads, April McCrumb, owner of Catching Fireflies in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor says, “You can still give cash and attach a special meaning to your gift that makes it a little more personal.” The Wish it Dream it Do it box that retails for $11.95 lets the recipient put their hopes and dreams on paper and store them inside. While shopping for Dad, you can personalize his present with something fun and decorative like the Michigan Beer Cap Trap that sells for $38.95. It will make the perfect addition to any man cave. catchingfireflies.com, 248-336-2030 (Berkley).

‘Taste of Italy’ at Dish & Design

Join Homestyle at the next Dish & Design event at 6 p.m. on June 22 at Hillside Furniture, 2300 S. Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. Be transported to Europe through a “Taste of Italy” theme featuring fabulous food from Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit and great design tips from Hillside and EuroAmerica Design. Enjoy the impressive array of contemporary furniture at Hillside while you’re there. For tickets, go to detroitnews.com/dishanddesign.

West Elm manager Wyndal Chapital, left, shows colorful bedding to the participants at Dish & Design.

Enjoy Palmer Woods Music in Homes

This weekend, the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series features three final garden concerts. Tonight, Planet D Nonet will perform jazz and world music from South Africa. Tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. enjoy the David Alan Grier Quartet with “Blues to Broadway, Jazz & Beyond.” Grier, a Detroit Cass Tech and U-M alum and star of film, theatre, comedy and TV, will bring his musical talent to Detroit with childhood friend and guitarist A. Spencer Barefield. Because the Saturday concert sold out, an additional concert and brunch was added on Sunday as a special Father’s Day tribute. Performances will be held in a garden beside a 1925 French-chateau-style home (tour a portion of the house prior to some concerts). The address will be provided at the time of purchase. All concerts include a reception with refreshments. Tickets, which are $45 for Friday and $50 for Sunday with discounts for groups of 10 or more, can be purchased at

palmerwoods.org or by calling 313-891-2514.

David Alan Grier