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Posted: 07/24/13


Jesse Cory, featured speaker during A Night Under the Stars, stands in front of one of the many public art projects he has created.

(Photo courtesy of Jesse Corey)

Jesse Cory guest speaker
at A Night Under the Stars

by MARIANNE WEISS
Observer Special Writer

      The second annual A Night Under The Stars will connect art, music, food from local restaurants and a Romeo native and successful entrepreneur as its guest speaker.
       The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce and Women Business Connection sponsored event will take place at the Douglas House, located at 228 N. Main St., on Friday Aug. 2 from 6-10 p.m.
       Jesse Cory, son of Richard Cory, Bruce Township supervisor who spent several years at WBRW, is the guest speaker. He is co-founder of the art gallery "Inner State" in downtown Detroit as well as 1xRUN, an online destination selling exclusive artwork. Cory's business puts him in contact with leading artists around the world.
       Cory also works on many public art campaigns and has done more than 75 mural projects in the city of Detroit.
       "It is an honor to come back to Romeo to talk to people in the community, really amazing," said Cory. "I learned much about the creative process from my time at WBRW, it was a great opportunity for me."
       "Some of the artists I feature have had their work presented at the Starkweather Arts Center," added Cory.
       Kelley Stephens, executive director of the chamber, said the event has many different facets.
       "We bring the world of art, music, food, beer and wine into one event," she said.
       A Night Under The Stars will be held in the gardens in the back of the chamber office. The evening will start out with music from All The World's A Stage. Then, Jim David will perform classical music with his keyboard and Sean Earle will present some of his original music as well. Earle teaches at The Dance Studio.
       Restaurants in town will have their food available to sample at the event.
       "It's kind of a strolling taster from our hometown restaurants," said Stephens. "Then we will hear from our main speaker, Jesse Cory, who grew up in Romeo. He's an art entrepreneur now and has produced Oscar-nominated documentaries."
       The event will be held at the same time Starkweather Arts Center (across the street) will have a live presentation from its current featured artist, Anita Bates.
       Tracey Ladd, SAC director, said Bate's demonstration will be held from 6-8 p.m. that night.
       "Kelley from the chamber contacted us about working together for the Night Under The Stars event," said Ladd, who started as the new Starkweather director in March. 
       Together, the chamber and the art gallery will showcase Bates, spotlight local artists' original pieces and promote the art in the gift shop.
       "We're working together so people can come across the street to the Starkweather and enjoy both," said Ladd.
       Part of the proceeds from this event will go to scholarships for high school seniors. The chamber gives out two scholarships annually.
       Featured restaurants, wineries and breweries include: Main Street Bar & Grill, Yum Yum Thai, Pamela's Catering, Vince & Joe's, Uptown Buscemis, Capital Banquet, What About Soup, Westview Orchards, Younger's Irish Tavern, Fieldstone Winery, The Village Winery, Craft Beer, Sugar Art, Cake & Candy Supplies, Benny's Restaurant & Catering and Buffalo Wild Wings.
       Tickets are $25 per person or two for $40 for adults 18 and over. For more information about A Night Under The Stars, see the chamber's website at: http://www.rwchamber.com then click on the events tab or call (586) 752-4436. To find out more about the SAC exhibit see:  http://www.starkweatherarts.com or call (586) 752-5700.
      


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