also Windsor Companies Honoured
by Chris Edwards
On July 24, 1701, Antoine
Lamothe Cadillac landed on the banks of the Detroit River. Although
the great French explorer Champlain led the way into the Great Lakes
and first surveyed this region, it is Cadillac who is credited with
founding Detroit. He established Fort Ponchartrain on the present
site of West Jefferson and Griswold Avenue, and founded St. Anne
Church the second oldest continuous parish in the USA.
This year, there are
plans to honour Cadillacs legacy the City of Detroit
in a big way."This is going to be the biggest celebration
this region has ever seen," guarantees Detroit 300 Executive
Director Maud Lyon, "and it will be bi-national.
When Antoine Lamothe
Cadillac landed here, the Detroit River was merely a road connecting
French settlements, not an international boundary," notes Lyon,
who served as director of the Detroit Historical Museum for nine
years. "Thats why programs and special events will be
going on in the tri-county area as well as Windsor and Essex County."
At the heart of the years
celebration will be the Detroit 300 Festival, July 19-25, located
in downtown Detroit. Among the highlights of this weeklong extravaganza:
- The spectacular SailDetroit
festivities feature vessels participating in the Tall Ships Challenge
Great Lakes®, berthed on both the U.S. and Windsor sides of
the Detroit River and available for tours, Thursday, July 19,
through Saturday, July 21
- The Sounds of Detroit
will share the ships spotlight during Festival Weekend and
showcase the talents of national artists who began their careers
here, as well as up-and-coming artists, as the rhythms, beats,
riffs and phrases of many musical genres fill the air
- Featuring a host of
Detroit-born headliners, the unforgettable Detroit 300 Homecoming
Concert, is scheduled for Saturday evening, July 21
- The glorious culmination
of SailDetroit, the Parade of Ships on Sunday, July 22, will represent
Detroits proud Great Lakes maritime heritage as sailing
craft from canoes to freighters join the tall ships and sail down
the Detroit River in a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle;
- A colorful reenactment
of Detroit founder Antoine Lamothe Cadillacs landing on
the 300th anniversary will dazzle downtown Detroit on Tuesday,
- The inspiring interfaith
Spiritual Day will bring together all of the regions faith
communities on the eve of the 300th anniversary of the founding
of St. Anne Church, Detroits oldest house of worship, on
Wednesday, July 25.
To learn more about Detroit
300 events and how you can participate, call (313) 871-2475; or
visit their website at www.detroit300.org.
Five Windsor companies
were among more than 500 businesses honoured at the Detroit 300
Heritage Recognition Breakfast, held at Cobo Center on January 31.
Accepting awards were
the Thistle Masonic Lodge, Windsor (founded in 1849); Hiram Walker
& Sons Limited, Walkerville (1858); Janisse Brothers Funeral Home,
Windsor (1895); G.A. Ingram Co., Windsor (1920); and Giffels Associates
Ltd., Windsor (1925).
Companies had to operate
in Detroit to receive the awards. "My grandfather and his three
brothers opened their business in 1908 on East Jefferson in Detroit,"
said Paul Janisse, principal of Janisse Brothers Funeral Home, "so
we fully appreciate the international flavor of Detroit 300 and
are proud to be a part of this celebration."
The names of Heritage
awardees are inscribed on the sterling silver Detroit Tricentennial
Cup, designed and donated by Tiffany & Co., to be displayed throughout
the region this year before being donated to a Detroit cultural