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Thursdays in the D

By Sarah Carson/WAYN Radio

It was a chilly but beautiful night on the Detroit riverfront last Thursday.  Students  gathered for the weekly Thursdays in the D activity: a trip on the Diamond Jack River Tour.  It took a little longer than expected to get started,  from the amount of  students joining  the fun, the shuttles had to make extra rounds.  Once the boat left the dock it was clear that the tour was going to be a good time.

As the boat made its way from the Riverwalk north of the Renaissance Center upstream towards Lake St. Clair, students learned about the industrial history of the area, along with more recent history, like what hotel the Beatles stayed in when they visited Detroit in the ‘60s!  Contemporary landmarks like Kid Rock’s house and the Manoogian Mansion were also pointed out.  The second half of the tour was largely a dance party, with several students forming a conga line and having fun dancing to the radio.  The riverboat offered snacks, soft drinks, and even alcoholic beverages to those over 21, which added to the festivity.

Overall, Thursdays in the D really stepped it up with something new and different this week, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.  Bringing students to the Riverwalk and on the boat tour was a great way to introduce them to an area of Detroit they may not have explored before. Wayne State University students  Katelin Maylum and Alisha Kennedy both looked forward to the experience. Maylum  hadn’t known there were even riverboat tours offered on the Detroit River before that night.

This week, Thursdays in the D takes students to the Charles H. Wright Museum for Salsa Night!  It’s free with a OneCard, and shuttles will leave from in front of Starbucks and University at 6 pm.

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Detroit River Days

The 6th annual Detroit River Days will come to an end today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about how great it has been! The three-day festival kicked off  Friday, June 22, 2012 ,  with some old favorites and new additions.

River Days presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was held across the Detroit River Walk,  and welcomed many performers, and carnival rides.  Boys II Men will be one of the performers tonight, so make sure you don’t miss out.  Don’t forget about the Riverwalk Buskers which are a new addition to the festival. These street performers can be found across the Riverwalk doing illusions, musical acts , and much more.

This family friendly festival is an event you don’t want to miss. Experience a great Detroit summer, and stroll the Riverwalk. Check out more information, and activities for the night on the Riverfront website.