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August 30, 2012
GROSSE POINTE PARK - All those in favor of summer never ending, raise your hand.

OK, we can't hold back the advent of fall and cold winter nights, but Grosse Pointe Park is going to attempt to keep some of those summer memories going throughout the fall as the unofficial "winter annex" of the Windmill Pointe Park Café, the Blue Pointe Restaurant, caters several all-you-can eat Pasta Nights, the first of which is set for Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The dinners are open to all Grosse Pointe residents, not just Park residents.

"We're looking forward to sharing our park with our neighbors," said Terry Solomon, director of Parks and Recreation for Grosse Pointe Park.

The Park Café's head chef and proprietress Mary Lou Muer hosts the dinners at the Park's Tompkins Center on the first Wednesdays of September, October and November, with a special Sunday night dinner on Dec. 2. Dinners include both a meat and meatless pasta, salad and fresh cooked rolls and are $10 per person. There will be two seatings each night, the first from 5 to 6 p.m. and a second seating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Parks office, (313) 822-2812, ext. 201 or by e-mail at marina@grossepointepark.org.

"Everyone hates to see summer end," Muer said, "and we thought these gatherings would be a nice way to keep that sense of community that we feel throughout the summer going into the winter months."

Muer and Solomon want to keep the dinners casual and fun.

"We really want this to be a gathering spot, a way to connect over the fall and winter," Muer said. "We want families to feel as welcome as singles. We're encouraging adults to bring their own wine or beer or other spirits and to reconnect with neighbors and even make some new friends."

While Muer noted the Park Café officially closes on Labor Day, she said it will be open on Tuesday nights through September to accommodate boaters who participate in the Tuesday night races.

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