Students from Rockford HS Choirs once again made a strong showing at State Solo & Ensemble Festival on April 20 at Portage Central High School. Every ensemble from RHS received Superior or Excellent ratings. These ensembles included: Chamber Singers, Chamber Women, and Women’s Chorus directed by Mandy Mikita Scott; Advanced Women’s Ensemble Co-directed by Scott and Katie Hillyard; and the Rockford Aces directed by Jed Scott. Additionally, Chamber Singers was one of six ensembles selected (from more than 30) to be considered for performance at Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) in May. This is among the highest honors a choir can receive in Michigan, and the fifth consecutive year that a Rockford choir has been so honored. A further 11 soloists and four small ensembles participated from Rockford and all received Superior, Excellent, or Good ratings. The performers were: Hannah Fawcett (11), Delaney Good (10), Samantha Harrell (11), Eve Hillman (10), Rachel Kreager (10), Spencer Kruse (11), McKenna Olenzuk (11), Katherine Parker (9), Kevin Sinclair (11), Anna Wilson (11), Harrison Witt (9), Fawcett/Fehsenfeld Duet, Hillman/Kreager Duet, Women’s Chorus Quartet, and Rockford Women’s Quintet. All qualified for State Solo & Ensemble by achieving Excellent or Superior ratings at District Solo & Ensemble in February.
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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to put a foursome together and come have some fun with us! The RCC is proud to present its 18th Annual Community Golf Outing on Friday, May 10, and everyone is welcome. The Chamber will be showcasing the rolling links of Candlestone Golf & Resort for this year’s event. The golf resort is an honored RCC member. For only $75-per-person, you get 18 holes, golf cart, hole events, a chance to win a new car, goodie bag, raffle prizes, dinner – and a very enjoyable day. There will be competitions at each hole with prizes going to the winner, one prize per golfer. Golfers will also get a chance to win a new Truck from K&M in the hole-in-one contest. The winning team will enjoy ownership of the beautiful crystal traveling championship trophy for a year – and the bragging rights that go along with it. Blaine Kellermeier, of Kellermeier Plumbing, along with Mark Lewis, Tom Lovell and Todd Hurst earned honors last year by shooting a stellar 10-under-par 62. And this was despite claims from plenty of others that they would shoot the best round – prior to the first tee shot, of course. There will also be hole contests such as longest drive, closest to the pin and target golf. Proceeds from the golf outing support the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund, so this is a very important fundraising event. Sponsorships, donations for raffle prizes and promotional giveaways are welcome and sincerely appreciated, just let us know and we will come pick your donation up. Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity – registration deadline for golfing is May 3. Don’t have a foursome? Just give us a call and we will find you a team! For more information, please contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at 866-2000, or visit www.rockfordmichamber.com to download a registration form.
Rockford is home to many rising stars. One of those new up and comers is 13-year-old Caleb Waldvogel. Caleb is currently an 8th grade student at North Rockford Middle School. He started playing guitar at six years old under local guitar guru Emmett Terbeek and has been playing ever since. On February 15th, Waldvogel released his first EP entitled The Right Impressions under the moniker of Caleb Richard. It features five original tracks completely written and performed by Caleb. He has since played at the local Epic Coffee Shop and Rogue River Tavern. He is currently in the process of planning more shows, one of which will be his first television appearance. On April 25th, Caleb will perform on Take Five, WZZM’s local morning talk show. The show begins at 9:00 and will definitely be a don’t miss. The EP is available to download on iTunes, Amazon, and many other online retailers.
Tour some of West Michigan’s finest small museums as they celebrate the 11th anniversary of this event. The Tri-River Historical Museum Network is planning its annual museum tour Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. each day. The Tri-River Historical Museum Network of 25 area historical societies provides a support group for these small museums and hosts the annual “Spring Into the Past” tour as a promotional event to raise awareness and generate interest in these small treasures. Admission is free! Located in quaint depots, churches, town halls, store buildings or houses, each of the museums is unique and you will find something different in each one. The museums are always changing as new displays or acquisitions make each visit a new experience. All will greet you warmly and welcome you into their world of past treasures and local history. Besides displaying their local history, most of the museums also have ancestral archives where you can search your family history. There is something for everyone. Old and young will enjoy exploring and learning about the past and what it was like for their ancestors. For a complete list of museums, maps and additional information, visit commoncorners.com. Founded in 2002, the TriRiver Historical Museum Network was formed as a support group for these small museums. As keepers of local history and artifacts, all were trying to promote their small museums and decided that by joining forces they could help each other in this endeavor. The name Tri-River Historical Museum Network was chosen for the group as the various societies were all located within the vicinity of the Flat, Grand and Thornapple rivers. All of those participating in this year’s tour are ready to welcome you and are eager to show you the wonderful things to be found within their walls. Maps and additional information can be obtained at any of the museums participating in the “Spring Into the Past” tour. The map and information about each museum is also available at commoncorners.com.
RiverTown Crossings and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan are presenting “nice bench”, a juried public are event featuring a showcase of benches painted and embellished by local student groups, including Rockford High School students. These colorful and imaginative benches will be displayed throughout the common area of the mall until May 1st. On May 1, the event will culminate with a live art event featuring highly talented local artists designing benches. At 6:00 p.m., an auction will be held and these extraordinary benches will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefitting the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. The Mental Health Foundation’s “Be Nice” initiative is a positive, anti-bullying program designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide. The Mental Health Foundation spreads this message throughout many West Michigan school districts. Since 1990, the Mental Health Foundation has been helping the West Michigan community challenge the devastating stigma surrounding mental illness. Its mission is to ensure every individual is supported in their journey to a full, healthy life by educating and building awareness about suicide prevention and other challenges to good mental health.