Arts & Entertainment

Rockford family gives back in their time of loss

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Evans family of Rockford is turning their grief and loss into an opportunity to reach out to needy children all over the world.  Their precious 11-year old Lily passed away this winter after a long illness.  Lily’s family is honoring her memory by donating her stuffed animal collection to Operation Christmas Child. On Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30, friends, family and fellow shoe box packers will gather at Crossroads Church at 8331 Myers Lake to pack shoe box gifts in honor of Lily.  These boxes will join over 100 million shoe box gifts that have been packed since 1993. Lily’s family is hoping that the stuffed animals included in these gifts will bring hope and joy to other kids.  For many of these children, this will be the first gift they have ever received! Please join us at this event as we honor the life of Lily Evans and hear firsthand stories of how these simple gifts are transforming the lives of children around the world.

Gilda’s Laughfest and Cirque De Fairfield place friendly wager on attempt to beat fake mustache record

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Loser to don winner’s wear Let the competition for the most-mustached begin. Grand Rapids’ Gilda’s LaughFest today placed a friendly wager with Fairfield, Iowa’s Cirque de Fairfield’s attempt to break LaughFest’s Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield’s attempt will take place on July 26, 2013. LaughFest and Cirque de Fairfield are all in, placing pride as well as themed goodies and swag on the line. Not only will the loser have to send the winner a basket filled with branded loot, but the loser will also consent to being photographed publically in the winner’s wear. On March 7, 2013, hundreds gathered near Rose Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids, joining LaughFest to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches. The successful record breaking event kicked off the beginning of LaughFest 2013, the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, as an astounding 1,532 individuals wearing fake mustaches represented the community. “When we learned about this challenge to our World Record, we knew we had to do something to up the stakes,” said Wendy Wigger, president, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “The community had a great time kicking off LaughFest 2013 with this event and we want to keep the crown in our community. We know at least two others have already tried to break our record and have not been successful. If by some rare chance our record goes down, well, at least we are going down with a smile and a laugh.” This year, Fairfield is hosting RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, as they finish their week long ride. When more than 20,000 bikers and support crew ride into town next Friday, they will be greeted by a number of community members wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield is aiming to have 4,000 people donning the false mustaches.

Prestigious German dance group to repeat Rockford visit

July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Dance Center No 1 from Augsburg, Germany, is returning to West Michigan. Six years ago, the same dance school, under the artistic directorship of Istvan Nemeth and Natalie Boeck-Nemeth, came to  Rockford and put on a most spectacular ballet performance at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. It was a show that just simply blew us away! This summer, the Dance Center No.1  is, again, part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program, and they will put on a FREE performance at the Peter Martin Wege Theater on 341 Ellsworth, in GR (131/Wealthy), at the GR Ballet Company, on Aug 6, at 4pm.  After 6 years, it is safe to assume that the dancers will all be different, but one thing is also certain: The artistic and choreographic level of the show will be second to none. So, if you remember the Dance Center from 6 yrs ago, or if you have always wanted to see a great show to which you can bring your children, grandchildren, friends,…. here is a great opportunity to take in a free performance, while at the same time showing support to a visiting, foreign dance company.

Civil War, Gettysburg battles reenacted after 150 years

July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

by Stuart Christians 150 years ago when Americans wearing either blue or grey descended upon the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, The Army of Northern Virginia, led by Robert E. Lee was in need of supplies. After two years of war, with major battles and troops foraging for provisions, his supplies were depleted. General Lee moved his army in need of food and supplies to the North into Pennsylvania. This also brought the war for the first time to Union soil. General Lee knew his Army was not going to be able to outlast the Union Army in a war of attrition, and he desperately desired to end the long conflict. The Union Army, under the newly appointed General Meade, was made up of troops from many Northern States including Michigan with our own General Custer in the Union Cavalry. He was given a promotion and earned fame for stopping the Confederate Cavalry from advancing during Pickett’s charge. Recently, the 150th Anniversary of the battles at Gettysburg, which is the most recognized battle of the Civil War, was reenacted. History buffs, scholars and re-enactors from all fifty states and twenty-two countries descended on Gettysburg. Over 12,000 re-enactors came from as far away as Indonesia, Australia, and Israel. This event lasted for three days and reenacted the original battles. The events of each day were portrayed by the living historians. On the first day, Union troops dressed as Cavalry soldiers, and riding their mighty steeds were representing those daring soldiers from Buford’s Cavalry Unit. They were holding back the Confederate forces from attaining the high ground on the first day of the battle. On the second day, the dramatic and costly battle of Little Round Top, under Colonial Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (the College Professor from Maine), gained notoriety for defending the extreme flank of the Union line. The heroic Confederates ascended a steep hill and a hail of fire from Union forces and Chamberlain’s men brought several losses for the embattled Confederate troops. Desperately in need of the high ground and flanking position, to help insure victory at the end of this battle, Chamberlain led a bayonet charge down upon the advancing brave soldiers of the Confederacy. The third day brought the famous and bloody advance […]

Along the Rogue River… Photos by Marilyn Keigley

July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

By Marilyn Keigley There is some great bird and insect activity along the Rogue River this summer.  In June the Redwings made warning calls as people passed by along the trails in downtown Rockford.  Their babies grew up and were fed along the lower levels of the cattails on the river’s edge. This July, the river offers the usual duck and swan activity, while the beautiful dragonflies are not as frequently noticed by most people. Some sources say dragonflies fly between 19-38 mph, which doesn’t give the human eye much time to study them. Many will land for brief moments when you can catch a glimpse of their magnificent wings. The black and white Widow Skimmer has clear, white and black wing bands.  The Autumn Meadowhawk is a little smaller and very red, seldom stopping. A dragonfly’s eyes are compound with 30,000 lenses that allow them to see in all directions.  They can see ultraviolet (invisible to humans) and polarized light.  

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