Rockford is a town of many talents and a town of many exciting summmer events. This Saturday, August 29, Rockford Rotary combines the two in the newest annual event: Reading Rocks in Rockford. Reading will be anything but a sedate, solitary pursuit this weekend with active and hands-on activities with a reading theme. Rockford Rotary has long partnered with Rockford Schools and schools in other countries to promote literacy, international goodwill and even fill hungry bellies. Each Tuesday children in a Dominican Republic School eat breakfast because Rockford Rotary pays for it. Now, right at home, experience literacy in a variety of venues. Have breakfast with authors in Krause Memorial Library Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. for just $4. At 9:45 a.m. dress up as your favorite storybook character and enjoy a side walk parade which starts at Rockford City Hall. Events take place throughout the day all over downtown. More than a dozen authors will visit town and will read and sign books. Signs around town will direct festival attendees to the different events. An outdoor lunch adventure will take place from 11:30 a.m. at Garden Club Park. Bring a lunch or purchase lunch downtown and enjoy Jeff Schatzer and his new book Professor Tuesday’s Awesome Adventure. All ages will enjoy this chance to celebrate the joy of reading, to meet Rockford athletes, school officials, authors and Rotarians as they read out loud. Activities begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. Don’t miss this first-time new festival with a literary theme. 1. Jeff Schatzer – main stage 2. Carl Behrend – main stage 3. Sow Hope-One Hen – main stage 4. Nancy Edwards 5. Jean Alicia Elster ( wants to come to Author breakfast) 6. Renee Hand 7. Alan St. Jean 8. Karen Bell-Brege – possibly present as well 9. Kim Cory – 10. Roland Hansen 11. Kenn Vidro 12. Shirley Neitzel 13. Judith Wade 14. Janet Heller 15. Wendy Gager/and an author friend 16. MaryAnn Lesert Robin Schmidt to display books at Frenz Restaurant Information about authors: Judith Wade, Author Eagle, MI email: firstname.lastname@example.org Judith’s website: rileypress.hypermart.net Books: Mermaid Dreams (Riley Press, 2005) The Mermaid’s Gift (Riley Press, 2004) The Secret of Mermaid Island (Riley Press, 2003) Kim Delmar Cory, Author Holt, MI email: […]
‘I’m keeping the moose’ “If I sold it off in bits and pieces, the synergy goes away. They have to buy it all or nothing,” Don Kurylowicz, long-time business owner in Cannonsburg, has posted his domain for sale. With an asking price of just under $4.5 million, the properties aren’t for just anyone, and Kurylowicz hopes the right sort of person, or a group of individuals, will keep the tenor of his old-time town. Despite the high-tech built in—his group of buildings in the village are networked and have security cameras installed nearly everywhere—the village is Kurylowicz’s homage to Americana. “Meijer and DeVos saved downtown Grand Rapids, but no one is saving these little towns,” Kurylowicz said. In his late 50s, Kurylowicz said it is time to find someone else with the passion, vision—and stamina—it takes to juggle the many hats he wears in the village. He admits, however, if someone ponies up the asking price, he can’t say no. “I’d owe the realtors their commission, that would be $450,000,” he said. He listed the property with The Wisinski Group last Thursday, August 20. This summer Kurylowicz celebrated 25 years in the town, from his first investment in the Honey Creek Inn. He recalled his stubborn efforts to save the historic buildings of the village. The first store was built in 1844 and by 1978 employed seven individuals between its cattle dealer, lumber dealer, shoe and boot store and a hardware. When Kurylowicz bought the Inn, it was in bad shape. He said the township at that time did not make his efforts to rehab the building easy. He dug in his heels and over the years acquired the other properties—mostly by happenstance—he now lists for sale as one unit. Over the years he has enjoyed the feeling of rural community that he promotes through festivals and being very active in the community. He believes people crave the social environment fostered by small towns, which sadly are gone or disappearing. He believes the success of the village is because of the caring people there. Listed are nine parcels, including Honey Creek Inn, Cannonsburg Market and Grist Mill. Kurylowicz said he’s keeping the newest celebrity addition to the town, Ralph the Moose. Kurylowicz said the listing […]
CATCH OF THE WEEK—Carl Stites of Rockford catches a 22.5-inch small-mouth bass on Intermediate Lake in northern Michigan near Bellaire. The fish qualified for master angler status with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, after being measured and released. If you think you have a “Catch of the Week,” send us your photo and information to email@example.com or drop it off at The Rockford Squire, 331 Northland Drive, Rockford.
Newly-renovated Garden Club Park has seen more music and free entertainment this summer with Open Mic Wednesdays. Individuals have been invited to show off their talent in song on the stage, located on the banks of the Rogue River on Wednesdays. “This is another way to make use of the stage and setting,” said City Manager Michael Young. Young joined in the show Wednesday, August 19, signing up with friend Jerry Douthett and singer Amanda Jones to offer their version of the Stones’ You Don’t Always Get What You Want and Janis Joplins’ Me and Bobby McGee. Douthett played guitar, Jones amazed crowds with her vocal talents and Young contributed in song and playing the egg. Jones said she has been singing since she was in Rockford High School choir. “We’ve been playing at all the major venues,” Young told the crowd. “We’ve played at Sparta, at Harvard and in Smyrna.” See videos from the evening (NOTE – Files are 8 meg +, please be patient waiting for the downloads): Big Daddy and the Eggman 1 Big Daddy and the Eggman 2 Big Daddy and the Eggman 3
The first Heirloom tomato festival drew crowds and helped pack downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 22. In the parking lot of the Promenade, the festival included a salsa contest that tried the taste buds of judges, who had to sample a whopping 34 salsas. Some caused sweat to break out on judges’ faces, but no one dropped out before the tasting was done. “We expected maybe eight entries,” said organizer Meredith Gremel. She said of the judges “I kind of feel sorry for them.” The event featured tomatoes, games and music, and was a kick-off to fundraising by the Rockford High School Youth Initiative, who provided the volunteers for the children’s activities at the festival. Initiative president Shelby Denhof said this year’s project for the community group is to build a Habitat for Humanity home. The undertaking will require raising an amazing $75,000. Denhof said the group hopes to rehab or build from scratch a house right here in Rockford. Prior to the festival, the organization had already raised $850 by holding pop can drives. “We hope to have half raised by January, begin building by February or March and be done by June, “ Denhof stated. Youth Initiative volunteers helped youngsters with a bag toss, painted faces and helped kids decorate their own heirloom tomatoes to take home. Under a tent Reds offered samples of tomato-based salad, salsa and soup for $2 each. Ingraberg Farm highlighted many varieties of heirloom tomatoes and Earthkeeper Farms was also present with tomatoes. The event was well-attended and organizers were pleased with the turnout. Downtown merchants joined in the fun by offering discounts and deals for those who showed up with tomato-related items. It is planned for the festival to be a yearly event.