Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has teamed up with our local farmers markets again. Every other Saturday, volunteers have collected fresh produce donated by the people taking advantage of all the wonderful locally grown food sold at the Rockford Farmers Market or by the farmers themselves. They helped collect 626 pounds of food on one Saturday! Volunteers are still needed for the October 9 and 23 Rockford Farmers Markets as well as other dates for the Plainfield and Fulton farmers markets. If anyone is interested, please call Nathan O’Connell at (616) 606-2151. According to Feeding America’s statistics, 49 million Americans are facing hunger and 96 billion pounds of food are wasted every year. Be part of the solution!
Visitors to the three weekends of Harvest Fest are sure to enjoy new experiences, but can also find plenty of familiar faces. This year’s three weekends of festivities include the Make-it and Take-it Scarecrow event at the Rockford Historical Museum all three weekends, September 25 and 26, October 2 and 3 and October 9 and 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Rotary chicken BBQ dinner sale is a favorite that began in 1983 and takes place at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Squires and Courtland streets (see related article, page 1) and features drive-up curbside service. Dinners are $9. Also a returning favorite is caricature artist Louise Bauer, who has been coming to Harvest Fest for over a decade, entertaining audiences as she sketches in front of the Welcome Center near Great Northern Trading Company. Bauer said her quiet personality may lead people to believe she isn’t a funny person, but humor, as well as art, has always been important to her—one of her lectures she offers is on the healing power of humor. She is known at Harvest Fest for the quick caricatures she sketches, but considers herself a fine artist and has a portfolio packed with drawings of people, pets and nature and a history of illustrating books for publishing companies. “I always wanted to be an artist,” Bauer said of her background, and noted that as a little girl she was always drawing. Art, like music, can be a tough career choice, with many more people aspiring to make a living from their passions than jobs are available, but Bauer is an example of success in her field. She studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and returned to Michigan, where she went to school at Kendall College of Art and Design and earned her BFA. Her advice to others, who would like to make a living as an artist, is to “keep knocking on doors and making phone calls” in pursuit of a job. “If you make a lot of phone calls, eventually something comes through,” she advised. Bauer always dreamed of working for Disney and started with a job at an animation company, making movies of Bible stories. There she painted cells. She worked […]
A handmade, queen-size “Michigan” quilt made by women of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church is one of the items to be raffled at the church’s annual craft show, “A Bazaar for All Seasons.” Each square in the quilt represents something significant to the state of Michigan. The raffle drawing will occur at the end of the show. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the show or by calling (616) 875-8893. Raffle participants do not have to be present to win. In addition to the raffle, vendors will be selling their crafts on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church located at 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford. Featured this year is award-winning Stacy Niedzwiecki, whose digital photography is on display at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and the Governor’s residence in Lansing. Other items include handwoven scarves, silk floral arrangements, herbal blends, baked goods, stained glass, purses, “alphabet” photography and much more. From 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. a lunch of potato soup, chicken salad, and Maurice salad will be available for purchase, and musical entertainment will be provided. Admission is free and the building is handicapped accessible.
On a warm and sunny afternoon, Talia, 8 and Roxanne, 4, along with their mom Amanda Calcagno enjoyed a personal tour of “The Little Red Schoolhouse” (Rounds School), courtesy of Rockford Rotarian Rick Ehinger, who was doing some “tidying up” of this historic local treasure. The schoolhouse has been at its present location since 1960, when the Rotary Club moved it from its original home near 11 Mile Road and Courtland Drive. The Little Red Schoolhouse will be open for tours the second weekend of Harvest Fest, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, from 1 to 3 p.m. This is one of many ongoing Rotary projects for the community. Visit their website at rockfordmirotary.org.