Ready to re-energize your spiritual life? Join the Metropolitan Choir of Praise and First Congregational Church of Rockford on April 15 for an evening of sacred music guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your spirit soaring. The 70-voice Metropolitan Choir of Praise is a mixed chorus based in Grand Rapids. Its members are men and women from numerous vocations and professions, from many churches in and around West Michigan. First Congregational Church is pleased to welcome the choir to its sanctuary for an unusual return engagement. The choir began performing concerts of sacred music in 1963, sharing the joy of salvation and the love of Jesus Christ with audiences across the United States and around the world. First Congregational Church is Rockford’s oldest church, established before the town became the City of Rockford. The charm and simple beauty of its sanctuary, which dates back to the 1870s, make it one of the city’s historic gems. The concert is a perfect opportunity to visit for those who have never been inside. A reception of cookies and punch will follow the performance, and all are welcome. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will benefit First Congregational’s education wing expansion project. The Metropolitan Choir of Praise will perform at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 192 E. Bridge Street, at the corner of Fremont Street in Rockford. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-2412.
April 5 2012
The Kent Reading Council, in association with Michigan Reading Association, recently awarded the Golden Apple Award to the Rockford Rotary Club for its avid support of literacy in their community. The Rockford Rotary has supported the district with summer school grants, money for books, and for sponsoring the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival, which will be held for the fourth consecutive year on August 11 of this summer. The presentation was made at the Amway Grand Hotel at the 50th anniversary celebration of Kent Reading Council.
After 34 years and countless successful alumni, it’s no fluke—Western Michigan University’s Gold Company is arguably the finest vocal jazz choir in the world. And they’re coming to Rockford on April 10. Directed by Dr. Stephen Zegree, the award-winning ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire which covers all styles in the contemporary vocal idiom. Gold Company has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa. The groups have appeared at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the World Symposium on Choral Music, the national conventions of MENC and IAJE, and divisional and national conventions of ACDA, as well as performing at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the inaugural Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Festival. Gold Company has also appeared with guest artists including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Mark Murphy, Rosemary Clooney, Kurt Elling, The Manhattan Transfer, Jon Hendricks, Darmon Meader, and Don Shelton and Bonnie Herman of The Singers Unlimited. Gold Company is coming to Rockford High School to help out The Rockford Aces, who are traveling this summer to take part in the World Choir Games (considered the Olympics of choir). “We’re lucky to have gotten them,” said Aces director Jed Scott. “They’re in constant demand around the country and have limited time for touring, but they did everything in their power to make it happen. The Aces are so excited to present this dynamic ensemble to the Rockford community. They always present an outstanding performance that’s suitable for all ages.” Also worth noting is that 2010 Rockford High School alumnus, and former member of the Aces, Bill Davidson will be on hand playing piano for Gold Company. Tickets are $10 for this one-night-only special event, with all proceeds going to the Aces trip. Don’t miss this amazing night of singing! Purchase tickets online at www.rockfordchoirs.com.
Megan is a leader in and out of the classroom Megan Derby, 10, is the daughter of Ed and Jennifer and the sister to Josh. All who meet her describe her as kind-hearted and sweet. Megan is described by her teachers as a thoughtful young lady, a willing helper, and very bright student. She goes out of her way to help everyone. She is a hard worker showing passion and commitment to a task. She shows her integrity by knowing what is right and doing it. Megan is a leader in and out of the classroom. She shows great responsibility in all her tasks. She thinks of others before herself. Megan finds ways to help others. She shows her service to community as a lunchroom helper. She also volunteers to help Mr. Bob with recycling during the lunch period. She serves as a Safety and as a STAR technology student helping out in the computer lab. “Megan is the type of student willing to help anyone who needs it,” her teachers say of her. She is always willing to be a study buddy with any of her classmates. Megan’s “can-do” attitude is evident daily. She is always positive with every task given to her. Her teachers note that she seems intrinsically motivated to do her best and has the support and love of her family behind her. Not only does she strive for her personal best, she helps others achieve their personal best as well. Megan is a very involved young lady. She has been a competitive dancer with the Rockford School of Dance for the last six years dancing tap, jazz and ballet. Megan also loves sports and participates in Community Education soccer, baseball and basketball. She has also participated in Parkside’s Odyssey of the Mind team and is an altar server at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Meagan earned first place in Parkside’s Spelling Bee in fourth and fifth grades and will represent our school at the regional bee. Megan is clearly a student with strong values who is not afraid to do what is right. Her determination, kind nature, and willingness to make a difference in her everyday actions make her an Example in Excellence for Parkside Elementary School.
Annual Humor Banquet As you all know, or should, the Squire’s annual Humor Banquet has come and gone. YOU WEREN’T THERE. Shame on you. The Squire always holds its humor banquet at noon the Saturday before April Fools Day. Location: the sidewalk of The Corner Bar at Main and Courtland streets in Rockford. The rules: bring jokes to share and buy your own hotdog. Okay, so I wasn’t at this year’s banquet, either, but I have a good excuse (don’t know about YOU). Loaded with jokes, I stepped into the garage at 11:00. My car’s flat tire made me grab the bike. However, before even getting to the corner, I hit the neighborhood porcupine. The porcupine gave me a dirty look and waddled off, leaving me with two flat bike tires. So: back to the house, on foot, wheeling the bike; called the flat tire fixer guys. I was standing in the driveway next to their truck when a passing skateboarder clipped me in the ankle. I suffered only a damaged sock but the skateboarder lost his balance and landed smack on that same accident-prone porcupine. While I cussed out the porcupine and chased him up his tree, the flat tire guys called an ambulance for the skateboarder, who was unreasonably frantic about some quills sticking out of his backside. While waiting for the ambulance, the skateboarder called his lawyer. The lawyer arrived while I was still in the tree pursuing the porcupine. I saw him taking notes about the tree and the porcupine being on MY property. The ambulance arrived and took away the skateboarder. Still determined to make it to the Humor Banquet on time, I headed off in a sprint down the street toward The Corner Bar. When I stepped on the left-behind skateboard, I knew it was a lost cause. My next-door neighbor, Ken Platt, bandaged my injured hand while I tried to ignore the mean-spirited snorts and chortles of the porcupine up there in the tree. It was disappointing to miss my most fun event the year. I attach a few jokes I tried to bring with me to the banquet: Historical note A busload of tourists arrives at Runnymede. They gather around the guide, who says, “This is the […]