Arts & Entertainment

3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival set for January 13-15

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Event organizers plan full weekend of family fun What does a mini Mackinaw Bridge that lights up, an old-fashioned water wheel, a giant ice beaver, a momma polar bear and her cubs, ice cream sundaes, dancing and entertainment, chainsaws, nail polish, animated movie characters, and World Records have in common? ICE—as in the 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival, to be held January 13-15, 2012. As the New Year unfolds, picturesque downtown Rockford will be transformed into a vision of ice, offering winter wonderland fun for folks of all ages and stages. Just imagine, a gigantic ice cream sundae ice bar serving up tasty treats while competing for a world record… chainsaw-wielding ice carvers transforming huge blocks of ice into amazing sculptures… miniature ice golf… interactive ice games… a scavenger hunt throughout the town to locate dozens of sculptures… snow wall art… ice skating… a food drive… music and entertainment… hot cocoa and contests… voting for best of show… a throwback Ice Festival Ball… bustling shops offering festival fare and fun… and thousands of guests discovering downtown Rockford’s Norman Rockwell-like charm and enchantment. The 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year, which is not an easy act to follow. Randy Finch and his team from (stars of the Food Network’s “Ice Brigade” series) are on board for carving demonstrations, as well as pre-carving the scavenger hunt and showstopper ice sculptures. Area culinary students also will showcase their ice-carving talents. Meredith Gremel, event manager, noted, “We are thrilled to have the support of the Rockford businesses to make this free, family fun event possible. So often we find ourselves telling family and friends, ‘Let’s get together after the holidays.’ Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to do so, whether friends live across town or across state. We love showcasing Rockford—its wonderful shopping and dining district, school system, City and Chamber services, natural beauty and outdoor activities along the Rogue River, and most of all, the great people who live here and volunteer throughout the year to make our community extra special.” Festive features include: • Friday, Jan. 13—Inaugural Ice Festival Ball—a ticketed event to benefit the Rockford Area Arts Commission, to be held at Blythefield Country Club. The event includes […]

RHS music department presents ‘A Holiday Collage’

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Photos by TOM SCOTT The Rockford High School music department presented its annual Christmas show, “A Holiday Collage” on December 10th and 11th with Brian Phillips and David Duiven as directors, Peggy Odren as choir accompanist and Gayla Fox, and Chris Teller as technical directors. The 75 minute full house shows were both impressive and professional.Thanks to the Rockford music department for your dedication, professionalism and bringing the Spirit of Christmas back into our lives!

Theater group stages production created by Rockford resident

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rogue River Theater takes ‘The Light of Heaven’s Dove’ on the road Local actors group, the Rogue River Community Theater, took their talent on tour as they offered “The Light of Heaven’s Dove” to a variety of venues. Playing at the restored and historic Kent Theater in Cedar Springs, the group presented a musical drama about the life of Christ. The story depicts the changes that Christ’s life has had historically and currently, impacting the lives of people. Jesus of Nazareth is played by John Hogan, with Mary portrayed by Teresa Lautenbach. Patricia Rose Boersak of Rockford wrote, staged, choreographed and directed the show. The final performance will be December 6 at the Basilica of St. Adalberts Cathedral, 701 Fourth Street, downtown Grand Rapids, at 7:30 p.m.

Stage play brings area families together

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Christmas is certainly a time when most people gather with family and friends for fun and frivolity. It’s just a given nowadays. Families look for creative ways to enjoy the tidings of the season. Some volunteer their time at a soup kitchen, some might wander their neighborhood streets singing Christmas carols, and some might hop in the car one evening and drive miles just to look at thousands of Christmas lights. But, for a small group of people in northern Kent County, they’ve chosen to celebrate their Christmas holidays by taking to the stage. The cast and crew of “The Christmas Carol,” which numbers well over 40, is comprised largely of people who just happen to be related to each other. The production director boasts that it’s truly a family affair. “It’s wonderful to see so many families involved in such a fashion,” said Terri Riggle, production stage director. “They’re having fun and spending a lot of time together in a worthwhile project.” Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Rockford’s Virgil Hubbard. Hubbard’s wife, Kathleen, who’s making her acting debut on the Kent Theatre stage, is playing the wife of the character Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Cedar Springs resident Russ Cole, who is Bob Cratchit, is also given singing direction under the guidance of his wife, Carolee, who is the production’s music director. Laura Johnson, who plays Christmas Present, also enjoys being on stage with her son, Tom, who plays Young Scrooge. And the list continues. There are two mother-and-daughter combinations, Judy and BreAnna Schulz of Howard City and Eva Walters and her daughter, Mystic, also from Howard City. Then there’s the Price family, all from Cedar Springs, who have four out of their five members involved in the play. Jon, the father, is playing dual roles of Mr. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Future. His wife, Tammy, is Mrs. Fezziwig. Their son, Jordan, is Dick Wilkins and daughter, Grace, is Martha Cratchit. Then there’s the sister-and-brother combination of Leah and Andrew Woltansus from Kent City, who are playing the Ghost of Christmas Past and Peter Cratchit, respectively. Howard City resident Jennifer Nind is the production stage assistant and is mother to Michael, who is playing the Young Errand Boy. Cedar Springs resident Scott Phillips plays […]

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