Photos by TOM SCOTT The last night of music for the Rogue River concert series for the summer of 2011 is over, but the energy and the crowds of kids ended the season on a great note. Independent Bank sponsored the family concert with interactive music and plenty of fun. There will be plenty of other events, some including music, coming to Rockford in the next few weeks, as summer turns to fall, so watch for other chances to enjoy downtown shopping, parks and entertainment.
Garden Club Park
Aunt Candy of Aunt Candy’s Toy Company was thrilled with the turnout during the last weekend of Harvest Festival, especially the tons of kids in the annual costume contest. Cars lined the streets of Rockford right up past the business district for Saturday’s events, which included free horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, mascots and more. The Heart of Rockford Business Association organized the third weekend of Harvest Festival, which was a great success. A petting zoo at Garden Club park with pony rides drew children. Mascots, such as Roo Bucks from the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, spread cheer among the crowd.
Forget high-tech, old-fashioned food and games are best What did kids and adults used to do to have fun? Find out during the three weekends of Harvest Festival in Rockford, starting this Friday with Family Fun Weekend. This year, what is new is what is old as students from the Rockford High School Youth Initiative offer old-fashioned games in Garden Club Park (by the dam). The games are free, although the club is accepting donations. The group has set a high goal this year of building a Habitat Home, hopefully somewhere in Rockford. The games will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays all three weekends and 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday. The three weekends of fun begin Friday, September 25 as Rockford Rotary repeats their popular chicken dinner sale at the Rotary Pavilion from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Drive-up service is available for to-go orders. All three weekends enjoy hayrides, scarecrow making, and activities and demonstrations around town. Returning with a new twist is the chili cook-off, formerly a Jaycee event, now organized by the Rockford Chamber. Chefs should hone their recipes now for that event, held Saturday, October 3 during Heritage Weekend. Judges will be local firemen, traditional experts in the field. Set up will be in the Rotary Pavilion at 10 a.m. Also returning that weekend is the classic car show and fiddle competition. Kids will enjoy a chance to challenge their skills in a coloring contest (see page 11) with entries to be displayed at D&W. Winners will be announced the second weekend of Harvest Festival. “There are lots of new things, and also returning favorites,” said Brenda Davis, Rockford Chamber Director. Davis said merchants are joining the fun more this year by offering in-store demonstrations. Harvest Fest is in its 33rd year and is a celebration of old-fashioned activities and of hometown enjoyment. Rockford is the perfect setting for such an event, and is often compared to a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Not all events take place in downtown proper. D&W will be selling hotdogs to benefit the North Kent Service Center this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Rockford Hardware will host an […]
Enjoy the sights Visit Stacy Niedzwiecki, Rockford photographer, at Art in the Park on Saturday, September 12 at Rockford’s Art tn the Park at Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s) in downtown Rockford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Multi-media artworks—sculpture, jewelry, weaving and no crafts—will be available for viewing or purchase.
The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Arts Commission invite the Rockford community to the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series every Tuesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s), downtown Rockford. These family oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent, free of charge. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The concerts run from June 9 to August 11. Following is a list of the remaining scheduled performers: June 23-Root Doctor June 30-James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers July 7-Tomas Esparza Blues Experience July 14-Steve Hilger Blues Band July 21-Harper After the Blues Series July 28-Organissimo (jazz) August 4-The Concussions (surf) August 11-Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk) In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets. Parking is available at the South Squires Street parking lot, which is accessed from the Bridge Street entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from the Main Street entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.