The Rogue River Artists Association annual art show is coming right up on Saturday, July 14 at the home of artist Shirley Dean, 9620 Summit Ave., Rockford. Dean, who was accepted this year into Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize event, is just one of many local painters, sculptors, photographers and artists in other mediums who will offer their work for show or purchase. Visitors will enjoy Dean’s lovely gardens as they visit with artists and look over unique, locally produced works, which will grace any home or make a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The association is always looking for new members. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Rockford D&W Fresh Market’s upstairs eating area. In addition to the annual summer show and sale, the group’s work can be seen during Art in the Park downtown Rockford in Garden Club Park and along the White Pine Trail. This year’s Art in the Park is September 8. During Harvest Festival weekends, the artists set up their tents at Herman’s Boy. There is also a holiday season show November 10 at Rockford United Methodist Church in downtown Rockford. For more information, visit artsrockford.org.
July 12 2012
by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Several people have contacted me asking if I could do a column about Thor. Because many readers may not know about Thor, let’s ask the following “Nugget of Rockford History” question: Who was Thor? Contact me at (616) 866-0530 with your answer and also with your Thor stories. With your help, the story of Thor can be presented and another positive part of our area history can be revealed. Last week I mentioned that the Rockford High School class of 1962 was inducted into the “Golden R” on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Many 1962 graduates attended the luncheon during the afternoon, and then the held their own reunion that evening at the Rockford Sportsman’s Club. As the advisor to the class, I attended both events. My wife also was at the two functions, and we agreed that the day was an enjoyable one for us. Both of us consider many of the members of the 1962 class our friends because we have known and remained in contact with many of them over the years. Some of them babysat our children while others worked in the area, and Bruce VanWingen became a teacher at Rockford High School and was a colleague for years. He even introduced me to computer possibilities in the year 2000. On the night of the reunion, we met many class members and shared lots of history. Their experiences were interesting to learn about and covered all facets of life. It did seem to me that laughter and good feelings were quite prominent. I spoke with many of them, and wish that I could have talked with more. The class to me was and always will be special. They have certainly made their mark on the world! Several members of the class were very interested in our new museum project and stated that they intended to make donations. I found this very positive because when they were in school, Rockford did not have a museum. They just want to help. Many offered auction ideas and wished us luck with it. Some, who live in the area, will hopefully donate their items. Last week, I was asked when the auction would take place. The answer is: […]
They wind through the countryside, effectively threading an imaginary needle with their group. The bikers ride in perfect formation, staggered, yet still taking up less space in a lane than a single car. Motorcycles are an everyday sight in Michigan during the summer, but not a lot of them stage their rides out of a church. The Res-life Riders, a motorcycle ministry based out of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, do just that, and are hoping to change the way people think about both bikers and God. One of the ways they are putting their name out is the third annual Fun-Run. It is basically a poker run, which is a biker staple for fundraising, but with a Christian twist. They don’t go to bars, they don’t drink alcohol, and they don’t focus on the competition. They instead ride to county parks, drink juice and water, and focus on the fellowship and camaraderie. For the past two years, the Fun-Run has raised funds for Lean on Me Outreach Center, a place that provides for those families that cannot always seem to make ends meet. The first year, they rode in perfect weather, and last year, they rode in thunderstorms. It doesn’t matter if they get a little wet, they realize that what they are doing is changing the lives of whole families. Last year, riders came from as far as Ionia and rode for the cause, not for the comfort. On August 4, 2012, they are doing it again. Rain or shine, they will buckle their vests, lace up their boots, strap on their helmets and ride to raise money for those in need. Therefore, there is an official call to action to all: Attend the Fun-Run and do your part to help local families. If you have a motorcycle, show up between 9 and 11 a.m. to register. The $20 fee to participate may not seem like a lot to you, but it will help so many people who just need that extra nudge. If you don’t have a motorcycle, ask how you can help. Contact the Lean on Me Outreach Center and ask what you can do to change the lives of people all around you, people you may know, but may not […]
The famous Leinenkugel family of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company will be at your local Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road on Thursday, July 19 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy meeting the beer legacy family in person, have autographs signed, play games, have pop and a hotdog for $2, and more. Free samples will also be offered. Store Director Dave Brickner said he is very excited to have the family stop at Ric’s, which is known for the wide selection of beer and wine as well as weekly specials and an outstanding meat department.
The 18th annual D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops promises to provide some of the best summer entertainment in West Michigan, served family style in a relaxed, natural setting. The series opens with perennial audience favorite “Classical Fireworks.” Two performances, led by Music Director David Lockington, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 12-13 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. “Classical Fireworks” traditionally features dramatic, instantly recognizable musical works with a fireworks grand finale. This summer’s program is no different; however, the line-up reflects the best of “Classical Fireworks” programs from the concert series’ nearly two-decade history, including those works that have garnered some of the greatest audience response. “Every year we pick our favorite orchestral pieces that first got us excited about orchestral music,” said Lockington. “They happen to still have broad appeal and we particularly want young people to grow up loving them as well.” Audiences will hear Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the finale from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mozart’s Overture to “Marriage of Figaro” and selections from John Williams’ “Star Wars.” In a special appearance, 14-year-old violinist Adé Williams will grace the stage with her interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Summer” from “The Four Seasons.” Williams is the first-place laureate of the Junior Division of the 2012 Sphinx Competition. The Detroit-based Sphinx organization is a national nonprofit organization committed to building diversity in classical music through year-round programming in arts education, awareness and presentation. “Classical Fireworks” has become known for its finale that features Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and a spectacular fireworks display. Trident Pyrotechnic Display has worked with the Symphony since 1983, and they plan to intensify the performance this year. Trident will launch a total of 3,718 aerial fireworks within a five- to six-minute period. Trident President Jack Stutting attributes his inspiration to Disney fireworks where several fireworks are launched together. “In our line of business we have a saying: ‘The last impression is the best impression, the last seen is the last remembered,’” said Stutting. “I am doing something a bit different in the finale this year. It is going to be very dramatic.” The grounds open each night at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, pre-concert entertainment and free children’s activities. The […]