Breath-taking sunshine complemented a variety of ice sculptures and activities in downtown Rockford on Saturday, January 9, The first annual Ice Festival drew over 7.000 visitors, packing the town. Live ice carving took place from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Reds on the River—the festival’s primary sponsor—and the Carriage House. Sculptures created by Ice Sculptures LTD of Grand Rapids included a mermaid, snowflake, a computer and keyboard, the Herman’s Boy Gernan mascot, snowman photo booth, a 12-foot horse and carriage, a hockey goalie, leaping trout and more. The sculptures will remain until Mother Nature causes them to melt. The festival drew comments from Rockford’s City Council. On Monday, January 11 during the regular meeting councilmember Rich Moll offered “applause to the Ice Festival, it was fantastic.”
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Derek Maxfield of Ice Sculptures Inc. carves during ArtPrize last summer. Demonstrations, activities all free Another world-class event will be held in downtown Rockford this Saturday, Jan. 9, as the public is invited to enjoy a wintery day of family activities and the chance to see professional ice sculpture in action. The first ever Ice Festival is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Rockford. Grand Rapids-based Ice Sculptures, LTD will have several professionals on hand with chainsaws, torches, irons and other implements of their profession turning ice into art during live ice-carving demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. The company has been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, has done work for the Discovery Channel, the Superbowl and the World Series. Those willing to venture out on a winter day in Michigan can see them at work live and free of charge. The live ice carving demonstration will take place on the deck by Reds on the River, but there will be other activities available for the day. “Kids are really fascinated by this,” said Randy Finch, co-founder of the company, who began in the unusual occupation during his work as chef at Cygnus. He said the art is an off-shoot of the culinary field, and he began to concentrate full-time on the sculpting in 1989. Since then he has found plenty of work. “If you have seen an ice sculpture around here, chances are it was ours,” he said. In addition to the live demonstrations of ice carving, the day’s activities include mini golf at Garden Club Park and the chance to view a horse and carriage sculpture in front of the Welcome Center (by Great Northern Trading Company). The 12-foot, 2,000-plus-pound creation is so large it has to be cut into pieces to transport and reassemble on site. Also at Garden Club Park, Great Northern Trading Company and Baskets in the Belfry are sponsoring a snowman photo booth where you can snap a unique shot through the ice snowman. Other contests will be to estimate the demise of the ice sculptures, and guess how many objects are frozen into one of the blocks of ice. Winners will receive prizes, when warmer weather puts an end to the ice […]
Reds to host first Ice Festival Check out amazing ice sculptures, enter contests to win prizes, and watch the ice sculpture experts turn giant blocks of ice into magical pieces of art! You can catch all this on the deck of Reds on the River, downtown Rockford by the dam, on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live carving demonstrations from noon until 4 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Reds on the River with support from the City of Rockford, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association and other area businesses. Wolverine World Wide declares quarterly dividend The Directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2010, to stockholders of record on January 4, 2010. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share. With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates, Chaco, Cushe, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The company also is the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 180 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit their website at www.wolverineworldwide.com.
You might as well change Rockford’s name to Festival Town. With a new event taking place this weekend, Rockford has dozens of summertime events to enjoy. On Saturday, August 22, 2009, Reds on the River in Rockford will be sponsoring the First Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival on the banks of the Rogue River as a way to introduce and expand upon the incredible attributes of heirloom tomatoes … and to have a bit of fun in the process. An heirloom tomato is one grown from an heirloom plant, an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomato cultivars can be found in a wide variety of colors, shapes, flavors and sizes, with all kinds of funny names like Big Rainbow, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Green Zebra. They may be lumpy and bumpy, but one thing is for sure – they are packed with flavor. One of the reasons heirloom tomatoes are so popular is they are grown from “old seeds” – in other words, they have not cross bred to produce today’s version of the perfect tomato: bright red, no blemishes, and mass produced. In the process of creating the latter, much of tomato flavor has been bred out of them. Festival activities to include: • Free tomato taste testing of a variety of Heirlooms, compliments of Ingraberg Farms • Judging Best of Show by area media personalities and local Rockford leaders (12 noon) • Salsa contest – attendees are welcome to submit their favorite salsa; winners will receive gift cards to Reds on the River. Salsa judging contest at 1 p.m.—contestants should bring dish to serve eight judges to Reds’ kitchen at 10 am on 8-22. Salsa must be kept properly packaged and labeled with name/phone/email and recipe • Live music • New Holland Brewing beer tent on Reds patio • Food sampling of Reds best heirloom tomato recipes • Children’s activities • Seeds and tomatoes for sale • First annual festival tee shirts for sale Large tents will be set up in the Promenade of Rockford parking lot adjacent to Reds, so rain or shine, the fun festivities will go on. Mark your calendar and plan to spend the day in Rockford. Heart of Rockford Business Association members plan to get in on […]
While many recent high school graduates are busy with summer jobs, planning for college or pursuing career opportunities, seven young women from Rockford have been studying all summer—and loving it! Rockford High School class of 2009 graduates Dani McDonald, Danea Mather, Michelle Morgan, Liz Downer, Rena Steed, Shannon Wilson and Cristin Jamba have been taking voice lessons and practicing throughout the school year and into the summer months with voice instructor Joyce Kash. Some of the girls will be pursuing music careers this fall at various universities; others just love to sing and want to improve their skills. To celebrate their accomplishments, the girls joined Kash and piano accompanist Diane Crosby at Reds on the River in downtown Rockford for their Senior Recital on Wednesday, August 5. Each girl performed two songs for family, friends and Reds guests. Keyboard World provided the piano for the recital. Reds Executive Chef Glenn Forgie was thrilled with the talent and professionalism of each girl. “This is a real treat for our guests,” he said, “and whenever we can partner with our community and provide a venue for students to gain experience performing, we are happy to help.”