Rockford Area Arts Council

Annual Ice Festival to be held downtown Rockford January 8

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

What happens when chainsaw-wielding craftsmen meet giant blocks of ice? Simply magic. And you can get in on the action, Saturday, Jan. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. downtown Rockford. The 2010 festival drew over 6,000 guests, and event planners are working hard to make the second annual bigger, better and packed with free family fun. The festival is being sponsored by area businesses in partnership with the City of Rockford. Grand Rapids-based Ice Sculptures LTD will be providing the ice-carving talent. Festival activities will include: a giant show-stopping sculpture sponsored by the City and placed in front of the Welcome Center on Squires Street Square; carving demonstrations on the deck of Reds on the River and in front of the Corner Bar; nine holes of miniature golf with each ice hole sponsored by an area business, expanded from three holes last year—and the Food Network will be at the festival filming! New this year: a scavenger hunt throughout downtown encourages participants to find all the ice sculptures and a win prizes. Other new activities this year include: voting for best sculpture and golf hole in the heated pavilion; a best photo contest with uploads to Facebook; an ice sports wall for interactive games; and free hot cocoa in the Pavilion, provided by the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA. Music and entertainment at the dam will be provided by the Rockford Area Arts Council. Area businesses will be offering festival fun and shopping and dining deals. And there will be contests and enter-to-win prizes for Guess the Melt Date and number of objects hidden in ice sculptures. What better way to enjoy the Michigan winter than to meander along the Rogue River in downtown Rockford and check out the ice-carving demonstrations, try your hand at a little miniature golf, and let your imagination run wild? Plus, the sculptures will remain on exhibit until Mother Nature does away with them—and if you can predict the date, you may just win some fabulous prizes! For additional information on the Ice Festival, check out The Ice Festival is free, compliments of many sponsors, including: • Show Stopper Sculptures—Welcome Center: @The City of Rockford (, Promenade: Trendwell Energy ( • Four-hour carving demonstration (12-4 p.m./Reds deck): Reds on […]

Rockford Register — December 2, 2010

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Thursday, December 2 Rockford Area Historical Society Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Intro to Digital Memory Keeping—9 to 11 a.m. at The Memory Boutique, 925 Northland Dr., Rockford. Free workshop designed to help you get started with the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software program. Sign up at or call (616) 828-2402. Fri.–Sun., Dec. 3–5 Food 4 Soles Holiday Food Drive—a benefit for North Kent Community Services, at the Rockford Footwear Depot, North Main Street in downtown Rockford. Donate a non-perishable food item and get a coupon for 20% off any one item. No limit on food donated; limit of 10 coupons per customer. Valid for in-store purchase only Dec. 3-5; not valid on employee purchases, online purchases or gift certificate purchases.  Saturday, December 4 Santa Breakfast—8:30 to 10 a.m. at John Ball Zoo, in the “ballroom” featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages, including a personal visit with Santa, a take-away souvenir, and an up-close demonstration with three animals. The breakfast is limited to 100 people; all seats must be reserved. Call (616) 336-4326. Cost is $15 per adult and $13 per child for non-members, or $12 and $10 for zoo members.  “Books Are Fun” Sale—noon to 4 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Dr., hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. 28th Annual Fine Art and Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes (just east of Ada), Lowell, sponsored by the Rogue River Artisans, featuring more than 100 juried artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit 29th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Unique gifts, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch and raffles. For more information, call (616) 754-4194.  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until the cookies are gone, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Proceeds from the sale of their homemade cookies go to various mission projects sponsored by the Ladies Guild. For more information, call the alumni office at (616) 526-6142. Monday, December 6 Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, Rockford. Tuesday, December 7 Crafts Around the World—6:30 […]

Schwandt wins RAAC t-shirt design contest

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Area Arts Commission offered their third annual t-shirt design contest again this year. Third and fourth-graders from Belmont, Meadowridge and Parkside elementary schools entered the contest. The best all around designs were chosen. There were four winners. Fourth place went to Bailey Abbey of Belmont Elementary, third place to  Paige Anderson  of Meadowridge Elementary, second place to  Anna Kurtz of Belmont Elementary and first place to Brandon Schwandt of Parkside Elementary.  Brandon’s design will be used on the t-shirts for “Freedom To Express” the sixth Annual Summer Arts Camp being held July 20 to July 24 here in Rockford. For more information about the Summer Camp phone (616) 874-5264.