Photos by GEORGIA DONOVAN Youngsters enjoyed the many free activities at this weekend’s Start of Summer (SOS) Children’s Tent in downtown Rockford. Organizers work hard to make sure the town’s biggest summer festival is family-friendly, and the many smiles at the tent prove their efforts are successful. Isaac Walton League president Georgia Donovan submitted these photos of kids having a blast and would like to remind all that there is another opportunity for outdoor family fun coming right up. On Saturday, June 18, the local Ikes invite the public to enjoy the club’s facility at 5641 Myers Lake Road (just north of Cannonsburg Road) for SummerFest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be beverages, free fishing in the stocked pond with help and supplies provided, archery and much more.
Rockford Start of Summer Celebration
The Rockford American Legion Post 102, located at 330 Rockford Park Drive, rocks in the Start of Summer Celebration by presenting top-notch entertainment for the enjoyment of Rockford residents. In the past, the Legion has hosted bingo in their old downtown facility during Start of Summer Celebration in Rockford, but since moving out to their new building, they have tried to do something a little different. Continuing to participate and support the Rockford Start of Summer Celebration is important to the Legion, and this year it is bigger than ever. The highlight of the celebration will occur on Friday, June 10, as they host the Start of Summer Tribute Show/Party. This year the show will provide residents of Rockford the opportunity to enjoy performances by such international stars as Elvis/Tom Jones tribute artist Irv Cass and Rod Stewart tribute artist Steve Bobbitt. They will also have a special appearance by Rockford’s own Neil Diamond tribute artist John Launiere, who will be the emcee for the show, and just maybe one more special guest. Also in attendance will be a group of veterans from the Grand Rapids Veterans Home. Tickets for the show are limited and cost only $20 each. Doors open Friday evening at 6:30 with the show starting at 8:00. A cash bar and snacks will be available. For more information, call (616) 866-2001 or (616) 745-4896 or visit the Legion’s website at www.rockfordlegion.org. The Legion is open to the public for the entire day. Dinner is not included, but the Lounge will be open and serving prime rib as their “special” along with their regular menu items. The public is encouraged to see the new facilities and possibilities of their banquet hall for special occasions.
The Rotary Duck Race during Start of Summer Celebration is an annual favorite where people watch to see which duck will come in first, winning someone a cool grand prize. This year several (hundred?) of the little yellow ducks escaped the safety net at Richardson-Sowerby Park, making their way to the Grand. If anyone finds the ducks, Rotarians would love to have them back. Please drop off at the Rockford Squire office at 331 Northland Drive, Rockford.
June 12, 13 & 14, 2009 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, June 12 12:00 Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open! 12-11pm Lions’ Beverage Tent 12-4pm Children’s Tent 1-4:00pm Rockford Historical Museum Open 2-7:00pm Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church) 3:00pm Kentwood Senior Steppers-senior dances 4:00pm Dee Jay the Clown 4:30-5:30 Dee Jay the Clown-Balloon Animals 5-11pm Shuttle Service provided by REBA 5:00pm Aaron VandeWege-Delightful & Silly Songs for Kids 5-7:00pm Opus Mime 6:00 Rockford School of Dance 6:30pm American Martial Arts Institute Demonstration-on Courtland Street 7-9:00pm Tim Salisbury-Comedian & Juggler 8:00pm The Eschelon’s-Music from the ’50s & ’60s 8:00pm American Legion presents Elvis/Tom Jones-Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr. Saturday, June 13 10am Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open 10am-11pm Lions’ Beverage Tent 10am-11pm Shuttle Service provided by REBA 11-7:00 Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church) 11:00am PARADE After Parade Water Ball Demo—City of Rockford Fire Parade Dept. (Contact Chief Reus at 866-1553 to participate.) 11am-7pm Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church) 12:00pm Rockford Area Concert Band 12-4:00pm Children’s Tent 12:30-2:30 Opus Mime 12:30-3pm Tours of Little Red Schoolhouse 1-4:00pm Rockford Historical Museum Open 1:30pm Rockford Area Orchestra 2:00pm Frog & Turtle Race-at Chase Bank on Main St. 2:30-4:30 Dee Jay the Clown-balloon animals 3:00pm Peri Phillips & Friends 4:30pm Aarganik- “Organically Fused Alt Folkwave” 6:00pm Mari Castagnaro 7:00pm Rotary Duck Race at the Dam 8:00 The Outer Vibe Dark FIREWORKS Sunday, June 14 10am BridgeWay Church Service-at Garden Park 11am Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open 12pm Lions’ Beverage Tent Opens 12-4pm Children’s Tent 1:00pm Bedlam in Rockford Bed Race-Pre-register at Rockford Independent; event day sign-up at Krause Memorial Library. 1:00pm The Big Tiny Young Show 1-5:00pm Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church) 2-4:00pm Dee Jay the Clown-balloon animals 3:00pm Jeff Large-Acoustic