Rockford event proves dog park would be another huge hit

Bella is a babe. She is a French bulldog who had a great big grin on her face for her friends Hannah Bodnar (owner) and Rose Montag, all of Rockford.

Photos by BETH ALTENA Rock the Dam could have been called Rock the Dogs as the event had plenty of canine listeners and visitors as well as an impressive crowd of human music lovers. This should encourage organizers of the Rockford dog park, which is currently working on securing funding for the construction of the […]

Pub & Grub Crawl the first of three for this year

Dan DeWard of Studio D2D and  his wife Andrea enjoyed the first of three 2011 Pub & Grub Crawls for downtown Rockford. Wearers of Pub & Grub t-shirts qualified for great deals at downtown venues.

Rock the Dam battle of the bands ends with packed finale

The singer of the Rockford youth band Blind Ambition wins the crowd during the finals of Rock the Dam.

Next new event this Thursday with Pub & Grub Crawl Organizers estimated the crowd for the final night of Rock the Dam battle of the bands to be as much as 700 fans who enjoyed a fine evening of impressive talent. The six-band showdown for winning youth and adult bands was packed with people, dogs […]

Music in the air and the Squire was there

“A Prarie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor autographs a copy of The Rockford Squire.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last week was all about concerts for the Squire staff who stretched themselves thin by covering four local musical extravaganzas – two in downtown Rockford’s Garden Club Park and two at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Amphitheater. Photographer Tom Scott was present at the next-to-last concert of this […]

Art Capsule bigger, better despite rainy weather

Studio D2D’s Dan DeWard created this tribute to Rockford athletes. A young visitor to the studio admires the work.

Jeff Lewis, chair of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) and the idea guy who came up with Rockford’s Art Capsule event, said more people voted on the 30 local art displays in 2011 than in the first year. “We had a thousand votes, which was more than last year,” Lewis said. This year’s event, […]