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My Town Rockford: Art in the Park returns Sept. 6

My Town Rockford: Art in the Park returns Sept. 6

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan artists will showcase their talents once again this year during Rockford Art in the Park.

The exhibition is Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Garden Club Park between the Rogue River Dam and White Pine Trail.  Art will be on display, as well as for sale.  This year, 25 vendors will be offering up a variety of art, from pottery to jewelry and photography.  A panel of judges will award six “Best of Category” awards.

For more information, visit the Rockford Chamber website.

My Town: New art center opens in Rockford

My Town: New art center opens in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A new arts center is now open in Rockford.

Business owner Meg Frantz is temporarily donating the space at 52 Courtland until she makes a decision on what to do with the downtown facility.  Frantz also owns Bow Dacious Designs at 27 N. Main Street.

Creative Art Center-Rockford has named the facility "Arts Rockford!"  The building, which opened Sept. 2, includes an office, art gallery and space for meetings, events and potential art classes.

“Meg is a great friend and a huge supporter of the arts,” said Creative Art Center-Rockford Executive Director Linda Humbert.  “She called and asked me, ‘What can I do to help?’  Being able to open a temporary facility downtown right now is a wonderful opportunity for our organization to be able to connect with the community as we work through our separation with the city government.”

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich.-- A group of northern Kent County actors are presenting a play this weekend that will have audiences in stitches.

A cast of 13 performs “Seek Immediate Medical Attention’’ at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9.

“Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease,’’ director Dave Schmuker said. “The play highlights the comical interactions in a doctor’s office and deals with everything from hypochondriacs to one-sided romance.’’

Schmuker, who penned the original script, is making his directorial debut. He’s been active in community theater for several years, often appearing with the Rogue River Community Theatre Company.

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Rogue River Community Theatre Company is offering families a unique way to beat boredom during the dog days of summer with its first summer stage production.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," a loveable, time-honored story, will be presented in the North Rockford Middle School auditorium beginning this evening Thursday, Aug. 7 and running through Saturday, Aug. 9.

The cast of 17 actors ranges in age from 7 to 70. The story is based on the celebrated children's novel published in 1948 and made into a movie in 1950 and again in 2003. It's a coming-of-age story about the oldest of 12 children and her interactions with family, notably her parents. The play is narrated by two of the older siblings.

"'Cheaper by the Dozen' will really play with the audience's emotions,'' director Shannon Rop said. "It has funny, sad, happy and poignant moments.''

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns Tuesday night with Black Jake & The Carnies.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:


After the Blues

  • Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014: The Crane Wives