At a Thursday press conference it was announced that the Fremont Cinemas would be reopening thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of Tanya Mendoza and Ken Terveer.
On Friday the word came down from the Gov’s office that theaters could reopen.
Or does Lansing recognize the importance of providing entertainment options to the people of Newaygo County?
Few folks favor hitting the theaters during our warm weather period which can be anywhere from about 5 months to that week in July depending on personal body temperature fluctuations.
And we are an outside kind of people here in the near north. When the first croci appear poking through the snow we are ready to take it outside and it isn’t until the last of the leaves fall and deer hunting season comes to its post Thanksgiving end that most of us become ready to bring it indoors for the winter.
Then, with daytimes reduced to a few hours and nighttime activity limited to shoveling snow we hunker in.
But now and then you just got to get out right?
And what better place than to go to the movies?
Now we’re not saying it was merely the article by Lola Harmon in N3 regarding the impending reopening of the Fremont Cinemas that caused the Gov to suddenly toss open the doors to theaters across the lower part of our bipeninsular paradise…
But the timing...the timing is certainly intriguing.
From the press release last Friday:
Beginning October 9, a number of previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide, including indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more.
Under Executive Order 2020-183, instead of being limited to 10 people, non-residential indoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 500 people in Michigan’s largest venues. Non-residential indoor venues must require a face covering. Instead of being limited to 100 people, non-residential outdoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people.
By Marianne Boerigter
Have some fun this fall and shoot away….with your camera! Newaygo County is prime country for that perfect fall photo. Take your best shots and enter the NCCA-Artsplace Fall Photography Contest. The contest is an annual community event that anyone can enter and showcases the fall beauty of our area. Entry deadline is Thursday, October 1, by 4:00 p.m.
This free competition is for all ages and all levels of skill. All entries must have a fall or harvest theme. Participants may submit up to two entries. Each entry must be an 8”x10” unframed photograph.
All entries will be on display October 2 through October 31 in the corridor gallery at NCCA-Artsplace. First, second and third place awards will be announced by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2 at www.ncca-artsplace.org and @NCCA-Artsplace on Facebook.
Registration forms for the competition are available at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or call 231.924.4022. The guidelines and forms may also be printed from www.ncca-artsplace.org.
Flying Bear Books in downtown Newaygo is currently hosting an exhibit featuring recent works by local artist Brenda Huckins Bonter.
This enticing bastion of bookery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6pm.
From the artist::
During the pandemic shut down, I found myself with plenty of spare time. I really missed the watercolor classes that I taught at St Marks and Ukulele classes at Sleeping Bear Books in Newaygo. Long walks with my dog Bengee became a daily occurrence. I live near the North Country Trail and Coolbough, so I had plenty of time to observe the beauty of nature and some of it’s amusing quirks along the trails. I became fascinated with what I call “Tree Spirits'', the areas of trees where limbs have broken off, burls are formed, and sometimes even holes bored by birds that create interesting “faces”. I started carrying art supplies and my camera in a backpack so I could make quick on site sketches and a photo. Back at home I enhanced the pencil sketches with stronger lines and shapes then added watercolor. I explored techniques to mimic the bark pattern on trees as well as bringing out the faces. The photos helped with the actual colors but my imagination took off as I played with interesting combinations and textures. Now that I have this volume of work I thought it might be fun to share it with the community.
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