By Ken DeLaat
The local Native Circle of Newaygo County has been doing some very cool things including the recent showing of the movie Indian Horse and the Native Gathering weekend held at Brooks Park each fall. Tonight (Thursday) the group is sponsoring an all-age Intertribal Dance Circle an opportunity to share and learn the different styles of pow wow dance.
6:30-8pm at Brooks Township Hall 490 Quarterline in Newaygo
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.and no experience or regalia is necessary For additional information please call NCNC at (231) 709-9005.
The Grand Rapids Symphony takes to the Dogwood Main Stage Thursday night at 7:30 pm. to deliver another dynamic performance by this world class orchestra. If you are fortunate there might still be tickets left and this is one of the absolute gems when it comes to Dogwood events. Box office will be open two hours prior to the concert so try 231.924.8885 and prepare to enjoy some very fime music.
Easter Egg Hunts continue with Nelson’s Farm Market holding one Friday beginning at 1pm for ages 0-4 and 3pm for ages 5-10.
Be prompt! I have been a part of Easter Egg hunts in the past and I say this with the voice of experience Be Prompt!
Free event, bring your own baskets and here’s a note from the folks at NFM
“Please explain to your kids that they don't need ALL of the eggs! We like to keep it fun and fair for everyone! Be sure to plan plenty of time, parking can get crowded. Oh, and don't forget to bring your patience!”
Nicely put, Nelsons.
The JAM Children’s Ministry is holding a hunt at the White Cloud Church of God Saturday from 11am-1pm.There will be age groups: Toddler to 1st grade, 2nd grade to 5th grade and Teens.
Door prizes food and drinks, and photos with the happy hare known as The Easter Bunny.
And ok, we’ve never really known of an adult Easter Egg hunt before but we heard this was going to happen at the Shamrock in White Cloud Saturday night at 8pm and admittedly our curiosity is piqued. Probably not piqued enough to stay out beyond what is generally a rather early bedtime mind you, but piqued nonetheless.
Must be over 21.
The Acoustic Lunch series at Newaygo Brewing Co. has featured some fine music and this Saturday is no exception as Dale Wicks takes the stage to help provide an afternoon of good tunes, good brew, good food and amiable surroundings. Noon to 4pm. #Brewaygo
It’s drive-in season!
If you are about my age drive-in movies have likely been a part of many stages of your life. We went as kids in an old station wagon falling asleep generally before the second feature, spent high school there on dates or with groups of friends and eventually went with our own kids in a van because it was the only way to get out and see a movie and the kids would fall asleep before the second feature.
Haven’t been for years you say? Me either but this is the year. The Getty Drive In in Muskegon opens Friday with The Curse Of La Llorona (followed by Shazam! Movie ), Dumbo (followed by How to Train Your Dragon 3), Captain Marvel (followed by Alita: Battle Angel) and Us(followed by Happy Death Day 2U).
Having a drive in nearby is rare these days. The only other one I know of is the Cherry Bowl near Honor up north. If anyone knows of another active one send us a note.
Do they still have the cartoon of the dancing hot dog and pizza slice at intermission?
If you’re out and about near the lakeshore Saturday and have a liking for Irish music check out the Book Nook in Montague a very cool, bookstore/listening venue in their downtown area. Peat in the Creel will be performing starting at 7pm and it’s still a long time until the Irish Fest so this will whet your appetite for the sounds of the Bodhran, penny whistle, fiddle and flute.
Happy Easter folks.
Public Performance Saturday at 3pm
By Ken DeLaat
On Friday on the Dogwood Center’s Main Stage the GR Ballet Junior Co. put on a performance of Beauty and the Beast that served to clearly capture the rapt attention of an audience filled with 6th graders from our local schools.
It was not my first rodeo.
I’ve been to several of these performances over the years and yet each time brings a sense of astonishment at the way these groups of early middle schoolers take to the genre. The faces of the young men and women seems to say it all as they drink in the choreographic magic being performed on stage. It is a testament to the desire our young people have for more exposure to the creative arts and comes with an unmeasurably appreciation toward the Fremont Area Community Foundation, the Gerber Foundation, and the Ted and Nancy Johnson Endowment Fund at FACF for helping to fund this program.
I spoke with a quartet of Hesperia Middle Schoolers after the performance.
What was your favorite part?
“The dance with the teacups was a lot of fun.”
“I lied how they did the wolves eyes.”
“All the costumes were awesome”
“I didn’t know Belle had two sisters. It added to the story”
Cori, Ellie, Elizabeth and Joanna each reported they loved the show. A couple of them had been to the Nutcracker and other ballets and were impressed by the talent of the young dancers on the stage.
Would you ever see yourself doing that?
“It would take years of practice.”
“They start really young”
So the Hesperia 4 gave the show 4 thumbs up.
Anything you would change?
“No. But I think the beast was a little too skinny.”
The show is today, Saturday at 3pm. Tickets still remained at the time of this posting.
Call the box office at (231) 924-8885
By Ken DeLaat
One of the most awaited shows of the year comes to the Dogwood Center this Saturday afternoon at 3pm when the GR Ballet Junior Company presents Beauty and the Beast.
There is nothing quite like taking a young person to the ballet. We have brought children and grandchildren over the years and the experience has always been highly enjoyable and at times even a bit adventurous depending on the age group of our guests.
I had a chance to see the show Friday morning when it was performed for some area 6th graders and it is indeed a sparkling show with imaginative costuming and sets, dozens of talented dancers and a storyline that puts a fresh look on a familiar tale.
Look, this is one of those perfect Spring things to do so call the box office and get yourself a great time at a bargain price of just $17.50 a ticket and just a mere fiver for 18 and under.
Think of it. You can bring a quartet of grandchildren to the show for less than it would set you back for a single ticket to Michigan Adventures. On top of that one arrives home significantly less exhausted than one might after a day at the amusement park.
There is something so ultra cool and Sinatraish about listening to live piano music in a casual setting. It can be an ambience enhancing addition to the atmosphere of the moment all the while providing a pleasant backdrop to pleasing company.
Keyboard artist Isaac Schneider takes to the Newaygo Brewing Co. stage as the latest guest in their Acoustic Lunch Series this Saturday from noon to 3pm. Isaac is fast becoming a local favorite on the ivories so don’t miss the chance to give his play a bit of a listen while enjoying a bite and a brew. Downtown Newaygo.
The thing about boxing?
There’s not much middle ground. You either embrace the sport or vilify it and once you peel off the crowd that has moved to the mixed martial arts/cage fighting genre where it’s nearly all action, the fans of traditional pugilistic performance become fewer albeit generally quite knowledgeable about the sport.
I am not at all knowledgeable about fisticuffs and personally the last fight I was in I won by about 6 blocks.
However, if you are an aficionado of the glove game this weekend is the State Golden Gloves finals at the DeltaPlex in GR where the states top amateur boxers vie for the title. Friday and Saturday.
The Village of Howard City is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and under at Ensley Park beginning at 1pm. There will be bikes and other prizes to win and over 5,000 eggs will be available to find. You can register for prizes the day of the event and you must be present to win.
The Fremont Rec Center has a different twist on the old Egg Hunt thing with an egg splash held at the pool from 9am to noon when about a thousand plastic eggs are there for the swimmers. The Huge Hare known as The Easter Bunny will be on hand we hear and there will be face painting and a coloring station. Cost is $5 per child. Call 924-3750 for more info.
Saturday will be a mostly sunny though a bit cool so it looks like an ideal time to get out and begin hiking like you promised yourself all winter.
The North Country Trail folks, a fine group of trail enthusiasts are inviting people to join them Saturday at 10am for a little stretch of the legs involving a 5.5 mile trek through some mighty fine landscape.
They will convene at Birch Grove Schoolhouse on the corner of Felch and 5 mile and indicate the path to be taken is wooded with even terrain and a few small hills.For more info and to sign up contact Nancy VanWinkle at email@example.com.
On Saturday Grant Christian School (12931 Poplar Ave) is hosting their annual Spring craft show with close to 50 vendors on hand plying a variety of creative goods and services. We spotted opportunities from cookies to candles, honey to home products, and syrup to soap besides an array of needlework designs, jewelry, games, clothing, pet goods and more. Starts at 10am and runs until 2pm.
Moss Ridge Golf Club on Apple Ave also has a craft show going on Saturday from 9am-3pm. Inside, of course, and offering over 50 vendors though likely not the same vendors as those at Grant Christian so you may need to hit both.
Have a great weekend.
Quote of the week:
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”-Kurt Vonnegut
By Tim McGrath
The plane was a silvery speck against the deep crystalline blue of the July sky above the Charlevoix airport. “There it is, and there she goes,” Tommy mentioned as nonchalantly as if telling me what he’d put on his toast that morning. I looked skyward searching for the plane carrying our two wives, and the guys they were strapped to. I’m usually not a nervous hen, but this seemed like certain doom. Who does this kind of thing, anyway? Two sixty-year old baby boomers, that’s who. “We’re never gonna grow old, man,” is the mantra of a generation bent on wrinkled youthfulness. Stand back, baby: hop on that Harley, jump off high bridges, throw yourself out of airplanes. It was all I could do not to pluck at Tommy’s sleeve asking him to remind me our wives names are Kris and Cheryl, not Thelma & Louise.
That’s when the second black speck dropped from the plane – Cheryl. And, that’s also when the screaming started. Just to be clear, it was from the jumpers, not the ground crew. It’s quite remarkable how far sound travels on a still morning. The first speck eventually took shape as two humans strapped together dangling under a parachute. After free falling for about an hour, the second chute opened, and the screaming became mixed with whooping and laughing. And, just like that, both landed safe and sound feet from ground zero – Tommy and I.
Congratulatory hugs and kisses were dutifully doled out, and as we walked back to the car, Cheryl said: “I think you’d like it, wanna give it a try?”. Like an imbecile I replied: “ I’ll do it if you go again. But not today, of course.
Things I’ll Never Do: Skydiving (Probably)
My place was facing backward watching the kids from the comfort of a well padded seat, not bobbing around in the water on a colorful tube strapped to the back of a high speed power boat manned by a skipper bent on mischief.
“C’mon, Uncle Tim, you’ve gotta do it, you just have to”, young niece Cristi hollered at me over the back of the boat. Several others on board gave me the thumbs up sign. I didn’t relish the idea of being slammed around on the mountainous waves, but I didn’t want the label “family weenie” attached to my face in the photo albums either. Plus, I was already geared up and on the tube.
Crap, I hadn’t done this since high school, generations ago. What can do wrong I foolishly reasoned: I’d given explicit instructions I wanted an ”easy to moderate” ride. Everyone agreed that’d be best for someone who hadn’t done this in a long time; so we were all set. Might be fun, so don’t be such an old fart, I reminded myself.
I gave the thumbs up, put on my brave face, and everyone cheered. The boat roared to life, the rope snapped free of the water, and we were off. After a bit, I relaxed and enjoyed the tour around the lake. Hey, not bad, I thought. Big grins, more thumbs up.
There apparently was a conspiracy on board that I, of course, wasn’t privy to. Suddenly, the boat leapt forward, the whooping and hollering grew to where I could hear it from my vantage point. That’s when Captain Dave commenced with zigzagging. I hung on defiantly, but it was clear the end was coming. As soon as the figure eights started I realized I was going in. And, in I went. Not a delicate little splash, but a full force, skittering wipe out. When I finally stopped and sank some distance away, I took an inventory: everything seemed in order. As the boat slowly bounced its way over the massive rollers it’d created, I glanced down at myself in water and noted there was an extraordinary amount of skin exposed under there. That’s when it hit me: I’d lost my swim trunks in the wipeout. No joke.
As the boat came closer and everyone leaned out to check on me, I had to let them in on my little secret. Thankfully, it was the middle of the afternoon so the glare off the water rendered most of me invisible to most of them, save those with Polaroids.
“Um, just so you know I have no swimsuit on: it’s somewhere out in the lake, so you might not want to look,” I casually mentioned. Uproarious laughter followed by disbelief something like this could really happen. Thankfully, Cheryl looked down (with Polaroids) confirming her suitless husband’s current state.
“Yup, no swimsuit,” she gleefully reported to everyone on board.
Suffice it to say that was the end of the glory days of tubing. But, the worst was yet to come. After I’d been discreetly towed back to shore and provided with an appropriate cover-up, I looked down and noticed my brand new fifteen- dollar Wal-Mart watch had been unceremoniously ripped from my wrist in the melee.
I have a hunch I’ll still end up as the “family weenie” in the photo albums.
Things I’ll Never Do: Tubing (Again, Period)
It started out as a lark. Went to the Meijer store on 28th Street, walked to the tobacco aisle, and selected a wrapped pack of Wolf Brothers rum soaked Crooks. Little cigars that were bent in odd shapes, and apparently soaked in rum. They looked just like the ones Chuck Connors, the hero of The Rifleman TV show, smoked. I approached the clerk with my choice and she just stood and looked at me in THAT way. The way that says, “you’re kidding, right?”
“How old are you?” she asked. A little too ornery, if you ask me.
“Uh, sixteen”, I replied, feeling my face turn bright red.
“Nope, ain’t gonna happen, sweetheart. If I was your momma and caught you smoking, you’d be out back behind the shed. Now go put those back, and don’t let me catch you in here again!” With that she stood there waiting for me to comply. What could I do; I slowly trailed off back to the shelf and carefully restocked the forbidden fruit.
I should’ve listened to her; but at sixteen, who listens? In spite of the salesclerk’s best efforts to curb my pending bad decisions, I went ahead and found other sources for what developed into a firmly entrenched habit. I became a dedicated puffer of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. And, frankly, I was good at it. All through the remainder of high school and college I could be found with one or the other protruding from fingers or mouth.
That all changed with the arrival of child number one several years out of college. That, and the fact I kept getting pneumonia, and generally feeling awful. When this wonderful little girl was about five or six she kept pestering me to stop. “Daddy, you have to stop smoking, it’s bad for you and you STINK!” She was right, of course.
Fast forward about one year and several failed attempts later, I finally got it right. No more smoking. It’s been almost thirty years.
Thank you, baby girl.
Things I’ll Never Do: Smoking (Again, Period)
The photo? Yes, that is indeed our official watercraft parked at the N3 World Headquarters marina. On the lift, next to the dock, chock filled with gas and ready to roll.
Early? You bet. But there’s a yen to give spring a bit of a boost. To take a leap and trust that maybe a warming trend might arrive to stay awhile, tossing out one of those legendary springs that sing in our memory.
So suggestion number 1? Get some warm weather stuff out on the patio, porch, deck, yard, stoop, anywhere you can. Coax the kinder weather out and maybe, just maybe, by some fortuitous twist of meteorological fate a sublime spring will saunter us right into summer.
There are few better places to be for some fine listening than the Acoustic Saturday series being hosted by Newaygo Brewing Co. This week from Noon to 4pm come and check out the soulful sound of Alex Mendenhall who can craft a well told story into song.
“Nothing says spring like the ‘conk-a-ree’ call of a red winged blackbird or the raucous sounds of a sandhill crame”
That’s the intro for the DNR Birding Tour being held Saturday beginning at 9am at the Muskegon County Wsatewater System.
Got an interest in the burgeoning practice of birding?This looks to be a good tour ad DNR Wildlife Communications Coordinator Holly Vaughn will be leading this informative peek at the aviarian life around us. 7600 Messinger Rd Twin Lake.
More info? Contact the Muskegon State Game Area Office at 231.788.5055.
Dres for the weather and this included boots for those muddy areas. Scopes are helpful as well.
Ok this is just a monthly thing in GR but we are intrigued. We’re talking about the Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo going on at the Elks Lodge (2715 Leonard St NW) from 10am-3pm Saturday.
Again we know nothing about these monthly reptilian gatherings but our curiosity is piqued by pet passions that lean toward non traditional species.
There are a few of the happenings in our area. We would have mentioned Kenny Chesney’s appearance at Van Andel but if you’re a fan you already have your ticket so...
The NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition is an annual event with the goal of exhibiting and acknowledging some of the finest photographers in Michigan while encouraging greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. With an entry deadline of May 23, photographers across the state are shooting and printing their favorite subjects for their entries in this year’s competition.
Michigan photographers, 18 years or older, are encouraged to take part in this juried competition. All photographic processes are accepted and each photographer may submit up to two pieces of work for the entry fee of $30. Members of NCCA-Artsplace may submit two pieces for a reduced entry fee of $25. All entries must be framed and ready to display.
Selected works submitted to the competition will be exhibited in the NCCA-Artsplace Ray and Phyllis Jansma Exhibition Gallery June 5 through July 13. An exhibit reception and award announcement will be held on Saturday, June 15. Photographers awarded first, second or third place will be provided a cash prize. Honorable mention pieces will also be selected. The juror for 2019 is West Michigan photographer, Kelly Walkotten.
Competition guidelines and entry forms are available at NCCA – Artsplace, 13 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or by calling 231.924.4022. The guidelines and forms may also be printed from www.ncca-artsplace.org.
The Grand Rapids Symphony returns to the Dogwood Center on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. for a sure to be incredible performance! Join us and you will experience a world-class orchestra performing for you live at the Dogwood!
The evening's performance will be conducted by Marcelo Lehninger, and feature Rossini Overture to L’italiania in Algeri (An Italian in Algiers), Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass, and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”. The 19th century Italian Giovanni Bottesini, known as the “Paganini of the Double Bass” for his acclaimed virtuosity, composed music especially to show off his considerable skills as a soloist. William McGregor, the winner of the 2017 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, is guest soloist in this program of music by two Italian composers plus Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, which the German composer wrote to evoke the sights and sounds of Italy.
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 200,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. Their mission is “to share great music that moves the human soul”…..and that is what they will be doing right here in Newaygo County!
This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products and the Jeff Kinzbach Family.
Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $5 children 18 and under and seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont.
The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.8885.
There are a few things going on here and there but the finest of these right now is the weather and though we are staring at the possibility of a bit of snow this weekend and cooler temps, the very back of winter has been broken as has the ice on area lakes so get thee outside for a little hike and de-cocoon a bit.
Have some lunch at one of our fine local eatatoriums, browse through a few local shops, and cruise the county pausing to ponder the huge difference in gas prices between Newaygo and Fremont.
(Overheard citizen: “Seriously? Over 30-40 cents a gallon some days. It’s like they were selected as a test town for the proposed gas tax increase.”).
Whatever you do get out and shake off a little winter.
Here’s a few ideas.
The Movie Indian Horse is presented by the Native Circle of Newaygo County. It will be shown Saturday March 30 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Loomis Lodge located at 198 Croton Drive Newaygo, MI. Admission is free and the movie is recommended for those 14 and older. This a drug and alcohol-free event.
Please read the exceptional review of this film that was penned by Charles Chandler
Barbara Barton will present her Michigan Notable Book, Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. This is the first book of its kind to bring forward the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live here. Fremont Library 10:30am Saturday.
Newaygo Brewing Co. continues to deliver on some really fine listening at their Saturday Acoustic Lunch series (12-4pm). This week prepare to be enchanted by the compelling lyrics and fine melodies brought forth by Kaitlyn Zittel.
Her poetic lyrics give listeners much to contemplate while her simple melodies and broad vocal dynamics bring a relaxing enchantment. Downtown Newaygo.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time! A play by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon will be presented at Williams Auditorium at Ferris Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor's dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, and his relationships with his parents and school mentor.
And the day those who have been waiting to get their hands into some dirt have been waiting for…
Countryside Greenhouses opens Monday at 8am.
Spring is here!
Ok maybe just officially but there’s been a hint of the warmer weather to come, a lot of the white stuff is gone, albeit replaced by enough water to make our fair county an official disaster area, and robins, those harbingers of the new season have been sighted here and there so take heart it seems to truly be on its way.
Think of it, the Tigers (Detroit variety) open play next week and our ever optimistic high school schedulers have baseball games on tap as well, though the Tigers (Grant variety) have already needed to cancel a couple set for this past Thursday we hear.
But enough already. Here’s a few things to brighten your spirits as we make the turn and head for what we believe will be a most glorious season of rebirth lying quietly in the wings.
I’ve been a Wizard of Oz fan since Margaret Hamilton scared the bejeebers out of me and forever planted the image of what a witch should look like in my brain.
Hesperia High School will be delivering their version of this truly timeless story this weekend and the time and effort put forth by these young folks deserves a large and enthusiastic audience.
Showtimes are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and tickets are just $5 for adults, $3 for elders and a mere buck for students.
The arts are such an integral part of education so let’s get out and support the kind of drama we welcome in our schools.
Time to channel your inner Andrew Wyeth?
Saturday the Newaygo Area District Librarywill be hosting Lori McElrath Eslick, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This latest cool thing offered by our NADL friends will give attendees the opportunity to learn watercolor technique from a local artist. We don’t know if it;s already filled because space is limited so contact the library find out.
The Saturday afternoon acoustic series at Newaygo Brewing Co. has brought some fine music to the downtown scene and this week Dale Wicks tkes to the stage bringing his mellow rock sound that will include some time honored covers as well as his original music. Noon to 4pm.
The nearly legendary Braunschweiger Blues Band makes its 2019 debut at the Fremont Moose Lodge Saturday starting at 7:30pm. If you’re familiar with the BBB you’ve already made plans but should you perhaps be unacquainted with this energetically eclectic assembly of merrymaking musicians stop at the Moose in downtown Fremont.
Saturday night Christian Music fans will want to check our Russ and Tori Taff performing at Fremont First Christian Reformed Church starting at 6pm.
Escanaba in Da Moonlight moves to the Digwood for three more shows Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. See our Ms. Megan’s review and then decide to go.
And Monday there is no basketball and likely your bracket is already broken so hit the Grant Fine Arts Center for the annual White Cloud Rotary Newaygo County Jazz Festival featuring some great local high school jazz ensembles.
7pm. Great music, great cause.
Fans of the story can see "Beauty and the Beast" ballet performed by Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company at the Dogwood Center on Saturday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. Don't miss the classic tale as old as time that's perfect for the whole family! Treat your little ones to this special performance they'll never forget.
"Beauty and the Beast" features a talented cast of student dancers, inventive choreography by school director Attila Mosolygo and delivers a professional-level show that is fun for all ages. The school company is completing successful performances of the "Beauty and the Beast" ballet in Grand Rapids during March, and are excited to bring their production for a Newaygo County audience in April.
This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Gerber Foundation, and the Ted and Nancy Johnson Endowment Fund at FACF.
Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $5 for children 18 and under and are available through the Dogwood Center Box Office, NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
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