their sweet, big band music to the Dogwood Center on Saturday, June 11, to a very appreciative crowd. With big smiles from audience members as each piece was introduced, one could see they had wonderful, fond memories of each selection.
The band authentically re-created the music and presentation of the swing era of the 30’s and 40’s with an infusion of “Rat Pack” material from the 50’s. Crooner Paul King was a smooth addition to the band, with his vocals a Frank Sinatra style. From “Moonglow”, “Begin the Beguine” to “Cheek to Cheek”, the audience was brought back to an era of light mood music and toe-tapping times.
The evening was also “Dogwood Volunteer Appreciation Night” and the presentation of this year’s “Don Heaven Volunteer of the Year Award”. Volunteers from all of our communities here in Newaygo County provide countless...
...hours of service that help make the Dogwood Center the strong cultural resource that it is. This past year alone over 50 community members have helped with fundraising, ticket sales, technical needs, as ushers and greeters……all of the components necessary in providing such a wonderful venue.
Recipients of the volunteer award in the past include: Marcia Eib in 2015, Julie Vanderboegh in 2014, Sandy Saliers in 2013, Shirley Hooker in 2012, Tom Shoecraft in 2011, Maxine McBride in 2010, Sandy Cruzan in 2009, NevondaLankhorst in 2008, and Dwight Austin in 2007. The 2016 recipient, Henrietta Van Meekeren, was announced by the Dogwood Board of Directors at intermission of the Rhythm Society Orchestra’s performance. “We appreciate all of the time and extra effort Henrietta and all our volunteers put in to make the Dogwood experience special for everyone”, said Don Henry, Board Chairperson.
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