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2010 Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts on the Lowell Michigan Showboat

Lowell is a pretty little city on the Flat River just east of Ada &

Grand Rapids.  In fact, it takes us about fifteen minutes to drive there,

which we do quite often.

Lowell ShowBoat Sizzlin’ Summer  Concert Series 2010

Thursday night this summer, there is a FREE CONCERT from 7 to 9pm

at the Riverwalk in Lowell on the Showboat stage.  The concerts are

wheelchair accessible, free parking, there is bleacher seating or bring

your own chair.

The Flat River Grill is offering food and a cash bar, as well as other

vendors  along the Riverwalk plaza.

NOTE: Construction on the Flat River Bridge in the center of Lowell will

complicate parking and traffic as it only goes one way – east – at this point.

The detour takes you out to Grand River Drive and then back to M 42 on

the return trip west to Grand Rapids.

Robert E Lee Showboat Lowell MI

Lowell MI showboat stage

Summer Concert Line Up  Thursday Nights June 17th – August 26th

June 17th – Bronk Brothers Band – ( Rockin’ Hillbilly)

June 24th – Kathy Lamar & the Bob Van Stee Trio ( Jazz, R & B, Blues)

July 1st – Boogie Woogie Babies – (a 1940’s Musical Revue)

July 8th – Madcap, Kane and Maxwell Street (Acoustic Blues- American Roots)

July 15th – Alive and Well ( Classic Rock/Pop)

July 23rd – River City Jazz Ensemble – ( Jazz)

July 30th – Lynn Thompson Band (eclectic)

Aug 6 th – Eyde Evans Hyde & MacNaughton Trio (Jazz, Blues. Pop)

Aug 13th- No Show at Riverwalk – 4-H Fair – Performing at the Fair

The Black Canyon Bluegrass Band ; Patchwork Bluegrass Band

Aug 20th – Dewsouth  – (Rockin’ Country)

Aug 26th – Argentucky Blues Band – ( Blues)

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As you can see by this photo, there is an awesome shade tree to sit

under, over by the river or in the bleachers.

A great line up of local talent for your summer enjoyment. Come on out

and enjoy an evening in Lowell, Michigan.

Lowell Area Arts Council and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are

joint sponsors.  More information on their web sites.

If you would like information about Grand Rapids, Ada or Lowell Homes,

please contact me directly:  toll free at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

or terry@terrywestbrook.com

Grand Rapids MI Real Estate  ~ Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2010  All rights reserved

Photos of Lowell Showboat Concerts by Bonnie Westbrook

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The eighth Annual Tri River Museum Network will open their tour

of small museums in West Michigan on Saturday, Sunday May 1 & 2,

2010 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission to all 18 museums is free during the promotional event,

designed to generate interest in the local historical societies and

their offerings. Local museums on the tour include Averill Historical

Museum and restored barn in Ada; Cascade Museum, located in a

town hall built in 1898, Fallasburg Historical Village with a a one

room schoolhouse and Lowell Historical Museum featuring a virtual

tour and Victorian rooms.

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Ada Historical Museum

town hall front

Cascade Township Historical Museum

Lowell HistoricalMuseum & Society

Lowell Historical Museum

Other Highlights along the tour are historical churches, a Masonic Temple,

a Gleaners Hall, restored train depots, restored Victorian Home, military

museum, a dormitory that house girls who worked in silk factories, a

restored storefront, and a historic village encompassing 300 acres.

Each museum has a little different local historical memorabilia and local

records on display. Maps and additional information can obtained at any

of the  museums taking part in the “Spring Into the Past” Tour.

Google Map & List of Tri River Museums

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Movie-making has been going strong in Grand Rapids,

Michigan this summer.  We have been on a movie set

as extras in a major motion picture filming here in

Grand Rapids and Lowell.

The generous tax incentives that Michigan has offered the

film industry to make their films here is starting to pay off.

Local caterers, local actors, and local crew are being hired

for the filming of The Genesis Code, a hockey themed

movie starring Academy Award winners, Ernest Borgnine

& Louise Fletcher ( Nurse Ratched fame), and former

Presidential candidate, Fred Thompson.

 

 

Follow the yellow sign

 

The production company needed a hundred + extras for

a scene in a church.  We are in the pews, singing (actually

miming the words only) and listening to the sermon. 

Not tough work, for sure, although it was a warm summer

day, no air-conditioning, a church full of people & lights,

and we  were dressed in winter clothes for a Christmas scene.

The magic of movies.  We noted fake snow around the

small pond, too, when we walked out for lunch.

 

The whole production was fascinating to observe.  We were

made comfortable in a nearby lounge at Calvin College,

until we were lined up and put in the chapel pews.  The art

of film was evident at close inspection.  Stained glass windows

were in the front to the chapel.  The art dept had made paper

to fit the side windows that matched the stained glass up front,

mainly to control the amount of light coming in.

 

The crew and production staff were always busy and

bustling around.  Everyone seemed to have a walkie-talkie

and an ear-bud to keep connected and keep the production

flowing smoothly.  They all seemed to possess the talent of

listening and talking to more than 1 person at a time.

 

About an hour of filming the same scene each time, from

different angles, and 10 hours later, we were done!  Our

scene will probably be about 3-4 minutes in length.  I have

a whole new appreciation for a film crew and what it takes

to make a full length feature.

We were given a box lunch and treats in between.  No pay

but we might just make it through editing and be in a major

motion picture.

Here are a few pictures from our seat in the ”extra” spot. 

I don’t imagine the film crew gets their picture taken very often.

 

 

We might be going to one of the hockey arena shoots this

weekend.  It is nearby but they are filming from 5pm to 5am.

Not sure we can make it through that time frame – even if

we sleep in our seats!!

 

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This 4 day event in downtown Lowell, Michigan is the highlight

of summer activities. There are so many things to do, it is difficult

to choose.  There is literally “something to interest everyone”,

from craft fairs, car rumbles, pontoon tours, Barb B-Q cook off,

cruise-in, fireworks, parade, flush tank, street entertainers,

farmer’s market, beer garden, and the final event – The DUCK RACE!

 

 Main Street Lowell MI

 

The 2009 Lowell Riverwalk Festival is  scheduled for July 9,10,11, & 12.

Come on out to Lowell and join the fun!

 

Thursday July 9, 2009

Free Concert at the Showboat Stage – 7:00-9:00 pm  Stolen Horses Band

Showboat Cash Bar – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duck Ticket Sales – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Friday July 10, 2009 Riverwalk & Downtown

River Valley Credit Union Arts & Crafts – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Commercial & Non Profit Vendors – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Englehardt Friends of the Library Used Book Sale – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duck Ticket Sales –6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Street Entertainers – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Historic Pontoon Tours – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Grilling & Chilling on Avery Street –- 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Showboat Cash Bar – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Center Stage Entertainment Featuring “Lazy Blue Tunas” – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Late Night Shopping/Merchants – Until 8:00 pm

 

Saturday July 11, 2009 

Riverwalk & Downtown

River Valley Credit Union Arts & Crafts – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Commercial & Non Profit Vendors – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Englehardt Friends of the Library Used Book Sale – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Good Chevy Buick Youth Zone/Children’s Area – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lowell Community Wellness Health & Fitness Fair – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Duck Ticket Sales – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“FROM the Heart Parade” & Rumble the Riverwalk – Registration 9:30 am and Parade 12:00 pm

Bill & Paul’s Kayak Fun on the Flat River at the boat launch – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grilling & Chilling on Avery Street – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Street Entertainers – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Bill & Paul’s Kayak & Canoe Race on the Flat River at the boat launch – 10:00 am

Flush Tank – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Laurels of Kent Pet Parade – 2:00 pm at Laurels of Kent

Historic Pontoon Tours – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jaws of Life Demonstration – 2:30 pm on Avery St/Police Station

Center Stage Entertainment Featuring “Alive & Well” & “Bronk Brothers” – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Showboat Cash Bar – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Laurel’s of Kent Fireworks – 10:15 pm at Stoney Lakeside Park

Saturday – Lowell Fairgrounds

Brian Mead Memorial Cruise-in – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm Awards

Pauly’s Brew B-Q Throw-down – Registration 8:00 am

Jaws of Life Demonstrations – 4:30 pm at the fairgrounds

Motorcycle Poker Run from the Fire Station – 8:30 am

Antique Fire Truck Muster – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Flat River Antique Tractor Club Pull – 5:00 pm

 

Sunday July 12, 2009

Lowell Fairgrounds

Pauly’s Brew B-Q Throw-down – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

BBQ Food & Commercial Vendors – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beer & Cocktail Garden – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Under the Big Tent

Lowell Area Farmers’ Market – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

State Farm Insurance Duck Race – 12:30 pm on the Grand River

Entertainment in the Garden – Featuring Bob Van Stee, Jimmie Stagger – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

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