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Caledonia Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebration

Caledonia’s July 4th 2010 celebration will be held on Saturday,

July 3rd, 2010 at Caledonia Lakeside Park.

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List of Caledonia July 3rd 2010 Events:

8:00 AM – The Kilt Klassic 5K Run

10:30 AM  The Parade

12:00 Noon    Stage Entertainment

Throughout the day there will be games, food, Antique Tractor Pull,

and fun for the whole family.

10:00 pm – Fireworks at dusk

Village of Caledonia Info

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Rockford Michigan Rogue River Blues Series Music Concerts

Summer 2010

Starting June 15th, you can relax by the river with various Blues

Bands  in Rockford, Michigan this summer.

Bring a blanket and enjoy!

The Rockford Area Arts Commission and the City of Rockford are

presenting  the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series for 2010,

sponsored by Huntington Bank. This popular series brings great local

live music to Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford by the river

most Tuesday evenings this summer.

Rogue River Dam Rockford Michigan

The Place: Garden Club Park Stage located along the White Pine Trail

near the Dam.

The Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

The 2010 Summer Concert Schedule:

Tuesday June 15, 2010Jimmie Stagger Band

Tuesday June 22, 2010 – Weezil Malone Band

Tuesday June 29, 2010 –  Greg Nagy Band

Tuesday July 6, 2010  – Harry Lucas and the Lowdown

Tuesday July 13, 2010 – Those Delta Rhythm Kings

Tuesday July 20, 2010 –Steve Hilger Blues Band

Tuesday July 27, 2010 – Thirsty Perch Blues Band

After the Blues Series  7:00- 9:00 pm

Tuesday Aug 3, 2010 – Groove Merchant

Tuesday August 10, 2010 – Drew Nelson

Tuesday August 17, 2010 – An Dro

Source: City of Rockford

** Inclement weather: the event moves to Rotary Pavilion located

in downtown Rockford at the corner of Courtland St. and Squires St.

Parking Suggestion: South Squires Parking Lot, accessed from Bridge

St. entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from Main

St. entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A

short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you

directly to the park

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

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

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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

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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.

Ada hist museum sign

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 attended an inspiring event sponsored by Rapid Growth Media

and Michigan State Housing Development Authority last night at

the Wealthy Street Theatre.  This was the first in a year long series

of events. This premier event was called “Touting Michigan”.

 

Rapid Growth brought together 5 panelists that are each individually

promoting Michigan, our state economy and image, and doing

something positive about rebuilding our state.

 

The message was clear – We have to do it ourselves!

 

Rapid Growth Talk 1  2010-02-09

Panelists from left to right are:

 

Sean Mann from Let’s Save Michigan

John Bell from Michigan Awesome

Lisa Diggs from Buy Michigan Now

Kevin Buist from Michigan by Choice

Neil Yaremchuk from Made in Michigan

and Moderator Jennifer Pascua

From Neil Yaremchuk: If we buy just $10 worth of Michigan made

products every week, we would pump $37 million back into our

local economies.  This means JOBS!!

 

Think Michigan First, Buy Local, and support your local

businesses and farmers. It is actually cheaper and greener.

Why send our hard earned Michigan money elsewhere?

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The Grand Rapids Art Prize 2009 Finalists have Been Announced…. drumroll…

The winners are as follows:

Open Water #24 Art Prize 2009 winner

Numero Uno: $250,000 Art Prize goes to: Ran Ortner for OPEN WATER #24

This painting will be on display at The Grand Rapids Art Museum through

Jan 2010 if you missed it during Art Prize. Saw a mention online that it

has been sold!  Sure hope it stays in our community.

This painting is over 18 feet long…as Michigan is surrounded by water

and going through rough water economically right now, a fitting winner.

 

Imagine That Mural on GR Children's Museum

Number Two: $100,000 Art Prize goes to: Tracy Van Duinen for Imagine That!

This large outdoor mosaic mural by Tracy Van Duinen covers a portion of the

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on the front.  It is a permanent installation

and a wonderful, whimsical touch to one of our area’s attractions.  Interactive

in many ways, this mural will teach, enchant, and educate all of us about

art for years to come.

 

Eric Daigh Portraits

Number Three: $50,000 Art Prize goes to: Eric Daigh for Portraits

These portraits are 4 x 6 feet and made of plastic push pins on boards.

Eric uses about 50,000 push pins for each portrait.  You have to admire

the creativity and unusual medium of this artist!

 

Grand Dance sculpture in Grand River by David Lubbers

Number Four: $ 7000  Art Prize goes to: David Lubbers for The Grand Dance

Sculpture.  A stunning sight in the middle of the Grand River with lights

and motion.

 

The Moose sculpture by Bill Segunda

Number Five: $ 7000   Art Prize goes to: Bill Segunda for The Moose

We haven’t seen this yet but  would like to.  Bill constructs his life size animals

using up to 60,000 nails welded on metal frame as fur.  Hard to see in this picture

but it makes you appreciate the work, vision and creativity that went into this

entry.

 

Nessie project on the Grand River

Number Six:  $ 7000   Art Prize goes to:Thomas Birks for The Nessie Project

This is just such a fun entry, who doesn’t love Nessie on the Grand River?

 

Field of Reeds Sculpture

Number Seven:  $7000 Art Prize goes to: John Douglas Powers for Field of Reeds

This is a kinetic sculpture that measures 14 x 10 x 4.5 feet high.  The 1001 reeds

sway back and forth to create a rhythmic motion & sound.

 

The Furniture by Sarah Grant

Number Eight:  $7000 Art Prize goes to: Sarah Grant for The Furniture

This oversize table and chairs placed on the pedestrian Blue Bridge in

 Grand Rapids was a favorite of many. With Grand Rapids’ Furniture City

past, it hit many people as not only fun, but indicative of GR’s past, as

evidenced by its full title: Furniture City Sets the Table for the

World of Art.

The Scarlet Empress Balloon Sculpture by Jason Hackenworth

Number Nine:  $7000 Art Prize goes to: Jason Hackenworth for

 Ecstasy of The Scarlet Empress

This fantasy sea creature made up entirely of balloons was stunning

and unexpectedly realistic.  There were also people interacting with

the crowds wearing balloon costumes created by Jason.

 

Wind Dancer 2 sculpture

Number Ten:  $7000 Art Prize goes to:Michael Westra for Winddancer 2

This welded kinetic sculpture moves with the slightest breeze.

It certainly charmed the voters who saw it.

 

That is the Art Prize Finalist line up for this year, 2009.  We were all

excited and pleased with the community reaction and participation in

viewing and voting for their favorite pieces of art work. 

Grand Rapids is looking forward to next year!

All pictures except Nessie, Furniture, and Scarlet Empress are courtesy of the Art Prize web site

We took a few hours to browse the Art Prize venues yesterday, Thursday, Sept 24th, 2009 in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We saw some fabulous pieces of artwork and we also some we just didn’t get.  I am sure it is the same for everyone, as we all see the world through our own private filter.

We took a few photos to share with those who won’t get a chance to see this art extravaganza in person.  Some of the artworks have to be seen in person to appreciate the scale and subtleties. some are in-your-face, some are really, really out there, and others are really just for fun.

We registered to vote, toured the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Blue Bridge, Cathedral Square, Rosa Parks Circle and the Waters Building. We had a  wonderful lunch at the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Terrace Restaurant overlooking Rosa Parks Circle.  What a great spot to people watch and even had a few art prize entries stroll past.

 

 

We hope to get back to see a lot more artwork. With 159 venues and over 1200 artists, it is quite a task to see them all.  Hope you enjoy our tour!

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Unless you have hiding under a rock, or chained to your computer, The

Art Prize is the BIG NEWS in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The Art Prize was

announced earlier this year as a top prize of $250,000 for the top

art work selected by a public vote.  Highly controversial, as those in

the art community doubt that the average person is qualified to

judge art work.  It is sure to create a buzz around art and that is

the point.

The Art Prize exhibits opened yesterday and we went for our first

tour today.  With 1262 artists entered in over 159 venues, it is no

small task to try to see them all.  We took some time to tour the

large sculptures and the Waters Building today.  The others will

have to wait until another day.

The voting will take place over a 2 week period, with just a thumbs up

vote to keep an entry in the running. The top 25, top 50, and top 100

are posted on the web site so we can all keep track of who is ahead.

Here are a few photos of the large installations at the Blue Bridge,

so you can get an idea of what Grand Rapids is up to:

 

Blue Bridge Artwork

 

The Nessie Project

 

 

 

Nessie  Table Chairs Blue Bridge

Nessie Close up

Sarah Grant Table and Chairs

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Sarah grant table chairs zoom

Our sources tell us the Nessie Project was supposed to go farther out

in the Grand River, so there would be more movement but the cranes

could not get it installed any farther  from the shore.

The giant Table and Chairs is a very apt piece for Grand Rapids as we

were known as “Furniture City” in the first half of the 20th century.

Come on out and see the art work for yourself and don’t forget to

register to vote for your favorite pieces.

 

Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Michigan

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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

Taste of Downtown, Family Festival (w kids activities), & Fireworks

Labor Day weekend has a lot in store for families here in Grand Rapids.

Celebration on the Grand is hosting free outdoor concerts, Sept 10-12.

Free Performances by:

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 – Rosa Parks Circle

Friday, September 11, 2009 – Rosa Parks Circle

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Saturday September 12, 2009

Monroe Center – Grand Valley Corvette Club Car Show

Rosa Parks Circle

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

3pm – Family Festival includes Face Painting,

Temporary Tattoos, Crafts Games

Dusk – Feature Film on an outdoor big screen ( weather permitting)

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Wearing o’ the green would be appropriate for attending the

Great Lakes Irish Music Festival held at Fifth Third Ball Park,

this Saturday August 22, 2009  11:00 am – 9:20 pm

Gates open at 11:00 am and the first entertainment hits the

stage at noon.

Of course there will be Irish food available for purchase, bangers

and beer, for starters, plus other delectable Irish delights.

 

The musical entertainment will be performed by international acts:

Quinn’s School of Irish Dance, Stephen’s Green, The Elders,

Brendan Nolan and the Screaming Orphans.   Michigan’s Fenian’s

Players will once again take the stage to regale the crowd with

ballads and the spoken word.

 

There will also be Irish markets and  workshops devoted to Irish music,

history and it’s language that will be available for participants.  A

Children’s Area will be provided by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

from 12:00pm-4pm for the wee ones entertainment.

 

An added attraction at Fifth Third Ballpark this year is Art in the Park,

an non-juried art fair running from noon until 6 pm, where you can buy

artwork to take home.

 

Admission for this one day event is $12 for adults, children 3-12 $1, and

those babes under 3 get free admission.  Parking is $5 per car, $10 for

buses and RVs.

 

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