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Kids Night is Thursday at the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series

News Release:

Downtown Holland will host its second annual Street Performer Series Kids Night, sponsored by Gentex Corporation, this coming Thursday, August 11.   During this special installment of the weekly Series, Downtown Holland’s most exciting and interactive performers will entertain the young and the young at heart from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Close to 30 jugglers, magicians, caricature artists, and face painters are scheduled to perform, along with a number of talented young musicians.
In addition, children can enjoy stories and songs by author and poet Kevin Kammeraad, a Holland native who currently resides in Grand Rapids.  Kammeraad’s first poetry collection, titled The Tomato Collection, was published in 1999. He has published three additional books since that time, all geared toward children with active imaginations. When not writing, Kammeraad shares his creativity and love of writing, art, and music with children at school assemblies, libraries, and festivals throughout the state.  Kammeraad is a Street Performer Series regular and can always be found performing with his puppet Jacob.
The tumbling twosome of Rachel Finan and Cassie Truskowski will also make a return appearance this Thursday as the “Gentex Performers of the Week.”  These amazing acrobats will show off their partner tumbling act in various spots throughout Downtown from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Thursday, with nothing more than a yoga mat between them and Eighth Street! The two talents artists have traveled the country impressing audiences with their grace and elegance, all while executing thrilling tricks. When Finan and Truskowski are not performing as a tumbling duo, they appear as part of The Daredevil Circus Company, an aerial acrobatic troupe. 
Children of all ages are certain to leave the Street Performer Series with a smile on their face this Thursday and likely with a souvenir to show for it, whether a caricature drawing of themselves, a custom thumb-print art to hang on their fridge, or a face-painting of a favorite super hero. Though the Series is free for all to attend, tipping performers is highly encouraged as way of thanking them for all of the fun.
Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based active safety systems to the global automotive industry. The company also provides commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices to the North American fire protection market, as well as dimmable aircraft windows for the commercial, business, and general aviation markets. Based in Zeeland, Michigan, the international company develops, manufactures, and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. More than half of the company's interior mirrors are sold with advanced electronic features, and more than 98 percent of the company's net sales are derived from the sale of auto-dimming mirrors to nearly every major automaker in the world.
The 2011 Downtown Holland Street Performer Series, organized by the City of Holland’s Principal Shopping District, is sponsored by Gentex Corporation, with support from the Holland Area Arts Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. For more information on the Street Performer Series. please visit http://www.downtownholland.com/ or call 616-394-000 (toll free 800-506-1299).  To stay up-to-date on the latest Street Performer Series news, visit the Downtown Holland Street Performer Series Facebook page (www.facebook.com/streetperformerseries) or follow us on Twitter (HollandSPS).
The line-up for the August 11 Street Performer Series includes:

Andrew Busscher:
Andrew is an experienced piano player, who has participated in many competitions throughout the State.  Having spent many years of his life in Russian, however, Andrew has recently taken up the accordion and will be performing a variety of French and Russian songs, as well as his own compositions.
Anna Schierbeek:
A future Kendall College of Art student, Anna has a passion for drawing, and has long dreamed of becoming an artist.  She will be attending Kendall College of Art in the fall to further pursue her dream. As part of the Street Performer Series, she will be drawing henna tattoos, a temporary form of body art using natural ink.
Britta Lindemulder:
Britta recently graduated from Grand Valley State University, where she majored in Art and Design with an emphasis in illustration.  As a caricature artist, Britta draws light-hearted and comical portraits.  Her experience includes Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park and corporate functions.
Bryson Altvater:
Bryson is a student at Holland Christian High School and will be performing his latest and most beautiful piano compositions as part of the Street Performer Series. Experience his unique melodic themes and his compositional artistry as you enjoy a musical walk through the hills and valleys of rhythm, melody and harmony.
Caricature By Corey Ruffin:
Both a talented musician and a performing artist, Corey also has years of experience as a caricature artist, drawing exaggerated portraits in five minutes or less. Corey was taught how to draw caricatures by the lead artist for “Mad” magazine and spent two years drawing at the Mall of America.
Charles Driscoll:
Singer and acoustic guitarist Charles Driscoll can be seen performing on many street corners around Downtown Holland when he’s not performing at the Farmers Market. He has also been known to break into Irish jigs and shenanigans at various wedding receptions, private parties, and other events.
Connor Scholten:
Connor first began yo-yoing at the age of seven. He has competed in several competitions around the country, winning multiple awards, including the Michigan State Yo-Yo Championship.  He recently placed third in the Offstring Division at the National Yo-Yo contest.
Eli LaCroix:
Eli has been taking piano lessons since 2003 and has studied classical, jazz, and contemporary piano.  He has performed for several plays at his school and local theatres and has also performed with the Holland Kids Chorale at their holiday and Tulip Time shows.
Grace MacMaster:
An Ontario native, Grace began playing the violin when she was nine years old.  Though taught mainly classical violin, Grace has a passion for the hard-driving rhythms of Cape Breton fiddle music, which she learned while attending a music camp last year.  In addition to Cape Breton-style music, Grace also plays Irish and French Canadian tunes.
Grant Ellis:
Grant began playing the violin in fifth grade, which sparked his interest in string instruments.  He picked up the guitar in eighth grade and has been playing it ever since.  His music is a mixture of a vast array of musical genres, including the ethnic sounds of the Middle East, Spain, and Latin America, as well as blues and rock and roll.
Holland B-Boys:
This large group of talented break-dancers range in age and background, but they all have the same goal: to be a positive influence on the youth in Holland and surrounding areas.  You won’t believe their moves.
Joel VanZanten:
This will be Joel’s third year as a street performer.  He takes private violin lessons and currently performs with the Holland Junior Youth Orchestra.  When he is not playing the violin, Joel enjoys singing with the Holland Chorale Kids, participating in sports, and cooking.
Kevin Kammeraad:
Kevin has been a children’s author, artist, and performer since 1999.  Through puppetry, music, poetry, audience participation, multimedia, and humor, Kevin captivates people of all ages.  His programs are dynamic, age appropriate, educational, and simply down right fun!
Lane Ellens:    
Lane is a student at Holland Christian High School who loves to sing and make music.  He has been playing the acoustic guitar since he was in eighth grade and hopes to pursue a career as a musician in the future.  While Lane enjoys listening to any kind of music, his favorite is alternative.
Laurianne Senti & Mia Rettler:
Laurianne and Mia have been friends for nine years and enjoy practicing the viola together. They both take private lessons and are looking forward to playing in the orchestra when school begins again this fall.  Laurianne and Mia plan to preform fun fiddle tunes along with classical pieces during the Street Performer Series.
Maciek’s Magic Show:
Maciek was born and raised in Poland. His magic show and its reputation have grown over the years based on strong visual effects, universal appeal to audiences, competent level of the craft, extensive experience, and unique style of presentation. Maciek has performed professionally in hundreds of shows and community special events, connecting with his audience through magic.
Mat Emerick:
Mat first began performing as a clown in 1987 and currently performs both solo and as part of a troupe at a variety of events. His wide array of fun and interactive skits include gags, mime illusions, comedic juggling, and balancing acts.
Miquel Fuentes:
Miquel is a student at Holland Public Schools.  He loves music and began playing the piano at the age of four.  Miquel played violin for two years before switching to cello just last year. He is looking forward to joining the Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra in the fall.
Ross Reynolds:
Music found its way into Ross’s life at a young age.  He began taking trumpet lessons in fourth grade, picked up keyboard in high school, and has taken piano classes in college.  Ross has a passion for writing and signing his own original songs, which he performs at various venues throughout the area.
Sally Starr:
Inspired by an idea that her artist mother first gave her in 1975, Sally uses a child’s fingerprint to create a simple, but entirely unique drawing.  She then creates a badge out of the drawing for the child to proudly wear.
Sarah Fazio & Bria West:
High schoolers Sarah and Bria are both soccer ball “jugglers” with years of experience who can juggle a soccer ball with their feet and perform other amazing tricks.  They love to share their talents and teach others how to do soccer juggling tricks.
Shane Brandsen:
From the time he could walk, Shane lived and breathed music. He became interested in the guitar in high school and spent countless Sunday mornings and many chapels at his high school leading music. Singing has always been in his blood and he looks forward to continuing his vocal career at Calvin College as a part of their choir and music program.
Thumb Buddies Loves You!:
Thumb Buddies Loves You! is a multi-generational family art project.  Grandma Melody Peterson and her grand daughters, Clarissa Kovacs and Shelby Rose, work together to make memorable keepsakes by using a child’s thumbprint to create a work of art.

Tom Pietri:
A new addition to the Street Performer Series this summer, Tom creates art using an unusual medium…a face! As a face painter, Tom will transform kids into super heroes, animals, or anything else they can imagine!
Tori Essex, Lane Essex, Jim Doherty:
Tori is a high school student and an experienced singer and guitar player who finds happiness in music. She will be joined by her sister Lane, who share’s Tori’s love of singing, and by Jim on the acoustic guitar, who finds inspiration in the voices, harmonies, and enthusiasm of the two sisters.
Wade and Harrison Gugino:
Wade and Harrison are an illustrating duo.  A professional cartoonist, Wade has done numerous caricature gigs and commissions, while Harrison does caricatures for all of her friends.  While Wade’s drawings have the feel of icons or avatars, Harrison’s have a fantasy flare. 
Will Oltman:
Will has been juggling for over fifteen years. His act showcases a wide array of talents including technical juggling, magic, comedy, Chinese yo-yo, gun slinging, raccoon manipulation and more.  His ever-expanding repertoire of tricks is certain to astound you.
Zachary Coles:
Zach is a talented young magician whose interest in magic began with a simple card trick and the desire to solve the Rubik’s cube in record time.  He has performed at DeVos Performance Hall with Cirque Dreams Illumination, in addition to performing at school talent shows, library events, birthday parties, open houses, wedding receptions, and many other venues.