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ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Organizers announce lineup for 13th annual Tulipanes Festival

Organizers announce lineup for 13th annual Tulipanes Festival

HOLLAND, Mich.—The Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival is still weeks away, but organizers are officially releasing the lineup.

Although the festival is in its 13th year, this is the first time art, music and theater events and workshops have been extended to elementary and college students.  The outreach effort is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs. 

Tulipanes runs September 10 through September 15.  Visitors can check out films, art and music reflecting Latino culture.  The majority of festival events are free to the public.  For more information, visit the festival website here.

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Hope College releases lineup for Great Performance Series

Hope College releases lineup for Great Performance Series

HOLLAND, Mich.—The lineup is out for the Hope College Great Performance Series.

 The season will open Thursday, September 19 with a 7:30 p.m. performance by Ballet X.  The Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company is also planning a second performance for September 20.

The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) will serenade visitors to Dimnent Memorial Chapel Thursday, October 24 and 7:30 p.m.  CALJE incorporates a range of styles, including Argentinean Tango, Dominican Meringue, Puerto Rican and Bombay Plena.

Trio Solisti will perform Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.  The pianist, cellist and violinist have earned praise from various newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Knickerbocker Theatre announces free summer film series

Knickerbocker Theatre announces free summer film series

HOLLAND, Mich.  – Hope College is again offering a free summer film series at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The films run on Thursdays, from July 25 to August 15, at 7:30 p.m. The times coincide with the Holland downtown street performer series, creating a full night of entertainment for families.

The film series will open with Stephen Spielberg’s “The Goonies” on Thursday, July 25. The adventure/comedy film features a group of kids embarking on a wild quest after finding a pirate treasure map. With their homes facing foreclosure to make room for a golf course expansion, this group of children decides to have one last fun, “goonie adventure.” In the end, the map shows them far more than the treasure they envisioned. The film, from 1985, is rated PG.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.