Our network

Arts & Culture

New project tells Lowell's history through new technology

New project tells Lowell's history through new technology

LOWELL, Mich.— As the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts came to an end in Lowell Thursday, historians announced a new project for the city.

The Lowell Area Historical Museum unveiled the first five interpretive boards that will be installed downtown to tell the community’s unique history.  Two of the free-standing panels will be installed at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and the three others will be installed along Riverwalk Plaza.  Each board features a QR code, which when scanned will unlock more historical information.

Museum officials plan to release four new panels each summer until all 17 panels have been installed along Riverwalk Plaza and the historic downtown district.  Each board will focus on a different topic or period in Lowell’s history.

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts enter the '13th Hour'

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts enter the '13th Hour'

LOWELL, Mich.-- Thursday, August 22 is the last Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert of the season, so it seems fitting that '13th Hour' is performing.

The classic rock group will take the Riverwalk Plaza stage at 7 p.m., serenading visitors with old gems as well as some original tunes.  

13th Hour brings experience to the stage, with more than a century's worth  of performances between all four members.  Ken Bierschbach is responsible for acoustic guitar and vocals, Mark Swanson is lead guitar and vocals, Jay Round is bass and vocals for the band,  and Tom Davis provides drums. 

The Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts take place in front of the Lowell Showboat in historic downtown Lowell. The performances are free and open to the public.  Grandstand seating is available; visitors can also bring their own chair or blanket and lounge on the green.

Enjoy 'Bands, Bikes & Cars' during benefit August 17

Enjoy 'Bands, Bikes & Cars' during benefit August 17

LOWELL, Mich.-- The First Congregational Church in Lowell will hold its "Bands, Bikes & Cars" benefit show August 17.

The celebration begins at noon, with a bike rally, car show,  kids games and free live music.  Riders can also take part in a blessing of the bikes at 3:45 p.m.  Food will be available for purchase, and a beer tent is planned. 

Proceeds from the event will go back to First Congregational Church to cover its mortgage, freeing up more offering money for community events. For more information, call (616) 292-7642 after 6 p.m.

 

 

Sizzlin' Summer Concerts: Kari Lynch Band August 15

Sizzlin' Summer Concerts: Kari Lynch Band August 15

LOWELL, Mich.—The Kari Lynch Band will take the stage Thursday, August 15 for a free performance as part of the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts.

The energetic country music band features singer Kari Lynch, guitarist Ryder Jones, acoustic guitarist Matthew Kok, bassist Jacob Meekhof and drummer Sam Briggs. The group formed three years ago, mixing elements of classic country, rock, folk and contemporary country.

The Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts take place Thursdays in front of the Lowell Showboat in historic downtown.  Grandstand seating is available or visitors can bring their own chair or blanket to sit on the lawn.  Concessions are available nearby for a price.  Parking is free.

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

Whites Bridge recovery effort slated for Monday

A group focused on rebuilding a historic bridge in Ionia County is one step closer to their goal.

“Rebuild Whites Bridge” announced on Facebook Tuesday that volunteers will pull the remains of the fire-ravaged landmark from the Flat River Monday, using financial and equipment donations.    The group claims their effort will save the county about $60,000 in recovery costs.  The Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Committee plans to use the remaining donations to rebuild the bridge.

The group is still selling t-shirts to fund the rebuilding efforts.  For more information about the fundraiser, click here.

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people. 

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

 A non-profit organization supporting Kent County’s older community is planning an indoor picnic for Friday, August 9.

The Senior Neighbors, Inc. Senior Picnic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Grandville High School, located at 4700 Canal Ave. SW.  The event is open to all Kent County residents age 60 and older.  The cost is $4 per person and includes lunch, music, entertainment, door prizes and photo opportunities.  This year’s theme is “Passport Around the World.”

Organizers say last year, approximately 400 seniors took part in the celebration.

Senior Neighbors has centers in My Town Grand Rapids South, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta, Walker and Grand Rapid Central.