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Vicksburg

February

2/28 – Fri. Vicksburg Rotary Club 61st Annual Showboat, 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Theme: Does Anybody Have the Time?  Tickets available at Hill’s Pharmacy, $10 all reserved seats.  $15 if attending the Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner before the show. Walk-in diners and show attendees welcome, tickets available at the “will call” window at the PAC.

2/28 – Fri. Boy Scout Troop 251 Spaghetti Dinner, Vicksburg High School cafeteria. 4:30 to 7:30. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-13, (five and under free).  If attending the Showboat at 7 p.m., the combination ticket is $15. Walk-ins welcome, tickets available at the door.

March

3/1 & 3/2  Sat. & Sun. Vicksburg Rotary Club 61st Annual Showboat, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the matinee at the Performing Arts Center. Theme: Does Anybody Have the Time?  Tickets available at Hill’s Pharmacy, $10 all reserved seats.  $15 if attending the Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner before the show. Tickets available at the “will call” window.

3/1 – Sat. Boy Scout Troop 251 Spaghetti Dinner, Vicksburg High School cafeteria. 4:30 to 7:30. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-13, (five and under free).  If attending the Showboat at 7 p.m., the combination ticket is $15. Tickets available from the Boy Scouts or at the door.

3/7 – Fri. Ladies’ Library Auxiliary Meeting 1 p.m. Program Danna Downing, SCCS director.  Public is invited to attend in the downstairs meeting room of the Vicksburg Library.

3/14, 15 & 22, Shrek the Musical 7:30 p.m. Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, March 23 2 p.m. on Sunday.  A story based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all. Brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage, performed by Vicksburg Community School students.

3/22 – Sat. Vicksburg Hall of Fame induction – Angels Crossing club house – 7 p.m.

April

4/22 – Tues. Gilmore for Kids – Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.

4/26 – Sat. Dance Across the Decades, 7 – 11 p.m. South County Community Services Fundraiser at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Hall, 11847 Shaver Road, Schoolcraft $75 couple, $40 individual. 649-2901.

4/27 – Sun. South County Hunger Walk – 2 p.m. starting at Vicksburg United Methodist Church.

4/27 – Sun. Gilmore Young Artist Recital, Performing Arts Center, 4:00 p.m., Andrew Hsu performing as the 2014 Gilmore Young Artist.  He is a composer and pianist.

May

5/2 – Fri. Ladies’ Library Auxiliary meeting 1 p.m. Annual Meeting, downstairs meeting room of the Vicksburg Library.

5/3 – Sat. Vicksburg Community Education Dance Recital.  10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5/16, 5/17, 5/18 – Fri., Sat., Sun., Vicksburg Community School Choirs performing Cabaret, 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center.

5/16 – Fri. Vicksburg Farmers’ Market opening day at the pavilion. 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

5/27 – Vicksburg High School Spring Band Concert – 7 p.m. Performing Arts Center.

June

6/28 – Sat. Taste of Vicksburg and Art Hop, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce – 3-11 downtown.

Schoolcraft

March

3/22 – Sat. Saturday Night 5:Alive Gathering, Schoolcraft United Methodist Church – free dinner – 5p.m.

April

4/27 – Sun. Reading Garden Dedication, Schoolcraft Library grounds.

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Local Musicians Play Benefit Concert in Kalamazoo for Loaves and Fishes

June Kucks plays the dulcimer as a member of the First Sunday Jammers. Her husband Wayneis also a member of this group who volunteer their musical talent at the Vicksburg Farmers Market during the summer.
June Kucks plays the dulcimer as a member of the First Sunday Jammers. Her husband Wayneis also a member of this group who volunteer their musical talent at the Vicksburg Farmers Market during the summer.

A benefit concert for Loaves and Fishes will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo.  Admission is a free will donation of non-perishable food items such as canned meat, tuna, and fruit according to June Kucks, a Vicksburg musician who will be playing in the concert. Cash donations are always welcome, she says.

Area musicians performing include:  Sentimental Journey, Crescendo Fiddlers, New Town Criers, Bell Book and Canto, Chuck and Cathy Rysenga, and Franklin Meade and Webster.  Also, the First Sunday Jammers will perform traditional and contemporary folk music with a kick of Bluegrass.  Kucks and her husband, Wayne, are members of this group that often performs at the Scotts Community Center.  Many of these groups volunteered their musicianship all summer in Vicksburg at the Farmers’ Market on Friday each week.

K’zoo Folklife Organization began the annual concerts in 1997, collecting more than 10,000 pounds of food items, and thousands of dollars to help Kalamazoo County families supplement their limited food resources.   Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes is the largest charitable food distribution organization in southwest Michigan.  They have a distribution outlet at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church every last Saturday of the month.

K’zoo Folklife Organization  continues to be an active participant in the Vicksburg community, having presented  music festivals in the Vicksburg Historic Village, hosting  events for the Summer Concerts in the Park series, and now providing music for the Vicksburg Farmers Market all this summer.

Chuck and Cathy Rysenga , who will perform at the benefit concert, are a  very popular duo on the  Vicksburg  Farmers Market music schedule. Chuck Rysenga is the K’zoo Folklife Organization music coordinator for several farmers markets in the area.

For information check Facebook at K’zoo Folklife Organization; or June Kucks at 269-649-4529; or Chuck Rysenga at 269-353-8777.

“Chamber of Horrors” Brings Haunting Back to Vicksburg

By Dusti Lewars-Morton

The locals will tell the story to anyone willing to listen. “There used to be a haunted house, up in the Old El. It was great! And you left by going down a slide. Shame it’s gone.”

Dr. Dustin Morton, of Morton Family Chiropractic, heard those stories, noticed there were no local Halloween events, and started suggesting to the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce that maybe the community was ready for a little spooky fun. It took a few years of discussion, but this fall, the Chamber is sponsoring Morton’s haunted dream, with a goal of raising money for the Chamber.

Morton is no stranger to the world of haunted houses. For over a decade, he’s created Halloween attractions at his home, either in the yard or in his garage. The focus there has always been to be scary/creepy, not gory. “Blood is easy,” he says. “Creepy is more fun, and more appealing to a wider audience.”

David Krum has donated the use of the old Cole-Krum car dealership on Prairie Street. Morton and his wife have spent the past month designing, building, and painting a maze within a back bay of the property. Morton smiles. “We won’t have a slide, but we promise lots of surprises!”

The Chamber of Horrors will be open Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $5, or $4 if pre-purchased at select stores in Vicksburg. For more information, or to get involved, please visit

http://www.facebook.com/vicksburgchamberofhorrors.

 

Schoolcraft Lions Club Conducts Membership Drive

October is membership month for the Schoolcraft Lions Club according to Jim Stamper, immediate past president of the group. They are welcoming anyone in the community who feels drawn to a service club that does many things to help make life better. Stamper is extending the invitation to join the club for dinner at 6:30 on Wednesday, October 16. This includes friends and neighbors who would enjoy the camaraderie, have dinner at the American Legion Hall on Clay Street in Schoolcraft and tour the Eagles Nest next door.

With 22 members, the club has accomplished a lot of things and hopes to do more. They sponsor the White Cane Week in May, an Easter Egg hunt in Burch Park, a turkey raffle for a Thanksgiving meal, a pancake breakfast on July 4, and lots of jobs around town that need to be done. They have built raised planting beds at the Cedar Point housing development, painted fire hydrants for the village, installed playground equipment in Burch Park, filled backpacks for Generous Hands, and most recently looked to help out at the Eagles Nest. For more information call Stamper at Heirloom Rose, 679-3010.

 

Schoolcraft area events: October – December, 2013

October

10/5 Sat. Free Electronics Recycling event, Schoolcraft Township Hall, 50 East VW Ave. 9 a.m. to noon. Accepting all kinds of electronic gear to be recycled.

10/16 Wed., Schoolcraft Lions Club – 6:30 at the American Legion Hall on Clay Street. Potential new members invited.

10/30 Wed., Schoolcraft Girl Scouts will celebrate the founding of scouting with a birthday party and presents to donate to Adam’s Kids at the Eagles Nest.

10/20 Sun., Joint meeting of the Schoolcraft Historical Society and the Ladies Library Association at 2 p.m. in the LLA building. Patricia Majher, the current editor of the Michigan History Magazine assistant director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center will discuss her book Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The public is welcome.

December 12/6 and 7 Fri. & Sat., Christmas Walk in downtown Schoolcraft .

12/11 Wed., Schoolcraft Girl Scout troops will join together to make crib blankets for Adam’s Kids at the Eagles Nest.