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Sturgis Fest a success

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the Sturgis Fest community festival said the 2014, seven-day community celebration was considered a success.

The festival concluded Saturday with an impressive fireworks show that capped several special events, including a motorcycle show, an old-time baseball game and a kick-off event with a special recognition of Sturgis’ citizens of the year, Kerri Millet and Skip Sisson.

Sturgis Fest was the third of eight community festivals in St. Joseph County this summer. The next community celebration will be White Pigeon Days, a two-day festival starting July 11.

Three Rivers Water Festival a success

June 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 58th Three Rivers Water Festival are calling the 2014 edition a success.

The three-day community celebration concluded Saturday with an enhanced fireworks show, thanks to an extra financial contribution from Omni Community Credit Union.

Thursday’s parade was capped at the maximum 80 participants, and live music Friday and Saturday nights was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

The Water Festival marks the start of festival season in St. Joseph County; Centreville’s Covered Bridge Days is on deck, as the two-day event begins Friday.

Musical summer

June 6, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A musical summer is returning to White Pigeon in 2014.

Sponsored by the White Pigeon Township Library, Summertime Tunes begins its third season Saturday, with the Whistle Pigs performing 2 to 4 p.m. at Wade Park.

Library Director Perri Saunders said the South Bend-based band has specialized in the brass/rock sound of Chicago, the Commodores, Paul Simon and contemporary artists such as Bruno Mars.

Following the Whistle Pigs, Deadwood will perform its bluegrass sound July 11 and classic rock group The Trace, from Grand Rapids, returns with a show Aug. 16 to round out the program.

There is no cost to attend any of the shows.

The White Pigeon Township Fire Department will offer food for a donation.

A special feature during this Sunday’s show will be two major announcements. First, the White Pigeon Days Citizens of the Year will be made public. Second, the recipient of the 2014 White Pigeon Community Association scholarship winner will be named.

Summer magic workshops

June 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sterlini Magic Mfg. in Colon is offering summer magic workshops starting Saturday.

Owner John Sterlini said the free workshop series, called “Secrets of Magic,” will take place starting at 11 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 30 at his studio in downtown Colon. Each session will last no longer than 45 minutes.

He said the hands-on workshops will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how professionals perform their magic. The series is for prospective participants ages 7 years and older.

Students will be taught various magic tricks that they may enjoy sharing with family and friends, Sterlini said. The course will include stunts such as appearing and disappearing objects, and card tricks.

More information is available at sterlinimagic.com or by phoning 734-844-3800.

Organizers looking for acts

May 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 2014 Burr Oak Heritage Festival are inviting the public to be a part of a Vaudeville-style show taking place during the four-day community celebration.

The show will be featured July 25. Organizers said they are looking for comedians, singers, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, small animal acts, contortionists, tumblers, actors, jugglers, weight lifters or any act that can keep an audience’s attention for a minute or two.

There is no age limit; group and couple acts are welcome.

Contact Deb Poley for more information, 625-3450.

Attempting a world-record

May 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A world-record attempt will be made this summer in Colon.

During the 2014 Abbottt’s Magic Get-Together in August, an attempt will be made to break the Guinness World record for most magicians in a single magic show.

Colon resident Kelly Pucci, who is an organizer of the Aug. 6 attempt, said the current record is 106 magicians set by a group in Germany two years ago. Rules stipulate each participant must perform separately and the act must last at least 60 seconds.

Meanwhile, Pucci said Sen. Carl Levin has accepted an invitation to attend the event. At Levin’s request, an invitation was also extended to his grandchildren.

A letter of support from Lance Burton has been issued and a venue has been donated by Abbott Magic’s Greg and Deb Bordner.

This year’s Magic Get-Together is Aug. 6-9.

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