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Mendon Kiwanis Showboat opening night

November 8, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

More than 150 people attended Thursday’s opening night of the 57th Mendon Kiwanis Showboat.

“The Not-So-Wild West” is the theme of the music and comedy program, which continues tonight and Saturday.

A cast of about 35 members drew audience laughter for its between-song skits and jokes and strong applause for its two dozen musical numbers.

The cast paid tribute to late members who passed away in the last year: “Captain” Roy Marshall, Pam Harrison, Jerry Bennett, Pastor Ward Pierce and Violet Pierce. Images of the six were shown on a large screen as the song “Go Rest High on that Mountain” was performed by a trio of musicians.

Tickets for the final two shows are $10 at the door; the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mendon Elementary gymnasium.

Mendon Kiwanis Showboat

November 7, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

“The Not-So-Wild West,” the theme of the 2013 Mendon Kiwanis Showboat, begins its three-night run this evening.

A cast of nearly three dozen people will perform a total of 24 songs and be featured in a variety of comical skits that have become the hallmark of the annual Mendon event over its 56-year life.

Organizers of this week’s 57th annual Showboat said about six weeks of rehearsals have gone into the program and it will feature singers on the floor in front of the stage instead of on the stage.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly and takes place at the Mendon Elementary School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance.

All proceeds go to scholarship programs administered by the Mendon Kiwanis Club.

Marine Corps ball

October 14, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Here‘s a reminder that the Marine Corps of St. Joseph County is hosting a ball, which is open to all veterans, active duty personnel and families of veterans.

Event organizers said the ball is to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the founding of the USMC.

Plenty of door prizes will be given away and other items will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Marines Corps League 1401.

State Sen. Bruce Caswell will be the guest speaker. In addition, the event will feature cake, music, an open bar and choice of steak or chicken.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Sturgis American Legion.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by phoning 269-496-3695.

Attendance count for fair

September 24, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The official attendance count for the 2013 St. Joseph County Grange Fair was 140,547 patrons.

The numbers, released Monday by fair director Bill Johnson, were just a few hundred shy of the 2012 attendance figure.

Johnson said weather played a role in attendance not only at the grandstand and its nightly entertainment, but the fair overall.

He said Saturday’s ideal conditions drew a number of walk-up sales for the Josh Turner concert.

Fair is in the books

September 23, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The 163rd St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books, and organizers of the annual event said they expect attendance to be slightly down from 2012.

Bill Younts, president of the fair board, said periods of rain during portions of three days of the seven-day fair may have kept prospective guests at bay. A shower Friday evening, he said, was especially detrimental to attendance.

The fair did end on a high note, however, as the busiest day of the fair was Saturday. The headline concert by Josh Turner and opening act Kix Brooks helped boost Saturday’s overall attendance.

Younts said the fair board meets Oct. 14 and its members will review the 2013 fair, and start looking toward its 2014 edition.

A Ball for Veterans

September 18, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Marine Corps of St. Joseph County has announced it is hosting a ball, which is open to all veterans, active duty or families of veterans.

Event organizers said the ball is to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the formation of the St. Joseph County group.

Plenty of door prizes will be given away and other items will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the organization.

State Sen. Bruce Caswell will be the guest speaker. In addition, the event will feature cake, music, an open bar and choice of steak or chicken.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Sturgis American Legion.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by phoning 269-496-3695.

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