Sweaty palms, quivering fingers, a racing heart rate and the heat of stage lights shine down as the steps of a choreographed routine move through the mind. Taking to the stage for a dance recital or competition can be invigorating, meshing the worlds of excitement and raw nerves into one.
My wife’s church sewing circle was holding its annual “Crazy Hat” day at a friend’s cottage up by Newaygo. I thought I’d take her and several of her friends up there, but it wasn’t really a place for a guy, so I decided to put on some business clothes and call on a few customers while the ladies were having their party. Well now, we got there and I dispatched the girls at their party. Then I took off and called on a couple of my usual customers.
The Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) launched an endowment campaign in 2009 to assure the funding of performance arts and advanced programs for Greenville students. The group set an initial fundraising goal of $1 million for the OUR3 Capital Campaign. Thanks to a donation from Byron and Dee Cook — the largest single gift the foundation has received — the organization is nearing that goal. The amount of the donation was not made public.
There is something special happening at Crystal Motor Speedway. For the past few years, owner Ron Flinn has seen more and more female drivers take to the track, and he expects more to come when the racing season starts back up again in April.
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Women are typically their own harshest critics, picking apart appearance from head to toe, failing to recall the joy they felt when dressing up as young girls playing roles and creating scenarios pieced together using untethered imaginations. There is, however, a quaint, secluded place in Trufant where women can actually recapture a little youthful fun and feel like a sexy, vibrant woman at the same time.
It was the Wounded Warrior Project Game at Lakeview Friday night, and the Wildcats honored the nation’s hometown heroes with a 37-0 victory over White Cloud. Wearing camouflage style uniforms sporting the school’s blue, gold and white colors Lakeview (3-1) dominated an undermanned White Cloud team to win its third consecutive game after a season-opening, one-point loss to Tri County.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets wanted a fast start. They did just that. The Yellow Jackets scored twice and added a pair of two-point conversions on their first two drives to open a 16-0 advantage en route to a 52-12 thumping of Wayland Union on Friday night.
The offensive assault started early for the visiting Maroons of Holland Christian Friday night, as they scored a pair of touchdowns in four plays en route to a 49-13 victory over Belding. The Maroons scored on plays of 65 and 24 yards, the first coming on a run by junior David Williams and the second on a pass from senior quarterback Jared Stygstra to receiver Jake Kalkman to stake their team to an early 13-0 lead.
Autumn returns next week and, with it, ArtPrize.
The annual contest will officially get underway Wednesday, lasting through Oct. 12. During that time frame, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids will be featuring unique achievements both inspiring and challenging as artists offer up some of their most prized work for the West Michigan community to judge.