Summer Sendoff

Croswell Opera House to host end-of-summer rock show this weekend

The Croswell Opera House will mark the end of summer with a rock concert featuring the Croswell All-Star Band. The Summer Sendoff concert, which is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, will feature hits from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond, including the music of Kiss, Heart, Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar. The band includes Keith Holloway on guitar and vocals, Dave Rains on keyboard, John Rosas on lead guitar, Dan Kesterke on drums and Garrett Holloway on bass. They will be joined by two special guests: Kyrie Bristle, most recently seen on the Croswell stage as Sandra Bloom in “Big Fish,” and Dan Clair, who just wrapped up a two-weekend run as Huey Calhoun in “Memphis.”

“Anyone who’s seen them in a show knows what fantastic performers Kyrie and Dan are, but when you see them really rock out, it’s a whole different experience,” said Jere Righter, artistic director of the Croswell. Continue Reading

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Blues-n-Brews Festival returning the first Saturday in October

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Blues-n-Brews Festival in downtown Adrian on Saturday, October 3. The annual festival features beer, wine and hard cider from more than 30 Michigan breweries and wineries along with live blues music. The event, at The Pavilion at 115 Toledo S.t, will be held from 4-10 p.m. with early entry at 3 p.m. for VIP ticketholders. The Blues-n-Brews group organizes this annual event as a way for music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy an eclectic sampling of beers from across the state of Michigan and great live music without having to travel outside the Lenawee County area. The featured breweries for this year’s event include Atwater, Bell’s, Chelsea Alehouse, Cotton Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Grand River Brewing, New Holland, Shorts, Rochester Mills, Tecumseh Brewing and more. Continue Reading

Edward Bloom (Eric Parker) and the Giant (Ben Rosebrock) appear in a scene from "Big Fish" at the Croswell Opera House.

New Broadway musical “Big Fish” hits the stage in Adrian

The Croswell Opera House in downtown Adrian will present “Big Fish,” a new musical based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film of the same name, starting July 17. “Big Fish” follows the life of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman from Alabama, through the lens of the fantastical stories he always told his son. Now grown and expecting a child of his own, the son is struggling to come to terms with his father’s tall tales — before Edward’s cancer takes him away. The result is a story that’s full of both on-stage spectacle and emotional resonance, according to director Betsy Lackey. Lackey describes the show as “extremely well-written, heart-warming and poignant.”

It includes a great deal of theatrical spectacle — everything from a circus with dancing elephants to a man being shot out of a cannon — but Lackey said it’s also “a story about family reconciliation and loving each other.”

Eric Parker, whom audiences may remember as Jean Valjean in last summer’s production of “Les Miserables,” plays Edward Bloom. Continue Reading

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5 questions for Eric Parker about “Big Fish” at the Croswell

Most recently seen as Jean Valjean in last summer’s hit production of “Les Miserables,” Eric Parker is returning to the Croswell Opera House stage as Edward Bloom, the lead character in the new musical “Big Fish,” which opens July 17. “Big Fish” follows the life of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman from Alabama, through the lens of the fantastical stories he always told his son. Now grown and expecting a child of his own, the son is struggling to come to terms with his father’s tall tales — before Edward’s cancer takes him away. The result is a story that’s full of both on-stage spectacle and emotional resonance. In this interview, Parker talks about “Big Fish” and playing this larger-than-life character. Continue Reading

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7th annual Splash and Dash Youth Triathlon is Saturday

The seventh annual Splash and Dash youth triathlon will be held Saturday, July 11, at Bohn Pool in Adrian. The event features a youth triathlon and duathlon for kids ages 7-14, and a Fun Run for kids ages 3-6. The youth triathlon and duathlon entry fee is $25 ($30 on race day), while the Fun Run is just $10 ($15 on race day). As part of the pre-race packet pickup, there will be a “Triathlon 101” Clinic, led by Gregg Iddings on Friday, July 10, at Bohn Pool starting at 5 p.m.

Kids are encouraged to register in advance at the YMCA front desk (638 W. Maumee St. in Adrian), or they can register the day of the race. Continue Reading

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Adrian City Band to try downtown Pavilion as a performance venue

The Adrian City Band is trying something new. Instead of its usual home in the Trestle Park bandshell, the all-volunteer band will perform at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion downtown for the rest of the season. The band performed at the Pavilion last week, intending it to be only a temporary change due to Trestle Park being flooded. But city administrator Shane Horn said he and band director Jim Rice received a lot of positive feedback from both band members and concert attendees, most of them saying that parking was easier downtown and acoustics at the Pavilion were better. Horn added that last week’s relocated concert also had very good attendance. Continue Reading

This publicity image released under a Creative Commons license shows the first 11 actors to play the role of The Doctor on the British sci-fi series "Doctor Who."

Adrian library’s Teen Read program to host Doctor Who event

The Adrian District Library is hosting a “Doctor Who” party on Friday, July 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. for students in grades 6-12. The program is part of the summer Teen Read events at the library. The program will include a Doctor Who trivia game, themed crafts and refreshments, and viewing of an episode of the longrunning British sci-fi series about a time-travelling humanoid alien. While fans of the series are especially encouraged to attend, it is not necessary to know anything about the series to enjoy the program. Registration is requested. The library is located at 143 E. Maumee St. Continue Reading

Participants sought for Fourth of July parade

Civitan of Lenawee is seeking participants for this year’s Independence Day parade in Adrian. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. To register, call 734-418-8870 or email tcrhythms@tc3net.com. A registration form can also be downloaded here. Continue Reading

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“Geocaching 101″ at the Adrian District Library

The Adrian District Library is hosting a “Geocaching 101” event at the library for all ages on Saturday, June 27. The event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” from 9:30 to 10 a.m. followed by a “Geocaching 101” presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will learn everything they need to know to find their first geocache. After the presentation, novice geocachers can team up with more experienced geocachers to head outdoors to look for nearby caches. Participants are asked to enter through the Breakin’ Away Café entrance off of East Maumee Street. The café will be open at 9 a.m. and have coffee drinks and baked goods available to purchase. Continue Reading