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Author: The County Journal

Chamber of Commerce introduces a refreshed festival to celebrate Charlotte

The Chamber of Commerce has teamed-up with CanDo!, Courthouse Square and the City of Charlotte to re-imagine a broader, more regional future of the “Celebrate Charlotte” festival. “What began as a small gathering of locals at Bennett Park has grown into one of the largest events in the community,” said Tyler Pray, president of the Chamber of Commerce Board. “It’s time to appeal throughout mid-Michigan and offer a large-scale festival that celebrates the core family values and small town successes that define our community.” The festival is being renamed Charlotte Celebrates! “The action-oriented name may not sound much different, but it lends itself perfectly to our city’s revitalization and its new brand,” Pray said. The Chamber Board, as well as its festival planning committee participated in the development of the new regional branding system for Charlotte that will be unveiled Tuesday, April 24, on the billboards located across from the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Charlotte Celebrates! will be the first major event to embrace these exciting new developments. “We wish to express a great deal of thanks to the CanDo! Marketing Advisory Committee,” says Courtney Anderson, the Chamber’s executive director. “They spent more than a year hosting study groups and brainstorming with creative professionals to re-create our community brand. In doing so, they reached out to our festival planning committee and our board to help us implement these new...

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Budding Americana singer/ songwriter to perform in Charlotte

On the evening of Saturday, April 21, Americana singer/songwriter Charly Markwart will bring her brand of original music to the stage of Windwalker Underground Gallery in downtown Charlotte. A native of Charlotte, Markwart is an emerging artist in the Americana genre. Last fall, she was selected to perform a showcase of her music at the highly acclaimed Americanafest in Nashville, Tenn. Recently, Markwart scored the Song of the Year in the Americana category of the 19th annual Great American Song Contest with her song, “In Mother Maybelle’s Hands.” As she promotes her new CD, “No Direction Home”, the past...

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Eaton Rapids poet publishes first collection of works

“An October sky- a lattice of ink and light folded over and over upon itself-…” Waiting for Orion, Richard Gilmore Loftus. Those first words of Loftus’ poem, “Waiting for Orion,” are a just a few in his new roughly 100-page book of poems. Loftus is a lifelong lover of mythology, poetry, written word, beautiful moments, and a self-described scribbler in his own right, “Dress Whites” is Loftus’ collection of roughly three decades of poems and written material describing not only his own observations of life, but also what he believes is a bird’s eye view of the life of a man. “Dress Whites” is a collection of 80 or so poems, mixed ponderings of nature, to sensual moments with the opposite sex, reflections on other writings and texts, and more. “Each of these poems I think of as a journey,” said Loftus. To Loftus, the journeys of the poems are in some way a reflection of his own journey. As a world traveler from the time he was a boy, Loftus recalled living in Ireland as a boy, visiting Spain, living in New York for about 30 years, and how the many places he lived and visited shaped him as a person. As a boy, Loftus met famous English poet, Robert Graves, and remembered the event sparking his interest in poetry and mythology. After the encounter it would be...

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Lansing Concert Band returns to Charlotte Performing Arts Center stage March 11

Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the Lansing Concert Band will take the stage of the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, featuring several musicians with roots in the Charlotte community. The featured marimba soloist is Charlotte’s own Cody Edgerton, performing “Suite for Marimba & Band” by Peter Tanner. Edgerton is a graduate of Charlotte Public Schools, and was taught by both Ms. Stacie Detgen and Dr. Gary T. Sullivan before graduating in 2010. Cody attained his degree from Michigan State University after completing a program in Music Education, which included performances throughout the nation with the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Percussion Ensemble, and the MSU Wind Symphony. During this time, he also marched two summers with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Upon graduation in 2015, Cody was appointed Band Director in Elk Rapids, Mich. He led the Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band, earning Superior ratings at MSBOA Festivals. Currently, Cody is the Assistant Band Director at Grandville High School in Grand Rapids. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to his hometown to perform on the CPAC stage with the Lansing Concert Band. The band’s most senior member, tubist Laura Cudney Topping, graduated in 1945 and participated in the Charlotte Bands, conducted by Mr. Ward Hynes. She has expressed wonderful memories of her Charlotte Band years, including travel to the Holland Tulip Festival and...

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4th Annual Eaton County Home & Business Expo is coming April 14, 15

Are you looking for a way to promote your business? Vendor spaces are still available at this year’s Eaton County Home & Business Expo. The Eaton County Home & Business Expo is a joint effort between the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Locals in Business organization. The primary goal of the Expo is to showcase local businesses and the types of services that are available in the small towns in Eaton County. Since the Expo’s inception there has also been a focus to include the non-profit organizations that are also a vital part of our community. This year...

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