UP AND DOWN THE RIVER: Summer list for ART and your heART

Summer begins in earnest after the Memorial Day weekend, and in case you are looking for some inspiration for summer activities for yourself or for family and friends, here are ten suggestions:


— Visit and walk Big Rapids’ Riverwalk regularly. This jewel and the parks that it connects promote healthy recreation for the whole family. Set a goal and chart your mileage – an easy way to build fitness.

— Plant and tend something this year. Whether it be flowers or food, gardening is a great activity. Or maybe try planting something new to you this year. Who knows: you could end up with the prettiest yard on the block or a whole new food to enjoy.

— Visit the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday or Friday in downtown Big Rapids for fresh local produce and goods. When you shop local, your dollars stay local.

It’s a fun social event as well.

— Take in a Pocket Park concert on Friday from 12 – 2. A wide variety of artists are ready to set your toes tapping. Music is an art and a real mood enhancer for your heart.

— Looking for something totally new and different? Check out the brochure of summer classes and activities offered through Artworks at www.artworksinbigrapids.com.

— Participate in one or more of the activities sponsored by the Big Rapids Community Library. The whole lineup is on the event calendar at the library website: www.bigrapids.lib.mi.us.

— Make a family game over the summer of mapping out all the beautiful sculptures in our community. There are more of them than you realize! Don’t forget to check out those on the campuses of Big Rapids Middle School and Ferris State University.

— Go to the Dawgs! There are still a fine bunch of bulldogs around town, all willing to pose for pictures with you and your family. And none of them bite!

— The FSU Community Summer Band, a Big Rapids tradition, is now organizing for its summer concert season. Concert dates are June 12, 19, 20, 26, July 3 and 10.

Pack your lawn chairs and check out the particulars at www.Ferris.edu. Search for “FSU Community Summer Band.”

— And finally, visit Artworks several times during the summer. Exhibits change, new merchandise is added, and you’ll always see a friendly face behind the counter. Few communities our size have a place like Artworks, whose motto is “Enrich, create, inspire, learn.” It truly is the heART of our community.

Have a wonderful summer!


Up and Down the River is sponsored by Artworks, a project partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through Michigan Humanities Council.

The Artworks office is located at 106 N. Michigan Ave., in Big Rapids. President is Stephen Ross; Jennifer Locke, executive director; Pat Heeter, gallery team leader; and Cathy Johnson, editor.


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