Revival’s Pet Costume Contest and Omaha’s Funk Trek in Orange City July 31

Omaha's Funk Trek to play in Orange City July 31 Funk Trek, a jazz-fusion band from Omaha, performs for Onstage Orange City Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00pm at Orange City's Windmill Park. Beginning the evening at 6:00pm is Revival Animal Health's pet costume contest.

Omaha’s Funk Trek to play in Orange City July 31
Funk Trek, a jazz-fusion band from Omaha, performs for Onstage Orange City Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00pm at Orange City’s Windmill Park. Beginning the evening at 6:00pm is Revival Animal Health’s pet costume contest.

ORANGE CITY – They’re a funk/ jazz fusion band from Omaha, and they’re coming to Orange City Wednesday, July 31: Funk Trek.

It’s Onstage Orange City, in Windmill Park.

The night opens at 6:00pm with the evening’s sponsor, Revival Animal Health, inviting locals to bring their costumed cat, dog or other beastie for the annual pet costume contest. Prizes will be awarded by Revival.

Revival will also sell ice cream bars and water to raise funds for local vets in need.

Funk Trek takes the stage at 7:00pm. They’ve been labeled jazz/ funk, jazz fusion and soul jazz, and are famous in the Omaha area for their “insuppressible groove and their smooth blend of funk, jazz and experimental music.”

Cousins Tom Murnan and Dan Pflug, along with friend Andrew Wahl, began Funk Trek in 2007, and the band now focuses on instrumental music, with guitar, bass, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, keyboard and percussion.

Not only are they regulars at The Slowdown and The Waiting Room in Omaha, Funk Trek has opened for several other funk bands – including Dumpstaphunk and Euforquestra. In June 2013, they had the privilege of opening for O.A.R. at the NCAA 2013 Men’s College World Series opening ceremonies.

Their albums are Purify and Voyager, the latter in tribute to their early name, “Funk Trek Voyager,” a take-off of Star Trek Voyager.

Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening through August, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

To link with Funk Trek’s music, click here:     http://funktrek.com/#media. Click on Media.  For more information, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712-707-4885. IMG_8105_4

Soul, blues and gospel performer slated for June 26 in Orange City

terryevans2_2_2ORANGE CITY – Hailing from the Mississippi Delta and a veteran of church choirs, a cappella groups, and soul bands, comes Terry Evans – a musician visiting as part of the Onstage Orange City series. Evans and his band will sharing a selection of soul, blues, and gospel on June 26 at 7 PM in Windmill Park.

Exposed to music at an early age in junior choir and church choir, Evan’s influences also included Elmore Jones, Little Walter, Albert King, and B.B. King.

Terry Evans has worked in the music industry for over 40 years, collaborating with artists including Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Pops Staples. Working with renowned musician Bobby King in the early seventies, Evans was introduced to Ry Cooder, one of the world’s preeminent guitarists.

Evans and Cooder went on to work together on several albums including Chicken Skin Music, Get Rhythm, Show Time, and Slide Area; the pair also toured extensively as a duo. terry-guitar

Evans’ album Mississippi Magic was nominated as “Best Soul Blues Album of the Year” at the WC Handy Awards 2002… now the Blues Music Awards, widely regarded as the highest honor for blues artists in the U.S. He sang lead vocals on the song “Down in Mississippi,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Crossroads, and he sang the title song in the actual film. Link to Ry Cooder and Terry Evans performing “Down in Mississippi”: click here.

Now from Los Angeles, Evans will be playing with a four-piece band on the 26th. Come early for a free grilled pork sandwich from our evening’s sponsors Joe’s TV & Appliance and Fareway – 6 PM to 7 PM. The Onstage Orange City concessions stand will offer beverages and chips for sale as well.

Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Terry Evans and band to perform in Orange City June 26 Terry Evans' journey has taken him from the Mississippi Delta to Los Angeles, from performing with Bobby King to Ry Cooder, from singing lead vocals on the song "Down in Mississippi" to a nomination as best soul blues album of the year in 2002. Evans and his band will perform in Orange City's Windmill Park Wed. June 26 at 7PM, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, Joe's TV & Appliance and Fareway.

Terry Evans and band to perform in Orange City June 26
Terry Evans’ journey has taken him from the Mississippi Delta to Los Angeles, from performing with Bobby King to Ry Cooder, from singing lead vocals on the song “Down in Mississippi” to a nomination as best soul blues album of the year in 2002. Evans and his band will perform in Orange City’s Windmill Park Wed. June 26 at 7PM, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, Joe’s TV & Appliance and Fareway.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Orange City’s Got Talent! winners announced

Orange City's Got Talent! Winners of the Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink (right), who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors (left): Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu (second from right). The third annual Orange City's Got Talent! was held June 19 at Windmill Park.

Orange City’s Got Talent!
Winners of the Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink (right), who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors (left): Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu (second from right). The third annual Orange City’s Got Talent! was held June 19 at Windmill Park.

 

The Hull House

The Hull House

ORANGE CITY –  Amanda Haverdink, Andres Ortiz Cantu and The Acappellors took the prizes in the third annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

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The event was held Wednesday, June 19 at Windmill Park in Orange City.  The ten acts included The Hull House, Amy and Dustin Vanden Hull, Nate Johnston, Devon Cadwell and Gabe Harden, a guitar/ banjo/ percussion/ vocals ensemble; dancer Rafael Maldonado; violinist Caleb Rohrer; a mother-daughter duo, Brooke and Stephanie Mansker; and three pianist/ vocalists: Vanessa Stokes, Linda Dykstra and Danny Ray Henderson.

 

Caleb Rohrer

Caleb Rohrer

Amanda Haverdink of Orange City took the top prize, dressing as Eponine and singing On My Own from Les Miserables. Laura Haverdink was her accompanist.

Second place went to The Acappellors, a group of MOC-Floyd Valley students and graduates: Travis Balt, Drew Lemke, Kory McMahan, Trevor McMahan and Amanda Vander Stelt. They sang For the Longest Time by Billy Joel.

 

Andres Ortiz Cantu from Sioux Center took third place, dancing to Chris Brown’s

Emcees Lois Estell & Laird Edman

Emcees Lois Estell & Laird Edman

Fine China. 

 

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

The Acappellors

The Acappellors

The evening ended with Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better from Annie, Get Your Gun, performed by emcees Lois Estell and Laird Edman.

Talent show judges were Lora Rankin, Kurt Van Noord and Sara Weber. Planning committee members were Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

The Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Four Way Roofing of Alton.

 

Special THANKS to:

Orange City Area Health System

Four-Way Roofing of Alton

Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, Christie Jans Conover

Chrysalis Bridal Salon

Tip Top Tux

Headquarters for Hair, Angie

Bon Croix Vineyards

Windmill Park Jewelers

Ron De Jong

Northwestern College

Orange City Floral

The emcees, committee, judges, concessions people, performers, weatherman, etc. etc.!!!

 

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Amanda Haverdink

Amanda Haverdink

 

Vanessa Stokes

Vanessa Stokes

 

 

Rafael Maldonado

Rafael Maldonado

 

Stephanie & Brooke Mansker

Stephanie & Brooke Mansker

Linda Dykstra

Linda Dykstra

 

Andres Ortiz Cantu

Andres Ortiz Cantu

Danny Ray Henderson

Danny Ray Henderson

Onstage Orange City sponsors an old-fashioned 4th of July!

Celebrating the 4th. It's the 4th of July in Windmill Park. Onstage Orange City will have no show Wednesday, July 3 – instead the old-fashioned Independence Day celebration begins at 3:00pm July 4. Pictured at last year's July 4th event are, left to right: Kassie Diehl, Abby Arnett, Maggie and Katie Kensak.

Celebrating the 4th.
It’s the 4th of July in Windmill Park. Onstage Orange City will have no show Wednesday, July 3 – instead the old-fashioned Independence Day celebration begins at 3:00pm July 4. Pictured at last year’s July 4th event are, left to right: Kassie Diehl, Abby Arnett, Maggie and Katie Kensak.

ORANGE CITY – Come celebrate the Fourth of July with fun for the whole family! The festivities begin at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 4 at Orange City’s Windmill Park, with a kid’s carnival featuring a bouncy castle, dunk tank, face painting and more.

Bedazzle, costume, and decorate yourself, your bike, and your pets for an old-fashioned parade at 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, colorful and patriotic outfits.

Old-fashioned parade on the 4th An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration is planned for Orange City's Windmill Park beginning at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 4. All ages are invited to bedazzle themselves for the parade at 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded!

Old-fashioned parade on the 4th
An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration is planned for Orange City’s Windmill Park beginning at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 4. All ages are invited to bedazzle themselves for the parade at 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded!

Also, beginning at 5:00pm, a supper of burgers and hot dogs will be served, for a freewill donation.

The comedy and juggling duo In Capable Hands will provide entertainment for the evening, beginning at 6:00pm.

Husband and wife team Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw met at Clown College run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and have been performing together since 1996. In Capable Hands have shared their special brand of family-friendly comedy on The Tonight Show and Live! with Regis and Kelly as well as at the Lincoln Center and Carolines on Broadway.

Volume One Magazine writes of In Capable Hands, “In a world where entertainers often resort to inappropriate shock value rather than surprise to get laughs, it’s a rare and valuable treat to find entertainers that are able to use their talent and innovation to create clean humor for all ages.”

In Capable Hands: comedy & juggling show featuring Steve Russell & Kobi Shaw

In Capable Hands: comedy & juggling show featuring Steve Russell & Kobi Shaw

Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Quatro Composites™ and Van Engelenhoven Agency are sponsoring the Fourth of July festivities, with support from the Orange City Chamber of Commerce and Don’s Food Center.

This week there is no show on Wednesday, just Thursday’s Independence Day event.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Onstage Orange City presents OC Area Community Band

Orange City Area Community Band to perform July 10: The clarinets will be featured in a polka Wednesday, July 10 at Orange City's Windmill Park. It's the next concert in the Onstage Orange City series, this week featuring the Orange City Area Community Band. Pictured are three of the clarinet players from one of the 2012 community band concerts.

Orange City Area Community Band to perform July 10:
The clarinets will be featured in a polka Wednesday, July 10 at Orange City’s Windmill Park. It’s the next concert in the Onstage Orange City series, this week featuring the Orange City Area Community Band. Pictured are three of the clarinet players from one of the 2012 community band concerts.

ORANGE CITY – The clarinets will be the centerpiece at the Orange City Area Community Band concert Wednesday, July 10. Pie in the Face Polka by Vinson will feature the band’s top-notch clarinet section.

The band will do a medley of polkas too, called Big Band Polka… which includes Pennsylvania Polka, My Melody of Love and Beer Barrel Polka. 

The concert, featuring adult and student musicians from the area, will be held in Windmill Park at 7:00 pm, part of the Onstage Orange City series.

Director Carla Van Beek has a fun evening planned, including Music from Glee, like Don’t Stop Believin’, Alone, Sweet Caroline and You Keep Me Hanging’ On. The band will also play El Capitan by Sousa, Whither Must I Wander? by Vaughan Williams and A Day at Disneyland.

This free concert is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

For more information, check www.orangecityarts.net or contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

One of Japan’s leading handbell choirs returns to perform in Orange City

2011 performance in Orange City

2011 performance in Orange City

ORANGE CITY – One of Japan’s leading handbell choirs is returning to northwest Iowa, and will perform Friday, July 26 at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel.

The Glee Handbell Choir from Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama High School in Tokyo, tours the United States biennially, and last performed in Orange City in 2011. On July 26, the concert will be held at 7:30pm.

The handbell choir has been part of the ministry of Meiji Gakuin since 1981, and earlier the school had a glee club, which also toured the States as part of a home stay program. Rev. Norimichi Odate, current exchange program director, was one of the members of the glee club in 1975, and later became a Northwestern College student, graduating in 1980. Ron Korver began the school’s exchange program, said Odate.IMG_0486

Directors of the Glee Handbell Choir are Mr. Takanobu Onoda and Mr. Kazuyoshi Inagaki.

The choir has performed for enthusiastic audiences in the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, at the Handbell Exploration in Phoenix, and on television and radio in Japan.

Leading Handbell Choir from Japan to perform The 14-member Glee Handbell Choir from Tokyo will perform at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm. The free performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs.

Leading Handbell Choir from Japan to perform
The 14-member Glee Handbell Choir from Tokyo will perform at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm. The free performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs.

This year the choir includes 14 young ladies, who will be staying in homes in northwest Iowa July 25 – 28, including Sioux Center and Orange City. Their five-week tour begins July 19, and takes them to Minneapolis, Worthington, Philadelphia, Omaha, Pella, Cedar Grove, WI, Lafayette, IN, Hudsonville, MI, Auburn, CA and San Francisco. The choir members will present concerts, sightsee, and get acquainted with American culture via host families. “The choir is here to show our school’s appreciation to the host families, host churches and contact people,” said Odate.

The choir will also present a concert at Carmel Reformed Church on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00pm, and tentatively at the Sioux Center mall on Saturday, July 27. In Orange City, the choir members will also tour Northwestern College. The concert July 26 is sponsored by Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs and the Orange City Arts Council.

No admission will be charged for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received to assist with the school’s 2015 tour, and for maintenance of the handbells.

2013 Glee Handbell Choir from  Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama High School in Tokyo

2013 Glee Handbell Choir from Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama High School in Tokyo

For more information, contact coordinators Janet and John Renes of Sioux Center (712-722-0327), Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs (gracelo@nwciowa.edu) or the Orange City Arts Council (712-707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com).

Photos from the 2011 Glee Handbell Choir residency here:

https://orangecityarts.net/2011/08/glee-handbell-choir-in-orange-city/

Onstage Orange City presents one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest

Polka and pizza: Malek's Fishermen Band began with Syl and Ed Malek… an accordion band in the 1930s. Today they're billed as the finest polka band in the Midwest, with their unique combination of brass, reeds, concertina, rhythm and vocals… and a variety of musical styles. Pictured here is Eric Malek playing the concertina. Come to Orange City's Windmill Park July 17 at 6:40pm, ready to learn to polka with the experts. Sponsors are Diamond Vogel Paint, Pizza Ranch restaurant and the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza and pop will be for sale beginning at 6:00pm, courtesy of Pizza Ranch.

Polka and pizza:
Malek’s Fishermen Band began with Syl and Ed Malek… an accordion band in the 1930s. Today they’re billed as the finest polka band in the Midwest, with their unique combination of brass, reeds, concertina, rhythm and vocals… and a variety of musical styles. Pictured here is Eric Malek playing the concertina. Come to Orange City’s Windmill Park July 17 at 6:40pm, ready to learn to polka with the experts. Sponsors are Diamond Vogel Paint, Pizza Ranch restaurant and the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza and pop will be for sale beginning at 6:00pm, courtesy of Pizza Ranch.

By Sarah Kugler

ORANGE CITY – Want to enjoy some music that’ll really get your toes tapping? Come hear Malek’s Fishermen Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest. The show will begin at 7:00pm on Wed., July 17 in Orange City’s Windmill Park and promises to get everyone up on their feet and moving to the beat.

Malek’s Fisherman Band began in 1932 when Syl Malek and his brother, Ed, formed Malek Brothers Accordion Band. The band played songs brought to the states by Czech immigrants as well as American dance hall tunes.

Now featuring Syl’s son Bob, and his children Eric and Crystal, the six-member band was rechristened as Malek’s Fisherman Band. The group travels from Garner, Iowa throughout the Midwest, sharing their musical stylings. With a unique combination of  brass, reeds, concertina, rhythm, and vocals, the band plays a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional old tyme polkas, waltzes, two-steps, and schottisches as well as country, big band, dixieland, and other dance hall favorites.

A dance floor will be available July 17, and dancers Tim and Kathy Westemeyer will join the fun, with their Czech outfits and informal dance lessons at 6:40pm.

The Malek’s Fishermen Band show is part of the summer Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Corporate sponsors of the July 17 event are Pizza Ranch restaurant and Diamond Vogel Paint.

Pizza Ranch will offer pizza and pop for sale beginning at 6:00pm.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

For more information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

 

See photos of the event:  http://www.polkarrific.com/keymanscorner/archives2013/orangecity_park2013.html 

LINK:  Red Head Polka

ORANGE CITY COMMUNITY BAND PERFORMS ONSTAGE JULY 24

Orange City Area Community Band performs July 24 Onstage Orange City presents the Orange City Area Community Band for its final concert of the summer, on Wed. July 24. The free concert is at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, and Michael Kensak will be the guest conductor. Pictured are trumpeters Drew Lemke and Daniel Clemens, playing in a 2012 concert.

Orange City Area Community Band performs July 24
Onstage Orange City presents the Orange City Area Community Band for its final concert of the summer, on Wed. July 24. The free concert is at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, and Michael Kensak will be the guest conductor. Pictured are trumpeters Drew Lemke and Daniel Clemens, playing in a 2012 concert.

ORANGE CITY – Guest conductor Michael Kensak is taking the stage with the Orange City Area Community Band on Wednesday, July 24. The concert, featuring adult and student musicians from the area, will be held in Windmill Park at 7:00 pm, part of the Onstage Orange City series.

It will be the third and final community band concert of the summer.

Kensak, who teaches English and German at Northwestern College, is a trombonist for the community band. He is filling in for the band’s director Carla Van Beek this week, and has an entertaining evening planned, including “Under the Sea,” “West Side Story – Highlights,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The band will also perform “Jupiter Hymn” from The Planets, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Exaltations” and “Amazing Grace.”

This free concert is sponsored by Orange City Communications and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

For more information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. The Onstage Orange City series continues each Wednesday through August 21.

July 4th kids’ parade in Orange City

IMG_9405_3A kids’ mini-carnival was held in Orange City’s Windmill Park on July 4, sponsored by the Orange City Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council, with support from Quatro Composites™, Van Engelenhoven Agency, and Don’s Food Center. In addition to a bouncy castle, Mr. Twister, kids’ activities, a burger fry, and the comedy/ juggling duo In Capable Hands, a short parade featured the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Troop 208 in the lead. Parade winners are (left to right) Hannah Plagge, second place; Anna, Abby and Allison Wallinga, first place; and Gage, third place. (Photo courtesy of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

Summer classes offered: Graphic Arts, Creative Writing and more

IMG_2025ORANGE CITY – A variety of classes will be offered for adults and children in Orange City this summer, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council in conjunction with Orange City Parks & Recreation.

For adults and teens, Becca Ortner is teaching “Graphics & Media.” Class members will create a webpage, learn photoshop elements, try iMovie and more.

The class will be held Tuesdays, June 4 to July 9, from 8:00-9:15pm at the computer lab at the Korver Visual Arts Center at Northwestern College.

Virginia Davis is offering a creative writing workshop for grades 4-8, on Mon/Wed/Fri afternoons June 10-21. Budding young writers and imaginative thinkers are invited to develop their talents through this two-week program. “It’s a great way to get creative while improving your skills,” said Davis.

Other classes include theatre classes offered by April Hubbard and Jana Latchaw, ceramics and 3-D art/ sculpture classes taught by Melissa Klootwyk, Pre-K arts & crafts taught by Becca Ortner, and beginning guitar taught by Amy Vanden Hull.

Fees for classes are $15 to $25 for a session of six or more classes. Many classes are filling up quickly, so register soon. After May 28, registrations are assessed a $10 late fee. For more information, click here. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa,com.

Photos here feature last summer’s “Exploring Theatre on Stage” class and a ceramics/sculpture class.

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