Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners

ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fourth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of the 2014 Onstage Orange City summer series.

Sydney Krommendyk, sixth grader from Orange City, (left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium. 

Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake.

Tri-Tones, (right) an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.  

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

The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J’s, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman.

The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC’s Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell.

The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

 

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ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City begins its fifth season next week, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent! (But the talent comes from beyond city limits!)

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 28 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively.

Tim Breen, Deb De Haan and Mike Noteboom are serving as judges. Lois Estell, along with last year’s winner Amanda Haverdink, are emcees. Plus Haverdink and Estell will treat the audience to a duet during the judges’ deliberation.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

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Winners of the 2013 Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink , who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors: Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu.

First, second & third place winners of OC’s Got Talent 2013 are not eligible to be contestants for this year’s event, but may audition again in 2015.

 

Janine Calsbeek named to Iowa Arts Council board

Governor Terry E. Branstad recently announced the appointment of Janine Calsbeek to the board of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  The three-year term began July 1, 2014.

Calsbeek has served as executive director of the Orange City Arts Council for five years.

On June 6, Calsbeek participated in the Iowa Arts Summit in Des Moines. She served as a panelist with Chuck Swanson of Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, and Carmen Darland of Quad City Arts. The three spoke on Programming through Partnerships: the opportunities and challenges to building partnerships in the arts.

Onstage Orange City: SongBlast

ORANGE CITY – Two men, two voices, and more songs than any duo could possibly know – that’s SongBlast. Onstage Orange City presents SongBlast on Wednesday, June 4 in Orange City’s Windmill Park. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by OC Sanitation and Joe’s TV and Appliance.

SongBlast’s Pat Balder of Maple Grove MN and Glen Everhart of Blaine came together just two years ago.

Balder grew up in tiny Foley MN, and taught himself to sing and play guitar, piano and drums.  After earning a degree in music and classical guitar performance from St. John’s University, he worked with Polygram Records, wrote and produced music for Target, Sun Country Airlines and Harley Davidson, and has done thousands of shows in the Twin Cities, New York, Las Vegas, Nashville, and elsewhere.

Everhart, originally from St. Paul, plays guitar, piano and harmonica, and earned a degree in vocal music at St. Cloud State. He has performed as a solo singer/ songwriter and comedian for years, plus did a 10-year run with “Fyder & Everhart.” He’s done many shows for 3M, a national tour for Super 8, two CHS national conventions and performances at state fairs in six states.

The two brought their electric and acoustic guitars together at the suggestion of Gary Berg of G.L.Berg Entertainment, meeting at Everhart’s home on May 17, 2012.  For six and a half hours straight, they played songs, discussed pop music history, told stories of the road, and compared their approaches to entertaining, writing, business, and family.

The two specialize in hilarious parodies, and perform everything from classics to contemporary.

According to an audience member, “I just kept laughing all night!” Others said: “They can play anything that you’d ever want them to play!” “The most fun I’ve had in years.” “Spectacular!”

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered June 4. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. To hear SongBlast, check songblast.net.

Onstage Orange City: Watoto Children’s Choir

ORANGE CITY – The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will present their energetic music and dance show in Orange City Wednesday, June 11 at Windmill Park.

The 7:00pm show features original and vibrant African music with dance routines and life-transforming stories. The program is entitled “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.”

The show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City summer series, and is sponsored by  Orange City Communications.

The globally-acclaimed choir was born from the holistic care program, Watoto, initiated to serve a variety of needs of the African people, especially those of children orphaned as a result of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. “We share a message of transformation,” said Watoto founder Gary Skinner, “telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women.”

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents, and all live in Watoto Children’s Villages.

“It’s a concert of hope,” said Skinner, and he and the choir desire to reach audiences “with the message of Christ’s healing power,” he said.

This tour began in Argyle, TX in mid-January and the 22  children and 10 adults will travel for six months, visiting Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa, ending their tour in late June in Colorado.

Since the tour’s inception in 1994, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with an opportunity to broaden their world view. They have done shows in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S., and have performed for everyone from royalty and national leaders to the ordinary person.

The June 11 concert is free, but an offering will be received for Watoto.

Thanks to Living Water Community Church for assisting with the event.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net. Watoto’s site is watoto.com/choir.

 

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, Facebook or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)

Summer Suites 2014

ORANGE CITY – Update on June 18: Summer Suites will be held outdoors!

The Orange City Arts Council’s annual celebration of flowering gardens and music – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2014 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 18 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The “progressive concert” will feature cellist Hannah McGarvey, storyteller Jim Schaap, and ventriloquist Lisa Laird.

Hannah-McGarveyHannah McGarvey invites Summer Suites guests to immerse themselves in the world of tango from Argentina and Brazil.

A recent graduate from Biola Univeristy in cello performance, McGarvey plans a program featuring music from South America’s most well-known composers. Listeners will get a chance to hear tango music by Astor Piazzolla, songs of the Argentinian gaúchos by Alberto Ginastera, and folk-influenced Brazilian pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

McGarvey, of Alton, is actively teaching private lessons and working as a freelance musician in northwest Iowa, and plans to attend graduate school in the near future to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology.

Lori Vande Brake is McGarvey’s accompanist.

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird, of Orange City, was honored to be asked to be a featured performer at the International Ventriloquism ConVENTion in July. Other performers include Jeff Dunham (seen on David Letterman and The Tonight Show) and Terry Fator (winner of America’s Got Talent, season two). So Laird is doing her adult ventriloquism show first at Summer Suites. Kids will love it too!

Fourteen years ago, Laird was drawn into the world of puppetry by her sons Matt and Dan, and completed several levels of training. She worked with puppets in the preschool classroom until ’08, and now travels full-time as a family entertainer with Pockets Full of Fun.

She has received four Gold awards as well as first place in the Axtell Video Contest in ’13, and has performed at various conferences sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions.

Jim Schaap

Jim Schaap

James Calvin Schaap – Jim! – will read and tell stories at the third garden. Schaap has been writing all kinds of things for almost 40 years. This summer a collection of his newest stories will come out, Up the Hill, folk tales from the cemetery of a small Dutch town in northwest Iowa. “That’s all we’re saying, really,” said Schaap, “but if you’ve never heard a story that features Calvinist zombies, you will soon.”

Schaap recently left Sioux Center after 37 years of teaching at Dordt College. He and his wife moved to rural Alton.

Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Marilyn Mayberry, Shay and Jackie Davis, and Dale and Jill Pluim.

The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards.

Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students. If purchased June 13 or before, tickets are discounted, at $7.50 for adults and $5 for students at the Orange CIty Arts Council office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. Get tickets for the whole family and bike or drive from garden to garden. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers.

For more information, contact Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

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And more info… about the gardens for Summer Suites!

The progressive concert/ garden tour – with desserts at each location – will be held at the backyards of Marilyn Mayberry, Dale and Jill Pluim and Shay and Jackie Davis, all in Orange City.

IMG_6191Dale and Jill Pluim’s yard features birch trees, a large maple tree, evergreens and lilacs. A red playhouse/ storage shed sits at the edge of the shady property, complementing the Pluim home. It’s an intimate setting. Ventriloquist Lisa Laird will do a program for adults, but children will enjoy the show too!

Shay and Jackie Davis live on the northwest edge of town, on a property that reminds them of their childhoods. Jackie grew up on a farm, and Shay’s childhood home was like their Orange City home. “When I went out the front, I was a city kid. The back, a farm kid,” he said.

Their front yard features perennials: day lily, bleeding heart, spiderwort, sweet william, columbine, coral bells and a variety of hosta. In the back is a two-tired deck and a large yard with mature evergreen, maple and cottonwood trees. Behind their tree border is a creek and cornfield, and their own zipline. IMG_6303

Their latest addition are homemade outdoor “lights,” attached to the side of their home – created with the help of Mariah and Makenna, with mason jars, pebbles and candles.

Author and storyteller Jim Schaap will entertain the audience at the Davis yard.

The third garden is Marilyn Mayberry’s, a large yard filled with ash, spruce, locust, amir maple, pagoda dogwood and Japanese lilac.  Marilyn has planted 17 trees since moving to her home about 18 years ago.

Fritz Kroese was the artist of her backyard patio, created last summer from a picture Marilyn found. There’s a two-sided pergola with Italian wedding lights, stamped concrete and a water rock fountain. “This is the only water front I’m going to have,” she said with a smile.IMG_6172

Marilyn’s garden also features Siberian iris, witch hazel, key lime hydrangea, and pachysandra.

Cellist Hannah McGarvey, accompanied by Lori Vande Brake, will perform at Marilyn’s place.

Rain location for Summer Suites is the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.

Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area Community Band

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Band will take the stage for their first 2014 concert on Wed. June 25, and Tom Forkenbrock of Chicago will be the guest soloist.

The concert is beginning the 17th year of the band under the direction of Carla Van Beek. It is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series, and sponsored by Diamond Vogel Paint and Van Engelenhoven Agency.

The concert will be held in Orange City’s Windmill Park at 7:00pm.

It promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, featuring some of Van Beek’s favorites over the past 17 years: A Day at Disneyland, Grease!, Pop & Rock Legends: Neil Diamond, I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust, That Old Time Religion, Praise to the Lord the Almighty and Flight of Valor.

Forkenbrock, who played trumpet with the U.S. Army Band for nine years, will solo with the band this week. Forkenbrock will be featured in I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust and That Old Time Religion.

The Orange City native graduated from M-OC High School in ’82, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He has performed for two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., plus Prince Charles and other dignitaries from around the world. He also played for the Pan American Games and the ’88 Olympics in South Korea.

Since leaving the Army, Forkenbrock has performed with big bands, wind ensembles and other performing groups in the Chicago area, and with artists including Bill Watrous, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Chuck Findley and Bill Porter.  His bands have opened for Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Ramsey Lewis and Count Basie’s Big Band.

Forkenbrock regularly performs with “Brass From The Past”, a 60’s-80’s classic rock, Motown and soul group, as well as in the College of Lake County Wind Ensemble.  He also plays French horn, baritone and tuba, but his first and most enduring love, he said, is the trumpet, which he has played for nearly 40 years.

Forkenbrock is returning after performing with the Orange City Area Community Band in 2010 and ’11.

The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net.

Onstage Orange City: EXIT 113

ORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertaining. First-class! That’s Exit 113 from Des Moines. Exit 113 takes the stage at Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pm.

The free concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Northwestern Bank and Quatro Composites™.

Exit 113 features Bob Long on lead guitar; Jill Belgarde, lead vocals and saxophone; Travis Belgarde, bass; Marty Fisher, percussion; Taylor Telford, keyboard; and Jerry Anderson, sound. Their specialty is classic rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s, but they throw in 70s and 80s favorites, a bit of country, and originals. They call themselves a “rockin’ roll band.”

“Watch out! You’ll be blown away with their versatility!” said Diane Larson of Snus Hill Winery. “Sultry, upbeat and wild… they do it all and do it well.”

Their playlist is listed on orangecityarts.com and Facebook.com/ocArts, classics including I’m a Believer, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and Mustang Sally. Vote for your favorites on Facebook by June 26. Watch their music video on orangecityarts.net.

Bring your dancing shoes; a dance floor will be available.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered July 2. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see the OC Arts website or Facebook page, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Exit 113’s website is exit113.com .

And vote on facebook.com/ocArts for your favorite songs from their play list!

 

Exit 113’s Play List

Old Time Rock & Roll

I’m a believer

Splish Splash

Jambalaya

Sweet Home Alabama

I’ve Got it Good *

These Boots are Made for walking

Smokey Joe’s Café

Hanky Panky

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Mustang Sally

You Don’t Know Me *

Georgia on My Mind

Never Been to Spain

Chivalry *

Free Ride

Joy to the World

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

I’ve Got ways Like the Devil

Don’t Know Why

Blue Suede Shoes

Fun, Fun, Fun

Surfin U.S.A.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Drive My Car

Day Tripper

Jailhouse Rock

Hound Dog

Rubberneckin’

Too Much

Trouble

Money Honey

Rip It Up

Rockin’ Robin

At the Hop

Rock Around the Clock

Saturday Night *

Simple Like Blue Jeans *

The Twist/Let’s Twist Again

Twist and Shout

La Bamba

Do You Love Me?

Some Kind of Wonderful

It Hurt so Bad

Bring it on Home

I feel Lucky

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Footloose

Your mama Don’t dance

Jump, Jive & Wail

Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen

Give me one reason

Lovin’ Life & Layin’ Low *

Kansas city

Proud Mary

Free bird

Black Magic woman

Spooky

No Particular Place to Go

shake Rattle & Roll

Long Tall Sally

Great Balls of Fire

Johnny B. Goode

Takin’ Care of Business

Rock & Roll

Reelin’ & Rockin’

Money (That’s What I Want)

Whole Lotta shakin’ goin’ on

 

* denotes original songs

Check their website, exit113.com, for additional slow songs.

Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area Community Band

ORANGE CITY – It’s been 17 years. Wednesday, July 9 will be Carla Van Beek’s final evening as director of the Orange City Area Community Band.

The concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, will begin at 7:00pm in Windmill Park. Sponsors are CIVCO Medical Solutions and Fareway, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

Van Beek began as director of the Community Band in 1997, recruited by Joyce Bloemendaal, then director of the Arts Council. Of course, Van Beek and music have been a duo all of her life… young Carla played piano and flute, and teenage Carla served as drum major for the Rock Valley marching band. She fell in love with all three.

After the Van Beek children started school, she returned to college at Northwestern, then taught at Hospers Christian School. She became band director at Unity Christian High in ’96.

And she played in the community band, under directors Steve Connell and Brad Miedema, prior to taking the baton herself.

It’s amazing, said Van Beek, that these high school and adult musicians can get together for one night of rehearsal – “90 minutes in a hot and humid garage, the back of the bandshell” – and create wonderful music. Obviously they are outstanding musicians, she said.

Of course, those night-before-the-concert rehearsals don’t always go smoothly. Plans change, and Van Beek hustles to find another trumpeter or percussionist. Or the weather refuses to cooperate.

“One rehearsal night, the tornado siren went off… we ended up in the basement of the Vogel paint store!” she said. Dave Bloemendaal, tuba player for the band, had his keys to the Vogel-Vande Brake store, and led the troops, leaving his oversized instrument to fend for itself.

Van Beek has loved finding music with audience appeal: marches, musicals, Disney songs, hymn arrangements, and patriotic tunes. In fact, her first concert as director – July 9, ’97 – was a patriotic concert, so July 9, ’14 will be also. The show will include Washington Post March, Semper Fidelis, Stars and Stripes, El Capitan, Colonel Bogey, and Armed Forces Salute.

Van Beek commends the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City for their long commitment to the band… and she has so many people to thank, including the audience, the performers, and her husband Arlo, that she could go on for days.

The July 9 concert will be the second community band concert this summer. The final will be held July 30, with Dan Mangold directing.

The concert will follow the Orange City Community appreciation meal. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.4885 or see orangecityarts.net.

Onstage OC: Festival Latino

The fun begins at 5:00pm with activities: face painting, fingernail painting, a kid’s zone with a clown and a bouncy castle, mural painting, a piñata design contest, and more! Mexican food will be sold. A Latino musical group will perform at 7:00pm.

It’s Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park at 7:00pm Wed., July 16.

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Staples, Center Fresh Eggs, ViBella Jewelry & CASA

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)

Onstage OC: Chris O’Leary

Revival’s pet costume contest begins the evening, followed by Chris O’Leary’s six-piece blues band from New York at 7:00pm.

Chris spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. He has moved on to his own 6-piece band and his first release “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Blues Music Award (Memphis) and the 2011 Illinois Blues Blast Award (Chicago) for “Best New Artist Debut”. Now supporting is second CD release “Waiting For The Phone To Ring.” the band performs a perfectly rounded, energetic blues sound.

It’s Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park on Wed., July 23.

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Free, thanks to our sponsor:  Revival Animal Health

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)