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The Post travels to Ireland

The Post recently traveled to Ireland with the Bolinger family, of Solon Township. Steve and Tammy and their daughter Juliana, 14, recently returned from a two-week trip to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. While in Ireland they explored numerous castles, kissed the Blarney Stone, explored Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast, crossed a suspended rope bridge, saw where parts of Star Wars were filmed and much more. In the photo above, Juliana is shown holding the Post in front of Cahir Castle.

Thank you, Bolinger family, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows.

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Community Players’ musical opens this week on Kent Theatre stage

By Terri Riggle

Cutting a very Napoleonic figure is Amos Ader who will bring to life this historical figure on the Kent Theatre stage in “Burr: The One Who Won,” written and directed by Scott Phillips. The musical comedy opens Friday, May 17 and has a total of five performances. 

Rehearsals are winding down and nerves are revving up at the Kent Theatre as actors and stagehands work feverishly to bring the latest Scott Phillips play to life. It’s a unique opportunity for the 15 people who portray the characters in Phillips’ new musical comedy, “Burr: The One Who Won,” in that it allows them to be in a role and play a character that makes their appearance for the very first time in this production.

“It’s a lot of fun to create this character my way,” said Mandy Casebolt who plays Theodosia Burr, wife of historical figure Aaron Burr, who shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Casebolt, a newcomer to the Cedar Springs Community Players, has been acting for the better part of her life. She has been a professional actor and worked with multiple theater companies as she was growing up in California. After taking a break to have her children, she said she was able to take a role in “Annie” presented by Stage GR which is located at Cornerstone University.  

Along with Casebolt, new actors working with the Players for the first time are Frank VanPelt and Jacob Hoekzema both from Grand Rapids. “I heard about the play and decided that it sounded like a lot of fun,” VanPelt said. He likes that there are original songs to perform as well. VanPelt has worked with area directors to perform occasionally in plays, citing that work keeps him busy and prevents him from every play that he could audition for.  Hoekzema is not only new to the Players but this is the first time he as acted in a play. “I have been singing for years but this is my first time doing a play,” he said. VanPelt and Hoekzema also have the additional challenge of playing two different characters in the show. 

“Burr: The One Who Won,” will open on the Kent Theatre stage on May 17 with additional performances on May 18-19; and May 24-25. Performances start at 7:30, with the exception of a matinee on Sunday, May 19, which has a 3 p.m. start time. The box office is open 30 minutes before each performance and tickets may be purchased at that time for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 18. You may also purchase tickets at the Cedar Springs Public Library in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. 

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The Secret to a Long Life

A tough old cowboy once counseled his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning.

The grandson did this religiously and he lived to the age of 93. 

When he died, he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and a 15-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

May 16,23,21: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Celebrate Recovery

May 16,23,21: City Impact, 288 N. Main St. will be holding meetings every Thursday to Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, habbits or hangups of any kind. 6-6:30 pm – Meet & Greet, 6:30-8pm Celebrate Recovery. For more information call 616-843-2438. #tfn

Community Garage Sale

May 16,17,18: City Impact Community Center will be hosting a community garage sale on Thrusday May 16th and Feiday May 17th from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday May 18th from 8:30 am -TBD. All proceeds go to City Impact programs. #19,20p

Historical comedy debuts on Kent stage

May 17-19,24,25: The Cedar Springs Community Players is pleased to present “Burr: The One Who Won,” written by Scott Phillips with music by Jill Phillips at the Kent Theatre on May 17, 18, 19; and May 24, 25. Performances start at 7:30, with the exception a Sunday matinee on May 19, which has a 3 p.m. start time. You may purchase tickets at the Cedar Springs Public Library in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. The box office is open 30 minutes before each performance and tickets may be purchased at that time for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 18. #19-21b

Community Dinner and Feeding America Truck

May 20: City Impact will be hosting a community dinner and Feeding America Truck on Monday, May 20th. The Feeding America Truck will be at 4:30 pm by the bus garage (behind Cedar Springs Red Hawk Elementary) and dinner will be at 5:30 pm at the Red Hawk Elementary Cafeteria. There will be haircuts, crafts, prizes and more!. #19,20p

Lose weight sensibly with TOPS

May 21:Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #20

Michigan Blood Drive

May 21: Michigan Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, May 21st at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S Main Cedar Springs. The drive is will go from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. To schedule an appointment visit https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/103962. Many US blood banks often run short of types O and B red blood cells. #20

CS Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk

May 26: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 19th annual Memorial Cemetery walk on Sunday, May 26th at 2 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Leander Jewell, Civil War; Harold Bicknell Gidden, World War I; Leland Dewey, World War II; William Wilson, Korean War; Michael E. Magoon, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 pm and return for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentation in the museum. #20,21b

Invasive Plant Meeting @ Nelson Township

May 30: Kent Conservation District and Nelson Township are holding an Invasive Plant Informational Meeting on May 30th, at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township Hall, located at 2 Maple Street in Sand Lake, Mi. Kent Conservation has been working to reduce the spread of invasive plant species. Kent Conservation will teach you to recognize invasive plants and how to control them. Native plants are strongly encouraged since they pose no threat of becoming invasive. Kent Conservation will have handouts on what invasive plants to watch out for and what native plants to add to your landscape. Any questions can be directed to Susan VanEnk at Nelson Township, 616-636-5332. #20,21b

Red Flannel Pageant Meeting

June 2: Attention all young ladies attending Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, or live in the Cedar Springs school district, (including homeschoolers) who will be in the 11th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. There will be a mandatory parent meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2019 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent(s). The meeting will be Sunday, June 2nd at 2 pm at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #20

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 8: The 127th Annual (1892-2019) Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 8th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour – 5 pm, Dinner – 6 pm. Cost of meal is $15.00. Please RSVP by June 1st. Call your reservation in to: Dave Groner 616-557-3098. #19-21p

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CS Community Players present historical comedy by local playwright

by Terri Riggle

During a recent rehearsal, Jacob Hoekzema, as Benedict Arnold, belts out his rendition of “Turn Coat” which was written by Jill Phillips for a play titled, “Burr: The One Who Won,” written by brother Scott Phillips.

The latest offering of Cedar Springs’ playwright Scott Phillips takes a swing at American history and lands a knock out punch. “Burr: The One Who Won” tells the story, albeit with tongue very much in cheek, of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesis, Aaron Burr. It’s American history run rampant, spilling over with humor and rousing fun songs. He is, of course, taking a poke at Broadway’s current golden child, “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The play has been running since August 2015 where it received unprecedented advance box office sales and enthusiastic critical response. In 2016, “Hamilton” received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical.  It was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In this production, Phillips tells the story of Aaron Burr, a contemporary of Hamilton and at odds with his political machinations. Burr challenges him to a duel after Hamilton helped swing a vote causing Burr to lose a presidential bid in 1800. You can guess the outcome of the duel. Phillips is also directing the play along with Carolee Cole, who is the Music Director. His sister, Jill Phillips, penned all the lyrics and created all the music for the production. 

In cooperation with the Cedar Springs Community Players, “Burr: The One Who Won,” will open on the Kent Theatre stage on May 17 with additional performances on May 18-19; and May 24-25. Performances start at 7:30, with the exception of a matinee on Sunday, May 19, which has a 3 p.m. start time. The box office is open 30 minutes before each performance and tickets may be purchased at that time for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 18. You may also purchase tickets at the Cedar Springs Public Library in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. 

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Difference between the sexes

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. “What are you doing?” she asked.

“Hunting flies,” he replied.

“Oh, have you killed any?” she asked.

“Yep, three males and two females,” he answered.

Intrigued, the wife asked, “How can you tell them apart?”

 The husband grinned. “Three were on a beer can and two were on the phone.”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

May 9,16,23,21: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Celebrate Recovery

May 9,16,23,21: City Impact, 288 N. Main St. will be holding meetings every Thursday to Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, habbits or hangups of any kind. 6-6:30 pm – Meet & Greet, 6:30-8pm Celebrate Recovery. For more information call 616-843-2438. #tfn

Friends and Family Night

May 9: Please join our new Cedar Springs church for Food – Community – Fun Friends and Family Night. Thursday, May 9th at 6 pm at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, 60 Cedar St. (Morley Park). All are welcome to come learn about our town as we compete in a photo scavenger hunt through downtown Cedar Springs. Dinner will be provided and prizes awarded. Bring a can of soup to benefit Hand2Hand and you’ll be entered to win an additional prize! #18,19p

Rummage Sale at Sand Lake UMC

May 9-11: A rummage sale will be held on  May 9th and 10th from 9 am to 5 pm and on May 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. #18,19b

Velzy Park Pancake Breakfast

May 11: Join us for our 2nd annual Velzy Park Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am until 11 am, at the Solon Township Hall (15185 Algoma Ave.). Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and eggs, juice and coffee. $6 per person, children 3 and under at free. #18,19b

Cornhole Tournament for 2nd Chance

May 11: 2nd Chance will be having a Cornhole Tournament Saturday, May 11th at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex on Northland Drive. Bags will fly at 4:00 pm. There will be games and many bags being tossed. There is a $40.00 team registration to participate as a team. Spectators welcome. The entry form and information is posted on Facebook, Cornhole America. You won’t want to miss this event and we would invite you to join us to have fun while supporting 2nd Chance and enhancing their success for the future. For information or for lane sponsorships, please call 616-293-2150. #19

Missions 101 at Hillcrest

May 14: MISSIONS 101 – a “how to” on local and foreign missions taught by missionary Michelle Freeland. Please join us on Tuesday, May 7th and May 14th  @ 6pm at Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs MI 49319 PH: 616.696.9333 (Note: the class has the potential of going into a 3rd week). #19

Dinner at East Nelson Church

May 15: East Nelson Church, 9024 – 18 Mile, Cedar Springs, is having a Swiss Steak dinner on Wednesday, May 15th from 5-7 pm. Please come and enjoy good food and fellowship. Open to all! #19

Large Sale at The Springs Church

May 16,17: Large Yard Sale! Multiple families are gathering in the parking lot at The Springs Church, corner of First and Oak Streets. Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th. Many Miscelleaneous items. #18,19b

Community Garage Sale

May 16,17: City Impact Community Center will be hosting a community garage sale on Thrusday May 16th and Feiday May 17th from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Drop off donations to sell at City Impact Community Center on May 9, 10, 13 & 14 from 9 am to 5 pm. All proceeds go to City Impact programs. #19,20p

Historical comedy debuts on Kent stage

May 17-19,24,25: The Cedar Springs Community Players is pleased to present “Burr: The One Who Won,” written by Scott Phillips with music by Jill Phillips at the Kent Theatre on May 17, 18, 19; and May 24, 25. Performances start at 7:30, with the exception a Sunday matinee on May 19, which has a 3 p.m. start time. You may purchase tickets at the Cedar Springs Public Library in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. The box office is open 30 minutes before each performance and tickets may be purchased at that time for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 18. #19-21b

Cub Scouts Golf Outing

May 18: The Cedar Springs Cub Scouts is hosting their 2nd annual Golf Outing at Cedar Chase, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, May 18th. Four man scramble: $50 per person. Enjoy 18 holes with cart, 1 food pass, 2 drink passes and games.  Sign in at 2 pm and Tee off at 3 pm. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lucianne at golfouting3220@gmail.com or sign up at tinyurl.com/3220golf. #18,19p

Community Dinner and Feeding America Truck

May 20: City Impact will be hosting a community dinner and Feeding America Truck on Monday, May 20th. The Feeding America Truck will be at 4:30 pm by the bus garage (behind Cedar Springs Red Hawk Elementary) and dinner will be at 5:30 pm at the Red Hawk Elementary Cafeteria. There will be haircuts, crafts, prizes and more!. #19,20

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 8: The 127th Annual (1892-2019) Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 8th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour – 5 pm, Dinner – 6 pm. Cost of meal is $15.00. Please RSVP by June 1st. Call your reservation in to: Dave Groner 616-557-3098. #19-21p

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Men and Ladies of Honor Gala

The Honor Gala for the Men & Ladies of Honor will be held at Rockford Resurrection Life on Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. The Men & Ladies Of Honor Mission Statement is to develop passionate followers of Jesus Christ by discipling and mentoring youth, ages 11-17, in principles of chivalry, honor, moral excellence and courageous leadership. The gala celebrates the next generation of world changers for Christ with a night of food, games, and special guest John James, of the Newsboys. Please RSVP to Randy Badge at rbadge@themenofhonor.org.

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Jonas Brothers announce first North American headline tour in nearly a decade

Happiness Begins tour with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw at Van Andel Arena® September 8

Grand Rapids—After building overwhelming anticipation, GRAMMY® nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers announced the details for their 40-city Happiness Begins Tour this summer and fall with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. The announcement coincides with the launch of the pre-order for the band’s highly anticipated comeback album Happiness Begins, as well as the launch of their official merch store online today.

Produced by Live Nation, the “Happiness Begins Tour Presented by American Airlines and Mastercard” kicks off August 7 in Miami, FL before making a stop in Grand Rapids at SMG-managed Van Andel Arena on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM. This marks the first headline tour for the Jonas Brothers in almost a decade.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices and online at Ticketmaster.com. See Ticketmaster.com for all current pricing and availability. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to every order.

“We’re so excited to announce this tour and get in front of our fans again! To kick things off we’ve partnered with American Airlines and Mastercard to offer their cardholders special access and experiences throughout our tour. We can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned!” – Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers have also partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform to ensure tickets get in to the hands of their fans, not scalpers or bots. Fans can register now through Monday, May 6th at 10 p.m. ET at https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/jonasbrothers for the Verified Fan presale. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public from Wednesday, May 8th at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, May 9th at 10 p.m. local time. Additionally, TIDAL subscribers will also have access to an exclusive presale beginning Thursday, May 9th at 10 a.m. local time through 10 p.m. local time.

The Happiness Begins pre-order will include instant gratification downloads of the band’s hit singles “Sucker” and “Cool,” produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, producer, and lead singer of the multi-platinum band OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder. The third instant gratification titled “Only Human,” produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Shellback, will follow. Not only will this be the group’s first album since 2009, but it stands out as one of 2019’s most anticipated records.

These announcements set the stage for the boys to light up the Billboard Music Awards tonight with what promises to be a blockbuster performance. The band was slated to appear on the Billboard Music awards Wednesday to perform their first #1 hit at Top 40 radio “Sucker,” which has just clenched its second consecutive week at #1. Next up, you can catch them on Saturday Night Live on May 11.

“Sucker” now exceeds 445 million global streams to date. During release week, it clinched #1 on Apple Music, #1 on Spotify, and #1 on iTunes in North America. Globally, it reached #1 on Apple Music, #1 on YouTube, #1 on Twitter, and #2 on Spotify, as well as the #1 Streaming Song and #1 Digital Song. Speaking of making history, the rollout of “Sucker” marked “the first time a band debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this century.” Continuing the runaway success, “Cool” has notched 70 million global streams and soared to #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Music Videos Chart.


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Poetry event at the Kent

Area libraries celebrated poetry month with poetry workshops throughout the month and culminated in a poetry reading at the Kent Theatre Tuesday evening April 30.

Those reading poetry included: Back row (L to R): Terry Fales, Donna Clark, Melissa Robinson, Mary Bronkema, Lillianna Berg, Carolyn Davis, Bea Hesley, Tom Anderson, KDL’s Bethany Metivier, teen parapro. Front row (L to R):  Lee Ritzema, Jeri Bell, Ivy Berg.

Cedar Springs and Kent District Library branches (Nelson/Sand Lake, Spencer, Kent City/Tyrone) partnered for the event.

According to Cedar Springs Public Library Director, it was a smaller, more intimate event than was last held in 2011, with 12 readers taking the stage to read either their own poetry, or a poem they liked. Several read poems written by George Hesley, who recently passed away and had been looking forward to the event.

“It was personal and beautiful,” noted Clark.

Clark hopes that a poetry reading at the Kent can become an annual event.

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