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Red Flannel Festival presents community share check to Job’s Daughters


N-Jobs-DaughtersThe Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors presented a $750 check to the non-profit group Job’s Daughters, on Monday, November 18.

Job’s Daughters has a rich heritage and tradition. The group was founded in 1920 to provide an opportunity for young women to work together, to learn about themselves and to help others. It is open to girls ages 10 to 20 who have a Masonic Heritage. For over 90 years, Job’s Daughters has been actively promoting friendship and service. The local chapter of Job’s Daughters and their families donated two weekends to the Red Flannel Festival in the RFF Community Share Program.  This strong group of volunteers assisted the Red Flannel 5K Run/Walk and the Giant Arts and Crafts Show. They also made an appearance in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.

 

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Congratulations to the new mayor


Congratulations to our new Mayor, Mark Fankhauser, for winning the mayor’s seat, and a big thank you to that person who spilled the beans several days before election night that I would not be returned to serve you, the good people of Cedar Springs. I have been asked not to write and inform you any longer. I will honor that request, but let me tell you before I go, our City is not broke, and the $2,930 in fees invoiced to the Red Flannel Festival for 2013, is not the big picture.

I have a copy of those “severe” cuts that were made a few years ago when our revenues dried up. One of them was using two-ply rather than four-ply toilet tissue at City Hall. You poor people, it made me want to cry. When I was a kid growing up on West Muskegon Street, we had the luxury of going from corn cobs to the pages from a Sears and Roebuck Catalog. Those were the good days, as my Grandpa Eldred was also a successful businessman.

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

See you, Bob Truesdale

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Red Flannel Festival wins state award


Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

The Michigan Festivals and Events Association (MFEA) announced the Red Flannel Festival as the 2nd place winner in the MichiganFun Awards for their marketing and promotional materials.

The MFEA MichiganFun Award winners were recently honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon held November 8 during the 21st Annual Michigan Festivals and Events Association Convention at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center in Lansing, MI.

The MFEA MichiganFun Awards competition draws entries from festivals and events throughout all of Michigan. Entries represented proud communities that celebrate and promote Michigan’s heritage, agriculture, talents, four seasons, history, products, sports, foods and magnificent waterways.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (MFEA) is the largest association of its kind in the nation. Membership includes upwards of 800 Michigan communities and organizations statewide. MFEA programs provide educational and professional development for its member community volunteer organizations that host festivals, fairs and other celebratory events throughout the state. Additionally, by pooling resources and leveraging opportunities, MFEA is consistently helping communities promote their events. To learn more about MFEA, please visit www.michiganfun.com.

The Red Flannel Festival is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization, run exclusively by volunteers and is the 15th oldest Festival in Michigan, celebrating the 75th Festival in 2014.

 

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Chamber registers insignia for Red Flannel Town Christmas


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By Judy Reed

 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has given the city’s annual holiday tree lighting a new twist. Not only does it feature some new events, but a new name as well. And it’s been registered with the state of Michigan.

According to the Chamber’s president, Shawn Kiphart, the committee for the event, which will now feature activities all day, decided that the name of the event should tell people where it is. So they called it “A Red Flannel Town Christmas, Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

“We could have named it “Family Hometown Christmas” but that doesn’t tell me where it is,” explained Kiphart.  “We knew that it would be in Cedar Springs, and that Santa would be there. We live in Red Flannel Town, and always have, so decided that’s what we would call it.”

However, the Red Flannel Festival has taken exception to the title “Red Flannel Town.”

“Michele Andres (Red Flannel Festival president) called me a few days after I put up the event page and said that we couldn’t use it, that it was too similar,” said Kiphart. “She said I would need to send an email to the board to ask for permission.”

Kiphart said he called the state of Michigan to find out if that was indeed the case. “The state told me it didn’t look like anyone was using it, but to fill out an application and they would check it out. So that’s what we did, and they approved it,” he explained.

He also registered two other taglines, which were both approved: A Red Flannel Town Christmas, and The Original Red Flannel Town, USA, Cedar Springs, MI.

But Andres said that the Chamber could be infringing, even though the state approved it.  “We think it’s important to emphasize that the Red Flannel Festival owns a number of its own marks which identify Festival branding as the source of various goods and services. For example, the RFF holds three variations of trademark registrations for THE RED FLANNEL TOWN. It’s the RFF board’s position that consumers would be confused between the two marks as the mark THE RED FLANNEL TOWN is, and has been, so closely associated with the RFF.

“The City recognized this last year when deciding on how to use the mark on city property. It seems clear that members of the public will think that the Red Flannel Town Christmas, etc. is in some way associated with the RFF.”

Andres would like to have the Chamber ask them if they can use the logo. She told the Post that they were ready to sign an agreement with an incoming business who asked to use their logo on its product, and they were going to do it at no charge.

“Certainly the Red Flannel Board agrees both organizations can work together to promote Cedar Springs as ‘The Red Flannel Town’ as long as the Chamber approaches the Board and asks its permission to use its property in a manner consistent with Board policy. To date, they have been unwilling to do that. The Board is merely policing its rights in order to maintain the strength of its brand and trademarks. We would think the Chamber would respect these rights and the Red Flannel brand and go about this in the right way so the entire Cedar Springs community can benefit,” she said.

Kiphart said that he has already gotten a phone call from the Festival’s lawyer about it. He said he assured him he would only be using the words and phrases he registered, not any Red Flannel logos.

Kiphart said he is a huge supporter of the Red Flannel Festival and has no beef with them. But he argues that Cedar Springs was known as Red Flannel Town before the Festival came into being, and that “Red Flannel Town” belongs to the community to use. “I registered it as a name, not as a brand,” he said. “It’s the town’s. I registered it to make sure the community could use it. Red Flannel Town is where I live, and most of the community thinks that, too, so I’m going to honor that.”

 

 

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High School drama club receives community share funds


N-CSH-Dram-Club-Community-ShareThe Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors delivered a Community Share check for $600 to the Cedar Springs High School Drama Club for their outstanding volunteer efforts at the 2013 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant. The Red Flannel Festival is proud of the annual Community Share Program that generated over $5,000 for area local non-profits in 2013.

The Festival is proud and excited to have been able to donate more than $40,000 to area non-profits as partners in the RFF’s Community Share Program.

As a completely volunteer, independent, non-profit organization, the Red Flannel Festival is keenly aware of the challenges organizations face in fundraising, and the RFF mission is to encourage collaboration and positive economic growth for all of the area’s non-profit organizations.  If your non-profit organization is interested in participating in this exciting Community Share Program in 2014, please contact the Festival office at 616-696-2662 or email president@redflannelfestival.org.

 

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Tri County Eagles earn community share money


N-Community-Share-Tri-County-Eagles-2013The Red Flannel Festival delivered a Community Share check for $750 to the Tri-County Eagles #4467 club for the volunteer efforts at the 2013 Red Flannel Festival Grand Parade.

The Red Flannel Festival is proud the annual Community Share Program generated over $5000.00 for area local non-profits last year. The Red Flannel Board of Directors and Chairpersons are working hard to ensure the success of the 75th Red Flannel celebrations.

“The Red Flannel Festival’s success and growth has been phenomenal,” says RFF President Michele Andres. “Staffing demands will out-number volunteers and we are turning to you, the non-profit community, for assistance. We are proud and excited we have been able to donate almost $30,000 to non-profits in the area with our Community Share Program!”

Andres added that as a completely volunteer, independent non-profit organization, the Red Flannel Festival is keenly aware of the challenges organizations face in fundraising. “Our mission is to encourage collaboration and positive economic growth for all of the area’s non-profit organizations,” she says.

If your non-profit organization is interested in participating in the Community Share Program, please contact the Festival office at 616-696-2662 or email president@redflannelfestival.org.

 

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Even the Mayor goes to jail


 

 

Yes, he ignorantly drove his 4-wheeler down Main Street, not realizing it needed to be tagged by the Red Flannel Festival for insurance purposes. After a conversation with the Chief of Police, Roger Parent, it was decided by the Keystone Cops—Leon Avery and Mark Fankhauser—that I was not above the long arm of the law! A big thanks to Russ Durst for bailing me out. And thanks to RFF President Michele Andres for legalizing my vehicle. Maybe, with everyone’s help, I can play within the rules at next year’s 75th Red Flannel Festival.

It was a great day for everyone, a sea of red up and down Main Street, including an Amish Furniture store on South Main Street that had record sales. And some would say that it (the day) is about the RFF and their so-called financial empire, and that the city merchants don’t benefit that much. Last Saturday’s sales was an eye-opener for this merchant.

A world of thanks to all the worker bees, generous sponsors and donors for a great Red Flannel Festival.

 

Humbly,

Your mayor, Bob Truesdale

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Goller-Kilts named Grand Marshal for Red Flannel Festival


Mary Goller-Kilts - 2013 Grand Marshal

Mary Goller-Kilts – 2013 Grand Marshal

As a young newlywed whose husband worked for the Clipper girls, Mary Goller-Kilts could not have imagined that she would one day be Grand Marshal for the festival they made possible. She will be 81 in six weeks.

“I was initially very surprised,” she said, about finding out she had been voted in as the 2013 Grand Marshal. “I didn’t think I was deserving.”

But she couldn’t be more wrong. “The Festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of Mary’s outstanding dedication to the entire Cedar Springs community,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, President of the Festival. “Her outstanding community service in several organizations is very impressive and exactly what we look for in a Red Flannel Festival Grand Marshal. It’s very obvious Mary loves Cedar Springs and especially the Red Flannel Festival! Her connection to Festival Founders, Grace Hamilton and Nina Babcock is very special to us. The Red Flannel Town is a better place because of her involvement.”

Mary grew up in Grand Rapids. When she was 8 years old her father passed away, and when she was 12, in 1945, her mother died. She had an older sister who was 16 and stayed with relatives, and Mary went to St. John’s Catholic orphanage and attended Catholic Central High School. She graduated from cosmetology school in 1949.

She met her future husband, Oscar Goller, a veteran, when he took some girls dancing in Grand Rapids in 1951. She was 18 years old. “It was a whirlwind romance,” she recalled. She moved here to Cedar Springs in February 1951, turned 19 in April, and was married by June. Oscar worked for the Clipper Girls—Grace Hamilton and Nina Babcock—as a linotypist, and the couple rented an apartment from them for a time. Grace, who was also a real estate agent, soon found the couple a house—the one Mary still lives in—near Cedar Springs High School, for $2,800. “We were very close to Grace and Nina,” remarked Mary. “They were very affectionate people.” Mary said she would go into the office and help clean up, and would help out the festival by handing out flyers to the merchants. She also got to meet Jerry Ford, our future president, who used to attend the Festivals. “That was exciting,” she said.

Professionally, Mary worked for both Modern Cleaners here in Cedar Springs and Uptown Cleaners in Grand Rapids. When Tom Cooper, her former manager at Uptown, bought Modern Cleaners, he asked her to return here and manage it. She retired at age 73 after 52 years in the dry cleaning business.

In 1973, she also found a love for volunteering with the American Legion Auxiliary. “I joined for the vets and for the children,” she explained. Mary has served in several different roles in the Auxiliary, including state president. She is currently Unit 287 Chaplain and Membership Chairman, Girls State Chairman, Education Chairman, and Funeral Luncheon Chairman. But her heart is in the Salon of the 8/40 in northern Kent County, an auxiliary organization she founded that is committed to fundraising and scholarships for respiratory diseases in children. The money raised goes to National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

“I went and visited and saw the great work they do there,” she noted. Mary said their Salon has grown to 44 partners that also make ditty bags for the kids at DeVos Children’s Hospital. “I feel this work for children is the most important thing in my life,” she said.

Mary and Oscar adopted two children, Addie and Oscar Alan. Mary now has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She and Oscar were married for 45 years.

Two years after Oscar died, Mary met Don Kilts, also a veteran and a widower. They married in 1998, and were married just under 10 years, when he passed away. Since then, she’s kept very busy in her volunteer work.

Throughout her life, Mary has always promoted Red Flannels, both personally and through the American Legion, and finally has the opportunity to do it in a highly visible way—as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Festival.

“It is with a humble heart I accept to serve as Grand Marshal for this coming year 2013,” she said. “Rest assured that I will continue to promote our town, flannels and its great people in memory of the founders of our Red Flannel Town, Grace Hamilton and Nina Babcock.”

 

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Read to ride


PreK-8th Graders can earn two tickets to ride the carnival rides during the Red Flannel Festival by reading books.

The rules are simple. Pick up a log at the Cedar Springs Public Library on the corner of Cherry and Second St. Read 3 hours and get your parent or teacher to initial and get a coupon for a free carnival ride or a bag of popcorn during Red Flannel Days. Read 6 hours and get 2 coupons.

Cash in your log during open hours at the CS Library until Red Flannel Day. Logs are redeemable on Red Flannel Day from 10am-2pm at the Friends Book Sale on Main Street across from the Kent Theatre.

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Voting deadline nears in Red Flannel Art Review


Steve Anderson, the metal sculptor who designed the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at the high school and athletic stadium, created this frog for Probst Floor Coverings and Draperies to display.

Steve Anderson, the metal sculptor who designed the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at the high school and athletic stadium, created this frog for Probst Floor Coverings and Draperies to display.

The Red Flannel Festival is holding its own version of ArtPrize here in Cedar Springs. The Red Flannel Art Review opened Labor Day, with 21 businesses featuring 22 artists.

Residents will determine the winner by their vote, and they are being asked to vote only once. Voting will end on Wednesday, September 18, and winners will be announced September 21 at the Wine & Microbrew tasting event.

Look for the art review symbol (a paint palette and paintbrush) or sign displayed in a window to see who might be featuring a piece of art, or go to redflannelfestival.org for a complete listing of the businesses and artists.

 

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