Out and About – Week of March 1st

I dedicate this week’s column to Susan Lowry. I’m not exactly sure why I’m doing this, except for the fact that I really like the Lowry family and consider Tom Senior, Yvonne, and Tom Junior special friends. Like many others, Barb and I told Tom that if he ever needed anything, just give us a call. I’m sure he is not in need of material things, but I’d like to think he’ll call just to have coffee or talk. We’ve lost a gracious “First Lady”, and a friend of mine had to say good-bye to his best friend. Susan loved Three Rivers and all that it represented, and we loved her for what she was to the community.

The Carnegie Center for the Arts is proud to announce that the People’s Choice Award contest resulted in a tie this year. Karen Kipp, who created a pastel entitled “Kingfisher Spirit”, and Gayle Harvey-Heckman, with a photo hand touched with watercolors entitled “For Betty With Eternal Love & Gratitude, As Ever Yours, Izzy”, will split the award. The People’s Choice award carries a $300 prize. The Carnegie Center for the Arts wishes to thank all of the artists who entered the 2010 competition and congratulates the two winners. They would also like to thank those visitors who took the time to vote for their favorite.

The Carnegie is working with the Riviera Theatre in presenting Embarr, an acoustic-music ensemble based in Kalamazoo. Embarr will perform at the Riviera Theatre Saturday, March 13, at

7 P.M. Embarr’s focus is based upon both traditional and new interpretations of songs and ballads from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Most of their material will be sung. Tickets are now on sale at the Riviera and the Carnegie for $5. This performance is open seating, so you are advised to arrive early. For more information, you may contact the Riviera at 278-8068 or the Carnegie Center for the Arts at 273-8882.

WHITE LIARS / BLACK COMEDY closes this weekend at the Players Theatre on Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen in Three Rivers. Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 P.M., and the Sunday matinee is 2 P.M. For tickets, please contact Beam Sound & Video at 279-6251.

You don’t notice farmers much these days, but if they ceased to exist, we’d all become pretty hungry, pretty fast. Farmers are interesting people, and we can learn a lot from them, if we would just heed their advice. Here’s just a sample of what I’m talking about:

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

I’m definitely ready for the arrival of spring. It’s a lot nicer getting Out and About when the weather cooperates. My friend Vic offers a couple of signs that might help all of us realize that spring is just around the corner:

If the snowdrifts face north, spring will come early.

When the deer reappear, spring is near.

Here’s something to bring up at the dinner table this evening. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime. This is enough to fill two swimming pools.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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