Today's Guests: Rose Anne Shansky, Jesse Black and Emily Szymanski.


July 22, 2022

Band of Locals - Buy Local First is always live on SUNNY 97.3 with Steve and host Carlleen Rose. First off we had to wish Steve a very Happy Birthday!!! We sang him a song and he got a cake delivery too! Happy Birthday Steve!

Our first guest was Rose Anne Shansky with STAGE-M (Society for Theatre Arts Growth & Enjoyment in Mid-Michigan) and it was a pleasure discussing the wonderful arts here in Big Rapids and how you can be involved with Stage-M! Their upcoming musical is The Sound of Music performances will be next week - Thursday, July 28th - Saturday, July 3th at 7:30pm with matinee show on Sunday, July 31st at 2:30pm at the Big Rapids High School Auditorium. Tickets for sale online at: and in person at The Painted Turtle Gift Shop at Artworks in Big Rapids and/or at the door of the show. $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. You can visit for cast list and info! If you want to be involved in upcoming shows and more check their Facebook page for audition dates and more!

Our next two guests are with the City of Big Rapids. Jessie Black - CEDAM Community Development Fellow and Emily Szymanski - Planning & Zoning Technician. They were here to talk about one of the new projects in the community: Big Rapids Skate Park Project. The City of Big Rapids won a competition recently with a great video submission and it was great to hear about that and the process and how new future additions to the community like this skate park along with the splash pad and more will draw our local community, families and visitors to us. There will be a fun event on Saturday, July 30th at Swede Hill Park - 235 Baldwin St in Big Rapids from 12pm-3pm. Skate Meet Up! Grab your wheels, tell your friends and come skate to get a peek of what it will be like to have a skate park! There will also be some local vendors at this event selling food and drinks with a portion of the proceeds going towards the skate park: The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium, Toppings Frozen Yogurt, Fatty C's Dog House and The Yellow Window & Little Brown Sack Deli & BBQ!

Thank you again to our guests and we also want to again express our Happy Birthday Wishes to Steve!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

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