• goodnight-moonMermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features these same elements.

    Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952). Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Few had previously attempted to write specifically for children aged two to five, and Brown created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time as well as developed the concept of the first durable board book.

    the-runaway-bunny-15Clement Hurd (1908–1988) graduated from Yale University and studied painting in Paris in the 1930s with Fernand Léger and others. His engaging semi-abstract style became world-famous with the publication in 1942 of The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon in 1947 – collaborations with Brown that became two of the 20th Century’s best-known children’s books.

    Goodnight Moon
    is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

    This is a one hour performance with no intermission. Kids are welcome to come in their favorite pajama’s and enjoy the show!

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15 adults, $5 kids 18 and under. Main Stage. General admission seating.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • dervishhighqualityFrom the Great Wall of China to packed auditoriums in the Holy Land and more recently being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, “Rock in Rio” on front of an estimate audience of two hundred and forty thousand people, Dervish has come a long way. From Slingo in Northwest Ireland, Dervish has long stood at the forefront of traditional Irish groups. From high energy tunes played with intuitive fluidity to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love to inspiring melodies to lift audiences from their seats, all the elements are drawn together by vocalist Cathy Jordan’s masterful stage presence. Her stories to the songs and interaction with the audience draw people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve.

    Along with Jordan’s charismatic vocals comes the dazzling virtuosity of award winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, Shane Mitchell on accordion, Brian McDonagh on mandolin, and Michael Holmes on bouzouki - Dervish is a solid structure of a band, it’s foundation in legendary pub sessions, it’s shape the result of years of international touring.

    It’s now nearly 18 years since first coming together and with four of the original members still at the helm, Dervish are more in demand than ever. Their colorful career has taken them to every corner of the globe and has seen them share centre stage with such names as James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, Beck and many more. Dervish are one of the most respected acts of modern time in World/Roots music worldwide. Their musical genius and innovative approach will ensure that they will be always be a leading force in Irish music bringing the world the joy and excitement and fun that is, traditional Irish music.

    Check out their music and much more here: http://www.dervish.ie/

    Click here to purchase tickets! $17.50. Black Box. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • lionheart-2016-charlottes-web1LionHeart productions presents “Charlotte’s Web” on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. on the Dogwood Center Main Stage!

    E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale is brought to life in this production, which finds the young farm pig Wilbur attempting to avoid a dire fate. Of all the barnyard creatures, Wilbur’s staunchest ally is Charlotte, a thoughtful spider who devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine out of the slaughterhouse. Although Charlotte’s efforts, which involve words written in her delicate web, seem far-fetched, they may just work.

    Click here to purchase tickets! Adults $15. Students and Seniors $10. Groups of 10 or more receive $2 off. Main Stage. Reserved Seating.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • lionheart-2016-charlottes-webLionHeart productions presents “Charlotte’s Web” on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. on the Dogwood Center Main Stage!

    E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale is brought to life in this production, which finds the young farm pig Wilbur attempting to avoid a dire fate. Of all the barnyard creatures, Wilbur’s staunchest ally is Charlotte, a thoughtful spider who devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine out of the slaughterhouse. Although Charlotte’s efforts, which involve words written in her delicate web, seem far-fetched, they may just work.

    Click here to purchase tickets! Adults $15. Students and Seniors $10. Groups of 10 or more receive $2 off. Main Stage. Reserved Seating.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.

  • gr-symphonyThe Grand Rapids Symphony returns to the Dogwood Center on Wednesday, March 30 for a sure to be incredible performance! Join us and you will experience a world-class orchestra performing for you live at the Dogwood! And, as a special feature…one of the musical selections will include the artwork of Newaygo County youth as a beautiful and inspiring background!  A wonderful evening with a wonderful orchestra!

    This program is funded by the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products.

    Tickets are on sale now!  Click here to purchase tickets! $17.50 Adults, $5.00 Children 18 and Under. Main Stage. Reserved Seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For information, phone 231.924.4022.

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  • roryblockRory Block is one of the most accomplished performers in the blues, lighting up festival stages and blues clubs across the globe for years.  Throughout her lengthy and respected career, Block has received five W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards for her work, including twice being named “Best Traditional Blues Female Artist” by The Blues Foundation.

    Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

    Rory maintains an intensive worldwide solo touring schedule that includes art centers, theaters, listening rooms and major festivals such as The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The Telluride Blues Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Memphis In May, The Edmonton Folk Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Womad Festival in England, The Pinkpop Festival in Holland, The Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, The Peer Festival in Belgium, and The RAWA Festival in Poland, and the Cognac Blues Festival in France. Rory was one of the featured guitarists in the prestigious Columbia Artist Management GUITAR SUMMIT tours, which presented guitar masters in various fields. Rory toured with Michael Hedges, Stanley Jordan, Herb Ellis and Sharon Isbin.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15. Black Box. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.