Entertainment line-up for May 18th Event
Laser Light Show
• Lion’s Field – Gates open at 7:00.
• Entertainment begins at 8:00.
• Laser Show begins at dark.
• Admission Free!
Lasersmith Light Show Systems
Bring your picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family to experience Romeo’s history told in a professional multi-media laser light show produced by Lasersmith Light Show Systems of Las Vegas, NV. Audio by Parks Audio Systems of Washington, MI. As a family-friendly event, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. This will be a show like none other in Romeo’s history. You will not want to miss it!
Main Street Stage
The location of the Main Street Stage is at the corner of Newberry and Main Street – 10:00am to 6:00pm – Admission FREE
4:00 to 6:00pm.
Fresh off their PBS “Backstage” tour, The Rusty Wright Band will head up our Main Street Stage entertainment lineup with their smokin’ hot blues and southern rock. Since forming in 2004, this Michigan-based band has made the leap from regional favorite to international fame and has performed at music events on four continents. They have shared stages and billing with an eclectic array of roots and rock acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, the late Etta James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) and many others. The band’s fourth album, entitled “This, That & the Other Thing” was released in January of this year. Don’t miss this one!
2:00 to 3:30
Don Reinholm (Accordion) & Hardy Kefes (Violin) are two accomplished musicians with decades of experience playing and performing music from around the world. Together they bring a sense of passion and virtuosity to every piece of music they play. This crowd favorite will play a variety of uplifting and heart-warming music including everything from Gypsy, Polish, Finnish, Hungarian, Russian to Texas Swing, Bluegrass, Waltzes and Classical.
1:30 to 2:00
Charlene Berry is a leading hammered dulcimer performer, composer, teacher, and recording artist. She is not only experienced at both playing and teaching, but also writes a lot of her own music. Charlene is the host of Dulcimer World, heard on WPON AM 1460 on Friday nights at 7:00pm and has performed in various festivals and events across the nation, from Nashville, TN, IN, OH, VA, MI and Washington, DC and has even performed in Carnegie Hall!
12:00 to 1:30
Well-known local favorite, Austin Scott has been writing and performing his music for over 15 years. Born and Raised in Detroit, MI, Austin also spent some time living and performing in Nashville, TN before moving back to the D to continue building his career. A gifted songwriter, he released his fourth album, entitled “Greatest Hits” in 2011. He has been seen on stages across Michigan and has been heard around the world with airtime on radio stations as far away as the Netherlands. While his primary genre is country, Austin also includes hints of rock, pop and folk into his sound creating a unique blend loved even by those who “don’t like country.”
11:30 to 12:00
TRUE is an all-girl pop singing group from the Metro-Detroit area. They have performed throughout Macomb and Oakland Counties and recorded their first CD in 2012 entitled, “Santa Baby,” a collection of Christmas Pop favorites. The girls will entertain listeners with selections of favorite pop tunes from the 1960’s.
10:45 to 11:30am.
The Gentlemen Songsters will entertain listeners with old standards and family favorites. The group was founded in 1932 as the Chevrolet Glee Club of Detroit by Dave Redwood a general foreman at the Chevrolet-Detroit Forge Plant who thought that men needed to do something more than work all day. The group is a member of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association, and participates each year in an ”Annual Sing” in which they join voices with approximately 300 singers from around the Michigan/Indiana/Ohio area.
10:00 to 10:45am.
The High Steppers is a group of senior gals that love to kick up their heels! You never know what to expect when these ladies hit the stage, but you can always count on having a great time! Their very entertaining shows have been known to include everything from line dancing, belly dancing, clogging, Elvis Presley and Betty Boop. Come on down and start your day off right with the High Steppers.
North Main Street between Newberry and Church Streets. Brought to you in partnership with Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation, River of God, Romeo United Methodist, First Congregational and Woodside Bible churches.
All activities run from 10:00am to 6:00pm and are FREE unless otherwise noted.
In and around Kids’ Zone
For years, Wowie has been delighting audiences young and old with her sparkling personality and amazing balloon sculptures. You’ll find Wowie on the move in and around Kids’ Zone all day and at the Laser Light Show from 7:00 to 8:00pm where she’ll be making FREE balloon sculptures for anybody who asks!
North Side of the First Congregational Church at Main and Church Streets
Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo is a mobile exhibit that travels all over Michigan. They offer a variety of traditional farm animals along with some exotics and usually bring up to 50 animals for children and adults to interact with and enjoy! This includes a large variety of Sheep and Goats, as well as Llamas, Alpacas, and Miniature Donkeys all in one big pen. It is quite the exciting exhibit! In addition, they also sometimes bring Kangaroos, Camels, Tortoises and/or Flemish Giant Rabbits.
Gordon the Magician
Gordon the Magician’s comedy magic show is all about fun. He’ll be on the move in and around Kezar Library from 11:00 to 2:00 delighting audiences of all ages with his crazy shenanigans and cunning trickery. Kids can also head inside the library to make a “Happy Anniversary Romeo” card which will be delivered to current Village Manager, Mike Lee and then kept in the Village’s permanent archive for future generations to admire.
An Affair to Remember Face & Body Painters
An Affair to Remember definitely lives up to its name! There’s nothing like having your face, hands or ankles adorned with beautiful hand-painted art to make any event more fun. Donna and her team have many exciting designs and colors to choose from. There’s sure to be something for everyone. (Charges apply).
Van-GO Art Classes on Wheels by Jane Weis
Jan Weis is a professional studio artist who loves to share the joy of art with kids of all ages. At her Van-GO Art Classes, kids not only have fun experimenting with different media, they actually learn some new art techniques and vocabulary too.
Fair-Styles by A Beautiful Me®
Oh my, the kids are going to LOVE these. Just imagine how cute they’ll look! Temporary colors and embellishments just for fun. Heck, they’re so much fun mom and dad might have to get one too. That is, if they’re prepared to make a statement and stand out in the crowd! Because there’s no way to fly under the radar with one of these! This is a fund-raiser for A Beautiful Me®. (Charges apply).
Metroparks Mobile Learning Center
The Mobile Learning Center is a 48 foot trailer filled with natural and cultural history exhibits. Interpreters encourage hands-on activities along with group participation and interactive discussions. For our anniversary event, the cultural history exhibit will feature “The People of the Three Fires” which celebrates the Chippewa Indians, Romeo’s earliest inhabitants. The natural exhibit will feature “Pond Life of Michigan.” This is a sure winner for kids of all ages.
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Get a $1 Sundae at the First Congregational Church. And while you’re there, take the kids inside to tour their display of vintage clothes from various eras in Romeo’s history.
(The Ice Cream Social is a fund-raiser for the First Congregational Youth Group.)
TWO Bouncy Houses
Every street fair needs a bouncy house. In fact, we like bouncy houses so much we’ve got two! One sponsored by RWB Parks & Recreation, the other donated by The Learning Center. Now all the little bouncers can get more and longer turns!
Old-Fashioned Carnival Games
We’ve got tons of fun games for the kids to play like bean bag toss, milk bottle knock down, tic-tac-toe ring toss, hula hoop throw and more! We’re coming up with more fun things to do every day. One thing’s for sure, the kids are not going to be bored here!
Ring the Church Bell
Kids can visit Romeo United Methodist Church for a historic tour of one of Romeo’s oldest churches and even take a turn ringing their massive 1,439 pound church bell which arrived from New York in 1873. This bell can be heard for a radius of six miles!