Your Place at Home
By EMMA PALOVA
EW Emma’s Writings
Welcome to my new site Place at Home. The focus is on places and homes, inside and outside, lodges, inns, bed& breakfasts, resorts, gardens, landscapes and developments. The blog is part of my rolling portfolio of Emma Blogs which includes the flagship Internet magazine EW Emma’s Writings, editionemma, ehealthandbeauty and more.
I will profile a different community on regular basis, as well as offer tips for homeowners and garden lovers since I am one of them.
This week the spotlight is on Lowell in West Michigan. Lowell is known as The Next Place to Be. The emerging town can easily become a destination town, according to Person of the Year 2014 Greg Canfield, owner of Main Street Inn and Canfield Heating & Plumbing.
.Lowell, with a population of 3,783, is a tree city USA. Its heritage dates back to the 1800s. The town is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places with its historic downtown district. It takes pride in “One of the best small town museums.” The town has a vibrant Lowell Arts council and Thebes Players theatre.
The annual Lowell Expo takes place always the third Saturday in March. It is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services.
Lowell boasts a network of trails and two rivers, the Flat River and the Grand River. The trails include the Frederick Meijer rail trails to Ionia and Belding, the North Country Trail and the Lowell Area Trailway. There is an entire system of parks in place for all types of recreation or competitive sports.
Lowell has a solid industrial base located on the Flat River. That is Steelcase and King Milling. The town has an industrial park the O’Bieri Industrial Park located across the road from the Lowell airport.
A network of non-profit, volunteer organizations and churches compliments the economic infrastructure. Each year in the fall, a major event takes place at the Lowell Red Arrow Stadium, which is the Pink Arrow fundraising football game for cancer. The Flat River Outreach Ministries offer support to those in need.
Annually the town celebrates the Riverwalk in mid-July. The three-day long celebration features the Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series on the Riverwalk. This year it runs on July 10, 11 & 12. Don’t miss out on all the fun including the Heart Parade with clowns and ducky the mascot, as well as Riverwalk Cruise-In, kayak fun and $1,500 State Farm Duck Race.
An outdoor Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays in front of Tractor Supply Co. parking lot in Lowell, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year it starts on June 12th and runs through Sept. 25th.
The Sizzlin Summer Concert series rocks the Riverwalk from June through August with area bands ranging from rock & roll to country. The Showboat is the pride of the community.
The major event in August is the Kent County Youth Fair at the fairgrounds. It is a true fair with plenty of 4-H exhibitors and animals.
The fall brings Fallasburg Fall Festival in September and Harvest Festival in October. The Christmas through Lowell tour is a very popular event held on the third weekend in November.
Lowell Area Schools is a school district with just under 4,000 students. It has a great nature center the Wittenbach Wege Agriscience & Nature Center.
Lowell Area Schools
Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
Kent County Youth Fair