One fun way to celebrate summer when you live in Grand Rapids is to take a short day trip to a fabulous festival held in Katie-K’s childhood hometown. Celebrate all things cherry this year in Michigan’s gorgeous Grand Traverse Region at the Traverse City National Cherry Festival. Drawing over a half a million people annually, this jamboree is named one of USA Today’s top ten annual festivals. The celebration takes place this year from July 5 -12 and includes concerts, sporting events, air shows, pie-eating contests, pit-spitting competitions, and more (over 150 events!) that involve participants of all ages. Its hosting city is renowned for its 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and home of several wineries, microbreweries, golf courses, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and of course the world record tart cherry harvest. Visit www.cherryfestival.org for more information.
One early summer event beloved by the Katie-K Team is the Festival of the Arts, which a fine example of the booming culture Grand Rapids has to offer. Marking the 45th year, the 2014 community celebration downtown will feature art, entertainment, food and fun for adults and youngsters alike. With six stages, music concerts of all genres, dance performances and theatre productions, the variety of things to enjoy is virtually limitless. Alongside poetry, films, storytelling and art activities will be food booths offering cuisine of all kind. All festival performances, exhibits and activities are offered free thanks to the generous donations of local organizations, companies and families. Join West Michigan at the Festival of the Arts June 6-8! Visit www.festivalgr.org for more information.
One of the things the Katie-K team loves about Grand Rapids, MI is the diverse local events that suit every interest. The fabulous beer culture is one of the many reasons why Grand Rapids is a great place to live! Beer City USA is a proud host of Founders Brewing Co.’s annual festival. A street side collaboration of local beer, food, art and some of the nations taproom musical entertainment, Founders Fest is a grand way to celebrate the emergence of Grand Rapids’ eclectic culture in one event. Join other local beer lovers on June 21 and get your tickets by visiting www.foundersbrewing.com.
The Katie-K team will be sporting Derby hats and horsing around to help out the local Equest Center’s Derby Day. In addition, if you’d like tickets to the REAL Kentucky Derby for $5,000, Cathy Ryan (616.262.4994) will DONATE THE PROCEEDS to the Equest Center. Read on for more details!
Join our friends at Equest Center for an afternoon and evening of celebrating the Kentucky Derby and the center’s own horses and riders MAY 3rd.
As the largest fundraiser for Equest Center, the Horsin’ Around at the Derby for Equest’s kids is the premier event for horse lovers and riders. The event will be filled with all the traditions of the Kentucky Derby – Derby hats, Mint Juleps and delicious derby cuisine. The event will also have a Twist auction while guests are enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a live simulcast viewing of the big race.
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a non-profit establishment based out of Rockford, Mich. It’s first therapy class was held in 1991, and since, the company has expanded to having 125-160 riders per week and over 30 acres of land with trails, facilities, barns and paddocks. Equest Center offers equine-based therapy to physically, mentally and socially/emotionally challenged individuals in order to improve their quality of life. By integrating academic, social and physical skills with the aid of a horse, this unique program reaches a variety of people and provides a rich, healthy and distinct alternative to other therapeutic options.
In addition to being a Race for the Roses event replica, the Horsin’ Around at the Derby will offer the opportunity for it’s attendees to bid on the sponsorship of an Equest therapy horse for a year. By sponsoring a therapy horse, you are providing a caregiver, friend, confidant and a provider for an individual in need. Horses available for sponsorship are listed here. Space is limited! Tickets cost $100 per person or $775 for a table for 8. Click here for more information about the Equest Derby.
Photos by Joe Mercier of Mercier Graphics
Katie-K teamed up with the American Heart Association on Friday, February 7 for a Go Red For Women fundraising fashion event. Proceeds went to the research and education of the American Heart Association and celebrated both survivors and fighters of the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease.
Celebrate your heart by creating healthy habits and spending time with your loved one!
Happy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to Go Red!
East Grand Rapids, Michigan is a city unlike any other. In this video local resident, Realtor, and expert Katie Karczewski explains some of her favorite pieces of what makes East Grand Rapids a great place to live, work, play, & raise a family. Katie has been a Realtor in East Grand Rapids for over 20 years.
Not only is the city of East Grand Rapids a unique place to live it is also a great real estate market. Homes in East Grand Rapids are steeped in historical and actual value. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in East Grand Rapids please call Katie Karczewski with Keller Williams Grand Rapids North today. (616) 575-0119
If you are looking for a mortgage company in East Grand Rapids contact Kevin Polakovich with Treadstone Funding. Treadstone is the premier local lender in West Michigan. http://www.treadstonemortgage.com .
Check out the Superbowl Volkswagen commercial Katie’s son Lane helped make with his advertising agency, ArgoNaut. The car company aims to highlight the reliable qualities of a Volkswagen by giving German engineers wings whenever a vehicle hits the esteemed 100,000-mile mark.
We’re hosting a contest to help you beat the February blahs! For every client you refer to Katie-K, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the highly anticipated Lily Tomlin show, a LaughFest highlight.
Lily Tomlin will be performing for the first time in Grand Rapids on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Performance Hall. She is a Michigan native and one of America’s foremost comediennes since her debut in the late 1960s on Laugh-in. In addition to her stand-up comedy success, she he has been in several movie roles, prime television series, and has earned seven Emmy awards, a Grammy, and two Tony’s. Tickets are priced from $45 – $60, and the performance is for adults only. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see a famous comedy show!
Gilda’s Club is close to Katie-K’s heart, and we hope you can support this outstanding community event. LaughFest is designed to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause-supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities designed to support emotional health needs.
Research has shown that laughter improves our overall health, so get on board and come to LaughFest to rid your winter blues.
By attending Lily Tomlin, you will be helping Gilda’s Club provide funds for those affected by cancer in your own community!
Check Out Katie-K’s Radio Clips About Kiplinger’s Pick of East Grand Rapids as Tops for Raising KidsApril 11th, 2013 by Katie K Team
The Katie-K Team knows all about raising kids in East Grand Rapids, and appreciates the fact that Kiplinger’s recognized our hometown as one of the top ten cities for raising kids! In a recent radio campaign, Katie decided to focus on East Grand Rapids families and East Grand Rapids education in two spots airing on WOOD and WKTG. Follow the links to hear the clips (the audio file will open in a new tab) and read on to see what Kiplinger used for its criteria in the selection:
Excerpt from Kiplinger.com article:
10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids
Choosing the best place to raise your kids is pretty daunting. Great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods all come at a cost to parents. Weighing the factors can prove challenging.
We took a two-step approach to come up with our list of the best cities to raise kids. First, we looked for metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates. We weren’t seeking the cheapest places to live, but rather places where earnings potential is more than adequate to cover a family’s expenses.
Then, we honed in on a specific city within each of our top 10 metro areas that’s well-suited to raising kids based on educational factors (spending per student and the quality of local school districts) as well as fun factors (availability of public parks, playgrounds and libraries). We also looked at each city’s average income for families — as opposed to median income for all households — to give a realistic sense of how much it can cost a family to live in a place with so many kid-centric benefits.
It’s Katie-K’s favorite time of year again to help one of her favorite organizations: LaughFest, and its beneficiary, Gilda’s Club. You can help kick-off Grand Rapids’ premier funny fundraiser on Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. by meeting up near Rosa Parks Circle to receive your mustache and then help break the Guinness World Record at 6:30! LaughFest is designed to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause-supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities designed to support emotional health needs.
Last year, 607 individuals performed the chicken dance and set the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people wearing animal noses (specifically chicken beaks!) at a single venue.
In 2011, 925 rubber chickens were tossed in downtown Grand Rapids, shattering the previous record of 265 set near Boston, Mass. The largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches was achieved by 648 participants at an event organized by the St. Louis Rams in September 2012.
Afterward, join the fun at one of several LaughFest events.
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinners – Starting at 6 p.m.:
LaughFest chicken dinners are held in partnership with the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance. A portion of the money from every dinner sold will be donated to Gilda’s Club. A listing of participating restaurants and more information about the chicken dinners can be found at http://downtowngr.org/laughfestchickendinners/
Opening Night Parties – Starting at 8 p.m.:
Beginning at 8 p.m., four area restaurants will hold “Opening Night Parties,” which are open to the public. The participating restaurants will have drink specials, giveaways and other surprises. Opening Night Parties will be held at:
• Pub 43
• GP Sports
• The Woods
• Buffalo Wild Wings
Opening Night Preview Comedy Shows (8 p.m. & 9 p.m.):
• Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave.
• McFaddden’s Restaurant & Saloon, 58 Ionia
• The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave.
LaughFest comics will provide a sneak peak of some of the Clean Comedy Showcase, local comedians, and other surprise guests who will be featured during the 10-day festival. A suggested $5 donation to Gilda’s Club will be collected at the door. Fast passes are available for these shows at LaughFest Central, which guarantee the holder a seat at the show as long as they are seated 15 minutes prior to start time.
Participating artists include Jackie Kashian, Pete Lee, Cash Levy, Jamie Lissow, Mark Normand, Andy Ptz, Erik Rivera, Bengt Washburn, Stu McCallister, Ben Wilke, Adam Degi, Adam Trieu, Matt Lauria, Brian Borbot, Henry Sapp, DK Hamilton and David Dyer.
For complete details, schedules, tickets, contests, and ways to help the cause, visit LaughFestgr.org