Box Factory for the Arts Closes Out October with Concert and Film weekend 10-27 & 10-28

The Box Factory welcomes The Blue Water Ramblers to our Unwrapped Concert Series on Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 pm.

The Blue Water Ramblers, est. 2002, are songsmiths who take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. The band writes and sings traditional music with modern themes – the songs of Michigan, America and YOUR life. They perform wherever people want to celebrate: festivals and concerts, paddle wheelers and lake ships, in cities and out in the woods, on stages and around campfires, at church gatherings and traditional dances.

The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences. “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim. “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.” You can expect music from a variety of styles – from country to reggae to bluegrass to a bit of R&B to olde time.

Banjo-Jim Foerch on acoustic and electric banjo writes and sings of the sailors, lumberjacks, driving and unrequited C&W love. Bear Berends creates and croons songs on his big Martin guitar that celebrate Michigan, the greatest generation and babies. Tom DeVries’ songs include sparkling instrumentals on his mandolins and songs for you. California Dan Lynn is the bluegrass specialist, laying down the beat with his bass and laying down some powerful lead vocals in addition to singing the high, lonesome harmony line. The Deacon, Marten Van Eyk is in charge of all things fiddle.

General admission seating is $10 at the door or in advance at the Box Factory’s website.

Sunday, October 28th – 4 pm

Join us on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 when The Box Factory for the Arts partners with Coastline Children’s Film Festival to present “FLICK OR TREAT,” a Halloween-themed film screening with live music by Dr. Larry Schanker. These films are presented free, with your donations gratefully accepted.

Silent Film Shorts with live piano music by Dr. Larry Schanker:

The Haunted House with Buster Keaton, 1921 (24 min)

Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can’t “stick em up” because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers hide out is a haunted house designed to scare off police.

Habeas Corpus with Laurel and Hardy, 1928 (20 min)

Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as a couple of drifters short of cash who agree to do a bit of grave robbing to earn themselves $500, courtesy of the mad professor Padilla. Grim and ghostly mayhem ensues when the pair try to snatch the occupant of a new grave.

Mercy, The Mummy Mumbled, 1918 (11 min)

A young man wooing the daughter of a scientist hatches a scheme when he spots a classified ad searching for “a mummy for experimental purposes.” While he wraps up a phony for the scientist, two Egyptian agents tracking stolen relics get tangles in the confusion.

These films will be followed by a screening of the feature film classic


Bride of Frankenstein manages to do almost everything right, mixing classic horror elements like murder, mayhem, mad scientists, love, storms, and grave robbing. Karloff is even better in this sequel, portraying the natural progression of his monster character through speaking simple phrases. Unlike in the first film, the monster is sympathetic as he searches for friendship through the unknown mountainside, and the audience wants him to come out on top. This is a 180 from the original, and really helps push this film to the classic status it has rightfully earned. The impressive musical score was composed by Franz Waxman.

The macabre, satirical film is generally considered one of the greatest horror films of all time – a spectacular, bizarre, high-camp, humorous, farcical and surrealistic film. Both Frankenstein films were produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. (the head of Universal) and directed by horror master James Whale, at a time when monster films were diminishing. The film reunited Colin Clive (as Dr. Frankenstein) with Boris Karloff as the Monster, but brought two new characters to the forefront: Ernest Thesiger as a necromancer who has miniaturized and imprisoned various human beings in glass jars, and Elsa Lanchester as the Monster’s Bride. Since its release in 1935 the film’s reputation has grown, and it has been hailed as Whale’s masterpiece. In 1998, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry, having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

All silent films recommended for ages 6 and up and Bride of Frankenstein is recommended for ages 9 and up.

The Box Factory for the Arts is located at 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

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