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  • R & M Service-Pizza Lunch Break Winner!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Congratulations to the crew at R & M Service of Coldwater, this week's winner of the PIzza Lunch Drawing with Mancino's Pizza and Grinders.  If you want to win pizza lunch, just email us at wtvbstudio@wtvbam.com, fax us at 279-4695, or drop off a letter listing everone around the office and your best plea for pizza!  We draw every Thursday with Delaney in the Morning and deliver during the Friday lunch hour.

  • This Ought To Be A Scream!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    COLDWATER – The season of “Scary” begins at Tibbits with a bit of nostalgia and a classic American Halloween tradition when Tibbits Entertainment Series presents Dr. Scream’s Spook Show on Saturday, October 1. Comedy magician Keith Stickley, also known as Dr. Scream, revives the classic formula which combines a live comedy magic show, a few ghosts, and a 1950s cult horror film.

     Once a staple of urban neighborhood movie palaces in the 1940s through the mid-1960s, the Spook Show was a hilarious and slightly macabre evening of magic, comedy, and campy horror films featuring the highlight "Blackout Sequence" - a bit where in the darkness of the theater, patrons actually see glowing ghosts materialize out of thin air and SWEAR they can hear, feel, and see "spirits" frolicking all around them in their seats!

     For decades, traveling "Ghost Masters," magicians presenting this unique form of show, crisscrossed the country presenting an old-time spooky and funny evening. Stickley has spent the last ten years extensively researching, studying, and recreating this largely forgotten form of entertainment, and even learned the secrets of the craft from the very few still living Ghost Masters of yesteryear who toured for years in the 1950s and 1960s with their own shows.

     The evening’s show consists of three parts; The Spooky Magic Show, where "Ghost Master" Dr. Scream presents 45 minutes of hilarious and spooky magic and illusions; The Blackout, where ghosts materialize throughout the theatre, spirits fly over the heads of the audience, skeletons tap dance and tell funny jokes, and audiences swear they are surrounded by apparitions; and The Feature Film, House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price!

    Stickley re-created his first Spook Show in 2003 as a special presentation for the International Association of Haunted Attractions at their annual conference and trade show in Las Vegas, NV. It was a HUGE hit! Spook Show legend Phil Morris who was known as "Dr. Evil" was in attendance and was very impressed with the accuracy and authenticity of the Spook Show revival. "For not having been around in the era of the Spook Show, and only reading and researching it, you really got it RIGHT! How fun!” said Morris.

     Many in town remember when Tibbits was a movie theatre and featured everything from serials and news reels to feature films. Christine Delaney, executive director of the theatre says she’s not sure whether the Spook Show made its way to Tibbits prior to this, but it’s very likely. She adds, “It’s fun and different and something nostalgic to share with your kids or grandkids.”

     Dr. Scream’s Spook Show is clean family fun, but due to the nature of the content, it is not recommended for patrons under 12 years of age. The production includes a Halloween-themed magic and illusion show with audience participation, and comical yet macabre undertones. The blackout sequence where ghosts and spirits actually fly over the heads of theatre patrons is probably too intense for younger children, as is the vintage feature horror film.

     The show at Tibbits begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 each and available on line atwww.Tibbits.org, or at the office at 93 West Chicago Street. Tibbits Opera House is located at 14 South Hanchett Street in downtown Coldwater. For more information call 517-278-6029.

     In keeping with the theme, the month of October at Tibbits also includes an art exhibit called “Bare Bones and a Full Moon”; the Community Theatre performance of “Rehearsal for Murder” on October 6, 7, 8; and the Tibbits Young Audiences production of “Monster Hunters” featuring a cast of 55 third through eighth graders on Oct. 27, 28, 29.

  • Diane Harmon-Meijer Birthday Club Winner

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Diane Harmon, the latest winner of a $25 gift card from Meijer as a member of the WTVB Morning Birthday Club!  Diane's birthday was Thursday, August 25. 

  • Win NASCAR Truck Series Tickets at MIS

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Win a 4 pack of tickets to this Saturday's VFW 200 Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.  Just send us a note by Facebook or email (wtvbstudio@wtvbam.com) and tell us why you want to win!  The drawing is Thursday, August 18 with Delaney in the Morning on AM 1590 WTVB

  • Scenes from the Branch County Fair

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Some shots of the fun at the Branch County Fair Monday:

    Beef Showmanship

    Somebody's got to clean up

    It's not a fair without fair food

    Who doesn't love the Merry Go Round?

    For those who like to fly high

    The week really is about the 4-H kids. Do you know the pledge?

    My favorite smell (and taste) at the fair!

  • Elvis Wade is Coming Back To Coldwater

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    The Coldwater Masonic Lodge is presenting one of the best tributes to the King with Elvis Wade and Sandy Posey Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Tibbits Opera House.  Check out his performance at the Waikiki Shell at the foot of Diamond Head in Hawaii.

  • Happy Birthday David Luce!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Do you know David Luce? Maybe you should. He's now the proud owner of a $25 Meijer gift card, as this week's Morning Birthday Club winner. David celebrated his birthday Tuesday, August 2. Send us your birthday names to get on the list, too.

  • Jack Trayling Wins The Great Golfing Giveaway

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Congratulations to Jack Trayling of Coldwater, the winner of the "Great Golfing Giveaway!"  Jack wins 4 rounds of golf with cart at the Golf Club of Coldwater, a cool golf shirt from the pro shop, lessons at the Foundation Golf Center, and dinner at the Clubhouse Bar and Grille.

    Our next Summer of Fun giveaway is actually two giveaways:  At Home of Away.  For your home, your could win a $200 shopping spree at Legg Lumbertown of Coldwater.  To get away, you could win a $100 gas card from West Side Shell, tire rotation and wheel alignment from Dally Tire Company, and 4 oil changes from The Oil Place.  The drawing will be held August 31, 2011.

     

  • Dan Peek of America has passed away

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Christian artist and founding member the band America, Dan Peek passed away at age 60 on Sunday. The cause of death is still unknown.

    Peek wrote the hit song “Lonely People” for America. He left the band in 1977 to pursue a career in Christian music. Former band mate and friend, Dewey Bunnel commented about the death of Peek on his website: “I am so sorry to learn on Dans passing. Dan, along with Gerry [Beckley] and myself formed the band America as teenagers after being great friends in high school during the late 60’s. It was a joyous time for the three of us full of excitement and laughter.”

    He added: “We created lasting music together and experienced a life that we could never have imagined. Although we eventually went our separate ways, his contributions to the music of ‘America’ have always been present and will last forever.”

    Third band mate Gerry Beckley also expressed his grief for the death of his friend.

    “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Dans passing. He was a dear friend for many years. Dan and his music will live on in the great songs he shared with us all.”

    Peeks official website displays a simple message reading: “Dan Went to Heaven on July 24th.”

    Here's a very cool interview with Peek several years ago.