Grand Rapids Symphony Friends

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This event is now over, but see below for more info - we will definitely be putting on another Bazaar soon! Stay tuned!

The Rumsey Street Bazaar was a market place extravaganza of unique wares and musical experiences.  It was designed to engage, connect with and promote interaction amongst the Grand Rapids community.  The venue was the ArtPrize SiTE:LAB space – specifically the auto body shop and the former St. Joseph the Worker Church.

There was a range of music and performance styles.  The market place included the sales of donated upscale resale items, as well as vintage materials and artist stalls.  There were family events such as build your own instruments, face painting, interactive "sonic music" experiences and the instrument petting zoo.  Admission to special evening entertainment ranged from $15 - $30.  There was no admission to the market or to the daytime music provided by Symphony members in the church building.

Funds were raised through sponsorships and underwriting, booth fees and commissions, sales of donated items, a silent auction, and ticketed evening events.  Our goal was to raise $20,000 for the education programs of the Grand Rapids Symphony!



Grand Pooh-Bah for the Preservation of Underused Instruments

Bonnie Miller

Leslie Van Becker & Ed Clifford

Ric Roane

Czars of Zany Experiences

Mary Ann Keeler

Bonnie & Curt Monhart

Liz & Steve Schultz

Eminences for the Elevation of Banjos and Bagpipes

Helen Smith

Marilyn and Norm Leven

Julie and Bob Connors

Lori Lee & Michael Curley

Founders Brewing Company

Imperial Master for the Sideshow and Lord High of Everything Else

Wendy Stock

Patricia and Karl Betz

Karen and Tom Roth

Penny and Glen Greta

Jan and Mike Bennett

Armbrecht Orthodontics

Barbara Gilmore

Thank you to all of our Women’s Committee members and their friends who donated items for the resale booth!

 Thank you to our many community partners:


Grand Rapids Symphony                                                              SiTE:LAB

Habitat for Humanity                                                                     West Michigan Piano

Richard App Gallery                                                                      DAAC

Meyer Music                                                                                  Bradley Callahan

Gretchen Minhaar                                                                          Kelly Muschiana Illustration and Design

Hunter Media Group                                                                      Citizenshirt

Warner, Norcross and Judd Attorneys at Law                               Grand Rapids Children’s Museum  

Genevieve Clifford                                                                         Claire Van Brandeghen

Jim Ackerman                                                                                Rachel McKay

Grand Rapids Community College                                                KnottyBits Sideshow                                                      

Sacred Expressions Glass Blowers                                              Blandford Nature Center 

Panopoulos Salon East                                                                 SpeakEZ

Alliance Beverage                                                                         Standard Lumber

E.G. Makeup Professional Make-up Artist                                    James Schultz Builders

Exclusive Garbage and Recycling (EGR)                                     Recycle Box Bin

Brother Wolf and the Wolfpack from Mars                                    UTO Band

Cabildo                                                                                          Girls Rock GR

Kevin Cole                                                                                     Aaron Zalik        

Rob Petersen                                                                                Joey Schultz

Ned Connors                                                                                 Carlos Salano

Amy Wilson                                                                                   Hannah Sullivan

Thank you to all of our Women’s Committee members and their friends who donated items for the resale booth!

Dates and hours:

Thursday June 9, 2016     6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Rumsey Rumble: Opening Night Party with Principal Percussionist Bill Vits and his surf band "The Concussions!" 

 333 Rumsey Street

 Strolling Dinner


 Casual Attire

 Valet Parking

Tickets are $50, RSVP required 

Please use this link to purchase your tickets for this event!

Friday June 10, 2016           11:00am - 10:00pm      

Retail and Family Activities: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Evening Events: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Rumsey Rocks: Brother Wolf and the Wolf Pack from Mars - Grand Rapids premier David Bowie Tribute Band featuring GRS member LeAnn King. 

Opening band: UTO

Bowie Face painting with Girls Rock GR from the Cook Center for the Arts

Tickets are $15


Saturday June 11, 2016      11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.      

Retail and Family Activities: 11:00am - 6:00pm      

Evening Shows: 7:00pm and 8:30pm

Rumsey Runway: Bach to the Future - Runway event featuring redesigned vintage couture by NYC fashion designer Bradley Callahan. Local artists will model the wearable art and it will be auctioned by silent auction bidding. Music for this event will be dance club remix of familiar classical works. Other events include a sideshow and live performance by aerial troupe Knottybitts.

Tickets are $30 each or 4 for $60


Sunday, June 12, 2016        12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Rumsey Dance: Cabildo - Latin Band

This event is FREE