WGVU donate banner

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FacebookFlickrTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn
 
Public Media Catagories
PBS Link Create Link WorldView Link NPR Link Real Oldies Link wgvu
All Things Considered
WGVU Top Story

Tradition lives on at 80th Hollyhock 4th of July Parade


Patrick Center
July 7, 2014 | WGVU   “It’s kind of hokey. There are kids on bikes and kids that make floats on their wagons.”

Hollyhock Parade organizers Ned Zimmerman and Diane Milanowski live its history.

“The first parade in 1934 ended abruptly when neighbors set off these firecrackers and someone called the police. The police came and asked, ‘Where’s your permit?’ They didn’t have it so the parade ended.”

“We line up at 8 o’clock in the morning, Calvin and Alexander Street we march at 8:30. We’re usually finished by about 9:15 and shortly after that the ceremonies start.”

“In 1938 was the first year they decided let’s have Uncle Sam march in the parade and they’ve always used a student who lives in the neighborhood.”

Miss Liberty was later added and over the 75-years of this tradition it’s produced two marriages. This year’s student appointees are Chris Vruinsma and Hannah Kelly.

“It’s really special. My family’ been a part of this parade for a really long time. So to be able to take part in it is really, really fun.”

“We live in the house where the parade started,” explains Karen Heit. “There’s a picture we’re looking for that we’ve seen with President Ford in our backyard that the city or someone has. So, if you ever see it we’d like to have a picture of the president in our yard. Not everybody has that.”

Perched atop their front stoop along Giddings Avenue, Pat and Gil Davis take it all in.

“We’ve watched 42 out of 80. It reminds you of what to be grateful for. And it’s homemade. It’s entirely homemade and it continues to be homemade. And we owe it all to the man who lived several doors down during the depression who decided the world needed a pick-me-up.”

Back then, the parade started in the alley behind what is now their home. It was lined with glorious hollyhocks…and that’s where the parade gets its name.

“It has the name Hollyhock Lane because we had 100’s of hollyhocks. However, 80 years later the shade trees came and no hollyhocks.”

The name and tradition lives on.

 Listen    Download Audio File Download

More Mid-Day Features
Yesterday
Movie Talk
  October 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Four new movies opening this weekend including comedy "St. Vincent" starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.   
 Listen    Download Audio File Download

Thursday
Latest EPIC-MRA polling for Gubernatorial, Attorney General and Secretary of State races
  October 23, 2014  |  WGVU  A recent poll shows that Governor Rick Snyder has widened his lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted its statewide survey over the weekend and it shows the incumbent Republican with a 47 to 39-percetage point lead. EPIC’s Bernie Porn says - for Governor Snyder - that’s a two point increase over September’s survey results.    
 Listen    Download Audio File Download

Wednesday
For absentee voters, Election Day may have already come and gone
  October 22, 2014  |  MPRN  By Rick Pluta With each election cycle, more and more voters are not showing up at the polls – choosing instead to mail in or drop off their ballots before Election Day.    
 Listen    Download Audio File Download

Friday
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton discusses stopping the spread of Ebola
  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Thursday focusing on the preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States. WGVU talks with U.S. Representative Fred Upton from Saint Joseph who chairs the committee.   
 Listen    Download Audio File Download
Brad Pitt in FURY plus four other movies opening today
  October 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Five big movies hitting theaters today, including Fury with Brad Pitt, Men, Women and Children directed by Jason Reitman, Book Of Life, an animated family flick, The Best Of Me based on a Nicholas Sparks novel and Pirates Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson, a Michigan made movie...Ron Van Timmeran sits down with WGVU for the weekly movie talk.   
 Listen    Download Audio File Download

Wednesday
MiBiz with Mark Sanchez
  October 15, 2014  |  WGVU  Republican state lawmakers consider taxing E-vapor industry.   
 Listen    Download Audio File Download

radio
Listen Live to WGVU-AM
Listen Live to WGVU-FM
Follow us on Twitter
WGVU News Page Sponsored by:
Amtrak
 
 
Home    Privacy Policies    Contact WGVU    GVSU.edu    PBS.org    NPR.org
Copyright 1997-2014 | WGVU is a service of Grand Valley State University | GVSU is an EO/AA institution