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Cobb Memorial Arts Scholarship applications being accepted

Applications for the 2018 John and Avis Cobb Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship are now being accepted. One or more scholarships are given each year to persons who will be pursuing arts-related education or training.

To qualify, you must be a current student in the East China School District or at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, or be a homeschooled student within the East China Schools boundaries. You may also be a graduate of Marine City, St. Clair, or Cardinal Mooney high schools, or an adult living in the school district. Alternatively, Guild members who are residents of other school districts in the area are also eligible.

Applications are available on the Cobb Scholarships page. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2018.

Remembering Russ Braden

Long-time Guild member Russ Braden passed away on February 26. Russ was involved in many shows and was a huge supporter of live theatre and the Guild. We remember him fondly, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy and his family. We dim our lights in his memory.

His obituary as printed in the Times Herald, via Legacy.com:

Col. Russ BradenColonel Russell James “Russ” Braden, USMC (Ret), 86, of Fort Gratiot, formerly of Marysville, left this earth to guard the Gates of Heaven with his fellow Marines on Monday, February 26, 2018.

He was born June 6, 1931, in Flint to the late Carl and Louise Braden. He married M. Catherine Doolan on August 22, 1953, in Flint.

Col Braden earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. He served 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps in active and reserve service, with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in Korea, and he was a longtime member of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines. He retired from Chrysler Corporation as Business Practices Executive. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and choir, the St. Clair Theatre Guild, Port Huron Civic Theater, the City of Marysville Charter Commission, and American Legion J. Edward Mallorey Post #449.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathy; four children, Col James (Patricia) Braden, USMC (Ret), Lt Col Thomas (Johanna) Braden, USMC (Ret), Brian Braden, and Catherine Braden; seven grandchildren, John Hartig, and Katherine, Samuel, Rachel, Alexander, Benjamin, and Matthew Braden; his brother, Franklin Braden; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Ford.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Colonel Braden will lie in state from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in St. Christopher Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Great Lakes Caring. To send condolences, visit pollockrandall.com

Dueling Pianos returns March 10th

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The Guild is pleased to present “Dueling Pianos International” on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This exciting event will take place at the Columbia Banquet and Conference Center, located at 3501 Rattle Run Road, just west of St. Clair.

Proceeds will benefit the John & Avis Cobb Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

Tickets available are available now at the St. Clair Art Center and Sue’s Coffee House in St. Clair and Riviera Restaurant in Marine City. Tickets may also be reserved online and paid for at the door. Tickets are $25.00 per person, or a table of ten can be reserved at only $200.00.

A cash bar will be available. You must be at least 18 years old to attend this event.

Santa Parade was great fun!

The Guild would like to thank our members and friends who helped to make this year’s Santa Parade Float, “S. Claus Toy Co.” We received help from several folks: Ray and Dorothy Govaere (truck and trailer), Fred Dunlap (sound), Bob Swain (refreshments). The float construction crew included Pat Simons, Mike Slamka, Holly Cross, and a surprise guest, Judy Avison. Kim LaDuke and Brian Moss cooperatively spearheaded the project.

We did not win a prize, but had a great time singing for and handing out gifts to the attendees, which brings us to our Elves: Holly Cross, Pat Simons, Kat Huffmaster, Heather Wilkins, Joanne Smith and Joan Hortman.

This year’s parade was the largest so far and the weather cooperated. Thanks to all and apologies to anyone we missed.