Culinary departments to host wild game dinner fundraiser

This February, Howell High School’s Highlander Restaurant will be hosting a special event called The Wild Game Dinner. This dinner is all about meeting new people, having a well-cooked meal by the culinary students, and donating to a good cause.


This is the second year that the Wild Game Dinner is in action. Tickets are around $35 a piece. Last year’s turnout was close to one hundred people. All of the money collected from last year’s event was donated to The Connection and Gleaners. This year, the proceeds will go to the HHS We The People class, to fund their trip to Nationals.


The food that is served at the dinner is all wild game that has been donated to the restaurant and prepared by the culinary students.


“It’s a great way to help expand my students’ skills and prepare something they’ve probably never prepared before,” says culinary teacher and the Highlander Restaurant head chef, Brian LeBoeuf.

Downtown Howell Opera House shows cult classic horror film

The long-time horror movie classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has a lengthy yet fast pace history to its conception that fits in with the offbeat style it cleaves to.


Back in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was adapted from its original form as a book, to a soon after British rock musical stage production, to a film revision that quickly soared in popularity.


Taking the literature scene by surprise, and then storming the Broadway stage set a good tone to the construction of the films’ status that has turned Rocky Horror into a must-see Halloween event during the Fall.


Our own Howell showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show took place October 27 at the Opera House downtown. In the dark and spooky spirit of the annual showing, the two runs of Rocky Horror were both solely in the evening. For participants who attended the eight o’clock showing, tickets sold for $20 and included one drink and a participation bag, with a cash bar and concessions available. For those who went to the eleven-thirty show, tickets were sold for $12 and only came with a participation bag and the availability of the cash bar.


With the show being an R-rated film, children and students under 17 years old could not get in without an adult present. Even with the caution towards the raunchiness of Rocky Horror being well known the show continues to attract a large audience that includes some too young to get in by themselves.


Howell High School senior, Anna Dodd, being old enough to go without an adult, viewed the 11:30 p.m. live show Saturday with a few friends for her first time.


“The crowd is extremely interactive, they throw stuff and scream,” said Dodd later describing the craziness of seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show in downtown Howell. “The whole audience sings along and uses props they’re given to go along with the film. It’s incredibly rowdy and fun.”


Dodd also experienced very enthusiastic participants wearing outfits like fishnets, lingerie, and other out-there costumes in the character of the prospect the film demonstrated. “A lot of the people were really dressed up and got very into it,” said Dodd.


Abby Harrington, also a Howell High School senior, attended the Rocky Horror showing in the group of friends with Dodd.


It was Harrington’s first time going to a live show as well, but has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show simply as a movie. “It’s crazy,” laughed Harrington. “I would recommend for people going to have prior knowledge to it, ‘cause it could get confusing if you didn’t already have an idea of what was going on.”


Throughout the film, stand-out scenes mentioned by Dodd and Harrington both included the rousing character Franken Furter. Dodd’s favorite scene was where he originally enters into the film by coming down the elevator as [lead characters] Brad and Janet are singing “Sweet Transvestite”.


“It’s the most popular song in the movie, and the whole audience sings along really loud,” Said Dodd.


“Whenever Franken Furter dances and they start chasing people around the crowd gets really rowdy and it’s really entertaining,” said Harrington smiling on her favorite Rocky Horror moment. “I definitely recommend seeing it, it’s really fun, and is a great opportunity to meet some different people there.”

Day of Remembrance to be marked by parade, patriotic events

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day is viewed as a federal holiday, and takes place on the last Monday of May. People choose to celebrate in many different ways. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A tradition is to fly the United States flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating, along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars. The Howell High School band traditionally participates in the Memorial Day Parade, which is held throughout the downtown.

The Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. on May 28 at the Howell Carnegie Library. The parade will run along Grand River and carry through to the Lake View Cemetery. Military marches will be heard throughout the parade, but when at the cemetery, the patriotic favorites, Star Spangled Banner and American the Beautiful, will be played.

“I’ve been in this parade for 11 years with my students. It is absolutely one of the most important things we do for our community. A lot of people see Memorial Day as a time for a BBQ and picnic, which is great, but this day is truly about remembering the people who sacrificed everything to give us our freedom. That’s what I want my kids to learn,” Jason Smigell, HHS band teacher, states.

Since Memorial Day is celebrated at the end of the May month, the weather can unfortunately be hot. HHS juniors, Cameron Pratt and Jake Spangler, were in the parade last year and Pratt shared their memories of the event.

“It was very, very hot. You just have to ignore the weather and suck it up when doing good for the community though. We enjoyed doing this parade a lot because it was incredibly fun, and super patriotic. We’re looking forward to doing it again, and will just have to prepare with the weather by drinking plenty of water,” Pratt said.

Many band members are newcomers to the parade this year, one being HHS junior Renee Augustyn, who is looking forward to the event.

“This will be my first year, and even though I heard it’s going to be extremely hot, I’m really excited. We have to wear our bright yellow uniform, which doesn’t agree with the heat, but I’ll just have to drink lots of water. I’m excited because this will turn out to be a good, fun experience for us all. It’s our last event together before the seniors leave, so we’re making the best out of this no matter what. I’m not worried though because Mr. Smigell always makes each event worthwhile. I feel like we owe it to everybody, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store,” Augustyn exclaims with a smile.