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Russ Gibb Memorial May 17 – Gibb Scholarship fund.

  The public memorial for Russ has been set for May 17 from 4-7pm at the Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center on Michigan Avenue and Greenfield. It will be held in Studio A. Peanut M&Ms and Diet Coke will … Continue reading

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Russ Gibb Grande Flash Mob 5.5.19

Who: Friends, Students. Colleagues and Compatriots of Russell J. Gibb – “Uncle Russ” What: A “Flash Mob” gathering as an unofficial, impromptu remembrance of Russ Gibb featuring an eco-friendly “bubble release”. When: 2:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M. Sunday May 5, … Continue reading

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Jim Dunbar – Gibb friend and California radio great passes

We’ve learned today that Jim Dunbar, California radio great and lifelong friend of Russ Gibb passed away, age 89 on April 22. Jim and his younger brother Bill grew up on Hartwell street in Dearborn, their father an executive at … Continue reading

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Russ Gibb Remembered

Russell James Gibb June 15,1931 – April 30,2019 Tuesday 09:00 P.M. I am sitting here writing this obituary of sorts in the middle of a spring evening thunderstorm. “It was a dark and rainy night”, I think Russ would laugh … Continue reading

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Russ Gibb Passes at age 87

Russ Gibb  June 15,1931 – April 30,2019 It is with great sadness that I announce that the Grande Ballroom’s Russ Gibb has passed away at the age of 87.   Russ had been in declining health for some years and most … Continue reading

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Grande Spanish Tile Magic

  Recently during inspections of the Grande Ballroom, our team discovered some of remnants of the Grande’s famous Spanish or “barrel” tile roof. Upon close examination of the tiles we noted the original manufacturer and count for the production run.  … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom 2.0 Pronounced Viable

  In October of 2018 the Friends of the Grande performed a structural inspection of all three floors of the Grande Ballroom building. Undertaken with the cooperation of the current owners Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church, professional services were paid … Continue reading

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Grande Column Corbels Repatriated

“Repatriation is the process of returning an asset, an item of symbolic value or a person – voluntarily or forcibly – to its owner or their place of origin or citizenship.” When it opened in 1928 the Grande Ballroom dance floor … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

On December 10,2018, The Grande Ballroom was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally proposed in 2008, the nomination gained steam with the approval of the current owners, Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 2016.  With this … Continue reading

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The Grande Ballroom Mural

The week of October 21, 2018 saw new activity at the Grande Ballroom. Onlookers would have seen the application of a new coat of paint to the building…. This was the beginning of the new community art project underwritten by … Continue reading

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