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Paw Paw Playhouse Reopens Without Village Players

Jan 25, 2018
The Paw Paw Playhouse has new ownership, new sound and lighting, and a fresh coat of paint
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

The Paw Paw Playhouse is celebrating its re-opening on Saturday, January 27th. The theatre had been vacant since February of last year. Now the building has a new owner, a variety of acts, and a bakery downstairs. What it doesn’t have is its original tenants. After 45 years, the Paw Paw Village Players have left the playhouse. 


"Governor Rick Snyder launched a statewide initiative in River Rouge today to stimulate economic growth in cities across the state. The program called Rising Tide will provide development tools and leadership to one community in each of the state’s ten economic regions. Paw Paw is one of the communities selected (WDET)

Courtesy of Capri Nashville

When Matt Giraud returned home to Kalamazoo in 2009 after finishing in the top five of American Idol Season 8, he was expecting a celebration of music and a few speeches. But for some reason, the last thing he expected to do was perform at his own party.

Editor of the Paw Paw Courier Leader Robin Griffin
Nancy Camden

In small communities, people depend on the weekly newspaper for local news. The Paw Paw Courier-Leader carries on a long tradition that dates back to 1843. These days, obituaries are posted on their website as soon as they get them, but otherwise the pace is slow.

Paw Paw Village Manager Larry Nielsen says situation is uncommon, but has been done before