Jammin' in the snow

Marie Havenga • Feb 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

SPRING LAKE – Mollie Petrinec, 5, may not know much about Spring Lake Rotary Club Snow Jam history, but if she did, she would have known she had the first solid ice to skate on in several years.

The temperature soared above 45 degrees for last year's event. This year's festival lived up to its “Snow Jam” name, with lots of fluffy flakes and solid ice on the rink at Spring Lake’s Central Park.

Mollie, who skated with her dad, Nick, took a tumble on the ice, but her dad steadied her and helped her back to her feet.

“She got ice skates for Christmas,” said Mollie's mom, Caitlyn of her daughter's first venture onto the Central Park rink.

Mollie wasn't the only one getting in on the fun. Kids raced down the sledding hill, got their faces painted and skated before a Spring Lake versus Grand Haven hockey tournament, which Spring Lake won, 13-5.

While Mollie skated, Ellen and Brian Mitchell sipped drinks at a beer tent table.

The Mitchells relocated to Spring Lake Village from Detroit.

“After all this time getting our feet on the ground, we can be be part of the community,” Brian said. “This is such a nice park.”

Photos from Saturday’s Snow Jam

Ellen said she's impressed with all the winter activities the area has to offer.

“I love the ice rink,” she said. “Grand Haven and Spring Lake have so many activities, especially in the winter.”

Trisha Benaway took her daughter, Emily Reeves, 5, skating and sledding at Snow Jam on Saturday.

“She gets to skate and go down the snow hill,” Benaway said. “She's an extrovert. I'm an introvert. This gives her some time in public. She just loves people.”

Saturday's events also included a dart tournament, live music from Drop 35, and dancing.

David Redeker won the raffle grand prize of $5,000.

The Snow Jam was started in 2012 to raise funds for Spring Lake Rotary’s service initiatives. One hundred percent the proceeds from the event are invested toward projects aimed at bringing positive, lasting changes to our local community and our global community.

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