But to most of the rest of us, the working world at least, it's a three-day weekend and reason to celebrate. Especially when looking ahead to cooler weather after an exceptionally hot and dry summer, and football!
This weekend's Top 5 (Friday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 3) does include a football game (Hope College). Of course, college football fans will be traveling or glued to their TV sets as the MSU Spartans (8 p.m. Friday in East Lansing vs. Boise State) and Michigan Wolverines (8 p.m. Saturday vs. Alabama at Dallas) kick off their seasons this weekend. The high school games are Thursday night.
(1) Third Street Bridge Walk — 9 a.m. Monday. This annual Grand Haven event is part of the statewide Labor Day Community Walks, held throughout Michigan in conjunction with the famous Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. The Grand Haven walk will begin on Harbor Island at the Third Street Bridge. Walkers will travel along the boardwalk to the lighthouse and return along the boardwalk to Chinook Pier. That's a total of 3.5 miles. An optional return trolley ride will be available at the trolley turn-around near the state park.
(2) Enter The Haggis — performs the final 2012 Pin Drop Concert for the summer at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. It happens 8-11 p.m. Friday. Formed in 1996, Enter The Haggis fuses Celtic music, bluegrass and rock with elements of Latin, blues and funk. Five albums and a decade on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from a popular local band to established international touring act. They've even performed on "Live with Regis and Kelly." Tickets are available online at www.PinDropConcerts.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cash Bar.
(3) Sunday Art Market — The next to last market for summer 2012 is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It's under the big green canopy at Chinook Pier. The juried market sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce showcases established and emerging artists from West Michigan: fine art, pottery, metal works, photography, glass and textile arts, jewelry, and more.
(4) Run For Sight 5K Run/Walk — is Saturday morning in Muskegon. This seventh annual event raises funds to support vision rehabilitation services for those in our community living with severe vision loss. Shoreline Vision partners with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the parking lot between the Coast Guard building and Margaret Drake Elliot Park. The run and walk begin at 8:30, with awards and a Lions Club pancake breakfast ($5) at 9:30. For details, call 231-737-4717 or visit run4sight.com.
(5) Hope/Holland Community Day — This 47th annual event features a picnic, football game and art. It all takes place Saturday on the Hope College campus in Holland. The picnic runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The $9 Community Day ticket ($4 for kids ages 5-11, free under age 4) includes the picnic and admission to the Hope College football game (at 1:30 p.m.) with North Park University at Holland Municipal Stadium. Tickets also include admission to Windmill Island Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. The picnic will consist of bratwurst, hamburger, sliced turkey breast, vegetarian croissants, salads, chips, cookies, beverages and other picnic fare. It also features inflatables for kids, door prizes and live music by the Holland American Legion Band. The gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring an exhibition of sculpture by Anne Weber. Admission to the gallery is free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890. Tickets will also be sold at the picnic site on Saturday. For details, visit www.hope.edu.
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