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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Fear not: There's plenty to do both indoors and out this weekend.

So, if it turns out to be wet again this weekend, attend the Central Park Players' show and take in the free jazz at Spring Lake District Library. Otherwise, a group preserving a one-room schoolhouse have a fun fundraiser on Sunday afternoon and Ottawa County Parks plans a big campfire for Friday night.

(1) Pigeon Creek Schoolhouse Fall Festival - 1-4 p.m. Sunday. This event celebrates the little one-room schoolhouse being lovingly restored by a group of volunteers. It takes place at the old school, on the corner of 168th Avenue and Pierce Street in Grand Haven Township, and it happens rain or shine. The festival includes Clydesdale-led hayrides through wooded trails ($2 donation), old-fashioned games, face painting, baked goods sales, silent auction, Jim Dufford singing and playing guitar, and Peaches the Clown. Every penny benefits the nonprofit Pigeon Creek Schoolhouse Preservation Society. For the hayride, children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult, and you're asked to leave your pets at home.

(2) Central Park Player’s "Love Letters" - opens Friday night at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven. Performances of the A.R. Gurney play are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 26-27, with a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2. For tickets in advance, call 850-6566 or visit centralparkplayers.org.

(3) Astronomy Program and Sky Viewing - 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center. A one-hour indoor program on how telescopes work and the Orionids meteor shower will be followed by sky viewing outdoors, weather permitting. The Nature Education Center is at Hemlock Crossing in Port Sheldon Township. From U.S. 31, travel a short distance west on Croswell Street to West Olive Road, then south for a third of a mile to the park entrance.

(4) Autumn Campfire - 7 p.m. Friday at the county's Pigeon Creek Park on Stanton Street, between 128th and 120th avenues in Olive Township. While experiencing the seasonal changes in the camping area, listen to stories, play games and roast marshmallows. Parks naturalist Kristen Hintz will lead the free program for adults and families with kids ages 5 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

(5) Benje Daneman Jazz Trio - 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. This free concert features trumpeter Benje Daneman, saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and pianist Jeremy Siskind.

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