Feast back from the brink

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

“Everything is going quite well,” said Steve Radtke, interim director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, which hosts the annual event. “We’re on target for what we need at this point.”

A staple on Grand Haven's Harbor Island since 2001, this year’s Feast of the Strawberry Moon is scheduled for June 8-9. The event portrays life during the fur trade era, 1760 to 1820.

“We’ve done this before and we know what needs to be done,” Radtke said.

In March, Feast organizers thought the festival was in jeopardy, as Museum Director Kenneth Pott said the event was losing money, attendance was slouching and it was time to re-evaluate whether or not to continue staging it. However, the museum's Board of Directors approved hosting the event again, at least for this year.

Pott has since been put on administrative leave, and appears to be out as the museum's director after two years.

After a call for Feast of the Strawberry Moon participants that went out a few weeks ago, Radtke said he's seen at least four or five applications come into the museum each day.

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