Winsor McCay Day starts off SL Heritage Festival Tuesday

Pickleball, paintings and a peek into the past highlight the 26th Spring Lake Heritage Festival, which kicks off Tuesday with Winsor McCay Day and crescendos to a conclusion next Saturday with a waterfront fireworks show. New this year is a senior citizen art mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn, a Tri-Cities Historical Museum presention on Spring Lake resorts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barber School and a pickleball tournament from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Central Park.
Marie Havenga
Jun 11, 2011

 

“The library is going full force on Winsor McCay Day this year,” said Heritage Festival committee member Karla Constantine. “They’ve got a 'Family Feud' event with questions about Winsor McCay.”

McCay, a pioneer animation cartoonist who inspired Walt Disney, grew up in Spring Lake and attended Union School, which once stood on the parcel between Spring Lake Township Hall and the Spring Lake District Library.

The 19th-century cartoonist will be honored at the library on Tuesday with a 10:30 a.m. party, 2:30 p.m. cartooning workshop and 7 p.m. "Family Feud" contest. Contestant applications are available at the library, 123 E. Exchange St.

A dog walk is also planned for Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. at Spring Lake's Central Park.

Family Fun Night returns from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mill Point Park. Events include a Lions Club community picnic, Harbor Humane Society adoptathon, ice cream social, and games and inflatables.

The inaugural Senior Art Mixer has more than 30 participants who will showcase their original works amidst beer-and-wine tasting at the Holiday Inn. Winners will be decided by public vote. The event is part of Thursday’s Senior Day, that includes bingo and lunch at the Holiday Inn, and a 1-3 p.m. ice cream social at the Little Red House, 331 E. Exchange St.

Other events include Thursday’s Wings on the Water; Friday’s car show; beer tents and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday; and a 5K run/walk, cemetery walk and fireworks finale on Saturday.

Also new this year is pickleball – a fast growing sport played with paddles on a scaled down tennis court. Eight-time Senior Olympics gold-medal winner Jimmy O’Hearn will lead pickleball demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Central Park.

“I’ll have enough paddles for everyone,” said O’Hearn, who was named West Michigan’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2010 and won the Governor’s Fitness Award. “People are absolutely tickled with pickleball. It’s a real family thing.”

Spring Lake Heritage Festival Calendar of Events

Tuesday, June 14

Winsor McCay Day — All events at SL District Library

10:30 a.m. — Winsor McCay Party with Aaron Zenz, ages 3-8

2:30 p.m. — Cartooning with Collier - Kevin Collier demonstrates McCay’s work, ages 9 and older

6:30 p.m. — Dog Walk (registration 6 p.m.) Spring Lake Central Park, bring your dogs and kids to walk to Old Boys Brewhouse for some doggie fun

7 p.m. — Tri-Cities Historical Museum Village Walk - Meet at Village Hall

7 p.m. — Family Feud Party, SL District Library, kids and parents come and feud about Winsor McCay

Wednesday, June 15

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Flea Market, C3 Exchange Church

5:30-8:30 p.m. — Family Fun Night. All events at Mill Point Park. Blow-up games and activities for kids of all ages. Local police and fire departments with vehicles, Ottawa County Sheriff Mounted Unit.

5:30 p.m. — Lions Club Community Picnic, hot dogs, chips and soda at family-friendly prices

5:30-8 p.m. — Harbor Humane Society pets available for adoption

6 p.m. — Children’s Advocacy Center, make safety bracelets for the children

6 p.m. — Tri-Cities Historical Museum, make some old time music. Play a washtub, washboard or spoons, make a harmonica/kazoo.

6 p.m. — Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Spring Lake Rotary

Thursday, June 16

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Flea Market, C3 Exchange Church

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Farmers Market, Church Street, next to Library

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Senior Activities Day, Holiday Inn, coffee, donuts (donations accepted), bingo and lunch for $5

1-3 p.m. — Senior Ice Cream Social, The Little Red House Adult Day Care, 331 E. Exchange St.

5-7 p.m. -— Senior Art Mixer, Holiday Inn. Showcasing local senior artists, art awards by public vote, beer and wine tasting with hor d’oeurves ($5)

5-8:30 p.m. — Friends of the Library, SL District Library book sale

4-8 p.m. — Wings on the Water, Mill Point Park, barbecue wings cookoff. Vote for your favorite

7 p.m. — Music at the Point, Sweet Lou & The Savages performing

7 p.m. — Tri-Cities Historical Museum, presenting a program about Spring Lake resorts at Barber School

Friday, June 17

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Friends of the Library, SL District Library book sale continues

5-9 p.m. — Car Show, Spring Lake Wesleyan Church, hot rods, classic cars and trucks. Food concessions provided by Boy Scouts

6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Beer Tent, Mill Point Park. Music by Click. Admission is $3, valid ID required. Must be age 21 or older. Food provided by Butch’s Beach Burritos

Saturday, June 18

6:30-9:30 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk, Central Park. Packet pick up and late registration 6:30-7:45 a.m.

9 a.m. — Laker Golf Scramble, Terra Verde Golf Course, Nunica, Four-man teams. Call 846-5506 for information

8-11 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast, Barber School, sponsored by Spring Lake Lions Club

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Friends of the Library, SL District Library book sale continues

3 p.m. — Civil War Cemetery Walk, an official Civil War Sesquicentennial event

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Pickleball Tournament, Central Park, watch the Pickleball exhibition and the Sheaf demonstration

6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Beer Tent, Mill Point Park, music by Cover Story, admission $3, valid ID required, must be at least age 21. Food provided by Butch’s Beach Burritos

10 p.m. — Huntington Bank Fireworks at Mill Point Park

 

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