Weather outshines for third day of SL Heritage Festival

The third day was the charm for the Spring Lake Heritage Festival after a low turnout and rain dampened Tuesday and Wednesday events. While smoke was pouring from Mill Point Park during Thursday's Wings on the Water barbecue chicken wing contest, senior citizens were heating up fun of their own at the first Senior Art Mixer at the Holiday Inn. Earlier in the day, seniors spooned up ice cream at the Little Red House as they listened to the Spring Lake Jazz Band play music from the 1940s.
Marie Havenga
Jun 17, 2011


Spring Lake Township residents Leon Ruiter, 88, and Doris Patton-Johnson, 79, who have been dating for several months, were two of more than 100 estimated people who attended the social.

“The mint chocolate chip is really good,” said Patton-Johnson. “And the music is peppy and nice. It makes you want to move.”

The chicken moved, too, at nearby Mill Point Park. Diners went through more than 10,000 wings while listening to music by 14-year-old acoustic guitarist Alaina Burress and Sweet Lou and the Savages.

“It rolled and it rolled hard,” said Heritage Festival chairman Dave Hamather. “The turnout was absolutely off the hook, the community participation was fantastic and the weather was great. We had a great gig with the rollover from Family Fun night.”

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