Top 5 things to do this weekend

(1) Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will be staging "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. The Grand Haven-based troupe is Michigan's only year-round touring Shakespeare company. They perform all over the place.
Mark Brooky
Apr 27, 2012


"Romeo and Juliet" is perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous play, a tragedy of star-crossed lovers who marry in secret in spite of their feuding families. Each actor plays multiple roles in the production, and the performances feature live music. For details, visit

Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens, and are available by calling the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company at 850-0916.

(2) Adopt-a-Beach cleanup day at Grand Haven State Park on Saturday morning. Volunteers are needed. Join the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Alliance for the Great Lakes — more hands make light work! Meet at the beach concession at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served after the event.

To register, visit; or call the Alliance's Jamie Cross at 850-0745, ext. 12.

(3) Garden Fest at Loutit District Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is a family gardening event with hands-on activities to learn about food and nutrition. Kids will learn health and sustainability skills to help themselves, their families and their community today and in the future. It will take place in the library's program rooms A and B (lower level). This is a free community event, with raffle money benefiting the local United Way and Spread the Music Foundation. Other activities will include information and demonstrations of Tower Gardens, a Zumba class from 10-11:30 a.m. (suggested donation of $5), nutritional information, prizes for the family and music by Lew Russ.

For details, visit

(4) "The Sound of Music" staged by Spring Lake High School's theater department at the school, 16140 148th Ave., Spring Lake Township. Friday night is sold out. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Saturday performance are $9 for adults, and $7 for students and senior citizens.

(5) Contemporary folk music by Susan Leigh Picking at Spring Lake District Library, 3-4 p.m. Sunday. This free performance is part of the library's Music by the Fireplace series. Picking plays the piano and ukulele. Want to hear her first? Click here.

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Matt DeYoung

The Grand River Rivalry lacrosse day at Grand Haven's Gene Rothi Field. Grand Haven and Spring Lake will put their middle school, junior varsity and varsity boys lacrosse teams up against one another on Saturday. Action begins at 10 a.m. and continues until the varsity contest at 6 p.m. Both varsity teams are in the midst of winning seasons. Spring Lake is currently 6-4 while Grand Haven is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the state.

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Central Park Players spring show is "The Affections of May" with opening night this Friday night, May 4, at Lakeshore Middle School auditorium. A light-hearted comedy, "The Affections of May", offers a timeless tale of tangled romance. Alone and broke in Grogan's Cove, a small resort town, May Henning has been abandoned by her husband Brian, who left her with a failing bed and breakfast and few prospects. Rustic life proved to tedious for Brian, who missed the city...and his mistress. A feisty former schoolteacher, May is a spirited woman who finds she must use her wit to cope with her altered circumstances while finding herself entangled in an hilarious romantic triangle. Refusing to give up without a fight, May soon finds herself the target of two suitors, both anxious to take her to the Halloween costume party. Quinn is a local handyman, scruffy and unkempt and too fond of the bottle, who moves into the B&B after a fire in his motor home. Hank, on the other hand, is a polished and charming banker who holds out the promise of a loan May needs to save her business. While appealing, Hank still lives with his mother and collects coffee mugs as a hobby. In this delightful, feel-good comedy, the determined May will be played by Amy Simpson. Brian, her philandering and fickle spouse will be played by David Misner. Kevin Prince will portray the lonely and eligible banker Hank, while wayward but loveable handyman Quinn will be played by Peter Drost. This play delivers many serious messages, but you'll have such fun getting them that it won't hurt a bit. A buffet of wry comedy and sweet romance, you'll be wishing for another helping after the last curtain call. Performance dates at May 4-6 and May 11-12.


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