Top 5 things to do this weekend

This weekend's lineup includes the annual historical re-enactment on Harbor Island, a benefit yard sale with lots of bargains to find, and some kayaking events to watch and participate.
Mark Brooky
Jun 7, 2012


(1) Feast of the Strawberry Moon — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10. This 18th-century living history event on Harbor Island recreates life as it was here from 1760-1820. It features food-making demonstrations and food for purchase, live entertainment, animals, military skirmishes, and much more. This is the 12th annual festival sponsored by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. Admission is $3.50 per person, or $12.50 for a family. Parking is free on the island. For details, visit

(2) Benefit yard sale — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Grand Haven High School parking lot, on Ferris Street just west of U.S. 31 in Grand Haven Township. Proceeds benefit the high school's choirs and orchestras to help them travel to Carnegie Hall and Europe next year for performances. It will also include arts and crafts, and a pop can/bottle drive for fundraising.

(3) Third annual Grand River Kayak Race — 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, June 9. Staged at Felix's Marina, 14023 Green St. in Robinson Township. Includes quarter-mile race for kids, 3-mile race for amateurs and 8-mile open race. Kayak instruction will be available. For details, visit, or e-mail Karen Chapel at or call her at 616-566-1325.

(4) “The Grand River: A Floating History Lesson" — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9. This is part of the yearlong Grand River Greenway Celebration. You will leave from Grand River County Park at 9 a.m. and kayak to Eastmanville Bayou. Join elite local river historians for an interesting and informative river trip. Individuals are invited to paddle in their own kayaks while historians share facts and stories from the historic Gabagouche canoe. At the lunch stop, re-enactors in authentic garb will explain what it was like to live during various historical periods of the river. On completion, participants will be shuttled back to their vehicles (shuttle service limited to first 60 registrants). Intermediate paddling skill level required. No fee, but pre-registration is required; call Ottawa County Parks at 616-738-4810.

(5) Latin American Musical Presentation — 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Robinson Baptist Church, 12011 N. 120th Ave. in Robinson Township. Presentation from Rio Grande Bible Institute is free to the public. For information, call 846-4500.

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