Celebrating Spring Lake heritage

This year's Heritage Festival opened Tuesday with a celebration of cartoons and canines.
Marie Havenga
Jun 13, 2012

Spring Lake District Library hosted “Winsor McCay Day” to honor the Spring Lake native who is credited as the first artist to create animated film cartoons. According to historic accounts, Walt Disney studied McCay's techniques — and you know the rest of the story.

Children crafted balloon animals during a morning session and learned to draw cartoon characters in the afternoon to honor McCay's contribution to the community.

The Heritage Festival Committee concentrated on canines Tuesday evening. The new Central Park dog park, built as an Eagle Scout project by brothers Alex and Danny Brower, was dedicated.
Nearly 40 frolicking Fidos filled the park and took part in a procession down the bike path to Old Boys' Brewhouse, where the Spring Lake Rotary Club presented a $10,000 check to maintain the park.

“This is going to add a lot to the community," Danny Brower, 13, said at the park. "Just look around — all the dog owners are talking and the dogs are running around having fun.”

Wednesday's festival lineup includes a flea market from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the former Christ Community Church, 225 E. Exchange St.; and Family Fun Night at Mill Point Park from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The free family event includes children's games, horseback rides, emergency vehicle tours, a community picnic and ice cream social.

For the complete schedule, click here.



Thanks to the Brower boys for this awesome Eagle Scout project. Our dogs loved the dog park last night and can't wait to go back!

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