But I did what I must, and here is your Top 5 things to do this weekend. Keep in mind, however, there are many arts-and-crafts shows going on in the area again this weekend, and a few local churches have special events.
(1) Piano Holiday Concert — 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grand Haven High School's Performing Arts Center, 17001 Ferris St. Reserved seats range from $7 to $25, with a portion of the proceeds donated to support the high school choir and orchestra's trip to Europe. The concert will feature four professional and several local youth pianists, percussionists, the Grand Haven High School Choral Ensemble and a local youth choir. You'll hear new and familiar holiday songs — including "Silent Night," "Carol of the Bells" and the Hallelujah Chorus" — leading to a finale with 24 hands on four pianos. Tickets can be bought at the door, or in advance through StarTickets.com (800-585-3737) and Meijer stores. For details on Walt Matzke's "A Piano Extravaganza," visit 4-pianos.com.
(2) "A Tuna Christmas" — The Central Park Players perform this holiday comedy at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday (next Friday and Saturday nights, too) at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven. Tickets are $10. This is the second of four plays set in the fictional town of Tuna — "the third smallest town in Texas." Radio station OKKK news personalities Thelma Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on all sorts of small-town Yuletide activities — including hot competition in the annual Christmas yard display contest, a mysterious Christmas phantom and controversy surrounding the staging of "A Christmas Carol."
(3) Caroling — 6-7 p.m. Saturday at Ferrysburg's William Ferry Park. Gather around a bonfire to sing carols, sip hot chocolate and munch on doughnuts. Santa will be chauffeured in on a fire truck. This annual event is sponsored by Ferrysburg City Council and the Ferrysburg Fire Department.
(4) “A Vintage Christmas Murder” — 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven. Pick up clues during this Christmas “who-done-it” and see if you can identify the murderer. The museum's youth docents will take you back to Christmas 1937, when international wine merchant Jonathon Sedgwick-Smythe is found dead, floating in a vat of wine, at his wife’s chateau in the French wine country. The cast of characters all have a past to hide and may not be as innocent as they seem. At the end of the performance, the audience will be given an opportunity to pick the most likely suspect. Tickets are $8, and includes snacks and beverage. It is a fundraiser for the museum’s Friends group.
(5) Grand Haven High School Choral Ensemble — 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. The award-winning choir will sing the songs of the season — including "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing" — and a few surprises! It ends with a sing-along. Admission is free.
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