W(h)ine no more!

Grand Haven is not just a summer location. That’s what Dale Kwekel wants people to realize
Tribune Staff
Jan 3, 2013


The president of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority said this is part of the reason why the organization first organized the Wine About Winter event.

The authority is hosting its fourth annual Wine About Winter on Friday. It will take place in Grand Haven's Centertown and downtown districts.

“Winter can be kind of a depressing time, and this event gives people a chance to get out,” Kwekel said. “It’s a nice, local thing to do that can brighten such a gloomy time of year.”

Visitors will enjoy wine, artwork and what local businesses have to offer during the self-guided tours that start at 5 p.m. and end at 9. At the end of the night, artwork featured in the event will be judged by a panel of jurors.

Hop on the trolley to get a lift between Centertown and downtown by stopping at Lemon Creek Winery, 327 N. Beacon Blvd.; or at the Harbourfront Place parking lot, off Harbor Drive between Washington and Columbus avenues.         

Wine About Winter is a unique event for Grand Haven because it has a local emphasis and doesn’t depend on tourists, Kwekel said.

The event showcases regional artists and businesses. A focal point is wine, which patrons can sample at 14 of the 27 participating businesses.

It’s free to attend, and tickets for wine may be purchased.

— By Emily Anderson, Tribune intern


Marie Havenga

Nice story, Emily.


Yes, nice story Emily. It sure took a long time to invite everybody downtown to get hammered. Thanks for letting us know we can walk around downtown and in businesses for free; who would have thought. If one person gets locked up over this I am screaming entrapment; well, maybe only if it's me. See you down there; can't wait to see the regional artists, most of which couldn't draw a conclusion if they were an eye witness. Ah, but the sweet juice of the grape; alas, this is the allure.


well, personally, anything that encouages groups of inebriated women to freely walk the streets of downtown Grand Haven is OK in my book!


When did the city start piping music through downtown for events?! AMAZING! The event was quite fun, and the vintage Sinatra tunes in the streets really added to the event; to whoever had the idea to use the underutilized city asset known as the dancing waters sound system, kudos! It almost felt like a magical Christmas wonderland roaming the streets of downtown with my wife.

My only complaint was that is was a bit boomy but that could have been due to the wind.

As someone who has previously complained about the noise from the fountain, I would like to retract my views on the matter and ask that the city look into using this valuable asset more in a reasonable manner such as this. It really made the event shine!


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