Snow be-jammin'

Members of the Rotary Club of Spring Lake say they are OK with skating on thin ice at their winter fundraiser.
Marie Havenga
Feb 15, 2013

After all, there wasn't any ice at all at last year's Snow Jam.

Volunteers spent this week flooding and grooming the Central Park ice rink to ready it for open skating and a hockey tournament during the service organization's second annual Snow Jam. The event runs from 4-9 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be jamming with live music, a heated beer tent, food, open skate times, and a hockey game between Spring Lake and Grand Haven alumni.

Proceeds from the event will be used for the service club's international efforts, such as polio eradication, clean water initiatives, hospital projects and economic development.

Later this year, Spring Lake Rotarians will travel to Panama to provide assistance to the indigenous Ngobe people near Cienaguita.

“Besides raising funds, we started Snow Jam to establish a unique community event that catered to everyone and gave people a reason to get out of the house in the middle of winter,” event organizer Craig Cather said. “It's also a great opportunity to showcase our Rotary Club and attract new members.”

Last year's inaugural event didn't do much attracting — of snow and ice, that is.

“Since Mother Nature was less than cooperative at last year's event, we were unable to make ice prior,” Cather said. “We anticipate that the rink will be ready for both the open skate and hockey match this year.”

Admission is free. Central Park is located west off Fruitport Road, just north of Savidge Street.

Here's the schedule:

4 p.m.: Open skate, dart tournament

5 p.m.: Live music by The Knicknacks

6 p.m.: Spring Lake vs. Grand Haven hockey match

7 p.m.: Live music by Thirsty Perch

7:30 p.m.: Open skate resumes

9 p.m.: Closing time

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