Top 5 things to do this weekend

The unofficial kickoff to summer holiday weekend, May 24-27, is a time to enjoy the outdoors and family get-togethers, get caught up on yard work, and to remember the many brave Americans who gave their lives for our freedom to do the former things.
Mark Brooky
May 23, 2013


(1) Memorial Day parades — Monday morning. The Grand Haven parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Spring Lake parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The Grand Haven parade travels from Washington Avenue and Sixth Street to Waterfront Stadium, where a special waterfront service takes place, followed by two additional stops of remembrance. City trolleys are available to take people to the memorial events at the Veterans Memorial, Y Drive at Harbor Drive; and the G.A.R. Lot, Lake Forest Cemetery. The Spring Lake parade route starts at the corner of Buchanan and Exchange streets, goes east and then south on Lake Avenue, along River Street to Fruitport Road, and finally to the Spring Lake Cemetery for a memorial tribute to all veterans. For details, CLICK HERE.

(2) Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days — continues through Monday in Fruitport's Pomona Park, on the northern-most shore of Spring Lake. There's a great carnival midway, fireworks, petting zoo, ice cream social, parade and Lions Club ox roast. For the full schedule, visit

(3) Musical Fountain Rededication — 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Waterfront Stadium, downtown Grand Haven. The fountain's 50th season is already underway, and the nightly summer schedule begins Friday, with performances at 10 p.m. through June 9. Sunday's rededication ceremony will be followed by a new show with narration by the original "voice of the Musical Fountain," Ron Hartsema. For more on the fountain, CLICK HERE.

(4) Rib Fest: “Battle of the Bones” — Friday and Saturday at the Grand Haven VFW Post 2326, 20 N. First St. It features live music and an entertainment tent, and barbecue rib-making competition. The bands include Sweet Justice, Dave Rucks and Mr. Whoohah. For details, CLICK HERE.

(5) Swinging Into Summer — 7-9 p.m. Friday at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St., Grand Haven Township, in the auxiliary gym. The cost is one nonperishable food item for donation to The Salvation Army's food pantry. The dance is hosted by the Buccaneer Original Swing Society.

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Don't forget about the Lemon Retirement Celebration!!

The Lemon Retirement Celebration (LRC) is a series of events designed to celebrate the award-winning career of retiring GHHS choir teacher Shirley Lemon while raising money for future generations of singers. The Core Planning Team of the LRC is comprised of nine Grand Haven High School choir alumni who graduated between 1982 and 2007. Visit for more information--come, enjoy, and support the future young musicians of the Tri-Cities!

For the first time ever, Grand Haven High School choir alumni from 1981-2012 will sing together at Muskegon’s historic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in “An Evening with Shirley”. This celebrational concert honors the musical legacy of retiring choir director Shirley Lemon and her many award-winning choirs. Alumni from over three decades will be joined by many of Shirley’s music peers from her 35-year career, including mentors, student teachers, adjudicators, and more. The concert begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Tickets are priced from $5 to $25 and are on sale now at the Frauenthal box office and online at Star Tickets ( The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Holiday Inn-Spring Lake hosts the adults-only “Shirley’s Gala Reception” at 9:00 PM following the concert. Featuring a live DJ, tasty food, and a cash bar, this is the perfect opportunity for friends, alumni, and the community to meet and mingle with Shirley. Cost is $20, cocktail attire is suggested, and space is limited. Tickets are available in Grand Haven at Jumpin’ Java and the Bookman, and at the door.

Proceeds from “An Evening With Shirley” and “Shirley’s Gala Reception” benefit the Grand Haven High School Choir Endowment Fund. Established at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in 2003 by retired GHAPS teacher Mary Jane Boettcher, this fund provides support in perpetuity to the various financial needs of the GHHS choral program.


Musical Fountain rededication is Sunday at 9:30. Additionally, the first fountain show of the year will be tonight (Friday) at 10pm.


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