Top 5 things to do this weekend

It’s finally time to think about gardening, and nutritious ways for families to enjoy it can be found at Grand Haven’s library on Saturday afternoon. Other fun this weekend, April 25-27, includes the annual Chilly Blues Festival and Katty Shack benefit.
Mark Brooky
Apr 24, 2014

(1) Garden Fest — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Loutit District Library (Program Room A and B), 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. This is a family gardening event with hands-on learning about food and nutrition. By discovering what fresh-picked, nutrient-rich food tastes like, kids will start to understand and taste the differences between fresh food and processed food, which will help them make healthier choices throughout their lives. Donations will go to the Greater Ottawa County United Way and Spread the Music.

(2) Chilly Blues Festival – Friday and Saturday in downtown Grand Haven. Live blues music at several downtown bars and restaurants, and the chili cookoff from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor, 311 S Harbor Ave.

(3) Katty Shack 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk — 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 527 Taylor, Grand Haven. Late registration and packet pick-up is 7-8:30 a.m. Start at the corner of Taylor and Wisconsin. Race fee is $27 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan. Stay after for a pancake breakfast. On Friday night, a "Fuel Up for Katty Shack" pasta dinner, along with raffles and music, will take place at St. Patrick's Family Center, 920 Fulton Ave. For details, visit

(4) “Our Town” – 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Beardsley Theater, Frauenthal Performing Arts Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. This classic is presented by Living Books Homeschool Theater with a cast of more than 50, including many from the Tri-Cities area. Tickets are $8.

(5) Yacht Club Community Open House — 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Spring Lake Yacht Club, 17500 W. Spring Lake Road, Ferrysburg. You’ll be able to meet members, take club tours, enjoy live music, and munch on burgers and hot dogs from the grill. It’s free and dress is casual.

Honorable mentions: Grand Haven Christian School Auction and catered dinner, 5 p.m. Saturday at 1102 Grant Ave., Grand Haven; and Abraham Lincoln in Song from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., featuring Chris Vallillo performing songs of the Civil War era.

What did I miss? Tell us about in the comment section below.



Chilly Blues Festival

Any way to find out what bands are playing where? or at least which bars are going to have the bands?

Barry Soetoro

Nice that you have to go to MLive to find out "5 Things to Do in Muskegon":

There's some more links, Lani...anyone want to take Barry to Happy Hour?

Mark Brooky

Barry, this the Top 5 things to do this weekend for the Grand Haven area.

As to the Chilly Blues Festival, I cannot find that information. There does not seem to be a dedicated website for it. Does anyone know?

Barry Soetoro

Yeah Mark I found it on MLive under Top 5 Things to Do in Muskegon. The links I so gratefully provided give LTA the information he requested.

See link for Chilly Blues information:

Your pal,

Barry S.


You rock Barry, I don't care what anybody else says....


I'm fairly confident that's not a true statement. Barry may or may not rock depending on ones personal definition of rock, and you most assuredly care what people think, your wife said "he'd better care".



It's a little early, even for a Friday, to be in the sauce already ain't it?

Barry Soetoro

That may be leftovers from last night. Happens to me all the time.


Thanks Barry for the links! You can also check out their Facebook page.

Barry Soetoro

Disclosure: A lot of women tell me that I'm the last person on the planet to not have a facebook page. So whoever claims to be Barry Soetoro on facebook is an imposter. Hopefully they're not posting snarky cheap shots about me not having a birth certificate and all that other crap.

Harry Kovaire

Nope. Your photoshopped BC is right up there for everyone to see!


That's nice that they leave out the price, for the Chili cookout, out of the flyers that are plastered downtown. My fiancé and I went walking up and down Washington to see if there was more information anywhere.

$10 in advance (but they didn't give anyone advanced notice) and $12 at the door. That Better be some darn good chili.

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