Top 5 things to do this weekend

The Grand Haven library's fixation on pirates started a few years ago with Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is Sept. 19 this year. It's bloomed into a full-blown post-Coast Guard Festival week in August that's moved around each year.
Mark Brooky
Aug 10, 2012

While a lot of activities leading up to the festival are still at Loutit District Library, the sixth annual Michigan Pirate Festival will go on at Harbor Island this weekend. That's good, because last year's library parking lot site walked the plank.

Another fun late-summer event is in nearby Coopersville. The city's Summerfest culminates with one of West Michigan's biggest car shows on Saturday.

(1) Michigan Pirate Festival — After the pirates sail into downtown Grand Haven on Friday (6 p.m.), they'll make their way over to Harbor Island for the opening of the Michigan Pirate Festival. The festival is open from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids. The festival is the climax to Pirates Week at Loutit District Library with the Brethren of the Great Lakes. For a complete list of events, visit MichiganPirateFestival.com.

(2) Coopersville Summerfest — The annual summer celebration in Coopersville has been going on all week. But Saturday, Aug. 11, is the big day. The road leading into downtown Coopersville from the west will be filled with hundreds of classic cars that day for the annual Del Shannon Memorial Car Show, organized by the Coopersville Rotary Club. The also club hosts a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., and there's entertainment and family fun all day long. While there, check out the tractor show at the Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main St. (free). For Summerfest details, visit coopersville.com.

(3) Grand Haven Dog Park Open House — is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Haven Animal Hospital, 1045 Fulton St., Grand Haven. Proceeds will go to the Grand Haven Dog Park, planned for East Grand River Park. The event will include dog washes, nail trims, pet portraits, doggie massages, food for the owners, and prizes for pets and owners.

(4) Shell-B's memorial service — Help say goodbye to Jack Badgero's longtime companion at noon Saturday, Aug. 11. The service will take place under the oak tree at Grand Haven's Bicentennial Park (off the boardwalk, just south of the end of Washington Avenue). Dog owners are encouraged to bring their canine friends. Shell-B died July 25. You can read the story here: grandhaventribune.com/content/companions-end.

(5) Wetland Watch Group Garage Sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at 111 W. Ann St. in Spring Lake. Proceeds will go to the Harbor Island Phragmites Control Project. The sale will include books, clothing, toys, electric lawnmowers and vintage items.

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