Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Oct 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Halloween is still more than a week away, but our local museum can’t wait. Its Haunted Museum event is a must see!

(1) Haunted Museum — 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., downtown Grand Haven. Every year, the museum is decked out in Halloween finery and the community is invited to experience some “ghostly” interactions in this family-friendly event. Spotlight Dance Academy dancers will perform to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” along with presentations on “Michigan Ghosts and Legends” and “Memento Mori,” referring to the Victorian-era practices and customs surrounding death. Tours of the Victorian House exhibit will be offered all afternoon. Docents will share information with visitors about decorations, mourning dress, party customs, séances and spiritualism. A new feature of the event will be a trick-or-treating opportunity. The museum has invited local businesses and organizations to be present to offer treats to children who attend the event. Kids will be able to make their own trick-or-treat bags and then walk through Centennial Hall to receive candy and prizes. All children are encouraged to wear their costumes to the Haunted Museum. Admission is free. The Victorian House exhibit in the museum will remain decorated for Halloween through Oct. 31.

(2) Art at The Yard IV — 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Baker Lumber, 720 Pennoyer Ave., Grand Haven. The show will feature hundreds of works by 30 artists — painting, photography, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass and more — to benefit the Grand Haven Schools Foundation. Tickets are $10, with a cash bar, live music by Dave Palmer and wood-fired pizza by Standard Pizza Co.

(3) Saxman John Gist — 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. The Music by the Fireplace concert series at the library will feature saxophonist John Gist, who will perform jazz classics like "Take 5" along with jazz, blues and soul favorites. Admission is free.

(4) Inspire! Marijuana and Michigan — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Momentum Center for Social Engagement, 714 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Find out what Proposal 1, the statewide recreational marijuana ballot issue, is all about. Extended Grace is putting on this “discussion, not a debate,” with panelists in support and in opposition to the proposal. Includes lunch. No registration required.

(5) Jonathan Edwards concert — 8 p.m. Saturday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake. This will be an intimate acoustic evening with the legendary singer/songwriter. Tickets start at $32.

Bonus: It is the second weekend for the Central Park Players’ production of “Annie” at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. General admission is $15; $10 for students and senior citizens (65 and older).

Also, the Pigeon Creek Schoolhouse Fall Festival Fundraiser is 12-4 p.m. Sunday. The old schoolhouse is at the corner of 168th Avenue and Pierce Street in West Olive. It will include horse-drawn rides through wooded lanes ($5), music, artisan demonstrations, a raffle and silent auction, and more.

And the St. John’s Lutheran Church Ladies Aide Rummage Sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 527 Taylor Ave., Grand Haven. The multipurpose room (gym) is full of treasures for sale. Proceeds will benefit the church and school.

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