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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Nov 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It’s an arts and crafts weekend in Grand Haven, with free admission to three shows.

(1) St. Pat’s Arts and Craft Show — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Catholic Church, 920 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. More than 30 vendors are expected to showcase their hand-crafted items for holiday shopping.

(2) Grand Haven Artisan Market — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. This event features local artisans and direct-sales vendors, live music, and food for purchase.

(3) Holiday Marketplace — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. The annual show is sponsored by the Friends Committee of the Museum. It will feature unique, handmade crafts by local artisans for sale. 

(4) “The Little Mermaid” — 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St. This popular Disney story will come to life thanks to the efforts of many GHHS students. The musical will also take place next weekend, Nov. 16-17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the door or online at www.ghaps.org.

(5) Matt Gabriel concert — 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Gabriel is a singer-songwriter who has spent more than a decade writing and performing folk and blues music across the country. Admission is free to the library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series in the upper-level lobby.

Bonus: 

Two local Veterans Day ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Sgt. Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 will host a ceremony at Grand Haven’s Central Park and the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28 will host a separate ceremony at the Eternal Flame, which is located near the Tri-Cities Family YMCA off Harbor Drive. The public is also invited to the VFW Post at 5 p.m. Sunday to hear essays students wrote for the post’s patriotic essay contest. The VFW Auxiliary will be serving chili.

— Through Hike at Ottawa Sands — 2-4:30 p.m. at Ottawa Sands Park, 18406 North Shore Road, Ferrysburg. Explore the county’s newest park, which features 345 acres. It was opened to the public in October. The park features marked hiking trails and an inland lake.

— Zumbathon to Secure Ottawa Sands — 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Powerhouse Gym, 1830 172nd Ave., Grand Haven. A Zumbathon is a dance party with several instructors teaching and participants dancing for all or any of the scheduled time. The cost to join in is $10 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Land Conservancy to help secure funding for the Ottawa Sands Park, Ottawa County’s newest park on the north side of the Grand River. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has secured a $4 million loan to purchase and temporarily hold half of the property, and now the loan must be repaid to protect all 345 acres of the park.

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