Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jan 17, 2019 at 7:15 PM

We’re a week away from Winterfest, but there will be some fun stuff to do this weekend in and around the area.

(1) Wine About Winter — 5-9 p.m. Friday in Grand Haven’s downtown and Centertown. The 10th annual winter event kicks off with the Artists Awards Ceremony at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. Local stores, from Beacon Boulevard through Centertown and along Washington Avenue to Harbor Drive, will begin this year’s tour of fine wines at 5:30. A heated trolley can be flagged down for free rides between Centertown and the downtown until the last pour at 9 p.m. Visitors will be able to sample wines from family wineries from around the globe at this year’s event, as well as check out the artwork and talk to the artists at each location. Fourteen stores will have wine tasting, while an additional 16 locations will have snacks and artwork. Admission is a commemorative wine glass, which will be on sale for $5 at Fortino’s, 114 Washington Ave., until 3 p.m. Friday. After that, the glasses will only be available to purchase in the downtown area at Harbourfront Place (in the common area), 41 Washington Ave., or in Centertown at The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave. But even if you can’t get a glass, you will still be able to purchase wine tastings, which are $3 each and available at all participating wine venues. Proceeds are used for downtown beautification projects.

(2) Spring Lake Heritage Festival Bloody Mary Mixoff — 12-5 p.m. Saturday at the Elks, 15 S. Third St., downtown Grand Haven. Note the new location for this year’s fundraiser for the Heritage Festival. This event is for ages 21 and older. The event also includes live entertainment, a silent auction and 50/50 raffles.

(3) Music By The Fireplace — 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St. Neil Jacobs, master of the 12-string guitar, will be performing in front of the library’s fireplace. An internationally renowned musician, Jacobs says he draws inspiration from his travels and includes gypsy, world, Balkan folk, jazz and flamenco styles in his repertoire. Admission is free.

(4) “The Old Settler” — Opens Friday night at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. Muskegon Civic Theatre presents this production about a woman who is pushing 40 who has never been married and has no prospects. Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between a 55-year-old spinster and her skeptical sister. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday; as well as Jan. 24-26. Tickets are $22 to $24. Call the box office at 231-727-8001.

(5) Star Party: Lunar Eclipse — 10:30 p.m. Sunday until about 1:30 a.m. Monday at the Muskegon Astronomical Society observatory, 702 N. Maple Island Road, Muskegon. You will be viewing the lunar eclipse and the night sky through the society’s telescopes. You may also bring your own telescope. Society members will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments. If weather conditions are questionable, call Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

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