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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • May 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The tulips are out and the weather is clearing for a great weekend at Holland’s annual festival.

(1) Tulip Time — through Sunday in Holland. The 90th festival has an orange theme. You’ll see it throughout town with orange tulips of different varieties. The festival includes entertainment, a Dutch market, Artisan market, fireworks and parades. Saturday’s highlight is the Muziekparade from 2-3:30 p.m. in downtown Holland. It will feature more than 4,000 participants and 170 units in the longest parade in Michigan. Go here for information on where to watch, where to park and pre-parade activities. 

(2) “Sylvia!” — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Tickets for this Central Park Players production are $10 to $15. The play’s premise: Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park — or that has found him — bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

(3) West Michigan Estate, Collectibles & Doll Sale — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Admission is $4, and the profits go to local charities to make Christmas a little nicer for needy children. The sale is sponsored by the Muskegon Sand Dollers Doll Club. This year’s sale will include estate sale items and collectibles.

(4) “Icebound: The Ordeal of the SS Michigan” — 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. This lecture and documentary screening with shipwreck expert Valerie Van Heest highlights the museum’s ongoing exhibit.

(5) West Michigan Symphony — 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Frauenthal, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. It will feature Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Grammy winner Sharon Isbin, who the Atlanta Journal called “the Monet of the classical guitar.” Tickets are $24 to $60. 

Bonus:

Astronomy at the Nature Center: Summer Sky — 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive.

Beginner Bird Walk — 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Hemlock Crossing, 8115 W. Olive Road, West Olive.

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