Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • Jun 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM

It’s that time of the year to take a look back at Grand Haven’s early history of fur traders, Native Americans and some strange food on Harbor Island.

(1) Feast of the Strawberry Moon — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Grand Haven’s Harbor Island. You’ll step back in time to the late 1700s with re-enactors posing as artisans, voyagers, soldiers and more. Friday will be Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5, or $15 for a family. Parking is free. Note that the island is a bit soggy right now. Access to Coho Drive from the south is closed and there is an intersection west of U.S. 31 on Coho Drive that is under water, said Mark King, director of the West Michigan Historical Alliance, which hosts the history festival. Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said they are going to do everything they can to dry up the roads leading to Harbor Island for this weekend.

(2) First-Friday Dance — 7-10 p.m. at the D&W Fresh Market, 1116 Robbins Road, Grand Haven. Butch Grenell and Unbreakable Pride will provide the dance music in the store’s café area, with spillover dancing in the aisles. While country is their mainstay, the group also plays gospel and some rock. The dance benefits The Salvation Army of Grand Haven.

(3) Vintage Camping Open House — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park campground, Norton Shores. Check out all the cool, retro campers and tents dating back to the 1930s. Campers will be having a campground potluck and live entertainment.

(4) Hops 4 Homes! — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Trillium Catering and Events, 17246 VanWagoner Road, Ferrysburg. This is a fundraising event for the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. It features craft beer and wine, pork BBQ and brats, music by Julia and the Greensides, and a silent auction. Admission is $40. 

(5) The Down East Boys — 6 p.m. Sunday at Ferrysburg Community Church, 17785 Mohawk Drive, Ferrysburg. Admission is free (free-will offering will be taken) for this popular Christian music group’s concert. For more information, call the church at 616-842-3880.


West Michigan Symphony Presents “Slavic Fire” — 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Frauenthal, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. It will feature Moscow-born pianist Natasha Paremski. Admission is $24 to $60.

Ari Heist concert — 7 p.m. Sunday at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake. Tickets start at $25.

C2C Ninth Season Celebration — 3-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 104 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.

Muskegon Summer Wine-Up — 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon.

Tree Planting — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ferrysburg City Hall, 17290 Roosevelt Road.

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