Calendar of Events

April and May 2014

Adult geese and a line of goslings on land near Wade's Bayou in Douglas, Michigan

April 2014
1-27 'Dinosaurs Unearthed' and 'Lego: Dream It, Build It' , Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids. 'Dinosaurs Unearthed' with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, cast skeletons and feathered fossils, runs thru April 27th. 'Dream it, Build it' with 13 LEGO© brick famous architectural structures, runs thru August 31st.Visit for details or call 1-800-585-3737 to order tickets by phone.
1-30 ‘Translating Reality: Representation in Glass’. Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Avenue, Muskegon. Studio glass works creating sculptural objects that depict the world around us. Runs thru May 11th. Visit
2-30 "Dutch Folklore: The Linocuts of Cornelia Van Geuns" Exhibition, Holland Museum, 31 West 10th Street, Holland. On display thru May 18th. Call 616-392-9084.
4 First Fridays Michigan Music Concert, Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears, Montague. 7:30pm. Stella!! is a four-piece, all-women, American roots band super group with three-part vocal harmonies from southeast Michigan are the featured performers at April’s First Friday concert. Opening with acoustic guitar and uke musician Elaina Burress. Call 231-894-4048 for details or visit the website.
4 Rachel Ries and The Never Lonely at Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street, South Haven. Rachel Ries performs for one night at Foundry Hall on her 'Ghost of a Gardener' release tour. 7:30pm. Call 269-205-3059 for ticket info.
5 Spring Stampede 5K Run/Walk, Sarett Nature Center, 2700 Benton Center Drive, Benton Harbor. 9am. Under the leadership of runner/coach Mike Mahler, get ready to run or walk Sarett’s nature trails for fun and prizes. Proceeds benefit Sarett’s educational program for children. Entry fee. Registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:30am. All participants receive a t-shirt. Childrens’ 1K Fun Run begins at 8:30am. Birders should arrive early in order to join fellow enthusiasts who will ‘bird’ the race course at 7:30am. 269-927-4832.
5-6 The Bunny Train, Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 Danforth Street, Coopersville. One hour and twenty minute train ride in antique passenger coaches with the Easter Bunny and musical characters. Check the order form for departure times and fares.
6 ‘Dynamic Duo II - Jenny & Drew’, Jenny Walvoord/violin, Andrew Le/piano - Free @ 3 Concert Series, First Reformed Church of Holland, 630 State Street, Holland. 616-392-8085. 3pm. Free admission.
7-12 Spring Fling at the Critter Barn, 9275 Adams Street, Zeeland. Visit the Critter Barn’s bunnies, chicks, goats and kittens. 10am-7pm. (Book signing by local children's book author Cindy Sommerfeld - April 9&11 - 10am-3pm) Sheep shearing April 8&9 - 4pm-5pm. Call 616-748-1110, or visit the Critter Barn website.
8 Raptor Center Open House, Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road, Twin Lake, MI 49457. 1pm-4pm. See live birds of prey including an eagle, owls, and a hawk. Learn about raptors and their environment. 231-821-9125. Free admission. Keep up on Facebook.
11-30 ‘Material Girls: Quilts by Judith Jarzembowski + Rugs by Judy Bowman Anthrop’, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck. Fiber exhibit showcasing more than 30 pieces from acclaimed regional artists, Judith Jarzembowski and Judy Bowman Anthrop. Exhibit runs thru June 8th. Free. The gallery is open weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturday: 11am-3pm. Open evenings and weekends during SCA events. 269-857-2399.
12 Easter Egg Drop 2014, Walker Memorial Library, 1522 Ruddiman Drive, North Muskegon. 10am - 12pm. The Easter Bunny, with assistance from the North Muskegon Fire Department, will drop approximately 4,000 candy & prize-filled eggs for children to gather. Activities, prizes, snacks and games in the Community Center.
12 New Buffalo Savings Bank Family Easter Egg Hunt, Harbert Park, 13401 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert. 11am. Free to the public.
12-13 The Bunny Train, Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 Danforth Street, Coopersville. One hour and twenty minute train ride in antique passenger coaches with the Easter Bunny and musical characters. Check the order form for departure times and fares.
13-14 2014 Don Lubbars Cup Regatta, Spring Lake Yacht Club, 17500 West Spring Lake Road, Spring Lake. Competitors from around the country participate in the first race of the spring championship season. 8am-7pm. (Learn To Row: GVSU Rowing Club Team will teach you how to row in an 8-man shell. Free. Friday, April 11 - 4pm-6pm - must download Liability Waver.)
    A tree beginning to leaf out along the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Michigan
17 Lindy Lou River Launch, Michigan Maritime Museum, , 260 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven. The river launch begins the season’s daily cruises along the Black River. Call 269-637-8078 for ticket info or visit
17-19 Easter Egg Dying, Forever Curious Children's Museum, 202 East Main Street, Fennville. 10am-3pm. Bring your hardboiled eggs and make a mess at the museum where we supply the dyes. Learn to make marbleized, speckled, string painted, thumbprint design and striped eggs, along with traditional dyed eggs, too. $5 per person - children under 1 and members are free. Call 269-561-8494 for more information.
18 An Evening with Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass with special guest Joe Sturgill, Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears, Montague. 7:30pm-9pm. Paul Hoffman, founding member, singer, songwriter, and mandolin player for the award winning folk/americana outfit Greensky Bluegrass, and his special guest, Joe Sturgill, singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Four Finger Five. Call 231-894-4048 for details or visit the website.
18-19 West Michigan Symphony, ‘Simple Songs’, Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon.7:30pm. Program: Martinů – Overture; Aaron Kernis – Simple Songs, Martha Guth, soprano; Mendelssohn – Symphony no.3 – Scottish Symphony. Scott Speck, conductor. For details, visit
19 Annual Grand River Green-Up, Riverside Park, Grand Haven. 9am-1pm. The Grand Haven Jaycees and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council celebrate Earth Week with their annual clean up of the Grand River at Riverside Park. At least 300 volunteers are needed. Visit for more info.
19 2014 Earth Day Lake Shore Celebration, Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven. Green Earth March: 12:30pm-1pm Parade from Washington St. to Columbus St. of anything/anyone that doesn't use fossil fuel. Fair: Grand Haven Community Center - 1pm-4pm Booths of environmental businesses and organizations, food, games. 1pm-4pm. Earth Rock Concert: Central Park - 4pm-7pm - free event with local bands, soloists and poets. Call 616-842-1699 for details.
19-27 Earth Week 2014, various locations around Muskegon. Take a guided tour of the nature area, learn about local environmental projects undertaken by MCC students and instructors, enjoy collaborative artwork by local children and take a Rain Barrel, Sustainable Gardening or Hydroponics Workshop. For much more info, check out the web page of the Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition.
19 Greater Fennville Annual Easter Egg Hunt, LifeHOUSE Golden Orchards, 2464 55th Street, Fennville. Face Painting & Pictures with the Easter Bunny (10am) - Easter Egg Hunt begins: 10 months - 3 years old: 10:45am, 4-6 years old: 11:00am, 7-12 years old: 11:15am.
19 Easter Eggstravaganza, downtown St. Joseph. 11am - 1pm. Golden Easter Egg Hunt (local merchants give out eggs), Pictures with the Easter Bunny (Welcome Center, 301 State Street) and Face Painter & Balloon Artist (400 block of State Street)
19 Grand Haven Easter Egg Hunt, Central Park, Washington Avenue between South 4th and South 5th Streets, Grand Haven. 11am - 11:30am. Free event for kids up to 10 years old. Over 5000 Easter Eggs filled with candy and prizes.
19 The Bunny Train, Coopersville & Marne Railway, 311 Danforth Street, Coopersville. One hour and twenty minute train ride in antique passenger coaches with the Easter Bunny and musical characters. Check the order form for departure times and fares.
19 White Lake Community Easter Egg Hunt, Funnell Park, corner of Franklin & Hanson Streets, Whitehall. 11am-12:30pm. Four age groups: 1-3 yrs; 4-6 yrs; 7-9 yrs and 10-12 yrs. Bring a camera and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Free to the public.
20 Easter Parade and Easter Egg Hunt, Douglas. 1pm. Easter Hat Parade on Center Street followed by Easter Egg Hunt at Beery Field. Bring a basket and your Easter hats. E-mail Angela Carrion or call 269-857-1438 for more info.
25-27 Art Attack Tour of Harbor Country: Harbert, Grand Beach, Lakeside, Michiana, New Buffalo, Sawyer, Three Oaks, Union Pier. Tour Harbor Country while enjoying local art exhibitions, wine tasting, music, theater, gallery receptions and more.
26 Groove Walk, downtown Holland. 9pm-1am. For just $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, enjoy 10 different bands at 10 different downtown locations. Call 616-796-1210 or visit
26 Tom Chapin at Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street, South Haven. GRAMMY award winner singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin performs contemporary folk and children's music. 7:30pm. Call 269-205-3059 for ticket info.
27 Lakeshore Blessing of the Bikes, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland. Motorcyclists and friends gather to start a responsible riding season and promote a safe rider community. Live music, food, silent auction. Gates open at 10am, blessing at 3pm. $5 donation per bike. Contact John at 616-283-0591 for info.
27 Allegan Antiques Market, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive, Allegan. 400 exhibitors. Season opening. 8am-4pm. Last Sunday of every month thru September. Call 616-735-3333 for information or visit
30 Season Opening of Hackley & Hume Historic Site Tours, 484 W. Webster, Muskegon. Open thru October, Wednesday thru Sunday. Call 231-722-0278 for details.

May 2014
Sunset over Lake Michigan in the spring in southwest Michigan
1-4 “Legally Blonde: The Musical”, Muskegon Civic Theatre presentation on the Frauenthal Stage, 425 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon. Thu-Sat: 7:30pm; Sun: 3pm. For ticket info visit the Muskegon Civic Theatre web site or call 1-800-585-3737, or 616-222-4000.
2 First Fridays Michigan Music Concert, Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears, Montague. 7:30 pm. The Karisa Wilson Band with special guest singer/songwriter Kelsey Rottiers, are the featured performers at May’s First Friday concert. Vocalist and guitarist Karisa Wilson performs a blend of jazz, blues, and folk. Adults $10 - Students $5. Call 231-894-4048 for details or visit
2-3 Fiesta! Holland Civic Center & Eighth Street Marketplace, Holland. The Latin American United for Progress Fiesta draws over 20,000 people each year. Join the fun this year for Latino entertainment, lowrider car show, Fiesta King & Queen, live music, food. Call 616-392-5058 for information, or visit
3 Saugatuck Dune Rides, 6495 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. The popular dune schooner rides opens for the season. The exciting 35-40 minute ride takes you along the sand dunes to the lost village of Singapore and a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Adults: $18.00, Children 3-11: $10. Children 2 and under: free. Dune rides run thru October 20th. 269-857-2253.
3 Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises opens for the season. 716 Water Street, Saugatuck. Call 269-857-4261 for departure times and days.
3 Muskegon Farmers Market, 1 Market Street, Muskegon. The Farmers Market opens for the season. 6am-3pm. Locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday thru December 21. After Thanksgiving, Saturdays only.
3 Douglas Spring Preview, downtown Douglas. The season kicks off with evening receptions at village galleries and shops. 5-9pm. Call 269-857-1438 for details.
3-4 Tulip Time Art and Craft Fair, downtown Centennial Park, Holland. Dutch dancers, Tulip City tours, a wide variety of art and craft booths, 25,000 tulip plantings. Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 10am-4pm
3 Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade, downtown St. Joseph & Benton Harbor. 1pm. The 108th celebration of the Blossomtime Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Blossomtime Gets Animated’ with over 120 units including bands, floats, clowns, costumed characters, antique cars and tractors, unicycle teams, equestrian units and the famed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team. The parade kicks off a week of family fun.
3 Lunch with the Winemaker’, Fenn Valley Winery, 6130 22nd Avenue, Fennville. 1pm. A modified version of ‘Dinner with the Winemaker’, the event features four courses paired with wine. The lunch celebrates the official release of Vino Verde light white summer wine. $50.00 per person. Reservations required. Call 269-561-2396 or register online at
Red and yellow tulips in west Michigan
3-10 TULIP TIME FESTIVAL, Holland! See schedule of events on Lake Effect Living’s Tulip Festival page, or visit
4 Antiques on the Bluff, Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. 10am-5pm. This antique show is held on the first Sunday of the month from May through October. Free parking. No admission fee. Call 269-985-1111 for information.
5-9 Garden Club Tulip Time Flower Show, Holland Arts Council, 150 E. 8th Street, Holland. “Flowers For All Occasions”. 616-566-0054.
9 Farm History Day, Michigan Flywheelers Museum, 06285 68th Street, South Haven. Take a self-guided tour of exhibits representing farm life in the past. Play old-time children’s games, watch corn grinding, town blacksmith and sawmill demonstrations and more. Gift shop, picnic area. Visit or call 269-637-5077.
10 Paddy Keenan with John Walsh at Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street, South Haven. Uilleann piper Paddy Keenan performs traditional Irish music for one night at Foundry Hall. Keenan received the 2010 Irish Music Award for "Top Uilleann Piper" and the 2011 Irish Music Award for "Lifetime Achievement". Paddy Keenan will be joined by Irish traditional music guitarist, John Walsh. 7:30pm. Tickets $10 - $20. Call 269-205-3059 for further info.
10 Mother Daughter Victorian Tea Super Saturday’. Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Avenue, Muskegon. 10am-3pm. Free Family Fun Day. Learn proper tea etiquette from the Shoreline Victorian Ladies Society and enjoy tea in the gallery. Tea party apparel—dresses, hats, and gloves—is encouraged! Mini Samantha American Girl doll drawing.
10 Girls’ Afternoon Out, Fenn Valley Winery, 6130 22nd Avenue, Fennville. 11am-2pm. Everything you need to know about making jellies, jams and sauces from herbs, flowers and fruits. $30 per person, includes lunch, wine, tax and tip. Reservations required. Call 269-561-2396.
10 Grand Haven Farmer’s Market, Chinook Pier, downtown Grand Haven. The Saturday farmer’s market under the green canopy opens for the season. 8am-2pm. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays starting in June. Call 616-842-4910 for info.
10 Spring Blooms in the Dunes, Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center & P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon. 9am-3pm. Annual native wildflower sale, including woodland wildflowers responsibly propagated such as white trillium. Guided wildflower hikes: 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Proceeds benefit Gillette Visitor Center and its programs. 231-798-3573.
14 Wednesday Holland Farmers Market, Eighth Street Marketplace, 150 West 8th Street, Holland. 8am-3pm. The Wednesday Market opens officially for the season. Flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, street performers, cooking demonstrations, contests, food court and more. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 14th through November 26th. Admission free. NO pets allowed. Call 616-355-1138 for more information.
TBD Veterans Job Fair, USS LST 393 Veterans Memorial Museum, 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon. To help veterans find work, hundreds of employers with jobs available will be on board the museum, which is moored at the Mart Dock. 231-288-4012 for details.
16 Shining Sculptures: Lighting up St. Joseph!’ downtown St. Joseph. This year’s Public Art Display features planes, trains and helicopters. The festivities and unveiling of 26 sculptures begins at 5:30pm.
16-18 Annual Steelheaders Tournament, Riverfront Park, South Pier, South Haven. Call 269-214-6934 for information.

Kites hanging on the wall at Mackinaw Kites in Grand Haven, Michigan

16-18 Great Lakes Kite Festival, Grand Haven State Park Beach. 11am-5pm. Bring your kite to the beach and watch the sky fill with kites. Stunt kite fliers will perform to music, and kites bigger than a bus will be flown by the pier. Call Steve at 616-846-7501 x1 for more info.
17 Jim Hurst at Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street, South Haven. Bluegrass guitar virtuoso and vocalist Jim Hurst performs solo for one night at Foundry Hall. Hurst astounds his audiences with brilliant playing, yet makes people feel right at home with his humble, congenial and funny persona. Recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar and Bass Player of the Year awards for 2001 and 2002. 7:30pm. Tickets $8 - $20. Call 269-205-3059 for further info.
17 ‘BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass’, Whirlpool Centennial Field, below the bluff from downtown St. Joseph. Live music, local BBQ, craft beer and regional wines.
17 Hands-On Raku Firing Workshop, Khnemu Studio, 6322 113th Street, Fennville. Saturday 10am-5pm. Learn first-hand the techniques of raku firing and how to avoid disaster. Participants may bring up to 10 bisque fired pieces to fire. Reservations required. $80 workshop fee. Call Dawn at 269-236-9260.
17 Saturday Holland Farmers Market, Eighth Street Marketplace, 150 West 8th Street, Holland. 8am-4pm. The Saturday Market opens officially for the season. Flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, street performers, cooking demonstrations, contests, food court and more. Open Saturdays from May 17th through December 13th. Admission free. NO pets allowed. Call 616-355-1138 for more information.
17 Mayfest, Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon. 10am-4pm. Spring festival of food, music, sports, health fair and much more. Kid's coloring contest to win a $50 gift card.
17 Annual Armed Forces Day Memorial, USS LST 393 Veterans Memorial Museum, 560 Mart Street, Muskegon. Special presentations, music and speeches in honor of America’s Armed Forces service members. Free tours of the WWII landing ship tank. Visit or call 231-730-1477.
17 Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Old Schoolhouse Garden, Center Street, Douglas. Hanging baskets, flats of annuals, perennials, rhodendrons and more. 10am-2pm. Proceeds benefit scholarship program for local high school graduates. Call Jane Dreyer at 616-928-1000 for details.
18 Mike Super - Illusionist, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck. Magician Mike Super performs live at the SCA. 4pm. Tickets: Adult $27, Student (18 and younger) $13. 269-857-2399.
18 HSO String Quartet - Free @ 3 Concert Series, First Reformed Church of Holland, 630 State Street, Holland. 616-392-8085. 3pm. Free admission.
21-26 Fruitport Old Fashioned Days, downtown Fruitport. Annual family festival featuring fireworks, ox roast, community picnic, carnival midway rides, riverboat cruises, live bands, garage sale, Old Fashioned Days Parade and Run. Call Mike at 231-557-3262 for more information.
22 Riverfront Concert Series, Riverfront Park, Water Street, South Haven. The Riverfront Concert series kicks off at 7pm. Live music every Thursday throughout the summer. 269-637-0772.
22-26 St. Mary of the Lake Festival, 704 W. Merchant Street, New Buffalo. The town’s official start to summer. Rides, silent auction, food, games, live music. Proceeds benefit St. Mary of the Lake School. 269-469-1515.
23 Memorial Day Parade, Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph. Noon. Parade begins at Park Street & Lake Blvd. and proceeds down Lake Blvd. to the John E. N. Howard Bandshell. Veterans who would like to participate should call 269-985-1111.
    The sailing ship Friends Good Will off South Haven, Michigan
23 Blessing of the Fleet & Public Sails Begin, Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven. The sailing ship ‘Friends Good Will’ begins their sailing season with a blessing. 800-747-3810.
23 Saugatuck Chain Ferry Opening, Water Street, downtown Saugatuck. Noon. The chain ferry across the Kalamazoo River opens for the season. Weekends only until mid-June.
23-24 Memorial Day Rib Fest, 20 North First Street, Grand Haven. Kick-off Party on Friday, May 23, ribs served 5-9pm. On Saturday, May 25, the entertainment tent opens at noon; rib fest 11am-7pm. Live music 2-11pm. Contact the VFW at 616-842-6210.
24 Kick-Off to Summer Run. 1 Y Drive, Grand Haven. Family event. Tot Trot obstacle course ages 3-6, 1 Mile Family Fun Run, US Track & Field Certified 5K. Visit
24 Harbor Country Arts & Crafts Show, St. John United Church of Christ, 200 W. Buffalo, New Buffalo. 10am-4pm. Free admission. More than 50 crafters and artists. Food available. Call 734-277-3180 for more information.
24-26 Lake Effect Memorial Day Weekend, Muskegon Channel. Boating fun all weekend, which includes Blessing of the Boats and the Muskegon Lost Boat Ceremony. Visit for a schedule of events.
25 Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum Opening, 735 Park Street, Saugatuck. Hours: May 25 thru Labor Day, Noon-4pm daily. Sept. – Oct., weekends only. The 2013-14 exhibition is “Dunelands: The Battles Between Nature and Man”, which describes how the Ice Age glaciers and later humans created and changed the landscape of the freshwater dunes.
25 Allegan Antique Market, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Drive, Allegan. 8am-4pm. Hundreds of exhibitors inside and outside. Held the last Sunday of the month thru September. Admission: $4. 616-735-3333.
26 Memorial Day Parade, downtown Holland. Parade route travels from 8th Street and River to Columbia Avenue, south to 16th Street and east to the Pilgrim Home Cemetery. American Legion Band provides pre-parade music. 9:30am-10:30am.
26 Memorial Day Parade, downtown New Buffalo then along US-12 to the Cemetery. A memorial service will be conducted immediately after.
26 Memorial Day Parade, downtown Fennville. 11am.
26 Spring Lake Memorial Day Parade, Spring Lake. 10:30am. Starts at the corner of Buchanan and Exchange Streets, goes east, and then turns south on Lake Avenue. From there it turns east onto River Street, then north onto Fruitport Road, ending at Spring Lake Township Cemetery. A memorial tribute to all veterans will be held at the cemetery.
26 Memorial Day Parade, Franklin Street to Waterfront Stadium, Grand Haven. 9:30am. 616-846-3575.
26 Coopersville Memorial Day Parade, downtown Coopersville. 9:30am. Visit or call 616-997-5164.
26 Memorial Day Parade, downtown South Haven.
26 Memorial Day Parade, Butler Street, downtown Saugatuck. 9am.
26 Memorial Day Parade, Center Street, downtown Douglas. 10am.
    Saugatuck Chain Ferry in Saugatuck, Michigan
29 Sailing Season Begins, South Haven Yacht Club, 401 Williams Street, South Haven.
29 Tri-Cities Kiwanis Salmon Tournament, Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. 6am-2pm. Tournament benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Call 616-502-2222.
30 Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears, Whitehall. 7:30pm. Tickets: $15 for the public, but is included in Guitar Fest registration.The Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet will present a program of a variety of transcriptions of masterworks, Latin music and original compositions, along with entertaining, informative and often humorous explanations. Call 231-329-3056 for more information.
30-31 White Lake Guitar Fest, Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry Street, Montague. Registration May 31st - 9am: $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and includes all performances, workshops and events. Student registration: $25. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged on-line. Hourly workshops run from 10 – 5 p.m., presented by Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet members covering topics including finger picking strategies and exercises, improvisation, bar chords, playing up the neck, open tunings, classical guitar, song writing for guitar, using technology and the internet to improve guitar skills, jazz technique, easy leads for rock, the basic blues, and much more. Open mic Saturday, May 31, 7 p.m., at the Book Nook & Java Shop. Call 231-329-3056 for more information.
31 Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area Guided Talks - Oval Beach - Saugatuck. Season opening of these introductory talks about the history of the surrounding duneland now owned by Saugatuck. Held every Saturday thru Sept. 13 (except June 14th). Talks are free, but parking at the beach is $6. Meet at the north end of the beach parking lot. 10am. Rain or shine. 269-857-2603.
    Along the Kalamazoo River channel in Saugatuck, Michigan

Unless otherwise indicated, all Lake Effect Living photographs are the work and property of Sharon Pisacreta.

April - May 2014