Top 5 things to do this weekend

Mark Brooky • May 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM

It’s Memorial Day weekend, so, whatever you do, take time to remember those who fought and died for our freedom and country.

(1) Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days — through Monday in Fruitport (where else would it be?). This year’s festival celebrates the village’s 150th anniversary. It features two fireworks shows (at 10:30 Friday and Sunday nights), a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, 5K Run, Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell, and more. A parking shuttle service starts at Ram Electronics, 259 N. Third St., to Pomona Park. For more details on the schedule, visit www.fruitportlionsclub.com.

(2) Ribfest — 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 2326, 20 N. First St. Grand Haven. Besides delicious ribs (there’s a competition going on), bands will be rockin’ Friday night and all day Saturday, with no cover charge. A Kids Tent will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring underwater robot building and face painting. https://www.facebook.com/GrandHavenVFW

(3) Memorial Day parades and services — Monday throughout the Tri-Cities. The Grand Haven parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and marches down Washington Avenue, followed by the ceremony at Waterfront Stadium. The Spring Lake parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church and ends at Spring Lake Presbyterian Church. At noon, a ceremony takes place at the Spring Lake Township Cemetery. In Fruitport, a Veterans Service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery, and the parade at 2 p.m. travels from Fruitport Middle School to the high school.

(4) “A Reflection of Motown” — 7 p.m. Saturday at the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. The Ultimate Taste Band will provide a high-energy, foot-tapping, hand-clapping performance with songs from your favorite Motown artists. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the show. There are also VIP tickets for $40 that include an afterglow. 

(5) Memorial Day Cookout and Fireworks — Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Virtue Cider, 2170 62nd St., Fennville. It’s a bit of a drive south, but it sounds like a good time. Admission is free, but you’re asked to bring your own grill for cooking Virtue Cider brats. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from the Tap Room. Fireworks at dusk. It’s also pet-friendly.


Service of Remembrance — 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1401 S. Griffin St. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Blessing of the Bicycles — Noon Sunday at United Methodist Church of the Dunes, 717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven.

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