By Megan Wirts
One night, late in the evening when everyone in my house was asleep, I was sitting alone in front of my laptop. As I sat there staring at the bright screen shining in my darkened living room, I was contemplating what I want to do with the rest of my life. Because that’s what you do sometimes in the middle of the night at the age of almost 40 years old, living with a disability and you still feel like you have so much more to do in this world. You also google photos of cheesecake, watch youtube videos of animals being unlikely friends (There is a dog and a duck that are best friends and it’s the best thing in the world), and you look at old photos of yourself when you were young, healthy and able to ride a rollercoaster without regretting it the very second you stepped off of one. In my case, you also send out video clips of yourself performing stand up comedy to an NBC talent search program (http://www.nbcunitips.com/stand-up-nbc/), because why not?
Fast forward a few weeks later, I have an email in my inbox that says NBC wants me to come for a call back to North Carolina in person to perform 2 minutes of comedy for NBC casting agents and talent bookers. That seems like kind of a big deal for this small town girl from a town with a population of less than 900 people, where probably 400 of them are her family. I immediately hopped on my Airbnb app and booked a cute little bungalow in Charlotte, North Carolina, a city with a population closer to 900,000, just a 'little' bigger than Grant.
Then I convinced my mom and my aunt Kim to drive me the 13 hours there and back. It wasn’t hard, they both jumped at the chance for an adventurous road trip with little old me. I also promised snacks, drinks, jokes and excellent parking wherever we went. Hello, perks of having a disability!
To say I was anxious about the trip is an understatement. I was nervous about how my dystonia would affect me on the car ride. This was the longest trip I have taken since my diagnosis in 2015 and I didn’t know if my body was going to be able to handle it. Thankfully, I handled it like a champ. A few stops to stretch, extra medication and my zebra print neck pillow, I didn’t feel too bad.
I was also nervous about my audition. Would my voice hold up? Would I get a throat spasm in the middle of it? Would I forget what I wanted to say? Will I be what they are looking for? What if they do choose me? Then what? Am I ready for that? I had so many questions and worries.
I was going to keep this all to myself and only share with a select few, but if you have been following along with me for the past couple of years you know that I am not a good secret keeper and I am an oversharer. So, a couple of days before we set off on our trip I shared the news with all of my social media friends and I am so happy that I did. The words of support and encouragement were wonderful and meant so much to me. Knowing that so many people were cheering me on and rooting for me was priceless. I also sat down and wrote myself a pep talk that went something like this:
You got this.You are good enough. You are funny! You are worthy and I believe in you. No matter what happens the people that truly love you, will always love you, including me. You deserve all the greatness in the world. You are smart, resilient and what you have to say is important. You matter. Your story matters. You have a voice. Use it! Now go out there and inspire people with your spasming body!
I’ll admit there were a few swear words in this when I wrote it privately.You can use your imagination.
I went to my audition and I did my best with the 2 minutes I was given. The crowd laughed, the judges gave me positive feedback and I felt pretty good about it all. It was now in their hands. After what felt like the longest 3 hours ever, I found out that I was not chosen to move on to the next round. While I was disappointed, I was not sad about it. I knew that I had done my best and I just wasn’t what they were looking for right then and that’s okay. I still believe every word of that pep talk I wrote for myself. I still believe that I can have a life full of greatness even while having dystonia. I still believe in myself and even though I am nearing 40 years old, (I know, shut up 40 isn’t old, but it’s older than I used to be!) it’s never too late to try something new. It’s never too late to do something that terrifies you, like audition for NBC or whatever it is that make you go out of your comfort zone.
So, I didn’t get chosen to go to LA and get a talent holding deal with NBC, but I did get to say the word “dystonia” in front of many new people and share a part of my story with them. I did get to see mountains for the first time in my life. I visited a beautiful city that I probably never would have otherwise. I got to spend three days bonding with my mom and my aunt, two of the most influential and important women in my life. I got to laugh until I cried listening to my aunt tell stories that made my mom scream and laugh hysterically, and that right there made the entire trip worth it.
We are already planning our next road trip together.
Book Review: Rules of Civility
By Alexis Mercer
Sometime around the beginning of 2017 I started keeping a list of all the books I read. I had done this in the past for my English classes, but always seemed to lose track of the list after the school year ended and my notebooks got stashed away for the summer. This time I kept the list in a notebook that wasn’t school related so that it wouldn’t get stashed.
Since that time, I have recorded 37 books of all kinds; many of which I have shared with the readers of Near North Now.
In addition to writing the title and author of the book, I also rate the book between one and five stars and record whether it was a book chosen for book club or not.
Of the 37 books, 16 of them I have given a full five stars. Of those 16, I have added hearts by 8 of them.
The Runaway Wife by Elizabeth Birkeland
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
The Midnight Line by Lee Child
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
I have found an author who speaks to my heart as much, if not more, than my beloved Ann Patchett with my thirty-eighth book.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles is one of the most phenomenal books I have ever read in my entire life. There aren’t words extravagant enough to express my obsession with the way Towles weaves a story.
When I read A Gentleman in Moscow, I loved Towles. But it wasn’t until I read Rules in Civility that I started to truly appreciate his genius.
His characters and stories are vivid, refreshing and innovative. He takes me places I never even knew I wanted to go.
The story within Rules of Civility begins on New Year’s Eve in 1937 in New York City with a mid-twenties woman, Katey Kontent, and her roommate Eve Ross. The two are in a jazz bar when a man named Tinker Grey sits at a table next to them, forever changing the path of their lives.
The reader takes a journey with Katey throughout the next year of her life as she finds her way in her career, love life, friendships, and class system. She is a woman who grew up without a trust fund and has forged her path through grit and determination, wit and wonder.
Those who surround Katey, and whose stories intertwine so beautifully with hers, are full of life, energy, and minute details that help them come alive on the pages. I found myself loving each character as if he was my own friend with whom I had gone through trials and tribulations and come out with a stronger connection in the end.
I closed the book after having finished it and immediately knew I would soon be reading it again soon. But first I will be seeking the only book by Towles I have yet to read, Eve in Hollywood, hoping for even a glimpse of the beauty I have read in his other two books. (But after stalking his Facebook page, I now know he started a new novel in April…)
I’ll be adding Rules of Civility to my list of books read. After the five stars I think I will add two hearts instead of one.
By Sally Wagoner
The 20th annual Purple Heart Powwow will be held in White Cloud on Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th. Families are welcomed to this kid friendly, drug and alcohol free event which is sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
On Saturday, an 11 a.m. VFW Flag Raising Ceremony and Fly Over will take place to honor all Veterans. The public and all Veterans are urged to attend this special ceremony.
“Grand Entry” will open the Powwow at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and at 12 noon on Sunday. The public is encouraged to be there for Grand Entry to experience the first sounds of the Big Drum, singing, honoring the many tribal staffs and military flags, and dozens of dancers in beautiful regalia. Vendors selling Native American foods, crafts and art will be present for the public to enjoy as well.
“A Powwow is a celebration, not only of Native American heritage but a celebration for all people,” said Gene Reid, a member of the Mohawk tribe and a Purple Heart Viet Nam Combat Veteran. Mr. Reid has been the coordinator of the event for the past 20 years. “People of many tribal nations from across the country and Canada will be here to share their cultures and have a good time.”
“You don’t have to be Native American to join in at the Pow Wow,” added Gene. “Everyone is welcomed to learn and participate. People in beaded regalia will be dancing traditional steps around the circle to the beat of drums. The M.C. will explain to people what the different kinds of dances mean, and when everyone can enter the circle to dance together in an ‘Inter-Tribal Dance. ’ ”
Today’s powwow may have been the outcome of several origins. The Algonquian term “pau-wau” or “pauau” referred to a gathering of medicine people or spiritual leaders, and may have been the source of today’s word “powwow.” What may have began as a warrior or healing ceremony among the southern Tribes spread north and east in the 1800’s during a time when traditional Indian dances were illegal under the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As U.S. expansion and colonization took place, Indigenous people’s ways of life were decimated as they were forced to live on isolated reservations and any expression of traditional ceremony, prayer or gathering was punishable by law. In 1921 the Office of Indian Affairs issued a policy statement to its agents which stated: “….all other similar dances and so called religious ceremonies are considered ‘Indian offenses’ under existing regulations, and corrective penalties are provided. I regard such restrictions as applicable to any (religious) dance…..”
The need to pray, dance, celebrate and gather together among individual Tribes as well as among many Tribes together continued in spite of these laws. In the 1950s urbanization and the continued expansion of contact between and among Indian communities on and off reservations helped the growth of these gatherings, as it became a common meeting ground for Indians of all tribal affiliations (Iverson 1998:136, www.powwow-power.com/powwow-history/). Still outlawed, these gatherings became more “acceptable” in some areas as apparent social events by the dominant society, yet they secreted many of the spiritual aspects of the songs, dances, clothing and practices of the hundreds of Tribes that participated. It wasn’t until 1978 when the “American Indian Religious Freedom Act” was signed by President Carter that expression of religion and spiritual beliefs through any means by Native Americans, including dance, was made “lawful”. Today a powwow can occur for a social get together, for a contest dance or to honor a person, family or belief, such as an “Honor Our Mother Earth Powwow” or an “Honoring Our Elders Powwow.”
“The White Cloud Purple Heart Powwow honors all Veterans, welcomes all families and brings people of all walks of life together,” explained Gene Reid. “It is about unity. We hope to see hundreds of people and many new faces at this year’s celebration.”
Admission to the Pow Wow is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, with kids 5 and under free. The address is 286 Baseline Road, White Cloud. From the center of White Cloud take Wilcox Avenue west past the school to Sycamore Avenue and turn right. Follow that to Baseline Road as it curves left. The Pow Wow grounds will be on the left with parking in a field on the right. No dogs except registered Service Dogs are allowed on the grounds and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The Pow Wow is supported by the admission fee, donations and a generous gift from the Fremont Area Community Foundation
Jones’s An Ice Cream Institution
By Charles Chandler
How do you approach an Institution that has been serving Michiganders ice cream for 75 years? If you love ice cream or are a patron of Jones’s Ice Cream Parlor in Baldwin, MI it is always with reverence.
Standing across the street the tall two-story solid white building with dramatic black lettering and a red striped awning reminds me of one our Lake Michigan lighthouses. That red and white awning guides us in from the summer heat to safe harbor at one of those old fashion counters with the classic round seats or a cozy table in the corner.
Speaking of safety one should not jaywalk across Baldwin’s wide streets during busy Troutarama especially if one has a bad knee.
Once inside of Jones’s it is a bit distracting because it is sort of a combo museum and ice cream parlor. It is suggested that you place your order first and then wander around and enjoy the collections of photographs and other stuff. On the back wall, you will find a special photo surrounded by memorabilia of Mr. Marcus Jones the original store owner. Mr. Jones operated the establishment for 25 years and current proprietor Terri Jamieson and family have been making and serving their delicious ice cream for 31 years. Don’t be bashful about looking at the photos and memorabilia as this is a Jones’s tradition, everyone does it, and the patrons don’t mind because everyone does it.
It is this N3 contributor’s opinion that enjoying summertime ice cream should be a total experience. This includes but is not limited to observing the space you are in, reading the handmade signs and menus, chatting with other patrons about their favorites, and watching the staff work. I always give points to an ice cream shop if the counter is managed by a gang of teenagers. And bonus points if they are wearing ill-fitting logo hats or shirts or when their smile reveals a grill of expensive braces. It has been said that people are at their best when they are eating ice-cream and what a better place to begin your working career than a summer stint in an ice cream parlor.
I ordered the butter pecan malt and as it was being created by trainee Derrick (his first malt) had a chance to chat with owner Terri Jamieson. When asked how she liked managing a 75-year-old institution the answer was quick and with a smile.
“We like it; we work very hard to maintain the shop and serve the patrons those traditional favorites and occasionally offer some new menu items. We make our own ice cream in about 14 flavors, have eight different toppings, and also make our delicious hand-dipped waffle cones. We serve all the other favorites like malts, shakes, smoothies, sundaes, and flurries. We also have delicious light lunches including wraps, sandwiches, and hotdogs.”
Jones’s earned four stars for uniqueness because even though they are a 75-year-old ice cream institution they are right in step with the farm to table movement.
Terrie has a small but thriving kitchen garden at her back door. She pointed out that they use the fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce for the sandwiches and wraps. And, the Jalapenos peppers for their special Raspberry and Jalapeno smoothies. She stressed that they never ever put pesticides on their kitchen garden. Match that Baskin Robbins.
Trainee Derrick delivered my butter pecan malt with a smile and demanded pay for same. I took a sip and walked outside admire the massive mural on the south side of the building and to inspect Terrie’s kitchen garden in back. The garden was as described. The malt was what you would expect from a 75-year-old institution, thick but smooth in the straw, not too cold and with that rich buttery pecan flavor, perfect. Well done Derrick.
Worth the Drive
If you haven’t been down to the Cedar Springs Brewery and find yourself down there Friday afternoon stop in and check out the Alpenhorns who will be tuning up from 4-5pm in preparation for their show at the GR Public Museum Saturday afternoon. I know, I know, it sounds a bit out of your musical wheelhouse but seriously if you’re there tomorrow or in GR Saturday check them out.
But go with an open musical mind.
It’s Friday Night Rib Dinner time again at Hit The Road Joe. 5-7pm or ‘til they’re gone and a slab of cornbread and a healthy slap of either slaw, potato salad or baked beans (pick 2) accompany some of the finest ribs in the region in a take out dinner to be savored.
The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will be performing the classic tale Robin Hood on the Main Stage Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.
These kids do an outstanding job and the admission price is painlessly free (though a donation to support this type of programming is always most welcome of course). Community theater is a very cool thing and unlike television the performances are always ripe for unexpected surprises.This will be a good time event that will leave you smiling
Music on the Ridge (Cider Co.) Saturday from 7-10pm. The group is Whiskey Bizzness and while we know nothing about the band we like cider and like music so this seems like a good time.
Holton Area Public Library, located at 8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd, is sponsoring an Author Meet and Greet on Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m.-12 noon at the library during Holton Days.Authors from the area will be greeting readers and signing books.
Local author, Janet Glaser, writing as J.Q. Rose, will be attending. In her non-fiction eBook for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, she features two local women. Gold medal winner Mackenzie Woodring grew up in Holton. She has won road, cyclocross and track cycling races individually and has partnered with a blind athlete to ride a tandem bicycle to a world championship in the Paralympics in Beijing as a member of Team USA.
Fremont artist, Jane Stroschin, shares her story of pursuing her interest in creating works of art and her venture into writing and illustrating children’s books. The stories of these role models inspire girls to achieve their dream careers.
Holton Days is always held on the last weekend in July. Family fun, games and entertainment for all ages.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Janet Glaser Writing as J.Q. Rose at 231-924-2394 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Ken DeLaat
While I applauded the arrival of asparagus,celebrated the season of sumptuous strawberries and cheered on the cherries there was yet one harvest I was awaiting with as much patience as one could generally muster.
I’m talking corn of course.
Mitten-made and infused with a flavor so strikingly superior to even the closest substitute (Indiana not bad, Florida awful) locally grown sweet corn is truly an a ‘maize’ ing gastronomical gift bestowed upon the fortunate bi-peninsular types who reside in these parts.
And now it has arrived.
Personally the season doesn’t truly begin until the sign goes up on Maple Island indicating the golden treasures created at the Kokx farm have arrived and are nestled in their stands.
Today was Opening Day and, overcoming all obstacles, I managed to find my way there in the late morning.
I scored a dozen.
Driving home I recalled the initial season opening dozen and a half from a year ago when Lil had some out of town meetings. She ended up being late for the first serving when I cooked up 6 figuring she would have one or two. She didn’t feel like corn when arriving home at 10:30pm so those extras became partners with some fruit for my morning repast (yes, love it cold).
The next day we shared the second half dozen (Lil had one) and I tossed in 4 extras to have on hand for an afternoon snack the next day (yes, cold).
That left two and while Lil enjoys the occasional ear she is not wild about a successive string of meals when corn is taking center stage, so I had them as a late night snack. 3 days 17 ears.
Without a single shred of shame.
My late father was my sweet corn mentor and helped develop a discriminating palate when it comes to selecting the finest strain for taste and texture.
“And when you find the right place?” he once told me with an elevated tone of seriousness. “Keep going back. Oh, make sure you test drive a few other sites from time to time just for comparison (Dad was a car guy) but when you discover that one spot, the place that never lets you down?
“Keep going back.”
While there are likely to be many multi-generational corn aficionados out there,here are a few tips that have been passed along this family’s route.
The yellow and white corn blend seems to provide the most consistently flavorful experience.
Don’t cook it too long. Some say 7 minutes in boiling water while we tend to opt for 5. 5 seems to deliver the right texture and doesn’t cook out the taste.
Others prefer grilling a method that has led to enjoyable feasts at the tables of others however I have never managed to master this approach and don’t wish to experiment with such precious items.
Of course some will use the microwave which to me is just...I don’t know…. wrong, I guess.
Unless you eat it straight and right out of the pan with no frills,don’t use margarine or similar substitutes. If you’re going to grease up your ear then give it real butter simply because exceptional food deserves of a certain level of respect and it aint coming from bluebonnet et al.
Salt is optional as well of course. Personally a small sprinkling (along with a smidge of pepper when the mood strikes) tends to enhance the experience, but this is up to you and your blood pressure I assume.
And lastly, if you haven’t, give it a chance cold.
Admittedly my father also passed along an affection for a chillier version of food traditionally served warm or hot. This was a boon during college years when my first meal of the day usually consisted of either cold pizza or cold spaghetti since one could be purchased and the other was the sole dish in my cooking repertoire.
But back to corn.
Cold, buttered and sprinkled with a little salt.
When you think about it it’s really not that different from corn flakes I guess.
Except for the butter.
And the salt.
And no milk.
Anyway, now it’s time to give the new crop a trial run before presenting them to Lil for tonight’s dinner.
Three oughta do it.
Day Camp open to all interested girls
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Service Unit 228 which consists of troops from Grant, Newaygo and White Cloud are hosting a fun filled three-part Day Camp and would like you to come out and join us!!
This event is open to ALL GIRLS in grades K-12 whether you are enrolled in public school or home schooled. You will be alongside Girl Scouts during camp learning skills such as rope/knot tying, map reading and fire building!!
We will also be learning some Girl Scout traditions and singing some of our favorite songs. This is an awesome opportunity for your daughter to make friends, work together as a team, build leadership and social skills as well as have a great time among her peers.
The camp will be held at Shaw Park/Loomis Lodge located at 198 Croton Drive in Newaygo on Tuesday, July 31st-Thursday August 2nd from 6-9pm each day. The cost is $25 per girl and she will receive a t-shirt after completing camp along with some patches to commemorate the skills she learned.
Please email us at email@example.com to get a registration form sent to you or if you have any questions. Thank you and we hope to see you there!!
A ride back in time
Story and photos by Gabe Konrad
The rumble of motorcycles around Newaygo is a pretty common sound. Newaygo County is motorcycle country and, let’s face it, Harley-Davidson territory. The center of this universe is Sandy’s Harley-Davidson in Fremont, so it was no surprise when Sandy’s was the scene of Pandemonium on Tuesday, July 17. The dealership hosted the Pandemonium Ride, as 75 vintage motorcycles made their way through Michigan.
Several achievements have been reached this year by Harley-Davidson; it’s the Motor Company’s 115th Anniversary, the 10th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, and the Panhead—Harley’s early 61- and 74-cubic-inch engine design—turned 70 this year. To celebrate this landmark, the Badger (Wisconsin) and Wolverine (Michigan) Chapters of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) organized the Pandemonium Ride, with nearly 80 riders on 75 vintage Harley Panheads taking part. “The Panhead is an amazing touchstone in Harley-Davidson history, and we thought the 70th Anniversary of this milestone engine deserved a commemorative event to celebrate the release of
this iconic machine,” said ride organizer Tom Hinderholtz.
The Panhead was produced from 1948 until 1965 and it received its nickname because the rocker covers—essentially the top of the engine—resembled frying pans. Harley fans have a habit of nicknaming the Motor Company’s engines, like the 1936 Knucklehead and the 1966 Shovelhead. More than one motorcycle journalist has referred to Harley’s current Milwaukee 8 engine design as the “Musclehead,” due to the muscular look of its cylinders. The Pan was introduced just in time for the post-WWII motorcycle boom. With returning GI’s anxious for action and an improving system of roads, a new engine capable of handling higher speeds and higher temperatures was needed. The Pan was just the ticket. Before long the durable, mile-hungry engine spawned a generation of fans. It remains so popular that aftermarket companies still produce new versions of the Pan, and it remains one of the most popular powerplants in custom choppers. For the uninitiated the most familiar Panhead was “Captain America,” Peter Fonda’s chopper in Easy Rider.
Pandemonium began in Milwaukee during the Museum’s 10th Anniversary celebration and the ride wound its way to the AMCA meet in Wauseon, Ohio—via the SS Badger. On route, they stopped for lunch at Sandy’s where they filled the parking lot with vintage motorcycles. The passion for their Panheads—which were loaded down with gear—was obvious. The event featured at least one Pan from each year of its production. Some of the bikes were meticulous, period-correct restorations, and some were hodgepodges of parts spanning decades. Like their riders, all had character. Participants came from across the country and everyone was having a great time as they stretched their legs and filled their tanks and their stomachs.
One rider, who road from California, admitted he wasn’t exactly sane for taking part in such a long journey, but was having “a hell of a time.” Slink, who rode from New Jersey with his daughter and son-in-law—all on their own Pans—joined the event to celebrate his own 70th birthday. The spectators were equally diverse with unsuspecting customers and seasoned bikers alike all gawking at the beautiful machines. Sandy’s owners, Rick and Karen Corley, were all smiles. They were happy to lay out a spread for a hundred people, “just to take part in something so cool.”
After lunch, and plenty of water, the riders remounted, kicked their Pans to life and headed south in waves to their next destination—75 iconic Harleys rumbling their way through Fremont.
On July 26, 27 and 28, Sandy’s Harley-Davidson is hosting the 30th Annual Sandy Corley Memorial Run to raise funds for the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. To date, the event has raised over two million dollars! The three-day event takes place at the Double JJ in Rothbury and features a motorcycle run, field events, a military salute, charity auction, beer tent, camping, and three nights of music, including Fran Cosmo of Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, and Mark Farner’s American Band (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad). For more information, stop by Sandy’s or visit http://www.sandycorley.com/.
First time visitor soaks in some local history
Story and photos by Alicia Jaimes
I have lived in Newaygo County for 23 years and never once have I stopped to think about our history, so when I was given the opportunity to visit the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center, I jumped at it.
I’m not gonna lie--I’m not big on history, and according to my grades in high school, history is not big on me. Heck, I didn’t even know we had a museum in Newaygo. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
When I walked through the doors, I was taken aback by how much there was to take in. There were kids laughing and enjoying part of the hands-on exhibits offered and as I was greeted by the friendly volunteers that were behind the front desk, the history of Newaygo County seemed to pour off the walls.
After speaking with the new executive director, Steven Radtke, I was offered a tour of the exhibit where I was able to take photos and learn about our county.
The experience was amazing and informative. The director spoke of each exhibit with a confidence and passion that let you know that he loves what he does and he cares about the community’s experience.
I not only loved the pieces that members of the community have donated, but I also admired how they were set up. As someone who isn’t big on reading the description boxes, I felt the setup and colors of the exhibits made you want to read about what’s going on. The variety piqued my interest as well as I was transported from picking logs out of the Muskegon River to a visit at a local barbershop.
From exhibits, to local historians telling the tales of Newaygo County I found the museum to be a fascinating place to wander about. What truly drew my attention was the way community members are now given the opportunity to research their ancestry in the museum's new research lab. I definitely plan on trying this out on my next visit.
If you find yourself looking for something to do-Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is highly recommended. Open Tuesday through Saturday between 11am and 4pm, family and friends will love the history while kids will love the hands-on exhibits. For more information on the museum and their special events, visit newaygocountyhistory.org or call 231.652.5003.
The Museum is located at 12 Quarterline St.in downtown Newaygo across from Brooks Park.
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