Newaygo Brewing Co. will be hosting some fine afternoon tunes on Saturday when Jack Leaver brings his musical expertise to the venue for a noon to 4pm gig. Leaver has a strong following hereabouts so grabbing an early seat might be wise and besides the brews at this downtown Newaygo watering hole are outstanding and you can count on the discovery of a new favorite if you venture beyond your usual selection.
Community Night with the Muskegon Lumberjacks at L.C. Walker Arena 7:15 Saturday.
Hockey fan? I don’t mean you just follow the Wings when they’re going good (they’re currently not) and maybe watch the game on tv sometimes, I mean a fan of the game. Perhaps a purist or a devotee?
Or maybe you have had a passing interest in the game but still find yourself to be a bit naive as to the rules and often wonder why there is so much fighting?
Either way, seeing a game live at the Walker Arena where the Zephyrs, Mohawks Lumberjacks, Fury and now, once again, the 'Jacks do battle is an experience if only because the crowd in Muskegon is a true hockey crowd. Knowledgeable fans who are passionate about their team and have a tendency to get pretty boisterous but, of course, only when the game calls for it.
Ten bucks gets you in on community night
New Years Eve.
It’s on a Monday and who can think of a better day to have the biggest celebration of the year when it comes to going out or getting together than a Monday?
Several local establishments will be offering up Eve activities with music, food, drink and maybe a little dancing.
House parties generally abound, both the adult-only variety as well as the whole family type where sitter issues are simplified by having the kids join in the fun.
For some, a quieter, more intimate evening at home might be in their celebratory plans.
While one can certainly make the argument that a day on a calendar means little other than scheduling, a New Year is a transition and as such should perhaps be given a bit of respect. Whatever the plans, take a little time to reflect on the past year and perhaps give a little thought to the one coming up.
Then revel on, good readers, revel on.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”- Alfred Lord Tennyson
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is once again coming to Newaygo County! From January 3 through January 23, the Dogwood Center will be one of 54 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast the live lecture and cultural arts series.
The 2019 edition of Calvin College’s award-winning January Series features a New York Times best-selling author, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and a costume designer whose been nominated for multiple Oscars and Emmys. The series also welcomes a former president of Ireland, an astronaut, and the whistleblower in the Larry Nassar case. Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today Show and daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, is also in the 2019 lineup.
This is a great opportunity to listen to nationally acclaimed speakers surrounding a variety of interesting topics. The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series and supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, is pleased to bring the Calvin College January Series to Newaygo County for the tenth year in a row. For the last nine years, the Dogwood Center has been among the highest attended remote sites in the nation.
The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at the Dogwood Center, 4734 S. Campus Court, Fremont, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, January 3 - 23. The lectures are free and open to the public. Both the Black Box and Main Stage areas will be available for seating. Attendees may bring their lunch or order a lunch for $5 by calling 231.924.8885 at least 24 hours prior to the date.
The speaker schedule can be seen at the Calvin College website or at www.dogwoodcenter.com.
Baffling Bill: Christmas Illusions
By Alexis Mercer
Baffling Bill is a magician bringing 30 years of experience to the stage. His performance at the Dogwood on Friday, December 7 was nothing short of brilliant!
Children poured into the auditorium for the 7:30 performance, all with excitement for the upcoming show. The age range of the audience was profound: those under a year old to grandparents who looked to have equal anticipation for what they were about to see. No one walked away disappointed.
Baffling Bill provided a range of magic and illusions that left each and every audience member reeling and attempting to discover his secrets. The performer involved the children in his show by bringing volunteers up on stage to assist with some of his tricks!
Throughout the evening Baffling Bill used birds, his rabbit Gus, help from his assistant, Rudolph and even Santa Claus himself to provide a wide variety of illusions and magic.
From beginning to end the show lasted an hour and a half, which was just long enough for the young crowd.
Missy Clark was in the audience with her daughter Chloe. "I brought Chloe for the first time four years ago. She loved it then and she still loves it now. There is something wonderful even for an 10 year old who has already seen him perform," said Clark.
Baffling Bill is a master of entertainment who left everyone with smiles on their faces and wonder in their minds.
Friday capture a little Christmas Magic when Baffling Bill brings his illusion artistry to the Dogwood Center’s Main Stage.
Ok it’s Fremont’s turn for a little downtown seasonal celebration.
This town really knows how to put on a parade and the Illuminated Christmas Parade is tonight beginning at 6:00 pm. Santa will be in his house in Veterans Memorial Park following the parade until 8:30pm and look for some area businesses to pony up some snacks including hot chocolate and cookies one would hope.
While in town make sure you stop in at the NCCA Artsplace where one of the most imaginative collections of Christmas present possibilities thrive at the Artists’ Market.
Oh and the winners of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Winter Photo Contest will be announced at 5:30 pm according to our sources.
Saturday at 6pm the annual Toys-for-Tots drive, Cookie Walk, Gift Basket Raffle.....and Holiday Performance at White Cloud High School.
“The concert is FREE but organizers hope you consider bringing a new unwrapped toy.
The White Cloud Music Program has averaged about 200 toys donated each season, totaling over 1100+ toys over the years. These toys STAY in Newaygo county through the efforts of True North and the Marines Corp Reserve.
“We hope that you will bundle up the family and come out and join us for this musical kick-off to the holiday season!”
Sunday is the Community Choir Christmas Concert at the Grant Fine Arts Center always a great way to get into the spirit. Check details in the story by Barb Boss in our Christmas section.
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