Ok so here we are on the cusp of that welcome wave of warm weather wonder we bipeninsular types revel in known as summer.
Forget the whole “official” beginning known as the Solstice, scheduled to arrive in these parts at about 5 minutes to 10 the morning of June 21st, because this is Memorial Day weekend the first of the Big Three of summer.
Lots going on around and about so let’s get to it…
What better way to start out the weekend than with some good and messy eating and who wants to cook on a Friday anyway?
Hit The Road Joe is featuring one of their nearly world famous BBQ Smoked Rib Dinner specials for takeout only from 5-7pm with a couple of sides and a slab of cornbread for the bargain price of 14 bucks.
Been there, eaten them, can’t go wrong.
Call ahead (652-6020) because they only make so many and when they’re gone...they’re gone.
The Riverstop Saloon will welcome in the Guinness Brothers Band on Friday starting at 8pm. The GBB is well known hereabouts for putting out well played and performed rock and roll with some blues and soul folded in seamlessly so things should be cooking in the Saloon.
On Saturday from 6-10pm Catfish and the Man toss out a bit of harp driven blues to the Saloon scene.
For rodeo fans the Adam Scott Memorial Ride and Rodeo begins Friday with a 4d Barrel race beginning at 430pm. Saturday features the 15 mile trail ride which is described thusly: “Hit the trail by 10am, lunch is included at the halfway point around 12pm, 8pm Dj-karaoke barn party”.
Registration for the ride starts at 9am.
$10 registration fee, $15 to ride the wagon
Get details at their facebook page Adam Scott Memorial Ride/ Rodeo
The Newaygo Brewery returns Isaac Schneider for their Saturday Acoustic Lunch series beginning at noon. Schneider’s keyboard skills provide some very pleasing listening and the Brewaygo experience includes some rather righteous food and drink.
Memorial Weekend in Newaygo means lots of activity as the annual Arts & Crafts Show populates the park and spreads the doings throughout the town. Look for some random art work to be found here and there while strolling the downtown area and Saturday morning there will be some classic cars and bikes near Brooks Park as well.
Love community theater? Well, a friend told me the current production of “Burr: The One Who Won” a comedy with music that tells the other side of the screamingly popular “Hamilton” play is well worth the trip to Cedar Springs.
The Kent Theatre is the home of the CS Community Players and they will be doing two more shows, Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 7:30. Tickets are 15 bucks at the door and $6 for under 18.
Ready to rollercoaster?
Michigan Adventures opens at 11am Saturday.
Memorial Day means flea market at Burley Park.
Never been but have heard epic tellings referencing the impressive magnitude of the thrice a year event.
Personally we’re Mari Kondoing phase so a flea market would be kind of defeating the purpose but if you’re inclined I believe they begin at 8:30am and there’s an entrance fee of about 3 bucks or so though details on it seems to be a bit elusive.
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