The Suggestion Box: 4th of July Weekend
By N3 Entertainment Squad
Whoa! 4th of July weekend? Now? I’m not ready. There’s still preparations to be made. We’ve got potato salad to toss together, charcoal to buy, bunting to display, and all kinds of things that need to be in place for this, the Really Big Weekend of the summer. And a 4 day one at that if you're fortunate enough to have Monday off.
Hey, there are lots of doings throughout the area and the M-37 traffic will be buzzing. Want to see what the rise of tourism in our climes looks like? Take a seat at one of the downtown Newaygo ‘refreshing respite from the road’ establishments during the next 4 days and notice how many folks patronizing these places wear unfamiliar faces. Nice to see.
According to sources there are a number of venues on a number of days. July 3rd you can watch over Fremont Lake, the 4th is, of course...
...Independence Day itself and Hesperia as part of their annual celebration always puts out some fine fireworks for their fans.
Used to getting your ‘works’ fix at The Pond? Croton is hosting the Causeway Freedom Fest on July 8th so if you have missed out or haven’t had your fill of firework fun by then you can take part in a really cool community celebration then settle in for the pyro-technics potpourri at dusk.
N3 World Headquarters is located on Hess Lake where folks have been practicing for this weekend since about mid April with the number of explosions and flared finery having grown increasingly frequent as the weather warms.. This will likely come to a cacophonic cataclysmic climax with a crescendo of epic proportions during Monday’s Ring of Fire.
Oh, and an early shout out to those who cruise the darkened waters blaring out the Johnny Cash classic to set just the right mood. Nicely done.
Of course the ‘works will continue to blast through the night and most of the following night then trickle to a few each day with sporadic outbursts through much of the summer.
Hey, you live on a lake, you gotta take some things in stride, right?
Got a hankering to visit scenic Sand Lake? They’re hosting an all weekend celebration with music each night, a midway complete with the usual carnies hawking the games and rides, and a full schedule of special events as well.
Sunday they’ll have a classic car antique tractor show, Monday it’s rodeo time and then of course on Tuesday there’s a demo derby, a slice of Americana no one should miss experiencing at least once, however if you become a bit to enamored with this motorized mayhem and begin following the circuit (if demo derbies have a circuit) a bit of self evaluation may be in order.
Sand Lake also boasts the N3WH Favorite Ice Cream Shop on the Planet. It’s the kind of place where a single can appear to be mountainous but a double looks to put a serious hurt on you.
So get the double of course.They serve it up with a smile and a reasonable cost, two things those of us who toil at N3WH tend to be quite fond of.
Out in Jugville once the home of the revered renaissance-man/poetic-rebel Newaygo Newt, The Shack will be cooking up some prime pork at their annual Hog Roast where a bevy of classic cars generally make an appearance and there’s always a little gospel music to provide some background sound as well as a little inspiration.The event runs from 1130am until 2pm or whenever the food runs out.
How about a little jazz brunch smack dab in the middle of our long weekend? On Sunday make your way to the River Stop Cafe where the talented trio of Randy Marsh, Clif Metcalf and Scott Faulkner will be laying out a few tunes on the patio from 1-4pm. A perfect venue for kicking back and enjoying a sunny summer afternoon in the Mitten.
This is but a small sampling of what lies in wait this weekend. Fun and frolic for the Fourth is a tradition in these parts so let’s not disappoint. Get out there and get into some serious revelling folks.
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