The Suggestion Box: Happenings For The Weekend Of Oct.21
By the N3 Entertainment Entourage
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something absolutely pointless.”-Bill Watterson
Oh, how we miss Calvin and Hobbes. And the Far Side for that matter.
I haven’t perused the comics page lately but the run these particular panel-art productions delivered for so long made it the first page many might turn to for a little perspective on life and the quintessential quirkiness of it all.
But enough of that well trodden path called Memory Lane that remains a frequent route for folks as they ripen into middle age and beyond.
Yes, weekends are for doing nothing in particular if you like but...
...also they’re engineered to bring out the kind of activities that a busy work week life might otherwise hinder.
For those who opt to veg out and maybe endure a little binge-watching of 'Orange is the New Black' or 'Game of Thrones' we say more power to you. We at N3 World Headquarters and Leaf Raking Institute have been known to idle away a day here and there by merely sitting back and enjoying the pleasures of deck sitting, cat-napping, and take-out dining. A day spent in the glorious pursuit of nothingness which begs the question ‘Is Nothing Sacred?’
Well perhaps on some days it just might be.
If you’re more inclined to want to recharge by getting out there and having a bit of fun, being entertained, mixing it up with other folks, and just being a bit involved in the swirl of activities our fair area provides us here are a few tips for the coming weekend.
It’s that time of year when the ever burgeoning holiday of Halloween season is upon us. Folks are gearing up with costumes they have been thinking up all year and getting geeked about next weekend’s inevitable celebrations accompanying the festive fall frolic known as All Hallows’ Eve.
And nothing gets you in the mood like a bit of a scare. Haunted venues have been around awhile but few rival the Trail of Terror, Holton’s haunted hideaway where a few years back an N3 staff member once let out a rather girlish spontaneous scream that to this day brings his Lifetime Spousal Companion (LSC) to mirthful tears at the mere mention of such places.
Given our grave concern for said LSC’s ability to catch her breath during these gales of laughter we are dispatching our esteemed columnist and comedic rising star Megan Wirts to check it out and pen her thoughts on the experience.
You, however, can check it out yourself because it’s only open this weekend and next so time's a wastin’. They’re on social media at Trail of Terror Holton and their spokesperson Buffy (no, not the vampire slayer) recommends a peek at it for those considering a trek down the T.O.T.
Saturday afternoon at 3pm is Monsterpiece Theater at the Dogwood Center in Fremont, a fun filled youth theater program with a bit of a Halloween flavor.
Director Mat Emerick has guided this cleverly crafted vehicle for youthful talent for a few years now and each show is filled with a creative concoction of skits and bits, tunes and tales for a family friendly afternoon of Halloween inspired fun. Admission is free but donations are accepted so pony up attendees because these wonderful programs in our area need your support, right?
The Hesperia Volleyball team under the tutelage of Coach Monica Grimard put together a fundraiser 4 years ago as a campaign against domestic and dating violence.
Now in its 5th year and renamed the "Lori Vargas-Volley Against Violence Tournament” the current team will be hosting this 6 team tourney this Saturday with fundraising sales given to the Women’s Informational Services (WISE) for the wonderful work being done by this local organization that advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The competition features the White Cloud Indians, Newaygo Lions, Pentwater Falcons, Big Rapids Crossroads Cougars, and Pine RIver Bucs in addition to the Panther squad and will begin at 9:00am at Hesperia High School. The day will feature baked goods and raffle prizes that include an overnight stay and gambling package at Little River Casino, a mountain bike, beautiful quilts, golf packages and more. In addition you’ll be witness to some well-played volleyball matches featuring teams who will be battling for the trophy and a bit of bragging rights as well as prepping for upcoming district tournament play.
And all for a really good cause.
Well played, Panther Ladies. Stand proud.
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