The Suggestion Box: Labor Day Weekend Happenings
By N3 Entertainment Squad
Whoa, Nellie! September? Already? Seriously?
While I am sure there are those out there who are experiencing a little late August angst as our summer in Mittenland races to an end, the month approaching looks to be absolutely jam packed with a whole lot of really cool stuff to do, beginning...
...with a bang-up bunch of entertainment, sports, family fun, good eats, and log-rolling.
Yes it is indeed Labor Day weekend, people. The final fling before fall and here at N3 World Headquarters and Fern Asylum there’s more than a little enthusiasm being generated for the coming weekend.
And we’re starting early.
Thursday night at 7:30pm the Dogwood Center’s Black Box is hosting Tiffany. Yes, it’s that Tiffany for those of you who were swept away by her cover of Tommy James’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” followed up by “Could’ve Been” as both topped the charts in the 80’s for the then 16-year-old emergent.
If you were not, then take a bit of time and listen to some of her newer stuff on YouTube like ‘Right Now’ or ‘A Million Miles’ and you’ll hear the richness in her voice as she croons her soulful tunes forged with a gentle country influence. Whether a long-time fan looking to recall the days of yesteryear or someone who has discovered the new sound of this talented singer, a concert at the Black Box is a great way to kick-off the weekend.
Speaking of kickoff if you are wanting to get a high school football fix there’s just a lone home game in our area as White Cloud hosts Wyoming Lee Thursday night and while neither team’s fortunes have been exactly filled with victories in recent years the last two wins for the Indians have come at the expense of the Rebels so there’s a chance the bell in the Cloud’s endzone could be ringing at game’s end.
And as for going back to those (thrilling) days of yesteryear, a line from the Lone Ranger intro anyone in my age group can recognize, Stage Door Players are bringing back the masked man in a radio show they will be performing at their theater in downtown White Cloud Friday and Saturday evening at 7pm.
And of course since it is, after all, Labor Day weekend it can only mean one thing in downtown Newaygo and that is the annual Logging Festival, three days of fun and frolic focused on celebrating the lumbermen who helped put Newaygo on the map beginning some 180 years ago.
To get a little perspective on how this all went down start with a visit to the ever-evolving Newaygo Museum who will be showcasing their exhibit on our logging history from12-4pm each day.
Friday the arts and craft show starts its three day run at Brooks Park with the added weekly attraction of the Farmer’s Market where the cornucopia of goods from local harvests have reached their peak production. There will also be chainsaw sculpting demonstrations each day beginning Friday, a great way to see how these imaginative creations are carved.
Saturday morning get to the Fire Department at 177 Cooperative Center Drive and help support the folks who are tasked with responding to our community’s emergencies while getting a jump start on the day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, tater tots, juice, coffee and, of course, pancakes—all cooked by Newaygo Firefighters. The cost? A donation to assist the work being done by the department….unless you are a law enforcement officer who will eat free if in uniform or showing an i.d. Last year nearly 300 folks took part and by all accounts no one left hungry.
At noon the Mid Michigan Pro Lumberjack competition starts with the finals occurring Sunday at 1pm. And be sure to check out the amateur logrolling competition showcasing the significant skills this balance-based sport demands. It will begin around 11am and there’s a video on our sports page to give you an idea of what to expect. They call this a roleo (yes, spelling is correct) and apparently it is not as easy as falling off a log.
The Denise Brown Connection will be playing at Jimmy’s Roadhouse Saturday night, also the scene of the River Country Raffle Draw, sidewalk sales are happening all weekend, and the epic Labor Day parade, always good for a surprise or two will be launched at 1pm Sunday followed by the fireman’s waterball competition.
Check out the ad in our sports section for more details.
Yes, September is to be a full month with plenty of enticing activities and events but let’s bid adieu to summer and give a little welcome to fall by embracing the many options this last of the 3 big mid-year holidays is providing us with.
Get out there and revel people! It might be summer yet this weekend but come Tuesday it’s all pumpkin spice and cider ‘til the white stuff starts to fall.
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