Contents FALL/WINTER 2011/12SHORELINE COMMUNITIES TO VISITSouthwest Michigan 8South Haven 10Saugatuck/Douglas Area 14Fennville 17Holland 18Zeeland 30Grand Haven/Spring Lake Area 32Grand Rapids 35Muskegon 36White Lake 38Pentwater 40Ludington 42Manistee 44Benzie County 46Traverse City / Leelanau County 49/50 *Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was chosen by viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as “theSHORELINE CALENDAR most beautiful place in America”. Read more about this area on pageArea Farmers Markets 3 46, 50 and our back outside cover.Events 4Festivals 6Halloween Spooktaculars 7Arts, Crafts & Collectibles 27Holiday Celebrations 28Cover Photo: Ludington, Todd ReedCover Inset Photo: courtesy Muskegon County Convention and Visitors BureauBack Outside Cover: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Todd ReedOther photo contributors: Rhonda Cobb, Bill Cobb, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Greg Holcombe, Angie L. Martinez, Muskegon Museum of Art, Karen Jousma, andSharon VanderBoon.Also, a special thank you to our Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau partners for their photo contributions.
September 17 September 24 4th Annual Barbeque & Brew Fest Du North Duathlon Downtown Glen Arbor Manistee September 17 September 24 Holland Rescue Mission Foghat Beneﬁt Car Show Little River Casino Resort, Manistee Immanuel Church, Holland September 24 September 17 “Evita” Ronnie Milsap Mendel Center Mainstage, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee Benton Harbor September 17 September 24SHORELINE CALENDAR 2011/12 Leland Heritage Festival ArtPrize Art Walk Downtown Leland & Fishtown Downtown Grand Rapids September 17 September 24 Saugatuck Douglas Heritage Festival Park2Park ½ Marathon & 5K Saugatuck/Douglas Area Holland Through December 30 September 17 September 24 “Unsolved Mysteries: Clothesline Art Show, 10 am - 2 pm 2nd Annual Tri-City Heritage Tour The Shipwreck Thomas Hume” Wicks Park, Saugatuck North Berrien Historical Museum, City Barn at the Hackley & Hume September 17 Coloma Historic Site, Muskegon Morton House Cemetery History Walk September 24-25 Through December 31 Crystal Springs Cemetery, Allegan Historic District Home Tour “Serving You for 75 Years” Benton Harbor Allegan Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon September 17-18 September 24-25 Through December 31 Fall Family Day & Herb Festival Autumn Air Fall Festival “Dutch Arcadia: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Fernwood Botanical Gardens & 19th Century Romantic Landscapes” Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Nature Preserve, Niles Festivals........ 6 Holland Museum, Holland September 17-18 September 24-25 September 21 - December 31 Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair Halloween “Sculpture Today: Centennial Park, Holland On the Village Green, Pentwater New Forces, New Forms” September 17-18 Events .......... 7 Heritage Harvest Days and Civil War September 25 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Allegan Antique Market Park, Grand Rapids Muster - “Return to Bull Run” Arts, Crafts & Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan Through January 8, 2012 Van Raalte Farm Park, Holland September 25 Collectibles “Benjamin Franklin: September 17 – October 8 Concert On the Hill: OCTET ................... 27 In Search of a Better World” ‘Gallery Exhibition: A Lifetime of Art: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Retrospective of Selected Area Artists” Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Beulah Holiday Grand Rapids September 25 This exhibit presents artifacts related to Benja- Ludington Celebrations ... min Franklin’s inventions, including bifocals, the September 18 “Committed” ..............28-29 Franklin stove, the armonica (glass harmonica), House of David Echoes vs Howard Performing Arts Center, microscope, and his activities in publishing, Chicago Salmon Berrien Springs ﬁreﬁghting, postal service, libraries and educa- Eastman Field, Mary’s City of David, September 25 tion, abolition of slavery, and diplomacy and 2011 Apple Cider Century Bicycle Tour government. Benton Harbor We suggest that you call ahead to conﬁrm the September 18 Three Oaks, MI details before ﬁnalizing your plans. Most times Through February 19, 2012 “Tiny Treasures” Blessing of the Animals & September 29 - October 1 the convention and visitors bureaus in the area Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Farm Olympics, 1:30 pm Four Flags Area Apple Festival are the best to contact - listed on page 3. Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Niles Through July 31, 2012 “Bling: A History of Costume Jewelry, Freesoil September 30 ONGOING September 18 Critical Discourse Through September 25 1920-1970” Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Hospice Harbor Walk, 2-4 pm Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids 2nd Annual Regional South Haven Share your opinions on the works selected as the Juried Art Exhibit Grand Haven Top 10 ArtPrize ﬁnalists. September 20, 2011 - South Haven Center for the Arts, January 15, 2012 September 30 - October 1 SEPTEMBER South Haven “To the Rescue with ‘Lil Red #7” exhibit “The Carve IV” Through September Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Holland “Early 20th Century Team Photos” September 9-17 Grand Rapids Culinary student ice sculpting competition. Holland Museum, Holland Allegan County Fair September 21 September 30 - October 9 Through September Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan Song Swap Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Free Tours - Hackley & Hume Historic Site September 10 - October 31 Foundry Hall, South Haven Grand Valley State University, Allendale Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Fall Fun, 9 am - 6 pm September 21 September 30 - November 13 Open Wednesday through Sunday, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, ArtPrize Artist Meet & Greet, 7 pm “Metamorphose” 12 noon - 4 pm New Era Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, South Haven Center for the Arts, Through October 3 September 16 Grand Rapids South Haven “Your Picture Here: Live Mannequin Night September 21 - October 8 Metamorphose is an exhibit of new media An Exhibition of Faces in Places that artworks exploring surrealism and the identity of Downtown Holland Grand Haven ArtWalk 2011 a new art movement. Deﬁne Saugatuck & Douglas” September 16 Downtown Grand Haven Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Friday Night Conversations: ArtPrize September 21 - October 9 OCTOBER Saugatuck Grand Rapids Art Museum, Art Prize September 8 - October 20 Grand Rapids Downtown Grand Rapids & Frederik “Farm Fresh” Art Exhibit September 16-17 Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Saturdays in October Nuveen Community Center for the West Michigan Symphony, ArtPrize offers the largest art prize in the world Bottle House Museum open Saturdays Arts, Montague “Oh, What a Night!” 7:30 pm and is open to any artist in the world. only, 12 noon - 4pm Through October 23 Frauenthal Center, Muskegon September 21 - December 31 Kaleva “International Connections: September 16-17 “Sculpture Today: New Forces, Fishermen will want to see the Selected Works of Art from the David Paint the Town New Forms” Makinen Tackle Collection. W. Baas Collection” Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Through October 1 Downtown Zeeland Four Flags Apple Festival Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Watch local artists at work throughout town. Park, Grand Rapids Through October 28 September 16-18 An invitational exhibition of emerging sculptors. Niles “Victoriana” Bangor Harvest Festival September 22 October 1 Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Bangor “VW Bug Makeover” exhibit opens White Lake Area Guided Nature Walk September/October Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, White Lake Area September 16-18 Grand Rapids On the ﬁrst Saturday of the month, naturalists U-pick apples Michigan Irish Music Festival Take a test drive in the museum’s recently tuned lead guided tours of local natural areas talking Crane Orchards, Fennville Heritage Landing, Muskegon up VW Bug! about native plants and wildlife. September/October September 16-18 September 23-24 October 1 Crane Orchards Hayride Weekends Tulip City Gem & Mineral Show AAUW Annual Used Book Sale Fall Fun Fest, 4-7 pm Crane Orchards, Fennville Holland Civic Center, Holland Holland Civic Center, Holland Brethren Heritage Museum, Brethren Open weekends only from 12 noon to 5 pm for September 16 - October 30 as long as the U-pick apples are available. September 23-24 Enjoy pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, “Posters, Fans & Songbooks: Oktoberfest West Michigan and Native American activities. Hot stew, corn September/October 19th Century Prints by Toulouse-Lau- bread, and dessert will be served. Donations Corn Maze John Ball Zoological Garden Park, welcome. trec and his Contemporaries” Grand Rapids Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph October 1 September 23-24 Weko Beach Brewers Fest New Era September 16 - October 31 Indie Rock Music Festival Through November 6 Chrysanthemums and More! Grand Haven Bridgman “Neighbors: Photography by Frederik Meijer Gardens September 24 October 1 David and Kathy Myers” & Sculpture Park Open Hours at Marilla Museum DeGrandchamp’s Cranberry Harvest Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon September 17 and Pioneer Place, 2-4 pm South Haven Through November 6 Scottville Harvest Festival Parade, Marilla October 1 “Local Interest: Photography from The 1 pm September 24 Oktoberfest Muskegon Chronicle Archives” Downtown Scottville Fall Fest, 10 am - 5 pm Downtown Ludington Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon North Mears Parking Lot, Whitehall 4 Shoreline Visitors Guide | FA L L / W I N T E R 2011/12 www.shorelinevisitorsguide.com
October 1 October 7 October 9 October 22 Happy Apple Days / “An Evening with George Winston” One Sky, One World International “Pop Go the Sailors - Home Again” Annual Fall Festival Frauenthal Center, Muskegon Kite Fly for Peace Frauenthal Center, Muskegon Downtown Traverse City October 7-8 Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater October 22-23 Merchants share apples with customers as they Wedding Walk 2011 October 9 Hands-on Porcelain Workshop, browse shops decked out in fall splendor. Downtown Holland Chili Cookoff, 1-5 pm 10 am - 4 pmOctober 1 October 7-8 Downtown Saugatuck Khnemu Studio, South Haven Holland Symphony Orchestra Season Fiber Festival Enjoy chili from your favorite area restaurants October 23 Series, “Classics I” Old Art Building, Leland while listening to local performers. Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra Zeeland East High School, October 7-8 October 11 Concert, 4pm DeWitt Auditorium, Zeeland Autumn Days, 10 am -5 pm West Michigan Drum Circle Benzie Central High SchooOctober 1 Historic White Pine Village, Ludington Shore Acres Park, Near Felt Mansion, Auditorium, Benzonia St. Simon Applefest October 7-8 Saugatuck October 23 St. Simon Family Center & Gym, Viva Little River - An Elvis Tribute October 13-14 The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats Ludington Little River Casino Resort, Manistee “See the Site in a Different Light,” Lake Michigan College Mendel CenterOctober 1 October 7-8 4:30-6:30 pm Mainstage, Benton Harbor Scottville Old Fashioned Barn Dance, Buster Keaton Society Convention & Hackley & Hume Historic Site, October 23 5-10 pm Film Festival Muskegon Francesca Battistelli Scottville Riverside Park, Scottville Special tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon famous lumber barons featuring the carvings of Howard Performing Arts Center,October 1 October 7-9 the Hackley House. Reservations required. Berrien Springs Autumn Glory Day, 10 am - 4 pm 15th Annual Oktoberfest & October 13-16 October 23 Bear Lake School, Bear Lake Classic Car & Hot Rod Show “Hairspray,” Muskegon Civic Theater Bridal Show 2011, 11 am - 3 pm Enjoy the Quilt & Fine Art show plus food, live Pentwater music, a pumpkin chuck contest, quilt rafﬂe, Frauenthal Center, Muskegon Little River Casino Resort, Manistee pumpkin patch, children’s activities, and more. October 7-9 October 14 - December 31 October 23October 1 Annual Pulaski Days Celebration “Van Raalte the Visionary: Star of Saugatuck Last Trip Oktoberfest, 12 noon - 8 pm Grand Rapids The 200th Birthday of Holland’s of the Season Downtown Douglas October 8 Founder, Albertus Van Raalte” SaugatuckOctober 1 Pentwater Home Tour & Used Book Holland Museum, Holland October 25 Fall Fest Sale, 10 am - 4 pm Oct. 14-16 & 21-23 “C. Schoenknect & W. Paul Sculpture East End Park, Grand Haven Pentwater “Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Lecture: Sean Henry” Watch as re-enactors recreate what it was like October 8 of Fleet Street” Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture to be Art & All That Jazz Historic Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee Park, Grand Rapids a fur-trader in the tri-cities area in the 1800s. Douglas October 14-23 October 26October 1 Stroll through galleries and shops, listen to mel- “Crème de la Crème!” David Sedaris Live Oktoberfest low jazz, grab a drink, have a bite, and dance in Manistee Art Institute, Manistee Frauenthal Center, Muskegon St. Joe Kickers Sport Club, Berrien the streets of beautiful downtown Douglas. Small works from well-known artists October 28 Springs October 8 on exhibit. Monty Python’s “Spamalot” &October 1 Empire Heritage Days Empire Museum Complex, Empire October 15 Holy Grail Ale Party Lumber Baron’s Ball Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon October 8 White Lake Area and Muskegon Mainstage, Benton HarborOctober 1-2 Fire Truck Parade Experience vibrant fall color along the lakes and October 28-29 Annual Blue Coast Artists’ Fall Tour, Downtown Holland through the dunes as you travel from the White West Michigan Symphony, Antique and modern ﬁre trucks parade down 8th Lake Depot to the Muskegon Union Depot on 10 am - 6 pm Street from College Avenue to the ﬁre station. Brahms Symphony #3 South Haven to Saugatuck one of Michigan’s most scenic drives. October 8 Frauenthal Center, MuskegonOctober 1-2 October 15 5th Annual Lakeshore Harvest 6th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain October 28-30 Benzie County Fall Festival Country - Road Rally Ski & Snowboard Sale at Beulah and Benzonia Bike Classic Riverbend Farms, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Mountain SportsOctober 1-2 South Haven/Saugatuck Areas Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Grand Valley Renaissance Festival Thompsonville A rollicking ride through the countryside - it Thompsonville October 15 Grand Valley University, Allendale is not a race! Follow clues to farms and other Tour de Tykes Bike Race October 29October 1, 8, 16, 22 notable locations in your own car. This family- Claudio Gonzalez & Carlos Flores Jammin’ in the Vineyard friendly ride through the countryside will take Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville Howard Performing Arts Center, Round Barn Winery, Baroda about three hours - including closing festivities. Berrien Springs Live music and wine tasting. October 8 October 15 Fall Fest October 29October 1-30 Onekama Fall Funfest Mr. Speed - America’s KISS Tribute Exhibit by Artist Steven Donley Village Park, Onekama Marilla Museum and Pioneer Place, Little River Casino Resort, Manistee White River Gallery, Montague October 8 Marilla October 29October 2 Barns & Byways Tour, 10 am - 5pm October 15 Fall FunFest Day, 11 am - 4 pm Ski Swap, 9 am - 4 pm “The City of Tomorrow” Ludington Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Howard Performing Arts Center, October 8 Coghlin Park, Saugatuck Thompsonville Berrien Springs Pumpkinfest October 15-16 Fall Bonsai Show October 30October 2 White Lake Area The Closing Open 6th Annual Betsie Valley Run - October 8 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Luncheon & Style Show Park, Grand Rapids Thompsonville Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Gull Landing, Pentwater October 16 A unique cross-country golf event. Put together a Thompsonville Proceeds beneﬁt Oceana County Five by Design’s “Radio Days” three-person scramble team for a day of golf, hotOctober 2 Animal Friends. Lake Michigan College Mendel Center chili, soup, and prizes. “Kids’ ArtFest 2011: October 8 Mainstage, Benton Harbor October 31 A World of Creativity” Harvest Festival October 19 Open Hours at the Kaleva Bottle House Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Downtown St. Joseph Song Swap Museum, 12 noon - 4 pm Grand Rapids October 8 Foundry Hall, South Haven KalevaOctober 2 New Buffalo Wine & Harvest Festival October 20-23 NOVEMBER White Lake CROP Hunger Walk Downtown New Buffalo Frankfort Film Festival Montague October 8 Garden Theater, FrankfortOctober 2 5th Annual Harvest Party / Pig Roast, October 21-25 November 1 Antiques on the Bluff 12 noon - 3 pm Holland Founder’s Fest Celebration Writers Series Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph Whitehall Holland Armory and other locations in Frederik Meijer Gardens &October 3-23 October 8 West Michigan Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Crystal Spa Days Taste of Mason County, 6-9 pm A celebration of the 200th birthday of Rev. Albertus November 1-30 Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland. Artist Marilyn Ryan Thompsonville Ludington White River Gallery, Montague October 22 Enjoy select services and experience the tranquil- October 8-9 Whirlpool 100th Celebration, South- November 1-30 ity of this luxury oasis. 34th Annual Gallery Stroll Weekend, west Michigan Symphony Orchestra Lake Michigan Art WalkOctober 5 12 noon - 5 pm Downtown Muskegon Song Swap Mendel Center Mainstage, Saugatuck/Douglas Area Benton Harbor November 3, 2011 - January 15, 2012 Foundry Hall, South Haven October 8-9 “Ancient/Modern: TextilesOctober 6 October 22 Benzie County Fall Festival Downtown Holland Groove Walk, 9 pm by Frank Connet” Fall History in Action Day Beulah and Benzonia Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Historic White Pine Village, Ludington Downtown Holland October 8-9 11 Different Bands. 11 Different Locations. All November 3October 6 Western Michigan Old Engine Club in Downtown Holland! Autumn Harvest Dinner Pumpkinfest - Dinner On Us, 5 pm Tractor Pulls October 22 Fenn Valley Winery, Fennville Downtown Zeeland Scottville Fall Frenzy November 4-5 Downtown merchants cook and serve FREE October 9 dinner to the community. Downtown Leland and Fishtown Holland Gallery Walk Holland Train Show, 10 am - 3 pm Enjoy end of season sales, cider, and Downtown HollandOctober 6-8 Holland Civic Center, Holland Zeeland Pumpkinfest - donuts. Participating galleries will showcase artists and October 9 October 22 their works, hors d’oeuvres, and libations. Fri- “Harvesting Goodwill” Last sailing day of the season day walk hours, 6:30-8:30 pm; Saturday hours, Downtown Zeeland Fan Halen 12 noon - 4 pm. for the S.S. Badger Little River Casino Resort, ManisteeOctober 6-9 Ludington Paint Our Towns Pink Benton Harbor & St. Joseph SHORELINE CALENDAR CONTINUED ON PAGE 13www.shorelinevisitorsguide.com FA L L / W I N T E R 2011/12 | Shoreline Visitors Guide 5
Festival FeverF ollowing is a sampling of upcoming festivals and events. Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss a moment of merriment. Please consider calling aheadfor more information and to recon rm dates and times. (We suggest using thelocal information contacts listed on page 3.)September 2-5 September 16-18 December 3 Shoreline Spectacular Michigan Irish Music Festival Nouveau Fest, 1-5 pm Downtown Muskegon Heritage Landing, Muskegon Fenn Valley Vineyard, Car show/parade, motorcycle show, human foos- Three days of Irish and Celtic music, vendors, October 7-8 Fennville ball tournament, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, food, and fun. Buster Keaton Society Taste the ﬁrst wines from the 2011 vintage, hors battle of the rock air bands, paint ball games, dog September 17 Convention & Film Festival de oeuvres, and cellar tasting tours. A great and cat petting and adoption, poker walk, bever- 8th Annual Heritage Fest way to kick off the holiday season with family age tent with music, children’s area with games, Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon and friends. art, craft fair, food court, and much more. Saugatuck/Douglas Area Film and vaudeville star, Buster Keaton, grew up Discover the rich historical and architectural in the Blufton Neighborhood of Muskegon. This January 21, 2012September 2-5 heritage of the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Hosted tribute features some of his ﬁlm and television Winter Delights : Breakwater Festival by the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society. footage, a tour of the Keaton family home, and A Festival of Wine, Food & Jazz Pere Marquette Beach, Muskegon Visit www.sdhistoricalsociety.org, for details. more. Lake Michigan College, Mendel Center, Come celebrate the last few days of September 17 October 7-9 Benton Harbor summer at the most beautiful beach in 2011Annual Green Art Fair Annual Pulaski Days Celebration West Michigan. January 21-22, 2012 Douglas Valley Winery, Manistee Grand Rapids White Lake Annual Perch FestivalSeptember 3-4 This competition will present creative uses for This annual celebration commemorates and Hart Heritage Days salvaged materials. Montague honors revolutionary war hero, General Casimir Ice ﬁshing tournament, chili cook off, ﬁsh dinner, Hart Historic District September 17-18 Pulaski. Local private clubs open their doors to and more. Enjoy activities in the Historic District where Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival the public to promote Polish music, food, and buildings from the past have been moved and dance. January 26-29, 2012 restored for all to view. Centennial Park, Holland Grand Haven Winterfest Free festival celebrating Latino culture throughSeptember 8-11 art, ﬁlm, music, dance, and more. October 7-9 Grand Haven Antique Engine & Tractor Show September 21 - October 9 Goose Festival January 31 - February 4, 2012 Michigan Flywheelers Museum, Art Prize Fennville Snowfest 2012 South Haven Downtown Grand Rapids & Frederik October 7-9 Downtown Muskegon Hundreds of antique engines and tractors are 15th Annual Oktoberfest & Great events that include snow volleyball, trivia, on display during the four-day show. Other Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a game night, broomball, and our famous soup activities include outdoor ﬂea market, equipment Grand Rapids Classic Car & Hot Rod Show and chili cook-off. parades, blacksmith shop, saw mill and shingle ArtPrize offers the largest art prize in the world Pentwater February 3-5, 2012 mill demonstrations, and musical entertainment. and is open to any artist in the world. Car show, chili cook off and streusel bake off, Ice Breaker Festival Lots of kids activities too! September 23-24 entertainment tent, live auction, sprint for the Downtown South HavenSeptember 9-10 Oktoberfest West Michigan stein, barrel race, face and pumpkin painting, music, chicken and polka dance contest, beer, Ice carving, Chili cook-off, Texas hold-‘em, ice Annual Silver Lake Apple & John Ball Zoological Garden Park, brats, and kraut. MSU football on the big skating, and more. BBQ Cook-Off Festival Grand Rapids screen. February 10-12, 2012 Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area September 24 October 8 Magical Ice Carving Festival All day activities include crafts show, fresh farm Fall Fest Arts & Crafts, 10 am - 5 pm Pumpkinfest Downtown St. Joseph produce, entertainment, golf scramble, and apple North Mears Parking Lot, Whitehall Montague February 11 & 18 pie contest. Farmer’s market, live entertainment, arts and Celebrate the icon of fall, the pumpkin, with Hart & Pentwater WinterfestSeptember 9-11 crafts, cider mill, hayrides, and food vendors. pumpkin decorating, seed spitting contests, Hart & Pentwater Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival September 29 - October 2 pumpkin carving, the largest pumpkin competi- February 11, 2012 Paw Paw Four Flags Apple Festival tion, and the pumpkin roll down Dowling Hill. Winterfest in Benzie County A grape time for everyone! Grape stomp, Niles October 8 Beulah & Benzonia ﬁreworks, parade, car show, craft show, and Four day festival with carnival rides, food ven- 5th Annual Harvest Party / Pig Roast, several entertainment stages. Wine tasting, beer dors, arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday, Fun Activities for the whole family, including a tent, and more. 12 Noon - 3 pm frozen ﬁsh toss, a chili cook off, turkey bowling, parade, live entertainment, and more.September 9-17 Whitehall bonﬁre on the beach, ﬁreworks and more. October 1 October 8 February 17-19, 2012 Allegan County Fair Douglas Oktoberfest, 12 noon -8 pm Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan Onekama Fall Funfest Cherry Capital Winter Wonder Fest / Downtown Douglas Village Park, Onekama Downtown’s Sweetheart of a SaleSeptember 10 Fun for the whole family! Parade, riﬂe ceremony, Craft and food vendors, bounce house, wagon, Barodafest tapping of the keg with Alphorn performance, Downtown Traverse City bier tent, food court, traditional German bands, pony, and miniature train rides, plus face paint- Enjoy President’s Day weekend with live music, Baroda ing, and more. ice sculptures, Frozen Bed Races, a Soup’r Bowl A small-town festival with live entertainment, dancing, kinderplatz kids games, root beer barrel roll, face painting, and sack and mug races. October 8 Competition, Monster Dog Pull, and more. kids games, crafters, food vendors, tractor pull, Harvest Festival February 17-20, 2012 Duck race, and more October 1September 10 Oktoberfest Downtown St. Joseph Winterfest Weekend Port City Street Fair Downtown Ludington October 8-9 Saugatuck/Douglas Area Downtown Manistee Music, food, games, craft fair, and many more Benzie County Fall Fest February 18, 2012 Enjoy autumn at the Port City Festival in his- events make up this day of fun. Frankfort and Elberta Winterfest toric Manistee. Stroll the scenic Riverwalk and October 1 Enjoy pumpkin chucking, gourd and pumpkin Empire and Glen Arbor enjoy entertainment, food, an antique car show, Fall Fun Fest, 4-7 pm carving by masters, kids’ activities, and more. February 18-19, 2012 arts and crafts, historic building tours, special Brethren Heritage Museum, Brethren October 15 Shiver By the River exhibits, and more. Enjoy pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, Fall Fest, 2-5 pm FrankfortSeptember 15-17 and Native American activities. Hot stew, corn Marilla Museum and Pioneer Place, Snow Activities, Ice Cravings, Snowmobile Sno Scottville Harvest Festival bread, and dessert will be served. Donations Marilla Cross Races and More. Downtown Scottville welcome. Pumpkin painting and carving, campﬁre and February 25, 2012 Ox roast, midway carnival, annual queen and October 1 hotdogs, and “screaming” apples. Outhouse 500 princess contests, farmers market, grand parade, Fall Fest October 15 Coopersville horse shoe tournament, garden and antique East End Park, Grand Haven Fall FunFest Day, 11 am - 4 pm March 10, 2012 tractor pulls, the Scottville Clown Band, and Watch as re-enactors recreate the life of fur trad- Coghlin Park, Saugatuck entertainment tent. ers in the tri-cities area in the 1800s. St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade Pumpkin carving, pumpkin launch, pie eating, Saugatuck/Douglas AreaSeptember 16-18 October 1-2 food vendors, band, tug-of -war. Great family Bangor Harvest Festival Benzie County Fall Fest fun! Mid-March, 2012 Bangor Beulah and Benzonia October 20-23 2nd Annual Benzie County Craft show, antique and classic car show, quilt Enjoy pumpkin chucking, gourd and pumpkin 3rd Annual Frankfort Film Festival Water Festival show, children’s events, food, and family fun. carving by masters, kids’ activities, and more. Garden Theater, Frankfort FrankfortSeptember 16-18 October 6-8 Enjoy the best ﬁlms from prestigious festivals Celebrate the waters of Benzie County. Listen Grand Haven Salmon Festival Zeeland Pumpkinfest - worldwide at the recently restored Garden to world-class Michigan musicians and speeches Theater. from water experts; attend workshops and Grand Haven Municipal Marina “Harvesting Goodwill” presentations; and enjoy art, theater, dance, Music, wine tasting, gourmet salmon cook-off Downtown Zeeland children‘s activities, artisan foods and beverages. contest, beer and entertainment pavilion, art fair, Enjoy games, scarecrow displays, entertainment, Visit www.visitbenzie.com for more information and ﬁshing contest. a parade, and more. as it becomes available.6 Shoreline Visitors Guide | FA L L / W I N T E R 2011/12 www.shorelinevisitorsguide.com
September 3 through October 31 October 8 October 28Amazin’ Corn Maze Pumpkinfest Downtown Halloween Walk, 3:30-5 pmLewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era Montague Downtown Traverse City Celebrate the pumpkin with pumpkin decorating, seed spit- Pint-sized ghosts and goblins parade downtown streets,September 3-5, 10-11, 17-18; ting contests, pumpkin carving, the largest pumpkin competi- trick or treating at participating shops.September 24 through October - Daily tion, and the pumpkin roll down Dowling Hill in Montague.Corn Maze October 28Crane Orchards, Fennville October 8 The Great Halloween Spectacle, 5-9 pm*Please note - a special Haunted Corn Maze will be open from Zeeland Pumpkinfest Parade, 3 pm Downtown St. Josephdark until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Not Downtown Zeelandrecommended for children 10 years and under. October 28 October 8-9 Halloween at VanRaalte FarmSeptember 24-25; October 1-30 Benzie County Fall Festival VanRaalte Farm Park, Holland(Saturdays and Sundays only) Frankfort and Elberta Start your journey on the trails at the VanRaalte Farm. Volun-The Famous Pumpkin Train Pumpkin carving, kids’ games, parades, pumpkin chucking, teers and staff will be on hand to help you discover wild and much more. creatures, fun activities, and treats. Enjoy a campﬁre, cider,Coopersville & Marne Railway, and cookies at the end of the trail.Coopersville October 14-15Enjoy a train ride and pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! October 29Tickets required; contact C&MR for departure times. Haunted History Hayrides Honor Hometown Halloween, 12 noon - 2 pm Downtown AlleganThrough October October 15Macabre Manistee County October 29Manistee County Fall FunFest Day, 11 am - 4 pmAll month long enjoy haunted houses, costume parties, Coghlin Park, Saugatuck Haunted Museum, 2-4 pmharvest festivals, live theater, intriguing museums, the Manistee Pumpkin carving, pumpkin launch, pie eating, food vendors, Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Grand HavenGhost Ship, and much more! band, a tug of war, and loads of family fun! October 29 October 15 Halloween on the Green, 12 noonThrough October In Search of the Great Pumpkin, 3 pmScarecrow Harvest The Village Green, Pentwater Overhiser Orchards, South Haven Children’s activities, costume contest,Bear LakeCome visit Bear Lake and see a creative collection of scare- and more.crows displayed throughout town. October 15, 22, 29 Scenic chairlift rides to view fall color, October 29October 1 live entertainment, and the Haunted Annual Halloween SpooktacularAutumn Glory Day, 10 am - 4 pm Forest. Downtown PentwaterBear Lake School, Bear Lake Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Trick or treating at downtown merchants, 12 noon - 6 pm.Browse the Quilt & Fine Art Show and enjoy food, live music, Thompsonville Parade at 4 pm. Haunted trolley rides at 7 pm.the pumpkin chuck contest, quilt rafﬂe, pumpkin patch,children’s activities, and more. October 21 October 29 Flashlight Tour of Ice Age Imperials, Downtown Trick or Treat, 3-5 pmOctober 1 6-7:30 pm Downtown LudingtonScarecrow-making Workshop Heritage Museum and Cultural Center,Ludington Center for the Arts, Ludington St. Joseph October 29 Trick-or-treat with the giants of Ice Age Imperials! Enjoy a Halloween Harvest Festival & ParadeOctober 1-2 spooky ﬂashlight tour of the exhibit, treats, and crafts. Fun for 10 am - 5 pmBenzie County Fall Festival the whole family! Ages 5-10 are free with paid adult admis- Saugatuck/Douglas AreaBeulah & Benzonia sion and fee for members of The Heritage. Musical entertainment, storytelling, and arts and crafts featuringEnjoy awesome fall color, food, pumpkin carving, kids’ games, harvest and Christmas items. Parade at 4 pm.parades, pumpkin chucking, and much more. Beulah and October 22Benzonia host the festival Oct. 1-2; Frankfort and Elberta host a Boos, Brews & Brats Halloween Event October 29second weekend of fun Oct. 8-9. Downtown Manistee Adult Halloween Kids will enjoy trick or treating downtown and a pet costume Celebration & Parade, 10 pmOctober 6 parade. Gourmet brats, an event tent, and costume contest Saugatuck/Douglas AreaZeeland Pumpkin fest round out the activities on tap.Dinner on Us, 5 pm October 30Downtown Zeeland October 22-23 Haunted History Hayrides Free admission to both museums. Free rides on the Silver Beach Carousel, 4-6 pm.October 6-8 Honor Curious Kids’ and Curious Kids’ Discovery The Village of Honor hosts two trips each night on an excur-Zeeland Pumpkinfest - sion through its haunted history. Refreshments included. Zone Museums, St. Joseph“Harvesting Goodwill”Downtown Zeeland October 23 October 31 Boo on Your Bike Halloween Downtown, 4-6 pmOctober 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Kal-Haven Trail, South Haven Downtown Grand HavenManistee’s Ghost Ship Participating merchants provide treats for downtown’s annualS.S. City of Milwaukee trick or treating event. Come join in on the fun on WashingtonHistoric railroad car ferry, Manistee Avenue from Harbor to Third Street.www.shorelinevisitorsguide.com FA L L / W I N T E R 2011/12 | Shoreline Visitors Guide 7
welcome to Southwest MichiganS outhwest Michigan is a delightful destination for a getaway on crisp fall days or snowy afternoons. Here you will nd quaint little resort towns with gingerbread-trimmed cottages, curious antiques shops, lovely boutiques, romantic bed and breakfast inns, and gourmet restaurants tucked away among therolling dunes. In autumn, the forested hills resemble a patchwork quilt of reds, golds and yellows; U-pick orchards, wineries, and farmers markets display thefruits (and vegetables!) of the season; and corn mazes and fall festivals promise bushel baskets full of family fun. When the snow ies, so do outdoor enthusiasts - down hills, along trails, and over the ice. ere are trails in state, county, and local parks, as well as skislopes within an hour’s drive of St. Joseph. Southwest Michigan’s web-like snowmobile trail system spreads out in every direction, threading through the dunesand rambling through the woods with adventure waiting around every bend. Cozy cottages, inviting res-taurants, and intriguing museums make fall and winter especially memorable in Michigan’s great southwest.For more information, visit www.swmichigan.org, or call (269) 925-6301. www.swmichigan.org8 Shoreline Visitors Guide | FA L L / W I N T E R 2011/12 www.shorelinevisitorsguide.com