Residents braved the cold for the first ever Founders Day weekend in Cedar Springs, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Cedar Springs Area Chamber President Shawn Kiphart wants to make it an annual event.
“The whole weekend went great,” said Kiphart. “We thank the hundreds of people that came out. They braved the cold for the good food and drink we had, and I look forward to next year,” he added.
Algoma Christian’s play, “Cinderstein,” which the Chamber promoted as part of the weekend, was a sell out both Friday and Saturday at the Kent. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum was open Saturday and Sunday for tours, and offered Pioneer Crafts for the kids. However, so many kids went on Saturday for the crafts that they ran out on Sunday. The Dance Extravaganza at The Kent Theatre was also a hit.
Later in the afternoon Saturday there was music from area bands at the heated concert tent on Ash Street, along with pulled pork prepared by local grillers and several beverages, including specialty beer and hard cider. A power outage at the tent at the beginning of the concert delayed the opening act, but once the power came back on, the audience had a rollicking good time.
A storytelling time at the flowing well on Monday was moved inside to Perry’s Place due to harsh weather conditions. Storytellers included Post Editor Judy Reed; Sue Harrison, co-author of The Cedar Springs Story; Library Director Donna Clark; and Mayor Bob Truesdale.
Kiphart said there are some minor changes he would like to make for next year, such as moving it to the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, and possibly doing the storytelling inside somewhere, like the museum.
The Founder’s Day weekend was to celebrate when Cedar Springs was officially recognized as a village, on March 18, 1871.