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Summer Reading at KDL Returns to Kent District Library

 

Last year, Kent District Library had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan with 29,291 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 8. With reading activities and prizes for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including Hooper Heroes, Jibber Jams, Magic to the Rescue, DIY Spa, Cupcake Wars, De-stressing Techniques at your Fingertips and so much more!

Studies show that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. It’s a great way for families to Celebrate Heroes this summer.

Sign up for Summer Reading at KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations. For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

 

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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans

 

Metron of Cedar Springs May 27

Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with two pinning ceremonies in West Michigan in honor of Memorial Day.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. The pinning ceremonies may also include a special Missing Man ceremony honoring MIA/POW service members, a candle-lighting ceremony honoring the sacrifice of family members of veterans, a rifle volley or a performance of taps.

HOMs pinning ceremonies are open to the public. Services will be held as follows:

Thursday, May 21 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s, 1050 Four Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27 at Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffery St., 2:30-4 p.m.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services.

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Final exams

 

At the end of the semester, there were two Michigan State sophomores who were taking organic chemistry. They had done well on all of the quizzes, midterms, labs, etc. and had solid A’s. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week, they decided to go to Central Michigan to party with some friends, even though the chemistry final was on Monday. They went and had a great time. However, they ended up staying longer than they planned, and they didn’t make it back to State until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final, they found their Professor after the final and explained to him why they missed it.

They told him that they went to Central for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn’t have a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time. So they were late getting back to campus.

The professor thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved. So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about free radical formation and was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “this is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said: (95 points) “Which tire?”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.


 

15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 24: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be: David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion color guard will assist in the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event, in case of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #19,20b

Butterfly Discovery

May 26-29: Come join us at HCNC and see the miracle of life as our butterflies begin to emerge from their winter slumber and spread their wings. See hundreds of different butterflies close up, help feed them and discover excellent photo opportunities. May 26 – 29 from 9 am to 8 pm each day. $5 donation There will be items available for sale. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #20

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 27:  Pine Grove Senior Café Presents A Taste of Italia.  All Signors, Signoras and Signorinas age 60 and older, come to our humble table(s) and dine with us.  Mamma Mia!  It’s Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Garlic Rolls, Beans or something Green and then for Dessert, Ice Cream.  And you never know when a Relish Plate may appear.  Senior Café Italia opens Wednesday May 27th at Noon in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of Beech & M-82. #20

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

May 27: On Wednesday, May 27th, the Greenville Garden Club will feature speaker Ed Robinette of Robinette Orchards. Lessons for the small home orchard – fruit production in West Michigan. Refreshments at 6:30, program at 7 pm, at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent. Public invited. #20

Open House at Pine Ridge Bible Camp

May 30: Come join us for our FREE Community Open House event on Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 4 pm. Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, located on the east side of Pine Lake. Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun day riding go-carts, visiting the petting farm, bounce house, rock wall, archery, canoeing and taking a tractor tour of the Camp. #20

Dinner at the Legion

June 1: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, June 1st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #20p

Faith Based Guitar Boot Camp

June 1: A basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for ages 10 thru 15 year olds. Registration will be held Monday, Just 1st at 7 pm. To register, enter the South door located on Church Street. Students must be registered on this date and a parent or guardian is required to register them. Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $55. Guitar and supplies are furnished. Classes will be held Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 8th. #20,21b

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating  t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 13: The 123rd annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour is at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $12. We wish to recognize all former “Miss Sand Lakes”. If you were a former “Miss Sand Lake” please call Dave Groner at 269-208-5716. Please RSVP by June 7th. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner, 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Braford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #20,21p

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Doing the right thing

 

A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.

Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is man standing at the door. It doesn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

And the drunk replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”

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Hometown Happenings

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Red Flannel Ribbon Cutting

May 16: Join the Red Flannel Festival Board Saturday, May 16 at Noon for the Ribbon Cutting of our new Red Flannel Office at 18 S. Main Street! Free give aways, Free refreshments and a speech by Mayor Pro-Tem Pamela Conley! Hope to see you there! #19b

Dinner at the Legion

May 18: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meatloaf dinner on Monday, May 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #19p

TOPS weight loss support group

May 19: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #19

Blood Drive at CS UMC

May 19: There will be a Michigan Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 to 7 pm. Attempt to donate and you could win a $100 Meijer Gift Card! Every one who attempts to donate is very appreciated. Your donation can save up to 3 people. #19

BBQ Chicken Dinner at East Nelson UMC

May 20: East Nelson UMC, 9024-18 Mile Rd. is expanding their monthly meals to include another one on Wednesday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m. BBQ Chicken, Broccoli Apple Salad, Cole Slaw & Homemade Desserts will be on the menu. Everyone is welcome! #19

Wildflower Explosion with Kare

May 20: Join Kare, Naturalist and flower expert, for a day of planting native Michigan wildflowers. Kids can make “Flower grenades” at explode when you throw them into the fields and you’ll even get some seeds or bulbs to take home to plant in your own yard. Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. $5 per person. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #19

Crossfire Church Mission Rummage Sale

May 21,22: Crossfire Church Mission Rummage Sale will be held on Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd from 9 am to 5 pm. Large selection of items including golf clubs and golf bags. Located on the southwest corner of Cornfield and Northland Drive, Cedar Springs. #19

Roast Beef Dinner

May 21: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park D. 330 Rockford Park Dr. will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday May 21st  and every 3rd Sunday of each month thereafter. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at adults $9, kids 4 to 12 $7 and under 4 years free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #19

15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 24: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be: David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion color guard will assist in the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event, in case of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #19,20b

Michigan Blood Drive

May 26: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church (15671 Algoma Ave.) from 3 to 7 pm. Call the office at 616-696-3229 to set up an appointment and walk-ins are welcome! #19

Cedar Springs Bands Golf Scramble

May 30: Come join us for the 1st Annual Cedar Springs Bands Golf Scramble on Saturday, May 30th at Cedar Chase Golf Club. Registration at 9 am and shotgun start at 10 am. $50 per golfer, $200 per team.  Includes 18 holes with cart, lunch games and fun! Registration and payment may be dropped off at Cedar Chase Golf Club or mailed to Cedar Springs Music Boosters, PO Box 811, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Registration and payment must be received by Thursday, May 22nd. For information contact Cedar Chase Golf Club, 616-696-2308, Julia Moore 616-723-5532, JuliaMooreRealtor@gmail.com. Registration form is available at www.cedarspringsbands.org. #19

Celebrate National Trails Day

May 30: Come Celebrate National Trails Day on May 30, 2015! It will be a Fun Filled Day with Prizes, Games, Hiking, Music, Food and More! The event is FREE and Everyone is Welcome! Great for Kids! Learn about the North Country Trail, how we’re working to route the Trail through Cedar Springs and Solon Township and other exciting developments in our community! Join us at Long Lake Park Shelter from Noon to 4 PM. Bring a Friend! #19

CS Rocket Cheer Camp

June 20: Cedar Springs Rocket Cheer Camp for ages K-8th grade will be Saturday, June 20th at Red Hawk Elementary School 9 am until noon. Cost will be $25. this will include their camp shirt, snacks and crafts. We will be a Shaner Ave. Ball Fields every Tuesday and Thursday in May from 6 until 7:15 pm to take signups for camp and for the Flag Cheer Season! Flag Cheer is for grades K – 2nd grade and will be held during the month of July! Download all registration forms and get additional information on our website: www.cedarspringsyouthcheerleading.com #19

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“Wedded Abyss” at the Kent Theatre

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May 15, 16, 17, 22, 23

Don’t miss the Cedar Springs Community Players next production, Wedded Bliss…oh sorry for the typo…Wedded Abyss.  This musical comedy is written and directed by local playwright, and CSCP member, Scott Phillips.  Jill Phillips adds some wonderful music to make this a hilariously entertaining show.

The play opens with a proposal and plans for a simple wedding and a wonderful marriage.  Then the bride’s mother, sister and the professional wedding planner get involved and it all quickly changes.  All focus turns to the minute details of the wedding activities, leaving behind the preparation for a lifetime of marriage.

This is Scott’s eighth play. The show features many accomplished local actors, as well as some who are making their debut on the stage. All performances will be at the Kent Theater in downtown Cedar Springs. Performance dates are May 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased or reserved in advance, or $15 at the door. If you are under 18 years of age, the price is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or by sending an email to phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

For more details, please visit the CSCP website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org or access the events facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397681320550106.

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Golf definitions

 

GOLF, n.
[1] a game that consists of a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.
[2] a game of opposites – the world’s slowest people are ahead of you, and the fastest are behind.
[3] a colorful sport that keeps you on the green, in the pink, and financially in the red.
[4] a game which is allowed to be played on Sunday (under blue laws) because it was not considered a game by the law, but a form of moral effort.
[5] a game a lot like taxation – you drive hard to get to the green, and then you find yourself in a hole.
GOLF CART, n.
[1] A popular mode of transportation because, unlike a caddie, it can neither count, criticize, nor snicker.
GOLFER, n.
[1] a person who yells “fore,” takes six, and puts down five;
[2] a guy who has the advantage over a fisherman – he doesn’t have to bring home anything when he brags he had a great day.

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Calling all Preschoolers

The Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry, is inviting you for some songs and some stories every Wednesday at 10:15 am. Bring your favorite adult to join in the fun. #18

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #18

Sand Lake UMC Annual Rummage Sale

May 7-9: Rummage Sale – May 7 and 8, 9am- 5pm and May 9, 9am – noon at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St. Sand Lake. #18

Rummage Sale at North Kent Community Church

May 7-9: The North Kent Community Church Youth Group is holding a rummage sale and delicious bake sale on May 7 and 8 from 9 am to 6 pm and May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. All proceeds are going to help with the costs of a youth mission trip to Colima, Mexico where they will be helping with work projects and ministering to the children at the Hogar De Amor orphanages. NKCC is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. between Algoma and Pine Island. #18

Cedar Springs Band Auction

May 8: Come enjoy an evening out and support Cedar Springs Bands at our annual Silent Auction! Friday, May 8th at Sparta Moose Lodge 11510 N. Division, Sparta at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the CSHS Office for $15. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the event go directly to the CS Band program to help pay for uniforms, instrument repair, meals before competitions, etc. For more information contact: Stacey Velting, 616-745-1262 or Julia Moore, 616-723-5532. #18

Hope Lutheran Sale

May 8,9: Stop in to see us! Lots of great pre-owned, clean merchandise just waiting to go home with you! Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. Hope Lutheran (Community) Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. Contact Judy at 616-340-2820 for info. #17,18p

Fire Benefit

May 9: There will be a 15 Family Benefit Community Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the Frisbee Park – Scram Lake from 9 am to 5 pm. Come hunt for bargains and treasures priced to sell. Also, raffles and a silent auction. Band Jam starts at noon. A Horseshoe Tournament will be held with registration at noon, partners drawn at 12:30 and shoes fly at 1pm. $10 entry ($5 donation, $5 towards cash prizes). Lawn chairs encouraged. Concessions available! All proceeds go to Devin and Tracy Hallengren’s family who lost everything in a house fire. Go to www.facebook.com/firebenefit for all the latest info. #17,18p

Hunter Safety Classes at HCNC

May 12-16: Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director Dave Kieft for 3 separate days to receive your hunters safety certificate. Classes are limited by the MDNR to 50 students. May 12 and 14 from 5 – 8  pm and May 16 from 10 am to 2 pm. Facility cost is $5 per student. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #18

Help Promote Literacy

May 13: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Wednesday, May 13th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #18

Used Book Sale

May 14-16: The Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library is having a used book sale on May 14, 15 and 16 in the library’s community room, 117 W. Williams St., Howard City. Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. #18

Morel Mushroom Hunting

May 16: Join a seasoned mushroom hunter and let us see how many of these tasty morel mushrooms we can find! We will be going off trails – this is why a guide is best! Guided Morel Hunting only on HCNC property. Saturday, May 16 from 12 to 4 pm. Donation of $4 per person. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #18

Computer Basics 1

May 19: Join us at the CS Library, 43 W. Cherry St., Tuesday, May 19th from 11 am to 12 noon and we will help you try to learn the answers to some computer questions. Hopefully this session will help you understand why everyone seems so fascinated with these new fangled things called computers. Contact the Cedar Springs Library at 616-696-1910 to sign up. Note: Please leave your cats at home, the mice are pets of the Library. #18

Howard City Alumni Banquet

May 23: The Howard City Alumni Banquet will be held at Heritage United Methodist Church, 19931 W. Kendalville Rd., Pierson, on Saturday May 23rd. Punch bowl and time to visit at 6 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 per person which includes punch bowl, meal, tax, tip and hall rental. Menu: two meats, potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. RSVP your reservation on or before May 16th by calling or sending your check to: Don Bauman, 22313 W. M-82, Howard City, MI 49329, phone 231-937-5648. Email Don Boezwinkle at djboezwinkle@aol.com. #18

Artists Wanted!

June 30: Artists Wanted! The Red Flannel Festival Art Review is entering its 3rd year and is once again seeking artists to compete for $900 in total cash prizes! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration form. Deadline to register is June 30th! #16-18p

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Tips for Enjoying Port Wines

glasses of  white and ruby port wine

(StatePoint) There’s a wide world of wine out there to discover. If you find yourself reaching for the same few varietals time and again, consider expanding your range with Port, which is versatile in itself.

“Port is not just a wine to enjoy after dinner,” says David Guimaraens, head winemaker for Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. “The range of styles means you can enjoy Port as an aperitif, with dessert, or at a party.”

Port is one of the world’s great classical wines and is made in Portugal’s Douro Valley since the late 1600s. Portugal is the birthplace of true Port, which is defined as a fortified wine made from Portuguese grape varieties and the addition of neutral grape spirit.

Depending on how it is aged, Port comes in a spectrum of styles, each of which can beautifully complement meals or special occasions, and can be enjoyed year-round. The most popular styles of Port are Ruby, Tawny and White. Here are a few tips and recommendations for getting the best use of them.

• Ruby Port such as Fonseca BIN 27, made by one of the most revered Port houses, is aged for three to four years in large oak vats to produce a full-bodied wine with intense, dark berry fruit flavors. It pairs well with chocolate, berries and spiced nuts. It also makes an excellent ingredient in cocktails, such as a Manhattan (in place of sweet Vermouth) or as the base of a punch or sangria.

• Tawny Ports are matured in small oak casks for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years. These elegant wines have an intense amber color, opulent, jammy, nutty aromas and a rich flavor profile of figs and dried fruit, making them ideal for pairing with Pecan Pie, dried apricots, and desserts made with coffee or caramel. Slightly chill a Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny and enjoy as an aperitif with mixed nuts, or serve at room temperature at the end of a meal.

• White Port, which was first introduced in the 1930s, is made from white Douro grape varieties and aged in large wooden vats. Lightly sweet with vibrant acidity and a velvety texture, dry white Port offers fruit aromas and flavors with light oak notes. Chill Fonseca’s Siroco Dry White Port for an elegant aperitif wine, or serve it alone or with premium Indian Tonic, such as Fever-Tree, and a sprig of mint or wedge of lemon.

• Don’t forget to savor your Port. A unique characteristic of all Port is that an open bottle can last for up to six weeks when stored in a refrigerator.

With a bit of knowledge, you can get the best experience possible trying a new wine varietal.

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