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Columbus ships to land in Muskegon and South Haven

Replicas of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed—the Nina (left) and Pinta (right) will dock at Heritage Landing in Muskegon next week. Photo from the Columbus Foundation, British Virgin Islands.

NOTE CORRECTION ON SOUTH HAVEN PRICING 8/28/2017

On Thursday, August 24, the Nina and Pinta—historical replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships—will arrive in Muskegon, and open to the public on Friday, August 25. The ships will be docked at Heritage Landing, 200 Heisman Harbor, until they depart early Wednesday morning, August 30.

After they leave Muskegon, the ships will sail to South Haven, and open on Thursday, August 31. They will be docked at the Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., until their departure early Tuesday morning, September 5.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century.

Both ships will be touring together as an enhanced sailing museum, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. In Muskegon, the prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $6 for students 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ship will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

In South Haven, visitors can experience self-guided tours aboard both ships while at the Museum docks as well as all exhibits at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Tickets will be available at the Museum daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. There are no advanced tickets available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children (under 4 free). Make history come alive at the Michigan Maritime Museum!

As large crowd are expected at this event, the Museum has secured free off-site parking at South Haven High School. There will also be a free shuttle available Saturday-Monday from 9am to 5 pm to pick up and drop off visitors at the Museum.

To accommodate these amazing vessels, the Museum’s own tall ship Friends Good Will will be docked at the South Haven south municipal marina August 30-September 4 and all ticket holders will depart and return to that dock. The Museum will also be operating river cruiser Lindy Lou on the regular schedule, a great opportunity to see these ships from the water!

For more information on this event in South Haven, visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org or call 269-637-8078.

For more info, visit www.ninapinta.org.

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Supporting a family

 

Jake had proposed to young Gina and was being interviewed by his prospective father-in-law.

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked the suitor.

“Yes, sir,” replied Jake, “I’m sure I am.”

“Think carefully now,” said Gina’s father. “There are twelve of us…”

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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.


Auditions for the play Harvey

Aug. 24,25: Auditions for the Cedar Springs Community Players production of Harvey will be held 6:30 p.m. August 24 and 25 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located in downtown Cedar Springs. The play Harvey is a comedy, written by American playwright Mary Chase in 1944. It received the Pulitzer Prize for drama and was most notably adapted for film in the 1950 production starring Jimmy Stewart. The production calls for a cast of 12-13 and will be directed by Peter Huschilt.  Performances will be held October 20, 21 and 22 at the Kent Theatre. #34

Annual Second Best Sale

Aug. 25,26: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual Second Best Sale is Friday, August 25 from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9 am – 2 pm. There is a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34b

CS Marching Band Car Wash

Aug. 26: On Saturday, August 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cedar Springs Public Schools Marching Band will be having a car wash fundraiser. It will happen in front of Family Farm and Home. Your support and donations help to cover the cost of trips, uniforms, and other necessities. Come see us at the car wash. We’ll put the shine in your day. #34

Special Speaker at Crossfire Church

Aug. 27: Crossfire Church, 4780 Cornfield Dr., Cedar Springs invites the community of North Kent County to hear Kamal Saleem, former Muslin terrorist, share his journey from his Muslim foundation to becoming a follower of Christ. Sunday, August 27th  at 6:00 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for Koome Ministries at the close of the service. Children’s ministries will not be provided. #34p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Aug. 27: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, August 27th  at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music and Ministry will be shared by Ron Lynnes and Company, including Pat Decker and Mike Hubert.  Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #34b

Improv Night at the Kent

Aug. 30: Fans of Improv need look no further than the Kent Theatre as the Cedar Springs Community Players hold Improv Night at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 30th on the stage of the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The Players held its first Improv Night in February and are excited to offer another night of comedy on August 30th. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there! #33,34b

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church 

Aug. 30: The Pine Grove Senior Café presents Grandma’s Table.  She’s serving Baked Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Corn Muffins and her special Cinnamon Streusel Cake.  Ya know there’s a strong possibility she’ll set a veggie, salad or relish plate down in front of ya.  For all those age 60 and over we’re offering you a seat at Grandma’s Table at Noon the 30th of August.  In case you forgot where Grandma’s Table is, it’s right over here on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #34

CSUMC August Rummage Sale

Aug. 30,31: Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will holding our annual rummage sale in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets. Wednesday, August 30th, 9 am to 7 pm & Thursday, August 31st, 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $3.00/bag sale all day Thursday on clothing and linens. #33,34b

Free Labor Day Airshow

Sept. 4: The Wolverine Skyhawks invite the community to join us for a free airshow on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th from 10 am – 4 pm at the club’s flying site, 13540 West St. Cedar Springs. This is our 5th annual celebration of National Model Aviation Day. Pilots will be demonstrating their skills flying Remote Controlled aircraft of all types, Helicopters, Drones, Electric, Gas, Nitro planes and even turbine jets. Admission is free. Food and pop available for purchase. Bring the family and your lawn chairs. #34

Food & Faith Free Family Picnic

Sept. 6: You are invited to a Food & Faith Family Picnic at CS United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 6th at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. FREE family event. Food, games, prizes, for all ages. Contact Sally at 616-788-8225 or office@cedarspringsumc.org. Bring a dish to pass if you wish. #34,35b

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 13,20,28: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 7th. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September 13th and 20th, Thursday September 28th at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, October 5th. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #33,34p

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The Post travels to Disney World

The Pellerito family traveled to Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, the first week of August, and had a great time. Dominic, 12, Kate, 10, and Deno, 8, made sure to take the Post with them, and sent us their photo. Thanks so much for taking us with you on your trip!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Correction on Stratford pricing

 

Last week we ran information on a one-day bus trip that Montcalm Community College is organizing to Stratford, Ontario, to see “Romeo and Juliet” on Oct. 6. The college sent us an email this week saying the pricing they gave was incorrect. The correct prices are $32.49 for students, and $69.24 for non-students. For more info and to register, go to www.montcalm.edu/stratford by Oct. 4. Tickets are limited.

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Impressive Dinner

 

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea. “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother.

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”

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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.


Free Outdoor Family Concert

Aug. 19: The Community Building Development Team is hosting a Free Outdoor Family Concert on Saturday, August 19th from 3 to 7 pm. It will be held in the “Heart of Cedar Springs” (park near the new Library). Two bands will be performing: Barn Cats and Whiskey Bound. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy! #31-33p

Open Mic at the CS Library

Aug. 19: You are invited to join local and regional writers in a night of reading original prose and poetry from 6 pm to 8 pm at the new Library in Cedar Springs, 107 N. Main Street. Readers will be initially scheduled for 5 minutes, but may be allowed more time depending on turnout. For more information on reading, email event master of ceremonies Ken at kdn13@hotmail.com. You may reach the Library at 616-901-7173. Feel free just to come to listen. Families welcome! #33

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 21: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, August 21st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #33p

Annual Second Best Sale

Aug. 25,26: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual Second Best Sale is Friday, August 25 from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9 am – 2 pm. There is a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34b

HCNC Benefit Auction

Aug. 27: Come join us at Howard Christensen Nature Center on August 27th for our Benefit Auction! Not only are we auctioning off items we no longer have use for, but we will have food, drinks, and other items for sale! Browsing will start at 1:30 pm, with the auction kicking off at 3 pm. Don’t miss out! If you have any questions or gently used items to donate to the auction, please let us know before the date of the event. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #33

Improv Night at the Kent

Aug. 30: Fans of Improv need look no further than the Kent Theatre as the Cedar Springs Community Players hold Improv Night at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 30th on the stage of the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The Players held its first Improv Night in February and are excited to offer another night of comedy on August 30th. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there! #33,34b

CSUMC August Rummage Sale

Aug. 30,31: Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will holding our annual rummage sale in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets. Wednesday, August 30th, 9 am to 7 pm & Thursday, August 31st, 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $3.00/bag sale all day Thursday on clothing and linens. #33,34b

Wine and Water Colors

Sept. 9: Meet our resident artist Tracey, as she takes you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece! Joined by Kare our Sommelier, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening, full of laughter. Saturday, September 9th from 6 to 9 pm. $35 per person, $20 for members. This is an adult only event. Location to be determined. Pre-registration requested www.howardchristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #33

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 13,20,28: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 7th. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September 13th and 20th, Thursday September 28th at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, October 5th. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #33,34p

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The Post travels to Spain

Marina Dalmau, from Barcelona, Spain, visited Cedar Springs as a foreign exchange student this summer. She is now back in Spain at the beach of Tamariu, in Costa Brava, Spain on holiday for the month of August and she took a Post with her!

Marina was here for six weeks, and stayed with the family of Shawn and Katy Austin. “During that time she attended The Springs Church with us, and was the official Photography assistant at VBS,” said Katy. “We enjoyed going to Lake Michigan with our neighbors and family. We went to Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, and Silver Lake. We also went to John Ball Zoo, attended a movie at The Kent Theater, and enjoyed lunch at the Cedar Springs Brewing Company. Our neighborhood called it “The Summer of Marina,’ as we all enjoyed showing her the best that Pine Lake had to offer, including swimming, boating and bonfires.”

It sounds like you all had a great summer, and thank you to Marina for taking us with you to Spain!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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53rd Annual Danish Festival – August 17, 18, 19, 20, 2017

2017 Theme Story


2017 Theme Poster Contest Winner – Artist: Beverly Adams | Crystal, MI

THE FIR TREE (“Grantræet”)

by Hans Christian Andersen

First published in December of 1844, this story is a cautionary tale about a Fir Tree who learned too late that what we have is often far better than what we desire.  He could not be happy in the moment because he was too anxious to grow up.  He expected greater glory just around the corner and he eventually felt regret.

In the woods stood a little Fir Tree.  The Fir Tree wanted so badly to be grown up, to be able to spread out his branches with the tops looking into the wide world.  He longed to have the birds build nests among his branches and the breezes blow through his bows making him bend with as much stateliness as the others.  The little tree found no pleasure in the beauty around him, no matter the season.  He only wanted to continue to grow taller and grander.  He was envious of the magnificent trees that fell to the earth with great noise and cracking, whose branches were cut, and trunks laid in carts and dragged out of the wood.

The birds told the Fir these grown trees became masts of grand ships or Christmas trees beautifully decorated, so he dreamed of becoming a mast to fly across the sea or a Christmas tree ornamented with the most splendid things!

“Rejoice in your growth and in the fresh life that moves within you!” said the Sunbeams.  The wind and the dew kissed the Tree, but the Fir appreciated none of it.  He continued to dream of masts and Christmas adornments, and longed for something better, something grander.   “Rejoice in our presence!” said the Air and the Sunlight. “Rejoice in your own fresh youth!”  But the Fir did not rejoice at all.  He grew into a fine tree and he became the first to be cut down the following Christmas.  He fell to the earth; he felt a pang; he could not think of happiness, for he was feeling sad at being separated from his home.

He became an adorned Christmas tree with children celebrating around him.  After Christmas, the Fir thought the splendor would begin again but he was dragged out of the room into a dark corner of the attic where no one visited.  The Fir Tree was terribly lonely and he missed the animals of the wood and the children of Christmas Eve.  He told the mice in the attic about the most beautiful spot on the earth….the wood of his youth, where the sun shone and the birds sang.  And he told them of Christmas Eve, when he was decorated with ornaments and candles.  The more he remembered, the more he felt as if those times had really been the happiest of times. But he promised himself he would enjoy and appreciate his life once he was out of the attic.

When the people finally took him from the attic and pulled him outside, he felt the fresh air and sunshine.  He thought his merry life would now begin.  He did not feel old.  He felt in his prime. He spread out his branches, but they were all withered and yellow.  The Fir Tree saw all the beauty of the garden around him and he thought of his youth in the wood, of the merry Christmas Eve, and of the little Mice who had listened with so much pleasure to his stories.  He realized then it all was over and he should have rejoiced in the moments of his life as the Sunbeams had wisely advised.

To download this year’s Danish Festival Schedule click link below:

DanishFestival2017.pdf

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Forum on UFOs in Michigan

 

On Thursday, August 17, Dr. Ron Pleune will hold an open forum and information meeting at the Cedar Springs Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a question and answer period from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on the topic of UFO’s in Michigan as well as the greater Rockford, Cedar Springs, Sand Lake areas.

Dr. Pleune is a graduate of Aquinas College and Bethany Theological Seminary with majors in Business Management, Youth and Family Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Apologetics. He has taught at several colleges as an adjunct professor and recently taught an 11-week class in the Rockford Community Education Program on the Billy Meier UFO contacts that began in 1942. The course will be offered again this coming fall. Dr. Pleune is also a certified for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

Dr. Pleune became interested in UFO activity in childhood and was intrigued with the sightings in the 1960’s but never saw one until the spring of 1974 when he and his family moved to Rockford in 1973. One clear Saturday morning a UFO hovered a couple hundred feet above the back yard and a call was placed to the Grand Rapids airport. The airport confirmed that many calls were coming in about UFO being sighted in the Rockford area.

UFO sightings continued to be an interest and led him to his UFO teaching efforts in 2016, which includes a 2-hour session on how to contact UFOs. Personal contact efforts in 2016 resulted in 38 UFO flashing a light back when summoned by light signal, 4 UFO flyovers where UFO flew approximately 200 feet overhead, and one close encounter where a UFO hovered 50 ft. off the ground just 400 feet away when he and his wife arrived at their common UFO signaling field. In 2017, personal contacts are above the 2016 count…and you’ve got to hear of the UFO he summoned on Feb. 19 as well as how the UFO have flashed back on occasion when he has spoken into the night sky.

The community will be invited to share personal UFO experiences, express their interest in the formation of a UFO monthly fellowship, how to sign up for the 11 week course of the Billy Meier UFO story, and how to sign up for a class on how to signal UFO, which results in personal field training and a Certificate of Completion.

The Cedar Springs Library does not endorse nor bear any legal liability regarding the subject of this meeting offered by Dr. Ron Pleune for personal enrichment to those that are interested.

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