February Calendar of Events
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West Michigan February Calendar of Events www.wmta.org Contact: Sarah Hayes Director of Marketing 616-245-2217 x 105 firstname.lastname@example.org Every Sunday Khnemu Studio & Gallery Fennville 269-236-9260 www.khnemustudio.com Play with clay – a unique one-time opportunity to experience throwing on the Potter’s Wheel with instruction! This is to be used as an experience, due to the nature of clay it is impossible to bring your work made during the event home. Dress to get dirty! Reservations Required. Every Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. Through February 8 A Raisin in the Sun Grand Rapids Civic Theatre 616-222-6650 www.grct.org Set in Chicago’s South Side during the 1950s, this groundbreaking play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. Sacrifice, trust and love among family, and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in the face of a changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. This powerful drama is a pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre. Through February 22 Robert Sabuda: Travels in Time and Space Muskegon Museum of Art 231-720-2527 www.muskegonartmuseum.org This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's illustrated Literature. HOURS: 12:00-4:30PM, Closed Monday ADMISSION: $5 Adults/Free Ages 17 & under. Saturdays Through February 28 Gourmet Glide Garland Resort Lewiston 877-442-7526 www.garlandusa.com The Gourmet Glide combines two favorite wintertime activities -- cross country skiing and eating! This scintillating ski and feast trip covers 10 kilometers of immaculately groomed cross-country ski trails, with five buffet stations strategically placed along the route. Cross-country skiing and gourmet cuisine have been a longtime tradition at Garland Resort, a Winter Wonderland. This upcoming season, the Gourmet Glide offers specialty cross-country experiences taking seasoned Nordic skiers and novice weekend skiers through the pined forests at their own pace on immaculately groomed trails. Free Ski Rentals are available on January 10th and 17th. Gourmet Glide event passes are just $59 per adult, while students can feast for as little as $27. Gourmet Glide Takes Place most Saturdays during Winter 2009, Call for Complete Details. Through March 1 A Gift of Art: The Legacy of Mabel Perkins Grand Rapids Art Museum 616-831-1000 www.gramonline.org Mabel H. Perkins (1880-1974) was an international art collector whose generosity was crucial in building the collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Mabel H. Perkins Collection, includes sixty important works dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century chosen for their outstanding quality. Admission: Adults $8.00, Senior Adults (62 and over) & College Students with ID $7.00, Youth (ages 6-17) $5.00, Children under 6 Free Through March 1 Eugene Masselink: Drawings for Frank Lloyd Wright Grand Rapids Art Museum 616-831-1000 www.gramonline.org Eugene Masselink (1910–1962) joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesan Fellowship in 1933 as a graphic designer and assistant to Wright. Known as Gene to his colleagues and Wright clients, he quickly became one of Wright’s most trusted protégés and one of the significant talents in the Wright office, producing decorative designs for interiors of many Wright commissions. Admission: Adults $8.00, Senior Adults (62 and over) & College Students with ID $7.00, Youth (ages 6-17) $5.00, Children under 6 Free. Tuesday and Wednesday through March 25 Kalamazoo Indoor Flea Market Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground 269-383-8761 www.kalcounty.com/parks This event features area dealers and great finds and bargains. Operated by the Kalamazoo County Parks Dept and runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7am-2pm October 14, 2008 through March 25, 2009. Admission is free, concessions available. Through May 3 MOBY-DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville Grand Rapids Art Museum 616-831-1000 www.gramonline.org The exhibition MOBY-DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville brings together more than thirty monumental printed works from Stella’s series, including his definitive masterpiece, The Fountain. Twenty-four feet in length, The Fountain is Stella’s largest and most complex work on paper. The woodblocks with metal inlay plates for The Fountain are included in the exhibition on loan from The National Gallery of Australia. A preamble to the exhibition includes a group of Rockwell Kent’s ink-drawings for Moby-Dick and the original Lakeside edition of the book. Through May 10 Jonathan Borofsky Sculpture Exhibition Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids 616 -957-1580 www.meijergardens.org Recognized as one of the most significant figurative artists of his generation, Borofsky frequently utilizes stylized descriptions of male and female figures to suggest the commonalities shared across humanity. Through May 24 White House in Miniature Gerald R. Ford Museum Grand Rapids 616-254-0400 www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov The White House in Miniature exhibit will be back at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Americans will now have the chance to get an insiders tour of "The Presidents' House" without the hassles of traveling to the nation's capital. That is why John and Jan Zweifel have labored since 1962 to create The White House in Miniature, a breathtaking scale model of the White House that is 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. The replica took more than 35 years to research, design and construct. Among the features are tiny, working televisions, hand-carved chairs and tables, crystal chandeliers, portraits and miniature carpets that reproduce the originals stitch by stitch- each nuance of the White House is painstakingly reproduced to capture the elegance of one of the world's most recognized residences. Through January 3, 2010 Newcomers: The People of This Place Public Museum of Grand Rapids 616-456-3977 www.grmuseum.org/exhibits/newcomers More than 45 ethnic groups now call West Michigan their home. Newcomers: The People of This Place is the Public Museum's newest major permanent exhibition. It includes more than 600 artifacts and images; dating from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars and others seeking a better standard of living. Interactive maps and photos show where different groups of newcomers settled in West Michigan. Compare the typical jobs and wages of three different immigrant groups. Photos, artifacts, and short video clips highlight different rites of passage concerning birth and death, coming of age, marriage, and holidays. And every group of newcomers brought a great recipe. Viva la difference! Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00 and Children $3.00 February 1 Triathlon 2009 Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org West Michigan Triathlon 2009! Ski, Skate, and Luge starting at 10 a.m.. Family friendly event for all ages. Call Mark 231-828-4627 for reservations. February 1 Women’s Winter Tour Crystal Mountain Thompsonville www.womenswintertour.com Celebrate Women, Winter & Chocolate! For eleven years, the Women’s Winter Tour has been combining the exhilaration of wintertime activities, the camaraderie of fun with the girls and the indulgence of chocolate with raising funds and awareness for domestic abuse. Returning to Crystal Mountain for a third year, the women-only cross-country ski and snowshoe event is the ultimate in wintertime fun for women. Stay tuned for more. February 1 - 28 Month of Valentines Shanty Creek Resorts Bellaire 800-678-4111 www.shantycreek.com Romance is in the air all month long with packages and activities designed to celebrate love each day in February. Gandy’s Valentine Village will be open on February 14. February 3 Forest Hills Performing Arts Center Golden Dragon Acrobats Grand Rapids 616-493-8966 www.FHFineArtsCenter.com The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. They are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company. Their daredevil feats high above the stage, award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques combine for a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Performance will be Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $28 - $32. February 5 - 8 11th Annual Michigan International Auto Show DeVos Place Grand Rapids (616) 742-6610 www.devosplace.org This is the greatest annual opportunity to view your "next new car!" More than 35 car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with 300 + new vehicles - including sedans, vans, SUV's, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the BEST place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or "soon to be released" models! Thursday 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Adults $10.00, Children (6-14) $4.00, Children (5 and under) free February 5 the Connection Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids 616 -957-1580 www.meijergardens.org The Connection invites you to shed those winter blues and go green! Thursday, February 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. join the Connection in the warmth of the Frederik Meijer Gardens! You will have an opportunity to learn from Meijer Garden’s horticulturists through a unique, hands – on experience. Appetizers and Cocktails available. This event is free to The Connection members. Non – Members can purchase tickets for $15 each. February 5 - 8 North American Snow Festival Cadillac 800-22-LAKES www.cadillacmichigan.com Thursday night kicks off with a Chili Cook – Off at this fun festival and the fun does not stop there. Friday brings a Poker Fun Run, Sleigh Rides, a Grillin’ Contest and more entertainment at The Armory. Saturday compete in Ice Fishing, Motorcycle & Snowmobile Races on Lake Cadillac and for the Brave even a Polar Dip in Lake Cadillac! Sunday, snow sculptures will dot the Lake Cadillac Shoreline and the fun continues with more Lake Races! February 6 Nub’s Nob Harbor Springs 800-SKI-NUBS www.nubsnob.com Tecnica/Volkl/Marker Speed Series and USSA Michigan Masters Race #3. 7:00 p.m. GS Racing on Smokey. 7 race series open to advanced skiers and snowboarders age 13 and up. Prizes at the end of series for top three in each age class and top three overall. Registration at the front desk until 6:20 p.m. USSA membership required for Michigan Masters scoring only. February 6 Pond Hockey Tournament Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org 3 vs.3 Pond Hockey Tournament at 6 p.m. Multiple age groups can reserve team space in advance with Jim at 231-744-9629. All youth will qualify for the Wintersportsfest. February 6 - 8 Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo Lansing 616-532-8833 www.kohlerexpo.com Shopping Extravaganza, Health Screenings, Food Sampling and More. Winter Break for Women! Pamper Your Body and Enhance Your Mind. Exhibits and seminars on health issues and screenings, finance, vacations, home decor, autos, cooking, beauty, fitness, on- site spa services, Shopping for unique items only found at this annual event and MORE! Friday Feb. 6 10am-8pm, Saturday Feb. 7 10am-6pm, Sunday Feb. 8 11am-5pm. Price: Adults: $7.50, Children (6-14) $5.50, 5 and under Free. February 6 – 8 Youth Wintersports Fest Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org West Michigan Youth Wintersport Fest is a fun competition of three Days, 24 sports all over the Lakeshore, and 3,000 Athletes. Need not be an expert to try most! Contact Mark at 231-828-4627 or visit www.wintersportsfest.com February 7 Pan Sauté, Pan Sauce Chateau Chantal Traverse City 231-223-4110 www.chateauchantal.com Sauce just makes everything taste better. It will add vibrant spark to your old favorite chicken and fish dishes and wow your friends. Don’t settle for carryout when you’re hurried and hungry. In this class you’ll learn how to handle a sauté pan. You’ll discover that in this one vessel you can prepare restaurant style meals that will surprise you and the secrets and technique for producing quick meals in a sauté pan without recipes. Break the mystery of tasty pan sauces with dishes like Chicken Marsala, Chicken in green peppercorn pan sauce, Chicken Saltimbocca in wine sauce, Poached salmon with beurre blanc and Shrimp in Thai coconut curry. They are guaranteed to add elegance and style to your cooking repertoire. The cost is $125 per person. Reservations are required and spots are limited. February 7 33rd Annual White Pine Stampede Mancelona & Shanty Creek Resorts 231-587-8812 www.whitepinestampede.org National 50 km and 20 km point-to-point cross-country ski race. The White Pine Stampede is a race for those who want to race. It’s a tour for those who want to tour. It’s what you want it to be! It is an event for all cross-country skiers regardless of ability. The idea is to have fun! All races finish at Shanty Creek. February 7 - 8 Kalamazoo Antique Auto Swap Meet Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground 269-375-3669 www.kaarc.net 46th annual event presented by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club featuring dealers from across the Midwest and Canada. Admission: Adults $5 (Saturday admission will also get you in the show on Sunday). Saturday February 7 8am-4pm & Sunday February 8 8am-1pm. February 7- 14 Winter "Blues" Festival Petoskey 231-487-1188 www.PetsokeyArea.com If you're the kind that gets the winter blues, Petoskey is the place to come for the cure. During this weeklong event, there will be ice sculptures in Pennsylvania Park, horse and buggy rides, a hidden medallion hunt and some quirky events sure to please. Watch for blue-plate specials in our restaurants, blue drinks in our pubs and blue light specials in our stores. You may even catch some blues tunes somewhere! You won't be blue, in a town that's cool! February 8 Wintersportsfest Activities Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org **8:30 am registration Lake Effect Snowshoe and Trail race. A 5k and 10k race will take place. All youth will qualify for the Wintersportsfest. Registration required. Call the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to register. **2 p.m. registration 2:30 instruction for the Wintersportsfest Luge Race. Open to youth ages 8 to 18. Registration required. Call the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to register. **4:30 p.m. Registration Lake Effect Cross Country Ski Race. * 7.5k trail race through the Nordic Nights trails. All youth will qualify for the Wintersportsfest. Registration required. Call the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to register. February 10-13 Women's Retreat Shanty Creek Resorts Bellaire 800-678-4111 www.shantycreek.com Join Shanty Creek for three days of skiing, in a relaxed setting at Schuss Mountain. Chris Van Tongeren, Aprill O’Connell, Jan Hanczaryk, and Joanne Evans, your retreat hosts, are certified with Professional Ski Instructors of America. Your instructors will provide personalized attention using teaching techniques for shaped skis and video analysis, resulting in skill building and confidence for intermediate through advanced level skiers. February 13 Friday Night Fights Nub’s Nob Harbor Springs 800-SKI-NUBS www.nubsnob.com Friday Night Fights – round 3. Rail event for snowboarders and freeskiers. Registration in the lobby until 30 minutes prior to event start. February 13 – 14 The Elixir of Love Opera Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall 616-451-2741 x 3 www.devosperformancehall.com Luscious. Humorous. Magical. Romantic. Donizetti’s charming and sentimental score spins a lighthearted vision of love, as the humble and young Nemorino pines for the breathtaking beauty Adina. His belief in the power of a magic love potion allows this tender comedy to become a gentle expose on romance, class and hope, all leading up to one of opera’s happiest endings. By Gaetano Donizetti. Sung in Italian with English Titles. February 13-14 Valentines Weekend Chateau Chantal Traverse City 231-223-4110 www.chateauchantal.com Bring your honey for some one-on-one time. Get flowers, chocolates and two Chateau Chantal glasses for the bottle of Naughty Red waiting in the room upon arrival. "Celebrate Breakfast in Bed" delivered to your door on Saturday morning, side-by-side massage Saturday afternoon, wine tasting, and end with dinner at Old Mission Tavern on Saturday night. Call for prices. February 13 - 15 Thunder Nationals – 2009 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids 616-742-6600 www.vanandelarena.com Time: Feb.13 :7:30 pm Feb.14: 2pm & 7:30pm Feb. 15 2pm February 13 – 15 21st Annual West Michigan Golf Show DeVos Place Grand Rapids (800) 328-6550 www.westmichigangolfshow.com The excitement and promise of a Saturday morning foursome hits West Michigan in February. Golfers can plan vacations around the U.S. and Michigan, buy new equipment from huge retail displays and dream a little golf. Lessons, skill contests, club demos and the world famous Par 3 Challenge. Friday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Adults $9.00, Children (6-14) $4.00, 5 & under Free February 13 - 15 Blast from the Past Prom Night Newaygo 616-638-9384 www.hesslakerentals.com Hess Lake Rentals is proud to present - A "Blast from the Past Prom Night!" Girls, this is your chance to get your significant other to finally take you to the prom that you originally may have missed! This could also be an opportunity to step up the romance in your relationship or simply have a night away from it all with your old high school friends. What ever your situation is, you definitely don't want to miss this fun time. On Valentines Day, February 14th, 2009. Dress in 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Attend with your spouse, significant other, girlfriends, etc. There will be voting for prom King and Queen and Court, photo booth, DJ, dinner, dancing and much more! Accommodations are only a few miles from the fun at any Hess Lake Rentals-Wisner vacation home rental. Cherry Capital Winterfest February 13 – 16 Grand Traverse Resort Traverse City 800-236-1577 www.grandtraverseresort.com Join the Grand Traverse Resort during President's Day weekend, February 13-16, for Traverse City's official winter festival. Enjoy Sleigh, snowmobile and pony rides, a snowshoe race, polar plunge, cherry pie eating contest and more! February 14 33rd Annual North American Vasa Ski Race Traverse City 231-938-4400 www.timberridgeresort.net This cross-country ski race is open to both classical and freestyle skiers, with distances of 12, 27 & 50 km on the Vasa trail near Acme. Many participants are new competitors - and some are trying on cross-country skis for the first time! It doesn't take an expert to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the VASA. Visit www.vasa.org to learn about the variety of Nordic ski races you can try on for size. February 14 Winterfest Downtown Beulah 800-882-5801 www.benziecounty.com Make your way to Benzie for an awesome day filled with tons of fun and food! This great all day event has something for everyone and will be an awesome day filled with wintertime activities that includes a pancake breakfast, snowmobile poker run, horse drawn hay rides, frozen fish toss, frozen turkey bowl, rubber duck race, chili cook off, parade, bonfire on the beach and fireworks, plus lots more! February 14 Fireworks Spectacle Boyne Mountain & Boyne Highlands Boyne Falls & Harbor Springs 800-GO-BOYNE www.boyne.com Enjoy fireworks at Boyne Mountain Boyne Highlands Resorts Saturday evening in honor of President's Weekend. February 14 Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org Classic Ski Lesson from 1 – 3 p.m. Cost is $15.00. Advance reservations required. Call the lodge at 231-744-9629. February 14 - 15 "Romance is Playing at the Mansion" Cartier Mansion Bed & Breakfast 877-843-0101 www.cartiermansion.com Come and enjoy dinner and entertainment only $99.00 per couple. (Price includes a glass of wine with dinner and tax & gratuity). A cash bar will be available. Reservations are required. Stay the night and enjoy 25% off of regular room rates. February 14 - 15 Free Fishing Weekend www.michigan.gov/dnr All fishing license fees will be waived for residents and out of state visitors who want to fish our wonderful rivers, inland and Great Lakes waters. Have a good time, but remember all fishing rules and regulations still apply. Find out for yourself how great the fishing is in Michigan! February 15 Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org "The Grimmette Open" luge race. This race is open for anyone that has had a lesson in the past year. Call to reserve your race spot! February 18- 22 64th Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show DeVos Place Grand Rapids 800-328-6550 www.showspan.com A West Michigan tradition! Exhibits include boats from 16 to 50 feet, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, kayaks and motor yachts. Also, boating accessories and services like marina slips and ski gear abound. It is one of the finest water sports expos in the country featuring cruising travelogues, the "Key West Crab Shack" and Antiques & Classic boat display. Show Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 3:00 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Admission: Adults $9.00, Children (6-14) $4.00, Children (5 & under) Free February 18 – 28 Newlywed's Game of Murder Mystery Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA Dinner Theatre Marshall 800-228-4315 www.turkeyville.com The Newlywed's Game of Murder Mystery will be a fun time of murder, mystery, intrigue and plenty of laughs, you will not want to miss it! Matinee Shows: Tuesday – Saturday. Lunch at noon, show starts at 2:00 p.m. Dinner Shows: Friday and Saturday. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Show: $36. Show Only: $27 February 20 Race Series Nub’s Nob Harbor Springs 800-SKI-NUBS www.nubsnob.com Tecnica/Volkl/Marker Speed Series and USSA Michigan Masters Race #4. 7:00 p.m. Super G Racing on Valley. 7 race series open to advanced skiers and snowboarders age 13 and up. Prizes at the end of series for top three in each age class and top three overall. Registration at the front desk until 6:20 p.m. USSA membership required for Michigan Masters scoring only. February 20-22 Mardi Gras Weekend Shanty Creek Resorts Bellaire 800-678-4111 www.shantycreek.com An up-north Cajun celebration on the slopes of Schuss Mountain with bead bobbing, a frozen-fish toss and Mardi Gras Party. February 20 - 22 Shiver by the River Frankfort 231-352-7251 www.frankfort-elberta.com A first-time winter event in the Frankfort-Elberta Area sponsored by the Frankfort- Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce. Come out and play in the snow! A three-day snocross snowmobile event, a winter parade, snow play area with games and sledding, snow sculpture, kid's games and activities (indoor and out), kid's sled decorating contest, warming zones at the Frankfort Rec Center, City Hall, & the Chamber of Commerce, food, beer & warming zone at the Frankfort American Legion. February 21 I Like Meat Chateau Chantal Traverse City 231-223-4110 www.chateauchantal.com Chock full of information, technique and tasting, this is our most popular class. The star of this day is our local meat cutter who will teach you about meats, their cuts and appropriate uses. You’ll have an opportunity to grill the meat cutter and find out why it’s better to shop at a butcher for your meat. We’ll prepare classic and bistro style dishes like Lamb shanks with polenta, Tuscan herbed roast pork loin with roasted vegetable sauce, Tenderloin filet with mushroom sauce, Veal saltimbocca, Chinese glazed spare ribs and lots more. The cost is $125 per person. Reservations are required and spots are limited. February 21 Mardi Gras on the Mountain Crystal Mountain Thompsonville 800-YOUR-MTN www.crystalmountain.com Festivities will abound on the Mountain in celebration of Mardi Gras! February 21-22 Crystal Mountain Boarder Camp Thompsonville 800-YOUR-MTN www.crystalmountain.com The Crystal Mountain Snowboard camp offers experienced snowboarders, ages 10 and up, the opportunity to improve their skills in the terrain park and halfpipe. Crystal’s expert coaching staff will provide the latest techniques in a safe and fun environment. Riders will be grouped by age and ability. Camp includes coaching, video analysis and lunches. Advance Reservations required, call ext. 2000. Rates: Pre-registration thru 2/7/09: $150. After 2/7/09: $175. Camp t-shirt included in Price. February 20 Red Carpet Ready Fundraiser West Michigan Film Video Alliance Held at Amway Grand Plaza Grand Rapids A Red Carpet Ready Fundraiser (celebrating the 81st Annual Academy Awards) will be held Sunday, February 22, 2009, from 8 p.m. until Midnight. The Amway Grand Plaza in Downtown Grand Rapids will host this roaring good time and the red carpet will be rolled for a night on the town with a 1920s theme gala fundraiser. Don your flapper dress, spit shine your spats and join in the costume contest or celebrity look-a-like contest. Get your photo taken with Oscar, bid on silent auction items and of course, view The Academy Awards on the big screen. Come hob-knob at the party of the year, with the “who’s who” in the local film industry. Non Members of WMFVA $100 per person or $150 per couple. Students: $40 with valid student ID. February 22 Muskegon Winter Sport Complex North Muskegon 231-744-9629 www.Msports.org Learn how to Skate Ski for only $15.00 from 1 – 3 p.m. Advance Reservations Required. Call the lodge at 231-744-9629. February 24 Mardi Gras Parade Saugatuck/Douglas 269-857-1701 www.saugatuck.com Mardi Gras Parade, Food, Fun & Foolery in a small town atmosphere! New Orleans style parade through downtown Douglas and ending at a local restaurant and bar for prizes and dancing. Starts at 7:00 p.m. February 27- March 1 Slush Cup Weekend Shanty Creek Resorts Bellaire 800-678-4111 www.shantycreek.com Celebrate over 30 years of Shanty Creek’s most popular winter event – a racecourse on an icy 40’ pond! Lots of other activities on the slopes including a frozen fish toss, shovel races, the fruit suity and more! February 28 Outhouse 500 Downtown Coopersville 616-997-5164 www.coopersville.com The Outhouse 500 will be held Saturday, February 28th. The day begins with the Coopersville Chill 5-K run; Outhouse Parade and Races; Rotary Chili Blast and much more. All events are held at various locations through Historic Downtown Coopersville. February 28 The Dynastar/Lange Challenge Nub’s Nob Harbor Springs 800-SKI-NUBS www.nubsnob.com Giant slalom racing for skiers of all ages and abilities. $8 entry fee. Sponsored by Skis Dynastar and Lange ski boots with a grand prize drawing for a pair of Dynastar skis! For more information on traveling in West Michigan visit our website at www.wmta.org or call 800-442-2084 to order our new 2008-09 West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide – your guide to all the places to stay and things to do in West Michigan. Founded in 1917, WMTA is the oldest continually operated regional tourist association in the nation. 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