April 2009 by jessiespano


									April 2009 Calendar of Events
West Michigan Tourist Association

Contact: Sarah Hayes
Director of Marketing
616-245-2217 x 105

Every Saturday
Cellar Tours
Fenn Valley Winery hosts every Saturday at 3 p.m. an extensive guided tasting-tour of
the cellar where you will taste wines out of tanks & barrels. Cost is $8 per person, which
includes a logo glass, which are yours to keep & a coupon for $5 that may be redeemed
with the purchase of three (3) or more bottles of wine.

Every Sunday
Khnemu Studio & Gallery

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 April 30
Foremost’s Butterflies Are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Gardens
Grand Rapids
A crowd favorite, this exhibition features butterflies from tropical regions around the
world flying freely in the 6-story Tropical Conservatory. The 80-degree conditions make
for a warm, winter escape in West Michigan. This is the largest temporary tropical
butterfly exhibit in the nation with over 60,000 butterflies and moths. Exhibit runs
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays 9:00 AM
to 9:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Adult ages 14-64 $12.00, Senior 65 &
older $9.00, Students with ID $9.00, Children ages 5-13 $6.00, Children ages 3-4 $4.00,
Children 2 & younger are Free
Through May 2
”Queen of Bingo”
Cornwell's Turkeyville USA
This could be your lucky day! You will not want to miss this hilarious comedy!
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: $38.50. Show Only: $30

Through May 3
MOBY-DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville
Grand Rapids Art Museum
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
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
Durer Rembrandt: The Story of the Bible
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Within three decades of the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, printing presses throughout Europe
made the Bible accessible to the public and a primary narrative source for artists.
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), one of the most important humanists of the Northern
Renaissance, created meticulous woodcuts and engravings of the Old and New Testament
that depicted the life of Christ and stories of the prophets and the saints as tangible human
dramas. A century later, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) applied his personal
interpretation of Biblical texts to works of art that remain the most profoundly spiritual
ever created. Dürer · Rembrandt: The Story of the Bible includes thirty-five etchings and
engravings of the Old and New Testament by these two great artists. The centerpiece of
the exhibition is a rare and early impression of Rembrandt's masterpiece, The Three
Crosses (fourth state) recently acquired by the museum. Works from the permanent
collection as well as loans from the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University and
private collections are included. $8 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $5 Youth (ages 6 –

Through May 24
White House in Miniature
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Grand Rapids
 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 May 25
Dinosaurs: Just Imagine!
Public Museum of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids
Animatronic creatures roar, leap and fly from the pages of comic and story
books, the context of the silver screen and the simplicity of a playground sandbox
in the DINOSAURS: Just Imagine! exhibit. The scenes in this fantasy-fueled time
travel, along with its companion Dinosaur Chronicles planetarium show, remind
young and old of the power of imagination. The exhibit includes several
interactive stations where kids can “make believe.”

Dinosaur Chronicles
Travel back in time to imagine what the Earth looked like when dinosaurs ruled! Learn
about the ancient history of our planet, and theories on how dinosaurs lived and why they
died. Shown Mon-Fri @ 11 am and 2 pm; Sat-Sun @ 1 and 2 pm

Under Starlit Skies
Follow the Planetarium operator on a tour of the night sky and learn about current
astronomical events as you search the sky for prominent stars, constellations and planets.
Saturdays and Sundays @ 3 pm, 30-40 minutes.

Through May 31
Gourmet Sunday Brunch
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Enjoy Sunday Brunch in the Museum Cafe'. The floor to ceiling windows offer
sweeping views of Maya Lin's Ecliptic and the hustle and bustle of downtown
activity on the Monroe Center. Sundays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Through September 14
Michigan's Roadside Attractions
Michigan Historical Museum
Michigan's Roadside Attractions looks at the fun, interesting, even quirky, places that
travelers visit while on their way somewhere else. If you have traveled Michigan's
highways and byways, chances are you've stopped at sites like Big John, the World's
Largest Miner, near Iron Mountain; the Twin Towers in the Irish Hills; or any number of
places—perhaps one that no longer exists—for amusement, to rest, to buy a souvenir or
to have your picture taken. Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun.:
1 to 5 p.m. Cost: Free

Through January 3, 2010
Newcomers: The People of This Place
Public Museum of Grand Rapids
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

April 4
Dishes From All Around France
Chateau Chantal
Traverse City
France is the mother-lode of techniques and fine cooking. Each bounteous region has its
renowned specialties-the North with its crepes and galettes, many kinds of seafood;
Burgundy with gougeré, game and honey cake; Rhone-Alpes with fine fowl, chocolate
and sausage; the South with its tomatoes, garlic, olives, wild mushrooms, lamb, green
lentils and cassoulet. After this class you'll surprise your family with deeply satisfying,
time-tested techniques and dishes from all around France like Soufflé, Tartare de saumon
aux lentilles vertes du Puy, Soupe de poissons de roche, Quiche Lorraine, Navets glaces,
Chou farcis, Lapereau a la moutarde, Oeufs meurette and so much more. The cost is $125
per person. Reservations are required and spots are limited.

April 4
Kalamazoo Model Railroad Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Buy, sell and trade interesting items from the hobby with dealers and
collectors. Admission: Adults $5. Presented by the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical

April 4
Kalamazoo Coin Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
Spring show presented by the Kalamazoo Numismatic Club featuring many dealers
buying and selling coins, currency, tokens and other related items. Admission is free. 9
a.m. –5 p.m. in Room E of the Kalamazoo County Expo Center.

April 4, 5 & 11
Bunny Train
Coopersville & Marne Railway
Kids of all ages will enjoy this one hour and twenty minute excursion through the
Spring Time countryside. The Easter Bunny and her cast of wacky, musical
characters perform in each of the antique passenger coaches. The Springtime
Princess will read children's books and lead the passengers in springtime songs.
Kids will be given a surprise at the end of the ride. Adults $14.50, Seniors (60+)
$13.50, Kids (2-12) $10.50. Under 2 FREE. There will be over 200 seats
available on each run. Saturday Departures at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Sunday Departures
at 1pm & 3pm

April 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturday All Day With The Arts|
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Enjoy the museum's programs and educational activities with your family and friends.
There is always something happening at GRAM! Films supporting the themes of the
current exhibitions start at 1 pm in the beautiful Cook Auditorium. Feel like a hands-on
activity? Stop down to the Museum Education Center and create with projects hosted by
the museum staff. Learn new skills with our Adult Workshops. No matter your age,
GRAM's permanent collection and traveling exhibitions will inspire you during Saturday
All Day With The Arts! 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults $8.00, Students with ID $7.00, Children
(Age 6 – 17) $5.00

April 5 - June 14
In Search of Motion: John William Cavanaugh
Dennos Museum Center
Traverse City
John Cavanaugh, a master of hammered lead, introduced the method of shaping the
material by hammering at the outside edges of a lead sheet and working toward the
center. This innovative technique allowed him to present an energetic and dramatic
figurative expression. The works in this exhibition demonstrate an ethereal sense of
movement in 75 sculptures in hammered lead, aluminum, bronze, ceramics, and wax.

April 8
West Michigan Whitecaps Exhibition Game
Comstock Park
Join the Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ballpark, as they get ready to start their season during
this exhibition game against GVSU.

April 9
West Michigan Whitecaps vs. South Bend
Comstock Park
Season Opener at Fifth Third Ballpark! Game starts at 6:35 p.m. Fireworks after
the Game

April 10 & 11
West Michigan Whitecaps vs. South Bend
Comstock Park
Game time both nights is 6:35 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark

April 11
Easter Egg Hunt
The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce once again hosts an Annual Easter Egg
Hunt at Mineral Springs Park - Frankfort - Be on time at 10 a.m. - if you are a minute or
two late - you'll be too late!

April 11
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade
Downtown St. Joseph
Over 6,000 eggs will be hidden on Lake Bluff Park for children 2-10 years at
11:30 am. Then join in a family Easter Bonnet Parade as it winds through the
streets of downtown St. Joseph. Sponsored by National City.

April 11
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2 pm in East Park in downtown Charlevoix.
Prior to the Egg Hunt, Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant will be hosting the annual
Easter Bunny Luncheon from 11 am-1: 30 pm. Children will have an opportunity to have
a complimentary photo taken with the Easter Bunny, provided by Picture This. Call
(231)547-4311 to make reservations for the special lunch. The Children will be divided
into 3 different age categories before the hunt begins. Then they will search for 5,000
hidden eggs with special prizes inside.

April 11
Easter Egg Hunt
Downtown Grand Haven
A fun free event for kids up to 10. Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt and Independent
Bank sponsor this yearly Easter Egg Hunt. Over 5,000 Easter eggs filled with candy and
prizes. Starts at 11 am at Central Park in downtown Grand Haven.

April 11
Southwest Michigan Post Card Show
Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground
Annual Spring event that features over 40 dealers and one-million post cards from 1900-
Present. Admission: Adults $2, Children 12 and under are free. Saturday April 11, 2009
in Room E of the Kalamazoo County Expo Center from 10 a.m. –5 p.m.

April 11
Plow Days
Cornwell’s Turkeyville
Horse Drawn plows will be plowing the fields and sharing stories with all the families
that want to watch.

April 12
Easter Dinner
Cornwell's Turkeyville
Enjoy a family style Easter Dinner at Cornwell’s Turkeyille!

April 17 & 18
Chilly Blues- It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!
Downtown Grand Haven
Chilly Blues, Grand Haven's 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Blues Festival are slated
for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2009. On Friday, the 17th and Saturday the 18th
Blues Entertainment will be held at the Kirby House and the Theatre Bar, The Grand,
The Dee-Lite and other Downtown venues to be determined. On Saturday, April 18th,
beginning at 10am at Snug Harbor, Chili Contestants will begin final registration and
preparation for the 12Noon Shotgun Chili start on the heated outdoor deck at Snug
Harbor. The public is welcomed and encouraged to cheer their favorite team to victory. In
addition to the Chili Cook-off, more live blues will begin playing from 1-6pm. as
contestants mix their special brew! At 3pm our panel of judges will dig into the chili and
make what is more than likely, the most difficult decision of their lives... and from there
on out.... It's Gas! Gas! Gas!

April 17 through May 3
The Foreigner
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
A shy Brit on holiday in backwoods Georgia avoids the local yokels by faking, "speak no
English," making him the perfect person with whom all share their secrets and schemes.
His discoveries lead to a wildly funny chain of events. A classic comedy of mistaken
identity - a local favorite! Time: Wednesday 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday 8:00 PM,
Sunday 3:00 PM Admission: $14.00 - $25.00

April 18
Tuscan Spring Dishes
Chateau Chantal
Traverse City
Spring is surely Tuscany's most beguiling season. The landscape fills your eyes with so
many shades of green that words fail. Cypress trees, like columns of arrows pointing the
way to heaven, line Tuscany's famed rolling hills. Medieval towns overlook a
checkerboard fairyland of blossoming cherry, peach, apple and olive groves, wildflower
carpets and row upon row of vineyards. Everywhere you look is a celebration of food. In
Italy, food fills the soul and renews it. Learn the luscious and lively cuisine of Italy and
techniques of Tuscany where Chef Allen taught and learned many of these dishes. You'll
prepare dishes like Wild forest leek and cabbage soup, Stuffed artichokes with lemon
caper sauce, Asparagus three ways, Braised tuna "in zimino" (spring vegetable sauce),
Grilled chicken with arugula sauce, New potatoes baked with fennel, Lemon biscotti and
Zabaglione with strawberries. The cost is $125 per person. Reservations are required and
spots are limited.

April 18
John Ball Zoo
Grand Rapids
PARTY FOR THE PLANET is a gathering of all the conservation, preservation, and
green practicing individuals, companies and organizations in the region. PARTY FOR
THE PLANET also puts families in the community together with professionals. This year
families will talk to the Assoc. of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals to learn how
they can collect water in their own back yard. They’ll talk to Healthy Homes Coalition of
West Michigan to learn how to make their house healthy inside and out, and, they’ll talk
to the Michigan Nature Association to find out about conservation programs going on in
their own neighborhood, and that is to only name a few! Take place from 10 a.m. – 3

April 18
Earth Day Celebrations
Grand Haven
An Earth Day Green Parade will take place from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. The Parade will start
at the Court House parking lot and follow a route to the Earth Fair at Mulligan’s Hollow.
Come on your feet, your skates or your bikes...anything without a fossil fuel motor.
The Earth Fair will then take place from 1 – 4 p.m. Conservation groups, businesses, and
community organizations will have booths highlighting environmentally sustainable
practices and products. Musical entertainment! Food! Games! Fun! Earth Rock will take
place from 8 –11 p.m. at the Grand Haven YMCA. Teen bands will compete as everyone
celebrates youth involvement in local environmental service projects.

April 22
Opening Day at Binder Park Zoo
Battle Creek
An African adventure awaits! Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated
boardwalks. Get nose-to-nose with one of the largest giraffe herds in the country as you
explore Wild Africa and hand-feed a giraffe. It’s an African adventure not to be missed!
Interactive activities and special features are located throughout the Zoo that will take
you closer than you ever thought possible.

April 21
Wine Education Seminars
Pleasantview Vineyards
Harbor Springs
231 526-8100
Dr. Jerry Perrone, Vinter of Pleasantview Winery, will be presenting wine education
seminars. The seminars include foods for wine pairing and a field tour of the vineyard.
Some of the topics to be covered are: Grape vine production, the science of winemaking,
testing wines with foods, glassware and more. The price is $20/person, which includes a
souvenir Pleasantview Vineyards wine glass and Glossary of Wine Terms booklet.
Payment must be made in advance. Event takes place from 6: 30pm - 8:30pm
Private seminars may be scheduled with a minimum of 6 adults, setting your own

April 22
Earth Day Celebration
Downtown St. Joseph
Celebrate Earth Day in St. Joseph with a festival of locally grown foods.

April 22
Community Pride Day
Indian River
Show pride in the community of Indian River, April 22 from 3 – 6 p.m.

April 22-26
73rd National Trout Festival
Downtown Kalkaska
There's fun for everyone with trout fishing contests, special breakfasts, family
entertainment tent, queen coronation, children's fishing contest, parades, special dinners,
craft show, flea market and fireworks. Highlights include: Wed. Taste of Trout, Sat.
Kalkaska Idol Contest, Sun. Demolition Derby.

April 24 and 25
An Evening with the John Jorgenson Quintet
Grand Rapids Ballet
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center is the venue for another amazing collaboration in the spring.
Renowned musician, John Jorgenson brings his electric musical style to the stage, joining
the Grand Rapids Ballet Company dancers in An Evening with the John Jorgenson
Quintet. Jorgenson’s masterful gypsy jazz style is the perfect foundation for Gordon
Peirce Schmidt’s energizing choreography. For those who loved the Bela Fleck
collaboration, this is another historical moment you won’t want to miss! Both
performances start at 7:30 p.m.

April 24 – 25
 Blessing of the Poles, Fishing Contest, Fish Fry, and Kid’s Carnival all make this a fun

April 24 - 26
Picture Perfect Weekend
Cartier Mansion Bed & Breakfast
The photo workshop weekend is designed to teach people how to "see the world in
photographs". Todd and Brad Reed cover many technical aspects of photography and
teach people how to make better choices with their own cameras. The also spend time on
how to break down a photograph into all of its technical and artistic elements. All ages
and abilities are welcome.

April 24 – 26
Chef's Challenge
The Chef s Challenge for Challenge Mountain promises to be the Culinary Event of the
Year! This fundraiser for Challenge Mountain (see www.challengemtn.org) at a premier
northern Michigan resort, features top Chefs from Northern Michigan against top Chefs
from Southern Michigan in a competition preparing Michigan Ag products complimented
by fine Michigan wines and micro-brews. Also, many of the recreational opportunities
common to Springtime can be enjoyed, including golf, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing,
morel mushroom hunting and more. This event is made for cabin fever sufferers, and a
great alternative to heading south on Spring Break.

April 24 - 26
Maple Syrup Festival
Planning for the 51st Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival has already begun. We offer
delicious pancake, sausage, and maple syrup meals, arts & craft shows, parades, a classic
car display, amusement rides, bingo, variety show, band concert, senior citizen dance,
tractor pulls, train rides, and three museums.

April 24 – 26
Maple Syrup Festival
Annual community festival founded in 1940 to promote the sale of maple
products made by local syrup producers. Today the festival is a 3-day event with
a talent show, rides, arts & crafts, and downtown stage with entertainment.

April 25
Wine Maker's Ethnic Dinner
Fenn Valley Vineyards
The evening begins with a tasting of some of the new wines from the vintage in
the wine cellar. Next experience a culinary excursion to a foreign land with
dinner, which will reflect the foods of a certain region. Each ethnic excursion is
different so you never know what to expect, but you'll sure to enjoy every bit of
this unique dinner. Cost: $70 per person, which includes everything (wine, food,
tax, and gratuity). Seating is limited, so reservations are required!

April 25
Super Science Saturday
Air Zoo
The Air Zoo’s Super Science Saturday, “Kites!” will take place throughout the day
on April 25. This 30-minute presentation will occur at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and
3:00 p.m.

April 25
Queen's Birthday Celebration (Koninginnedag)
Nelis’ Dutch Village
In the Netherlands, the Dutch Queen's official birthday (Koninginnedag) is a national
holiday. Orange, the color of the day, symbolizes national and royal pride. It stems from
the royal family name - The Family Nassau, House of Orange. At Nelis' Dutch Village,
everyone is invited to come and enjoy our Queen's birthday celebration. This day marks
the season opening of our park and includes all kinds of games and activities.

April 25 - 28
West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Lansing Lugnuts
Comstock Park, Fifth Third Ballpark
April 25. Game starts at 6:35 p.m. Autism Awareness Night with a Charity Jersey
April 26. Game starts at 2 p.m. Family Day. Kids Get to Run the Bases.
April 27. Game starts at 6:35 p.m. JQ99 All Faiths Night.
April 28. Game starts at 6:35 p.m. Bob Evans Seniors Night.
April 26 - September 6
Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Ceramics from the Dai Ichi Gallery
Dennos Museum Center
Traverse City
 From the prestigious Dai Ichi Gallery in New York City, this exhibit features the work of
contemporary ceramicists from China and Japan, juxtaposing the themes of Chinese work
relationships, social issues and human relationships with the Japanese attention to
aesthetics of form, texture, color and materials.

April 26 - May 2
Blossomtime Festival
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
The Blossomtime Festival is a celebration of the agricultural industry in
Southwest Michigan. It encompasses 24 communities in southwest lower
Michigan. All 24 of the communities participate in all of the festival’s events
including the Grand Floral Parade held on the first Saturday in May each year
when the fruit trees are in bloom. The opening ceremony is the Blessing of the
Blossoms, held outdoors in an orchard. A chartered motorcoach with all of the
community queens and kings travel to the communities to promote the festival
during festival week. The grand Floral Parade is televised and is well know
throughout the United States. We are pleased and proud to be Michigan’s Oldest
and Largest Multi-Community festival.

May 2 – 9
Tulip Time Festival
Downtown Holland
Celebrating 80 years of culture, community and beauty. Featuring six million
tulips, three parades, 1,100 costumed Dutch Dancers, street scrubbings,
concerts, fireworks, kids events, art & craft fair and more! Recognized by the
American Bus Association for Top 100 Destination to visit.

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