House of David Echoes
June 1, June 16, June 23, August 25, September 15
Colonel Harry and Elizabeth Eastman field | Mary's City of David | 1158 E. Britain Ave. |
$3, kids under 10 Free |
In 1933 the original House of David club used a female pitcher against the National League champion Saint Louis Cardinals. Jackie Mitchell pitched an inning against the champs and left with a 4-0 lead. The modern-day Echoes lineup features three women: Terry "the Terror" Taylor, Debbie "Biscuit" Ceresko, and Sally "Jo" Ceresko. A reorganized version of the legendary "Jesus' Boys" baseball team of the Israelite House of David commune, the Echoes play by 1858 rules. Games are scheduled every weekend this summer, several at their newly revamped home field.
Free | 800-397-2240
A parade down Michigan Avenue at 6 PM Thursday kicks off Battle Creek's weekend-long celebration of breakfast. From 8 AM to noon on Saturday, 600 volunteers will staff the World's Longest Breakfast Table along Jackson Street, featuring complimentary cereal, milk, Tang, Pop-Tarts, doughnut holes, and bananas. Other weekend events include a carnival, a tennis clinic, helicopter rides, a robotics display, and children's activities at Kellogg's Cereal City USA (171 W. Michigan Ave.; $4.95-$7.95).
Dutch Heritage Day
Dutch Village | 12350 James St. | Holland
$7, $5 kids 3-11 | 616-396-1475
Dutch Village started out as Nelis Tulip Farms. Now it's a sprawling theme park with canals, a village square, shops tended by costumed personnel, a carousel, a movie theater, and a museum. For this annual festival the park is bringing in Dutch foods, crafts, and dancers as well as more than 25 antique carousel-band organs from around the country.
Feast of the Strawberry Moon
Harbor Island | Grand Haven
9-5 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday | $2.50, $10 family pass |
Soldiers will blast cannons and a blacksmith will ring the anvil at this encampment on the banks of the Grand River, reenacting daily life in Michigan in the late 1760s. Other costumed volunteers will make rope, carve stone, and string bead jewelry.
Queen's Cup Sailboat Race
Grand Haven Municipal Marina | Grand Haven
Free to watch | 800-303-4096
One of the oldest cups in competitive yachting, the Queen's Cup was cast in 1853 for an American yacht that took second place in an English race. The cup is now awarded by the South Shore Yacht Club of Milwaukee to the first of more than 150 sailboats to cross the Grand Haven finish line early Saturday after setting sail from Milwaukee at 7 Friday evening.
Log Cabin Day
Free | 616-925-3836
or 616-471-1202 | www.Qtm.net/logcabincrafts
The Log Cabin Society of Michigan directs visitors to 81 log cabins at locations throughout the state. The closest to Chicago is in Union Pier (exit 6 off I-94 in the antique mall with the For Sale sign on it); the oldest two-story log cabin is the Murdock Log House in Berrien Springs, built in the 1830s.
Eau Claire Area Cherry Festival
Free | 616-461-3976
The July Fourth celebration features cherries, cherry products, a cherry-pie-eating contest, and a cherry sit-and-spin competition, but serious devotees of the dangling fruit can stick around till Saturday and head over to the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm (9351 Eureka Rd., 616-782-7101) for the International Cherry Pit Spit Championship. The cherry festival is in its 15th year, but the pit spit has been taking place for 29.
Dewey Cannon Park |
6 PM | $15, $10 for students, kids under eight free |
Brigid Murphy's taking Milly's Orchid Show on the road for this all-ages "mostly musical" extravaganza. Guests include Robbie Fulks, Jane Baxter Miller, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, Kelly Kessler and the Wichita Shut-ins featuring Lawrence Peters, the Sawyer Dance Academy Tappers, the Village Square Dancers, and a marching band. There'll also be a bake sale, a barbecue, fireworks, and music from DJ Nan Warshaw.
National Baby Food Festival
Free | 800-592-2229
The town of Fremont, home of the Gerber company, hosts two parades (kiddie and grand), a baby crawl, a baby food cook-off, tricycle and baby buggy races, and a baby-food-eating contest (adults only).
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival
6:30-8:30 Thursday, 9 AM-dusk Friday, 8-midnight Saturday,
10-4 Sunday | Free |
Two wineries offer tours in Paw Paw, which city fathers like to call the "Napa Valley of the midwest," but only a truly dedicated Michigan booster would pick wines produced here over those produced there. However, that doesn't mean Michigan doesn't make some nice wine--the "Best of Michigan" tasting takes place Thursday night at the Lawton Community Center (tickets are required; call 616-624-2371). The festival also offers plenty of other opportunities to drink, watch fireworks, and stomp grapes.
"Old Rugged Cross" Anniversary Celebration
Old Rugged Cross Historic Site | Pokagon
A couple of towns claim to be the first home of "The Old Rugged Cross," but they've managed to resolve the dispute amicably: Albion claims Methodist minister George Bennard composed the tune there in 1912, while Pokagon says it was first sung in public on its turf in 1913. There'll be peace in the valley at this celebration, which includes church services, naturally.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustrations/David Heatley.