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Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

Organizers take PRIDE Festival outdoors June 29

HOLLAND, Mich.—M embers of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays are taking their PRIDE Festival outside for the first time this Saturday, June 29.

The event starts in Centennial Park at 1 p.m. with booths, food and free live entertainment. At  6 p.m. the festival will move into Park Theater, 248 S. River, for more free entertainment. 

The PRIDE Festival runs until 10 p.m.  Organizers expect the largest turnout ever.

 “We wanted to expand this year’s festival to show the area’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community that they have broad support and many reasons to celebrate with pride,” said Jim Larkin, chairperson of the Holland Area PRIDE Festival Board.

Grant to expand opportunities for Hope College Students

Grant to expand opportunities for Hope College Students

HOLLAND – A major grant to Hope College from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide new opportunities for students to conduct research in the arts and humanities through the college’s Andrew W.

Learn how to pickle and salt-cure your food June 22

Learn how to pickle and salt-cure your food June 22

HOLLAND, Mich.—A pair of chefs will teach two techniques to change and preserve the flavor of fresh market foods during the Eighth Street Farmers Market this Saturday.

On June 22, Piper Restaurant chef de cuisine Matt Kearby and executive chef Keaton Stearns will walk visitors through quick pickling and salt-curing techniques. The demonstrations, sponsored by Local First, will begin at 10 a.m.

The cooking segment is part of the farmers market’s Chef Series, which runs every Saturday morning through September 14.  The demonstrations are free to attend. 

The Eighth Street Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. through mid-December.  The farmers market is located at 150 West Eighth Street in Downtown Holland. For more information about the market, contact Candy Todd at (616) 355-1138.  

"I Am Woman" to honor female leaders of Holland

"I Am Woman" to honor female leaders of Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.— The upcoming musical revue “I Am Woman” will feature female leaders of Holland.

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is calling all residents to submit a brief story about a woman who has had a significant impact in their life or community.  The essays must be between 250 and 500 words, and the nominees must be over the age of 18.  One woman will be selected for each performance.  Each winner will receive two free tickets to the show, and her photo will be displayed at the Park Theatre during the show’s run.  The winners’ stories will also be posted on the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s website.

Entries must emailed to hsrt@hope.edu by noon on July 5 in order to be considered.

“I Am Woman” runs at the Park Theatre at 8:30 p.m. July 2, July 3, July 8, July 9, July 18, July 23 and July 31.

Children Performance Troupe to open with 'Peanuts' favorite

HOLLAND, Mich. -- This summer the Hope Summer Repertory’s Children’s Performance Troupe (CPT) starts off a little nutty by bringing the Peanuts® characters to life in the musical "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," opening Monday, June 17.

This year's lineup also includes  'The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!),' opening Monday, July 8. This detective-noir meets science-geek chic musical theatre event is an adventure you will not forget.

The Children's Performance Troupe shows are presented in the Studio Theatre of the DeWitt Center at Hope College, located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland.

"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" features Hope Summer Repertory Theatre company members Matt Madden as Charlie Brown, Allison Morse as Sally Brown, Kate Colburn as Lucy, Michael Williams as Linus, Bernell Lassai as Schroeder, and Nick Selting as Snoopy. "The Amazing Adventures of Dr.

New brewery opens in Holland July 5

New brewery opens in Holland July 5

HOLLAND, Mich.—A new brewery is coming to Holland.

Big Lake Brewing will open July 5 at noon.  The business, located at 977 Butternut Drive, specializes in traditional beer styles and wine produced on site.

Big Lake Brewing’s owners—engineers Greg MacKeller, Travis Prueter and Nic Winsemius have been saving money to open a public taproom since they founded the company in 2009.  Prueter and Winsemius are long time home brewers, with more than 12 years experience combined.  Mackeller and his wife began making small batches of wine in 2010.

“What attracted us the most to this business was the amazing community of people we’ve met,” shares Prueter. “Breweries don’t see other breweries as competition – they embrace the philosophy that ‘more is more’. We want to contribute to an already strong industry, and have been overwhelmed by the amount of advice and support we’ve received from others.

Pilot Malt House in Zeeland to produce artisan malts for area brewers

Pilot Malt House in Zeeland to produce artisan malts for area brewers

 Brewing 101 will teach you the four basic ingredients of beer: barley, water, hops, and yeast.

 Being a Great Lakes state, one large reason for the great success of Michigan breweries is certainly a tremendous abundance of one of the key brewing ingredients: water. In recent years, Michigan-grown hops have become quite a commodity as well, with many local breweries seeking out the freshest and best ingredients wherever they can be found. One essential ingredient in Michigan that is in the greatest demand: malt. Malt is the scientific process of altering grains, most often barley, to develop the enzymes that are required to turn starch into sugar.