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My Town: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

My Town: Tulip Time returns to Holland May 3-10

HOLLAND, Mich.—A Dutch tradition will take over Holland’s streets starting this weekend.

Tulip Time 2014 is May 3-10.  Thousands of people from across the nation are expected to descend on Holland to check out the 6 million tulips on display.  This year’s festival also includes traditional Dutch dancing, parades, the Tulip Time Run, an art and craft fair, quilt show, fireworks, live performances and art classes.  For the entire schedule, visit the Tulip Time festival website here.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

HOLLAND, Mich.--  Phase One of the plan to revamp the historic Park Theatre is now underway.

Last month, more than 90 people attended the Park Theatre Foundation’s Clean Slate Party, held inside the downtown Holland venue.  Foundation Board President Bob Schulze introduced plans to renovate the aging facility and encouraged visitors to share their ideas for bringing Park Theatre into a new century.

"By renovating the Park Theatre we will create a radically open, fiscally sustainable, multi-use platform for Holland and surrounding community members to create and celebrate culture.  Imagine what a revamped Park Theatre could offer: music, independent film series; dinner theatre/movies; children's programming; lecture and comedy series; and more.  This will be a wonderful resource for ages 8 to 80 for Holland and surrounding communities," Schulze said.

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—The City of Holland will have more than Easter to celebrate this weekend.

Saturday, the city will hold a “Turning of the Blades” dedication and open house to celebrate the completion of extensive repairs to the 250-year-old DeZwaan Windmill.  The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the second annual Run of the Mill 5K run/walk.

The $2.1 million restoration project began two years ago when workers found rotted beams while renovating the windmill’s observation deck.  The Michigan Economic Development Commission awarded the city a $375,000 grant to help pay for the work.  Holland City and Holland Township will also contribute another $600,000 over the next six years, in addition to donations collected during a windmill fundraising campaign.

Windmill Island Gardens will be open free of charge on April 19 so all community members can see the windmill in operation and tour the grounds.

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for community members interested in making their neighborhood a more pleasant place to walk.

MDOT will be holding a series of walkability reviews designed to help community officials, business owners and residents learn about the benefits that come with a safe and attractive walking environment.  Pedestrian planning experts from Toole Design Group will lead the each event.  To register, email the contact below no later than Friday, April 4.

Dates

Location

Contact

Monday, April 21

Cascade Township

My Town Zeeland: Vendors needed for inaugural Spring Peddlers' Market May 17

My Town Zeeland: Vendors needed for inaugural Spring Peddlers' Market May 17

ZEELAND, Mich.—If you’ve been crafting the winter away, now is your chance to sell your wares.

Downtown Zeeland will host the inaugural Spring Peddlers’ Market May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street.  Right now organizers are looking for vendors to take part in the event.  The Spring Peddlers’ Market will feature fresh flowers and plants, gifts, goods, apparel, accessories, vintage furniture and decor, salvage items, foods and other items for sale.  Live music will also fill the air as visitors shop.

For additional information or to become a vendor, email kvandorp@ci.zeeland.mi.us .