Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanks for a GREAT first season at Ruth's!

I just got back the other day from another sweet visit to Ruth's.  My parents drove from Colorado and met me there for a week filled with projects, friends and family!  By the time I arrived my dinning room was filled with tools - because don't worry Dad brought everything including the kitchen sink (literally....and a laundry sink too!)

We hadn't been back since the summer rental season began - it was so good to be back and see the house and imagine the dozens of people who slept, ate and enjoyed their days at Ruth's over the last several months. The house also got a new roof and gutters this fall - sure looks good! 

Our week was filled with several updates and projects around the house - look for more on that soon.  For now thanks to everyone who came and stayed and took such good care of my sweet little house.  I am looking forward to another great year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Win a Week at Ruth's!!

Want to spend a week at Ruth's next summer, going to the beach, farmers market, enjoying downtown Grand Haven, having coffee on the deck and gathering around the table to play games with your family and friends??

 You could spend a week for just $10 if you are the lucky winner of a raffle that benefits a sweet little girl who will be celebrating her first "heart birthday" after having a heart transplant at 4 months old.  Some of you might remember me talking about miss Hannah Mae in an earlier blog post back in April, if not go back and catch up - this little one has a pretty amazing story!  In May I had the privilege of spending 24 hours with Hannah, her 2 awesome big brothers and mom and dad in Seattle.  This little girl will melt your heart in about 2 seconds and keep you smiling all day long!
Hannah's friends and family are all coming together in Grand Haven next month for a fundraiser dinner, and a week at Ruth's Retreat will be featured as the grand prize raffle!  It only seems fitting - Hannah's aunt and uncle locally manage Ruth's - keeping the lawn looking great, house cleaned and ready to welcome renters every week.  Hannah's other aunt has a booth at the local antique mall and some of my favorite finds that you see in Ruth's came from there.  Hannah's grandparents still live in the house next door to the house Grandma Ruth grew up in.  Ruth's Retreat wouldn't be what it is today without the help of these dear family friends!
So I hope you will think about purchasing a raffle ticket or two - you might win a week at Ruth's, but regardless it is a win - as all the money will be helping Hannah and the unimaginable medical bills she has.  You don't have to be present to win - so if you are interested in purchasing tickets from afar please just contact me at ruthsretreat@gmail.com or if you do find yourself in Grand Haven on September 24th you can even attend in person, click here for more info!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy National Lighthouse Day!

Yes... you read that right... Today - August 7th is National Lighthouse Day!

 The text for the original 1789 act...

It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

So I figured it was only appropriate to take a moment to celebrate my favorite big red lighthouse... found in Grand Haven!   My lighthouse love has grown over the years, but it all started here in Grand Haven as each summer visit didn't seem to really begin until we had taken our first walk out to the lighthouse.  I can only imagine the number of photos my family has taken of this lighthouse and pier over the years, the number of hours my dad and family spent fishing off this pier and watching storms roll in off the lake - yet each time I am back in town I find myself taking more photos!

I guess it is just in my blood, Grandma Ruth had several photos taken at the lighthouse in her prized album of her years in Grand Haven, like this one from a winter walk with friends when she was a teenager. 

 Grand Haven had its first lighthouse built on the beach in 1839 which was complete with a 5 room cottage for the light house keeper.  This lighthouse faced erosion issues and collapsed in 1852 leaving Grand Haven without a light house for the next three years while a new one was built on the bluff above the beach in 1855 where it guided seamen on Lake Michigan for the next 50 years.  The current pier the lighthouse sits on was completed in 1893, but it wasn't until 1905 that the 52 foot steel lighthouse was finished and put to use.  If you have been in Grand Haven this summer you have likely seen the bubble looking structure that lighthouse is enclosed in as restoration and painting takes place.

Check out the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy  to learn more of the history, preservation and to volunteer or donate to help keep this Grand Haven favorite looking its best!
A lot may change over the years, but what a gift it is to see generation after generation enjoying this Michigan landmark!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

One Year Later

A year ago this weekend...
I got a great flight deal so I decided to go to Grand Haven for the weekend to visit family and friends, to enjoy one of my favorite places for a few days.
I soaked up the sun at the beach and walked along the boardwalk.
I spent time with family and friends...from great aunts and uncles to little babies .
I wandered along the beach to check out the sand castle competition.

I watched the musical fountain, ate ice cream and had a pronto pup or two.
I met with a relator in town for the first time and spent a few hours looking at houses. Some too big, some too small, some too far away,  some just too weird - but enjoyed looking and pondering more of what I was looking for or if I was even sure I wanted to buy a house in a state I didn't live in!

This weekend...
I wish I could be in Grand Haven...checking out the sand castles and
eating a few pronto pups!
I will have been the home owner of Ruth's Retreat in Grand Haven for almost 6 months - a house in a state I don't live in, but love dearly.
I will finish up details for a summer full of family's who will spend time enjoying Grand Haven and staying at Ruth's Retreat.  At this point over 30 adults and their 30+ little kids will spend some sweet summer days at Ruth's for vacation in Grand Haven.  Eating meals around the dining room table that my dad and I assembled - a table that celebrated it's first meal with dear family friends on a snowy evening back in February.  Playing in a yard that is being maintained by some of the same dear family friends - the same ones who Grandma Ruth played with and loved on over 30 years ago - just a few blocks away at her house in Grand Haven.  It has been the details I have loved seeing come together this year - down to the fact that my parents found the wind-chimes and front door decoration that Grandma had hanging at her house in Colorado and brought them out.  As the breeze blows off the lake, little sweet reminders of memories past drift by as new ones are being created.
I will marvel at how this has all come together in the last 6 months and be grateful!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fourth of July Fun!

Looking for a great way to celebrate the 4th in West Michigan?

Head to Ferrysburg to start your day and celebrate the 4th in style  - the parade starts at 10:30am at City Hall! Check out www.ferrysburg.org for more information!

After lunch and maybe some time at the beach, boardwalk or downtown Grand Haven head back over the bridge to Spring Lake for the 4th of July Lawn Party at the Holiday Inn. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and stake your spot on the Great Lawn for the fireworks and enjoy entertainment that includes inflatable activities for children, backyard bbq food specials, and a live band on the lawn.  The fun starts at 5pm!  Go to  www.higrandhaven.com for details!

Want to stay on the boardwalk for the fire works instead? The Grand Haven annual 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night sky right after the Musical Fountain at Waterfront Stadium!  Grab some ice cream and enjoy the show!

Wherever you might be have a happy 4th!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Fathers Day - a sweet day to celebrate dads, grandpas, uncles and so many more fatherly figures! To the man who saw most of our family vacations and events 1/2 in black and white and half in color as he filmed them with our big 1980's video camera, film camera slung around his other shoulder.  To the man who wouldn't let me leave the driveway without proving I could change the tire on my first car in college.  Or the man who flew or drove to his home town in Michigan several times (2x's in the dead of winter... which he hates!)over the last year to check out a house I was interested in, was going to buy and then had bought.  The man who gave me tires, tools and cameras for Christmas and picks me up at the airport every time I fly home for the last 8 years.
Cowboy boots & bare feet enjoying the Grand Haven beach!

I recently came across the quote "A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Anonymous
This would be my dad - 15 plus years of school pictures worn and weathered.  Or the fact that I used to love "borrowing" his sweatshirts in high school and apparently had the habit of stretching the cuffs out on the sleeves - which he now is reminded of whenever he wears most of them and tries to push the sleeves up and finds they won't stay. Opps :)  Or as I sit here writing this post wearing one of my favorite shirts, an old chambary shirt that I "borrowed" a few years ago when I was home for a wedding...and it somehow found its way back into my suitcase and back to Virginia. 

Hope you all are able to celebrate the men in your life today, or to reflect on the legacy they left behind.  For the ways they love you and make you feel special - even if it might take you a decade or two to see it.  As my uncle has always told me... "I am his favorite niece."  And as I often say back "I am your only niece!"  but I am always met with "but you are still my favorite!"

“It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home. It’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.” – Margaret Truman

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ready for Summer!

We came to work, but we also hoped to play a little...we were expecting spring, but ready for a little summer...and Grand Haven didn't disappoint for us a few weeks ago!  It was great to be back at Ruth's, only the second visit since owning the house, but it felt like home as soon as we walked in, and even more-so when we left again a few days later.  Fun moments putting finishing touches on the house as we approach summer rental weeks.  The farmers market had opened the week before and we walked away with some great local treats!
Tomatoes, asparagus, a cherry scone (breakfast!!), handmade basil & garlic pasta, a sweet smelling bouquet and a planter to welcome guests for the front door!

The local antique mall was a great find that I can't wait to go back to again, endless treasures and lots of great deals to be found!  Look for a post on this alone coming soon... but for now I will share some of favorite finds that we added to the house!

The street signs I have to give credit to dear family friend and Ruth's manager John for finding in a back corner of the antique mall.  Lafayette and Prospect are two early streets in Grand Haven.  If you are familiar with GH you might better know Prospect as Five Mile Hill, and if you are not familiar with GH, I highly suggest you check out Five Mile Hill when you visit!
The dresser was another fun find - it had been originally purchased from a local department store by the dealers wife's parents when they got married!

                                 We also spent time planting flowers in the flower boxes, a sweet and fun job that simply reminded me of the many hours I spent in the yard with Grandma Ruth growing up.  My parents had even found a couple of wind chimes that Grandma had up at her house in Colorado for years that we hung it the yard.  Now when the breeze blows off the lake it even sounds like childhood memories at Grandma Ruth's!  There were so many elements of this weekend that reminded me of Grandma.  Getting to put all the finishing touches on things gave me great joy - to imagine the guests who will walk through Ruth's this summer.  This was something I feel like I learned from Grandma.  She paid attention to the details, from the hand written note for recitals, to perfectly tied bows and ribbons on packages to little craft projects we did together.  Speaking of craft protects look for a post on the pallet wood signs I painted for the house, and an engagement party or two for friends here in Virginia - such a fun trash turned fun treasure!

Last but certainly not least, we played a little too!  The sun was shining, it was kite festival weekend at the beach and not to mention Ruth's also had their first guest joining my mom and I for the trip!  My mom's cousin Kathy from Nebraska came and worked and played with us!  So we had to introduce her some of our favorites like walks on the boardwalk, the light house and beach, pronto pups, ice cream, fish, Duncan woods, 5 mile hill and much more! Thanks to Kathy for taking vacation time to come work with us! Make sure to check out Inside Ruth's Retreat for all new pics of the house!
Let's just say she was a little confused why all these people were waiting in line for a Pronto Pup...  but she quickly understood and asked if we could stop back by again the next day!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Before and After....

A picture can say a thousand words.... and these pictures are saying words of summer fun, flowers, green grass, meals on the deck, coffee with a view....and a house ready for lots of visitors!!
More details and photos coming soon....stay tuned!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you all are enjoying, celebrating and thankful for the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other important women in your life! As I have been reflecting on the women in my life this week I continue to love the stories that are told through photographs...for those of you who know me or have been reading this blog that probably comes as no surprise.  I love those moments frozen in time...and just wanted to share a few. 

Mom and Christina

 A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  
-- Washington Irving

Grandma Ruth with my Dad

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
-- Alice Walker
The Larson sisters... beloved Grandmother and Great-Aunts
Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Such simple and sweet truth I too have and do remember not only from my mom, but from grandmothers, aunts and other great women of faith in my life as well.  Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

You Are Your Father's Daughter

Yes I know it is Mother's Day weekend...but in our family it is also Dad's birthday weekend!  These words "You are your father's daughter" have been uttered several times by my mother over the years...most recently when we were at Ruth's back in February.  This was our first visit since I had closed on the house and we were cleaning, fixing and getting things set up.  I found myself in the back of the closet under the stairs in the dining room - perched on my toes in a squat, wearing my head lamp, hammer in one hand, screwdriver in the other - prying layer upon layer of old flooring out of the closet.
It hadn't started that way - my job had been to vacuum the closet and then come back in with my rag and mop water to wipe down the floor (the seeming multiple layers of half torn out floor covering) Simple enough...right??
So one would think...and that was about the moment when my mom just laughed, shook her head and said "you are your fathers daughter" as I began my much more in-depth project that ended with a nice clean single layer of wood floor in the closet!
Colorado Loving, Adventure & Explore...with a little stubborn on the side! Thanks Dad!
It is true, I most definitely inherited the "do it right the first time..see what is around the corner or underneath.. adventure and explore" personality from my dad.  Over the years this has lead us to explore country roads just to see where they lead, local shops instead of the tourist markets when traveling or what might have been an hour long build a model house for a school project into a day long, but most well built and detailed project the teacher had ever seen.
My dad can fix just about anything, which I have greatly appreciated time and time again - and he has made it a point to teach me along the way for which I am grateful.  A little stubborn (blame that on our Dutch heritage), a sense of adventure and a desire to see things done well.  Thanks Dad for these gifts you have given me.  Happy Birthday to You!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old...

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.
A circle is round, it has no end. That's how long, I will be your friend....
You have one hand, I have the other. Put them together, We have each other....
Across the land, Across the sea, Friends forever, We will always be
Many of you might remember this old tune - I remember learning it standing in a circle with my fellow Daisy Girl Scouts in kindergarten.  While sing-songy and cute, over the years I have also come to see and live some of the deeper truth in the lyrics of this song.

So you might be wondering what friends old and new have to do with Ruth's Retreat?  They have A LOT to do with Ruth's - from the physical house, to prayers and encouragement in the process, to the reason I decided to start down this crazy adventure.  I always say... for an only child I have more "adopted" family that I can count, and which I am so very thankful for!

Each summer when we would head to Grand Haven with Grandma Ruth, there was always a long list of family and friends who we had to visit.  As a kid I enjoyed some more than others - otherwise known as some had toys and fun things to do and others were lovely lunches with other ladies (aka..."mom... may I be excused... I'm bored;))  We always had to spend at least an afternoon with Grandma's childhood friends Kitty and Ruth.  These women had been together for over 50 years and despite the fact that my Grandma had moved to the other side of the country in the 1970's I remember these 3 women having a connection that time nor distance could ever touch. I hope and pray I can be that blessed in 50 years!
Ruth V and Kitty in high school

Ruth K on one end, Kitty on the other with Sunday School pals out along the Grand Haven Pier

Kitty, Ruth and Ruth with their husbands and granddaughters - Ruth K got the baby doll instead!

The second was a family that lives in the house next to the one that Grandma had lived in until she moved to Colorado.  They moved next door in the 1970's as a young family with their cute young son John, who became Grandma's little shadow and best friend. John and Grandma Ruth baked, gardened, and played together, and he was sure to be found watching out the window for her little Volkswagen to come up the driveway between the houses.  John has many of the same "Grandma Ruth memories" I have - just a few years later and in a different state.
My first visit in 1983!

Our silly attempt at a partial recreation in 2011

One of my favorite stories is when Grandma climbed through the basement window of their house because John, his mom and new baby sister got locked out of their house, and Grandma was small enough to get through the window!   As a kid I loved spending time together... their youngest daughter is close to my age, so I always had a playmate. As an adult this house and these people have become even more of a second home and family.  They have graciously let me stay in their homes time and time again on my trips to Grand Haven - those just for fun, and for house hunting.  John and his wife Kate are locally managing Ruth's Retreat and their two adorable little ones have already tested out all the nooks and closets in Ruth's when they have been over.  Their son especially liked the closet under the stairs in the dining room - to which John remarked "this closet is just like the one Grandma Ruth had...it is where she always hid the maraschino cherries!"  So don't be surprised if you find a jar of cherries in that closet - just for tradition sake!

In a few weeks I will have the opportunity to  meet another member of this family, the amazing almost one year old Hannah Mae.  Hannah's mom Jennifer is the middle child of the family and she and her husband, 2 boys and Hannah live in the Seattle area where I am headed for a friends wedding.  Hannah has a very rare heart disease known as Diffuse Rhabdomyomatosis. She is the only diagnosed survivor and had a heart transplant in September.  Follow their amazing and faith filled journey on Jennifer's blog or follow them at Hope for Hannah Mae on Facebook.

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.
A circle is round, it has no end. That's how long, I will be your friend....
You have one hand, I have the other. Put them together, We have each other....
Across the land, Across the sea, Friends forever, We will always be...

Thankful for these lessons learned of lifelong friendship, for the fellowship, laughter and moments of just living life together!

Friday, April 19, 2013

June Events in the Grand Haven Area

June 1st - Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show
Love vintage boats? Head to Mill Point Park in Spring Lake from 9am to 3pm on Saturday for this 8th annual boat show.  Featuring more than 30 unique wooden boats, a boat building activity table for kids, live entertainment and a boat parade!

June 7th-8th  - Feast of the Strawberry Moon
Head to Harbor Island in Grand Haven for a weekend of living history – experience life as it was in the Grand Haven area between 1760-1820.
From a little later era - the early 1920's... But check out Grandma Ruth in the middle enjoying a day at the Grand Haven Beach!

June 8th - Grand River Kayak Race
Start your Saturday with Kayak lessons and races. 1/4 mile race for kids. 3 mile amateur race and 8 mile open race.  Head to Felix's Marina in Grand Haven between 8:30 and 11:00am
Check out www.lakeshorekayakrental.com for more information!

June 8th  - Vintage Camper Open House
Head north to P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, MI for their 2nd Annual “Vintage Camper Gathering” and Open House from 11:00am – 4:00pm. You will find  over 60 vintage campers open for viewing.  You can walk through the wooded park to see the vintage trailers and visit with the owners…make a craft item or play an old-time game.  Come reminisce!

June 11th -15th  - Spring Lake Heritage Festival
Get ready for a fun filled week of events to celebrate the heritage of The Village of Spring Lake! Events include Tri-Cities Historical Society Village Walk, Dog Walk, Family Fun Night at Millpoint Park, Friends of the Library Book Sale, Car Show, Civil War History Presentation, Entertainment Tent, 5k Run/Walk, Pancake Breakfast, Pickleball Tournament & Clinic
Check out all the activities at get more information at  slheritagefestival.com/events.html

June 22nd - Tri-cities Garden Club Annual Garden Walk
Always wanted to see some of the beautiful gardens in town?  Tickets are $8.00 each for adults and 12 and under is free, you can purchase tickets at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, or at each home the day of the tour.
Check out www.tricitiesgardenclub.org for more information

June 22nd – The Grand Haven Open
Skateboard/BMX championships- part of the State Games of Michigan festival, featuring over 30 amateur sports, showcases the top skateboarders and BMX athletes in the Midwest! Head to Grand Haven Skate Park to check it out between 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

June 22nd -  Beach Survival Challenge
Love a good challenge?  Grab some friends and compete in the 10th annual Beach Survival Challenge at Grand Haven State Park. Teams participate in Sand Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Tug-o-war, and the Ultimate Beach Survival Obstacle Course. Pre-registration is required, so head to www.respectthepower.org

June 22nd - Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest
Head to Grand Haven City Beach to check out some pretty amazing sand castles and sculptures along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

June 29th – 30th - Grand Haven Art Festival
The work of 150 of the finest artists in the country will be on display and for sale during the 51st Annual Grand Haven Art Festival & Family Fun Day. The festival will take place along Washington Avenue in downtown!

June 29th - Family Fun Day at Grand Haven Art Festival
Family Fun Day is held in conjunction with the art festival and includes all kinds of fun arts projects for kids to participate in and best of all, all activities are free!

June 29th – 30th  - Soccer in the Sand Tournament
Love to watch some soccer and go to the beach?  Head down and check out the Annual two day Beach Soccer in the Sand Tournament at Grand Haven State Park. Get more information at www.soccerinthesand.com

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Summer Traditions for Every Day of the Week!

One of my favorite things about Grand Haven is that numerous local events, something to keep you "busy" almost every day of the week!  This town knows how to make it easy to get plugged into local businesses, community and culture!  Regardless of if you are in town just for a weekend, a week or two, or are a local these summer traditions will keep you eating healthy, singing, dancing and enjoying life all summer long!

Tuesdays in the Park - Runs June 11th - August 20th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and located at Grand Haven Central Park (only 1 block from Ruth's Retreat!!) Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket and enjoy listening to local musicians playing a variety of music in a beautiful outdoor setting of Downtown Grand Haven.
Out the door and one block from Ruth's Retreat to Central Park!
Grand Haven Farmers Market - can be found under the green awning at Chinook Pier (Harbor Drive and First Street).  Runs from 8am-2pm. Less than a 5 minute walk from Ruth’s! Enjoy local fresh seasonal produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and so much more. 

Dancing on the Waterfront - Head to Waterfront Stadium from June 12th - August 21st from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and get ready to dance!  Sponsored by the Grand Haven Arts Council the Big Band Dances are held every Wednesday evening in the summer on the Grand River! The bands are local bands that are from area, some from the High Schools, both Grand Haven and Spring Lake. Cost is $3 per person.

Spring Lake Farm and Garden Market - Need more fresh local goodies??  Take a quick drive over to Church Street in Spring Lake. Running every week from June 6th - October 10th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Enjoy this open air market featuring seasonal produce, fresh cut flowers, plants, breads, garden items, and more!

Thursdays at the Point - Need more music?? Head back to Spring Lake for the evening to Mill Point Park in Downtown.  Running between June 14th and August 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket and sit back and relax while listening to local musicians playing a variety of music.

First Friday Gallery Walks -  Art, refreshments and a great way to start off a Friday night! This event is only the first Friday of every month and starts in May.  The event begins at 6:00 pm at C2C Gallery - 104 Washington   St, Grand Haven. Check out www.c2cgallery.com for more information!

Grand Haven Farmers Market can be found under the green awning at Chinook Pier (Harbor Drive and First Street).  Runs from 8am-2pm.  Less than a 5 minute walk from Ruth’s! Enjoy local fresh seasonal produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and so much more.
Can't beat fresh Michigan blueberries!
Art Market - Head back to the same location as the farmers market for a different assortment of local goodies!  Running every Sunday from June 2nd - September 8th between 11 am and 2 pm. The Sunday Art Market is a juried market showcasing established and emerging artists from West Michigan. You will find an ever-changing display of fine art, pottery, metal works, photography, glass and textile arts, jewelry and more.

Worship on the Waterfront - End your weekend down at Waterfront Stadium every Sunday evening between June 23nd - August 25th from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm.  Worship On the Waterfront (WOW) is a free outdoor summer worship series held every year on the shores of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, Michigan.  Sponsored by the First Reformed Church of Grand Haven, WOW has been a part of the community summer schedule for over 60 years.

Every Night!!
World's Largest Musical Fountain  - Close out a great day in Grand Haven with a summer tradition 50 years in the making!  The 20 minute synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties is a hit for all ages.  The show is best viewed from Waterfront Stadium; however the Fountain can be easily seen from 1/4 mile either side on the Grand Haven Boardwalk, and heard from even further away. The show starts at sunset, so times vary throughout the season.
10:00 PM on May 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, and May 24 through June 9
10:10 PM from June 10 through July 15
10:00 PM from July 16 through August 6.
9:50 PM from August 7 through August 17
9:30 PM from August 18 through September 1
8:30 PM on September 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, and 27 & 28
The perfect end to a summer night - make sure to get your ice cream before the show!