Around town this summer ...


Two new entries on the list of street murals -- one by a global artist who counts Taylor Swift among her fans and the other by a gifted local artist – are adding to the visual interest of downtown and Norton Shores.


Spring Lake continues long tradition of celebration

A little younger than its better-known neighbor, Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days, the Spring Lake Heritage Festival has been around since 1972.

Starting out as a small community picnic, the event has grown to a six-day event (this year June 10-15) with a large number of activities culminating in a fireworks display Saturday evening.

There was a two-day Artisan and Street Market to start it off; a craft fair at the end; a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday; a car show; a cornhole tournament; a family fun night with games, face painting, ice cream, clowns and  free popcorn; a book sale at the Spring Lake Library; a “foam party” which result in participants knee-deep in suds; the Wings on the Water barbecue cook-off; a karaoke party at Mill Point Park right before the fireworks; and much more.

In keeping with the “heritage” in the title, there is a Civil War cemetery tour and presentation of Civil War artifacts. And one of Spring Lake’s most illustrious natives, Winsor McCay, was celebrated on June 13. The library held drawing workshops in honor of the cartoonist and animated filmmaker (featured in past Examiners) who did incredible things technologically for his time, the early 1900s.