Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekend Idea Round-Up

Our first order of business on this flurry-filled Friday is to announce our Boyne Mountain zipline adventure winner. Which lucky, brave soul will be flying through the air with the greatest of ease? (Oh, wait, that's a trapeze...) Andrea!

Congratulations, Andrea. You're this week's winner!

Per usual, please send me an e-mail at, and we'll have you set-up and soaring in no time. I. Am. So. Jealous. I shall shoo away the green-eyed monster and focus on the jammed packed Valentine's Day weekend ahead of us. How do you like to celebrate this oh-so-romantic holiday? Roses and chocolates? Dinner for two? Do you head out on the town or enjoy a quiet evening alone? If you're a last minute planner, head on over to's Valentine's Day Ideas page for inspiration.

This week, I'd like to shine a spotlight on three noteworthy events from our round-up, one from the northern, central, and southern regions of fair West Michigan. Let us first travel north to Traverse City where the North American Vasa Festival of Races is taking place tomorrow. The what? I know, it's a mouthful, but I'll break it down. This cross-country ski race is based on the Swedish Vasalopet, an 85-kilometer annual race named after King Gustav Vasa. The Swedes have ever been fond of cross-country skiing, and winter-savvy Michiganders took note, forming their own version of the race in 1976. Today, the race draws hundreds of skiers young and old in addition to hundreds of spectators cheering them on. Other events round out what has truly become a favored part of the Traverse City community.

In central West Michigan, DeVos Place in Grand Rapids is hosting the 23rd Annual West Michigan Golf Show, and I know four of our West Michigan Weekly readers will be attending. Myself, not so much a golfer, though I try hard when I hit the green (once a year). The Golf Show, knowing how to draw us novices in, offers free golf lessons and clinics. For the pros, there's the Treetops Par-3 Challenge, a real grass hole inside the convention center. If you know your nine iron from your pitching wedge (which I don't), you might have a shot at the $25,000 prize.

Finally, our friends to the south are sharing what may be the most unusual Valentine's Day celebration in the state, Zoorotica. Yes, you read that right, Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo hosts this annual adults-only event, leading guests through a tour of the secret sex lives of "the feathered, furry, and fanged." Oh my... Your trips to the zoo may never be the same, but who knows, maybe you'll pick up a few tips and tricks from the animal kingdom.

Have an awesome weekend, West Michigan, and enjoy spending time with your sweethearts, whether it be hitting the snowy trails, calling "fore," or getting in touch with your animal side.

High five,



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