Swoon over summertime with happenings for humans and pets alike. Gaze upon golden treasures, watch your pooch perform in agility challenges, or just sit back with a decadent drink and enjoy the soothing sonic majesty only a spinning vinyl record can yield.
Ultimate Air Dogs
Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo
$5 vehicle /$10 weekend vehicle pass
ukcdogs.com, (269) 343-9020
More than your typical dog show, Ultimate Air Dogs features exciting challenges for your furry friends. “These events showcase the United Kennel Club philosophy of the Total Dog, in which a dog should not only have the beauty necessary for the traditional show ring, but also the ability to perform the functions and duties for which its breed was originally created,” according to its website.
Watch your pooch partake in exciting agility trials like “Fetch-It, Catch-It, and Chase-It,” all part of Splash events which are held in specially designed pools. Dogs will compete for long distance catches, engage in dramatic leaps and timed trials to discover the fastest-swimming pup.
The Discovery of King Tut
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.;
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
$13–$18, FREE for children 2 and under
grpm.org/kingtut, (616) 929-1700
King Tut and the world of the ancient Egyptians have inspired unflagging wonder and awe for decades. Described today as “one of the most enigmatic figures in Egyptian history,” Tutankhamun’s name was erased from monuments following his death. He was essentially unknown until Howard Carter famously cracked open his tomb in 1922.
This month, via The Discovery of King Tut at Grand Rapids Public Museum, you can step into the boy king’s sarcophagus as it appeared upon discovery, albeit with stunning reproductions, and gaze upon a sea of gold.
“Featuring more than 1,000 scientifically produced recreations hand-crafted by Egyptian artisans,” the exhibit has been painstakingly created for historic accuracy. “This exhibition presents the excavation itself as it was at the very moment it was revealed to the public,” said Dale Robertson, the museum’s president and CEO.
Beach Survival Challenge
Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven
June 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The 12th annual Beach Survival Challenge pits willing participants against cutthroat beach activities. Up to 90 co-ed teams of four-to-six players, middle-school age through adults, will rage against sand and surf to see who will be victorious. Sand Soccer will challenge calf muscles and foot dexterity alike. Ultimate Frisbee will have competitors reaching to the sky and diving to the beach. Tug-of-War captures a childhood favorite and kicks it up a notch in the sun. Finally, the Beach Survival Obstacle course involves a dummy drag, cargo crawl, life ring launch, among other exciting contests. Pre-registration is required.
Coppercraft Distillery, Holland
Every Wednesday, 6:30–9 p.m.
coppercraftdistillery.com, (616) 796-8274
Lushes and vinyl lovers alike will rejoice with Vinyl Night, a weekly Wednesday happening at Coppercraft Distillery. Each month features a different theme, where booze and music is paired up. Three full albums are played, while specially crafted cocktails are sipped to get you in the musical mood. Enjoy decadence culled from your proverbial backyard, as Coppercraft distills its spirits from locally sourced ingredients, including grains from local farmers. Vinyl Night’s organizers encourage you to listen to “music the way it was intended to be heard. With a drink.” n