Monday, 15 February 2021 13:02

The Itinerary: Feb. 2021

Written by  Josh Veal
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Aperitivo's new space. Aperitivo's new space. Courtesy Photo

As snowstorms sweep the nation, at least we in West Michigan are fully prepared for this.

Grand Rapids’ World of Winter continues to attract plenty of people who want to seesaw, ice skate, and take in art around the city. Plus, restaurants and many other attractions are open to the public, albeit with limited capacity.

That said, not everyone’s ready to be around groups just yet, and that’s OK. Here are some great local things to do for the rest of February, most of which can be experienced from home. Stay safe, mask up, and enjoy!

Blandford Nature Center
blandfordnaturecenter.org

Blandford is the perfect place to visit any time of year, thanks to tons of trails and community events. Stop in most days to snowshoe, or check the calendr for a special event like the Winter Animal Hike, or the Tap-A-Tree. If you want to get out and enjoy nature in winter without being around tons of people, this is the place to be!

Taste of Soul Sunday
Grand Rapids Public Library
Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
grpl.org

This annual event is back again, this time virtually! Just visit GRPL’s Facebook page for a series of virtual events and a restaurant showcase, including intimate talks, music performances and more!

Wine, Cheese & Art – A Virtual Happy Hour
GRAM & Aperitio
Feb. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
artmuseumgr.org

This virtual event is an interactive, tasty, art-filled experience featuring red wine, cheese and other treats from Aperitivo. The evening will be guided by Aperitivo’s staff as well as Dana Friis-Hansen, director and CEO of the GRAM. You’ll learn all about how wine, cheese and art tie together, while sampling various drinks and food from your home. If red wine isn’t your thing, just wait ‘til March for the white wine event!

King Biscuit Trio
St. Cecilia Music Center
Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
scmc-online.org

St. Cecilia Music Center has a hugely stacked lineup of virtual concerts, ranging from blues to jazz and folk. On February 18, you can catch the King Biscuit Trio, a blues-based band “rooted in classic soul and great old rock ‘n’ roll.” The week after that is Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer, two jazz bass masters.

The Best of the Best (of the best)!
Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
thecomedyproject.com

The Comedy Project hosts a wide variety of comedy shows every week, including this one, which features members of the Comedy Project cast performing a mix of long, short and musical improv! If you love Whose Line Is It Anyway, you’ll love this. Space is limited due to COVID, so if you want to go, don’t wait!

Virtual Orchid Show
Feb. 27-28
meijergardens.org

Meijer Gardens celebrates this special flower every year with the Orchid Show, and this year it’s going largely virtual. Tune in on Saturday or Sunday for four talks on how to grow orchids, as well as the different kinds. It’s an informative, fun, and beautiful event!

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