The Beer Snob has become the superlative connoisseur of the 21st century. Craft beer is at an exciting apex of popularity and the Beer Snob is at the center of it all, guiding the journey toward vibrant tastes — all while catching a warm buzz.
One of the best and worst things about the holiday season is Christmas music. While there are plenty of great Yuletide tunes that make you tap your toes and pull at the heartstrings, there are a lot of folks who have no desire to waste another minute listening to holiday dreck from Kenny G, Mannheim Steamroller or Mariah Carey. So if you want to add some new flavors to your Christmas mix, consider these albums and put a fresher twist on the songs of the season.
No matter where you live in West Michigan, there are local and national charities looking for people to get involved — or even just open their wallets. These do-gooders often seek some combination of donations of money, toys, food, supplies and/or time — do you have any of those? If so, here are just a few ways to bring some cheer to those in need.
You might not believe in Santa Claus, but what about bar-hopping Santa Clauses? Now in its eighth year, SantaCon Kalamazoo aims to spread holly-jolly merrymaking across the streets of downtown for one night a year — as well as to give something back to those in need, just like good old Kris Kringle would.
With the materialistic temptations of door-buster deals at big-box chain stores and the gluttonous convenience of online commerce — Christmas shopping has grown into a merry-less, bleak routine. Revue’s annual Holiday Gift Guide is here to fix that, with ideas that support local West Michigan shops and boutiques that give our communities charisma. Beyond that, we suggest some stellar local events and food/drink hotspots to enjoy throughout the holidays.
Michiganders know all too well the perils a winter storm can bring. Treacherous driving conditions, whiteouts and downed power lines are a mere fact of life. Still, when the wind dies down and the snow falls just right on the pine trees, you’d be hard pressed to find a more serene scene. The folks at Park Theatre in Holland have decided to celebrate this softer, gentler side of winter with a Dec. 18 screening of the classic 1954 musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
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