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Monday, 09 November 2020 13:01

The Itinerary: Nov. 11-17

Written by  Josh Veal
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Fire pits outside at Third Nature Brewing. Fire pits outside at Third Nature Brewing. Courtesy Photo

That’s right, folks. For the first time since March, The Itinerary is back!

We don’t suggest you run off to any massive gatherings anytime soon, but events have returned to many places — albeit with some changes in place. So we’re getting back to guiding you to the events we deem fun and safe, though it may not be every week.

There are outdoor events, virtual events, and remixed events done a totally different way this year. You don’t have to stay home every weekend! Just remember: Wear a mask, stay distanced, and follow the rules.

Here are some of our suggestions for the week ahead.

Fall Beer Dinner
Third Nature Brewing
Nov. 11, 6 p.m.

It’s Third Nature’s first-ever beer dinner! For the uninitiated, beer dinners are multi-course meals with a beer pairing for each course. This four-course meal includes delicious food like a butternut squash bisque with sage crema, paired with the White Pine Pilsner. Tickets are quite limited so purchase soon!

Festive Fridays
Eastern Floral
Fridays in November

Eastern Floral’s annual open house has become a tradition for many, so this year they’re spreading it out over multiple Fridays to avoid huge crowds and keep people safe! All the stores will be offering a discount of up to 30% on all merchandise, along with raffle prizes. The Grand Rapids store on Broadmoor will also have refreshments, kids activities, outdoor fire pits, s’mores stations and a soup station by Pietro’s! PLUS, portions of the proceeds will go toward four local nonprofits.

Blandford Date Night: Blandford Bonfire
Blandford Nature Center
Nov. 14, 6 p.m.

’Tis the season for bonfires! These crisp fall evenings are perfect for bundling up around a firepit outside with a loved one. Head to Blandford and bring your own lawn chair, and they’ll provide the fire and a beer.

Voice and the Violin
Grand Rapids Symphony
Nov. 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m.

Time for a virtual concert! This livestreamed symphony performance features violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez, an incredibly talented husband and wife duo who have both performed with the symphony in the past, but never together. It’s a unique show, full of talent.

Metal on Vinyl
Speciation Artisan Ales
Nov. 17, 6-10 p.m.

Metal on vinyl nights are back, at the new taproom for Speciation Artisan Ales/Native Species Winery. You no longer have to trek to Comstock Park to headbang while drinking delicious sour beer and natural wine. And if you’d like to bring a record, they’ll play it if there’s time! So get there early, listen up and drink plenty.

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