SHORT TAKES: Danish Festival’s Tivoli Gardens event will be missed

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:40 am on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

News that there will be no Tivoli Gardens beer tent during Danish Festival this year certainly sparked a lot of comment on The Daily News Facebook page. While we don’t yet know why the choice was made to eliminate this event from the schedule, we can understand why some may be disappointed.

While the term “beer tent” tends to imply a rowdy party full of over served individuals, this also has for years and years been a gathering ground where folks who live out of town, and even out of state, could be guaranteed to cross paths with old friends.

We know this decision could not have been made lightly and without a lot of serious consideration by the Danish Fest board, a group of hard working, community-focused volunteers. Fortunately, we have a lot of other great restaurants and bars where folks can get together and connect with visitors. It’ll just take a little more planning this year.

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Speaking of Danish Festival brings to mind aebleskivers. Hopefully, you had a chance to indulge in a few of these yummy delights at Friday’s open air breakfast on Cass Street at the intersection of Lafayette. Even though it was hot and muggy, it looked like a great turnout and, again, a very dedicated team of volunteer cooks did an outstanding job. Of course, if you missed the breakfast, your next opportunity for aebleskivers will be during the Danish Festival, Aug. 16-18.

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If you have a chance, you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s book signing by former Greenville girl Susan Lovell at Robbins Book List in Greenville. On Tuesday, Lovell will be presenting her recently published book, “The Sandpiper,” which tells a fictional story about characters struggling with alcoholism. It’s a topic Lovell is all too familiar with having grown up in an alcoholic home and having watched her daughters struggle with the disease. Lovell, who now lives in Grand Rapids, will be at the book store from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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