WHITEHALL — Coming to Howmet Playhouse here is always in good taste, but rarely more literally than Thursday, June 2.
From 5-8 p.m. that day, the historic playhouse at 304 S. Mears will host the eighth annual Taste of White Lake.
A Michigan-themed street fair, Taste of White is the largest annual fundraiser for Howmet Playhouse, raising money for the theater’s marketing and advertising.
The venue, which is owned by the City of Whitehall, opened in 1916 as Nufer-Adams Playhouse. This year the playhouse is commemorating its centennial anniversary.
Taste of White Lake will feature 18 vendors, two more than last year, and include several new participants: Beth I’s Pies, Mac’s Meats, Bone Endz, Ice Box ice cream vendors, and the Red Rooster Tavern. Helping to wash down those offerings and more will be beer from Fetch Brewing in Whitehall and mead from Bardic Wells in Montague.
As usual, music will be provided by local guitarist/vocalist Mike Snell, who will perform on the playhouse steps.
Taste of White Lake usually draws around 400 people.
In addition to food and drink, Taste of White Lake will feature a silent auction with items from local businesses. Among the auction offerings will be a fishing charter; tickets to the West Michigan Symphony, Howmet Playhouse shows, and shows at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts; services; and restaurant gift certificates.
Admission to Taste of White Lake is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Whitehall City Hall, and Harborlight Credit Union.
Tickets include admission and food. Beverages are sold separately. Children 7 years old and younger are admitted free.
This year ticket stubs will entitle holders one one free admission to the White River Light Station, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 4. The free admissions are being offered by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.