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The Ridge Dinner Series has become a local summer favorite. Treat yourself to a delicious catered meal and live entertainment on Camp Newaygo’s spacious patio “on the ridge,” overlooking picturesque Pickerel Lake.

The Dinners on the Ridge this summer features meals handcrafted from local fare by Ridge Specialties’ executive chef, Whitney Saylor. The series at Camp Newaygo is in its 11th season, with one date remaining: August 10. The cost for is $29.95 per person or $230 for a table of eight.

The Southern Shrimp Boil – Dinner on the Ridge menu features a traditional shrimp boil including a first course of Cajun salad, with heritage blend greens, jicama slaw, hominy, and Cajun avocado ranch dressing. A second course of shrimp boil, with smoked sausage, potatoes, and corn. A third course of bourbon-chocolate bread pudding.

The guest musician for the August 10 event is Patty Pershayla.  The singer-songwriter is an acoustic guitarist and ukulele player who once placed third in the Bushman World Ukulele Contest.  Her influences include Sheryl Crow, Meg & Dia, KT Tunstall, Brandi Carlisle and Charlene Kaye. She also collaborates with other artists, and hosts a bi-weekly show every other Monday at noon on WYCE Radio, 88.1 FM.

Christa Smalligan, Camp Newaygo’s Events and Facilities Director, says: “The traditional shrimp boil, which is just a great summer meal, is also a local favorite and is back by popular demand.”

The dinner will feature fresh local fare, ice tea, and lemonade. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be available. Dietary restrictions may be met by contacting Camp Newaygo personnel prior to each event.

Seating for the event starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Attendance is limited to 150 people, and is by RSVP only. Registration is available online at You can also register by contacting Camp Newaygo at (231) 652-1184 or

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