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Eagle Hunt

February 21, 2016

Lake MI Thaw

Sun is shinning, wind is not bitterly cold, and most of the snow is melted so it was time to back the kids up and go a Bald Eagle Hunt. I have heard there are couple at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park but we had not luck. We believe we did see one flying around Lake Harbor Park at the west point of Mona Lake, that will be our next adventure.

No eagles today but still had great time walking out to the lake. The park for the most part is closed up for the winter but much activity is all around. Enjoy the trails, the lake, and the beauty in wooded dunes.

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P. J. Hoffmaster

October 4, 2015

Dune OverlookIf you are looking for a little more adventure during this years Fall Color Tour, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is my recommendation to you. State Park is just south of Muskegon and north of Grand Haven in Norton Shores. Its close to US 31. Hoffmaster has the Gillette Nature center, trials, beach, dune overlooks, etc.

118 StepsWith Hoffmaster being on Lake Michigan, having large wooded sand dunes, and having Little Black Creek the park has great views of the lake, wild life and great scene views. The park has some nice trails and paved trails benches along the way for all to enjoy but if you want a great workout the Dune Overlook Trail is for you with 118 step staircase to climb.

I find the trails peaceful and active with wildlife. In the fall you can catch many birds on the migratory southern trip. On this particular trip we were followed along the trail by a Pileated Woodpecker. Its also not uncommon in the winter and early spring to see a Bald Eagle. This Fall Color Tour, get out of the car and take a hike. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

For more information, maps, and park events visit:




October 3, 2015


If you have been in West Michigan the past week odds are you haven’t heard the word ART all week, NOT! Grand Rapids is about to enter its final week of Art Prize and Grand Haven is hosting Art Walk this weekend, to name a few events.

DSCN4683I will admit I pretty much know next to nothing about art, but I also do not know how to play a musical instrument and I still dance. Its a bit chilly outside however both events have plenty of Art inside to view. You really owe it to yourself to take a stroll at either or better yet both events. The walks will do you good, the fresh air the sights of both cities are great and the Art is pretty amazing to look at. The part I really enjoy when taking my kids is talking to the artists.

When visiting Art Prize, I actually recommend visiting multiple times. If just keep walking the day will become consume with sore feet, running past great art and not enjoying the art, the people or the city. Explore downtown GRAM, Ford Museum, the VanAndel Museum, Calder Plaza, The BOB, Amway Grand and DeVos place. But also take time to get off site to the Site Labs, Meijer Gardens and down Division Street.

Art Walk is a bit different with in store front windows, in the stores, on the sidewalks, the Loutit Library, etc. Take your time, shop, enjoy the art get in the museums get lunch, coffee and dinner. Art Walk you will get feel for many local artists and see some past Art Prize pieces out on the street.

Heres is a few pics I took on my Art Adventures this week. This is a small sample of what we saw.

Art Prize:

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September 9, 2015

Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery Events & Promotions Committee:

” We are excited for our upcoming NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED 3RD ANNUAL ‘MUSKEGON LAKE PROJECT’ this Friday, Sept. 11th from 6p-8p in our gallery!! Early this year the Muskegon Center for the Arts participated with the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnerhip in their annual spring Muskegon Lake cleanup. Selected debris was given to local artists to create original works of art that will be for sale with a percentage going to the MLWP to further their efforts in keeping Muskegon Lake clean & habitat-friendly. Join us Friday, September 11th from 6p-8p at our Red Lotus Gallery for our opening. The show will be up through the month of September.

For more information on both organizations please see the websites below [and Facebook pages!]:

Busy Muskegon-Grand Haven August Saturday

August 15, 2015

Its a very busy Saturday in the Grand Haven/Muskegon area, seems more than the average person can fill into one day. Some are normal and others are special events.

The Farmers Markets in Muskegon, Grand Haven and Sweetwater are all happening this morning. Muskegon Market has become a normal shopping event for me with grabbing a bite a lunch from one of the vendors like Whistle Punk Pizza or getting some cookies from one of the bakers.

Muskegon’s Heritage Landing has Moose Fest, if you a country fan this is for you.

Ross Park in Norton Shores plays host to it’s 39th Annual Art Fair, featuring wonderful displays of hand crafted goods available for purchase from 10:00am – 5:00pm. There will also be an Arts & Dash 5K run, food vendors and a beverage tent with a live music stage! This is a great time for family and friends to get together. Ross Park is located at Randall Rd. and Wellesley Dr. in Norton Shores.

Grand Havens Riverfront has ‘Art on the Riverfront’, an outdoor, juried art show held along Grand Haven’s beautiful Boardwalk at the municipal marina. Show hours are 10am to 5pm.

Grand Haven area locations are hosting Walk The Beat. 30 Different Venue locations in Grand Haven will host 60 Musical Acts (30 Bands/ 30 Singer-Songwriters) in one day. Over $20,000 worth of prizes. The beat is from 1-5pm and is free. One of my personal favorites performing is Uneven Ground  at Walk The Beat.

Big Boats

July 28, 2015

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As my little one yells “Big Boats!!!” The Big boats are here for this years Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven. There is so much going on this week you need to check it out and find a fun event for you and your family.

Not sure what Coast Guard Fest is? They explain it as: The Coast Guard Festival is a unique, premier 10 day national military festival, whose mission is to honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. During the ten days of the festival, there are opportunities for all to attend and participate. From parades, waterfront entertainment, and fireworks, to the National Memorial Service, Street Dance and Kids Day the festival allows for reflection, celebration, and solidifying the historical relationship between the Coast Guard and Grand Haven.


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Tuesday Evening Music Club

July 10, 2015

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Tuesday Evening Music Club is at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and as the name states on Tuesdays nights. Tuesday night is the only night the Gardens are open late and host a variety of musical theme nights.

This past Tuesday the stage took theme to a Global Roots music evening of music and dancing representing various cultures: African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Celtic Folk. With musical instruments and dancing infant of the stage for kids of all ages to join. The stage was mixing Irish Folk dancers with Latin and African Music. Its fun for the entire family!

Heres the details and some tips. The gates open at 6pm, shows start at 7pm and its free for Members or included with a purchased admission to the Gardens of that day. The Amphitheater and parking does fill fast so get there early. Getting there early is ok because you can walk the gardens, you can bring picnic dinners which are welcomed in the amphitheater. The do have guidelines on lawn chairs, bottle drinks, coolers size, etc. so do check with their website for details.

Check out their website for band and musical theme nights. upcoming Music Clubs will have the sounds of a Rock Garden, Folk/Americana/Country, Funk.



runs from July 7, 2015 – August 25, 2015

Grand Haven Art Festival Festival

June 28, 2015

It looks like another great day to visit the Grand Haven Art Festival Festival, it finishes up today at 5pm.GH ArtFair

The Grand Haven Art Festival Festival is transforms Washington Avenue into a high class, outdoor art gallery. The goal of the Grand Haven Art Festival is to provide the communities and visitors of the West Michigan area with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist; while upholding the community valued tradition of the Grand Haven Art Festival.

The art fair is on Washington Ave, downtown Grand Haven and is FREE.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days

May 22, 2015

The annual Fruitport Old Fashioned Days is running May 25th, 2015. The Fruitport Old Fashioned Days takes place in Pomona Park overlooking Spring Lake. This annual festival hosts a carnival midway, fireworks, 5k/10k run, ice cream social, parade, and the very popular Ox Roast. This annual fest is a favorite with locals in west Michigan coming for good old fashion family fun to see old friends and to meet new ones. If you have never made it to the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days I suggest you do.

Some of the events and rides do have a fee but many of the events are free for the family. Check with their website for a complete list and times of the events, they also have discounted wristbands admission to rides and events.

Location: Pomona Park – Fruitport
One of the longest running festivals in the area!