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USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon, Michigan will be presenting a series of films titled, Great Lakes Film Series: Storms, Shipwrecks, Rescues and History.

This series of four films will be presented on Wednesdays in July at 11:00am and then again at 2:30pm, beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015, with Ric Mixter as creator and producer of the series of intriguing Great Lakes documentaries. He produced the outstanding video “Storm.” Below is the schedule for the series:

July 8: Cutter Rescues: Video and interviews of Coast Guard Members and crews rescued during perilous storms.

July 15: Edmund Fitzgerald: History and video of the birth and then the death of this ship on November 10, 2010 on the Great Lakes.

July 22: Bombs Away: A documentary about the closure of Selfridge Air Base and the departure of the bombers is shown and narrated.

July 29: Best of the Depth: Lake Michigan

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

A lot of people figure that employees really don’t go out of the way to do anything extra any more but Linda Falkowski who works for Consumers Energy in Muskegon, Mi has proven them wrong. Linda is a field representative for the company and as such, comes in contact with numerous customers. Because of her work ethics, Linda has been given the Gatekeeper of the Year award from the State of Michigan.

My Town: Back To The Bricks Tour hits White Lake June 13

My Town: Back To The Bricks Tour hits White Lake June 13

WHITEHALL, Mich.---Downtown Whitehall will be shut down this Saturday, June 13 as  Back To The Bricks comes to town.

The traveling show takes vehicle enthusiasts along the Lake Michigan shoreline.  This is the first year the event is stopping in Whitehall.   Approximately 150 vehicles are expected to be on display.

Colby Street will be shut down from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the event.  Organizers expect participants will spend the night in Whitehall, boosting the area’s shopping, dining and lodging industries.    

Overnight stops in Battle Creek, Manistee, Boyne City and West Branch are also on the schedule for this year’s tour.  Back to the Bricks will also include daytime visits to Frankfort and Tawas City before wrapping up June 16 in Flint, where the Back to the Bricks Car Cruise will take place Aug. 15.

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair on the Village Green

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair on the Village Green

On July 11, 2015, the Pentwater Jr. Women’s Club will host the 51st Annual Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fair from 9:00am – 5:00pm. This event is to be held on the Village Green, downtown in Pentwater.

This Fair is a juried art fair. All work must be original and of the artist’s own creation. Painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, weaving, clothing, sculpture and other media will be available. People attending also have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction on art pieces donated by many of the participating artists. The proceeds generated will be used to fund a monthly mobile food pantry.

Admission is free. There will be a refreshment stand on the Village Green operated by the Pentwater Service Club.

Additional information is available by contacting the club at pentwaterjrwomensclub@gmail.com

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the VFW Post 4249 of Newaygo will be hosting the Michigan Knights of Columbus 4th Degree District 4, 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run.

Runners are asked to meet at 3000 Monroe Ave NE in Grand Rapids, MI at 9:00am. Ride to the VFW in Newaygo, leaving at 11:30am.

A $25 donation covers food, fun and a raffle ticket. There will also be music, prizes and refreshments.

You may call David Reese at 616-446-0726 for more information.

Heritage Park in Whitehall brings history to life


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM)-- It's an opportunity to experience Michigan's rich history and it's natural beauty at the same time.
Muskegon County's newest attraction is Michigan's Heritage Park in Whitehall. Organizers call it a 19 acre living history park in a natural woodland setting. program manager Wendy VanWoerkem stopped by the WZZM13 studio to explain the new attraction.


Michigan's Heritage Park opens this weekend


WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- At the new Michigan's Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing, visitors can walk through 10,000 years of history. The park near Whitehall opens Saturday morning.

This history park is unique because it doesn't just focus on one time period, but a long range of years.

"That timeline starts with the mastodon around ten-thousand years ago and takes you through the history of the state of Michigan," said John McGarry, CEO of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

There's American Indian wigwams, an English fur-trader's cabin, Civil War camp, logging shanty, up to a 1900s farm house. It's an opportunity to experience history in unique way.

The park also has a picnic pavilion, classroom space, an auditorium and small gift shop.

On June 13 and 14, a Civil War reenactment will take place at the museum.