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Muskegon welcomes Coast West Festival July 1st

Muskegon welcomes Coast West Festival July 1st

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- It's kind of hard to believe that July 1 is less than a month away. 

Sure it's been unseasonably cold and rainy and road construction season is upon us, but the start of summer brings renewal to Muskegon!

The Coast West Music Festival will be happening at Heritage Landing beginning July 1st and wrapping up July 6th.  "Why Andy-- what's new about that?" You ask.  Well, it's kind of like this: If you remember back to the Seaway Festival, or maybe Summer Celebration which concluded a great run two years ago, you probably remember the very picturesque setting, the cool breeze coming off Muskegon Lake and the good time had by all with the rides, carnival, music and so on.  New this year, Coast West is all about the music. 

There will be a total of 38 bands over the course of six days.  There will be three stages alternating back and forth with live music.  Miller Lite headliners like Cheap Trick,

Rock the Coast returns to Michigan's Adventure

Rock the Coast returns to Michigan's Adventure

MUSKEGON, Mich.—“Rock the Coast” will return to Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park on May 24.

This year, organizers have extended the event to two days.  Visitors can ride all day and rock all night to  Christian artists, including Audio Adrenaline and Tenth Avenue North.  For ticket information, visit the Rock the Coast website here.

Lakeshore Art Festival still looking for Michigan Food Market exhibitors

Lakeshore Art Festival still looking for Michigan Food Market exhibitors

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Lakeshore Art Festival is still looking for additional exhibitors for the Michigan Food Market and fine art categories of watercolor, oils, sculpture, and digital art. 

The Lakeshore Art Festival will no longer be accepting jewelry exhibitors, however applications for street performers of all varieties are still being accepted!

The Lakeshore Art Festival is July 5 and July 6. Look for more information at www.lakeshoreartfestival.org.  If you are interested in sponsorships or volunteering, please send an email to artfest@muskegon.org.

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

Local businesses offering freebies for moms this Mother's Day

West Michigan businesses are honoring moms this Mother’s Day by offering freebies.

In Grand Rapids, moms can get in free to the Grand Rapids Children Museum on Sunday, May 12.  Admission is also free for moms who visit the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek with children or grandchildren in tow.

When it comes to food, Hooters has moms covered Sunday, offering free entrees (up to $10)  for mothers who bring a kid along and buy any drink.  Hooters has 10 locations in Michigan, including a restaurant in Portage.

And don’t forget dessert!  TCBY is offering a free six ounce ‘Fro-Yo’ to mother’s this Mother’s Day weekend.  Muskegon has a TCBY stand at the K-Mart Shopping Center on Henry Street.

Museums host Free Family Fun Day May 11

Museums host Free Family Fun Day May 11

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The community is invited to learn about pioneer life on the prairie during a Free Family Fun Day Saturday, May 11.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Muskegon Museum and the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Both museums also waive admission on the second Saturday of each month when they offer craft workshops, films and tours.

The Lakeshore Museum Center is located at 430 W. Clay Avenue.  The Muskegon Museum is located at 296 W. Webster Avenue.  For more information, call (231) 720-2579 or visit  http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/.

Muskegon County to host free County Parks Day May 4

The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners invites you to visit Muskegon County Pioneer Park or Twin Lake Park on May 4 for free.

This inaugural event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 4 p.m.

Pioneer Park is a 145 acre park offers camping, swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, tennis, softball, basketball and volleyball. The park is filled with a variety of mixed oak, maple, white pine and hemlock pine trees. Pioneer is Muskegon’s  largest and most popular park. Pioneer Park is located on Lake Michigan and has over 2,000 feet of white sandy beach frontage. The park is located close to Michigan's Adventure amusement park, USS Silversides WWI Submarine Museum, art museums, theaters, summer festivals and other Muskegon County attractions. Pioneer Park is located on Lake Michigan on Scenic Drive, north of Muskegon. Take U.S.

'Grabbin' A Bite' reviews Hennessy's

'Grabbin' A Bite' reviews Hennessy's

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Mike and I had been planning our visit to Hennessy's for quite some time, but the weather was not cooperating.  

Finally, two days before Saint Patrick's Day, we were able to meet our friends there for lunch. The timing was perfect since Hennessy's is an Irish pub and restaurant.

We were the first to arrive for lunch, which was nice since we had a good open view of the interior.  I was impressed with the dark, shiny wood, and the bar with stained glass behind it.  The bottles and glasses were sparkling. On the left was a fireplace which was glowing and welcoming.   Soft Irish music beckoned us in.  I was sure this was going to be an exciting afternoon.   Our friends arrived soon after we did. We were all seated, our waiter poured our beverages, then he took our order. We had a few questions about bangors and rarebit.