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Glen Lake MI -  perfect day

It doesn’t get much better than this.  A perfect day on Glen Lake in northern Michigan. Just over the dune in the distance is Lake Michigan, which provided our fresh grilled whitefish for supper.

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Rockford Michigan is celebrating the 42nd Annual Start of Summer

Celebration June 10- 13th, 2010

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 42nd Annual

Start of Summer Celebration with carnival rides, crafters, food

vendors, entertainment and free children’s activities, Water Ball &,

Bed Race competitions, parade and fireworks.  This event begins

on Thursday night, June 10 with community night.  Contact the

Chamber office for details – 616-866-2000

 Rogue River dam Rockford MI

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Rockford Michigan Rogue River Blues Series Music Concerts

Summer 2010

Starting June 15th, you can relax by the river with various Blues

Bands  in Rockford, Michigan this summer.

Bring a blanket and enjoy!

The Rockford Area Arts Commission and the City of Rockford are

presenting  the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series for 2010,

sponsored by Huntington Bank. This popular series brings great local

live music to Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford by the river

most Tuesday evenings this summer.

Rogue River Dam Rockford Michigan

The Place: Garden Club Park Stage located along the White Pine Trail

near the Dam.

The Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

The 2010 Summer Concert Schedule:

Tuesday June 15, 2010Jimmie Stagger Band

Tuesday June 22, 2010 – Weezil Malone Band

Tuesday June 29, 2010 –  Greg Nagy Band

Tuesday July 6, 2010  – Harry Lucas and the Lowdown

Tuesday July 13, 2010 – Those Delta Rhythm Kings

Tuesday July 20, 2010 –Steve Hilger Blues Band

Tuesday July 27, 2010 – Thirsty Perch Blues Band

After the Blues Series  7:00- 9:00 pm

Tuesday Aug 3, 2010 – Groove Merchant

Tuesday August 10, 2010 – Drew Nelson

Tuesday August 17, 2010 – An Dro

Source: City of Rockford

** Inclement weather: the event moves to Rotary Pavilion located

in downtown Rockford at the corner of Courtland St. and Squires St.

Parking Suggestion: South Squires Parking Lot, accessed from Bridge

St. entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from Main

St. entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A

short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you

directly to the park

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Michigan Free Fishing Weekend  June 12- 13, 2010

As summer in Michigan approaches, Michiganders start to

gravitate toward the 11,037 inland lakes, 36,350 miles of rivers

or streams, or the 3288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline available

for recreation in Michigan [ Included are 12,000 miles

of trout waters].  In fact, there is so much water

available, that wherever you are in Michigan, you are never

more than 6 miles away from a body of water.

Grand River 6th st bridge

If you have fond memories of fishing with your Dad or grand-

parents, then why not create your own memories this weekend?

The Michigan Dept of Natural Resources has declared that you can

fish in any Michigan inland or Great Lakes waters for all species of

fish – without a license – this weekend.

Please note that all fishing regulations still apply.

And don’t forget about safety.  You are still required to follow

all watercraft laws.  So, get out the poles, grab some bait,

and get fishing!

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From 9 AM to 5 PM, East Grand Rapids Michigan will transform its

Lakeside Park into a feast for the art lover.  The annual Reeds Lake

Clothesline Art Festival will be held at John Collins Park in East

Grand Rapids, Saturday, June 19th, 2010.

 

This juried art fair, put on by and for Grand Valley Artists is a

local favorite because of the picturesque lakeside venue and the

wonderful selection of jewelry, photography, glass, pottery,

painting, watercolors, sculpture  and more.

This year the festival is celebrating their 45th anniversary.

 

East Grand Rapids MI Collins Park

 

There is public parking in the ramp near the Regatta Plaza,

which is a short walk from the site and in the middle of the

Wealthy Street merchants and restaurants in Gaslight Village.

 

                        Held rain or shine.

Over 140 artists from all over the country. Some will be old favorites,

others will be new to  West Michigan.  If art tickles your interests, or

you have a blank spot looking for that special piece….come out on

Saturday, June 29th, 2010 to East Grand Rapids Clothesline Art Fair.

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Arts in Ada Michigan Festival ~  May 15th 9 am to 4 pm

Event will be held on Bronson Street from the Covered Bridge

to Ada Drive  Directly in front of historic Ada Town Hall

Hosted by the Ada Arts Council

Music, Dance, and activities are planned all day

Artists will sell their creations, including stained glass, jewelry,

photography, paintings, and pottery.

  • Live entertainment will be provided
  • Food will be available

While you are in Ada, it would be a great time to check out the

boutiques and specialty shops here.  Ada has unique stores with

unusual items and fantastic restaurants.

Art in Ada on Bronson

Art in  Ada festival

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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

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2010 Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts on the Lowell Michigan Showboat

Lowell is a pretty little city on the Flat River just east of Ada &

Grand Rapids.  In fact, it takes us about fifteen minutes to drive there,

which we do quite often.

Lowell ShowBoat Sizzlin’ Summer  Concert Series 2010

Thursday night this summer, there is a FREE CONCERT from 7 to 9pm

at the Riverwalk in Lowell on the Showboat stage.  The concerts are

wheelchair accessible, free parking, there is bleacher seating or bring

your own chair.

The Flat River Grill is offering food and a cash bar, as well as other

vendors  along the Riverwalk plaza.

NOTE: Construction on the Flat River Bridge in the center of Lowell will

complicate parking and traffic as it only goes one way – east – at this point.

The detour takes you out to Grand River Drive and then back to M 42 on

the return trip west to Grand Rapids.

Robert E Lee Showboat Lowell MI

Lowell MI showboat stage

Summer Concert Line Up  Thursday Nights June 17th – August 26th

June 17th – Bronk Brothers Band – ( Rockin’ Hillbilly)

June 24th – Kathy Lamar & the Bob Van Stee Trio ( Jazz, R & B, Blues)

July 1st – Boogie Woogie Babies – (a 1940’s Musical Revue)

July 8th – Madcap, Kane and Maxwell Street (Acoustic Blues- American Roots)

July 15th – Alive and Well ( Classic Rock/Pop)

July 23rd – River City Jazz Ensemble – ( Jazz)

July 30th – Lynn Thompson Band (eclectic)

Aug 6 th – Eyde Evans Hyde & MacNaughton Trio (Jazz, Blues. Pop)

Aug 13th- No Show at Riverwalk – 4-H Fair – Performing at the Fair

The Black Canyon Bluegrass Band ; Patchwork Bluegrass Band

Aug 20th – Dewsouth  – (Rockin’ Country)

Aug 26th – Argentucky Blues Band – ( Blues)

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As you can see by this photo, there is an awesome shade tree to sit

under, over by the river or in the bleachers.

A great line up of local talent for your summer enjoyment. Come on out

and enjoy an evening in Lowell, Michigan.

Lowell Area Arts Council and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are

joint sponsors.  More information on their web sites.

If you would like information about Grand Rapids, Ada or Lowell Homes,

please contact me directly:  toll free at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

or terry@terrywestbrook.com

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Photos of Lowell Showboat Concerts by Bonnie Westbrook

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The eighth Annual Tri River Museum Network will open their tour

of small museums in West Michigan on Saturday, Sunday May 1 & 2,

2010 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission to all 18 museums is free during the promotional event,

designed to generate interest in the local historical societies and

their offerings. Local museums on the tour include Averill Historical

Museum and restored barn in Ada; Cascade Museum, located in a

town hall built in 1898, Fallasburg Historical Village with a a one

room schoolhouse and Lowell Historical Museum featuring a virtual

tour and Victorian rooms.

Ada hist museum sign

Ada Historical Museum

town hall front

Cascade Township Historical Museum

Lowell HistoricalMuseum & Society

Lowell Historical Museum

Other Highlights along the tour are historical churches, a Masonic Temple,

a Gleaners Hall, restored train depots, restored Victorian Home, military

museum, a dormitory that house girls who worked in silk factories, a

restored storefront, and a historic village encompassing 300 acres.

Each museum has a little different local historical memorabilia and local

records on display. Maps and additional information can obtained at any

of the  museums taking part in the “Spring Into the Past” Tour.

Google Map & List of Tri River Museums

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The West Michigan White Caps will kick off their 2010 season

with a FREE exhibition game with Grand Valley State University

on Wednesday , April 7th, at 6 pm at Fifth Third Ballpark.

 

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The official Whitecaps baseball season begins on Thursday,

April 8 at Lake County, OH.  The first home game is scheduled

for Sunday April 11th against the 2009 Midwest League Champion

Fort Wayne TinCaps at 2 pm.  This is also Family Day

– Kids Eat Free – sponsored by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

They are sponsoring 2 of these events in April.

 

You can go to the website www.whitecapsbaseball.com  for ticket information.

Admission to this event is free.

 

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We all like to take a stroll down memory lane.  This video shows Michigan

back before our childhood days. It was filmed in 1949 as part of James A.

Fitzpatrick’s Travel Talks.  Take a look at our bathing beauties, the “Bear

Man” and our stunning Michigan scenery. 

 

The areas shown have grown and changed but the appeal of 

Michigan is still being promoted to tourists today.  And they come by

the thousands to see our unique treasures, such as Sleeping Bear Dunes

on Lake Michigan.  This area is now a National Park and dune buggies

are prohibited on the fragile dune landscape.

 

 Mackinaw Island has attracted people since early times, the original

residents here in Michigan; the Ojibwa, the French, the English, and

tourists have been coming here since Victorian times.

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting  with us in Michigan along this vintage highway

to the past.  We hope you decide to visit us in person real soon.

 

 

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