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The Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting free Music Concerts

on the Terrace Stage Friday nights this summer.

Starting on June 11th and running until August 27th, 2010 every

Friday night from 7-9 pm.  Access to the Terrace Stage is free,

downtown market kiosks, plus food and beverages will be available.

Outdoor sketching, games for all ages and wonderful West Michigan

summer evenings in an urban setting – with live music!

The line up for Friday Nights at GRAM

Outdoor Summer Music Series – Summer 2010

June 11            La Famiglia – Hip Hop

June 18            DJ Brandon Hill  – Techno

June 25           Groove Merchant   – Urban Beats

July 2              End of Times Orchestra  – Prog  Rock

July 9              Chosen  – R & B featuring Daniel Richardson

and Kathy LeMar

July 16            Pangea   – Steel Drum Band

July 30           Side Pocket  – Fusion

July 30           Big Organ      – Organ Trio featuring Randy Marsh

Aug 6            David Hardin   – Americana

Aug 13          Fainting Generals  – Pop Rock

Aug 20         Bill Sears   – Jazz Saxophone

Aug 27        An Dro     – Celtic

The fun begins at 5 pm, music starts at 7 pm.

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Frederick Meijer Gardens Summer 2010 Concert Series

May 25 to August 25 2010

Meijer Gardens has a fabulous, intimate amphitheater in a

spectacular outdoor setting for it’s summer concert series.

The 2010 line up has been released to the public. Tickets

are available to Members first in a Pre-Sale, and go on sale

to the general public on May 15th.  The events are usually

sold out, so buy your tickets early.

The line up this year has something for everyone – from World, Rock

to Blues and little Comedy & Country.

Meijer Gardens Entrance

Doobie Brothers May 21st, 2010

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer June 10th, 2010

Kenny Loggins June 16th , 2010

Buddy Guy  w/ JJ Grey & Mofro June 17th, 2010

The Levon Helm Band June 30th, 2010

Mary Chapin Carpenter July 9th, 2010

Umphrey’s McGee July 16th, 2010

Indigo Girls July 25th, 2010

Natalie Merchant July 26th, 2010

Chris Isaak  w/ Marc Boussard July 29th, 2010

Natalie McMaster August 5th, 2010

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band August 7th, 2010

Melissa Etheridge August 9th, 2010

A Prairie Home Companion w/
Garrison Keillor “Summer Love” Tour
August 11th, 2010

George Thorogood & The Destroyers August 15th, 2010

Brandi Carlile August 25th, 2010

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Contact Terry   616-292-7263


The inimitable Cheryl Wheeler is coming to Grand Rapids this week!

In concert at Fifth Third Ball Park on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.

Gates open at 6:30 pm, concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Special guest Nicholas James Thomasma

Part of the Pepsi Stadium Club Concert Series

Never heard of Cheryl Wheeler?

Cheryl is a prolific songwriter and talented performer. You have

probably heard her songs. She is very respected by her peers, as many

of them have recorded her songs.

Chery’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals,

Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus,

Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and

Holly Near. If they think she is great, then maybe you should find

out why they are fans.

Tickets are $20.00   Parking is free.

Cheryl’s website Tickets online

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Grand Rapids Michigan is a diverse metropolitan area comprised of

many local cities and communities that surround the city of

Grand Rapids.  The Grand Rapids metro area is the second largest

“city” in Michigan with a population around 1 million.

West Michigan is a beautiful 4 season area of Michigan that has lots

of hardwood forests, rolling hills, Lake Michigan shoreline, hundreds

of  lakes and rivers, and a thriving, diverse work environment with

educated workers.  We have 25 colleges and universities in our

area, including the new Michigan State Medical School on the

“Medical Mile” in downtown Grand Rapids with a student population

of around 32,000+ students.

GR big map w tack

Getting To Know Grand Rapids:

Since pictures speak louder than words, we have links to photos

& videos of some of our local communities:

Ada Michigan is a small community southeast of Grand Rapids with

an excellent school system and lots of suburban homes.

Caledonia Michigan is a small suburban community that has farms

and a rural setting.

East Grand Rapids is a city bordering on Grand Rapids that has

lovely older homes, an excellent school system, and excellent city services,

including community events, and over 100 miles of plowed city

sidewalks in the winter.

Kentwood Michigan is a suburban community southeast of Grand

Rapids with businesses, such as Steelcase, one of the nation’s largest

office furniture manufacturers and lots of suburban housing subdivisions,

both new and established, plus rental communities for housing options.

Lowell Michigan is a small community east of Grand Rapids with a

vibrant business community, excellent school system, and a mixture of

older homes and newer subdivisions, all centered around the Flat River.

Rockford Michigan is a small community north of Grand Rapids

on the Rogue River.  It is home to the global shoe manufacturer, Wolverine

Worldwide [Merrell, Patagonia, Harley Davidson brands], but has a small

town feeling with unique boutiques, shops, and wonderful restaurants.

Many newer homes, established subdivisions and older homes populate

the Rockford area.

Quality of Life in Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids Michigan Rated 5th Most Affordable Housing in US

Aug 21, 2009 – CNN Money has rated the top cities in affordable housing.

Top Schools in West Michigan – 6-15-2009 – Six West Michigan public

Schools were rated in the top 1500 schools in the nation by Newsweek.

Spectrum Hospital Ranks in Nation’s Top 100

Restaurants in the Grand Rapids Area:

Good Eats – Marie Catrib’s in the East Hills Neighborhood of Grand Rapids offers

unusual fare in a friendly atmosphere.

The Thornapple Daily Grill in Ada, Michigan – March 9, 2008 –Nestled in

heart of downtown Ada near the Thornapple River, this Gilmore

Restaurant is a favorite with local patrons for lunch or dinner.

More than Tacos at Taquitos Mexican Grill – Aug 1, 20009 – Located in

the old Herkimer Hotel, no dark and dingy digs here.

First Choice for Chinese in Forest Hills = First Wok – Dec 4, 2009 – Located in

the heart of Cascade, this Chinese Restaurant is one of our favorites.

The Grille Restaurant at Watermark Country Club – March 9, 2008 –

Serving fresh local foods when possible, this restaurant is always

busy.  Whether you stop in for a business lunch or have a quick

meal after you play nine holes, you can’t go wrong here.

The Monterey Grille in Caledonia – March 9,2009 – A great local place

for breakfast or an after work get-together at the sports bar.

Recreation in Grand Rapids:

Art Prize – Sept 24, 2009 – Planned to be an annual event in Grand Rapids,

Art Prize took the city by storm this year with over $250K in prizes,

artists from all over the world bringing their art creations to GR.

Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey – May 11, 2009 – A Night at a Griffins

Play-off Game

White Caps Baseball Signals Spring – March 15, 2009 – Opening day

for the local AA Team is much anticipated in Grand Rapids.

Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture ParkThe Sculptures;

The Conservatory ; The Children’s Garden ; Butterfly Exhibit

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series 2010 – April 26, 2010 –

16 concerts held at the Outdoor Amphitheater.

Grand Haven – Aug 24, 2009  – Coast Guard City is a great destination for

tourists and Michigan day trippers, like ourselves.

Golf in West Michigan –

Roselle Park – Nov 6, 2009 – Natural Habitat Refuge on the Grand River

with an observation tower, viewing deck, canoe/kayak launch, miles of

walking trails.

Grand Rapids Golf – With over 900 courses in West Michigan, it could

take a few months to play them all.  A few local golf course articles &


Real Estate Information for Buyers & Sellers:

Which Mortgage Do I Choose? – Key questions to ask yourself and

lenders before you finalize your mortgage.

Buying Foreclosed Homes is NOT FUN! – May 6, 2008 –

A few buying tips on foreclosed properties. Be Aware. Be Prepared.

Use a Seasoned Buyer’s Agent.

Are you Looking for your Grand Rapids Dream Home? – May 13, 2008 –Lots

of internet searches for the perfect home are being done right now.

Sellers Beware! Avoid 11 Mistakes That Could Cost You Hundreds, even
Thousands of Dollars!

The difference between a profitable, seamless

transaction and a break even, miserable experience is often a fine line.

Top Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You List Your Home – Crucial

areas of expertise your Realtor should possess.

Homes in Greater Grand Rapids Area:

Grand Rapids Michigan Homes  Search

Ada Michigan  Homes Search

East Grand Rapids Michigan Homes  Search

Caledonia Michigan Homes Search

Cascade Michigan Homes  Search

Kentwood Michigan Homes  Search

Lowell Michigan Homes  Search

Rockford Michigan Homes  Search

Wyoming Michigan – Search for Homes

Search Luxury Grand Rapids Homes

Grand Rapids – Condos for Sale

Kentwood Condos for Sale

Waterfront Homes for Sale

We took a few hours to browse the Art Prize venues yesterday, Thursday, Sept 24th, 2009 in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We saw some fabulous pieces of artwork and we also some we just didn’t get.  I am sure it is the same for everyone, as we all see the world through our own private filter.

We took a few photos to share with those who won’t get a chance to see this art extravaganza in person.  Some of the artworks have to be seen in person to appreciate the scale and subtleties. some are in-your-face, some are really, really out there, and others are really just for fun.

We registered to vote, toured the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Blue Bridge, Cathedral Square, Rosa Parks Circle and the Waters Building. We had a  wonderful lunch at the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Terrace Restaurant overlooking Rosa Parks Circle.  What a great spot to people watch and even had a few art prize entries stroll past.



We hope to get back to see a lot more artwork. With 159 venues and over 1200 artists, it is quite a task to see them all.  Hope you enjoy our tour!

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Wearing o’ the green would be appropriate for attending the

Great Lakes Irish Music Festival held at Fifth Third Ball Park,

this Saturday August 22, 2009  11:00 am – 9:20 pm

Gates open at 11:00 am and the first entertainment hits the

stage at noon.

Of course there will be Irish food available for purchase, bangers

and beer, for starters, plus other delectable Irish delights.


The musical entertainment will be performed by international acts:

Quinn’s School of Irish Dance, Stephen’s Green, The Elders,

Brendan Nolan and the Screaming Orphans.   Michigan’s Fenian’s

Players will once again take the stage to regale the crowd with

ballads and the spoken word.


There will also be Irish markets and  workshops devoted to Irish music,

history and it’s language that will be available for participants.  A

Children’s Area will be provided by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

from 12:00pm-4pm for the wee ones entertainment.


An added attraction at Fifth Third Ballpark this year is Art in the Park,

an non-juried art fair running from noon until 6 pm, where you can buy

artwork to take home.


Admission for this one day event is $12 for adults, children 3-12 $1, and

those babes under 3 get free admission.  Parking is $5 per car, $10 for

buses and RVs.


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Grand Rapids Michigan Blues Wednesday – Rosa Parks Circle

Presented by WLAV  FREE Summer Outdoor Blues Concerts on the Mall

in downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle.  Some of the best

blues bands performing today will be getting on the stage here

in Grand Rapids.

Get yourself over hump day by listening to the Blues on Wednesdays

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm  Food & Merchandise Available


June 10, 2009 – Mike Zito

June 17, 2009 – Big James & The Chicago Playboys

June 24, 2009 – Sugar Blue

July 1, 2009 – Harper

July 8, 2009 – Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

July 15, 2009 – Larry McCray

July 22, 2009 – Gina Sicilia

July 29, 2009  – Ronnie Baker Brooks

August 5, 2009 – John Nemeth

August 12, 2009 – Tommy Castro

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Held at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan

We attended the annual Public Town Hall Meeting that Vern Ehlers held at

Gerald R. Ford Museum on Saturday May 2nd, 2009.  We have a few video

clips of parts of the meeting and the beautiful water fountain outside of

the museum entrance.  The Grand River was at flood stage and the water

covers the sidewalk that is at the river’s edge. 

This was an interesting hour spent among our peers discussing the items

we felt were important to us here in Grand Rapids.  Congressman Ehlers

gave us his thoughts and insight on many current topics.

We were disappointed to see less than 100 people out of a population of

over 660,000 that Rep. Ehlers Third District covers in Michigan.  Although

he was pleased to see that the crowd was bigger than normal. 


Ehlers Town Hall Meeting Grand Rapids MI


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Video by Terry Westbrook

Winter Beer Festival

Sat. Feb 28, 2009  Noon – 5PM

White Caps Ball Park Comstock Park MI

Have you ever dreamed of drinking craft beers fresh from the brewers casks?

Would you enjoy tasting new brews and rubbing elbows with other beer

enthusiasts?  Well, set your calendars for Feb 28th in Grand Rapids, MI

Tickets are $ 35.00 which includes 12 drink tickets. Tickets are available at the following locations:

Whitecaps box office in Comstock Park
Rochester Mills Beer Co. in Rochester
Olde Peninsula Brewpub in Kalamazoo
Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren
Old Hat Brewery in Lawton
Original Gravity Brewing in Milan
New Holland Brewing in Holland
The Livery in Benton Harbor
Walldorff Brewpub in Hastings
Kuhnhenn Brewing in Warren
Liberty Street Brewing in Plymouth
Sherwood Brewing in Shelby Township
Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor
Schmohz Brewing in Grand Rapids
Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids
Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti
Arbor Brewing in Ann Arbor
Old Chicago Restaurant in Grand Rapids
Pauly’s Party Store in Lowell
Billy’s Lounge in Grand Rapids
Meanwhile Bar in Grand Rapids
Atwater Block Brewery in Detroit
HopCat in Grand Rapids

Here’s a few links to wet your whistle…..

Michigan Brewer’s Guild

 Beer Advocates

Grilling with Beer

Dress for the weather, this is an outside event.


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The January Series is back at Calvin College this month. We have several

talks that we have attended already. Today, we have an offer we are

preparing and the wind chill is -18 Degrees. I decided to stay home and

listen live to the 1 hour presentation by film director, Robert Rooy, on

Microfinance – Changing lives in Poverty. Robert has filmed all over the

world for non-profits so they can tell their stories via film. He is an

accomplished director and donates his off time to helping non-profits film

in remote locations.

He recommends as a means to donate to microfinance small business

opportunities for poor people all over the planet. This system really works.

So I checked it out and I am now helping Mujeres Unidos Group in Peru.

I will get monthly updates on their progress, whether they pay the loan back

and just how it helps their lives. Ain’t the internet great?

You get to choose where your money goes, and you get updates on how

they are doing. Paypal makes the payment easy and safe.

Please go to and take a look. You can donate as little as $25.

You could make a difference in someone’s life today.

For the price of a lunch for the two of us, we can actually

help people rise out of poverty.

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