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Welcome to the shoreline


est Michigan greets the visitor with warm sand, sunny beaches, worldclass sunsets and people and activities as alluring. Situated on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, beaches from Ludington to the White Lake area have become part of many a family’s summer vacation stop for generations. When you find something this good, why not return? Our state park beaches such as Ludington, Charles Mears and Silver Lake can’t be beat. Walk miles of public shore in Ludington. Or take a dune ride at Silver Lake. In Pentwater, the village is close enough to walk to — and why not with a great channel walk that gets you most of the way without leaving water’s edge?

The arts blossom here. Quaint Pentwater hosts art walks monthly through its many galleries. The Ludington area is home to several superb fine arts photographers whose work is either in their own galleries or on display in stores. There are several fine art shows and arts and crafts fairs with local, regional and often national artists selling works. Ludington is home to an active arts center for all types of arts. It also boasts Sandcastles Children’s Museum, remarkably cool with kid friendly activities and an airplane — as in real Cessna — hanging from the ceiling that kids can “fly.” If you like history, this area is rich in lumber-era history with fine lumber-baron mansions, great historical society muse-

ums in Hart, Pentwater, Mears, at Historic White Pine Village just south of Ludington and the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. Mason County is home to several cultural history trails. Take a drive and see barn quilts, sculptures or lumber baron mansions. As for outdoor recreation, this portion of the Lake Michigan coastline is second to none in opportunities for big- or small-lake fishing, a worldclass trout stream in the Pere Marquette River and the White River in Hesperia — and great stream fishing in other rivers. Take a charter, or fish from shore on a breakwater at inland lake or river access site. Salmon, lake trout, steelhead and inland species from muskies and pike to bass, wall-

eye and panfish are among the most popular fish sought in the area. Our state parks are diverse. Ludington State park at more than 5,300 acres offers miles of hiking trails, access to Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, tubing on the Big Sable River and a beautiful beach with an iconic recently reconstructed beach house. The Friends of Ludington State Park sponsors a concert/nature series at the park in summer that is free. The William Field Memorial HartMontague Bicycle Trail State Park was the state’s first linear park. Silver Lake State Park’s dunes are beautiful and open to dune buggies, walking and allterrain vehicles. SEE WEST MICHIGAN, PAGE 5


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Websites offer information On West Michigan fun


est Michigan is a wonderful and unique place that has a lot to offer. There is always something that seems to be going on in this area of the state during the summer months. However, keeping track of all that this area of the state has to offer can be difficult. The following websites were compiled to help better keep you educated and informed on all the events, news, features and more that takes place in West Michigan. Some of the websites offer online subscriptions to keep you up-to-date and informed.

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The state-wide Pure Michigan website ( allows you to select your destination to get a summary the area and the events that take place there. There is also information about lodging and other accommodations. Chamber websites are great for people visiting an area to see what events are taking place, businesses there are and the accommodations an area has to offer.

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WEST MICHIGAN: A great place to visit FROM PAGE 3

Four area lighthouses along the shore are open for visitors to view and to climb. White River Light Station, Little Sable Point, Ludington North Breakwater and Big Sable Point lighthouses are icons of our shorelines and favorite subjects of photographers. The Manistee National Forest offers a variety of other activities, from off-road motorcycle trails, mountain and fat-biking trails to wilderness camping and hiking at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area north of Ludington, camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. The North Country Trail winds through the region. There are plenty of other

Ride or watch the National Historic Landmark SS Badger as it sails daily from mid-May through mid-October between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Try para-sailing, charter fishing, or shop our visitor-friendly downtowns.


activities to keep you busy. Ludington offers four family-friendly, free Friday Night Live events in downtown throughout the summer. Rent a canoe and traverse

Michigan’s first canoe trail at Ludington State Park. Feed elk at Amber Elk Ranch. Visit a dairy farm with great ice cream and cheese at Country Dairy in New Era.

Pick up the local newspapers, Ludington Daily News, Oceana’s Herald-Journal or White Lake Beacon to see what’s happening when you at their websites,, and www. After you visit once, you’ll be hooked — and glad you found the place you’ve been looking for.

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10,000 years of history in Whitehall

half-mile paved trail through the woods offers visitors an opportunity to experience 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting in Whitehall. Michigan’s Heritage Park, operated by the Lakeshore Museum Center, will mark its third season when it opens on May 1. The 19-acre park is located just off U.S. 31 and is a perfect day trip from most West Michigan locations. Costumed interpreters are found at each of the historic stops along the trail which include a Wigwam Village, Settlers Cabin, Fur Trade Post, Logging Shanty, and 1900s Farmhouse. Park visitors can

interact with the interpreters and may help churn butter, weed a garden, participate in a drill in the Civil War Camp, or collect eggs in the chicken coop. Playscapes made from natural materials allow young visitors an opportunity to play with nature. The park is open from May through October. Activity Field in the center of the park offers space for special events. The major events for the 2017 season are: • June 10 and 11: Civil War Encampment with members of the Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F. The men and women of the Michigan Third are as authentic as possible in their dress and

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manner as they portray what life was like during the American Civil War. They will set up camp for the weekend and visitors will have an opportunity to tour the camp, meet the reenactors, and learn about military and civilian life during the Civil War. Please note, for the Civil War event, Sunday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • July 15 and 16: Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow. Park visitors will see traditional dancers, fancy shawl dancers, jingle dress dancers, and grass dancers and can also participate in some of the dances. Native drummers and singers will perform throughout the weekend. Over a

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dozen trade booths will offer such items for sale as jewelry, handmade crafts, and bead work. Traditional native food will be available for purchase on site. Please note, for the powwow event, the park hours are Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • August 12: A Taste of History: Celebrations. The day will include cooking demonstrations and tastings based on different celebrations and holidays such as Valentine’s Day at the Farmhouse. Jessica Diemer-Eaton will demonstrate traditional Native American food preparation and discuss nutrition and food securing practices in the Wigwam Village. Food samples will be available for a small fee. • October 27 and 28: Haunted Trail. An afterhours event will examine the legends, myths, and ghost stories from the 1600s through the early 1900s. More than a dozen local actors from Muskegon Civic Theatre and volunteers will be stationed at the stops along the half mile trail creating a historic haunted atmosphere. The event is recommended for

ages 13 and over. Tours will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. both evenings and the cost is $15 a person. Additional special activities will take place at the park throughout the season. Details can be found on the museum website Michigan’s Heritage Park is handicapped accessible. This site of the Lakeshore Museum Center, is located in Whitehall at 8637 N. Durham Road with easy access from U.S. 31 at exit 128 just north of the Whitehall Comfort Inn.

For more information, call (231) 8940342. PARK HOURS: May and October: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September: Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sundays (June–September), the hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission for adults and teens is $10, seniors (65 and older) $8, and youth (3–12) $5. Admission is free for 2 and younger. *Admission for some special events is $12 for adults and teens, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children.



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2017 Calendar of events WEEKLY EVENTS ARTS COUNCIL of White Lake Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m., at the Montague Band Shell, June 20-Aug. 29. HOWMET PLAYHOUSE Summer Theatre Festival, downtown Whitehall. Weekends, July 6-Aug. 19. HARBORLIGHT SUMMER Ain’t Over Concerts, 6:30 p.m., Goodrich Park Annex gazebo in Whitehall, Sept. 5, 12, 19. NATURE WALKS, first Saturday of the month, 10:30 p.m., at various White Lake area locations. June-October. DEPOT TO Depot Color Tour, Montague to Muskegon, Oct. 7, 14, 21. PICKN’ IN Pentwater, Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. PENTWATER FARMERS Market, Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. PENTWATER CIVIC BAND CONCERT, Thursdays, 8-9 p.m., Pentwater Village Green

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3 - Brews, Tunes and Dunes, downtown Silver Lake. 3 - National Asparagus Festival Queen’s Pageant and fundraiser, 6 p.m., Shelby High School. 4 - Pentwater Start of Summer Party, 5 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 4 - Blessing of the Duners, 11 a.m., Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV Area. 9 - COVE Benefit Women’s Golf Scramble, 9 a.m., Golden Sands Golf Course, Mears. 9 - Movie on the Green, 9-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 9-11 - The National Asparagus Festival, Hart. 10 - Pentwater Community Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 - NAF Joan Glover Memorial Parade, 2 p.m., Hart. 10 - Be Someone’s Angel, Snow angel world record attempt, 1

p.m., Stearns Park Beach, Ludington 10-11 - Free ORV Weekend. No ORV license or trail permit needed to ride the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area or explore Michigan’s vast system of trails. 10-11 - Free Fishing Weekend. Fishing license fees will be waived on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. Fishing regulations still apply. 10-11 - Civil War Encampment at Michigan’s Heritage Park, 8637 N. Durham Road, Whitehall 10 - Lakestride Half Marathon, 10k and 5k races, contact Gary

Anderson, 10 - Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Grand Opening, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 217 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington 11 - NAF Fly-In Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-noon, Oceana County airport, Shelby. 17 - 16th annual Post Card Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Transportation Museum conference room, Oceana Historical Park, Mears. 17-18 - Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Pentwater Village Green.

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1 - LASSI Loop 5K run/walk, 8-11 a.m., Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater. 1 - Free Movie Matinee, 1:30 p.m., Walkerville United Methodist Church, 189 Main St., Walkerville. 1-2 - 2017 West Shore Art Fair, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rotary Park, Ludington. Free. 2 - Stony Lake Sparkler 5K, benefits the Crystal Valley Care Fund. 2 - Pentwater VFW Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Pentwater VFW.

17-18 - Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Festival, Goodrich Park Annex, Whitehall, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 17-18 - Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament, Stearns Park Beach, Ludington. Hosted by the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.ludington. noon, Pentwater Historical Museum org/c-events/c-primary-events/c28 - Music on the Commons gus-macker for information. featuring Jesse Ray & The Caro18 - Celebrating 50 years of lina Catfish, 6:30-8 p.m., Hart Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1-3 p.m., Commons, downtown Hart. Chadwick-Munger House, 114 Dryden St., Hart. JULY 29 ...... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM, Music MAY 8......... Big Sable opens for the season featuring: BOB HAUSLER, 1:30-3:30PM MAY 26 ...... Opening for the season: Ludington 22 - Sunset bonfire, 8-10 p.m., AUG. 2 ........ Night at the Lights Little Sable Lighthouse N. Breakwater, Little Sable & White River Light Station 7:00-8:30PM. Featuring: GHOSTS OF THE AMERICAN JUNE 23...... YOGA at White River Light Station 9:30AM Stearns Park Beach, Ludington ROAD. Tower open until 8. (Rain date June 30th) JUNE 24...... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM, MUSIC TBA AUG. 3 ........ Music & Beer at the White River Light Station 22-25 - Electric Forest music featuring: GHOSTS OF THE AMERICAN ROAD, JULY 12 ...... Night at the Lights; Little Sable Lighthouse Event time & ticket purchase info to be announced. 7:00-8:30PM. Featuring: WYATT & SHERRI KNAPP. festival, Double JJ Resort, RothAUG. 5 ........ Music at Big Sable featuring: GHOSTS OF THE Tower open until 8. AMERICAN ROAD, 1:30-3:30PM JULY 13 ...... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM. Music bury. AUG. 9 ........ Night at the Lights Little Sable Lighthouse featuring: WYATT & SHERRI KNAPP, 1:30-3:30PM 7:00-8:30PM. Featuring: ”STEEL DOIN’ IT”, steel drum JULY 14 ...... Music at White River Lighthouse featuring: 23 - 3rd Annual Fish On For band. Tower open until 8. WYATT & SHERRI KNAPP at 7:00PM AUG. 12 ..... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM. Music JULY 19 ...... Night at the Lights Little Sable Lighthouse Freedom, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Port of featuring: CHLOE KIMES, 1:30-3:30PM 7:00-8:30PM. Featuring: OCEANIA DRIVE. AUG. 18 ..... YOGA at White River Light Station 9:30AM Tower open until 8. Ludington, free to participating (Rain date August 25th) JULY 21 ...... YOGA at White River Light Station 9:30AM AUG. 18 ..... Music at White River Lighthouse featuring: (Rain date July 28th) OCEANIA DRIVE Music at 7:00PM JULY 22 ...... Music at White River Lighthouse featuring: veterans HAMMERED DULCIMER FRIENDS GROUP. 2:00 - 4:00PM. AUG. 25-27Michigan Lighthouse Festival AUG. 26 ..... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM. Music JULY 26 ...... Night at the Lights Little Sable Lighthouse 24 - Last of the Month Galfeaturing: OCEANIA DRIVE, 1:30-3:30PM 7:00-8:30PM. Featuring: BOB HAUSLER. SEPT. 23 ..... Bus Day, Big Sable, NOON-5PM. Music Tower open until 8. lery Stroll, 5-8 p.m., downtown featuring: JIM NOVAK & PAUL CERNY, 1:30-3:30PM JULY 28 ...... Music at White River Lighthouse featuring: OCT. 28....... Halloween at Big Sable BOB HAUSLER 7:00PM Pentwater. NOV. 1 ........ BIG SABLE’S 150 BIRTHDAY PARTY!! ble Points Lig Sa h 24 - Relay for Life, noon, Oriole SABLE POINTS Field, 698 W. Tinkham Ave., Ludington P.O. Box 673 Ludington, MI 49431 oc 25 - Flippin’, Fyin’, Catchin’, iat 231-845-7417 io n Pancake Breakfast, 9 ASSOCIATION TH


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2 - Hart Sparks, fireworks over Hart Lake and live entertainment. 3 - Fireworks in Pentwater, 10 p.m., Charles Mears State Park beach. 3 - Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Children & 4 - 4th of July Parade, 10 a.m., Pet Parade, 6-7:30 p.m., Luding- Whitehall to Montague, Ludington ton parade 2 p.m. 4 - Independence Day Bike Pa- 4 - Fireworks at dusk in Monrade, 10-11 a.m., Charles Mears tague State Park. 3 - Ludington Area Jaycees 4 - Thunder on the Dunes, 10 Freedom Festival Children & p.m., Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Pet Parade, 6-7:30 p.m., Ludington 4 - Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Fireworks, 10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Amazing fireworks display over Lake Michigan at Dusk 6 - Free Movie Night, 6 p.m., Crystal Valley United Methodist Church, 1547 E. Hammett Road, Crystal Valley 7-8 - Scottville Summerfest, Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 8 10 a.m. & 3 p.m., downtown Scottville & Riverside Park 8 - Soup & Sandwich Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pentwater United Methodist Church.

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Little Point Sable Lighthouse. 13-14 - Boating Safety Course, FROM PAGE 11 Pentwater Yacht Club. 13-16 - Ludington Offshore 8 - Pentwater Ladies’ ClasClassic Fishing Tournament, sic Tournament, hosted by the Ludington Waterfront Park, 391 Pentwater Sportfishing AssociaS. William St., Ludington tion. 14 - Friday Night Live, 6-9 p.m., 8 - Celebrate White Lake, 10 downtown Ludington a.m.-4 p.m., Goodrich Park, 15 - Blooming Arts Garden Whitehall Walk, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pentwa8 - 8th Annual Briggs Cornhole 9 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 ter. Hosted by the Garden Club Tournament, 4-7 p.m., 493 W. p.m., Pentwater Village Green. of Pentwater. Sugar Grove Road, Scottville 12 - Music on the Commons 15 - Mears Art Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 9 - St. Joseph/St. Vincent’s An- featuring ClusterPluck, 6:30-8 p.m., Johnson Park in downtown nual Ox Roast Dinner & Festip.m., downtown Hart. val, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Joseph’s 12 - Night at the Light summer Mears. 16 - Town & Country All-School Hall, 2349 W. Jackson Road, concert series featuring Wyatt Reunion, 1-4 p.m., Johnson Park Hart. Adults, $11; children 5-11, and Sherri Knapp 7-8:30 p.m., in Mears. Potluck at 2 p.m. $6; 5 and under eat free

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and Genealogical Society, celebrating, 4 p.m., Oceana Historical Park, Mears. 23 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 26 - Music on the Commons featuring The Hackwells, 6:30-8 p.m., Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 26 - Night at the Light summer concert series featuring Bob Hausler 7-8:30 p.m., Little Point Sable Lighthouse. Free.

16 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 15-16 - Honoring Native Heritage Traditional Pow Wow, Michigan’s Heritage Park, 8220 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall. 16 - Mason Co. Saddle Club Horse Show, Mason County Fairgrounds, 5302 W. U.S. 10, Ludington, 19 - Night at the Light summer concert series featuring Oceana Drive 7-8:30 p.m., Little Point Sable Lighthouse. Free. Lighthouse open for tours until 8 p.m. 21 - Back from the Mac Party, 5-9 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club. 27 - Sunset bonfire, 8-10 p.m., 22 - Muddy Fox Trot, 9 a.m.Stearns Park Beach, Ludington 4 p.m., West Shore Community 28 - Cruz’In car parade and College, 3000 N. Stiles Road, show, Whitehall to Montague, 7 Scottville 21 - Friday Night Live, 6-9 p.m., p.m. 29 - Last of the Month Gallery downtown Ludington Stroll, 5-8 p.m., hosted by the 23 - Oceana County Historical

Pentwater Arts Council, downtown Pentwater. 26 - Beach Sweep & Debris Sculpture Making, 7-9 p.m., Stearns Park Beach, Ludington 28 - Friday Night Live, 6-9 p.m., downtown Ludington 29 - West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes Concert, featuring Mirage, 6-9 p.m., Waterfront Park, downtown Ludington 30 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green.

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3-13 - 5th Annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival in Whitehall and Montague. 4-5 - Days Gone By: A Standard Flower Show, Friday, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mason County District Library 217 E. Ludington Ave. Ludington 6 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 5 - American Roots Festival, 5 - LASSI Shake, Wag ‘n’ Roll, 9 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 12-7 p.m., Historic White Pine 8-12 - Western Michigan Fair, Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive, a.m.-3 p.m., Pentwater Village Green Mason County Fairgrounds, 5302 Ludington W. U.S. 10, Ludington 5 - West Shore Bank’s Rhythm 5 - Free Movie Matinee, 1:30 & Dunes Concert, featuring Pop p.m., Walkerville United Method- 9 - Music on the Commons, ist Church, 189 Main St., Walker- 6:30-8 p.m., downtown Hart Vinyl, 6-9 p.m., Waterfront Park, ville

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29 - Business to Business Golf Classic, Lincoln Hills Golf Course, 1527 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington


9 - Night at the Light summer concert series featuring the “Steel Doin’ it” Steel Drum Band 7-8:30 p.m., Little Point Sable Lighthouse. Free. 12 - Jeffrey’s 10th Birthday and Corn Roast, Lewis Farm Market, New Era. 12 - Ludington Boat Club’s 29th Annual Fish Fry/Boil & Auction, 1-7 p.m., Ludington Boat Club, 502 S. Lake St., Ludington 12 - A Taste of History at Michigan’s Heritage Park, 8220 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall 13 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 18 - Artists Reception: Local Artists Exhibition, 5-7 p.m., Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington 19 - Fish Boil for White Lake Area Sportfishing Assn., 4-8 p.m., Montague Band Shell 19-20 - Free ORV Weekend. No ORV license or trail permit needed to ride the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area or explore Michigan’s vast system of 3,660 miles of trails. 20 - Pleasant Afternoon “50 year celebration,” 1-4 p.m., Oceana Historical Park, Mears.


23 - Music on the Commons featuring the Oceana Drive Band, 6:30-8 p.m., Hart Commons, downtown Hart. 23-26 - Oceana County Fair, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, Oceana County Fair Grounds, Hart. 24 - Sunset bonfire, 8-10 p.m., Stearns Park Beach, Ludington 25-26 - Pentwater Sidewalk Sales 25-27 - Stratford on the Avenue theater festival, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Rotary Park, Ludington 25-27 - Michigan Lighthouse Festival: Big Sable Point Lighthouse 150th Birthday, special events going on all weekend 26 - 21st Annual Wooden Boat Show and Parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club. 26 - Last of the Month Gallery Stroll, 5-8 p.m., downtown Pentwater.

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2-3 - Honoring Our Elders Traditional Pow Wow, Oceana County Fairgrounds, Hart. Grand Entry ceremonies at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and 1 p.m. 2-3 - Hart Heritage Days Festival, Hart Historic District, Hart. 3 - Ramp Up the Arts, 1-4 p.m., local artist show and sale. Hosted by the Pentwater Arts Council. 3 - Movie on the Green, 8-10 p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 4 - Labor Day Rich Tompkins Memorial 5K, youth mile and bridge walk, downtown Hart. 4 - Labor Day Community Walk, 10 a.m., Montague bike trail gazebo 7 - Free Movie Night, 6 p.m., Crystal Valley United Methodist Church, 1547 E. Hammett Rd., Hart 8-9 - Silver Lake Apple and BBQ Festival, Golden Township

Park, Silver Lake. 9 - C.O.V.E. Benefit Beach Walk/Run, 8:30 a.m., Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater. 9 - Mason County Garden Club Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Leveaux Park Corner of E. Ludington Ave. and S. Staffon St., Ludington. 15-16 - Luminous Trail Weekend, Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater. 16 - Crystal Valley Care Fund four person golf scramble, Benona Shores Golf Course, $50 per person or $200 per team includes cart and lunch. 16 - Ludington Petunia Parade Pulling Day, all day, Ludington Ave. and City Marina, Ludington 21 - Harvest Day, Pentwater

Farmer’s Market 23 - Celebrating Lumber Heritage Day, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Historic White Pine Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr. Ludington 23-24 - Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Pentwater Village Green. 30 - Chili and Suds Golf Scramble, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Lakeside Links Golf Course, 5369 W. Chauvez Road, Ludington.

OCTOBER 1-31 - Ludington Petunia Parade Winter Bed Prep, 12 a.m.12 p.m., Ludington Ave. and City Marina, Ludington 5 - Free Movie Night, 6 p.m., Crystal Valley United Methodist Church, 1547 E. Hammett Rd., in

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Crystal Valley 6-7 - Fall Volunteer Weekend, Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater. 7 - Free Movie Night, 6 p.m., Crystal Valley United Methodist Church, 1547 E. Hammett Rd., Hart 7 - Applefest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ludington Area Catholic Family Center and Gym, 700 E. Bryant Rd., Ludington 13 - Artist Reception: Carole Nielsen Watercolor Batik, 5-7 p.m., Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington 14 - Oktoberfest and Classic Car & Hot Rod Show, Pentwater. 14 - Pumpkinfest and Roll, 9:30 a.m., downtown Montague 21 - Haunted Village, 3-6 p.m., Historic White Pine Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington. 21 - Scottville Optimist Sportsman’s Banquet, 6-9 p.m., Scottville Optimist Hall

5 - DAR Good Citizens Reception, 2-4 p.m., Mears Methodist Church. 17-18 - Holiday Walk in downtown Montague and Whitehall 19 - Senior Thanksgiving Dinner, noon-2 p.m., Scottville Optimist Hall, Scottville. Free! 22 - Re-Think Talent Connect Ludington, 4-6 p.m., Barley & Rye & The Mitten Bar in DownNOVEMBER town Ludington 2 - Free Movie Night, 6 p.m., 24 - Home for the Holidays Crystal Valley United Methodist Lighted Christmas Parade, 6:30 Church, 1547 E. Hammett Road, p.m., downtown Hart. Hart 25 - Pet Adopt-A-Thon, 10 a.m4 - Free Movie Matinee, 1:30 2 p.m., contact Jacklyn Osgood FROM PAGE 16 p.m., Walkerville United Meth(231) 757-9219 odist Church, 189 Main St., in 25 - Santa Celebrates Christ27-28 - Haunted Trail Tours, mas at the Pentwater Village 7:30-10:30 p.m., Michigan’s Heri- Walkerville. Questions contact Pastor Theresa 231-898-4153. Green. tage Park, 8220 N. Durham Rd., 4 - Plaid Shirt Night Dinner 25 - Silver Lake CommuniWhitehall. & Raffle, 5:30-11 p.m., Fin and ty Tree Lighting Festivities, 28 - Spooktacular Weekend, Feather Clubhouse, 3276 N. Darr, 6-8:30 p.m., Golden Township Pentwater. Park, Silver Lake. 28 - Halloween on the Green, 1 Scottville


p.m., Pentwater Village Green. 28 - Halloween at Big Sable Lighthouse, noon-5 p.m., Big Sable Lighthouse, located inside the Ludington State Park 28 - Halloween Haunted Barn Event, 3-7 p.m., Jacklyn Osgood (231) 757-9219 31 - Pentwater Village Trick-orTreating, 5-8 p.m.


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Sample wine from local vineyards


ichigan has many award-winning wineries, most of them located along or near the Lake Michigan coastline. Four nearby wineries are producing wines from locally grown apples, pears, peaches, grapes and one vintner has even come up with a small batch of asparagus wine. Oceana County is one of the top asparagus farming areas in the country, so in 2014 Kellie Fox from Fox Barn in Shelby to use the vegetable in an experimental wine. Many of the smaller wineries use grapes from their own vineyards supplemented with other locally grown grapes. Other fruits are also used for unique “Taste of Michigan” wines. If you can’t visit all the wineries personally, most of the wines can be purchased at area shops that sell wine.

Fox Barn Fox Barn has a unique setting. A restored antique barn less than two miles from Silver Lake and the sand dunes creates a unique setting for the Fox Barn Market & Winery. Taste wines at the winery’s newly rebuilt bar then enjoy your favorite with a snack to eat under an umbrella on the outdoor patio. Enjoy the great selection of wine-themed items and take your favorite home. Select fresh produce in season & choose from a variety of specialty foods. Fox Barn Winery also makes an asparagus wine. The ever famous asparagus wine debuts every year the second weekend in June during the annual National Asparagus Festival which take place in nearby Hart. This specialty wine sells out fast, so plan

now to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique wine. Fox Barn is open May & October, weekends only; June-September, daily. Call for current hours (231) 861-8050. Fox Barn, 500 S. 18th Ave., Shelby, 1.5 miles south of Silver Lake, features a farm market along with wine gift items, outdoor patio for wine by the glass and lite snacks. Wine produced from orchard-grown fruits, grapes and asparagus.

Jomagrha Vineyards and Winery Nestled in the vineyards a mile from Lake Michigan, at the landmark white barns, Jomagrha tasting room is home to the hand-crafted wines of wine grower John Sanford and second generation assistant Harry Sanford. You will taste wines from old-world French hybrid grape varieties, to new generation hybrids – American and French – as well as the traditional Bordeaux and Burgundy vinifera varieties. Established in 1999, Jomagrha remains a small winery with steady and thoughtful growth. In the tasting room you will visit with John and Harry, who tend the Jomagrha vineyards and make the wine from all locally grown grapes. Jomagrha is open June through Labor Day, daily, noon to 6 p.m.; SeptemberOctober, Friday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; November through March, closed. There is a fee for tasting. Jomagrha Vineyards and Winery, 7365 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Summit Twp. Bass Lake/Pentwater area. Features wines from grapes from Jomagrha and other local vineyards. www.jomagrha.


Oceana Winery & Vineyard Oceana Winery & Vineyard is a boutique winery located in west Michigan. Owners Renae and Greg Goralski passionately craft our wines and cultivate our collection of discriminating grape vines. Oceana Winery & Vineyard offers a vast selection of wines from dry to sweet – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Stop in for a tasting of fine wines and spend time relaxing and enjoying the panoramic view of beautiful Oceana County and our vineyard. Summer and fall Hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. at its New Era Vineyard Store, 4980 S. 52nd Ave.; offering white and red wines dry to sweet;

Douglas Valley Located just north of Manistee, Douglas Valley was the first vineyard community. Built in a renovated bunk house for railroad passengers, the organic vineyard features award-winning hard ciders and wines as well as a farmers market with organic produce. The vineyard features a new tasting room at 431 River Street in Downtown Manistee. Douglas Valley is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 5357 Douglas Valley Rd., Manistee.

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Standing tall along the lakeshore

he Lake Michigan shoreline from Montague to Ludington features a number of historic lighthouses. These towering beauties are full of lore, deeply identified with the community and as iconic as castles are to Europe. The White River Station in Whitehall, Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Mears, Ludington North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park all offer a chance to learn about and experience lighthouses.

Little Sable Point Lighthouse The 107-foot-tall red brick Little Sable Point Lighthouse was built in 1874 and occupies the western-most point of land in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The lighthouse is operated by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) and is located within the Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County’s Golden Township. With a donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under guests are allowed to climb the lighthouse’s 130 steps to take in the view from atop this glorious landmark. Children must be over 3 feet tall. Little Point Sable is open for tours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. spring through early fall. The Little Sable Point Lighthouse will host five Wednesday “Night at the Light” events, July 12- Aug. 9 These free concerts will run from 7-8:30 p.m. this summer and the lighthouse will be open and available for tours, for the standard admission charge, until 8 p.m. Concerts include Wyatt and Sherri Knapp on July 12; Oceana Drive on July 19; Bob Hausler on July 26; Ghost of the American Road on Aug. 2 and “Steel Doin’ it” Steel Drum Band on Aug 9.

Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located at Silver Lake State Park.

Take in the view of Lake Michigan from Big Sable Point Lighthouse’s catwalk in Ludington State Park.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Ludington State Park is the home of the 112-foot-tall, metal-clad Big Sable Point Lighthouse. The structure dates back to 1867 and still has its keepers quarters. It is accessible by a 1.5to 2-mile hike — one way — on the beach or a gravel road closed to traffic. On designated dates bus rides are available.

Ludington North Breakwater Light Ludington’s light is a city landmark. It’s just west of downtown accessible through Stearns Park or by parking at the west end of Ludington Avenue. Walking “the wall” to get to the light is a Ludington tradition and the wall, also known as the breakwater, is often busy with people

walking to and from the light — about a mile round-trip.

White River Light Station The White River Light Station Museum in Whitehall is on the White River channel overlooking Lake Michigan.


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Trails tell story of Mason County

ach year, the Mason County Cultural Trails attract thousands of visitors — residents and tourists alike. According to Dr. William Anderson, chairman of the Mason County Cultural Economic Development Task Force, the area is tapping into an increasing public interest in regional culture and heritage. “It’s very clear that there is a significant segment of the tourism population that are attracted by what we call cultural tourism. People have been coming to the Mason County area for centuries because of our natural resources,” Anderson said. “It’s a huge draw.” “Cultural tourism simply means you travel to a destination, community, city or place because of it’s cultural attractions. And our county and Ludington is really developing its cultural attractions.” The cultural trails are made up of user-driven interactive tours, each of which explores a different facet of Mason County’s heritage. The trails offer a one-of-a-kind experience, combining the use of technology and rich artistry to create a fun and informative experience for the entire family. “We have created a visitor experience that is engaging. It is memorable, interesting and fun,” Anderson said. “The visitor experience is one that engages you physically and emotionally.” The trails feature sculptures, historic landmarks and community-driven projects that tell the story of Mason County, using multimedia. Some sites include a QR code that visitors can scan with their smartphones to access additional information about the piece of Mason County history it represents. Visitors can also call a three-digit extension specific to the site

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to hear the story behind each stop. Anderson has been instrumental in bringing bringing the trails to Mason County.

He believes that the experience will have a lasting impact on visitors. “People leaving here will go through the trail

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The Mason County Sculpture Trail offers visitors an opportunity to explore the area’s history through art. The most recent addition to the sculpture trail — dedicated in Fountain in April — titled “Out of the Forest,” celebrates the community’s lumber industry by depicting two massive lumber horses pulling a log. “Each horse weighs more than a ton,” Dr. Anderson said. “It’s magnificent.” The sculpture trail also includes a series of sculptures at Waterfront Park, accessible at Loomis and Robert streets near downtown Ludington. Each one honors a different theme from the area’s diverse and multifaceted history, such as boating, farming, fishing, the lumbering era, baseball and more. Throughout the community, additional sculptures can be found. There are two sculptures, “Flights of Learning” and “Double the Fun,” at the Ludington branch of the Mason County District Library. Children flock to this site, which is fitting, as a focus at the library is on learning at a young age. The bronze sculpture “Helping Hands” stands in front of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. It was dedicated on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to honor area law enforcement officers and the memory of four local officers killed in the line of duty. A plaque next to sculpture states, “There is no greater dedication to public service than this.” A sculpture is stands in the center of Ludington’s Rotary Park as part of a working fountain.


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heritage are represented by two trails, both completed in 2014. The Mason County Barn Quilt Trail takes visitors on a tour of barns featuring large square quilt designs mounted on barns. Visitors experience stories told through the imagery and design of the quilt squares, with stops at private farm sites and to a working dairy farms, hearkening back to a time when horse racing was a source of entertainment in rural communities. The tour also includes stops at Historic White Pine Village and the Mason County Fairgrounds, a local icon of Mason County’s agricultural economy. The Agricultural Trail stretches through both Mason and Oceana counties and takes visitors on a tour of 17 locations, including farms, farmers markets and even a winery.


On the Lumber Heritage Trail, visitors are given an opportunity to tour the beautiful and historic residences of some of the area’s major lumbering families. The trail takes visitors to 11 homes along

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Ludington and Washington avenues, with additional stops at Pere Marquette Cemetery and the Mason County Lumber Museum, located in Historic White Pine Village. The Lumber Heritage Trail gives visitors an up-close look at the important role the lumber industry has played in Mason County’s history. “Here in Ludington we have the best technology platform that anybody has in the united states,” Dr. Anderson said. “You walk up to the lumber baron homes and scan the QR code or if you have a flip-phone, and you dial a short number and it tells you about the home.” “With our technology, we adopted the idea of an art gallery where you pay a surcharge and you get a headset and a wand, and you can walk up to the first installation and get information.” New additions to the trails are in the works. Sculptures are being worked on in Scottville and Custer, and a musical heritage trail is in development to run along U.S. 31. SEE DETAILS and updates at

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Fresh from the farmer’s market

ith West Michigan’s rich agricultural heritage its no surprise more and more community organized farmers markets are beginning to sprout up across the area. Farmers markets can introduce shoppers to an array of foods they may otherwise never experience and are great places to find fresh, locally grown foods, and many market customers are happy to know they’re benefitting both the environment and local businesses with every dime they spend. Whether you have a taste for local maple syrup, apples, cherries, peaches, pears, blue­berries, asparagus, vegetables, herbs, dairy products, fresh baked goods and local honey you will likely can find them at one of the many farm markets in the area. Farmers markets are a bit of a social event, too. It’s not every day you get a chance to talk with the farmers who raised the food. Get ideas on how to prepare items new to you. Meet local crafters.

are fol­lowed, as summer wanes, by blueber­ries and apples fresh from local farms and orchards. Potatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and herbs provide a cornucopia of good food to choose from. Autumn means more apples, squashes, pumpkins and cider.

Farmers markets


Spring in this region means asparagus. It’s a major crop grown locally with Oceana County proclaiming itself “Asparagus Capi­tal of the World” and hosting the National Asparagus Festival in praise of the green stalk. Fresh maple syrup, made from maple sap tapped in March, is available. Early let­tuces and spinach are also common. Summer begins with strawberries followed by cherries, sweet corn and a host of garden vegetables and early potatoes. Peaches and plums

• Ludington Farmers Market, Fridays, 1-6 p.m., North James Street Plaza, downtown Ludington • Pentwater Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June 6–Sept. 5, Pentwa­ter Village Green • Hart Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., every other Thursday July 6-Oct. 5, State Street between Washington and Main streets in downtown Hart. • New Era Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday June 27- Sept. 12, Era Christian Reformed Church, 1820 Ray St., in New Era • Sweetwater Local Foods Market (Organic), Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6401 Harvey St., Mus­kegon.

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Ride the dunes with Mac Woods


or 87 years, Mac Woods Dune Rides has supplied visitors a unique fun-filled ride across the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Dune scootering was born when founder Mac Wood first drove a Model A Ford across the rain soaked dunes in 1927. Mac Wood’s Dune Rides officially became a business in 1930, first providing dune rides for guests at the former Flora-Dale Resort. Fast forward eight decades, and the business primarily features specialty-built late model Ford pick-ups that can carry up to 20 passengers per trip. The ride is a 40-minute, 7 mile up and down scenic journey across the sand dunes. Visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy the knowledge and humor of the informative drivers as you and your fellow passengers cruise across the dunes and travel up and down numerous hills. Don’t for get to hoist your hands in the air as you fly down the hills. The tour through the dunes also includes a breathtaking panoramic view of Silver Lake

from high atop the dunes. A stop is made along the Lake Michigan shore where guests can get out and dip their toes in the Lake Michigan waters or take a


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Walk, ride or run the Hart-Montague trail


he William Field Memorial HartMontague Bicycle Trail State Park has undergone a number of improvements during the past few years and is now one of the smoothest rides around. The “Rail Trail” as it is referred to locally is a 22.5-mile trail that winds through rural and wooded terrain and in Hart, Mears, Shelby, New Era, Rothbury and Montague. A number of scenic overlooks and picnic areas are located along the route. The origins of the trail go back to 1872, when county residents pooled their resources and donated $30,000 and the land for the rightof-way to make the area part of a railroad that ran from Grand Rapids to Pentwater. It took another 10 years for the Hart community to raise an additional $12,000 needed to get the railroad line to go into Hart. When the railroad line was abandoned in 1982, it was part of the famed Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. The ensuing bicycle trail was one of the first “Rails to Trails” projects in the State of Michigan. In 1996, it became one of the first two trails to be designated a Michigan Trailway. It also has the proud distinction of being Michigan’s first linear state park. The recent $4.4 million reconstruction project included the widening of the original trail from 8 to 10 feet, road intersection realignments, bridge and other related project improvements.

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From U.S. 31, take the Hart exit and turn east toward town on Polk Road. Go one mile, and you will pass the trail crossing. Immediately after that, next to Hansen Foods turn left into the parking area or continue to John Gurney Park, East Main Street in Hart.


From U.S. 31, take the Shelby exit and turn east toward town on Shelby Road. Go 1.25 miles, turn north on Michigan Street, and then west on Third Street. The old depot and trailhead is on the right.


From U.S. 31, take the New Era exit and turn east toward town on M-20. Go one mile and take a right on Garfield Road. Continue down-


hill 1.35 miles into town. Turn left on First Street (Oceana Drive). The trailhead is one block on your right at Ray Street. Room for two cars only directly beside the trail, but there is a large parking area on the other side of the road, a short half-block north.


From U.S. 31, take the Rothbury exit and turn east toward town on Winston Road. Go 1.3 miles and turn south on Michigan Avenue. Continue two blocks and turn east on Community Street, beside the village hall. This takes you into Rothbury Community Park, which connects to the trail via a short paved pathway.


Enter off of Water Street (BR-31) at Spring Street. There is a kiosk with a trail map and tourist information, along with a hexagon pavilion with picnic tables, grill, bike rack, rest rooms and water.



RAIL TRAIL champion William Field created a lasting recreational asset. The late William Field, a Shelby area fruit farmer and Oceana County commissioner, was the visionary behind the 22.5-mile rail trail named in his honor. THE WILLIAM Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park opened in 1989 along the abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio rail corridor which Field purchased on a land contract for $175,000 in 1984. Field donated the strip of land to the State of Michigan in 1987 for the creation of the state’s first linear state park. AN ESTIMATED $225,000 worth of property was given to the State of Michigan for the rail trail. The then Hart-Montague Rail Trail was dedicated in 1989. FIELD WAS a lifelong resident of Oceana County and died Dec. 30, 2005. He was recognized in 1998 by the Detroit News as a “Michiganian of the Year” for his efforts in establishing the Rail Trail. The Michigan Senate unanimously approved legislation to rename the trail the in Field’s honor in the spring of 2013.

At the base of Slocum Street is a hillside park with a paved switchback pathway, benches, planted flowers and the first of several Art Walk sculptures. A marina is directly across the street. Parking in Whitehall is available at Covell Park next to the White River Bridge and at the White Lake Community Library, 3900 W. White Lake Dr. The trail is seven miles south of Whitehall toward Muskegon.


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Whitehall brewery a popular destination


eer tourists need to put Fetch Brewing Co. on their map of potential breweries to visit while vacation to the west side of the state. Fetch Brewing, which has been open since 2014, resides in a renovated bank building in beautiful downtown Whitehall. With a number of beer flavors on hand, enthusiasts will want to try the ever popular Swagger IPA, which is on tap year-around. Beer enthusiast or not, this brewery owned and operated by local residents Dan and Jennifer Hain, also offers a selection of wines that are brewed in house for your enjoyment. The appeal of Fetch Brewing Co. isn’t only their unique alcoholic beverages, but the social lubricant it provides for interesting conversations. The brewery also serves as a community hub for local entertainment, activities and live musical performances in the city and the surrounding communities. Here on a Monday night, you might just catch the local running group either leaving or returning from a run. On a Thursday, a similar thing could be happening with the area cyclists. But it isn’t just athletes who come to the brewery for a post workout beer or two, but also local musicians who can be caught performing on any number of nights. Are you a game enthusiast? In addition to the classic bar games darts there are plenty of board game selections on hand to keep you entertained. If you are someone with an interest in art then you may want to sign up for one of the brewery’s Brushes and Brew events. Patrons can drink beer and receive painting instructions from a local artist.

Meeting strangers can be hard and sometimes awkward conversation is soon to follow. Fetch Brewing Co. has this covered because at each table there are a number of trivia cards that can help get the conversation going. There is always something new and interesting at the brewery, most of which be on their Facebook Page: fetchbrewing or visit their website www. Fetch Brewing Co. is located at W. Colby Street in downtown Whitehall.

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Explore the Silver Lake Sand Dunes

ith nearly 3,000 acres, there’s plenty to keep you in awe at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Oceana County. The park not only features the magnificent sand dunes, it also takes in the Little Point Sable Lighthouse on Lake Michigan, which is open for tours during the summer months. The dune area is divided into three sections. Approximately 500 acres on the far northern end is open to personal off-road vehicles where everything from motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, 4x4 trucks and Jeeps and speciality-built dune buggies play all day. The high rolling hills also offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan and at the western edge is a Lake Michigan beach. Rental vehicles are available for those wanting to tackle the dunes themselves. The off-road vehicle park is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April 1 to May 1; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May 1 to Sept. 15, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sept. 16 to Oct. 31. If driving a motor vehicle on the dunes doesn’t suit your taste, you can still experience the dunes in a more pedestrian way. The middle section is reserved for hiking and exploring, and people can fill an afternoon walking through the shifting sand from the Silver Lake shoreline to Lake Michigan. The far southern end is reserved for Mac Wood’s Dune Rides, which has provided a means for people to see the dunes since 1930. The approximately 40-minute ride rolls through the hills in speciality-built dune

trucks, and knowledgeable drivers not only provide a history of the area, but also understand the physical components of the everchanging sand dunes.

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Michigan’s Adventure offers plenty of fun


ach summer, people from all over the state come to Michigan’s Adventure to experience thrilling roller coasters and other rides, the carnival atmosphere, plenty of food, or the cooling excitement of a water park. Michigan’s premiere theme park is home to Shivering Timbers one of the world’s top 10 best wooden roller coasters. Half a mile long and with speeds of up to 65 mph, this roller coaster is sure to thrill even the most adventurous of adrenaline junkies. If Shivering Timbers isn’t your sort of ride there are 60 other options for the more timid types to chose from. After a hot day of riding roller coasters and playing games you can cool off at the Wild Water Adventure water park which has rides


people. The park opens May 26. Price of admission at the park includes both the theme park and the Wild Water Adventure. For die-hard fans, unlimited summer passes can be purchased at Michigan’s Adventure is an all ages experience that you are sure to not forget.

and attractions of its own for people to participate in. Looking for a little privacy at the park, why not rent a cabana? Cabana rentals come with a semi-private covered area, a table with chairs, a complimentary tube and access for up to six

Location: 1198 W. Riley Thompson Road, Fruitland Township. Hours of Operation: Amusement park 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days during peak summer season. Closing time depends on season and events. Wild Water Adventure 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. most days. Website:

A perfect place for children to play

f you have children — curious children especially — the Sandcastles Children’s Museum in at 129 E. Ludington Ave. in downtown Ludington is worth a visit. The very hands-on museum boasts 30 interactive exhibits, including a 1958 Cessna 172 four-seat plane in the center of the main floor, and, new this year, a model train operating above the museum play area and a special water and habitat table. The airplane exhibit is complete with an air traffic control tower with a microphone, a baggage area and customs area, a flight simulator and the plane — with moving parts, seating for four. The control tower also allows children to talk

to those using the SS Badger carferry exhibit/ playscape. Mondays and Fridays feature special summer programs: “Messy Mondays,” 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for arts and craft projects moms don’t like done in the home and “Fun Fridays,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring presenters, often with a touch of science.

SANDCASTLES CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HOURS: FRIDAYS, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAYS, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. FOR ADDITIONAL information about the museum, visit www.sandcastleschildrensmuseum. com.

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Fast, furious racing on local dirt tracks


ooking for a fun family experience along the lakeshore? Try taking the kids and grand kids to the local race tracks for some exciting bumper to bumper action on Friday and Saturday nights, and some drag racing by the dunes on selected weekends this summer. Racing action began in April and will continue through Labor Day.

Winston Speedway ROTHBURY — Winston Speedway is the first area track to open for the season, offering spectators thrilling dirt track racing on Friday nights from April to September. Located just off U.S. 31 at the Winston Road interchange by Rothbury, the 3/8 mile banked oval track has racing in several car classes. There are several special events over the season, including demolition derbies Track owner Ed Higgins said the race track will be offering camping for Electric Forest Music Festival spectators this year so there won’t be racing on July 23 and 30. The track will host demolition derbies on May 28, July 8 and Sept. 2. Location: U.S. 31 at Winston Rd., 7834 72nd Ave., Rothbury. Track: 3/8 mile dirt oval. Race dates: Friday Nights April 21-Sept. 2. Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night July 28.. Race times: Pits open 5 p.m.; Grandstands open 6 p.m.; Racing 7:30 p.m. Classes: Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Lightning Sprints and Mini Wedges. Admission: $12 adults, Children 5-11 $5, Seniors $10, Pit Passes Adult $25, Children $15. Phone: (231) 893-3023 Website:

The typical race night features six classes of racing, including the Mini Wedges driven by children. Sprague is excited to announce the Summer Nationals Hell Tour will stop at Thunderbird for a night of exciting racing on Wednesday, July 12. The tour’s name comes from the fact that drivers will race on 29 different tracks in 31 days, making it a grueling schedule. The tour features the light and fast sprint cars, which weigh about 1,400 pounds and feature an 800 horsepower engine. Sprague said the cars feature a large wing to keep them on the track. Location: 350 W. Riley-Thompson Rd., Muskegon. Take the Russell Rd. exit of US-31 and turn west (left) on Riley-Thompson. Track: 1/3 mile dirt oval. Race dates: Saturday Nights May 6-Sept. 9. Summer Nationals Hell Tour July 12. Championship Night Aug. 19. Classes: Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, Cyber Stocks, Warriors, Mini Wedge. Phone: (231) 766-3300 Website:

MEARS — One of the premier sand drag facilities in the United States is located near the popular Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Oceana County. The 300-foot long track draws racers from throughout Midwest. The track will host five Friday-Saturday races this summer beginning Memorial Day Weekend and finishing Sept. 16.. Two weeks will have racing Thursday through Saturday. Location: 7186 Deer Rd., Mears. Track: 300 foot strip. Race dates: Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, June 16-17, June 30-July 1, July 7-8, Sept. 1-2; Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29 (Sand Nationals) and Aug. 3-5 (JWI ATV Nationals); Sept. 16 Last Blast Race times: Friday Test & tune 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. Classes: Peewee, Junior, Super Comp, Pro Car, Pro ATV, Q16 Car, Q16 ATV, Top Eliminator, Top Fuel. Admission: Friday - $5 car load: Saturday - $10 Adults, Children 12 & Under free. Website: www.

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Thunderbird Raceway MUSKEGON – Thunderbird Raceway has its inaugural season in the books, and its planning for even greater entertainment for race fans this season. Track owner Tom Sprague said the season opens May 6 and will finish Sept. 10. The track plans 19 Saturday night events. “We struggled to get the track upgraded last year,” Sprague said. Once the track opened, he said they had a good season with the number of race cars and attendance in the grandstands. “It was better than expected.”

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Enjoy paddling on area waters

pend a day with family, a date or simply by yourself by paddling on one of the beautiful bodies of water in West Michi-

gan. Whether it be a lake, river or stream lots of fun can be had whether paddling in a canoe, kayak or tubing. Pack a lunch and a cooler of your favorite beverage and you can make a day out of it. You can either bring your own watercraft or enjoy the scenery or you can rent from one of the many vendors.


735 W. Fruitvale Rd, Montague Open weekends from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or weekly by appointment. Canoes, kayaks, tubes, rafts, paddles and life jackets available. Scheduled trips available at one, three, four and seven hours. Call (231) 894-4209 for details.


Rent tandem kayak, tubes and pontoon boats for weekly rentals. Items are rented out to people renting a house or resort. For more information, call 231-894-5405.


Pentwater River Outfitters, offering kayak and canoe rentals as well as stand-up paddle boards and bicycles available for rent at hourly, daily and weekly rates. Trip destinations include the north and south forks of the Pentwater River as well as the state game area estuary (Pentwater Plains), Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan. Visit


River Run Canoe Livery, 600 S. Main St., Scottville. Open seven days a week, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rent canoes, kayak, tandem kayaks, and tubes. Shuttles service offered. Call (231) 757-2266.


Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mears. Features stand-up paddle boards, Canoes and Kayaks. Rental is based by the hour or day. Also available are ski boats, wave runners, pontoon boats, sand boards and paddle boats.


Ludington State Park. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rent canoes, tandem kayaks, paddle boards, single tubes, kayaks, row boats paddle boards, bicycles and double tubes. Call (231) 843-1888.


1649 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington. Kayaks, canoes, double kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Call (231) 845-7285


4464 Dowling St. Single and tandem kayaks available, stand up paddle boards, single and tandem bicycles. Items can be rented for two hours, four hours, full day or the entire week.


For those looking for a more independent trip, there are numerous lakes and rivers that can be found via the Internet or by contacting local bait shops and chambers of commerce. Ask about the Muskegon Rivers, White River, Pere Marquette River and Pentwater River.

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Howmet Playhouse in downtown Whitehall.


Summer theater in Whitehall

wo works by Irish playwright Conor McPherson will be included in the 2017 Summer Theatre Festival at the historic downtown Howmet Playhouse. “The Birds,” McPherson’s adaptation of British author Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 novelette that became a famous 1963 movie thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, will run July 20-22 at historic playhouse. Also on the playhouse’s lineup is “The Seafarer,” McPherson’s 2006 dark comedy in which, outside Dublin, a mysterious stranger initiates a Christmas Eve poker game the stakes of which might more ominous than anyone can imagine. “The Seafarer” will run Aug. 10-12. The season will kickoff July 6-8 with playwright Grace Dwyer’s “The Seamstress.” That will be followed July 13-15 by the annual visit of Central Michigan University’s touring summer theatre program. CMU will stage Luigi Jannuzzi’s “For the Love of Juliet” on July 13; “Twain by the Tale, by Mark Twain, Dennis Snee and Gregg Saeger, on July 14; and John Cariani’s “LOVE/

SICK.” Cariani is best known to playhouse audiences for his romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” which has been staged at Howmet. July 27-29, the White Lake Youth Theatre will perform playwright Steve Dietz’s “The Rememberer.” The play is the true story of a Native American girl who in 1911 was taken from her home and forced into a U.S. government school. This play is being produced in connection with the Muskegon Museum of Art exhibition of Edward Curtis’ photographs of Native Americans from the early 1900s. Next will be playwright Ken Ludwig’s farce “Fox on the Fairway,” which will run Aug. 2-5. Ludwig is familiar to West Michigan audiences mainly through two of his other comedies that have been produced numerous times in the area, “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” The season will close Aug. 17-19 with playwright Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing,” a comedy centering on a zany ladies’ card game. Evening performances begin at 7:30. “The

Rememberer” will have a 3 p.m. July 28 matinee. Tickets are on sale. Individual tickets for adult shows are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Tickets to the White Lake Youth Theatre production are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Season passes also are available. A Full Flex Pass for 12 tickets is $200, and a Mini Flex Pass for six tickets is $100. Tickets may be purchased online at the website The playhouse box office will open July 5. Auditions for the summer season will be announced soon. Tryouts will be held in late April. Howmet Playhouse is in the midst of commemorating its 100th anniversary. Opened in 1916, the venue is currently making more history. A capital campaign is underway to raise $3.6 million to renovate and improve the playhouse. As of March 22, the campaign has received pledges for almost $2.3 million. The campaign will run into July.


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Unique finds are waiting at local art fairs


2017 local arts and craft fairs

ummer in Lake Michigan shoreline communities means many good things, including art fairs. On many weekends, arts and crafts fairs will sprout up in parks and open areas, offering every imaginable medium and as many crafts as a crafty crafter can craft with two hands. Often, vendors or local charitable groups provide food service at the events. Many also feature music. And they present a wonderful place to watch people, but the arts and crafts are the star.

JULY 8 53rd Annual Fine Arts and Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pentwater Village Green.

JULY 15 Mears Art Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Johnson Park in downtown Mears.

SEPT. 2 Fine Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison Street, Ludington.

SEPT. 9 Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple and BBQ CookOff Festival, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Silver Lake.

JULY 1-2

SEPT. 23-24

National Asparagus Festival, Oceana County Courthouse lawn, downtown Hart.

West Shore Art Fair, Rotary Park, Ludington, A juried fine art and craft fair sponsored by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Pent­water Village Green. 125 arts and crafters, shop­ping booths, music and food.

JUNE 17-18


DEC. 2

Spring Fest Arts & Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Pentwater Village Green. 125 art and craft shopping booths, music and food.

Hesperia Fun Fest Arts and Craft show, Webster Park, Hesperia.

Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pentwater Public School gyms.

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