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“Eat.Shop.Play.Local.” ShoreWest is available in print and online at The print version is distributed to residents and visitors of the lakeshore communities of Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Saugatuck and Douglas. Currently there are over 250 pick-up locations (attractions, retailers, restaurants, hotels, salons/spas, etc.). Please visit to learn more about ShoreWest. Printed six times annually: Winter, Spring, Solstice, Market, Fall and Holiday

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The Truth about Amazon and Job Creation by Stacy Mitchell The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http:// amazon-warehouse Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Amazon is costing our economy and undermining real job growth. 1. Amazon destroys more jobs than it creates. Brick-and-mortar retailers employ 47 people for every $10 million in sales, according to an analysis by ILSR of US Census data. (If you exclude chains and look just at independent retailers, the figure is even higher — 52 jobs.) But Amazon employs only 14 people per $10 million in revenue. As Amazon grows and takes market share from other retailers, the result is a decline in jobs, not a gain. In 2012, Amazon expanded its share of retail spending in North America by $8 billion, which works out to a net loss of about 27,000 jobs. 2. Most Amazon jobs are awful. How does Amazon manage to sell so much stuff with so few workers? The online giant is technologically efficient, yes, but it also excels at squeezing a back-breaking amount of labor out of its employees. Amazon’s workplace abuses, including life-threatening temperatures inside its warehouses, injury-inducing workloads, and neo-Nazi guards, have been well-documented by investigative journalists.


At the Amazon warehouse Obama is visited in Chattanooga, workers are paid about $11.20 an hour, according to That’s 17 percent less than the average wage for U.S. warehouse workers reported by the U.S. Labor Department. 3. Amazon pilfers value created elsewhere in the economy. Another way Amazon gets by with such a small workforce is by leaning on the services provided by brick-and-mortar stores. Through its mobile app, Amazon actively encourages consumers to try-out merchandise in stores and then buy online. This allows Amazon to free-ride on the value created by other businesses. Take books, for example. Amazon now accounts for about one-third of book sales. But, if you ask Amazon book shoppers where they learned about a book, only rarely is the answer Amazon. Far more often, according to research by Codex Group, they discovered the book while browsing in an actual bookstore. A similar dynamic is at play across a wide variety of products, from toys to cameras. The threat Amazon’s free-riding poses to the U.S. economy is that, over time, brick-and-mortar stores will no longer be around to showcase new products, depriving both consumers and manufacturers of a valuable service that stimulates demand and innovation. 4. Amazon drains dollars from local economies. Amazon provides virtually no jobs or economic benefits to the vast majority of communities from which it derives its revenue. This stands in stark contrast to local retailers. Several case studies have found that about $45 of every $100 you spend at locally owned stores stays in your community, supporting other businesses and jobs. (Local retailers buy many goods and services, like printing and accounting, from other local businesses; their employees spend most of

their earnings locally; and so on.) While the figure for national chain stores is considerably smaller, it’s almost zero for Amazon. In most cities and towns, save for a small amount paid to delivery drivers and perhaps a few thirdparty sellers using Amazon’s platform, all of the money residents spend at Amazon leaves their local economy, never to return. 5. Amazon costs taxpayers. Amazon’s growth has come at a significant cost to taxpayers. The company has been demanding special tax rebates and subsidies as it expands. It recently received an $8.5 million subsidy to build a warehouse in Delaware, a $2 million grant to expand in Indiana, and more than $10 million worth of tax incentives to open the Chattanooga facilities President Obama visited. These deals are on top of the enormous financial advantage Amazon has enjoyed by virtue of not having to collect sales taxes in most of the country for the better part of two decades. That advantage is slowly coming to an end, but, over the years, it cost states and cities billions of dollars in lost revenue, while forcing local retailers to compete with one hand tied behind their backs. The future Amazon has in mind for our country is a far cry from the middle class prosperity President Obama has been seeking. A better place to look would be along Main Street, among the new generation of independent businesses, smallscale manufacturers, local food producers, and others that are beginning to chart a much more viable path from here to there. Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs initiatives on independent business and community banking. She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.





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Local agri-business at risk, Monsanto uses bully tactics by OSGATA American Farmers Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Seek Protection from Genetic Contamination and Invalidate Monsanto’s Patents on Genetically Engineered Crops A group of 73 American organic and conventional family farmers, seed businesses and public advocacy groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical and biotech seed giant’s patents on genetically engineered seed. In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto, the plaintiffs have been forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their fields ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed, something Monsanto has done to others in the past. In a June 10th ruling earlier this year, a threejudge panel at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a group of organic and otherwise non-GMO farmer and seed company plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic seed patents “because Monsanto has made binding assurances that it will not ‘take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes (because, for example, some transgenic seed or pollen blew onto the grower’s land).’” “While the Court of Appeals correctly found that the farmers and seed sellers had standing to challenge Monsanto’s invalid patents, it incorrectly found that statements made by Monsanto’s lawyers during the lawsuit mooted the case,” said Daniel Ravicher, Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) and lead counsel to the plaintiffs in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto. “As a result, we have


asked the Supreme Court to take the case and reinstate the right of the plaintiffs to seek full protection from Monsanto’s invalid transgenic seed patents.” The plaintiffs brought the pre-emptive case against Monsanto in March 2011 and specifically seek to defend themselves from nearly two dozen of Monsanto’s most aggressively asserted patents on GMO seed. They were forced to act preemptively to protect themselves from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits, fearing that if GMO seed contaminates their property despite their efforts to prevent such contamination, Monsanto will sue them for patent infringement. “We have been farming for almost forty years and we have never wanted anything to do with Monsanto,” said Jim Gerritsen, an organic seed farmer in Maine and President of lead Plaintiff OSGATA. “We believe we have the right to farm and grow good food the way we choose. We don’t think it’s fair that Monsanto can trespass onto our farm, contaminate and ruin our crops and then sue us for infringing on their patent rights. We don’t want one penny from Monsanto. American farmers deserve their day in Court so we can prove to the world Monsanto’s genetically engineered patents are invalid and that farmers deserve protection from Monsanto’s abuse.” In the case, the plaintiffs are asking the courts to declare that if organic farmers are ever contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed, they need not fear also being accused of patent infringement. One reason justifying this result is that Monsanto’s patents on genetically engineered seed are invalid because they don’t meet the “usefulness” requirement of patent law, according to Ravicher. Evidence cited in the plaintiffs’ court filings proves that genetically engineered seed has negative economic and health effects, while the promised benefits of genetically engineered seed - increased production and decreased herbicide use - are false. As Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote in 1817, to be patentable, an invention must not be “injurious to the well-being, good policy, or

sound morals of society,” and “a new invention to poison people ... is not a patentable invention.” Because transgenic seed, and in particular Monsanto’s transgenic seed, is “injurious to the well-being, good policy, or sound morals of society” and threatens to “poison people,” Monsanto’s transgenic seed patents are all invalid. With the rapid adoption of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed technology, America’s farmers have been faced with a rampant rise in superweeds, with more than 49% of U.S. farmers reporting glyphosate-resistant weeds on their farm in 2012, up from 34% that farmers reported in 2011. In addition, scientists are reporting the growing failures of Monsanto’s genetically engineered insecticide-corn, with reports from scientists in the Midwestern corn belt states detailing the rise of super insects becoming resistant to the genetically engineered Bt toxin, leaving farmers vulnerable to the voracious corn rootworm, the number one threat to corn farmers. “For the past twenty years, Monsanto has used its political and financial power to foist a deeply flawed technology on America’s farmers, consistently underestimating the real risks of genetic engineering while putting America’s farmers, the environment and the public in harm’s way simply in the name of profit,” said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens. “As the leading arbiters of justice in the U.S., it behooves the Supreme Court to hear this important case to protect America’s farmers from abusive patent infringement lawsuits and invalidate Monsanto’s flawed patents as their products have been shown to be damaging to human health and the environment and failed to live up to the marketing hype.” About OSGATA: The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association is a not-for-profit agricultural organization comprised of organic farmers, seed growers, seed businesses and supporters. OSGATA is committed to developing, promoting, and protecting organic seed and it’s growers in order to ensure the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture. shore



Dockside Clothing

Larry and Renee Galombeck, owners

Serving the lakeshore with an emphasis on customer service Over the past 29 years the Dockside Shop of Grand Haven has established itself as the premier store for unique, specialty clothing for both men and women. We have worked the market place to accumulate the most desirable clothing lines to fit living, working and playing along the Lake Shore. We have worked together as a team for the past 45 years; starting out owning one of the leading stores in Muskegon during the 1970’s, then moving that business to the Piano Factory building in Grand Haven in 1985. We feel we have used our years of experience to develop an understanding of what people want to


wear living along the lakeshore and the importance of always putting the customer first with unquestionable service. Retail is a tough business, you are at the mercy of a changing economy, the weather, the competition and now internet sales. Despite all of that, we have always strived to maintain who we are, and what we have always been...a store with unique clothing lines, open seven days a week year-round and a warm friendly place to shop. located inside Harbourfront Place Downtown Grand Haven 616-846-9116 shore


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That Hat

Catherine Race, owner

Fun fashion for women and men That Hat opened its’ doors in 1985 in the former Story & Clark Piano Factory. After working for the previous owners for two years, Catherine Race decided to buy the business in 1989 and make it her own. The space of the store is small and nestled in what was once the stairwell of the old factory with old brick walls now hosting hats for both men and women. Over the years she has tried many different types of accessories, but soon learned that hats are what she does best and is the product that That Hat has become known for throughout West Michigan.   Helping customers with their hat selection, as most of the time they don’t know what type of hat they’re looking for, is what That Hat does best. While talking with customers, they learn about their reasoning for a


new hat such as a fun event like the Kentucky Derby or for every day purposes like warmth in the winter but with style. Over the 24 years many of their customers become friends. They continue to purchase their hats and will even bring in other family members and friends. As a child Catherine was subject to many ear infections and she didn’t like to wear hats, at all! She remembers many of her hats were lost on the way to school. Isn’t it ironic that she grew up to love hats and gets to share that love with her customers! located inside Harbourfront Place Downtown Grand Haven (616) 846-4287




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A Piano Factory by Alicia DeVries

Story and Clark Piano Co....the story THE BEGINNING It begins with a baby boy having an inborn talent for music, becoming an accomplished pianist at age 10 and growing into a brilliant piano teacher at age 20. His name, Hampton L. Story. Living in Vermont around the year 1857, Hamilton went into piano business, building and selling pianos. He married and had three boys. In 1867 he was offered work with better distribution for his business in Chicago. He made the move and became more involved in organ me a pioneer in history of the player piano. This partnership was formed in 1884 under the name Story and Clark and manufactured reed organs. In 1888, the name changed to Story and Clark Organ Co. Business grew rapidly, even internationally and they began to build pianos in 1895. Looking for a new place to do business, the Story brothers, Hampton's sons Frank and Edward, found a small town called Grand Haven, Michigan. There were two steamboat lines in Grand Haven, one to Chicago and one to Milwaukee with daily voyages. There were also two trunk lines, the Grand Trunk and the Pere Marquette. For these reasons, transportation for business was more convenient. In 1900, the company moved to Grand Haven changing the name to Story and Clark Piano Co., devoting production to just pianos. Melville Clark did not join them in this move, he went on his own to start his own business ventures, all was good. It was in December of 1900 when construction began for the new Story and Clark factory, not knowing the history that was in the making. With the opening of this new large industrial factory, Grand Haven had hundreds of job openings. Craftsmen filled the factory in 1901 when production began.


If someone did not work at this factory, they were most likely related to someone who did. Boys in the seventh or eighth grade quit school to be employed. They were paid 14 to 18 cents an hour. Bread was probably less than 10 cents and eggs were about 20 cents per dozen at this time. In 1905 another structure was built, three stories made of brick. Headlines read, "Mammoth Addition...will make it one of the greatest piano manufacturers in America." Then still more construction in 1923. Two of the buildings were connected by an enclosed walkway over Columbus Street, it is still there today. Visitors claimed the building was the best built piano factory in America, clean and strong with lots of windows for an abundance of daylight, an imense institution. MOST INTERESTING STORY OF THE ENTREPRENEUR HAMPTON L. STORY Hampton divorced his wife in 1876 and married his secretary, and in1884 he announced he was leaving for California. Hampton generously offered his part of the Story and Clark Organ Co. to his sons Frank and Edward. They immediately accepted. Unfortunately, the boys found just $9.32 in the bank account along with unpaid bills. These setbacks were overcome. Hampton is noted by his great grandson, Tom Story, as an irrepressible entrepreneur. As the story goes, Hampton moved to what was then a small coastal town called San Diego. In 1886, he and a business partner purchased an island of 4,200 acres, an almost inaccessible land, a sandy desolate site at Coronado beach. Although neither had experience in the hotel business, they were so inspired by the natural beauty that they decided to buy the island and build a magnificent hotel, one that would be the talk of the western world, a hotel where people would continue to come long after they were gone. Soon after this, construction began on what was to be the world's largest hotel, The Hotel Del Coronado, built entirely of wood. Its doors opened for guests in 1888. Today it is still standing glorious, registered


c.1945-1950 aerial, smokestack toppled in 1998

as a National Historic Hotel and known internationally. Unfortunately, Hampton had sold out because of financial reasons, and possibly even before the hotel even opened, but he did make history. He and his partner also launched the first public transit system in San Diego, California, aptly named the San Diego Steetcar Company. STEPS TO PIANO MAKING

A Fine Art Small console and spinet pianos as well as French provincials and grands were manufactured. The craftsmen at the factory hand-tooled their own parts, in other words, they hand-made the parts for the pianos. This craftsmanship was very labor intensive. Interestingly, it is said that an estimate of 10,000 workmen would have been directly or indirectly active in building a single piano from harvesting the raw products across seas to the final packing of the finished product in Grand Haven. Some of the following information was found in a news article (date unknown) illustrating a bit of what went into making the piano and gives you a sense of all the time and knowlege and care and skill that it took for its creation.

The Keys The depression of a single key of a piano, puts into motion a mechanism of over one hundred partsand there are 88 keys on the key board; the iron frame carries a constant tension of 36,000 to 42,000 pounds. The wool that is used in the felt of many piano hammers, comes from sheep in Australia or Europe. Only real ivory keys are used. The ivory for the keys is brought from the high plateaus, bamboo forests and mountain foothills of East Africa; that this ivory is taken from the tusks of African bull elephants and not the common Asiatic elephants seen in the American circus.

The Lumber Selecting woods of tensile strength, rigidity, hardness, resonance and beauty for the various parts of the piano. Not all woods are alike. Spruce from the Adirondack mountains, the Pacific coast, Bohemia or Rumania is far better for the sound-boards. All lumber used at Story and Clark is dried to a 4% moisture content. The wood will dry outside for months, then another 90 days in dry storage rooms. Expert sawyers sort the lumber and only perfect lumber accepted. The wood is then prepared by skilled woodworkers. Then they are veneered. This is done using fancy woods such as American walnut,


shorestory mahogany or rosewood. Veneers are glued to corewood and parts must stay in press for 24 hours, air dried for three-four days and placed in specially constructed dry kilns. Then with skilled mechanics of the highest type making the case with about 50 parts. Then the case gets a perfect finish with the utmost care taking many steps to create the most perfect smooth finish. The finished pianos are held for more than three months in special built rooms before shipping to ensure that the varnish is set rather than shipped out early without a natural drying processs and letting the quality suffer.

The Sound The sound-boards are done mostly by hand with perfection of details necessary to produce a maximum tone volume, responsive and amplifying power. This entails stringing wires on a metal frame, boring of the wrest plank and placing of the tuning pins. All this takes great skill. The whole piano has to come together perfectly every time. There is the action setting - it transits from the key to the string every graduation of the fingers touch. It enables the player to obtain the exact tone desired. The pianos are then finely tuned and finishing pieces like the music-desk top, top and front panel are all fitted. Tuning is an art all on it's own. The piano is then oiled and polished. Assembling parts and adjustment of action and tone regulating are of the highest caliber. WORLD WAR II During World War II, many piano factories were required to produce wooden glider spar caps and landing skids. At the Story and Clark factory, spar caps and landing skids were produced of a quality


Spinet assembly line c.1940

that far exceeded other piano factories. After the Allied victory in Europe, many factories went back to normal manufacturing. Not so for Story and Clark, their services were proven too valuable to be discontinued and were refused “declassification� for civilian production until after V-J Day. After the war, production increased as did the square footage. In 1950 another 7,000 square feet of floor space was added. Also during the war-time, new ways to manufacture pianos were discovered, called assembly lines. THE ENDING

After the war, the Japanese piano imports, built with cheap labor began to erode the firm's foothold in the marketplace. Manufacturing had changed over the years and the pianos were no longer hand-crafted, they were instead produced by an assembly line. Story and Clark was no exception, the company began to purchase prefabricated parts from other manufacturers rather than make their own. Times were changing. In 1957 it employed 270 people. By now some of the

Craftsmen standing by workbenches c.1912


top c.1940, bottom current

employes were of third generations. In 1961, the Story family left control. Although it was sold to The Chicago Musical Instrument Co., it was still business as usual in Grand Haven. In 1969, Story and Clark had nearly 300 employees and had done some of their best sales ever, but the quality of the company was beginning to slip. It was largely an assembly plant that no longer was in the production of hand-crafted pianos. Story and Clark Piano Co. was active under different owners until 1984, when it finally closed it's doors. NEW LIFE FOR THE FACTORY In 1984 Jack Bosgraaf purchased the Story and Clark buildings. Part of the buildings became condominiums. The building on Washington became space for offices and retail called Harbourfront Place. When renovated, character of the old factory was retained, revealing double-planked floors, original elevator gates, exposed brick on the interior walls now hosting pictures of the old factory and a lofty atrium showing the original huge beams.


When Harbourfront Place opened in May of 1985 only two shops occupied the first floor – the “Dockside Shop” and “That Hat.” Amazingly, these two businesses are still open today! Also, the Porto Bello Italian Restaurant, once called the Piano Factory is also still there today. HISTORY MADE Story and Clark pianos are still manufactured today, just not in the United States, as rarely are any pianos today. In an extract from Pianos and their Makers, by Alfred Dolge, published in 1911, it says "Among the pioneers of the music trade in the west, Hampton L. Story's name stands foremost." The craftsmanship of the pianos in Grand Haven has become legendary as the company was known for its brilliance and intelligence in the output of superior products. The company was a pioneer in many new designs and technical improvements in pianos and alway ranked as one of the top in the industry. There have been many wonderful piano manufacturers, as for the Story and Clark Piano Co., exacting standards for tonal excellence and quality at a superb overall value were the hallmarks of their pianos. shore


Dockside Clothing Both men’s and women’s clothing, (men) Tommy Bahama, Cutter Buck, Bobbie Jones, Margaritaville, (women) classic sportswear, Brighton jewelry and leather goods. Open 7 days year round. Restyle your fur event on Sept. 26, 10a-5:30p Harbourfront Place 41 Washington Ave Grand Haven 616.846.9116

Santo Stefano del Lago Offering an impressive selection of imported & artisan cheeses. We arrange cheese trays for entertaining. Stop in for a taste! 12 Washington Ave Grand Haven 616.844.9060

Aberdeen’s Unique items for kids! Offering specialty clothing, accessories, and much more. We also have gift registry and free gift wrapping available. 207 Washington Ave Grand Haven 616.850.8820

Michigan Rag Warm up with our newest styles and designs this fall! Hand Printed Thermo Tunic - $48 121 Washington Ave Grand Haven 616.846.1451


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That Hat Headquarters for men’s and women’s hats! Accessorize with the perfect style this fall, and stay warm while complimenting your wardrobe! Harbourfront Place Grand Haven 616.846.HATS (4287)


On Silver Shores Jewelry & Imports Silver jewelry, scarves, clothing, and now purses!! Everything a girl needs and so much more! 144 E Main Ave Zeeland 616.748.5662

Bunte’s Pharmacy Fall is here! Stop in to see what we have for back to school! 115 E Main Ave Zeeland 616.772.4685

TOWN Zeeland Hardware Family owned for 30 years specializing in custom framing, matting, and shadow boxes (medals, jerseys, collections). 122 E Main Ave Zeeland 616.772.1180

Out of the Box Featuring a huge selection of unique games, puzzles and toys for all ages! Check out our new location…our retail space & game room have expanded! 114 E Main Ave. Zeeland 616.772.5544

Clothes Junkie We pay cash for on-trend, gently used, women’s clothing and accessories. Come in and shop our great fall fashions for much less than retail! 141 E Main Ave Zeeland 616.772.7279


The Bridge There is something for everyone at the only Fair Trade store in downtown Holland. One-of-a-kind items arriving daily! 18 E 8th St. Holland 616.392.3977

Globe Design & Vision Reading glasses from “eye bobs,� featured here, are eye-conic in style. Come peruse our great selection of eye style. 49 E 8th St Holland 616.394.9103 l

Lake Effect Gallery Fine Art * Fun Art * Fabulous Framing. Representing the glass-blown art of Scott Haebich, & over 30 other professional West Michigan Artists. 16 W 8th St Holland 616.395.3025


Fris Hallmark Shop Game day rivalry is here at Fris! Stop in and get your teams paraphernalia today! Go Blue, or Green! 30 W. 18th St. Holland 616.396.6518


Shaker Messenger & Folk Art Shaker Messenger now carrying Motown Soups made in Michigan! 210 S. River Ave. Holland 616.396.4588

Apothecary Gift Shop in Model Drug Store Hats, bags, jewelry and more at Apothecary Gift Shop. Corner River Ave./8th St. Holland 616.392.4707


Christine Ferris Catering, FRESH! by staff At one time Christine thought she might attend art school. With encouragement from her mom, Christine decided on “the art of food” and chose culinary school instead. Growing up, her mother always had a large garden and Christine liked to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking with her grandmother. Today, Christine is very conscious about the foods she creates for others. She’ll use as many local resources as she can for menu needs and has developed personal relationships with many local and organic farmers in this area, from whom most of her produce is purchased. She is concerned about her local economy and the effects food growers have on the environment. Christine is a food artist! When people talk about her food … fresh and local, beautiful, healthy, flavorful, WOWed are words used to describe their experience. Did we say FRESH? The freshest. Chris attended college in California and is a graduate of the culinary arts program at Cabrillo College in Aptos. She held important positions at a number of the wine country’s most prestigious restaurants and catering firms. Her career began

Christine Ferris

in the mid-1980’s in Santa Cruz, California, just as California emerged as America’s most sophisticated culinary environment. To learn more about Christine Ferris Catering visit:


Christine has had a life long passion for opening her own deli and it has finally happened here on the lakeshore. All take-out, featuring farm-to-table foods like meats and cheeses, fresh baked goods, artisan sandwiches and salads all made with ingredients such as organic greens, applewood smoked ham or house jam. Find them at 100 Blue Star Highway in Douglas on the west side of the road just past the school bus station. 269.455.5274. Christine Ferris catered a wonderful farm-to-table dinner this past August at the CJ Veggies Organic Farm in Zeeland. The dessert was a wonderful blueberry crisp made with local blueberries and homemade vanilla bean ice cream made with local cream. This blueberry deliciousness was baked in ramekins. These ceramics make really nice serving presentations for guests..loving the bubbled over blueberries. See recipe on page 30.




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Blueberry Crisp by Christine Ferris INGREDIENTS


Blueberry Mixture

Preheat oven to 350˚ and bake in a 9 x 13 dish.

8 cups blueberries ½ cup flour 1-1 ½ cups sugar, depending on sweetness of berries 1 teaspoon Vietnamese Cinnamon

Blueberry Mixture Mix all together and pour into a 9x13 glass baking dish.



2 cups flour 1 ½ cups oats 1 ½ cups brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt 3/8 teaspoon baking soda (slightly less than ½ teaspoon) 10 oz. butter-not cold but not quite room temperature either...and cut into tablespoon size pieces

Put dry ingredients in large mixing bowl with paddle. Mix for 1 minute at low speed. Add the butter and mix on low just until butter is slightly incorporated and the mix begins to form small balls. (Do not let it mix too long or you will have a large ball of dough.)


Sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the blueberry mixture. Place the baking dish on another larger sheet pan to catch any potential drips while baking. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until bubbling in the center. If the crisp topping seems to brown too quickly, cover with foil and continue to bake until bubbling.



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Old Fashion Rustic Baked Apples by Alicia DeVries Thought of as a dessert to many, but when I was a little girl, my mother served baked apples as part of the meal. It was a treat! Just core, fill and bake. Although recipes instruct not to core through the apple, my mom did and they were always great (so no worries if you make a mistake). For a healthier version try honey or pure maple syrup in place of the sugar. Baking time varies with the size of apples. I enjoy them best extra, extra tender...when the apple caves in. Pictured is a filling made with golden raisins, currants, walnuts and frozen cranberries. Love the cranberries! Fitting for the holidays too. Dates, pecans or other dried, fresh or frozen fruits can be used. Toss any extra filling in the cider to bake with the apples. The cider will become like a nice syrup to drizzle over ice cream. Leftovers are great for breakfast too. INGREDIENTS

4 apples - any good baking apples 4 Tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 – 1/2 cup raisins, golden raisins or currents

1/4 cup frozen cranberries 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of ground nutmeg - optional 2 Tablespoons butter-divided 1-1/2 cups apple cider or water

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For apple filling combine sugar, spices, nuts and fruits. Next, core out apples (not through) but making a well in the apple and trim a bit of peeling at the top. Fill apples with prepared filling and top each apple with a dab of butter. Place apples in ramekins or a baking dish that will hold the apples. Pour about 1/4 inch of apple cider in bottom of dish around the apples and toss in the extra filling. Bake for 30-60 minutes depending on the size of apples used and the tenderness desired. You can use foil if filling is browning too much. Note: The apples can be made with just the sugar and spice, leaving out the dried fruit and nuts. It’s a recipe, adapt to your needs and liking. Enjoy!





Event Listings ONGOING Zeeland: Critter Barn Visit the Critter Barn daily Monday thru Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm. Golf Outing, Hoe Down Fundraiser, Nativity details on website. 9275 Adams Street, 616.748.1110,, SEE AD. September 18 – October 5 Grand Haven: ArtWalk is an annual collaboration of artists, local businesses and members of the lakeshore community in a collective celebration of art. The main focus of the event is an art competition encompassing photography, paintings, mixed media and sculpture. Each year, a compilation of several hundred art entries in these categories is displayed in businesses and community buildings throughout Grand Haven’s historic Downtown,

Centertown and Waterfront districts. Along with daily public judging and juried voting, ArtWalk boasts a series of evening soirees that highlight the artists, venues and friends of ArtWalk. There

are also street parties complete with free food and live music, wine tastings, school field trips and a youth competition for artists ranging in age from 8 to 17 years. All ages. All free. thru October Fennville: Cranes Corn Maze Family Friendly! Big Fun! A 20-acre Corn Maze; a lot of creative energy and a huge amount of work goes into this project every year to make it the best corn maze anywhere. (and, of course, so our customers can enjoy even more family fun during their visit to Crane Orchards). Compared to our corn maze designs of previous years, this one will have many new and different challenges. For those of you who’ve tested the maze in previous years, it will be a new challenge and for new maze visitors, this is a great family fall event. Hours for September and October: Weekends: 12 noon until 6pm, Weekdays: 10am-6pm (tickets are sold at u-pick on weekdays)Adults: $7, Ages 6 years to 10 years: $5, Kids 5 years old and below are free! Crane Orchards now accepts credit cards. Located at: 6054 - 124th Ave. - Fennville, 269. 561.8651. SEE AD.

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shoreplay thru November 3 Holland: Free Fall Matinee Series at Holland 7. Show are Saturdays and Sundays at 9am and 10am. Doors open at 8:30am. Tickets are limited and available on a first come first served basis on the day of. September 7th and 8th: Epic, September 14th and 15th: Ramona and Beezus, September 21st and 22nd: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, September 28th and 29th: The Croods, October 5th and 6th: Marmaduke, October 12th and 13th: Ice Age: Continental Drift, October 19th and 20th: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, October 26th and 27th: Turbo, November 2nd and 3rd: Tooth Fairy. 616.546.7469, 500 Waverly. thru November 30 Holland: Area Arts Council MI Arts All Michigan Regional Art Competition Enjoy the paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures, and photographs created by artists throughout Michigan that have been chosen among all the MI Arts competition entries. Free, 150 E. 8th Street, 616.396.3278.

shoreplay thru December 14 Holland: Farmers Market open on Wednesdays until November 27 and Saturdays until December 14. Opens at 8am. October 3-5, 11, 12, 13, 17 Holland: Civic Theatre presents Welcome to Mitford Father Tim Kavanagh is the muchloved bachelor rector of a church in the closeknit community of Mitford. His life is absorbed with his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation. But things change when he takes in the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener, falls in love with his new next-door neighbor, and struggles with the idea of retiring from his long career as a parish priest. October 13 is a matinee at 2pm, 7:30pm, 50 W. 9th Street,, 616.396.2021. SEE AD. November 29, 30, December 5, 7, 13, 14 Holland: Civic Theatre presents The Only Christmas Pageant in Town Every year, Olive Green directs the Christmas pageant, but there is always something missing. Trying to get it right

this year, she hires a flashy Hollywood theater troupe with their real feather angel wings, a band, and a camel! But when a snowstorm keeps Hollywood out, Olive’s friends convince her to create a pageant with the church members already there. With everyone wanting in on the act, can this year’s pageant be saved? 7Pm, $8., matinees on December 7 and 14 at 2pm. 50 W. 9th Street,, 616.396.2021. SEE AD.

SEPTEMBER September 19, 20 Holland: Great Performance Series, Ballet X. at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 616.395.7890, hop. edu/gps. SEE AD. September 20 Holland: Live Mannequin Night This year it is all about Children’s Story Books. Volunteers from the community will pose perfectly still like mannequins as they recreate scenes. At the end of the night, vote for the business with the most creative display in the People’s Choice competition. Downtown, 7pm – 8:30pm.

shoreplay Seniors $19., Students (thru college) $5., 616.796.6780. September 29 Allegan: Antique Market. Last one of the year. Back again on April 27, 2014. 400 exhibits, 8am-4pm. Allegan Country Fairgrounds. $4, September 30-October 5 Holland: Knickerbocker Film Series: Blue Jasmine, Rated: PG-13, 98 Minutes, Genre: Drama, A life crisis causes a vapid and narcissistic socialite to head to San Francisco, where she tries to reconnect with her sister. Adults $6, Seniors $5, 18 & under $5, Hope faculty & staff $5, Hope students are free with ID! 7:30pm, SEE AD.

September 28 Holland: Symphony Concert Classics I Virtuosic Violin, Zeeland East High School DeWitt Auditorium at 7:30pm. Adults/

OCTOBER October 3, 4, 5 Zeeland: PumpkinFest Celebrating community, family fun and fall activities for 29 years! The

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shoreplay three day event features a number of FREE and low-cost events that can be enjoyed by all ages. This year’s theme is “Pumpkinfest Hits the Road” so get ready for some great displays by our decorating committee. Be sure to browse our event section for more details!, SEE AD. October 5 Zeeland: Pumpkinfest 2013 Parade at 3pm. October 5, 6 Saugatuck and south: Blue Coast Artists 24th Annual Fall Tour of Studios Tour all the members’ studios during a crisp fall weekend & be treated to complimentary refreshments & art-making demonstrations. 10am-6pm, October 6 Holland: Model Railroad Train Show, Civic Center, 10am-3pm, $5 adults, 12 and under are free with adult.

October 7 - 12 Holland: Knickerbocker Film Series:The Girls in the Band, Rated: NR, 81 Minutes, Genre: Documentary, The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930’s to the present day. Adults $6, Seniors $5, 18 & under $5, Hope faculty & staff $5. Hope students are free with ID! 7:30pm, SEE AD. October 12 Saugatuck and south: Lakeshore Harvest Country 7th Annual Road Rally This is not a race! Navigate the back roads to visit farms &

other notable destinations. Celebration & trophy for winning team! Pre-registration is encouraged. Departs from Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm at 1pm. $20/vehicle or $15. in advanced by Sept. 30., October 12 Holland: The Carve at the Farmers Market Check out the skills of professional pumpkin carvers and enjoy fun fall activities for all ages. Artists, professional chefs, foodies, and more from across the nation will to show off their creative talent and imaginative flair during the fifth annual fruit and vegetable carving contest at the Farmers Market. Come check out the action and vote for your favorite as participants vie for exciting prizes while carving sculptures out of fresh produce from the Market. Kids can participate too by assembling their own fruit and vegetable sculptures. October 12 Douglas: Art and all that Jazz Stroll through galleries & shops, enjoy artist receptions, demonstration & live Jazz. 6-8pm.

shoreplay October 12, 13 Fennville: Goose Festival, 29th Annual Wild Goose Chase 5K, kids’ Gosling Run, parade, classic car show & more! October 12, 13 Saugatuck: Fall Gallery Stroll Weekend 36th Annual Visit Studios/Galleries of Saugatuck, Douglas and surrounding area host an extravaganza of special exhibits, demonstrations & receptions. 12-5pm. October 13 Saugatuck: Chili Cook-Off Local restaurants competing for Best Chilis. Wicks Park in downtown Saugatuck, hosted by Cow Hill Yacht Club, 1-5pm, call for info 616.886.0749. October 14 - 19 Holland: Knickerbocker Film Series: Austenland, Rated: PG-13, 97 Minutes, Genre: Comedy/Romance, Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom

shoreplay that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Adults $6, Seniors $5, 18 & under $5, Hope faculty & staff $5. Hope students are free with ID! 7:30pm, SEE AD. October 19 Holland: GrooveWalk There’s a reason GrooveWalk is known as the coolest night in town! Just purchase a wristband in advance for $15 or at the door for $20 to experience the greatest night of live music Downtown Holland has ever seen.9pm-1am! Your wristband gets you into all 12 venues to see 12 different bands performing live! Take a “groove walk” or ride the GrooveXpress bus…with on board entertainment. 616.796.1210, October 19 West Olive: Lakeshore Brew Fest At beautiful Camp Blodgett, located on the shore of Lake Michigan just south of Grand Haven, sample offerings from many of Michigan’s incredible craft brewers. Tickets are just $35 in advance and $45 at the gate, if available. $10 designated driver tickets are also available; these ticket holders will enjoy all aspects of the Lakeshore Brew Fest, minus the beer. Only 500 tickets will be sold on a first come first

served basis. Your ticket will include free parking, your entry to the Lakeshore Brew Fest, a Lakeshore Brew mug and 12 tokens, redeemable toward 3 oz. samples of your favorite brew. Many top local and regional breweries will be represented offering a diverse selection of Michigan made beer. Rain or shine! 1-6pm. October 24 Holland: Great Performance Series CALJE – Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble A new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound and ensemble, this band represents Afro-Cuban Jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. Through this fusion concept, they have explored writing new music based on Argentinian Tango, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena, Spanish Flamenco and Jamaican Reggae. CALJE delivers captivating performances and high energy. 616.395.7890,, Hope College, 277 College Ave., Dimnent Chapel, 7:30, SEE AD.

NOVEMBER November 1, 2 Holland: Gallery Walk Downtown Galleries

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and studios have artists on hand with refreshments, music and other activities. Friday evening and Saturday. Times not available at time of print November 4 - 9 Holland: Knickerbocker Film Series: Still Mine, Rated: PG-13, 102 Minutes, Genre: Drama, An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.Adults $6, Seniors $5, 18 & under $5, Hope faculty & staff $5, Hope students are free with ID! 7:30pm, SEE AD. November 15 Grand Haven: Light Night Enjoy downtown Grand Haven as the lights begin to turn on in the trees for the first time in the holiday season. Christmas Carolers strolling the streets, FREE Light Night commemorative mugs filled with hot cocoa from your favorite downtown coffee shops (to the first 400 guests). Merchants will be kicking off the Christmas shopping season with merchandise specials and sweet treats. 5-9pm. November 16 Holland: Symphony Orchestra Classics II, Impressionism and Spanish Dances, is on

shoreplay Saturday, November 16th at 7:30 PM at DeWitt Auditorium at Zeeland East High School and will be conducted by guest conductor,Jonathan Girard. Girard has a DMA from Eastman School of Music and is the Director of Orchestras at the University of British Columbia. Spencer Myer, pianist, is an international artistwinning major competitions and playing with major orchestras all over the world. Myer, avirtuosic and poetic artist, will be performing the Ravel, Piano Concerto in G. Also on theprogram highlighting French and English Impressionism will be Debussy’s Prelude to theAfternoon of a Faun, Frank Bridge’s Summer, and De Falla’s, Selections from the Three-Cornered Hat Suites. Zeeland East High School, DeWitt Auditorium, $19, students (thru college) $5., 616.796.6780, 7:30pm., SEE AD. November 18 - 23 Holland: Knickerbocker Film Series: WADJDA, Rated: PG, 98 Minutes, Genre: Drama. An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a

shoreplay way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Adults $6, Seniors $5, 18 & under $5, Hope faculty & staff $5, Hope students are free with ID! 7:30pm, SEE AD. November 21-23 Holland: NCAA Volleyball Championship Division III at Hope College, tickets call 616.395.7890. SEE AD. November 22 Holland: Great Performance Series Trio Solisti’s soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant”) and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”). Dimnent Chapel, 7:30pm,,, 616.395.7890. SEE AD. November 23 Holland: Holiday Open House A perfect night to do some downtown shopping. Stroll the decorated streets filled with singing carolers, roasting chestnuts and Santa himself. 6-9pm. November 23 Saugatuck/Douglas: Holiday Preview Welcoming the Christmas Season. Trolley service runs between Saugatuck & Douglas. 12-9pm. November 29 Saugatuck: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visit from Santa Twinkling lights turn on for the season, music, refreshments & games. 5-7pm.

DECEMBER December 2 Zeeland: Magical Christmas Parade Visit downtown Zeeland for the Magical Christmas Parade. Step back in time in Zeeland and enjoy this heartwarming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to spectators of all ages! Among all the creative entries, walking groups, marching bands and the grand finale of the parade will be the entry that kids of all ages impatiently wait for...the appearance of Santa

Claus himself as he rides through the parade up in the treetops! 6:30 PM December 3 Holland: Parade of Lights Santa arrives in Downtown Holland during the annual Parade of Lights escorted by bands, floats, vehicles, and individuals…all decked out in sparkling holiday lights! Over 50 different entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown during this brilliant procession. The parade begins at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue and continues down 8th Street until it reaches the Eighth Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt. At the end of the Parade, Santa will take the time to greet his fans young and old alike! 6:30-7:30pm. December 6 Holland: Sinterklaas Eve Procession Reminiscent of years gone by, this special event celebrates Sinterklaas, the benevolent St. Nicholas. In true Dutch folk tradition, Sinterklaas arrives each December on his great white horse, surrounded by the mischievous Zwarte Piets, who bring candy to all of the children. Sinterklaas will arrive at the Eight Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt, and

Hits the Road


Children’s Area • Kids Tractor Pull • Senior Games Entertainment Tent • Chicken BBQ Pumpkin Rolling Contest • Pumpkin Bowling Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest • Chalk Art Contest Pet Costume Contest • Pumpkin Bake-Off Zeeland Community Band Concert

REGISTER TODAY FOR: The Great Pumpkin Race • Softball Tournament Photography Contest • Caring People Parade Volunteer Opportunities

shoreplay lead a procession of young and old alike east on 8th Street to Central Avenue and then to Centennial Park. At Centennial Park, the mayor will officially “welkom” Sinterklaas to Holland. After Sinterklaas greets the crowd, everyone is invited across the street to the Holland Museum to meet him in person and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. 7-8:30pm. December 7 Grand Haven: The Jingle Bell Parade is a local favorite that the Chamber of Commerce hosts the first Saturday of December every year. The floats and walkers head down Franklin Avenue to Harbor, make a right to Washington and follow along Washington to Central Park to follow by the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Thank you to Community Shores Bank, corporate sponsor of the Jingle Bell Parade and Lighting of the Christmas in Central Park. Thanks to Grand Haven Board of Light & Power who sponsors the lights and decorations for Central Park Fountain. 6-7pm.

December 7 Saugatuck: Christmas Parade, 1pm. December 13-15, 20-22 Saugatuck: Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol Dickens’s classic Christmas tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, various ghosts and an assortment of lovable Londoners. Brought to life by community performers. Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun. 7pm; Sat. Matinees 2pm. For ticket reservations, please call the Visitors Bureau at 269-857-1701. December 13, 14, 20, 21 Holland: The Promise, a holiday season tradition for many in the Lakeshore area, weaves the Christmas story together using scripture and Christmas music with Classical and Contemporary Ballet. Performed by the Turning Pointe Ensembles, this year’s annual production features 80 dancers wearing 275 costumes. Six performances at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. Tickets sold at Hope College Ticket Office 616.395.7890 after October 28th.



Johannes Müller-Stosch Müller-Stosch, Music Director/Conductor

2013 - 2014 Concerts: Nov. 16: Impressionism & Spanish Dances soloist Spencer Myer, pianist

Dec. 14: Holiday Concert Mar. 16: Family Concert Apr. 27: Music from a Bygone Era

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