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6 Must-Attend Festivals 10 Things You Should Know About Immigration Fear Doesn’t Go Away Until You Talk to It


Leading Like a Girl (Scout) Gettin’ Fresh with Abigail Sterling Behind the Scenes of a Food Truck Erica Lang Integrates a Lifestyle into a Brand at Woosah

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PUBLISHER Two Eagles Marcus

FEATURES 30 Barbara Hill: Leading Like a Girl (Scout)


32 Photo Walking 101 with Dianne Carroll Burdick


34 Erica Lang Integrates a Lifestyle into a Brand

EDITOR Elyse Wild

40 Six Must-Attend


Festivals This Month


10 Living a Conditional Life 12 Fear Doesn’t Go Away Until You Talk To It


16 Working Out in the Great Outdoors

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Allison Arnold Elyse Wild Kayla Sosa Samantha Suarez COLUMNISTS Alison Kuchta Kelsey Emmanuel Melinda Meyers Peaches McCahill Shahad Alzaidan Shannon Cohen


10 Living a Conditional Life

18 Landscape Structure Provides Function and Beauty

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26 Behind the Scenes of a Food Truck 28 An Elevated Experience: Rooftop and Upper Deck Dining in Grand Rapids


32 Photo Walking 101

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PHOTOGRAPHY David Specht Elyse Wild Two Eagles Marcus SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Terrie Lynema (616) 951-5422

8 Ten Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors this July

20 Ten Things You Should Know About Immigration 21 Her Legacy: Hattie Beverly

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 35 July Events 37 Light Up the Night with Project Night Lights

26 Behind the Scenes

39 Relax at Rosa 40 Six Must-Attend Festivals This Month

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Barbara Hill photographed by Two Eagles Marcus On page 30, Barbara Hill shares how she is leading Girls Scouts Michigan Shore to Shore in helping young girls to exceed their potential.


Women’s LifeStyle Magazine • July 2019

From the Editor

I am the rare Michigander who is entirely enchanted by winter. My adventurous spirit is stirred by fresh snow. I snowboard every weekend with my husband, hike the snow-kissed paths of local parks, behold the majesty of Lake Michigan rendered still by the power of winter, all while cherishing the refreshing chill in the air. I typically spend summer counting down the days until the first snowfall. I know — unusual, to say the least. Over the past few years, I have made an effort to warm up to summer, with great success. I’ve developed a new love for the kayak I bought when I was 12, as we spend many PHOTO BY TWO EAGLES MARCUS weekends traversing West Michigan waterways; I strap on my hiking boots and absorb the thriving life of the natural world; and I burrow my toes into the sand while I’m enchanted by the cadence of the greatest of lakes. I’ve learned that in summer, the world is fully awake and beckons us to join it, and we are better for answering its call. Welcome to our Summer, Al Fresco edition, in which we invite you to step outdoors and embrace this most stirring of seasons.

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Bike Trails in West Michigan Your guide to the best bike trails in West Michigan

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On our cover is Barbara Hill, the executive director of Girl Scouts Michigan Shore to Shore (GSMSTS). Hill’s involvement with GSMSTS extends back to her Chicago childhood, during which the organization provided her a pathway to relish in the wonder of the great outdoors. Today, she leads GSMSTS in their quest to nurture girls into audacious leaders. Dianne Carroll Burdick has introduced the art of photography to thousands of students — young and old alike — across Grand Rapids. On page 32, Burdick encourages you to embark on a summer photo walk, whether you are armed with DSLR or a smartphone, and develop your creative eye while enjoying the fresh summer air. Meet Erika Lang, the founder and owner of Woosah Outfitters and Outdoor Coffe Company, who has successfully infused her reverence for nature into her businesses (34). In, “An Elevated Dining Experience,” you’ll find a list of restaurants in Grand Rapids where you can enjoy delicious food above the city and underneath the summer sky (28). Our events section and spotlight articles invite you to participate in the very best our community has to offer. Turn to page 40 for our top picks of not-to-miss festivals taking place this month. On July 10, Project Night Lights welcomes you to join them in showing love and support to the young patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (37). Throughout the summer, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. welcomes you to spend your Thursday lunch hour at Rosa Parks Circle noshing on the offerings of food trucks and enjoying the sweet sounds of a free musical performance (39). Remember to visit keep to up with our exclusive online features, including a West Michigan biking guide, an introduction to the historic lighthouses along the lakeshore, an outdoor dining guide and our top 25 must-do summer activities. Happy reading!

-Elyse Wild, Editor Women’s LifeStyle is a dynamic multi-media platform designed to make beneficial connections in our community. The positive, upbeat, award winning and popular locally owned publication is supported by a dynamic mobile friendly online presence and an interactive website (including an events calendar, embedded video), as well as friendly, helpful and consistent social media interaction with the community. With 490+ distribution locations, Women’s LifeStyle is favored by an active, engaged and progressive audience. You are now looking at the 256th edition. All content ©Women’s LifeStyle, Inc. 2019.

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that endorses political candidates who are pro-environmental conservation. There are weekly opportunities to work the phone bank, monthly opportunities to knock on doors to build the base of pro-conservation voters for 2020, and other ways to get involved like tabling for events, attending lawmaker town halls and more. In the month of July, the League will head to the presidential debate in Detroit to make sure water issues are heard by 2020 candidates. For more information, send an email to

“As long-term residents and beneficiaries of the philanthropic legacy of Grand Rapids, it is important for us to contribute to that legacy and also build a Grand Rapids that is inclusive and can have many opportunities for everyone. ” - Suzanne Sutherland


No Surrender Running Club (NSRC) aims to empower Grand Rapids youth to achieve great things, one step at a time. Between April and September, 100+ youth ages 8-18, train for the Huntington Reeds Lake Run10K and the 10-mile LMCU Bridge Run. NSRC serves youth who may not have access to sport for many reasons. With the support of adult mentors, youth runners practice goal setting while building meaningful relationships, self-esteem, and health. Practices are held in Garfield Park every Monday and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Summer session begins July 8. NSRC is always looking for running (at every pace!) and nonrunning volunteers.

Meet our One Hundred New Philanthropists You don’t need a million dollars to be a philanthropist; you just need heart and an organization to help you move forward. Learn more by contacting Jenine Torres at 616.454.1751 or Lawson and Suzanne Sutherland, members of 100 New Philanthropists

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Health & Beauty

Living a Conditional Life BY SHAHAD ALZAIDAN

“When my younger sister unexpectedly passed away, I found myself contemplating all the times I let fake conditions stop me from pursuing things that, if I were radically honest with myself, I desired. from life experiences because we’re so focused on what we deem to be missing from this preconceived image of perfection we’ve curated in our minds.

Recognizing Intentions


recently had a conversation with a woman who confidently spoke about how neon colors were not meant to be worn by women in their 30s and beyond. Although she did not know that I, a woman in my 30s, routinely dressed in bright colored clothing (from head to toe no less), the fact that she placed such an arbitrary limitation with something as unassuming as her wardrobe sparked my curiosity. If we place conditions on something as seemingly innocuous as the color of our clothing, where else does this conditional living manifest itself? Surprisingly, the answer to that question is everywhere! By exploring the conditions we create for ourselves, as well as the reasoning behind them, we can mindfully navigate the choices we make, ultimately leading to a much more intentional and fulfilling life.

Fake Conditions Once I brought awareness to this phenomenon, I began recognizing it at alarming rates, both in myself and in others. I caught myself saying I can’t do certain things as a reflex. I recognized conditional statements from others like, “Oh, I can’t wear shorts even though I love them,” implying that their legs must look a certain way first. “I can have a piece of birthday cake only if I run 3 miles,” indicating we must earn indulgences. Have you noticed yourself, or other people, proclaiming these types of conditions? Examples of this fake conditioning can be found in the smallest of things (i.e., the color of our clothing), to missing out on significant life experiences (i.e., not going on a family beach trip until we look a certain way that we deem beach-worthy). These conditions are “fake” because if you pause to think about it, they aren’t really rooted in anything concrete or meaningful. They are arbitrary conditions, often developed from deeply rooted negative mindsets. The roots take hold from societal expectations, shame-ridden insecurities, and residual unresolved trauma. They stem from a place of pain, rather than a place of love. They rob us of living life fully. These conditional beliefs can have a substantial impact on our emotional state and wellbeing. If we hold on to the belief that a life experience will only be great if we fulfill an external condition first, then we run the risk of never being satisfied with where we currently are. What happens if we never reach the ideal weight, partnership, career, etc.? Therein lies the danger of living life conditionally. We end up shorting ourselves


Not all conditions are equal — good conditions can involve healthy boundaries and holding ourselves, as well as other people, accountable. These types of conditions serve our greater wellbeing. However, when we start to place conditions in places that they don’t belong, we cause more harm and unnecessary suffering. It is in recognition of the intentionality behind the conditions we are placing on ourselves that we find ourselves in a position to make a choice. In that pause, we can determine — is this condition serving me? Is it stemming from a place of love and compassion? Or is it stemming from preconceived notions of how I think things should be? Rather than waiting for some external validation to deem ourselves worthy of pursuing a particular desire, we can pause and question those conditions so that we are able to choose the opportunities that serve us best intentionally.

Living Life Unconditionally In the U.S., the average life expectancy of females is approximately 78 years old. This means that if you are lucky, supremely lucky, you will live 78 summers on this planet. That’s it. 78 summers. When my younger sister unexpectedly passed away, I found myself contemplating all the times I let fake conditions stop me from pursuing things that, if I were radically honest with myself, I desired. Perhaps you too can recognize where you’ve allowed this fake conditioning to stop you from pursuing something you desired. Living life unconditionally means committing to a life in which we are seen and accepted, wholly as we are in the present moment. This means saying no when no serves us, not out of fear or insecurity. This also means saying yes when it serves us, not out of guilt or societal pressure. Like most things, this unraveling of common behavior is a continual process of learning and unlearning. The revered poet Mary Oliver asked us, as she idly strolled through the fields in The Summer Day, what is it that we plan to do with our one wild and precious life. Let us not waste another precious moment to fake conditions, and make a choice to live life unconditionally. An immigrant living in the heart of Grand Rapids, “Shoosh” is a practitioner of mindful living and a believer in the healing and transformative powers of love, kindness and dance.

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Health & Beauty


You Talk To It



n this season of my life, I am discovering anew what it means to show up for myself. I know how to show up for those I lead, love and serve, but investing that same energy in my own needs and well-being has historically been lackluster. For the past 30 days, I have been showing up for myself by allocating and protecting time in my day for exercise and physical activity. Most recently, I added a discovery component to the process by trying new cardio classes and activities. Today, I attended a Reformer Pilates class. As I drove to the studio, I could feel myself growing increasingly nervous and apprehensive. Fear-laced thoughts flooded my mind: “What if I am the only beginner in the class?” “What if I have the thickest thighs in the room?” “What if I can’t finish an exercise?” I could feel the fear mounting as I drove to the studio. After parking and turning off the car, I disrupted the thoughts by saying aloud: “Shan: You have birthed a child, businesses, and movements … you can do tough things!” Forty minutes later, I exited the class on an adrenaline high. I enjoyed it, held my own, had the thickest thighs in the room, but proved what I inherently knew all along: I am stronger than I think. The entire experience taught me a larger truth: Fear is a bully and doesn’t go away until you talk to it. Here are two #ToughSkinSoftHeart emotional health strategies that I am curating in my life to combat fear.

Tough Skin, Soft Heart Truth

Tough Skin: Quit discounting, discrediting, and disqualifying yourself before you even try!

Show up for yourself. Showing up is half the battle. If unaddressed, fear will cause you to discount, disqualify, and discredit yourself. Have you ever let fear talk you out of something that you hadn’t even tried yet? We don’t even allow the children in our lives to call a food that they have never tried, “yucky.” I almost allowed fear to make me question my ability and lead me to erroneous conclusions about my physical strength. As women, we have to be mindful not to allow fear to shortcircuit our willingness to try new things and to explore opportunities that stretch us. We can’t allow fear to paralyze us in our pursuits or to convince us that we can’t do something before we even try.

Soft Heart: Fear is a bully, but my words are the solution. Through my internal self-talk and my oral pep-talks, I am reclaiming my power! I get my Talk back to fear. The thoughts of fear did not recede until I opened my mouth and said something. I literally had to fight back by talking fight back by talking back to the self-defeating thoughts that were percolating in my mind. back to fear! If fear has a language, confidence does too! I am learning to combat fear with the words I say. Fear is a trash talker. Fear doesn’t respond to tears, how nice you are, or silence. Fear demands an oral response. Our words of affirmation disrupt fear. Every day, fear manifests in some aspect of our life and leadership. Any area you are trying to grow in — anticipate fear to rear itself. That is why affirming self-talk is a daily habit we all must practice. Self-talk gives us the verbal ammunition we need in order to stand in our power, show up for ourselves, and diffuse fear in our lives. Shannon Cohen is author of the book, “Tough Skin, Soft Heart: A Leadership Book About Growing Stronger, Better, and Wiser” [2018, Splattered Ink Press] Available Copyright © 2018 Shannon Cohen, Shannon Cohen Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Health & Beauty

Working Out in the Great Outdoors



love to be outside and soak up as much vitamin D as possible during the Michigan summer months. When it is warmer weather season, I get creative with my workouts because it is a great way to keep fitness fun. Staying healthy and active doesn’t mean you need to do an intense gym workout every day. It is important to have variety, change up your fitness routine and have fun with it! Here are three ways you can spice up your fitness fun using the great outdoors.

can also break up your activity by doing simple bodyweight movements, such as squats, lunges, high knees, side shuffles and donkey kicks.

Take Your Home Workouts Outside A great way to wake up and start your day is by filling up your lungs with fresh morning air. If you have a porch or backyard, take your fitness equipment (resistance bands, free weights, yoga mats, medicine balls. etc.) and do a workout outside. If you don’t have fitness equipment at home, no problem— grab a sturdy chair and a bag of flour or dog food, and you are ready to go. You can use a sturdy chair for tricep dips, elevated planks and push-ups. You can use a dog food bag for squats, deadlifts, arm presses. Utilizing these different pieces of equipment is an easy way to increase the intensity of your workouts.

“Exercising outside on various terrain promotes ‘muscle confusion’ which can help your body build different muscles, burn more calories and prevent injuries.

Exercising outside on various terrain promotes “muscle confusion” which can help your body build different muscles, burn more calories and prevent injuries. Muscle confusion is a concept that is centered around having variation in your workouts and helps you avoid hitting plateaus. Working out outside can also help clear your mind, reduce stress, decrease tension and anger, lessen symptoms of depression and improve your overall health. While we still have a couple of beautiful months left of summer, I challenge you to take advantage of the outdoors, schedule weekly adventures into your planner, and make this summer of 2019 one to remember.

Kelsey Emmanuel is a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer. Follow along with her workout tips and tutorials on Instagram @kelsey.emmanuel and on Facebook at Kelsey’s Health Journey.

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Life & Style

Landscape Structures Provide Function and Beauty BY MELINDA MYERS


ncorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty and function. Utilize arbors to define and connect distinct areas of the landscape. Invite visitors into your garden with a vinecovered arbor. Guests won’t be able to resist the invitation to enter and experience the beauty that lies beyond. Combine two different vines to extend or double your floral display. Plant an annual vine for quick cover with a perennial that takes a year or more to establish and cover the structure.

reduce disease problems by increasing the sunlight and airflow reaching the plants. Secure large fruit to its obelisk with a net, cotton or macramé sling to prevent them from breaking off the vines. Dress up any home, garage or shed with trellises covered with flowering vines, climbing roses or an espaliered fruit tree. Provide space between the wall and trellis when mounting them to a building. The space reduces the risk of damage to the wall and the plants benefit from the added airflow and light.

Plant annual or deciduous vines that let the sun and its warmth shine through during the cooler months. When the leaves return, they provide shade and cooler temperatures during warmer times.

Many trellises are works of art in their own right, so when the plants go dormant the structure continues to dress up an otherwise blank wall. Whether you prefer simple squares and diamonds, circles, leaves or ceramic songbirds perched among the branchlike supports of the Enchanted Woods Trellis; select a design that reflects your personality and complements your garden design.

Arbors are as much at home in the food garden as the flowerbed. Connect two garden beds with an over-the-top arbor, and grow pole beans, melons or squash up it. You’ll expand your gardening space by going vertical and help

Combine several trellis sections to create a decorative screen or bit of fencing. This is a perfect solution for creating privacy or a bit of vertical interest in any size or shape of garden space. Add colorful glass bottles and


contemporary design to a vertical planting with a trellis like Gardener’s Achla Designs Vinifera Bottle Trellis. Use obelisks as focal points and plant supports in the garden or containers. They’re perfect for creating scale in the garden, especially when new plantings are small and immature. Select a support tall and sturdy enough for the plants you are growing. Add a bit of beauty and elegance when growing watermelons, cucumbers, pole beans or tomatoes. Train them onto decorative obelisks and they’ll be pretty enough to include in flowerbeds and mixed borders. Add more beauty and a bit of hummingbird appeal with scarlet runner beans. The bright red flowers are followed by green beans that can be eaten fresh or its large seeds harvested and used fresh or dried. Always consider the function, strength and beauty when selecting structures for your landscape. Team them up with plants suited to your growing conditions, and you will benefit from years of enjoyment.

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This month’s selections are all about women taking risks and embarking on adventure.

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani


Women in Sunlight: A Novel by Frances Mayes

Author and American expat Kit is struggling with her grief and is also working through what it means to move into the next phase of her own life. It is during this time, she meets and befriends three senior American women who, instead of moving into a retirement community, become her neighbors by taking the unconventional decision to rent a Villa in Italy. Sometimes amusing, sometimes bittersweet, this book is for those who appreciate a large quirky cast of characters and stunning settings.

The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert

This is the true story of biologist Caroline Van Hemert and her husband’s dream expedition from Washington to their home state of Alaska. The trip, years in the making, depicts the perils and wonders of paddling, hiking and skiing through 4,000 miles of untamed wilderness. It also lays bare Caroline’s day-to-day fears as she assesses her life choices and purpose in the world.

Reshma Saujani was successful by all outward measures. She had attained an Ivy League education, had a highpaying job as a lawyer and ran acompetitive campaign for public office. However, after coming up short in her bid for congress, while devastated, she realized this run for office was the first brave thing she had done in her life; and while it hadn’t gone as she’d planned, it had given her purpose and made her happy. This book explains what Reshma found when she sought to answer questions about why it took her until age 33 to start making choices that satisfied her.

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See

In 2008 we meet Young-sook, one of the last of a revered group of women in Korea known as “haenyeo.” Strong, bold and resourceful, the title of haenyeo is reserved for female divers who have served as providers and leaders in their communities for generations. Through the eyes of Young-sook and her best friend Mi-ja, this sweeping tale details times of occupation, war and peace on the Korean island of Jeju and charts their adventures as friends, haenyeo, wives and mothers. Alison Kuchta, a Collection Development Librarian at Kent District Library, likes memoirs and talking with people about their favorite reads. As far as adventure, she enjoys road trips, hiking and spending time with her family.

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mmigration is a pressing issue today as it fills our news feeds and dominates political commentary. Immigration law is extremely complex, which makes it challenging to engage in discourse without knowing the facts. Much of the rhetoric we’re exposed to in conversation and politics isn’t always representative of the truth, in regards to how immigration really works. Being equipped with the right information will not only aid you in making sound political decisions, but over time, will help change the narrative. We spoke with Meghan E. Moore, co-founder and attorney at Avanti Law who is passionate about immigration law, to debunk some common misconceptions about immigration.


IMMIGRATION LAW HASN’T CHANGED since the 1990s. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA or IIRAIRA), which led to the immigration system we see today. Many argue that this bill has led to increased deportations and has made the path to citizenship more difficult for many people. According to Moore, it makes it impossible in some scenarios for immigrants to become U.S. citizens even if they’re married to a U.S. citizen.



A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE are coming to the U.S. to escape violence in their home country.

“What I have seen throughout my practice and especially when I was just down at the border is that they are running from death,” Moore expressed. “I mean there’s no way around it.”


EVERYONE AT THE BORDER seeking asylum is doing it the legal way.

“The only way that you can apply for asylum in the United States is either at the border, where these people are lined up to do it or when you’re already inside,” Moore said.


FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS, the conditions at the border can be almost as dangerous as the country from which they came. They wait in line, write their name in a book and are given a number. They spend about ten weeks living on the streets, often in extremely dangerous border towns. “And to them, that’s a safer place than where they’re coming from,” Moore explained.

MARRYING A U.S. CITIZEN is not a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen, according to Moore.

When they’re able to present their asylum case, if they are accepted, they are detained in cells that they call, “hieleras.” They then wait for an asylum officer to decide whether or not they have a credible fear of returning to their home country. If so, they can file an asylum case, which often takes months.

“Some people just have no route forward, even if you’re married to a U.S. citizen, even if their child has a disability, it doesn’t matter,” Moore explained. Under the law, if someone enters the U.S. unlawfully twice, there is no route for them to become a citizen unless they leave the country for ten years. Consider Moore’s example of a woman who came to the U.S. unlawfully because her family is poor. Let’s say that after a few years, she marries a U.S. citizen and has children. Now, let’s say she goes back to her home country because her mom is ill. When she returns to the U.S., she will have entered the country unlawfully. Even though she has no criminal record, because she entered the U.S. unlawfully twice, she would have no route to citizenship unless she moved out of the country for ten years with or without her family. According to Moore, many families are dealing with issues such as these. Even if she had only entered the U.S. unlawfully once, the process of becoming a citizen would take two to four years and $10,000.


DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) isn’t a pathway for people to become citizens.

“There is no pathway right now for them to have residency or citizenship just by virtue of having DACA,” Moore said.

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HAVING A CHILD THAT IS A U.S. CITIZEN is not a path to citizenship for an undocumented immigrant unless they have a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or resident.


WHILE WAITING FOR THEIR ASYLUM CASE, they are either detained or sent back to live on the streets of Mexico. Some people are offered a bond to enter the U.S. while waiting, but it costs thousands of dollars.


PEOPLE WHO ARE DETAINED at the border aren’t living in great conditions.

“I talked to people who were in those hieleras,” Moore said. “There are days that they didn’t eat. They’re in U.S. custody and did not eat. I talked to a guy who was able to give his story to an asylum officer, and then they sent him back to back to Mexico to wait for his court date, and he was there for four days and didn’t eat one time.”


THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT THE BORDER requesting asylum are not exclusivly from Central and South America. While recently doing triage at the border in Tijuana, Moore says she talked to people from Eritrea, New Guinea, Cambodia, Russia, Turkey, Ethiopia and Haiti.

Allison Arnold is a freelance writer and avid adventurer who loves hiking, traveling and trying new foods. She loves writing about food and culture on her blog, For the Love of Tacos.

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Learn & Do

Her Legacy Meet the Women of West Michigan Who Made History


Hattie Beverly

(1874 - 1904) First African-American School Teacher in Grand Rapids


iss Beverly’s Ambition” titles an article in The Grand Rapids Herald in January 1899. Hattie Beverly was “the first woman of colored blood to aspire to an appointment in the city schools as a teacher.” The second daughter of a Dutch mother, Minnie Ruesink, and African American father, John Beverly, Hattie was born in Milwaukee in 1874, before her parents moved their young family to Grand Rapids. At times her father, John Beverly, was described as a well-to-do colored man; but the family was so destitute that when three of their children died in the early 1890s, they could not afford grave markers. Nevertheless, after working part-time so she could attend high school parttime, Beverly graduated in 1895 at age 21. Her yearbook notes her lovely voice: “A prima donna, Hattie Beverly will sing, Till all the music world doth with her praises ring.” After

graduation, Beverly was admitted to the teacher-training school of the Grand Rapids Public Schools and finished in 1899. Although she was asked to substitute teach even while she was in training, there came a problem when she sought a job. A January 1899 article in The Grand Rapids Herald describes a school board meeting in which some members quietly raised questions about a black woman teaching white children. When they were too reticent to argue for Beverly, Mr. F. J. Bilitho “expressed himself freely: ‘I am in favor of employing Miss Beverly. She has shown herself to be a young lady of ambition and push to get as far as she has, and I can see no justifiable reason why she should be turned down.’”

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After teaching for two years, she resigned, married, and gave birth to one daughter before dying at age 30 of tuberculosis. Beverly left behind a legacy of ambition, persistence, and accomplishment.

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ocktail trends may come and go, but one staple remains a fixture on drink menus two centuries after its invention - the Old Fashioned.

There are many competing stories about the origins of the “first” true cocktail recipe, but nearly all agree that the modern-day cocktail was first mixed in the early 1800s, and the recipe was generally the same Old Fashioned recipe still mixed in bars around the world today: liquor, sugar, water and bitters. Bourbon is traditionally the spirit of choice for an Old Fashioned, but contemporary versions may substitute virtually any type of liquor, from rye whiskey to tequila to rum. Yesteryear's sugar cube, served as a lump doused with bitters, has given way to simple syrup, which mixes more easily when served. A twist of citrus zest or a dark cherry are common garnishes in today's Old Fashioned renditions. No matter what spirit or style you prefer, there's one constant that's crucial to any drink bearing the Old Fashioned name: bitters. For a truly authentic experience, look to incorporate an option like Angostura bitters - an iconic brand that traces its roots as far back as the dawn of the Old Fashioned and has been closely intertwined with the history of the cocktail ever since. Dr. Johann Siegert, the bitters’ inventor, created the elixir in 19th-century Venezuela while serving as a doctor to soldiers in Simon Bolivar's army. By 1824, he perfected the formula for “amargo aromatico,” which he initially used to help alleviate the stomach issues of ailing soldiers. By the mid-1800s, cocktails were steadily gaining favor, and nearly all the early recipes called for bitters. Siegert's sons seized the opportunity and astutely developed a following for their formula among cocktail lovers. Today, Angostura aromatic bitters are a classic and versatile ingredient in bars and kitchens alike for their flawless ability to balance a range of cocktails. Bitters provide layers of flavor and complexity through their expertly-crafted combination of aromatic herbs, bark, roots and other botanicals. When it comes to the ingredients in Angostura's aromatic bitters, the exact formula is unknown, as the recipe has remained a closely-guarded secret since the bitters were created almost 200 years ago. Consider these tried-and-true takes on the Old Fashioned with four recipes ideal for sipping. The traditional version features bourbon, while three twists on the timeless classic highlight alternative liquors: the Tequila Old Fashioned, the Rum Old Fashioned and the Wisconsin-Style Brandy Old Fashioned.

Rum Old Fashioned 1 Demerara sugar cube 4 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters 1 splash soda water ice 2 ounces Angostura 1919 Rum* orange peel, for garnish Place sugar cube in rocks glass. Wet cube with aromatic bitters, orange bitters and soda water. Using muddler, crush sugar cube. Add ice, pour in rum and stir. Garnish by squeezing orange peel over glass.

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Classic Bourbon Old Fashioned 2 1/4 2 1 1

ounces bourbon ounce Demerara syrup dashes Angostura aromatic bitters dash Angostura orange bitters splash water ice long orange peel, for garnish

In rocks glass, stir bourbon, Demerara syrup, water, aromatic bitters and orange bitters with ice to incorporate ingredients. Add ice to fill glass to top. Garnish with orange peel.


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Wisconsin-Style Brandy Old Fashioned 3 1 5 3 1

ounces, plus 1 splash, lemon-lime soda Demerara sugar cube dashes Angostura aromatic bitters, divided maraschino cherries orange slice, plus peel, for garnish ice 2 ounces brandy 1 dash Angostura orange bitters skewered maraschino cherry, for garnish In rocks glass, muddle splash of lemon-lime soda, sugar cube, 2 dashes aromatic bitters, cherries and orange slice. Add ice and brandy then fill with remaining lemon-lime soda. Add remaining aromatic bitters and orange bitters. Garnish with skewered cherry and orange peel. Pro Serving Tip Serving an authentic Old Fashioned requires more than just the right ingredients: you need the proper bar glass, too. An Old Fashioned is almost always served in a rocks glass, which is a short glass, often with a weighted bottom, designed to hold a shot or two of liquor over ice (or "rocks"). Also known as a lowball, whisky or (aptly named) Old Fashioned glass, the rocks glass typically holds 4-10 ounces.

Tequila Old Fashioned 2 ounces reposado tequila 1/4 ounce Demerara syrup 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters grapefruit swath (narrow strip of peel) or wedge, for garnish ice

Demerara Syrup

In ice-filled mixing glass, stir tequila, Demerara syrup and aromatic bitters. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass.

1 part Demerara sugar 1 part hot water

Squeeze grapefruit swath over glass and insert into drink.

Stir to dissolve. Let cool before use

Simple Syrup at Home A wide range of cocktails call for sweet syrup to enhance the flavor of the liquor, and one variety in particular lends a rich molasses note to drinks. Demerara syrup is made using Demerara sugar, a special variety of raw, unrefined cane sugar with large grains and a golden amber hue.

If you don’t have any Demerara syrup around, it’s quite easy to make at home and can be used to naturally sweeten a number of drinks, from coffee to cocktails. If Demerara isn’t on-hand, swap for turbinado sugar, brown sugar or table sugar.

The sugar, which traces its origins to the South American country of Guyana, can be used in place of brown sugar. Though similar, Demerara generally lends stronger caramel, toffee and molasses notes than traditional brown sugar.

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Sweet, Refreshing

Summer Snacks



here's no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit — watermelon — are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration. Watermelon is a patriotic picnic staple for countless reasons, not the least of which is that it's a beloved treat that many people associate

with memories from childhood. However, nostalgia isn't the only reason adults are just as likely to gravitate toward watermelon at a summer event. Its sweet, cool and refreshing flavor also makes it a favorite for all ages. From a practical standpoint, watermelon is also quite portable, versatile and easy to serve, and with a composition of 92 percent water, it's a simple way to sneak in some extra

hydration on a hot day. Another benefit is its value; watermelon is one of the best values in the produce section among fruit, and just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people. Find more ideas for incorporating watermelon into your summer festivities at

EASY SUMMER THIRST QUENCHER A simple fruit-infused water can give your summer event an instant upgrade in no time at all. Add extra dimension and complexity to the flavor by adding some of your favorite herbs like basil and mint.

Watermelon-Infused Water 2 cups watermelon balls or cubes 1 cup other fruit, such as berries herbs, such as basil or mint

Place watermelon, fruit and herbs in pitcher and cover with water. For best flavor, allow to chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait 1 cup blueberries 1 container (6 ounces) Greek yogurt (vanilla, lemon or coconut) 1 cup watermelon, plus three pieces diced watermelon whipped cream, for serving


In pint canning jar, layer blueberries, yogurt and 1 cup watermelon. Top with whipped cream and garnish with three diced watermelon pieces. Note: To make ahead or make thicker, drain Greek yogurt on paper towels to absorb some liquid.

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Patriotic Charcuterie Board 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 10 strawberries (dipped in white chocolate, if desired) 5 ounces fresh goat cheese 1/2 cup toasted, salted cashews 2 ounces cured meats like prosciutto, pancetta, coppa, salami, soppressata, sausage or pepperoni

1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced lemon juice fresh basil leaves On large board or platter, arrange watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cheese, cashews, meat and apples. Drizzle fruit with lemon juice. Garnish with basil leaves before serving.

Flag Kebab Cake 1 pint fresh, washed blackberries 12 wooden skewers 1 seedless watermelon, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes 1 angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes (white part only) dips, such as yogurt, chocolate, caramel or marshmallow (optional)

Thread five blackberries on each of five skewers, followed by alternating watermelon and cake cubes. On remaining skewers, alternate watermelon and cake so first and last cubes are watermelon. Place skewers on platter; fruit and cake will create stars and stripes when lined properly. Serve with dips, if desired.

Patriotic Fruit Salad 1 watermelon honeydew blueberries Slice 1/4 inch off bottom of watermelon, lengthwise, to create stable base. Use pencil to draw zig-zag lines for basket opening. Using paring knife, make cuts through rind.

Carefully remove top section, pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3inch squares. Trim 3/4-inch thick slices off squares to use for cutting out stars with 1 1/2-3-inch, star-shaped cookie cutters.

Add honeydew and blueberries; stir to combine. Cut out white stripes from honeydew. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, honeydew stripes and blueberries.

Use ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside basket and cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of basket.

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Food & Dining

Behind the Scenes of a Food Truck A Peek Behind the Scenes with Abigail Sterling of Gettin’ Fresh BY SAMANTHA SUAREZ | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID SPECHT


hy do people love food trucks? Food truck rallies and festivals often draw enormous crowds. Travelers often visit cities just to check out their mobile food scene, but what’s all the fuss about? Food trucks come in many shapes and sizes, cover all types of food and cultures, and provide a dining experience like no other. Little plates of restaurant-quality food are served at street prices with no reservations or dress code required. Customers have the opportunity to meet the chefs as they order their food through an open window. Food truck owners enjoy more freedom to be experimental with their concepts, leading to one-of-akind menus. Did you know there are food trucks that focus entirely on different kinds of bacon, mac and cheese, and even butter? From the streets of Brooklyn, Austin, London and more, food trucks have shaped the culinary cultures of cities all over the world. Most folks probably imagine food truck owners spontaneously hitting the road, hanging out at music


festivals, making delicious food, and being their own bosses. While it can involve those things, it also means figuring out health permits, mechanical repairs and the best place to park your truck. That’s what Abigail Sterling has learned on the road. She has operated her truck, Gettin’ Fresh since 2015, making bacon burgers and breakfast burritos on-the-go. She gave us an inside look at what it’s like to run a food truck.

aioli, and spinach on an Ida’s Pastry Shoppe bun. The whole concept is about making sure everything is fresh. WLM: What are some misconceptions about running a

food truck that you want to debunk?

AS: People romanticize the idea of running a food truck,

WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE: How would you describe your food, for those who haven’t had a chance to check out Gettin’ Fresh yet?

but it’s tough work! I always crack up when I park, and someone immediately asks, “Are you open now?” When you cook at home, the food isn’t magically ready right away! We still have to prepare everything, and it takes time. Some people think we just roll around with all our food piping hot and ready-to-go.

ABIGAIL STERLING: The sign on the side of our truck says it all: “Hand-crafted.” We make all our sauces from scratch, and “brazenly delicious,” because we bring together a lot of tasty flavors. I focus more on savory food and have lots of vegan and vegetarian options. My biggest seller though is, not surprisingly, the bacon burger, which is made of Bob’s Butcher Block ground beef and bacon patty, topped with sharp cheddar, garlic

Others assume that running a food truck is easier than running a brick and mortar restaurant. I don’t think it’s easier; it just has different challenges. When I have big events, for example, where am I going to store everything? Restaurants have large freezers and coolers to store everything safely. With a food truck, we need to figure out how to carry as much product as possible in a safe way with less refrigeration.

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WLM: What’s a day in the life of running a food

truck like?

AS: The minute I open my eyes, I think about all

the stuff I forgot to do the day before. I text myself reminders all day long. I get the truck ready and make sure that I have everything I need in the refrigerators. I pick up products like burgers and buns. I drive the truck and have my staff meet me at the location. We scramble to get ready as fast as possible so we can start serving customers. Every time we do an event, something always malfunctions with the truck. One day, the window won’t open. Another day, someone didn’t plug the cord in well enough. There was one event where we didn’t have enough propane. It’s all about figuring out how to keep operating when those things happen. I don’t even get phased by it anymore. Then when the event is over, you just clean everything up! At the end of the day, I’m guaranteed to have a burn, a bruise or a broken nail.

WLM: What do movies like “Chef ” get wrong about

food trucks?

AS: I wish that two hundred people lined up around the

block every time I Tweeted my location! It’s hard to draw a crowd. You also go through a lot in terms of licensing and permits, but that stuff is too boring to put in a movie. It wouldn’t even work in a montage.

There’s a great network of womanowned food trucks, and businesses in general, in Grand Rapids. We look out for one another and provide support. AS: I love that we get to bring these big trucks around

that act as art pieces. I also like being in a different location all the time. It makes for a unique and exciting experience, and it’s also more flexible. One time on a rainy day, I drove an hour north and pulled into the garage of an office building and served a bunch of employees all day long. You can’t do that if you’re a brick and mortar. Both are difficult to run, though. You still have to train your staff and make sure your food is consistent.

WLM: What’s it like being a woman in this industry?

AS: There’s a great network of woman-owned food

trucks, and businesses in general, in Grand Rapids. We look out for one another and provide support. It makes me feel empowered. It’s also great to be able to ask each other questions and offer answers without hesitation or fear that we are helping our competition. It’s not like that. Last season, I mentioned to Stephanie Verhage from Crepes by the Lakes that I hadn’t changed the oil in my generator yet. She told me how easy it was to do and that it was important to do it right away. I watched a YouTube video and realized it was super easy, and instead of putting off a task that I wasn’t comfortable doing, I just did it. It felt great when I was done, and all I needed was that encouragement and a little bit of a warning of what could happen if I didn’t. Generators are expensive! In Grand Rapids, I would say the food truck community as a whole bands together, both female and male. We all know what hard work it is, so offering encouragement or tips to one another that ends up saving someone time and money is pretty cool.

WLM: What are your thoughts on Grand Rapids’ food

truck scene?

AS: When I first started in 2015, there were just a

handful of trucks, and now there are trucks where I haven’t met the owners yet! It’s really a growing industry. If anyone is thinking of pursuing this business, I’m happy to give advice. I’m not keeping any of the things I learned a secret. I would have been forever grateful to have someone advise me when I started out.

WLM: Can you tell us what the differences are between

running a food truck and a restaurant?




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An Elevated Experience Upper Deck and Rooftop Dining in Grand Rapids


n the summer, Grand Rapidians love to spend as much time outside as possible — we have to enjoy it while we can, after all. While the sun is shining and temperatures rise, we flock outdoors for almost everything: listening to live music, watching movies, exercising, shopping — and eating. When the weather finally turns the last corner of spring, restaurants across the city invite patrons to enjoy their fare in the shining sun. While many eateries offer outdoor dining, we bring you a list of establishments that take it one step higher. Here are five places in Grand Rapids that offer rooftop and upper deck dining.


45 Division Ave S Mon-Tue: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Wed-Fri: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun: 10 a.m.-1 a.m. This downtown gastropub is located in the Heartside District and features a menu that includes everything from sushi to beer cheese dip. The rooftop deck has more than a dozen seating options, and the surrounding trellises make for an intimate dining experience right under the city sky. HAUTE AT NEW HOTEL MERTENS, 9TH FLOOR

35 Oakes St SW Mon-Thurs: 4 p.m.-late Fri: Noon-2 p.m., (buffet lunch) 4 p.m.-late Sat-Sun: Noon-2 p.m., (buffet brunch) 4 p.m.-late


Fans of New Hotel Mertens will be pleased to know their popular rooftop lounge is once again open for the summer. Haute offers stunning views of the city and a casual European-like lounge seating for 40 where you can enjoy charcuterie, seafood, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Get the jump on the crowd by adding your name to the waiting list up to an hour before Haute opens. THE FRIESIAN GASTRO PUB, 2ND FLOOR

720 Michigan St NE Mon-Tue: 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed-Fri: 11 a.m.-Midnight Sat: 10 a.m.-Midnight Sun: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. One of Grand Rapids’ newest restaurants and the latest addition to the Michigan corridor of eateries and watering holes, Friesian features a full bar and a rotating menu of “comfort food with an eclectic twist.” Located in a former chapel, their rooftop deck is the first of its kind in the Midtown district and seats 50 people.


20 Monroe Ave NW Mon: closed Tue-Thu: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat: 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun: Closed Open Sundays for shows at 20 Monroe Live. This Gilmore Restaraunt Collection staple’s south-facing upper deck offers a view of the bustling activity on Fulton St and is lined with planters featuring herbs and vegetables. HARMONY HALL, 2ND FLOOR

401 Stocking Ave NW Mon: Closed Tue-Thu: 11-10 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-Midnight Sun: Noon -9 p.m. This German-style beer hall serves up original beers, a dynamic menu ranging from sausage plates to wood-fired pizza and a pretzel that weighs more than a pound. Their second floor features an open-air dining area with seating for 35 and a view of the rapidly expanding West Side. For a full list of outdoor dining in Grand Rapids, please visit

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What the Girl Scouts did for me is it took me from my neighborhood to a larger world beyond my community. It took me into the outdoors.”


Leading Like a Girl (Scout) BY ALLISON ARNOLD


irl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore (GSMSTS) builds tomorrow’s leaders into young women of courage, confidence and character. The 9,779 Girl Scout members across 30 counties engage in programming under the four pillars: STEM, life skills, outdoors and entrepreneurship.

Barbara Hill has worked professionally in Girl Scouts for the past 25 years and became the chief executive officer in 2017. Her involvement and commitment to Girl Scouts began as a young girl on the South Side of Chicago. “What the Girl Scouts did for me is it took me from my neighborhood to a larger world beyond my community,” Hill said. “It took me into the outdoors.” Growing up before Title IX, Hill didn’t have the same opportunities as her brothers, who were very active in sports. “Living at that time in a very urban environment, my mother wanted to seek out an opportunity for me to become involved doing activities, especially for girls,” Hill expressed. Her mother was the leader of her troop, made up of 27 girls. Hill says she knows where 17 of them are today. “It taught me to take some steps to really develop the curiosity in me," Hill said. "It put me in situations to become more connected with other accomplished women and women in my community overall.” Over the years, Hill has worked in various Girl Scout Councils and served in Girl Scouts Overseas. While abroad, Hill lived in Japan, running the Asian division, which is comprised of Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. “Our role over there is working with provide that same Girl Scout leadership experience that they would be able to have in the United States,” she said.



While working in Japan, Hill and her Girl Scouts climbed Mount Fuji. When Hill was a young Girl Scout, her troop started small, camping in a backyard and eventually camping in a national park. The outdoors is one of the Four Program Pillars in Girl Scouts.

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“How we take girls outside and develop that outdoor experience is so important to move them away from their gadgets and their tools,” Hill expressed. Entrepreneurship is another pillar in which girls learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. In 2018, the Girl Scouts from GSMSTS sold more than one million boxes of cookies. Hill recently talked to a group of girls who decided to use their cookie money to visit Savannah, GA, the birthplace of Girl Scouts. The third pillar, life skills, includes developing civic engagement and communication skills, in addition to learning about healthy living and how to be a good global citizen. STEM is the last pillar, which provides learning experiences in computer science and engineering, robotics and other STEM-related areas. According to the 2018 GSMSTS report, programming focused on these four pillars grew from 15 percent to 75 percent throughout 2018, giving girls the opportunity to earn more badges and develop essential skills. “What we are seeing is that girl scouting is beginning to grow in this area," Hill explained. "More girls are excited about the possibility of thinking big and developing their leadership skills." GSMSTS provides financial assistance for membership and uniforms. “There is still a perception about Girl Scouts and that perception is that we are an organization only for girls who can afford to be Girl Scouts — that is not the reality,” Hill said. Hill emphasizes that, contrary to a recent rumor that the organization is merging with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts will continue to be what it has always been. “We’re not merging,” she said. “We are and will continue to be an organization for all girls, by girls, and it’s going to continue to be girl-led as well.” Girl Scouts has a strong record of preparing girls to grow into strong leaders: Ninety percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 76 percent of female U.S. senators and 100 percent of female U.S. secretaries of state were all Girl Scouts. “We continue to look at how can we begin to incorporate our program so they can become good global citizens overall, and through our four pillars — that is a way that we see continuously developing our girls and our program.”


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Photo Walking 101 with Dianne Caroll Burdick BY ELYSE WILD | PHOTOS BY DIANNE CAROLL BURDICK


ianne Carroll Burdick is a vessel for the art of photography. She has a decades-long work history shooting for local media outlets; her work has been shown in countless exhibitions and galleries across the state; and she has introduced the wonder of photography to thousands of students — adult and child alike — across Grand Rapids. Photo walks are one of her favorite teaching tools. Whether embarking on a scavenger hunt or sticking to a theme, she emphasizes that seeking out images to capture is a rewarding way to engage with the outdoors. “Photo walks are so great because you are bonding with your community and your surroundings,” Burdick smiled. “Having to take pictures with your phone or your camera is a way to look at things differently and explore different points of view.” While the warmer months beckon us outside, Burdick shared with us her insight on how to create — and get the most out of — a summer photo walk.

Theme vs Scavenger Hunt

For most of her classes, Burdick provides students with a list of 50 items to take photos of during a scavenger hunt. The items are abstract, such as “circles,” “balance,” “old,” “young, “ “rhythm” and “delicate,” allowing them to be interpreted by each photographer.

“Instead of saying, ‘Take a photo of trees,’ it will say, ‘Take a photo of lines,’ which could very well be trees,” she said. “It’s incredible what you start to see when you take photos that way — you start taking photos of what you see, not what you know.” Additionally, she leads groups on literature-themed photo walks with the Grand Rapids Public Library. She says one doesn’t necessarily have to read the book the participate.


You don’t have to do it all in one afternoon — keep your list going throughout the summer. Invite your friends and family to partake with you, and start a Facebook group in which everyone can post their results. “This is very ambitious, but I encourage my students to do an urban photo walk with 50 items and a rural photo walk with 50 items and then compare the two,” Burdick said. She suggests Aman Park as a location for a rural photo walk.

“Two years ago I did a walk around the book Dark Matter, which is all about portals,” she said. “We photographed windows and openings and alleys. It was a riot.”

“The terrain is busy, and there is a lot to see.”

To create your own photo walk, make a list of shapes, colors and adjectives, or pick a single theme to follow. Choose an area (a park or a few city blocks) in which to walk around and check images off your list.

For her personal summer project, Burdick is going to do a photo scavenger hunt at every city park and compare the results.

For an urban photo walk? “Downtown Grand Rapids,” she said.

“It is endless what you can do,” she said.

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Photo walks are so great because you are bonding with your community and your surroundings. Having to take pictures with your phone or your camera is a way to look at things differently and explore different points of view.” DSLR vs. Smartphone

Burdick is passionate about teaching beginners the basics of operating a camera; excitement infuses her voice and gestures as she describes helping students understand shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how they all work together to capture an image.

“It is more about how you see than it is about the bells and whistles,” Burdick smiled. “I have always believed that no matter how many bells and whistles you have on your camera, you are an original because everything that has made you, you up until this point in your life will come out in your photos.”

“I see it like opening a well, and in the well are all these stones, and each stone is a tool on your camera,” she expressed. “And gradually we un-turn each stone.”

The Golden Hour

A beginner-level DSLR, such as a Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D or Nikon D3500 can be purchased for anywhere from $250-$500. If you don’t have a DSLR and are using your phone? “Even better,” Burdick said. “There are fewer tools to learn. With your phone, it is really your angle and composition...and there are tons of special features, and it is lightweight.” Whether you are using a smart-phone or high-level DSLR, beginners may feel overwhelmed with options and features.

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Burdick says the best time to venture out for a photo walk is in the evening — ideally about 45-minutes before sunset. “First of all, it is cooler out, temperature wise,” she said. “And you get this beautiful rose glow that enhances everything.” Burdick is teaching classes and leading photo walks throughout the summer with the Grand Rapids Public Library, ( Kendall College of Art and Design ( and the Gerald R. Ford Museum (



Erica Lang Integrates a Lifestyle into a Brand BY KAYLA SOSA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELYSE WILD


oosah is the nature-inspired art brand and clothing line that is quickly gaining momentum in Grand Rapids. It’s also the lifestyle lived out by the artist and entrepreneur herself, Erica Lang, whose positive and relaxed mindset feed into her business. After high school, Lang moved to Grand Rapids to study industrial design at Kendall College of Art and Design. As she developed her artistic style, she began to work on Woosah-inspired art on the side. “For me, my creative outlet was creating from my imagination inspired by nature,” Lang said. “After school, I would go home to create stuff, and it was very meditative and relaxing. I would sign those pieces ‘woosah,’ and then it just took over all my free time and I decided that I wanted to pursue that.” Lang changed her major to printmaking and learned how to carve woodcuts, which is now her primary artistic medium. “When I first carved a woodcut, it was like everything just clicked,” Lang said. “The images I had seen in my head that I wanted to create, I was trying to do that through painting or drawing but really what I was after was the graphic that a wood block creates.” The process of wood carving is detail-oriented and requires great focus. “You have to be present with the block when you’re carving, because if you slip you can’t put that back,” Lang said. “But it’s also very graphic because what you’re leaving behind is going to be a solid line.” After college, Lang established Woosah as a brand and started to put her carvings on t-shirts, hats and more. She started to sell her work on Etsy and do pop-up shops around the city before settling in a space on Division Avenue. Today, Woosah Outfitters is located at 738 Wealthy Street. Lang and her fiancée live in the upper level of the live-work space, and they co-own and operate Outside Coffee, located next to the shop. “Kelly and I always talk about how cool it is to have this space to offer to people and to be two female, lesbian business owners,” Lang said. “We want especially the queer community to feel welcome here and that this is a safe space for them.”


Nature is very relaxing and grounding and can help you appreciate the present moment.” Lang’s laid-back lifestyle is reflected in the layout of Outside Coffee, with various seating styles available and coffee served out of a vintage RV. Families, pets and people working on their laptops are all welcome there. Lang wants to spread the peace and positivity to anyone who enters her store. Woo-sah. “If you say it slowly, it’s like an inhale and an exhale,” Lang said. “It’s really relaxing and meditative. And that’s what art was for me, and still is.” But now, it’s grown into more than just that; it’s become a lifestyle and “a way of approaching your day.” “Nature is very relaxing and grounding and can help you appreciate the present moment,” Lang said. “I feel like Woosah is all of those things — being present, appreciating the natural beauty and breathing.”

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July Events

Compiled by editorial staff. We do our best to ensure the accuracy of each listing. Time, date and location of events are subject to change.



Studio Night. Drink some craft beer while working on a personal art project, and you’ll get 25% off your bill. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6:0011:00 p.m. The Drunken Retort. Unique Spoken Word Poetry - Acoustic Open Mic Feel Good Comedy Show. Stella’s Lounge. 8:30 p.m. Comedy Outlet Mondays. A weekly comedy variety show that features stand up, sketch, improv, and experimental comedic acts. Dog Story Theatre. 7:00PM. Jazz in the Park. Millennium Park. 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday Taco Trivia. A night of trivia, prizes, and drink specials. ELK Brewing: Comstock Park.

7:00 p.m. Concerts in the Park. Music provided by the Holland American Legion Band. Kollen Park. 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Evening Music Club. Free with admission to the Gardens, bring a picnic, enjoy the park until, and join local and regional bands for a relaxing night out. Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater. 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Summer Nights @ the Market. This free Tuesday evening event series kicks off on July 9 and is put on by Fulton Street Farmers Market and 20 Monroe Life will feature live music by local musicians, food trucks, vendors, and kids’ activities. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Kickin’ It. Every Tuesday and

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Wednesday, food trucks will be serving up lunch- they rotate in and out every week to provide a variety of lunch options. Calder Plaza. 11:00 a.m.


Yoga @ FSFM. Led by a different, independent yoga instructor every session, this weekly yoga class is open to all levels and ages. Fulton Street Farmers Market. 10:00 a.m. Yappy Hour. Stop by every Wednesday with your pup for lunch and drinks while you browse merchants and pet other puppies. Grand Rapids Downtown Market: Under the Market Shed. 11:00 a.m. Free Admission.


Cuban Salsa Dance Lessons. Every Thursday the GR Cuban Salsa group offers free salsa dancing

lessons. Danzón Cubano. 9:00 p.m. Street Performer Series. Musicians, caricature artist, face painters, jugglers, magicians, aerial acrobats and more entertain shoppers strolling along 8th Street. Downtown Holland. 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Yoga in the Highlands. This outdoor yoga class is the perfect way to start off summer weekends; be sure to bring a mat and some friends. Blandford Nature Center 9:30 a.m. Register at Saturday Curiosity Labs. Stop by this open-house style lab to learn how a watershed works, create erupting volcanoes, and much more. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 11:00-3:00 p.m. (Continue on page 36)


floats, a car show that will be hosted at the Community Church’s parking lot until 3:00 p.m. and a firework demonstration that begins at 10:00 p.m. Various Locations in Ada. 9:30 a.m.-3:00


Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks. The Grand Haven annual 4th of July Fireworks display lights up the night sky after the evenings showing of the Grand Haven Musical Fountain and National Anthem. 9:00 a.m. Waterfront Stadium. Holland’s Independence Day Celebration Freedom & Fireworks. Beginning with kids games, vendors, live martial arts demonstration, live music, all culminating at dusk with Fireworks over Lake Macatawa to the sounds of live music. Don’t forget to hit up one of the many food booths for a late lunch or dinner! 12:30-11:00 p.m. Kollen Park.

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Free Outdoor Funky Buddha Yoga Community Classes. Wilcox Park. 6:30 p.m.

July 1

Red, White & Blue Book Sale. PSA for all book lovers: this event will have many deals on books, magazines,

movies and more. KDL: Nelson Township-Sand Lake Branch. 10:00 a.m.

and face painting. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 5:30 p.m.

July 2

Ada’s 4th of July Parade. All are welcome to join Ada’s annual 4th of July Parade, which begins with a breakfast at the fire station until 9:30 a.m., a parade with various

Amway Family Fireworks. Enjoy music, entertainment, various food vendors, and a “Family Fun Zone,” which will include temporary tattoos

July 4

Game Night with Cats. Grab a fellow cat-lover and spend a night playing cat-themed games as furry felines at Happy Cat Cafe help you. Happy Cat Cafe. 6:15 p.m. Reserve your spot at

July 6

Family Yoga. Bring a yoga mat and the whole family to learn yoga poses, breathing exercises, and mindfulness techniques at this family-focused event. KDL: Englehardt Branch. 11:00 a.m.



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July 7

Happy Cat Yoga. Bring a mat and settle in for a yoga session complete with an hour of yoga, a coffee and snack bar and a half hour dedicated to playing with cats. Spots are limited, so reserve a space today. Happy Cat Cafe. 10:0 a.m.

July 9, 10

Comedy Magic with Cameron Zvara. Hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Cameron’s show is full of magic, comedy, juggling, music, and audience participation. Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Library at 10:30 a.m. and West Leonard Branch at 2:00 p.m. on the 9th. Grand Rapids Public Library- Seymour Branch at 10:30 a.m. & Yankee Clipper Branch at 2:00 p.m. on the 10th.

July 10

Altered Five Blues Band. Part of the 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series, this quintet will offer the best of the blues. The Deltaplex. 6:30 p.m. Free Admission. RSVP on Facebook. BeerSavvy Bootcamp. An interactive class by the Cicerone Certification Program, this bootcamp will introduce you to the nuances of beer flavors, variations, and styles while also providing you with resources and preparing you for the Certified Beer Server Exam. Harmony Hall. Noon. Buy tickets at

July 11

GRAM on the Green with WYCA 88.1. The Last Gasp Collective performs a free concert at the this free summer concert series. Includes food truck, a cash bar, and free admission to the GRAM. 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

July 11 & 12

Classical Fireworks: Salute to America. Join the Grand Rapids Symphony as they perform The Armed Forces Salute, Overture to Candide, and other American anthems, before capping off the night with a fireworks display. Cannonsburg Ski Area. 8:00 p.m.

July 11 — 13, 17 — 21, 24 —27

Hands on a Hardbody. A musical inspired by a 1997 documentary of the same name, the plot traces the story of ten Texans who compete against each other to see who can keep their hands on a truck the longest-and drive away in the American Dream. Circle Theatre. 7:30 p.m.

July 12

Movies on Monroe. This premier outdoor film experience hosts not only two movies (Matilda at 7:30 p.m. and Crazy Rich Asians at 9:30 p.m.), but also provides pre-show entertainment

and a list of food trucks or guests are welcome to bring their own food/ beverages. 555 Monroe Ave NW. 6 p.m.

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July 12

Creativity Uncorked: Art in the Air. Pour a drink as you tour galleries for inspo for your very own DIY kite. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:45 p.m. Patton Oswalt Live: 2019 Tour. Grab some fun-loving family and friends and come watch Patton Oswalt, an Emmywinning comedian, crack his latest jokes. 20 Monroe Live. 7:30 p.m. Heart Love Alive Tour. Heart’s first tour in three years, this band will be joined by Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, and Elle King. Van Andel Arena. 7:00 p.m.

July 12 Through September 8

All that Glitters. The opening of the summer exhibition series, All That Glitters by Mandy Cano Villalobos showcases the integration of valuable goods with inconsequential materials to juxtapose ideas of worth and death. UICA. 5:30 p.m.

July 13

I Love the 90s 5K. 90s themed 5K run. Riverside Park. 8:00 a.m. French Tart Workshop. Practice your pastry-chef skills and walk away with two new dough recipes, two seasonal fruit tarts, and a batch of your very own dough. Grand Rapids Downtown Market: Teaching Kitchen. 2:00 p.m.. Register at

July 13, 20, 27

Eighth Street Farmers Market: Chef Series. Join area chefs every Saturday morning in July to learn how to make everything from omelettes to lettuce wraps to jams. Downtown Holland Farmers Market. 10:00 a.m.

July 14 — July 23

Ionia Free Fair. 317 S Dexter St, Ionia MI. Various times.

July 16

Diana Ross--Diamond Diana. Come watch this music icon perform her greatest hits in celebration of her 75th year. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m.

July 16

Outdoor Yoga. A refreshing and meditative session of Yoga at a surprise location in Frederick Meijer Gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 6:00 p.m Drop-In Tour: Women in Art. This tour

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he Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids is one of a few hospitals around the country that participates in a monthly program called Project Night Lights.

said. “When I was in the hospital, that perspective was turned. You don’t have a sense of time and all you’re doing all the time is talking to doctors and nurses and figuring out care plans and making sure your child is as comfortable as possible.”

On the second Wednesday of every month, hundreds of people, including emergency responders, tow truck drivers and bikers, gather around the hospital and flash their vehicle lights and flashlights up to the children in the hospital.

So, when Smith heard about this event, she knew she wanted to get involved to help other parents escape the monotony of staying in the hospital.

“And then you start to see the flashlights in the hospital turn on,” Lauren Smith, a radio host with STAR 105.7 FM who is also known as Smitty, said. “It’s one of the most powerful things you could experience.” In a partnership between Silent Observer and local law enforcement that started last fall, the community is trying to bring a little light into the children’s lives. Smith said the kids look forward to the event as long as a week beforehand. “Because, for a half hour, they’re not talking about tomorrow’s treatments or tonight’s medicine dosages,” Smith explained. “All of these people show up, rain or shine, to say goodnight for 15 minutes... I think it is one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed.” Smith, a mother herself, especially knows the comfort and positivity this kind of event provides for children and their families. “I have a 14-month-old son and, about a week after he was born, he developed a blood clot in his brain, so we found ourselves at Helen DeVos,” Smith

“You could look out your hospital window, and see something brand new, and see all of these people that don’t personally know you but are still going, ‘You got this, well done, you can do it,’” she said. “That, personally to me, felt like what I needed to do.” Project Night Lights takes place on the second Wednesday of every month. Participants are encouraged to line up by 8:15 p.m. outside the hospital, with the lights turning on at 8:30 p.m. For a half hour, participants will flash their lights up to the hospital as the kids wave back with their own flashlights and glowsticks. Smith, who runs a family-focused morning radio show from 5 —10 a.m. daily, encourages those interested to contact her at STAR or to contact Silent Observer, for more information.

What: Project Night Lights When: July 10 at 8:30 pm, and the second Wednesday of each month following Where: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan St NE Cost: FREE



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will offer people the opportunity to explore the representation of women in present and past exhibits of the GRAM. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1:00 p.m. Buy tickets at

July 17

Scotty Bratcher. Continuing the 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series, Scotty Bratcher has played with names like Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue

Oyster Cult and more. The Deltaplex. 6:30 p.m. Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour. On this 1.5 mile tour, you’ll get the chance to explore outdoor art sculptures of artists like Maya Lin in urban spaces. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10:00 a.m. Buy tickets at Decorate a Bag. This event is open to preschoolers through fifth graders as they will get the chance to decorate

bags for the sack suppers served to school children through Kids Food Basket. Downtown Holland Farmers Market. 9:30 a.m.

July 18

2019 Picnic in the Park. Countless family friendly activities, along with various food vendors and live entertainment. Wilcox Park. 4:00 p.m. The Art of Healthy Living: Five Senses. MARGO PRICE

Consisting of art projects, exhibition tours, and story time, this program is meant for anyone interested in learning about connections between art and healthy living. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6:45 p.m. Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens: Andrew Bird. Kick back during a late summer evening and listen to this indie-rock multiinstrumentalist & singer-songwriter play his favorite tunes. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 6:30 p.m. GRAM on the Green with WYCA 88.1. Lipstick Jodie w/ Jes Kramer performs a free concert at the this free summer concert series. Includes food truck, a cash bar, and free admission to the GRAM. 6:00- 9:00 p.m. Yoga at GRAM. Led by instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane, this Vinyasa-style yoga class will be offered on select Thursday evenings. 5:45 p.m. GRAM’s Cook Auditorium.

July 18, 19

Classical Mystery Tour: 50 Years of The Beatles’ White Album. More than just a rock concert, the Classical Mystery Tour includes over two dozen classic Beatles’ songs but with a full symphonic sound and a special addition to honor the 50th anniversary of the “White Album.” Cannonsburg Ski Area. 7:30 p.m.


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plating, and garnishing sushi from an expert chef. Grand Rapids Downtown Market: Teaching Kitchen. 6:00 p.m. Register at

July 19 & 20

Cats & Canvas: This cat-themed painting class will include snacks, beverages, and, of course, cats. Happy Cat Cafe. 6:15PM. Reserve your spot at

July 20

The Struts: YOUNG&DANGEROUS Tour with the Glorious Sons, JJ Wilde. Formed in Derby, England in 2009, this alternative glam rock band released their newest album in October of 2018. 20 Monroe Live. 8:00 p.m. Buy tickets at LiveNation.

July 23

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live Tour. This epic live tour will mark the first extensive North American tour since 1981. Van Andel Arena. 8:00 p.m. Baby and Me Tour: Exploring the Mysteries of Color. Bring your baby and learn about the symbolism of colors. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11:00 a.m. Pre-register online at

July 24

Michigan Pop-Up Marketplace. Features Michigan made and grown, treats and gifts. 10:00 a.m. Downtown Market. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. A live homage to the band that his father, John Bonham drummed in, Jason Bonham has maintained the legacy of Led Zeppelin through his passion for drums. 20 Monroe Live. 8:00 p.m. Gary Hoey. Join this American hard rock and blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter at the 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series. The Deltaplex. 6:30 p.m. Free Admission

July 25

Maranda Park Party Grand Rapids. For free, kids are welcome to enjoy a super slide, climbing wall, giant obstacle course, along with the opportunity to win raffles and enjoy ice cream. Garfield Park. Noon. Mozzarella Making. Learn how to make mozzarella and about various Italian cheeses and wines. Aperitvio. 7:00 p.m. Dude Perfect--The Pound It Noggin Tour. Come watch this sports entertainment group of former high school basketball-players-turnedfamous-Youtubers show off their newest trick shots. The Deltaplex.

7:00 p.m. GRAM on the Green with WYCA 88.1. Pink Sky w/ hi-ker performs a free concert at the this free summer concert series. Includes food truck, a cash bar, and free admission to the GRAM. 6:00- 9:00 p.m.

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July 25, 26

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown. Performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony, this concert will feature the best of Motown with orchestral renditions of hits by Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and The Four Tops. Cannonsburg Ski Area. 7:30PM.

July 26

Movies on Monroe. This premier outdoor film experience hosts not only two movies (Hotel Transylvania at 7:30PM and A Quiet Place at 9:30PM), but also provides pre-show entertainment and a list of food trucks or guests are welcome to bring their own food/beverages. 555 Monroe Ave NW. 6:00 p.m. “Weird Al” Yankovic The Strings Attached Tour. Described as a “highenergy rock and comedy production,” this show will also feature his original band, costumes, props, a full symphony orchestra, and much more. DeVos Performance Hall. 8:00 p.m. DIY Thai. Learn how to make tom yum goong, thai green beans, and chicken pad thai in this cooking class. Grand Rapids Downtown Market: Teaching Kitchen. 6:00 p.m. Register at

July 26, 27

All Shook Up. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this musical is perfect for young audiences. Civic Theatre. 7:30 p.m.

July 27

The Color Run 5K. Known as the happiest 5K on the planet, participants of the Color Run are welcome to either walk, jog, or run, in order to bring people of all backgrounds and ages together through the promotion of health and fitness. 300 Ottawa Ave NW. 9:00 a.m. locations/grand-rapids Caribbean Summer Jam IV. Presented by 616 Grand Productions, this “ultimate summer Caribbean party” will host DJ Sanjay, DJ Tony Banks, and PJDADJ; this year’s theme is bright and bold colors, so be sure to come dressed in your favorite Caribbean colors. 20 Monroe Live. 9:00 p.m. Pet. a. Pawlooza. Join shelters/ rescues, educators, boarding facilities,

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Relax at Rosa



rand Rapids workers and residents are invited to enjoy a free lunchtime entertainment series this summer at Rosa Parks Circle. Relax at Rosa is a weekly outdoor concert series where people can purchase lunch from a food truck, listen or dance to some live music and play outdoor games. Megan Catcho, event coordinator for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DTGRI), said this is just one way the city is promoting use of public space. “They can come outside and enjoy the weather in the summer and be able to enjoy our public spaces when they otherwise wouldn’t be used,” Catcho said. Workers are even encouraged to use the space to get work done, as Rosa Parks Circle does have Wifi. “Our goal is to really activate downtown,” Catcho said. Each year, Catcho said DGRI is adding more food trucks to the list, bigger bands to the lineup and more games to play, including games for dogs. The event aims to bring the community free performances by well-known and upcoming artists alike. “Having new and upcoming artists to be able to promote their music in a place they otherwise wouldn’t be able to is one

of my personal goals,” Catcho said. This year will feature a few new bands, including Political Lizard. Consistent performers, like Cabildo, will also hold concerts. DGRI is even partnering with the Muskegon Irish Music Festival to host Connla, a band hailing from Northern Ireland, in August. “We strive to be really diverse in our lineups, not only within people but in genres,” Catcho said. DGRI is a city-building organization, which means they exist to help bridge the gaps between the city and the people that make up its community. “We just want to make everything as best as it can be, as well as make people enjoy the city and want to come down to the city and hangout.” Relax at Rosa takes place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday this summer through Sept. 19, except for July 4. For more information, visit

What: Relax at Rosa When: Thursday from Noon-1:30 pm through Sept. 19 Where: Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW Cost: FREE


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Event Spotlight


Six Must-Attend Festivals This Month BY ELYSE WILD


ummer is in full swing, and West Michigan is hosting more than 50 festivals from Grand Rapids to the lakeshore. We’ve narrowed this month’s line up to six must-attend festivals.

Riverwalk Festival When: July 11, 5-9 pm; June 12, 5-9 pm; June 13, 10-10 pm Where: Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 113 Riverwalk Plz Entry: Free Family Friendly This celebration includes a pig roast, live concerts, a 5K, classic car show, food booths, entertainment, the beloved-duck race and more.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops   When: July 11-Aug. 2 Where: Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE Entry: $20/adult; $5/children; $30/ chair; $51/table seat; $408/table of eight; $42/3-concert package; $102/6-concert flex pass  Family Friendly Enjoy musical performances in the great outdoors at this summer-favorite concert series.

Lakeshore Art Festival When: July 5-6, 10-6 pm  Where: Hackley Park, 350 W Webster Ave Entry: Free  Family Friendly

When: July 18, 4-9 pm Where: Wilcox Park, 100 Youell Ave SE Entry: Free Family Friendly

This nationally-recognized art festival features fine arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, a wine and beer garden, creative activities and more.

Fun filled evening of food trucks, hot air balloons, caricatures, henna, live music and tethered balloon rides.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival


When: July 26-Aug 4 Where: 113 N 2nd St Entry: Prices for individual events vary Family Friendly


This nationally recognized festival in “Coast Guard City, USA” honors the men and women who serve with a stellar lineup of family-friendly events.

Macatawa Water Festival When: July 13, 9-1 pm Where: Windmill Island Gardens, 250 Central Ave Entry: Free Family Friendly

Come together with more than 30 community partners and sponsors for water activities and educational experiences to learn about restoring and preserving the lake and watershed. Visit

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Pet. a. Pawlooza. Join shelters/ rescues, educators, boarding facilities trainers, veterinarians and any animal related products and vendors, for a day of fun and education. 3870 3 Mile Rd NW. Noon. Drop-In Tour: Made in the Mitten. Explore the finest Michigan-made pieces by Michigan’s best artists. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1:00 p.m. No registration required. Disability Visibility: A Drag Show to Benefit DisArt. A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to DisArt, a local non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled individuals. Harmony Hall. 9:00 p.m.

July 30

PRETTYMUCH: FOMO Tour with Mackenzie Ziegler. Join this Canadian-American boy band based out of L.A. as they climb the charts with their singles “Would You Mind,”

and “Summer On You.” 20 Monroe Live. 7:00 p.m.

July 31

Nick Moss. Another show from the 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series, this blues band will feature some of Moss’s newest music and best classics. The Deltaplex. 6:30 p.m. Free Admission. Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens: Dawes+Margo Price. Join Dawes, a four-piece folk rock band, and Margo Price, a country singer-songwriter, for a concert you don’t wanna miss. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 6:30 p.m.

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