New Artists Coming to Muskegon

Final artists for this year’s 2017 Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival have been selected. “We are pleased that this year, jurors selected local favorites as well as up and coming artists who will bring new style and energy to this event. Approximately 110 new artists will be participating for the first time,” according to Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. Over 300 artists and crafters from all over the country have been selected to showcase and sell their art July 7th and 8th in downtown Muskegon.

A jury of artists and craft professionals review each application to verify all pieces are unique and handmade by the artist. “Careful attention is made to make sure there is variety and diversity of items displayed throughout the show,” says Carla Flanders. The focus of the Lakeshore Art Festival is to present one-of-a-kind art to attendees that is available to purchase, not just for display.

New this year is a Student Art Showcase for young artists (K-12 grade) that will be displaying and selling art for the first time in their lives! This special area has been organized in partnership with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. Additionally, the show has created openings for Emerging Artists. These limited spaces are reserved for artists just learning how to apply to and become part of a large scale art event.

The festival will continue to host “fine art” in beautiful Hackley Park, while handmade crafts will be displayed on beautiful Western Avenue and 4th Street. Artists travel from as far away as Texas and California to participate in the destination event which has been named one of the “Best Small Town Art Shows in America” according to

The Lakeshore Art Festival includes street performers, a children’s area, music and food. Additional NEW 2017 festival features will be announced at a later date. For more information go to

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12 retailers to rent new Downtown Muskegon chalets this summer

MUSKEGON, MI – Twelve mini buildings are under construction in downtown Muskegon, and will host a mix of food, clothing, decor and gift shops.

Several structures are up, and siding is starting to go on the mini retail buildings – chalets – on West Western Avenue. Businesses will open in May.


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March 2017 E-news

March 2017 E-news

Holly Hughes named Representative of the Year by lodging, tourism group

LANSING, MI — Michigan Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, was recently named the 2017 Representative of the Year by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association.

Hughes received the award at the 2017 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association represents hundreds of tourism-based groups.

She said in a statement she was honored to be recognized and will continue to work and help create a vibrant lodging and tourism industry in Michigan.


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Xorbee is dedicated to creating the best foam-filled furniture on the market and helping the environment. They use 100% virgin recycled foam and do all of their manufacturing in Muskegon. Xorbee also has a strong relationship with youth groups and the Christian leadership community and has been featured at several youth leadership conferences throughout the United States.

HighPoint Flats apartment construction very close, developer says

MUSKEGON, MI – The developer of the downtown HighPoint Flats project said he’s very hopeful it will finally get off the ground, and that construction could begin in as early as a month.

The fourth amendment to a development agreement with Jon Rooks’ Parkland Muskegon LLC will go to the Muskegon City Commission on Tuesday. Rooks plans 47 market-rate apartments and commercial space in the eight-story fading white high-rise at Western Avenue and First Street.

“It’s the closest we’ve been since I’ve been here,” said Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson. The agreement was originally signed nearly 10 years ago.

Construction on renovations at the 100-year-old bank building could begin as early as late April, Rooks said.


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Rock walls, zip lines part of Muskegon complex $2.7M all-seasons plan

LAKETON TOWNSHIP, MI – Cross out “Winter” and replace it with “All-Seasons” — the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is making a push for year-round outdoor fun.

Although an official name change hasn’t been made, the winter sports complex is branching out into spring, summer and fall.

The initiative has been named “Many Reasons for All Seasons.”

Wheeled luge and archery are currently offered during summer. This plan adds a whole lot more, and will cost about $2.7 million.

The initiative includes a dual mega zip line, canopy trail tour, multi-use pavilion, rock walls, a biathlon trail and archery range, sports and fitness trail, expanded lodge and parking, accessibility improvements, and more maintenance and storage facilities.


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March 2017 E-news

March 2017 E-news

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians & Dirk Stone Real Estate Groundbreaking Ceremony


  • The groundbreaking ceremony is in celebration of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ Odeno (Place of Many Hearts) Development. The event will feature several speakers and a drum ceremony.
  • The project will include the construction of 300 housing units on the property on Sheridan Drive just south of Mt. Garfield Fruitport Township
  • The tribe purchased the property from Fruitport Community Schools.
  • The new residential community will include everything from small starter homes for young couples or retirees to energy efficient houses for families, open spaces and walking paths.


  • Larry Romanelli – Tribal Ogema, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Heidi Tice – Fruitport Township Supervisor
  • Bob Syzmoniak – Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25th

WHERE:  The property is located just south of the corner of Mt. Garfield and South Sheridan in Fruitport Township.

5 new things to know about redevelopment of Sappi into Windward Pointe

MUSKEGON, MI – Owners of the former Sappi paper mill property are counting on an enormous increase in the lakefront property’s value to help pay for cleanup and redevelopment of the former industrial property.

Pure Muskegon LLC, which bought the sprawling, prime Muskegon Lake-front property last summer, hopes to get some of its costs reimbursed by nearly $45 million in new property taxes generated by improvements to the property.

The property owner submitted a plan to the city on how it plans to use Brownfield Tax Increment Financing to prepare the property for a large mixed-use development comprised of commercial, residential and recreational uses.


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Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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