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  • Preview of 2 ArtPrize artists

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s installation week for ArtPrize, meaning this is the week that artists come to Grand Rapids and set up their pieces. I caught up with two of these artists in downtown Grand Rapids. Dave Mackenzie is a second-year ArtPrize artist.  His piece is called “The Living Wall.”  Mackenzie grew more than 60 different plants to create the massive wall of plants outside the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.  Mackenzie also designs and grows walls for homes […]

  • Allegan County Fair makes changes due to last winter’s snowfall

    ALLEGAN, Mich. — Last winter’s polar vortex affected us all in one way or another.  The Allegan County Fairgrounds had to make some last minute changes when the snow melted away. The heavy snow on the roofs of the livestock barns caused a few to collapse.  When the fairgrounds opened this spring and officials realized what had happened, they had to think fast.  Fair manager Saree Miller chose to scrap the barns for this year and replace them with large […]

  • The Highland Games come to Muskegons Irish Music Festival

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jerry Bowersox is the president of the Michigan Highlanders; a group that meets and recreates games played in Scotland and Ireland many years ago. The Irish Music Festival in Muskegon is held September 12th, 13th, and 14th the Highland Games will be held Saturday the 13th.  The games consist of a hammer throw and a log toss.  I learned both these events yesterday.  After learning what goes into the games I must say this will be a […]

  • Florida Georgia Line fans get rowdy

    ALLEGAN, Mich. — Florida Georgia Line played a muddy show at the Allegan County Fair Wednesday evening.  A day of rain didn’t stop the band from performing or the fans from waiting in line. Three o clock the line was already formed hours before the show was set to begin.  The fair staff was quickly cleaning up the field for the audience which was now covered in mud after the rain that hit West Michigan. I talked to three young […]

  • Holland hosts a celebration of local food

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Coppercraft Distillery in Holland knows the importance of our West Michigan farmers.  They decided to team up with Local First to bring the first annual, Gather: A Celebration of Local Food. Farmers, chefs, and bartenders all met at Coppercraft Distillery to share some delicious Michigan grown food and cocktail pairings.  All food was grown in Michigan, including the liquor used in the cocktails. The event’s goal was to bring awareness too the farmers who are here in […]

  • Sisters team up with Grand Rapids Griffins for ArtPrize entry

    WALKER, Mich. — Nicole and Mary Coman knew they wanted to make creative masks for this year’s Art Prize but had no idea the Grand Rapids Griffins would want to team up. The ladies use clay to make hockey masks that will be displayed outside of Van Andel Arena.  The public has the opportunity to walk up to the masks which will be displayed on tall posts and take a selfie with them.  The Griffins sent over jerseys, hockey sticks, […]

  • Retirement community offers classes on social media

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Clark Retirement home knows the importance of keeping it’s residents up to date on technology.  With social media on the rise they decided now was the time to teach their residents the ins and outs of facebook, twitter, skype and other forms of social media. Who better to teach social media then young college students who use social media regularly.  Aquinas College has volunteers to go to Clark and teach these classes.  The hope is for […]

  • Carrie The Musical comes to Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What was at one time known as the biggest Broadway flop has since been revived.  “Carrie The Musical” got a makeover in 2012 and since has been hitting the stage around the U.S. Local director Rob Karel has been a fan of the Stephen King classic Carrie for years.  When the rights to the show came available, he jumped on the opportunity to bring the musical thriller to Grand Rapids.  The show opens tonight with a […]

  • Corn mazes open around West Michigan

    FENNVILLE, Mich. — In Fennville there’s an apple orchard that has been around for generations.  Crane Orchards has remained in the Crane family since the 1880’s.  Robert Crane was one of the first orchards around West Michigan to create an elaborate corn maze for families to enjoy. In 2000 Robert Crane had the idea to open his own corn maze at his family run apple orchard.  Each year the Cranes design a different layout with different themes for that years […]