Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/20/15-01/27/15

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

01/20/2015 – 01/27/15 January Series
Throughout the month of January, Muskegon County will be treated to a series of lectures via webcast within the Beardsley Theater of the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts.

The lectures are part of Calvin College’s annual January Series, which runs throughout the month in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Calvin campus in Grand Rapids. The Beardsley Theater is one of at least 40 remote locations the lectures are being simulcast at in the United States, Canada and Lithuania.

Each of the speakers go on at 12:30pm at Calvin College and will be broadcasted live to locations including the Beardsley Theater as it’s happening. Topics of the January Series include technology, media, religion, foreign affairs, diplomacy and topics of sociology, among others.

Jan. 20: Dr. David Katz, “The Rational Un-fattening of America’s Families.”
Jan. 21: Elizabeth Dias, “Covering TIME.”
Jan. 22: Adm. James Stavridis, “A Navy Admiral’s Thoughts on Global Security.”
Jan. 23: Larry Louters, “Demonstrating the Wonders of Chemistry: Discovering God’s Majesty in the Minuscule.”
Jan. 26: Paul Marshall, “Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians.”
Jan. 27: Jerry Sittser, “Adversity and Spiritual Formation.”

For more information on attending the free simulcast of the January Series at the Beardsley Theater in Muskegon, contact the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts at 231-722-2890 or online at Frauenthal.

01/22/2015 – Brown Bag Film: Forbidden Planet
Thursday, January 22 at 12:15pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Brown Bag Film: Forbidden Planet!  A pulp-fiction sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet stars Leslie Nielsen as a heroic starship captain who finds the paradise planet Altair-IV, which is inhabited by Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), and his daughter, the sole survivors of an earlier expedition. Free film admission. This fun film is screened to complement the MMA’s Japanese Warriors toy robot exhibition!  Call 231-720-2570 for more information.

01/22/2015 – Art Talk Writing Salon
‎Thursday, January 22 from 5:30-8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an Art Talk Writing Salon!  The Art Talk Poetry Competition will kick off with a Writing Salon on January 22. The artwork selection will be revealed at the event and writers are encouraged to attend, enjoy light refreshments, and begin writing! Admission to this event is free.  Art Talk is sponsored by the Muskegon Writers’ Center and the Poetry Society of Michigan.

Artwork: Maria Tomasula,

Please Don’t Go, 2010, oil on panel. Purchased in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art, through the Shaw and Betty Walker Foundation Fund.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.

01/22/2015 – Checkers Morton
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm for live music from Checkers Morton.  The cover charge is $5.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

01/22/2015 – 01/24 Muskegon Civic Theatre Presents: ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’
Muskegon Civic Theatre presents “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” in the Black Box venue on the Frauenthal Stage.  There’ll be 6 Performances over 2 weekends; January 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24. Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday Matinees are at 3:00pm. A touching comedy with music and dance, this play also addresses serious issues of ageism and intolerance. Tickets are available through StarTickets at 800-585-3737 or the Frauenthal Box Office at 231-727-8001.

01/23/2015 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
‎Come to the L.C. Walker Arena Friday, January 23 at 7:15pm as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Fargo Force.

01/23/2015 – Alley Door: Deni Hunter and the House Rockers
The Alley Door Club is located on the 3rd floor of the Hilt Building in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 6 PM. Deni Hunter and the House Rockers will play 7 PM – 10 PM Cash bar available. Valid I.D. required. Tickets $7 in advance at the Frauenthal Box Office. 4-top $55.00* price includes 4 admission tickets 8-top $80.00* price includes 8 admission tickets Monday – Friday 11 AM – 5:30 PM. For more information call 231-727-8001 Tickets also available at the (door) from the Frauenthal Box Office.

01/23/2015 – Legal Rehab
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop Friday, January 23 at 7:00pm for live music from Legal Rehab.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

01/24/2015 – 01/25/15 White River Steelheaders Perch Fest
‎The White River Steelheaders present the White River Steelheaders Perch Festival January 24-25 headquartered at the White Lake VFW, located at 9370 Walsh Rd. in Montague. There will be an ice fishing tournament, chili cook off and more. For more information call Mike at 231-759-4527 or visit . This event is located at White Lake VFW, 9370 Walsh Rd. in Montague.

01/24/2015 – Party in Your Parka
‎January 24, The Watermark and The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Present: “Party in Your Parka”!  Enjoy great Michigan food, brews, winter sports and live music as the MWSC celebrates their 30th anniversary!  This is an all ages, day-long family-fun event. Bundle up the kids and come out to celebrate all that the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex has to offer and the great outdoors. In addition to all the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offers, several kid and family activities are planned throughout the day.  This is a FREE event, however; if you choose to participate in some of the winter activities available at the Winter Sports Complex, there are costs associated with attending the party. The Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex, Muskegon State Park’s pricing list regarding trail fees, equipment rental, and luge lessons and that pricing may be found here: are available for purchase throughout the day.

*NOTE – Because the Winter Sports Complex is nestled in the State Park – You will also need a Michigan State Park pass to park for free. If you do not have a sticker, one may be purchased the day of the event at the complex for $11 and it is good all year for every state park in Michigan!

10am – Complex Grounds/Activities Open – WSC will be open all day for luging, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and sledding – please enjoy these activities all day and at your leisure
11am – 4pm – Made in Michigan vendor art fair/tent
11am – 4pm – Kids activities in the Made in Michigan art tent
Noon – 5pm – Live music with Christopher Cordle, RJ Nordlund and Jason Bryant inside the heated Made in Michigan art tent.
1pm – World Snurfing Classic
3pm – 4pm Snurfer Awards
6pm – Lounge Area Opens at Luge Lounge with a Dance Party featuring DJ Jef Leppard and hosted by Watermark Live. Concessions and live entertainment – see below.

Help us toast the Winter Sports Complex and celebrate Michigan in the winter – our Luge Lounge area features a beverage area showcasing Michigan beer and wine from around the state as well as local craft favorites. Beer and wine will also be available throughout the day as well inside the Made in Mitten art tent.

7pm – 11pm All Ages – Free – Luge Lounge Live Entertainment and dance party featuring DJ Jef Leppard and hosted by: Watermark Live

For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE!

01/24/2015 – Cinderella’s Ball
Saturday, January 24 at 2:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for HPL’s rendition of Cinderella’s ball with you as a guest.  Cinderella will lead guests through songs, dance and fun games.  Come dressed as your favorite princess/prince or character of your choice to enjoy the festivities.  Guests will make a “royal craft” and enjoy a “royal treat”.  Ages 2 – 12 are welcome!  Call 231-722-7276 for more information.

01/24/2015 – West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball
‎The West Michigan Lake Hawks will be playing at home against the Oakland County Cowboys, Saturday, January 24 at 6:00pm at Muskegon Heights Academy!  Tickets are $8 per person, or ask about special family pricing.

01/24/2015 – The Smiths
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop Saturday, January 24 at 7:00pm for live music from The Smiths.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

01/24/2015 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena Saturday, January 24 at 7:15pm as the Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Fargo Force.

01/24/2015 – Rusty Spoke Grand Opening Party
‎You’re invited to the grand opening party of The Rusty Spoke Saturday, January 24 at 9:00pm, featuring AC/DC tribute band Let There Be Rock!  Admission is $4 and includes food and drink specials like 99 cent tacos.  To find out more, check them out on Facebook.

01/25/2015 – West Michigan Lake Hawks Basketball
The West Michigan Lake Hawks will be playing at home against the Chicago Fury, Sunday, January 25 at 5:00pm at Muskegon Heights Academy!  Tickets are $8 per person, or ask about special family pricing.

01/27/2015 – Pedal 4 Pints
Pedal 4 Pints is a fun collaboration between City Hub Cyclery, Pigeon Hill Brewing & Unruly Brewing as a way to be active (pedal on a stationary bike) and earn points for prizes (maybe even a pint). Wear your comfy clothes and check it out Tuesday, January 27 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Unruly Brewing, located at 360 W. Western Ave.

Ongoing Events:

Japanese Warriors Robots Exhibit
The Muskegon Museum of Art showcases selected robots from Schwartz’s collection of over 2,000 pieces produced from 1972-1982, during the peak of these action figures’ popularity. This show will thrill audiences of all ages!

The Essential Elijah Pierce Exhibit
The Muskegon Museum of Art is pleased to present The Essential Elijah Pierce, an exhibition of more than 40 woodcarvings by barber, carver, and lay preacher Elijah Pierce! “Your life is a book and every day is a page,” Pierce believed. This is an exhibit you don’t want to miss!

Collector’s Corner: Hat Pins
The Collector’s Corner exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center features the Hat Pin collection of Martha Giacobassi. Hatpins, the decorative yet functional objects that held women’s hats in place, have been popular since the 1800s. Styles range from plain and utilitarian to highly decorative and ornate. Hatpins grew in length as women’s hat styles grew in size, which meant that some hatpins were well over a foot in length. After injuries and attacks with hat pins began to receive news coverage in the 1910s, laws and ordinances were passed in many states limiting the length of hatpins and requiring that they have covered tips.  The collection features 263 hatpins as well as hat pin holders, photos, and hats. Her collection will be on display through early March in 2015.

Armchair Archeology: From Hobby to History
“Armchair Archaeology: From Hobby to History” is on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  The exhibit explores early archaeology practices and philosophies that would be considered controversial today and showcases the local men who did it right.  The exhibit features ten Muskegon residents from the late 1800s to early 1940s who were working in the area to learn about who and what was living here before them.  Artifacts on display from the local digs include pottery shards, arrowheads, projectile points, and tools.  Visitors will have an opportunity to take a seat and spend some time reading books and journal articles written by and about the men featured in the exhibit.

Change of Seasons Juried Art Show
“Change of Seasons” is hosted by the White River Gallery and Nuveen Community Center for the Arts.  Local artists of all ages compete for cash prizes in this annual juried art show.  Entries are due by February 13.  Get all the details by visiting the website below or call 231-893-2524.

Exhibition of 3-D Prints
‎An exhibition of 3-D prints and other digital work entitled “Nagas” by Saritdikhun Somasa opens in Overbrook Art Gallery on January 20, 2015 and will run through February 27. The exhibit is linked to the annual MCC Global Awareness Festival, which this year focuses on the Pacific Rim region. A special reception for the artist will be held in the Overbrook Lobby on Monday, February 9, from 6:30-8:00pm, with Somasa’s lecture in the Stevenson Center Room 1100 beginning at 7:00pm. Somasa, a 2-D and 3-D computer graphic artist, was born in Thailand and grew up in a Buddhist environment. For the past 10 years, he has been teaching Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  For more information on the exhibit, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

US Army Nurse Corps Exhibit
‎Through February 22, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for the exhibit Women in the Military:  WWII Nurses, explaining the training and military services of Muskegon Nurses during WWII.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

‘Dynamic Earth’ Planetarium Viewing
Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine” is a NEW, 30-minute planetarium program that will have you riding on swirling ocean currents, diving into the heart of a hurricane, and flying into fiery volcanoes. FREE shows are Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m., January 13-April 2 (closed March 3 & 5 for semester break), at Muskegon Community College (221 S. Quarterline Rd., Room 135). For more information, or to schedule a private show, please call (231) 777-0289, or email

Branching Out: Michigan Woodworkers
‎December 11, 2014 through February 8, 2015, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Branching Out: Michigan Woodworkers”.  Branching Out features the art of Michigan artists who work in wood. Sculpture, fine furniture, and craft objects will be on display, highlighting the range of techniques and forms these artists are incorporating to create their pieces.  Branching Out is part of the MMA’s ongoing Made in Michigan Artist Series, a commitment to supporting and exhibiting the work of Michigan artists.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition
‎January 22-March 26, you’re invited to be part of the Art Talk: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition of the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Ekphrasis: The graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art

All adult/college writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

  • The 10 artworks may be viewed on-line at or at the MMA on January 22.  Competition guidelines and entry forms will also be available for download or to pick up in the gift store on January 22.
  • Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets.
  • Competition entries will be accepted through March 26. The awards ceremony and award winners reading will take place April 23.

Call 231-720-2570 for more information.

Muskegon Recreational Club Fish Fry
‎It’s Muskegon Recreation Club’s Fish Fry Time again!  Every other Friday from September 19 – through Good Friday, April 3, you’re invited to take part in their popular fish dinner.  Take out is from 5:00pm – 7:30pm.  Dine in from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The cost is $9 for 1 lb. of lake perch, your choice of potato, coleslaw and bread.  Onion rings are available for $3.00.  The club is located at 1763 Lakeshore Dr.  For more information, visit

Muskegon Farmers Market
Shop for your fresh, local products during the winter months inside at the Muskegon Farmers Market from 9:00am-2:00pm each Saturday in their warm, cozy barn at 242 W. Western Ave., downtown Muskegon.