Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/14/15-09/20/2015

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

09/14/2015 – Listening Room with Matthew Ball

Hackley Public Library is pleased to announce the opening performance in this season’s monthly concert series, September 14 at 6:00pm. This month features Matthew Ball, Boogie-Woogie Pianist. The Holland Sentinel says, “Matthew Ball is one of Michigan’s premier blues & boogie-woogie pianists!” With a performance history spanning jazz fests to symphony appearances throughout the Mid-west and Canada, as well as recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” Matthew has been described as a “rising giant in the field.”  For more information check out his website at

09/14/2015 – 09/28/15 Autumn Lighthouse Tours

Mondays in September from 11:00am-3:00pm, and Saturdays in September from 4:00-7:00pm, you can tour the South Pier Lighthead at Pere Marquette Beach!  Tour the light and see the shoreline color change from this 48 ft. tower.  Admission is $2-$4.  Children must be 3 ft. tall to climb the tower.  For more information, call 844-654-4487.  To become a Lighthouse Keeper, e-mail

09/15/2015 – Torch Run

Join the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of Michigan as they make their stop in Muskegon and participate in the Muskegon Community Run September 15. There will be a timed 5K as well as an untimed 1 mile fun run/walk. Start and finish will be at Fricano’s Event Center at 1050 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Start time will be 6:00pm. Join them to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics –Michigan.

09/16/2015 – Lake Hawks Charity Golf Outing

Wednesday, September 16, come to Stonegate Golf Club for a charity golf outing to benefit the West Michigan Lake Hawks basketball team!  This Four Person Scramble features 18 holes with two carts per foursome, a $25,000 Hole-in-One and other contests, silent auction, 50/50 raffle along with heavy hors d’0euvres, cash bar and more.  Spouses and the general public are welcome.  Registration begins at 11:00am with a shotgun start at 12:00pm and the cost is $100 per golfer or $375 per foursome.  For more information, call Alishia at 616-638-1783 or e-mail

09/17/2015 – 09/20/15 Michigan Irish Music Festival

The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 17-20!  Back for the 16th year, this festival features music on four covered stages.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout, Irish Cream, and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace, children’s activities, a cultural center, a session tent and tea room. A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS, an Irish dance competition held at Muskegon Catholic Central. Sunday morning, a Catholic Mass will be held at 9:00am, followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information, visit


We Banjo 3
Seamus Kennedy
Moxie Strings
Kennedy’s Kitchen

09/17/2015 – MCC 2015 Founders Day

Celebrate the 1926 founding of Muskegon Community College with an evening of outstanding live jazz, swell snacks, silent auction, cash bar, flappers, and other nostalgic fun!  Founder’s Day, commemorated annually on the third Thursday in September, celebrates the faculty, alumni, and community members who contributed to MCC’s 89 years of success.  Please plan to join them from 6:00-8:30pm at Fricano Place (1050 W. Western, Muskegon MI 49441) on Thursday, September 17, 2015.  Tickets are only $19.26 until Sept. 10 and $25 at the door. All event profits will be used for instructional equipment, supplies, and scholarships at MCC. For more information, call Tina at 231-777-0660. 

09/18/2015 – Mommy & Me at the Museum Center

Bring your children 4 yrs. and younger to the Lakeshore Museum Center Friday, September 18 at 10:00am for “Mommy & Me at the Museum.”  This free program is a hands-on museum introduction and scavenger hunt.  Registration is required by calling 231-722-0278.

09/18/2015 – 10/03/15 Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson

Beardsley Theater
Sept. 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, and Oct. 1, 2, and 3, 2015
Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances 7:30pm
Sunday performances 3:00pm

Season Tickets on Sale Now through the MCT office 231-722-3852 or

Single Tickets go on Sale September 8, 2015

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

09/19/2015 – Music and Mime with Patchwork Pear

The mime and music duo “Patchwork Pear” presents free family entertainment at 7:00pm, Saturday, September 19 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church.  Their mix of comedy, juggling and acrobatics will delight all ages.  The show is part of 30 Days of Peace, a community-wide event held each September to celebrate justice, equality and non-violence.

The stars of Patchwork Pear are Mat and Deb Emerick.  Based in Fremont, they perform frequently in schools, libraries, churches and special events.  Mat’s gift of comedy, mimicry and silent acting recalls the work of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  Deb plays clawhammer banjo and guitar, accompanying Mat’s dramatics with storytelling and song.  Surprises abound in their shows with plenty of clowning, stunts and audience participation.  No tickets or reservations are required to attend the Patchwork Pair show.  For more information contact St. Gregory’s Church at 231-780-2955.

09/19/2015 – SJO Supercross Event

Saturday, September 19, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross event at 7:00pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 youth 11 and under.  For more information visit

Ongoing Events:

Collector’s Corner: Beatles Memorabilia

Beatles Memorabilia is the topic of the display in the Collectors Corner at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Featured are album covers from The Fab Four, fan club cards, a collectible plate, a Beatles themed Trivial Pursuit Game, beach towel and more.  Figures of the four musicians and a yellow submarine are also included in William Stidham Sr.’s collection.   The museum is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from Noon to 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Armchair Archeology

“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.

Colossal Avian Avatars

The Muskegon Museum of Art announces that Avian Avatars, an art installation of five colossal sculptures, each symbolizing a mythical bird, designed by The Myth Makers, artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, has arrived in downtown Muskegon! The sculptures are crafted from maple saplings, wire ties, and found objects, and stand from 18 to 26 feet tall.

Each bird in the installation represents a unique myth. Avian Avatars is meant to indicate transformation, encouraging the public to heed to the stories about current human impact on the changing natural world.  The sculptures are also intentionally made not to be permanent. Typically, per the artists, they last four to five years in any installation.

Rootdown Yoga

Rootdown Juice & Greens Bar offers high-energy, heated and music filled Power Vinyasa (flow) Yoga classes every day of the week.  This style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability or experience.  For class times and descriptions, please visit

Myth and Reality: Drawings by Patricia Hendricks Constantine

As part of Ahfest, come to Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery for Myth and Reality: Drawings by Patricia Hendricks Constantine” through October 30.  This solo show featuresg recent works on the ahFest theme by Kendall College of Art and Design Professor.  There’ll be a free public reception Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 – 7:30pm, followed by an Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30pm.  For more information, call 231-777-0344.

Reading by Any Means Necessary

You’re invited to the James Jackson Museum of African American History for the “Reading…by any means necessary” program, every Monday through Saturday from 2:00-5:30pm.  The museum is located at 7 E. Center St. in Muskegon Heights.  Call 231-739-9500 for more information.

Drive-In Movie

Muskegon’s historic Getty Drive-In was once a one screen in 1948, Today you can visit four screens. Tuesday night is bargain night for just $6.00 adults, 6-12 years old $5.00 and under 5 years are FREE. They have concessions and play area for children. Shows begin 15 minutes after sunset. They are located at 920 E. Summit in Muskegon.

DOORWAYS: A Passage through the Permanent Collection

As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, “DOORWAYS: A Passage through the Permanent Collection” is on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 11.  Building exhibitions around works from the permanent collection is a high priority. These study shows are often organized thematically and developed to expand our knowledge and appreciation of artworks in the MMA’s ever-expanding quality holdings. Through a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs, Doorways addresses, even challenges, our preconceived notions of doors as common thresholds we cross into our homes and workplaces. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

CHALLENGING TRADITION: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection

As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 25 for “CHALLENGING TRADITION: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection”.  This exhibit showcases some of the best contemporary craft works in collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, including works in fiber, metal, and stone. These artists, as well as many others represented in the show, speak both to the enduring legacies of craft and the continuing innovation and creativity of today’s artists.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

EXTREME FIBER: Textile Icons and the New Edge

“Extreme Fiber: Textile Icons and the New Edge” examines the state of fibers and textiles in the fine art world today. As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, the artworks on display will reveal the diversity of this fine craft movement, and its transformation into a multi-media and discipline-spanning phenomenon through November 1. Participating artists are well-known visionaries in the field.

Joining the works of these masters will be a group of artworks selected from juried submissions received from artists around the world. Works from new and established artists will thus be seen alongside the contemporary art of the artists that helped to define the movement. The exhibition will include tapestries, quilts, weavings, sculpture, basketry, and a host of other forms, from the functional to the fully-abstracted.

This exhibition has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art with guest curator Geary Jones. Underwritten by Bayer CropScience.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

The Art of Gettsyburg and the Civil War

As part of Muskegon Community College’s Ahfest, works of art from the Permanent Collection related to the Civil War, including a significant collection of prints by Winslow Homer will be on display at the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 25. A series of six lectures presented by Muskegon Community College instructors at the Muskegon Museum of Art and tour to Gettysburg complete this journey through art and history.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Farmer’s Market

Enjoy their bustling market opening their outdoor season on Saturday, May 2! Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Power of Produce will start up again Saturday June 6 – October 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with activities 10:00 – Noon on Saturdays only. This is a membership club for kids, ages 5 – 12 yrs. They learn about healthy eating and can purchase their own fresh produce.

Muskegon Heights Farmer’s Market

The Muskegon Heights Farmer’s Market offers a variety of produce along with being a flea market. The market is open from 9:00am -1:00pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The market is lcoated on the corner of Baker and East Center Streets.

Inspired By…

Artists are always being inspired by what has come before, but rarely do we ever honor the exact source of our inspiration. September 1-20, the Arts Council of White Lake is excited to introduce a unique exhibit that aims to do just this. Inspired By showcases ten local artists who were each asked for a creation that is inspired by and reflects on a ‘masterpiece’. Come relive art history through the eyes of each artist, while experiencing their unique voice and style September 1-20.  Come celebrate this exclusive collection and enjoy light refreshments at a reception to be held on September 10, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Nuveen Center. All ages are welcome to attend.  For more information, call 231-893-2524.

Artists are always being inspired by what has come before, but rarely do we ever honor the exact source of our inspiration. The Arts Council of White Lake is excited to introduce a unique exhibit that aims to do just this. Inspired By showcases ten local artists who were each asked for a creation that is inspired by and reflects on a ‘masterpiece’. Come relive art history through the eyes of each artist, while experiencing their unique voice and style.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun

With rapidly improving telescope technology, hundreds of planets have been found orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Are any of these exoplanets like Earth? Can they support life? How will this change our view of the universe? These questions will be explored in a NEW planetarium program at Muskegon Community College (room 135, 221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon). No reservations are needed for this free show, which runs August 25 – October 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (doors open by 6:45), and includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky. For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, please call (231) 777-0289 or email

Lunch at Mona Lake Boating Club

Mona Lake Boating Club is open to the public for great food! 

Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm – Burgers and more for $6 or less, featuring hand-made burgers fresh from the Meat Block.  Also enjoy weekly soup, sandwich and salad specials.

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm – Steak Fry at the Point.  Choose from chicken ($8), steak from Meat Block ($10), includes salad, baked potato and garlic bread.  Call in and reserve your meal by 2:00pm each Wednesday at 231-798-4011.

Friday 11:30am-1:00pm – Perch, shrimp and more for $7 or less, along with weekly soup, sandwich and salad specials.

Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm – Variety dinner.  Enjoy the weekly special, plus steak, chicken, perch, shrimp and more! 

Check them out on Facebook for more information.

Taco Saturday at Mona Lake Boating Club

The public is invited to the Mona Lake Boating Club every Saturday September 5 – May 28 from 11:30am-2:00pm for their famous homemade tacos, taco salads and nachos!  Call 231-798-4011 for more information.