Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/05/17 – 09/11/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Full Moon Float
September 8 @ 12:00 am
At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market: Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 8 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a “Farm to Table” dinner!  Their first dinner sold-out, so be sure to order your tickets early!  Julie Balgooyen will be the chef of the day and her menu will include:

• Cheese Board from the Cheese Lady, Smoked White Fish from the Fish Monger’s Wife, Bacon Cheddar deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and cold melon soup
• Salad – Tomato & Mozerella drizzled with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette and sprinkled with Pine Nuts Entre
• Honey Chicken Kabobs, Harvest Rice Stuffed Squash, Pineapple Garnish, Grilled Garlic Bread Dessert
• Won Ton Tower with Raspberry Sauce

All ingredients will be purchased from the market.  This will also be a ZERO waste event and all items will be recycled or composted.  A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a short program at 6:45pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:00pm.  You’ll also enjoy jazz music by Steve Talaga and a silent auction!

This is general admission seating.  For reservations or more information, please call Ann at 231-724-6705.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday September 9 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Raffles start at 2:30pm.  The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public!  For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char
September 9 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char!”  Healthy eating is easier and tastier when a Himalayan Salt Block is involved in the cooking.  Learn to sear, cook, pickle and serve dynamic meals on these salty stones.  Learn the basics for use, care and cleaning of a salt block plus members of this class will experiment with cooking a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean meats on the block for easy, healthy and delicious meals.  Tasting in class and there are usually left overs to take home for another meal too.  This class is for older teens and adults. The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 9 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on August 26.  There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, and a parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Beginner’s Chainmaille
September 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 9 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, learn the medieval art of chainmaille.  Each student will receive the basic tools and materials required to create one bracelet in the Celtic chainmaille style.

Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. The cost is $25 or $22 for MCA members.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, visit

Retro Expo
September 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-3251.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.

Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon
September 10 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon!”  A good stock is the key to great soup, sauce or a braised dish.  A sauce is thickened liquid used to flavor and enhance other foods.  Students will participate in the following: preparing a variety of stocks, recognize and classify sauces, using a thickening agent properly and preparing a variety of classic and modern sauces.  The cost is $35 and the class size is limited to 15.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.

Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.