Monthly Archives: June 2023

Muskegon Yacht Club’s Finish Party for Queen’s Cup Regatta

Muskegon Yacht Club Hosts ‘Reach to the Beach’ Finish Party for 84th Annual Queen’s Cup Regatta

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Yacht Club is pleased to announce the finish of the 84th Annual Queen’s Cup Regatta, on July 1, 2023, in Muskegon, Michigan. 

The race will begin on June 30 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with over 100 sailing yachts competing in the 69 nautical mile race across Lake Michigan and finishing in front of the pierheads at the mouth of the channel to Muskegon Lake. 

This year’s finish celebration, dubbed “Reach to The Beach” will be held on July 1, 2023, hosted by the Muskegon Yacht Club.  The event is open to the public and will include live music, games, with special beverages and food available for purchase. A schedule of activities can be found at Finish event sponsors include Pigeon Hill Brewing, Revel, McKenzie Price Insurance, Stewart Engineering and Sales Co., Torresen Marine, Inc., Sail Place Inc., Brickley DeLong, Certified Public Accountants, Choice One Bank, and Christine Mattson, Realtor.

The Queen’s Cup is one of the oldest trophies in yachting history. The trophy itself dates to the mid-1800s when it was crafted in St. Martins, England. American shipyards at the time were building very fast sailing vessels called clipper ships.  They were extreme designs built to outperform the new ships powered by steam. The trophy was won by the American clipper Silvie and brought to the New York Yacht Club in 1853. In 1938; it found its way to the South Shore Yacht Club, was eventually deeded to the club, and dedicated to an annual race across Lake Michigan. 

The Muskegon Yacht Club (MYC) was founded in 1934 and is located on the South Shore of Muskegon Lake, one mile from the channel to Lake Michigan. MYC has a long history of yacht racing on the Great Lakes, as well as promoting sailing and power boating in the local community. For more information on the Muskegon Yacht Club, please visit us at

Event Highlights for Lakeshore Art Festival June 24 and 25


Muskegon, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival will take place Saturday, June 24 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 25 from 9am-5pm. The nationally recognized event will feature a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Guests will experience over 250 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, artisan food market, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, and so much more!

Event highlights include:


Juried Fine Art: nearly 100 exhibitors in Hackley Park.
Craft & Artisan Food: 150 exhibitors on 4th St. and Western Ave.
Author’s Alley: 20 Michigan Authors at 4th St. and Clay Ave.
Food Vendors: 12 Food Vendors.
Children’s Lane: Many Interactive art and educational stations with free or low-cost activities.
Street Performers: Located in Hackley Park and at Olthoff Stage.
#LAFRocks Public Art Project: 6 local artists have created artistic masterpieces out of small boulders that will be displayed throughout the festival footprint. In addition, Muskegon Museum of Art will host a rock decorating booth in the roundabout for guests to express their creativity.

See the full line up and view this year’s Lakeshore Art Festival brochure here:

Thank you to our benefactor sponsors: DTE Energy Foundation, Muskegon Downtown Development Authority and iHeartMedia. Full sponsor list here.

More about the Lakeshore Art Festival:
The annual art festival brings thousands of guests, hundreds of fine art and craft exhibitors, a multitude of food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and interactive art to Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The festival ranks as one of the Top 200 in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine (multiple years running), has been recognized as People’s Choice Award: #1 Art Festival in West Michigan and as one of the Best Art Fairs in America by Since 2013, Lakeshore Art Festival has brought in over $9.3 million dollars to the Muskegon lakeshore area and supported a number of local non-profits. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer or local business partner, please contact Bre McCarthy at or visit


Muskegon – On June 27th, 2023, Every Woman’s Place will host an auction cruise on the Aquastar Cruise Line to help strengthen survivors’ healing journey. The event is an opportunity for the community to come together and show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The evening will feature packages from local wineries and survivor art, live jazz, dancing, food & drinks, and sunset views from Lake Michigan. Tickets can be purchased through June 20th at; click Events, then select “Strengthen.”

About Every Woman’s Place

The mission of EWP is to strengthen lives in the community by providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. For over 40 years, EWP has been a place of hope, safety, and healing.

EWP provides support to survivors of domestic violence every single day of the year through our 24-hour crisis hotline, residential crisis center, non-residential and walk-in services, advocacy programs, and counseling services. We recognize that survivors are at various stages in their healing process. Our advocates are trained to walk alongside and help forge a path that extends from victimization to restoration and healing. We invite the community to learn more about our mission and services.

Grand Explorers’ Trail Race on June 24

1st Annual Grand Explorers’ Trail Race

June 24, 8:00 a.m.
Grand River Park to Grand Ravines Park
10K • 5K • 1 Mile Kids Run/Walk/Craft

👟>> General Race Info & Registration <<👟


Run through two beautiful Ottawa County Parks in one race! #2Parks1Race

What can we say? This trail race is Grand: Grand River, Grand Ravines, Grand bridges, and Grand views!

The course starts at Grand River County Park winding you through a natural surface trail until you hit the newly completed Idema Explorers Trail segment that leads you along the Grand River to Grand Ravines County Park. As you enter Grand Ravines, you will see an old, covered bridge and go up an incline to a spectacular view of the river. If you’re lucky, you might even see the resident bald eagles out fishing.

If you are running (or walking!) the 5K, you will turn around at this point. If you are running the 10K, you will continue to wind yourself through Grand Ravines Park, around the dog park, through the meadow, across the Idema suspension bridge, and back through the woods to Grand River Park.

Sounds pretty grand, doesn’t it?

Swing by the Grand River Park Lodge on Friday, June 23 from 4:00-7:00 pm to pick up your shirt/bib OR pick up your shirt/bib the morning of the event!

Why participate?
• Because your participation helps support our parks.
• Your participation will help bring awareness to parks and projects like the Grand River Greenway and the Idema Explorers Trail.
• Because parks are for everyone.
• Because parks, nature, and open spaces are essential for our mental and physical health.

Can’t participate the day of the race?
• If you want to support the parks but can’t come the day of the race, you can sign up to participate virtually! Virtual supporters will be guaranteed a shirt.

Find more details and race rules:
Get updates on Facebook

Trail Maps and Courses

• Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run/Walk – $16/person
• 5k Course – $35/person
• 10k Course – $38/person

Directions to the Park
Please be aware that the start/finish area is at Grand River County Park. Google Maps will give you the correct routing to get there. Do not go to Grand Ravines North or South! These parks are nearly adjacent to each other and are similarly-named, which does cause confusion at times.

Rep. Meerman to Host June Office Hours in Fruitport

State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) invites residents to attend his June office hours in Fruitport. He also recently held office hours in Coopersville and Ravenna.

Local office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet one-on-one with Rep. Meerman to discuss issues affecting the state, ask questions about state government, and request assistance with issues they are experiencing. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to attend.

June office hours will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at Fruitport Village Inn located at 340 N 3rd Ave in Fruitport.

Those unable to attend Rep. Meerman’s  office hours may contact his Lansing office to share concerns at (517) 373-0838 or

Public Comment Sought at Ottawa Co. Transportation Committee Meeting Tomorrow

Public Comment Sought at Transportation Committee Meeting on June 21, 2023
submitted by Joel Fitzpatrick, Transportation Planning Director, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

The Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is responsible for transportation planning in the area, is seeking public comment on the transportation planning process. The planning process includes the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the development of the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Fiscal Year 2023 – 2026 TIP, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program of Projects (POP), and other agenda items.

The TIP is developed in a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local officials and serves as the final link in the transportation planning process. Its primary purpose is to identify transportation programs and projects to be funded with federal aid in accordance with federal law and regulations. This plan is an outline of the transportation needs of Muskegon County and Northern Ottawa County for the next four years. The LRTP is a look at the MPO’s future transportation network and is to be used as a guideline for transportation investment. The FTA POP includes 5307 and 5308 funds for the Muskegon Area Transit System and Harbor Transit. Recommendations for new construction, safety improvements, congestion (traffic) management, air quality, non-motorized, transit, planning, etc. will be accepted.

A public comment period is scheduled at the MPO Policy Committee Meeting on June 21, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is being held at the office of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan. Meeting materials will be made available on the event calendar at and also on the meetings page at

Events Happening in Muskegon County – June 15-19, 2023

Please see the complete list of events happening in Muskegon on our website

Thursday, June 15

Urban Renewal Exhibit Opening
Muskegon History & Science Museum 430 W. Clay Ave.

Two Chicks with a Plan present Juneteenth “The Play”
Beardsley Theater 425 W. Western Ave. For tickets visit

Public Safety Youth Fishing Derby
Fisherman’s Landing Launch & Campground 501 E. Western Ave. Youth ages 8-12 years old are invited to attend the 30th Annual Youth Fishing Derby from 4p-6:30p. Sign-in begins at 3:30p. There is no charge to attend the Fishing Derby but prior registration is required. This event is limited to the first 200 youth who sign up. Contact or 231-724-6764

2023 Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan’s Teen Scholarship Program
Frauenthal Center
Preliminary competition is Thursday. Miss Michigan Teen Competition will be held Friday. The finals will be Saturday June 17. For ticket information see website:

Muskegon Flea Market
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon Museum of Art FREE Tours
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Compliments of the Meijer Foundation.

Muskegon Trivia Night
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Arrive early to nab a good seat

Trivia Night
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Pub One Eleven, 111 W. Colby, Whitehall. General knowledge trivia along with music, fun, great food and beverages. Prizes for the Top 3 teams!

Friday, June 16

West Michigan Juneteenth Celebration
Mona Lake Park 347 Lakeshore Blvd. Kids activities, games, food and live music from Big Daddy Fox

The Moxie Strings-Summer Festival Kickoff
Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears. The Billboard-chart topping instrumental duo farewell tour. Purchase tickets in advance $25. Day of show $30

Stuffie Sleepover Storytime
Hackley Public Library 316 W. Webster Ave. For ages 0-5. Bring your favorite stuffie!

Food & Fun Fridays
Norton Shores Library 705 Seminole Rd. For ages 12-18. Each week an activity & food!

2023 Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan’s Teen Scholarship Program
Frauenthal Center
Preliminary competition is Thursday. Miss Michigan Teen Competition will be held Friday. The finals will be Saturday June 17. For ticket information see website:

South Pierhead Light Tours
Pere Marquette Beach Guests must be 3’ tall to climb. $5 adults, $3 children

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Dr. Reservations at

Parties in the Park: Aintee-Kim & U’neek Soul + Muskegon Youth Black Professionals
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster. Free entry. Tickets for food and beverages

Live Music at the Deck with Bootstrap Boys!
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge

Saturday, June 17

Veteran’s Park Walk-A-Thon (new location)
Hackley Square across from Hackley Park. Walkers can choose between a .5 – 1 mile route. Please sign in at welcome table. All proceeds will benefit Veteran’s Memorial Park

Roaring 20s Tea Event
Hackley & Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Open House / Star Park
Muskegon Astronomical Society 702 N. Maple Island Rd. Free but donations are welcome

Muskegon Juneteenth 5K Fun Run / Walk
Heritage Landing 1050 Seventh St. Register at

Black Business Expo
VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center 460 W. Western Ave. Free & Open to everyone!

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake St. Whitehall. Vendors, live music, food & more!

Muskegon Township Parks and Recreation Vendor and Craft Sale
Softball World 878 S. Mill Iron Rd. Vendors of homemade and vendors. Free entrance

West Michigan Juneteenth Celebration
Mona Lake Park 347 Lakeshore Blvd. Comedy Show hosted by Deuce Deuce with performances from Victor Varnado, Joseph “Big Baby” Miles, Chad “Kool” Harris, Dave C and Ricarlo Winston

2023 Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan’s Teen Scholarship Program
Frauenthal Center
Preliminary competition is Thursday. Miss Michigan Teen Competition will be held Friday. The finals will be Saturday June 17. For ticket information see website:

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game – vs- Michigan Monarchs
Marsh Field 1800 Peck St. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for kids 5-12, kids under 5 free. Go Clippers!

Chelsea Berry: Polaris Series
Starlight Room 4765 Airline Rd. Doors open at 6:00pm For tickets

South Pierhead Light Tours
Pere Marquette Beach Guests must be 3’ tall to climb. $5 adults, $3 children

June Saturday: Sound
Muskegon History & Science Museum 430 W. Clay Experiment seeing sounds visualized

WildWater Adventure
Michigan’s Adventure 4750 Whitehall Rd. for details!

Live Music at the Deck with The Carl Webb Band!
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. No parking fees after 9:00pm

Live Music at the Deck with Willits Records Band
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. No parking fees after 9:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Dr. Reservations at

Muskegon Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

Christopher Dragon
Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. No cover-charge

Sunday, June 18

Happy Father’s Day FREE Tours for Muskegon County Dads!
Hackley & Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Last tour leaves at 4pm

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake St. Whitehall. Vendors, live music, food & more!

West Michigan Juneteenth Celebration
Mona Lake Park 347 Lakeshore Blvd. 3:30 Juneteenth Community Choir 6:00 pm Live music from Sarena Rae 8:00 pm Live music from Uneek Soul Dusk Fireworks

South Pierhead Light Tours
Pere Marquette Beach Guests must be 3’ tall to climb. $5 adults, $3 children

Live Music at the Deck with Post Fontaine!
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge

Live Music at the Deck with Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish!
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge

Monday, June 19

Start of Summer Celebration
Craig’s Cruisers 1551 Pontaluna Rd. Balloon artists, face painting & more! $35

Captain Joel Tacey
Muskegon Area District Library
8778 Ferry St., Montague

8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd., Holton

3157 5th St., Twin Lake
Travel the globe with Captain Joel as he magically brings a cruise of books to life! This exciting variety show features wacky stunts, magic, and lots of audience participation that will make kids laugh like crazy. This is a free event for everyone to enjoy!

Live Music at the Deck with Plain Jane Glory!
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge

Stage for a Day
Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears. For ages 5-14. Performance at 4:30 to showcase what they learned! For reservations or questions call 231-894-4048

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 06/12/23


JUNE 12, 2023


  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 5/22/23
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
  8. New Business
    A. Consideration of Petitions for Beech Creek Subdivision for Road Improvement
    B. Resolution to Declare Intent and Set Public Hearing Date for Beech Creek Subdivision Road Improvement
    C. Authorization to Sell Fire Asset: Fire Engine
    D. Building Permit Fees
    E. Discussion: Early Voting
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151