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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: Memorial Day parades and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this week? Here are some of the top things going on for the week of May 25-28

1. Memorial Day parades throughout the Muskegon are…

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: Memorial Day parades and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this week? Here are some of the top things going on for the week of May 25-28

1. Memorial Day parades throughout the Muskegon are…

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Burning Foot Beer Festival aiming to deliver sun, suds on Pere Marquette beach

The aptly named Burning Foot Beer Festival will be Pere Marquette Park beach’s first-ever beer attraction. The event is set to run at 3-9 p.m. on Aug. 29.

MUSKEGON, MI — Beer and beaches often go hand-in-hand, and the Lakeshore Brewers Guild‘s new summer beer festival plans to keep the tradition going.

The aptly named Burning Foot Beer Festival will be Pere Marquette Park beach’s first-ever beer attraction. The event is set to run at 3-9 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Placed in a circle formation, the festival will set up camp south of the boardwalk and concessions area. Planning for the event is still in its early phases, and organizers have yet to solidify a final list of breweries involved, said Michael Brower, a member of the Guild and co-owner of Pigeon Hill Brewery in Muskegon.

The Lakeshore Brewers Guild is a non-profit group that promotes breweries located near Lake Michigan. Proceeds of the festival will go to promoting Guild member breweries and Muskegon-area charities, Brower said.

Live music and art will also be featured, but details on artist lineups have not been finalized. Artist works will be for display purposes only.

What Brower can confirm about the Burning Foot Beer Festival is what it represents to those that love Lake Michigan, epitomized with craft suds, sand and suds.

“For me personally, they’re two of my favorite things,” he said. “It’s the warm weather and the soft sand on your feet; the waves and a soft breeze coming off the beach. Pairing all that with a craft beer is the quintessential summer experience.”

Brower and Guild members are hoping to incorporate food vendors as well to round out the affair — and to help eager patrons soak up all the beer. 

Counties lining Lake Michigan have a history of throwing big beer attractions, but Brower believes the new venture can hold its own against the lot.

“Muskegon is known as the beer tent capital of the world, but craft beer and beer tents don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand,” Brower said. “We’re also scheduling it around a time, weather permitting, that will end the festival with a sunset. We’ll be incorporating the natural beauty of Muskegon, which on its own is not typical of a normal beer festival.”

Cathy Brubaker-Clarke, Muskegon’s director of Community and Economic Development, agrees that Burning Foot’s uniqueness will help draw in a large crowd of locals and visitors alike.

“The more options and variety we have the better,” she said. “It gets people down to the beach, which is a different venue entirely from downtown. We’ve already had people commenting on the name, how intriguing it is. We might have people come down to check it out from the name alone.”

From the city’s perspective, Brubaker-Clarke said the festival will be an easy production because it won’t require assistance with city services, like parking or closed streets.

It could also lead folks to other Muskegon businesses and bolster the summer economy, she added.

For more information on the Burning Foot Beer Festival, visit: http://www.burningfoot.beer/

Ben Solis is an intern for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bsolis@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @bensolis1.

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this weekend: Old Fashioned Days, Michigan’s Adventure

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this weekend? Here are the top things going on for the week of May 22-24.

1. Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
The 66th year of …

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Muskegon County’s image, Bike Time’s new venue key to success of 2015 summer tourism season

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer tourism season and from now until mid-September, Muskegon-area venues will be packed with events, festivals and other activities, including those associated with the area’s lakes and outdoor recreation.

MUSKEGON, MI – It’s money time for Muskegon County, when tourism takes center stage and the beauty of the Lakeshore hits its peak.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the summer tourism season and from now until mid-September, Muskegon-area venues will be packed with events, festivals and other activities, including those associated with the area’s lakes and outdoor recreation.

The four-month span is always vital to the area’s growth and success, but with the 2015 season comes the evolution of one longtime festival and a renewed emphasis to promote Muskegon’s image. The success or failure of these changing aspects will likely have a significant impact on tourism this year.

“Summer is our busiest season here in Muskegon County, and the hospitality businesses see the greatest revenues during this season,” said Bob Lukens, head of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau during a recent live chat. “Weather plays an important role in our summer visitation, so we’re always hoping for a long, hot summer.”

One of the biggest changes to the area’s always busy festival slate is the relocation of Bike Time from downtown Muskegon to Fruitport Township and the development of a new motorcycle event, Rebel Road, which will take its place downtown. Both events are scheduled to take place July 16-19.

Bike Time 2014 drew an estimated 135,000 people and brought an estimated $30 million into the economy, according to Clyde Whitehouse, chairman of the Bike Time board of directors. 

RELATED: The insider’s guide to Michigan’s Adventure

Whether or not both events can thrive at the same time has been heated topic of discussion among area residents and fans of the festival. Lukens is confident both can be successful and encouraged skeptical residents to give both a try and then make their opinions.

“I believe sincerely that both events can coexist,” he said. “The two locations bring two different elements into the mix, and I think it will be good for Muskegon County.”

Muskegon County’s image and how outside communities and neighboring states perceive the area is another hot topic among community leaders this year. The image campaign spearheaded by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, aims to promote Muskegon to a wider audience; something that may have been lacking in past years.

Wayfinding signage, the beautification of key thoroughfares and corridors entering Muskegon and promotion of West Michigan as a whole are all areas of emphasis.

“Fixing up some of these main thoroughfares will give locals a sense of pride in their community,” Lukens said. “That will translate to people who visit the community.”

Sports tourism is another area that local officials have identified as a potential source of economic growth. The Muskegon Risers minor league pro soccer franchise won its first home game in franchise history before an estimated 2,000 fans on May 16.

How these changes affect the area remains to be seen, but there are once again plenty of opportunities to bring people to Muskegon this summer.

The festival season kicked off this weekend with Fruitport Old Fashioned Days, which concludes Monday. The season will also see the return of niche festivals like the Unity Christian Music Festival Aug. 5-8, the Shoreline Jazz Festival Aug. 22-23, and Michigan Irish Music Festival Sept. 17-20.

Muskegon will also continue its tradition of hosting a Fourth of July celebration July 3-4. This year’s event will combine two area staples: The Lakeshore Art Festival and Muskegon Rockstock, as well as fireworks.

Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon County’s top tourist attraction, opened this week and Marketing Director Laure Bollenbach is optimistic that the 2015 season will be a good one.

As always, the overall success of the season relies heavily on the weather, but if it does cooperate, new and changing events should have every opportunity to thrive, and that’s good news for Muskegon County. 

For more information on any of this summer’s events, visit the Muskegon County Visitor’s Bureau at 610 W. Western Ave., the bureau’s website at www.visitmuskegon.org or call 231-724-3100.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Send us your photos from Michigan’s Adventure, Deer Park for reader-submitted gallery

Each is a snapshot in time; a slice of history in the current park’s development. Each photo is important in its own way, but they are only a small part of the story. We want to see photos of your adventures at Michigan’s largest amusement park.

MUSKEGON, MI – Deer Park, Deer Park Funland, Michigan’s Adventure.

Regardless of its official name, guests of all ages have flocked to the amusement park property north of Muskegon for nearly six decades.

What started as a simple petting zoo has developed into a full-fledged two-park entertainment mecca, but through the years, the property has remained a place where families have fun and memories are made.

deerpark.jpegMLive Muskegon Chronicle Editor Peg West visits Deer Park Funland in the 1970s.Courtesy photo 

Earlier, MLive Muskegon Chronicle shared photos from our archives. The photos, some black and white, some color, dated back to the opening of Deer Park in the late 1950s to the construction of Thunderhawk in 2008.

RELATED: Looking back at Michigan’s Adventure, Deer Park through photos

Each is a snapshot in time; a slice of history in the current park’s development. Each photo is important in its own way, but they are only a small part of the story. We want to see photos of your adventures at Michigan’s largest amusement park.

Whether it’s a photo of you petting an animal at Deer Park, or flying down the initial drop of Shivering Timbers, we need your help to create reader-submitted gallery of Muskegon County amusement park memories.

RELATED: The insider’s guide to Michigan’s Adventure

There are three ways to send your photos. You can email them to MLive Entertainment Reporter Brandon Champion at bchampio@mlive.com, text them 231-670-5239 or tweet them to @BrandonThaChamp.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. 

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Muskegon Heritage Museum opens with everything from fridges to photos on display for 2015

Now in its 32nd year, the museum, located at 561 W. Western Ave., opened for the season on May 14. It will remain open for the season until Oct 17. The museum aims to preserve and share the stories of Muskegon’s businesses and industries. It operates thanks to the efforts of more than 50 volunteers.

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Heritage Museum has added a slew of new exhibits for the opening of its 2015 season.

Now in its 32nd year, the museum, located at 561 W. Western Ave., opened for the season on May 14. It will remain open for the season until Oct 17. The museum aims to preserve and share the stories of Muskegon’s businesses and industries. It operates thanks to the efforts of more than 50 volunteers.

The newest additions to the museum are wide-ranging in nature. Everything from hand-carved patterns used by Harry Young’s Anvil (now Whitehall Products) to a 1950s-era Norge Refrigerator is on display.

Other additions include a video documenting the behind-the-scenes process at the Muskegon-based cast iron component manufacturer  Campbell, Wyant and Cannon, historic photographs of Muskegon schools and toys and games made in the area.

“There are lots of amazing products made in Muskegon,” said Anne Dake, the museum’s curator. “So many people say there is nothing going on here and that’s not true. There are some fascinating stories and the interconnections between families and business is fascinating. It’s a fun thing to be able to learn all of it but also to preserve it.”

Several of the museum’s existing exhibits have also been relocated and updated. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tours and private events are available year-round.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Children under 5 are free.  All donations are used to support the museum. For more information, visit http://muskegonheritage.org/

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: ‘Dawn of the Space Age’, Beatles presentation and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this week? Here are some of the top things going on for the week of May 18-21.

1. “Dawn of the Space Age” returns to Muskegon Com…

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