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‘Endless Love’ affair: Muskegon area embraces inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival

Jazz is for lovers. And this town might have found a new soul mate.

MUSKEGON, MI – Seeking salvation under tents and umbrellas but collectively swaying in the midst of the dry heat of an August afternoon, the city of Muskegon embraced a long treasured musical secret this weekend.

Jazz is for lovers. And this town might have found a new soul mate.

Several thousand people passed through the makeshift gates of Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon to take part in two days of Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival presented by the University of Toledo. The first-year festival welcomed a wide array of performers, including Boney James, Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard, Kenny G and the eccentric flautist, Zonjic.

Based in Detroit, Zonjic played an integral role in the planning process of the festival, booking the talent, communicating with vendors and performing Sunday night, Aug. 24 with longtime friend Kenny G.

“I’ve been in the business for years and I’ve been making records for years so a lot of them are friends,” Zonjic said. “Kenny and I work together – all of them. It’s kind of a situation where you call your buddies up and sometimes a few of them show up and sometimes they all show up.

“We’ve had a good weekend with friends.”

Prior to Sunday evening’s nightcap performance by Zonjic and Kenny G, the crowd was serenaded by the voices of Hathaway, daughter of legendary soul singer Donny Hathaway, and the former “American Idol” winner Studdard.

Studdard, in particular, was a crowd favorite, with many fans shouting praise following each song of his set. He and Hathaway stuck around for nearly 30 minutes after leaving the stage to sign autographs and interact with fans – one fan even admitting she nearly fainted out of excitement to see him.

“It’s really a blessing to get the opportunity to do a job I love every day,” Studdard said. “To see that it moves people, it makes me happy to see people enthusiastic about the performances.”

More than a year of planning allowed the rookie festival to appear mature beyond its years, in large part because of the diligence of Zonjic, executive producer Hawkins “Hawk” Lang and a team of volunteers.

The festival was complete with a variety of food vendors, a merchandise tent and plans for expansion in the coming years to accommodate more people as the festival grows.

“We just thought it’d be nice that the city and the county and the state would remember and also bring it to Heritage Landing,” Lang said. “We didn’t want it to be a small venue; we wanted it to be huge. We want to grow and stay attached to it so when they come in 2017 or 2018, they’ll say, ‘Hey, that’s that Shoreline Jazz Festival.’ It’s a beautiful thing.”

The many people navigating the aisles between seats or standing in line for refreshments appeared to be in jovial spirits, taking in all the festival had to offer.

Muskegon resident Peter Shyne brought his daughter Selah, 8, out to Heritage Landing in an effort to show support of the new festival. Shyne, a self-proclaimed music lover, said these types of events add flavor to the summer season in Muskegon, one that he’d like the city to experience for years to come.

“It’s an opportunity for us to experience some good music and show our appreciation for them putting the event on,” Shyne said. “We need to support it when they have events like this so we can have more of them.”

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Second-year surge: See the Lakeshore Art Festival organizers’ estimate for 2014 attendance

The Lakeshore Art Festival, in existence for two years, has already established itself as one of the premier art events in West Michigan.

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival, in existence for two years, has already established itself as one of the premier art events in West Michigan.

The 2014 festival, held on July 4-5, drew an estimated 50,000 people to downtown Muskegon, according to event organizers. The estimated attendance is an increase from 2013.

The 2014 event featured two new additions including an Art Carve, in which students and professors from Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan created sculptures made entirely of food. Several other interactive art activities were also part of the festival.

“We received a lot of positive feedback about the interactive art opportunities this year and we hope to build upon this for next year’s event,” said Festival Director Carla Flanders.

There were 240 art vendors, 47 children’s events and 18 street performers at the 2014 event. A juried art and craft fair and craft market exhibition were also held. Winners included:

Fine Art/Fine Craft Juried Winners (Juried by artist, professor and curator Brett Colley):

  • First Place – Best in Show: Michael Onweller, Wood from Lapeer.
  • Second Place: Casseus Cantave, Mixed Media from Kissimme, Fla.
  • Third Place: Suzanne Lienhart, Colored Pencil from League City, Texas.
  • Honorable Mention: Shinichi Sato, Acrylic Paint from Kentwood.
  • Committee Choice: Basi Kalbinder, Wearable Fiber from Yelm, Wash.

The MLive People’s Choice Awards

  • First Place: Robert Knoll, Timberline Handcrafted Woodwork from Twin Lake.
  • Second Place: Katie Dyer, Tickled Pink Bowtique from Muskegon.
  • Third Place: Erin Lipps and Trisha Musk, The Driftwood Spot, Muskegon.

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

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Anime world descends upon Muskegon for second-annual S.S. Kaizoku Con

Some came wielding swords, others came modeling wigs and masks.
When the anime world descends upon Muskegon, anything seems possible.

MUSKEGON, MI – Some came wielding swords, others came modeling wigs and masks.

When the anime world descends upon Muskegon, anything seems possible.

Several hundred people crossed through the doors of the Hilt Building in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts this weekend to take part in the second-annual S.S. Kaizoku Con. The idea of the convention is to celebrate the anime genre, which encompasses styles of Japanese hand-drawn and computer animations.

Many attendees came in costume and in character, posing for photos and showing off looks that took up to 40 hours to put together.

CosplayGroup.jpgA group of attendees of the S.S. Kaizoku Con pose for a photo in front of the Olthoff Street Stage Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.Dillon Davis | ddavis11@mlive.com 

It was the first year in the venue after opening a year ago in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Holiday Inn.

Event organizer Kelly Harris said the new venue represents expansion for the convention with the idea to host festivities within the actual Frauenthal Center theater within the next several years.

“It’s just like a fun get together,” Harris said. “It’s like a Comic Con but it’s not just comics, but anime, mock-up work and gaming. People can dress up, they can walk around and have fun. They can buy things from vendors and go to different panels.”

The highlight of Sunday’s action was the cosplay contest in the Beardsly Theater. Cosplay is short-hand for costume play and usually consists of various levels of costumes, character recreation and performance art.  

Judges Candy Shannon and Nikki Cole took to the stage for interviews of nearly 10 contestants ranging from the mighty sword of Alanson resident Kevin Coors dressed as Inuyasha to the delicate floral look of Mancelona resident Erin Douglas as Doll from Black Butler Manga.

Shannon, a Jackson resident, tours the country for her cosplay business, Sweets4aSweet Cosplay. Her characters include Muppet matriarch Miss Piggy, Captain Hook, Princess Fiona of the Shrek universe and Disney villain Ursula, among others.

Through her travels, Shannon said she’s in business to promote positive body image for cosplay participants as well as enjoying each of the conventions she’s able to attend.

“I love costuming and I really look forward to Halloween every year,” Shannon said. “When I found out that I could go to conventions in costumes year-round, I went to my first one four years ago and jumped right in.”

The judges took a liking to Coors, an electrician by day, who came to S.S. Kaizoku Con with his wife of five years, Veronica. Coors said the costume he was wearing took 30 hours to sew together with the heavy sword in his possession taking another 10 hours.

For Coors, attending conventions such as S.S. Kaizoku Con provides him the opportunity to be many different characters, admitting he has several future costumes ideas coming down the pipeline.

“This is the first time I ever sewed anything in my life – I’ve never even touched a sewing machine in my life,” Coors said. “I wanted it to be perfect. To make it perfect, I had to keep redoing it do it right.”

Other attendees like Douglas, 17, spent a little less time on their respective costume, though she still estimates she put close to 25 hours into the costume.

Douglas said she has plans to attend more after enjoying the way Muskegon welcomed the anime community to town this weekend. And as for her character, she said every bit of effort put into it was worthwhile.

 “This character, she’s a really flamboyant character,” Douglas said. “I like the elaborate costumes and I just learned this tutorial of how to make roses so it just seemed like the perfect character to make a costume for.”

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter

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Michigan Maritime Celebration returns to Muskegon with new name, attitude geared for expansion

For several years, Roger Zuidema has brought the best of the Muskegon area maritime community together with Lake Effect Boat Time.

This year, the event is returning to the area – but this time, it’s got a new name and a fresh attitude for 2014.

MUSKEGON, MI – For several years, Roger Zuidema has brought the best of the Muskegon-area maritime community together with Lake Effect Boat Time.

This year, the event is returning to the area – but this time, it’s got a new name and a fresh attitude for 2014.

The Michigan Maritime Celebration, formerly known as Lake Effect Boat Time, is headed to the Muskegon area for a three-day stay Aug. 15-17 at several locations throughout the Muskegon area. Events include a community paddle at Muskegon Beach at Harbor Towne Marina, Dockers Fish House Tiki Parties as well as incorporating Movies on the Deck at the USS LST 393 and Parties in the Park in downtown Muskegon.

Zuidema, event organizer and founder, said the idea behind the name change is to expand the scope of the festival beyond the Muskegon community and draw in new visitors from within the state of Michigan and in other states as well.

“Muskegon is such a great community and people outside of it don’t understand the maritime fun we have around here,” Zuidema said. “The bottom line is we want to draw people in from outside the Muskegon area to enjoy what we have.”

Festivities kick off Friday, Aug. 15 with An Awesome Michigan Sunset at The Deck, 1601 Beach St., Blue Tonic-Blues Cruise starting at 7:30 p.m. on the Port City Princess, docked at 560 Mart St., Fiddle Face at Pigeon Hill Brewery, a Tiki Party at Dockers Fish House and “Romancing the Stone” playing aboard the USS LST 393 at dusk.

Stolen Horses is the featured act of the evening at Parties in the Park.

Morning activities at the Muskegon Farmers Market kick off Saturday action that includes a Community Celebration Paddle starting at 9:30 a.m. at Muskegon Beach at Harbor Towne Marina, a Pirate Bike Pedal at 12:30 p.m. at the Muskegon Yacht Club Sailing School parking lot, another Tiki Party at Dockers Fish House with live music playing at The Deck and Hackley Park.

Sunday wraps with the Boat Jam from 2-6 p.m. at Muskegon Boaters Dune Area, Sunday Funday at Dockers Fish House and live music featuring Deni Hunter at The Deck.

Zuidema said while the Michigan Maritime Celebration honors the nautical strengths of the Muskegon area, it also puts many of the area’s businesses on display – potentially generating interest in the area for new residents and businesses.

“Muskegon is a wonderful place to not only play in, but living around and enjoying the maritime things that we have,” Zuidema said “I just want to see Muskegon continue to thrive and that’s just been my passion.”

Most of the events featured during the Michigan Maritime Celebration are free and open to the public. Food, drinks and festival merchandise will be on sale throughout the duration of the festivities.

For more information about the Michigan Maritime Celebration, visit the festival online at michiganmaritimecelebration.weebly.com.

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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‘Showboat’: Muskegon hip-hop duo HDOE to perform on deck of USS LST 393

Loera, along with his cousin Jaron “Pape” Loera will perform a concert on the deck of the LST 393 beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. The event, titled “Showboat” is a truly unique experience and one that Jose Loera isn’t taking for granted.

MUSKEGON, MI — Jose “Jodi Dro” Loera had never been on board the USS LST 393 in Muskegon until recently.

The next time the Muskegon hip hop artist sets foot on the historic WWII-era vessel, it will be for another first-time event.

Loera, along with his cousin Jaron “Pape” Loera will perform a concert on the deck of the LST 393 beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. The event, titled “Showboat” is a truly unique experience and one that Jose Loera isn’t taking for granted.

“We were leaving the Frauenthal (Center for the Performing Arts) and riding down Seaway doing some site-seeing and someone pointed out the ship,” he said. “We started talking about how cool it would be to do a show on it.”

hd showboat.jpgCourtesy Photo | HDOE

Together, the cousins make up the hip-hop duo HDOE, which stands for “HD over everything,” they said. Since the group began making music about five years ago, they have opened for Mike Posner, Big Sean and LMFAO at Party in the Park, Ludacris and T-Pain at Rock the Rapids and most recently for Fat Joe at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Jose said the opportunity to perform on the LST 393 is special because of the hundreds of young men like men like them who served on the ship. He added that his brother is a U.S. Army Ranger.

“It makes this even cooler,” he said. “I think it will make me appreciate what my brother does even more.”

John Stephenson, president of the LST 393 Board of Directors said they are thrilled to have the group perform on the ship.

“We consider ourselves a community treasure and a community platform,” he said. “The Loera family has been here a long time. They are part of the community and so are we. Plus, they are a well-known act that puts on a good show.”

Stephenson added that the group’s understanding and appreciation of veterans and what the ship represents was also a factor in allowing the show. The ship also has a history of housing music of the younger generation.

“This may not be music old guys like me particularly appreciate but one thing stuck with me that made some sense,” Stephenson said. “The guys who went to war on the LST 393 in 1944 were young guys who listened to bebop music which older people didn’t particularly like then. This ship probably has a history of music being played on it that parents hated but the guys on board loved it so why not?”

“Showboat” will also feature performances by Ray Gottie, Unkey Fenzarelli, N1NO & Franchi$e and Ajax Stacks. Advanced tickets are $10 and $12 at the door which open at 6:30 p.m. Many of the songs performed will be from HDOE’s latest CD “Should’ve Been an Album.”

Jose said the group has sold out the Beardsley Theater twice and he is expecting more than 300 people to attend the event. He added that pre-sale tickets are doing “really well.”

Stephenson said the ship has the capability to host “hundreds” of people and he is hoping for a good turnout.

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

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Despite mourning former manager’s death, Matthew West set to headline Unity Christian Music Festival

Singer-songwriter Matthew West, one of the headliners for the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, is still mourning the loss of a colleague, supporter and friend.

MUSKEGON, MI – Singer-songwriter Matthew West, one of the headliners for the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, is still mourning the loss of a colleague, supporter and friend.

Cindy Wilt Colville, the first person in the music industry who believed in West’s talent, died just weeks ago of lung cancer.

“She is the reason I came here (to Nashville), she’s the first person who saw potential in my music and my talent, and she signed me to my first songwriting contract,” West, 37, said during a phone interview.

Colville was West’s manager for three years and had been an inner-circle friend and confidant.

Near the end, the singer arranged an old fashioned “guitar-pull” around her hospice bedside, with various artists singing music she loved and telling her what she meant to them.

Several days later, July 16, West sang at Colville’s memorial service in Nashville.

IF YOU GO

• What: Unity Christian Music Festival, presented by the non-profit Alive on the Lakeshore

• When: Aug. 6-9; Gates open at 4 p.m. Aug 6.; 1 p.m. Aug. 7-9

• Who: Main state headliners: Thousand Foot Krutch (Wed.); Third Day (Thurs.); Matthew West (Fri.); Steven Curtis Chapman (Sat.); (Mainstage headliners on stage at approximately 8:45 p.m.)
A-Stage headliners: One Girl Nation (Thurs.); Vertical Church Band (Fri.); Shonlock (Sat.); (A-stage headliners on stage at approximately 7:45 p.m.)

• Where: Heritage Landing, downtown Muskegon

• Tickets: Aug. 6 is “Day Zero” with no admission charge
Prices through Aug. 6: 1-day $25, 2-day $45, 3-day $55 (Slightly higher day of show).

• Additional info: Kids 5 and under free. Kids activities and extreme games (start Aug. 7) free.
Family memberships and reserved seating available in advance (231-773-3361); For entire schedule, ticket purchase link, and more at unitychristianevents.com

“She’s been in my thoughts every day. It’s been tough,” he admitted.

Unity Christian Music Festival is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 at Heritage Landing in Muskegon. West is the main stage headliner on Friday. The other headliners for the annual festival are Thousand Foot Krutch on Wednesday, Third Day on Thursday and Steven Curtis Chapman on Saturday.

Over the last several years West has been compiling true-life stories sent in by fans. His last two albums (including his most recent “Into The Light”) have been filled with songs inspired by selected stories among the 25,000 he’s received from all 50 states and 20 different countries.

“Hello, My Name Is…” is a song about a young man (Jordan Jeffers) whose life was waylaid by drug addiction, but who recovered with the help of a Christian organization and is now a teacher and a coach. Last spring the hopeful ballad won ASCAP’s Christian song of the year award and helped West to the organization’s honors as songwriter of the year. The song topped one Christian music chart for 17 straight weeks.

Another No. 1 song from the album, “Forgiveness,” told the story of a mother’s forgiveness of a drunk driver who caused a car crash that killed her daughter.

One of his earlier anthems (“To Me”) was about a St. Joseph, Mich. teen who suffered from bullying. West introduced Connor Caple from the stage when he performed the song at the Unity Festival in 2010.

“I’ve been able to forge a friendship with him,” said West of his relationship with the youth. “He’s a high school graduate now, he has blossomed and his faith has grown.”

With the artist’s most recent loss, West now has one of his own stories to tell.

“During Cindy’s struggle near the end, I was writing a song with Randy Phillips (of the trio Phillips, Craig & Dean) about this idea of hearing a voice from the ‘other side’ – and that was real emotional for me,” West said.

The resulting song – “From The Other Side” – is slated to go on the trio’s upcoming album. But West said he may also include it on his own next project.

“I never said there wouldn’t be stories that come from my own experience or people I know,” he offered.

Meanwhile, West is still encouraging fans to send in their stories via his web site. He is writing a crop of new songs that he will record this fall and release next March.

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Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show welcomed at Heritage Landing, not dampened by rain

At least 100 car enthusiasts showed off their prized possessions Sunday, July 27 at the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show in Muskegon.

MUSKEGON, MI – There’s a few rules when it comes to Philip Loving’s Corvette.

No eating. No drinking, except water. And don’t even think about asking him for a test drive – he’s the car’s one and only operator.

CorvettePhoto.jpg.jpgA group of Chevrolet Corvettes on display at the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon on Sunday, July 27, 2014.Dillon Davis | ddavis11@mlive.com 

Loving, a Flint resident, had his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette on display early in the day Sunday, July 27, at the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. He was one of at least 100 car enthusiasts showing off their prized possessions before a large, diverse crowd of adults and children.

Since purchasing the Corvette a few days before Thanksgiving last year, Loving said he’s taken it to four shows now and drives it often during the warmer months before storing it away in a climate-controlled garage unit for the winter.

“I get a lot of looks, people taking pictures on the highway and all sorts of crazy stuff,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun to drive. I haven’t been pulled over yet, thank God.”

Surviving gusts of wind and rain later in the day, the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show received a warm welcome at the Heritage Landing location. The event previously was held at Mona Lake Park in Muskegon Heights, but was moved to accommodate larger crowds and more vehicles.

“It’s been great. It’s wide open – you just look around and you’ve got room,” said event co-founder TeAngelo Robinson. “You’ve got the water right behind you and it looks good.”

Robinson and Jason Pittman started the event in 2011 as a way to indulge their personal passion for cars.

However, unlike many other car shows, Pittman said the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show attempts to appeal to a “hip, younger crowd,” accepting vehicles that aren’t necessarily considered to be vintage by some standards.

“Michigan and West Michigan, specifically, really is a car savvy area,” Pittman said. “There’s so many car enthusiasts and car lovers in this area and we’re just trying to get a piece of the pie.”

That strategy opens the door for people like Fennville resident Junior Avalos.

Avalos, who’s associated with New Age Kustoms of Holland, showed off his 1978 Ford Thunderbird, complete with a candy green paint job, spinning wire wheels, hydraulics and crushed velvet interior – a renovation project he’s been doing for nearly 15 years in his dad’s garage.

The car appeared as though it jumped right out of an episode of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Beer and Bike Time: Pigeon Hill sets records, Unruly Brewing sells nearly 80 half barrels at festival in Muskegon

Both Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Co. opened earlier this year; which means 2014 was the maiden voyage so to speak when it came to serving the more than 120,000 thirsty bikers who invaded Western Avenue July 17-20.

MUSKEGON, MI – The festival lasts just four days, but for the breweries of downtown Muskegon, planning for Bike Time 2014 began months ago.

Both Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Co. opened earlier this year, which means 2014 was the maiden voyage so to speak when it came to serving the more than 120,000 thirsty bikers who invaded Western Avenue July 17-20.

“We started planning before we opened in March,” said Pigeon Hill co-owner Michael Brower. “We expanded our system for this weekend. Our brewers had been keeping every fermenter full at all times. They worked overtime doing double-batch days.”

Before Bike Time, Pigeon Hill, 500 W. Western Ave., was equipped with four 3 1/2-barrel fermenters for beer production, but four 7-barrel fermenters were ordered in preparation for the event. Two of the four arrived two weeks before Bike Time, allowing the brewery to double its beer capacity.

The result was a record-setting weekend for the brewery. Brower said Pigeon Hill set several records when it came to beer sales, including the most pints poured per hour.

“The numbers were very good when compared to a typical weekend,” he said.

Pigeon Hill also extended its hours to 11 p.m. on Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Security guards were also placed in front of the brewery.

Jeff Jacobson, co-owner of Unruly Brewing Co., said his team also began planning months in advance by brewing 80 to 85 half barrels of beer and building a cold storage room in preparation for the event. They also produced biker-themed promotions, brought in live music and extended their hours from midnight until 2 a.m. Temporary staff was also hired to deal with the increased traffic.

In addition, Unruly, 360 W. Western Ave., opened its new 30-by-72-foot patio just in time. Jacobson said they received the permit for the patio on Wednesday afternoon, a day before thousands of bikers arrived.

The outdoor space located in the alley adjacent to the building included an outdoor bar and has a capacity of 70 to 80 people. Every bit was needed, including the inside of the building which can fit about 250 people.

“The patio was huge,” Jacobson said. “Really, we wanted to have it open about a month ago so our staff could get used to serving out there. It was nerve-racking up to the last minute, but it really worked out great because it allowed us to spread our customers out.”

Jacobson said Unruly was slower than expected on Friday afternoon, but by 5 p.m. there was a “steady flow” of people coming in. He added that Saturday was “crazy” with staff being consistently busy from open until close.

Both Pigeon Hill and Unruly called the weekend a success and reported no major incidents in regards to patrons fighting or being, well, unruly.

“The biggest issue was keeping smokers off the patio,” Jacobson said.

Unruly Brewing Co. brewers make Imperial Red Ale on Nov. 1, 2013Cody Vickers, of Grand Haven and assistant brewer at Unruly Brewing Co., waits for the temperature to heat up while making a batch of beer Nov. 1, 2013. MLive File Photo | Natalie Kolb 

Brower said he’s looking forward to next year when Pigeon Hill plans to have an outdoor space. He also plans to have an expanded beer menu as opposed to limited options like this year, but overall, he’s very happy with how the weekend went.

“A lot of people told us this wasn’t a craft beer crowd,” he said. “We did have a lot of people asking for domestics, but there were a lot of craft beer drinkers as well. It was really nice to have someone come in and have us recommend something and see them have two or three. We introduced ourselves to a new crowd, which was cool.”

Brower added he was happy with the turnover of patrons. In other words, he liked seeing people come in for one or two beers and then move on.

“We have a limited capacity, so the fact that people were coming and going allowed more people to come in and experience what we have to offer,” he said.

Both Pigeon Hill and Unruly took Monday to regroup and recover. Brower and Jacobson said they have yet to have wrap-up meetings with their respective staffs, but plan to in the near future.

After that, it’s back to business as usual — until planning begins for next year that is.

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

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