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‘Muskegon’s Best Beard’ priest on success of razor drive: ‘People want to do good things’

According to Barnum, the impromptu charity effort has been a great success. As of noon on Nov. 21, Barnum had received more than 10 paper grocery bags full of shaving-related items and he anticipates more could be on the way.

barnum beardRev. Matthew BarnumBrandon Champion | BCHAMPIO@mlive.com 

MUSKEGON, MI – Rev. Matthew Barnum wasn’t planning on winning the title of “Muskegon’s Best Beard.”

But once he did, he made the most of it.

Barnum, the 35-year-old priest at Our Lady of Grace and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Muskegon, was named the winner of the contest on Nov. 18.

Upon doing so, he announced his intentions to spearhead a razor drive, in which items such as shaving cream, razors, soap and shampoo would be donated to the men’s shelter at the Muskegon Rescue Mission.

According to Barnum, the impromptu charity effort has been a great success. As of noon on Nov. 21, Barnum had received more than 10 paper grocery bags full of shaving-related items. He said he anticipates more could be on the way.

“I’m really not surprised,” he said. “People want to do good things. When you turn something fun like this — something that’s a spectacle in a good way, like ‘local priest wins beard contest,’ it garners attention. I needed to direct that attention to something good. I really believe people want to do good.”

Barnum received a “Muskegon’s Best Beard” plaque at a reception at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, the brewery he represented in the contest, on the evening of Nov. 19. Plenty of people turned out to celebrate his win, including many of his fellow competitors who were contributors to the razor drive.

Even people who weren’t aware the razor drive was taking place were getting involved by writing Barnum and the church checks so they could buy shaving-related items, Barnum said.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “…my win was a fluke but everyone got behind the idea of the razor drive. It’s a great thing for the Beard Barons and the Muskegon Rescue Mission.”

Due to its impromptu nature, there are no set dates or times when the razor drive will end, and that’s just fine with Barnum.

“As long as people want to keep bringing stuff in, we’ll keep bring it to the Mission,” he said.

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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7 days of snow: Record-low temperatures, winter storms part of week that was in Muskegon area

Snow, cold and wind were all part of the week that was in the area Nov. 13 to Nov. 20 in what figures to be the start of a long, harsh winter along the lakeshore. Here is a quick look back at the Muskegon-area’s week of winter.

MUSKEGON, MI – It won’t be too hard for residents to describe the weather in the Muskegon area over the last seven days.

Three simple, four-letter words ought to do it.

Snow, cold and wind were all part of the week that was in the area Nov. 13-20 in what figures to be the start of a long, harsh winter along the lakeshore. Here is a quick look back at the Muskegon-area’s week of winter.

Like much of Michigan, Muskegon received its first significant snowfall of the season in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. The snow continued throughout the day, followed by six days of nearly continuous snowfall from two different storm systems.

According to Jared Maples, meteorologist with the NWS in Grand Rapids, Muskegon has received 19.5 inches of snow since Nov. 13. That’s 6.2 inches shy of the monthly record for snowfall for November. Muskegon received 25.7 inches in November 1995.

The Muskegon area received less than an inch of snow Nov. 13-20 in 2013, Maples said.

Temperatures were also significantly below normal over the one-week span. Temperatures were consistently in the low-30s and the high temperature on Nov. 18 was just 23 degrees. That mark is the coldest Nov. 18 in the history of Muskegon, breaking the record of 25 degrees set in 1903.

“It’s not necessarily that rare to get temps like that,” Maples said. “This was rare in the sense that it stuck around and had a magnitude that set some cold records as well as snowfall records. The persistence of the cold and snow is what’s rare.”

When compared to last year’s temperatures, it’s easy to see how cold it was in Muskegon this week. According to Maples, high temperatures over the same seven-day period in 2013 were 42, 49, 50, 58, 57, 45 and 47 degrees.

Simply put, it was freezing.                                                        

A break from the snow and cold appears to be on the way. Maples said he expects some snow showers to continue throughout Thursday evening and into Friday morning before a high-pressure system moves into the area. Temperatures will be in the 40s for most of the weekend, which is much closer to normal, Maples said.

While warmer, it likely won’t be dry on Saturday. Maples added that the mixing of the cold air near the surface with the warmer air will likely lead to a freezing rain and sleet mix that could make for some slick roads. More storm systems moving in from the southwest could also be a factor in the early part of next week.

Indeed it was a very wintry week in the Muskegon area. Without a doubt, there’s more to come.

But, hey, look on the bright side: Only four months to go.

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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Always Sonny Cupcakes and Tea Shop aims to ‘reach every princess in Muskegon’

Named in honor of her brother “Sonny,” Always Sonny Cupcakes and Tea Shop is located at 1115 3rd St. The pink-clad business, which opened last month, sells a variety of cupcakes, tea and trinkets and specializes in hosting tea parties for the “princesses” of Muskegon.

MUSKEGON, MI – At a new Muskegon business, it’s always sunny.

Named in honor of her brother “Sonny,” Always Sonny Cupcakes and Tea Shop is located at 1115 3rd St. The pink-clad business, which opened last month, sells a variety of cupcakes, tea and trinkets and specializes in hosting tea parties for the “princesses” of Muskegon.

“I want to reach every princess in Muskegon, whether they’re 6 or 65,” said owner Bertha Williams. “I think there is a princess in every girl. I think I’ve made it affordable for everyone so every princess can enjoy a day here.”

Williams, 58, has been baking since she was 13. For the last few years, she has been selling cupcakes either at flea markets or from her home using her recognizable pink Volkswagen bug. Recently, she took her granddaughter, Kyndall, to a tea party at the Muskegon Museum of Art and an idea was born.

Inspired by Kyndall and her 35 other grandchildren, Williams decided to open a permanent shop for her baking. She chose cupcakes in honor of a family member’s business that was called “Tiny Edible Blessings.”

“To me, that’s what a cupcake is,” she said.

Always Sonny Cupcakes and Tea Shop bakes its products daily and sells cupcakes for $2 apiece. Depending on the day, several flavors of cupcakes are available including double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, root beer float, very berry, S’mores, frozen cotton candy, Girl Scout cookie, cookies and creme, cinnamon toast crunch, German chocolate, pina colada, coconut and more.

The shop — which is complete with several tea party tables, comfy couches and a dress-up area titled “Kyndall’s Corner” — offers private tea parties. Williams said the response to the tea parties has been great and that she is booked through January.

The cost to host a tea party is $10 per guest and includes unlimited pink tea, two cupcakes, two tea sandwiches, a goody bag and access to “Kyndall’s Corner.”

Williams hopes that her shop will be a happy place that everyone in Muskegon can enjoy, whether it’s somewhere to host a party for young girls or simply somewhere to “kick back, chill out and have some tea and a cupcake.”

Since it opened, 40 to 65 cupcakes a day are being sold, Williams said.

Williams’ long-term goals include opening a bakery where displaced women can work and bake pies, breads, cakes and other goodies to sell to the community.

“I love my community,” she said. “I know it has potential. When you drive by, you can’t help but see the pink. I want to be an inspiration to the neighborhood. If you work hard and you put your nose to the grindstone, you can be a business owner and you can be proud.”

Always Sonny Cupcakes and Tea Shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The business reserves Saturday after 2 p.m. for private tea parties.

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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Muskegon’s Best Beard: See the 3 nominees representing Unruly Brewing Co.

Eight bearded brothers entered into the inaugural search for MLive Muskegon Chronicle’s search for Muskegon’s best beard at Unruly Brewing Co. Wednesday, Nov. 12 and amongst several worthy candidates three emerged to represent the brewery.

MUSKEGON, MI – Let the battle begin.

Several worthy candidates emerged among eight bearded men who entered the inaugural search for MLive Muskegon Chronicle’s search for Muskegon’s best beard at Unruly Brewing Co. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Three top candidates emerged to represent the brewery.

The event was the first of three best beard nomination events planned this week. Events are also planned at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at Hennessy’s Irish pub at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The three nominees from each bar will be entered into a MLive poll which will be voted on by the community.

Jimmy Griswold, Randy Yeager and Cody Johnson were selected by a panel of judges to represent Unruly in the competition. Unruly owners Jeff Jacobson, Mark Gongalski and Eric Hoffman and brewer Trevor Torres served as judges.

Here is more information about Unruly Brewing’s three nominees:

Jimmy Griswold

Age: 31

From: Muskegon

Last time you shaved: 8 years

Famous beards you like: Aldon Olson, beard celebrity

Why should you win? “Because I have a really sweet beard.”

Randy Yeager

Age: 36

From: Muskegon

Last time you shaved: “I’ve had facial hair for most my life. I’ve had this beard for about a year.”

Famous beards you like: Chuck Norris, Abraham Lincoln

Why should you win? “Because I have a good beard. Honestly, I don’t care if I win. This is a fun thing to do, if I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t.”

Cody Johnson

Age: 28

From: Fruitport

Last time you shaved: May 27 was my beard birthday.

Famous beards you like: Abraham Lincoln, Kerry King from Slayer

Why should you win? “I really don’t think I should win. There are a lot of other guys around here that could. Some guys have really nice beards. I grow facial hair, that’s it.”

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: Veterans Day Eternal Flame ceremony, Scrabble fundraiser and more

In honor of Veterans Day, the Grand Haven American Legion is holding a Veterans Day Eternal Flame ceremony and a dinner for veterans in Grand Haven on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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Michigan’s Best: Muskegon pie lovers have crowned their area favorite

Jawors took the lead early in the voting and held on through the weekend, with 36 percent of the votes by midday Wednesday, Nov. 5

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Muskegon-area community leaders to perform at Frauenthal Follies Variety Show

Directors, presidents, chiefs and pageant queens are all expected to participate in The Frauenthal Follies Variety Show, which will take place at the historic theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

MUSKEGON, MI — Residents in the Muskegon area will have the opportunity to see a plethora of community leaders in a much different setting than they’re accustomed.

love muskegon - every ticket counts.jpgThe Frauenthal Follies Variety Show will take place at the historic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Courtesy Photo 

Directors, presidents, chiefs and pageant queens are all expected to participate in The Frauenthal Follies Variety Show, which will take place at the historic theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Muskegon County Commissioner Bob Scolnik will serve as the event’s emcee. The night of performances will include dancing,  singing, comedy, skits and more.

“We are thrilled and honored that so many community leaders and citizens have come together to give us their support,” said Linda Medema, sales and marketing manager of the FCPA. “To have all these people perform on our beautiful stage guarantees a great night of entertainment in downtown Muskegon.”

The variety show is being held to commemorate the launching of the Frauenthal’s new marking campaign, titled “Love Muskegon – Every Ticket Counts.” According to a press release, the event is a unique opportunity for the people of Muskegon County to renew their efforts of the “Love Muskegon” campaign.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $10. All seats are reserved and can be purchased at the Frauenthal’s box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 231-727-8001, Star Tickets at 800-585-3737 or online at www.frauenthal.org or www.startickets.com.

Performers expected to participate include:

Chris McGuigan — President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Patrick Johnson — Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Bob Lukens — Muskegon County community development director and head of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Steve Gawron — Muskegon mayor

Sheila Wahamaki — Director of the Center for Theater at Muskegon Community College

Andrew Zahrt –- Muskegon Civic Theater

Chief Jeff Lewis — Muskegon’s director of Public Safety

Judy Hayner –- Executive director of Muskegon Museum of Art

Dale Nesbary –- Muskegon Community College president

Carla Hill — President and CEO of West Michigan Symphony

KT Maviglia –- Miss Michigan 2014

Alisha Gatchel –- Miss Teen Michigan 2014

Julianna Maleszyk — Little Miss Michigan 2014

Blanche Smith –- Former Muskegon mayor

Kim Sorenson & Kendyl White

Big Daddy Fox

Emma and Lily Tilden

RC Productions

Mike Olthoff and Company

Muskegon Civic Theater

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co.

Several surprise guests

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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Muskegon-area community leaders to perform at Frauenthal Follies Variety Show

Directors, presidents, chiefs and pageant queens are all expected to participate in The Frauenthal Follies Variety Show, which will take place at the historic theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

MUSKEGON, MI — Residents in the Muskegon area will have the opportunity to see a plethora of community leaders in a much different setting than they’re accustomed.

love muskegon - every ticket counts.jpgThe Frauenthal Follies Variety Show will take place at the historic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Courtesy Photo 

Directors, presidents, chiefs and pageant queens are all expected to participate in The Frauenthal Follies Variety Show, which will take place at the historic theater located at 425 W. Western Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Muskegon County Commissioner Bob Scolnik will serve as the event’s emcee. The night of performances will include dancing,  singing, comedy, skits and more.

“We are thrilled and honored that so many community leaders and citizens have come together to give us their support,” said Linda Medema, sales and marketing manager of the FCPA. “To have all these people perform on our beautiful stage guarantees a great night of entertainment in downtown Muskegon.”

The variety show is being held to commemorate the launching of the Frauenthal’s new marking campaign, titled “Love Muskegon – Every Ticket Counts.” According to a press release, the event is a unique opportunity for the people of Muskegon County to renew their efforts of the “Love Muskegon” campaign.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $10. All seats are reserved and can be purchased at the Frauenthal’s box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 231-727-8001, Star Tickets at 800-585-3737 or online at www.frauenthal.org or www.startickets.com.

Performers expected to participate include:

Chris McGuigan — President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Patrick Johnson — Grand Rapids Community College dance faculty instructor, co-owner of PT Arts Consulting and director of West MI Flight Academy

Bob Lukens — Muskegon County community development director and head of the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Steve Gawron — Muskegon mayor

Sheila Wahamaki — Director of the Center for Theater at Muskegon Community College

Andrew Zahrt –- Muskegon Civic Theater

Chief Jeff Lewis — Muskegon’s director of Public Safety

Judy Hayner –- Executive director of Muskegon Museum of Art

Dale Nesbary –- Muskegon Community College president

Carla Hill — President and CEO of West Michigan Symphony

KT Maviglia –- Miss Michigan 2014

Alisha Gatchel –- Miss Teen Michigan 2014

Julianna Maleszyk — Little Miss Michigan 2014

Blanche Smith –- Former Muskegon mayor

Kim Sorenson & Kendyl White

Big Daddy Fox

Emma and Lily Tilden

RC Productions

Mike Olthoff and Company

Muskegon Civic Theater

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co.

Several surprise guests

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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