West Michigan is a long way from the North Pole, but there’s no shortage of yuletide-inspired shindigs throughout December. From unique Christmas shopping options to extravagant holiday events, here’s a shortlist of holly, jolly happenings.
November is filled with decadent delights and extraordinary sights. Enjoy acrobats on wacky bicycles, unusual pizza recipes, a burlesque anniversary bash and a romp through a den of chocolate.
Computer technology and the Internet gives creative minds the confidence and knowledge to affordably build, break, smash, tinker and tailor the world around us. We’re able to create something new, then post the tutorial to inspire others. Make it and they will come – and the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is the perfect meeting spot for go-getting, DIY originators.
I love going to prison. Once in a while I head west on I-96 from my place in Lansing to Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia to see Stephen Grant, the man convicted of strangling and dismembering his wife in 2007. The first time I did it I was writing a true-crime book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder (Penguin/Berkley, 2009), and Grant was cooperating.
On the surface, the cities of Caseville, in winter-logged Michigan, and Key West, in sun-soaked Florida, don’t have much in common. Look a little closer and similarities start to emerge. They’re both beach communities. They’re both situated at the tips of peninsular states. They both rely strongly on the tourism industry. And for the last 17 years, they’ve both claimed the world’s most prodigious beach bum as their patron saint.
If you’re a summertime loving sort who is clutching at your heart because August features the slow death knell of all that is great (sunshine), not to fret. While the roads will soon be treacherously iced over, there’s still time to venture outside of West Michigan on an eclectic road trip across the state. Fire up the motorcar, it’s time to go!
Four years ago, Rob Bliss questioned his professional mettle. He was in the middle of shooting a now-famous Grand Rapid lip-dub video, taking a chance on his creative dreams but uncertain about his professional future, which he feared was headed nowhere fast.
One evening during the filming, Bliss returned home from a date where he was so poor "I paid for it in quarters" to find his modest apartment destroyed after a water main broke and flooded it, swamping his computers and treasured possessions including his guitars.
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