Frosty Fun: Enjoying the bone-chilling West Michigan winter

Written by Kyle Austin and Jessica Smith | Friday, 21 December 2012 17:12 |

The North American Snow Festival in Cadillac kicks off with a chili cook-off, leading into Friday's events, which include a fun run, speed fishing and a Texas hold 'em tournament.

Top 5 Winter Beverages

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 21 December 2012 17:06 |

Cue Vader's Imperial March and storm to downtown Grand Rapids for the inevitable return of Founders Imperial Stout. This 10.5% ABV silky smooth stout is brewed in 10 varieties of malted barley and remains complex and rich.

The Winter Issue: Sledding Hills

Written by Kyle Austin and Cami Sorensen | Friday, 21 December 2012 17:02 |

Time may have given us the iPhone 5, GPS and blankets with sleeves, but it has yet to improve on the indelible combination of a thin piece of cheap plastic and a steep, snowy slope.

Put Some ICEing on Your Winter

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:56 |

After all the countless hours spent inside complaining about the cold, it's time to man up and face it head on. Ice-cold temperatures and snow piles are good for sculptures, sports, sledding and gathering.

Heated Patios

Written by By Jennifer Cuffman and Stephanie Kang | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:54 |

Food and drinks just taste better outside. But winter always seems to ruin this luxury by making it unbearably cold. Defy Mother Nature this winter by going to any of these four locations that harmonize our love for the outdoors with our love of reasonable levels of body heat.

The Winter Issue: Fire(place) Escapes

Written by Meaghan Minkus | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:49 |

It's a bit of a bookworm-y stereotype to be curled up next to a fireplace with a mug of warm coffee, cocoa or tea and a good book during long, cold winter months.

January Sink's Spins on Music: Four Finger Five; Kris Hitchcock; An Dro

Written by John Sinkevics | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:40 |

There are as many endings as beginnings on West Michigan's music scene, sparked by the ups and downs of venues and clubs or the germinations and gyrations of local bands. Such is the case with Muskegon's popular Four Finger Five, an uber-talented trio.

Q&A with Victoria Upton, former art director for Music Revue

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 21 December 2012 16:19 |
Q&A

Sometime in the '80s. Doug Fast asked me to work for his publishing company. I was involved in design at the time and I thought, 'I could make this into a cool-looking magazine.'

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