XFC 27: Muskegon, MI | Dec. 13th, 2013
The XFC – Xtreme Fighting Championships have set their sights on Muskegon, MI Friday Dec. 13th, 2013 for their year ending, action packed, nationally televised professional MMA Event! Join us as several of the top local and national Male & Female superstars give the fans and the XFC all they’ve got live on AXS TV!
Doors open at 6:00pm ET, Fights start at 7:00pm ET LIVE on AXS TV Fights at 9pm ET
Tickets on sale at Beafantickets.com (Select your fav fighter)
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XFC 27 FIGHT CARD
Main Event Featherweight Championship:
Farkhad Sharipov (14-5) vs. Deivison Ribeiro (24-9)
Co-Main Event :
Dom O’Grady (15-6-1) vs Eric Reynolds (18-6) @ Lightweight 155 lbs.
Alexander Trevino (5-3) vs Dave Courchaine (15-6) @ Lightweight 155 lbs.
Marcus Reynolds (9-7) vs Dequan Townsend (5-2) @ Catchweight 180 lbs.
Daniel Swain (10-2) vs. JP Reese (10-7) @ Featherweight 145 lbs.
Dom Steele (9-4) vs Ryan Thomas (17-7) @ Welterweight 170 lbs.
Jacob Butler vs Joel Vincent @ 140 catchweight.
Tale of the Tape Fight Cards
XFC 27 – Farkhad Sharipov vs Deivison Ribeiro Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Dom Ogrady vs Eric Reynolds Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Alex Trevino vs Dave Courchaine Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Marcus Reynolds vs Dequan Townsend Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Daniel Swain vs JP Reese Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Dom Steele vs Ryan Thomas Live on Axstv
XFC 27 – Ray Lopez vs Shamir Garcia Undercard Prelims
XFC 27 – David Rohn vs Drew Morais Undercard Prelims
The annual downtown Muskegon Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Hackley Park.
The park was decked out in Christmas décor and the tree, which stands about 25 feet tall, was lit at approximately 5:30 p.m. The event included Christmas caroling by a barbershop choir and appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Food from Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack and hot drinks from Drip Drop Coffee was also be available.
Downtown Muskegon holiday events on Nov. 30
• Artisan Market at the Great Muskegon Woman’s Club — 280 W. Webster Ave.
• Craft Market at the Century Club Retail Center — 356 W. Western Ave.
• Teddy Bear Breakfast at the Muskegon Museum of Art — 296 W. Webster Ave.
• Historic holiday tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Scolnik Depression Era Home and the Fire Barn Museum — Various locations. Visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org for more information.
• Public Ice Skating from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena — 470 W. Western Ave.
• Christmas Tree sales at 4 p.m. at Hackley Park
• Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at Hackley Park
• Sing with Sam Cerniglia and Sylvia Yacoub at 6:30 p.m. at the Olthoff Street Stage — Corner of Third Street and Western Ave.
• Warren Miller ski/snowboard adventure film Ticket to Ride at 7 p.m. at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts — 425 W. Western Ave.
• Muskegon Civic Theatre’s The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays at 7:30 p.m. at the Beardsley Theater — 427 W. Western Ave.
Over the weekend I decided to take my kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art on a mission to try something new. Our first stop was to the lower level to participate in there arts, and crafts day. My children had a ball designing their own personal Christmas decorations with the help of the friendly staff. Our participation in the decorating activities earned us a free admission to the festival of the trees which takes place November 21-December 1.
After decorating we entered the movie theater where the grinch that stole christmas was playing. It was very enjoyable watching all the kids view this traditional holiday movie some for the first time.
Next we took a trip upstairs to take a look at all the art on display. Each room was filled with different pieces labeled with the dates, and a brief history about the creator. My children were amazed by all the colors, shapes, and designs of the pictures, and sculptures to choose from. I was very impressed at their reaction, and the details they noticed with each piece of art we encountered.
To end our day at the museum we took a trip down to the gift shop where we bought some nice items to commemorate our first family trip to the Museum. On a scale of 1-10 our trip to the Museum was an 11. My kids are still talking about all the activities we did, and we are planning another trip to see the festival of trees this weekend. If you have not had the chance to check it out you are missing some good old fashioned family fun, and you should plan a trip as soon as possible.
Shopping at Lakeshore Vapors was an experience to remember. I was tired of smoking and have been trying to quit for years, so when my friend told me about the store, I figured I would give vaping a try. The staff could instantly tell I was a “newbie”, and welcomed me with open arms. I was able to sample different flavors, and put together a starter kit with a flavor that fit me. I was trained on how to use my new device, and I am proud to say I have never been happier. Vaporizing is not only healthier for myself, but for all the people around me, not to mention my clothes are smoke free, and I don’t smell like cigarette smoke anymore.
Thank you to Lakeshore vapors for assisting me in my life change, and I will definitely use Lakeshore Vapors for all my vaporizing needs.
The Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is held annually on the first Saturday of November at Mona Shores High School. It’s the Lakeshore’s biggest show of the season!
Mona Shores Community Services announces its 33rd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Mona Shores High School, 1121 Seminole Road. More than 170 booths with exhibitors from across Michigan & Illinois selling handcrafted items. Shop in three gyms and cafeteria! It’s the Lakeshore’s biggest show of the season! Admission just $1. Start your holiday shopping here!
Saturday, 03 November, 2012
09:00 AM – 03:00 PM
Mona Shores High School
1121 Seminole Road
Muskegon, MI 49441
New Vendors: Applications are mailed out during the month of March. To be added to our mailing list, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mona Shores Community Services, 121 Randall Road, Norton Shores, MI, 49441. If you prefer, you may print the online application. Our show for 2013 is full.
For additional information, please call our office at (231) 780-4748 or contact us by e-mail.
Here are 10 reasons why you should help support your local economy.
1. PROTECT LOCAL CHARACTER AND PROSPERITY
Muskegon is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Muskegon’s diversity and distinctive flavor.
2. COMMUNITY WELL-BEING
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
3. LOCAL DECISION MAKING
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community, and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. KEEPING DOLLARS IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement, and promote community development.
5. JOB AND WAGES
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally. In some sectors local business can provide better wages, and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs, and into the middle class.
7. PUBLIC BENEFITS AND COSTS
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walk able town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. PRODUCT DIVERSITY
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Friday evening, September 13th proved to be very lucky for over 5000 people who were admitted free to the grounds of the Michigan Irish Music Festival thanks to the sponsorship of Family Federal Credit Union. The festival is supported by various Muskegon businesses and utilizes the skills and talents of over 700 volunteers.
The Festival kicked off with Festival favorite, Seamus Kennedy entertaining those people outside the gate awaiting entry and when the gates were opened, the three music venues, the numerous food and drink areas, and the two Irish markets were ready.
Twenty-four acts performed over the three day festival, with music and cultural events taking place spread over downtown Muskegon’s beautiful Heritage Landing, one group bragging that this was their 13th year with the festival.
Along with well-known and well-loved Celtic acts, “Slide” and “Scythian” both of which brought record crowds to their feet, another highlight of the festival that has become a traditional was the Saturday afternoon Toinol (pronounced “Chur-noll”). Organized by Slide member Eamonn de Barra, various musicians from all the different groups, perform together in what could be termed a giant “jam session”.
In the Cultural and Dance Tent, a highlight was a discussion by nationally renowned author, John “Red” Shea whose book, “Rat Bastards” describes his life prior to the break up of the Boston Mob ring of Whitey Bulgar.
The festival has expanded to have two separate Irish Markets where vendors from around the country display and sell Celtic related items such as jewelry, clothing, flags, and even scones and soda bread.
“Celtic Kitchen” is where local vendors served dishes from traditional Irish fare of boiled dinner to Irish Stew to sandwiches heaped with corned beef. No one could possibly go away hungry!
For the first time this year, the festival hosted the Highland Games, an athletic competition of various events showing strength and skill. Another first this year, and most likely a permanent fixture to the festival was the Irish “Tea Room” where one could relax with a scone and a nice hot cup of tea. Very Irish indeed!
This festival has become the favorite of not only the Muskegon area but brought visitors from as far away as Indiana, Chicago, Ohio, and other neighboring areas. The fact that the musical acts included a number of entertainers direct from Ireland really added that international flare that people have come to love.
One of the many reasons this festival is loved in this community is its support of Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. Every year, hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food goods are collected and the festival itself makes a significant financial donation.
So another successful Irish Fest is done for this year but already we are all looking forward to next September when we get to do it all over again!
Nature and art are two things with inherent natural beauty.
When the Nature’s Creative Edge Art Exhibit returns to Fruitport this weekend, visitors will get a chance to see both combined into one.
The exhibit covers five acres of groomed paths that wind through a forest filled with several large-scale sculptures and artistic arrangements.
The event is conducted at the home of Robert Friese near the corner of Sternberg Road and Hilton Park Road in Fruitport. It is open 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21 and 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
“This is a family friendly event,” said organizer Alice Waterous. “It includes paths winding through over five acres of wooded property next to Bob’s amazing garden and home.”
The event began as a master class in floral design but quickly developed into a large-scale art exhibit. Designers from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico regularly contribute to the exhibit.
This year’s theme is entitled “Architectural Expressions.” It challenges designers to present an aspect of architecture. Waterous said the displays will range from quite literal to completely abstract.
“It will cause the viewer to study and discover,” she said.
On Friday and Saturday, the exhibit is illuminated with spotlights and hundreds of candles creating an entirely new atmosphere for visitors.
“Guests may take their time,” Waterous said. “They can take photos, and enjoy the exhibit as night falls on the forest. The exhibit takes on an entirely new vision when lit by candles and spotlights.”
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the gate and at all Eastern Floral locations, Grand Haven Garden House, The Calico Cat and on Showclix. Credit cards and cash are accepted.
Parking for the event is free and is located on the south corner of Sternberg Road and Hilton Park Road. A complimentary shuttle bus is available to bring visitors to and from the event.
MUSKEGON, MI – As crews continued to remove signs, dismantle booths and break down stage set-ups at Heritage Landing county park Sunday afternoon, Coast West Music Festival organizers said the new six-day event ended with great success.
Coast West Fest, which ran July 1-6, drew an estimated 75,000 attendees in its first year, pleasing volunteer organizers who worked for months to bring local and national acts to Muskegon, said volunteer organizer and public relations specialist Cece Riley.
“For being a first year festival, we had a very limited number of issues,” Riley said. “It was a learning process for a lot of us. We already have some ideas of how we can improve next year.”
On most days, the event drew a five-digit number of festival-goers who enjoyed nearly 40 national headliners and local acts such as Hinder, Chicago, LeAnn Rimes, Buddy Guy, Vincent Hayes and Max and Ruth Bloomquist.
Organizers estimated the crowd at 10,000 on Monday, July 1; 8,000 on Tuesday; 15,500 on Wednesday; 16,000 on Thursday; 13,000 on Friday and 12,500 on the final day. Thursday’s Fourth of July festivities included a 25-minute fireworks show, which launched 1,300 fireworks over Muskegon Lake.
The holiday celebration also featured a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Sylvia Yacoub, a former contestant on NBC’s reality show, “The Voice.”
While rain showers contributed to the low attendance on July 2, Riley said the venue’s layout had doubled the event’s capacity and allowed attendees to spread out, contributing to the perception of low attendance on the other days.
“I think, overall, we were very pleased with the turnout,” Riley said. “It’s more than what we expected for our first year and most of the directors (Saturday) night were thrilled with how the week ended.”
Often dubbed as an imitation of Summer Celebration, which ran for nearly 20 years and brought local and national acts to Muskegon over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Coast West did not feature a paradel or Summer Celebration’s landmark midway. Instead, event organizers purposely focused on live entertainment, said Nick Bessinger, executive director of Coast West Music Festival and Muskegon Festival Group of Muskegon County.
“Booking music is always difficult. It took us eight months to get us where we were with this year’s event,” he said. “There were some acts that we were looking at that were unavailable and we’ll continue to work to get different types of genres every year.”
When asked what measures the committee had taken to help prevent some of the financial obstacles Summer Celebration faced, Bessinger said organizers remained focused on what they thought were the most important features, along with working with local vendors.
“There were some things that we felt we didn’t need to have at our festival so we didn’t use them,” Bessinger said. “Everybody just cut back. We made do with what we currently had without having to go out and buy a bunch of assets.”
Riley said the festival was still finalizing payments on Sunday. Bessinger said it will be “a while” before he could say if the festival made a profit.
In February, Coast West said on its Facebook page that the event would be shorter than Summer Celebration’s typical 10-day festival to make it “more sustainable for years to come.” The now defunct Summer Celebration ended with a $250,000 deficit in 2011.
“I’m not going to compare it to Summer Celebration because that has come and gone. (Coast West Fest) is not a continuation of Summer Celebration or Summer Celebration 2.0,” Bessinger said. “This is a brand new festival with a brand new organization — we started this festival with no debt.”
Along with support from Community Foundation of Muskegon County, the nonprofit festival’s key creditor, Bessinger said the volunteers and the expertise they contributed to the event’s planning played a big role in the festival’s success.
Riley said organizers took seriously the feedback they received via email and social media and will use those criticisms and suggestions to make improvements next year.
“A lot of people said they felt it was more laid-back and they really liked that,” Riley said, adding that people enjoyed the smaller MLive stage because it was “more intimate” and featured interesting bands.
Aside from the MLive stage, the event also featured a main stage at Heritage Landing and the First General Credit Union stage at “the point”.
The event garnered mostly positive reviews from attendees, though some critics said they wanted to see more food options and a tiki bar that the Summer Celebration festival once featured.
Aside from popular musical acts, the festival also featured a beverage tent dedicated to Michigan-brewed beers.
Riley said organizers would likely look at changing food selections to include more local options. For the first year, Riley said, organizers made sure not to feature too many vendors since they did not know what type of attendance the new festival would yield.
“We’re already starting to plan for next year and get ready earlier than when we did last year. So hopefully that will make it better in 2014,” Riley said. (Source: MLive)
Coast West Music Fest Pictures
Here’s a nice collection of photo’s from one of the main event photographers Facebook page.