Cooking is a family affair for LaKisha Harris.  It's been a point of discussion for her since day one with us here and her heritage and mentorship from her mom and grandmother come shining through in everything she makes and serves.  It's only natural that she'd be passing those secrets down too to her daughter Rheyma would be in on some of the cooking that goes on.  Actually, "Mini Soul" as she is often referred to in close circles is usually just off the camera trying to get a peek at what's being recorded or, she's been known to tell the camera guy to "stick around and help her momma with the dishes", which he's been known to do.

We are humbled, excited and honored all at once over this one!  We mainly focus on all things Muskegon by intent of course, but quietly we also know that we've got a little bigger audience than just our area and that's part of the plan.  We work daily to share more good things about our area and then once we find them, we utilize just about ever avenue we can find to amplify that message to a much wider audience so they too can hear the real story about who we are and why we are the truly incredible community we don't get enough credit for.  (Steps down off the soap box)

The AMAZING Chef LaKisha Harris is back!  We kinda figured on our first meeting that we found us a rock star and we were right.  Not only has she gotten her restaurant on Glade Street in Muskegon Heights open for daily service, she's been a part of the advance of Taste of Muskegon again, she's got her catering business rollin' and if that's not enough, she's finding time to teach kids how food is prepared and what it takes to get a career in culinary arts going.  When we said we found a dynamo a little over a year ago, we have never been happier to be 100% correct-a-mundo on a subject!  This gal is on fire!

We welcomed DP Comics and Collectables on with us as a sponsor here a while back.  DP Comics is both a brick and mortar store on Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores as well as an online retailer of all things super cool when it comes to comics and collectables.  Don has built a wonderful business out of sharing joy and passion for things that spark memories, bring fun and also bring people together to reminisce about days gone by.  At his shop location however, Don saw a really unique opportunity so with a little pixie dust and with the thought of adding in something that has gone by the way side, it was time to adjust the name of the physical place while maintaining the online name.

We have put together a feature length highlight video for the Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen 2021. In the video you will find the introduction to all the contestants, crowning and awards, selected talent showcase, special guest Pam Eldred (1969 Miss Michigan, 1970 Miss America), and introducing this year's Miss Michigan Princesses.

As we sat it out last year, and "it" meaning all of it, we were all given a chance to see just how important all of the extra added things we love in Muskegon meant to us.  Everything and everyone took a hit when it comes to the events that fill our hearts and our streets..and for some, our pocket books.  It's in the rearview for the most part now and getting back to the fun stuff....well, it's a welcome sigh of relief to everyone.

Mona Shores High School Choir Presents - The 49th Annual Pop Go The Sailors
The first "Pop Go The Sailors" was presented in 1973, started by Mr Skip Frizzell, choir director at that time. Each show since 1983 has been based on one theme, for example 2017 - 'Staches & Lashes, 2018 - That's Entertainment, 2019 20th Century, 2020 - Stay Home, and now in 2021, MIXTAPE. Senior walk off is also included at the end of the performance.

June this year will bring a lot of relief to many, especially those who enjoy outdoor activities like a nice round of golf at Chase Hammond June 12th to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore!  Last year, they were able to get one in in the fall, but like most anything else a revised schedule, some spins on what was and what is going to happen have had to be factored in and one thing has remained constant.  The work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does for the kids who need their help as well as the adults that help those kids by being a friend, mentor and just all around awesome individual.

All aboard!  The summer sets sail on the Aquastar with a Muskegon tradition and after 2020 where she sat in port all year, it's time to get back out and get on the water and ask for blessings for safety and fun.  The Muskegon treasure tour ship the Aquastar is ready to usher in the season with the Blessing of the Boats on May 30th at 12:45.  You even have a chance to win tickets by watching the video!

We're back at the Soul Filled Eatery on Glade Street in Muskegon Heights for and she's going to take a recipe that your mom used to make that took all day and get it done in a matter of minutes!  Soul Filled stuffed bell peppers is what we're talking about and the flavor and taste is as big and bold as ever!  Here we go!

It's been a never ending adaptation of pretty much everything as we've gone through the last year plus.  We've seen the best in some of us, and sometimes the circumstances have pushed us all to who we'd rather not be.  We've had things taken away, we've had things come along we didn't know we needed and as we continue the path to returning to what will be, we're starting to see that some of the things that unite us most carry on and find ways to make sure they continue on safely like the Mercy Health Seaway Run which will be happening in Muskegon in 52 short days.  Race Director Bryan Lambert joins me for a talk about the event.