The start to the beach season!  If you've been down by Pere Marquette recently, you'll see all the normal Spring signs.  There are plenty of home owners offering as much free sand as you like, The Deck is beginning to show some signs of life and people walking up to see if they are open yet.  You'll also see plenty of large machines to get the sand groomed, the streets swept up and our beautiful sugar sand beach open for people to enjoy from near and far.  It's such a treasure to Muskegon and one that's been seeing an uptick in activity for the last couple of years.

We've promised you some original programming and we're very thankful to Northern Michigan Outfitters for saying "Yes" to running their show on The Muskegon Channel.  Rory Rought and his crew are staying right here in Michigan this time and turkeys.....well, they had best be watching out.  In fact, right here in Muskegon County is where they filmed this second episode. 

The only thing missing will be the sound of the engines firing after the National Anthem...other than that, we're going to have a brand new event in Downtown Muskegon this year and it's going to be a heart pounding race!  The inaugural Port City Criterium is a bicycle race that will take place May 13th and you're invited to come check out this great new event and be part of something very exciting in Muskegon.  Yes...I am talking to you, the one who's always saying "There's never anything to do in Muskegon" know who you are!  :) 

It's know as Michigan's Most Beautiful Mile.  Situated between Muskegon and North Muskegon, the Veterans Memorial Park is surrounded by the Causeway.  It connects the two municipalities, it's a popular commuter route and it holds the history of Muskegon's dedication to freedom honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom we all hold so dear.

At the Muskegon Channel, we're out to help spread the word about the great things that go on in and around Muskegon.  If you read the "slug line" where it says "We have a new story to tell" we kinda mean just that and think that showing off what we've got is a great way to build a little self confidence in everyone and you know too... there's something cool about being "on the show."  We're out taping our own stuff, but there's a group of guys from right here in Muskegon that have been putting on a show for a while, and since we've got room for them, let's get you up to speed with Back 40 Predators. 

It's our humble honor to welcome a new face to the Muskegon Channel.  We are lucky enough to have the talented and fun Chef Char as pat of the team. Chef Char calls Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers Market home.  She's offers classes in healthy cooking, teaches kids how to make fun and nutritious meals and of course there are the desserts.  We'll be making a mixed berry pie on our first episode! 

The United Way and Consumers Energy are powerful partners in Muskegon.  The United Way does so much work to help the community and it's great companies like Consumers Energy...not to mention the employees of Consumers Energy who give of their time, talent and treasure to help with projects in the community.  It's one thing to write a check and consider it "your part", but the people of Consumers Energy are actually out on the street getting and things done by their hard work. 

We're all about a good time in Muskegon.  We'll find a reason to have some fun no matter the season, the cause, the group or the idea.  We love get togethers on a grand scale not only for the amazing things they do for the economy and the area....but we love them too because part of the fun of having something cool like a motorcycle, hot rod or in this case a Jeep....we love to show them off, talk about them and gather with others who enjoy the same.

The Women's Division Chamber of Commerce is an incredibly active group in Muskegon who use their collective influence to get some pretty remarkable things started as well as some pretty remarkable thing funded.  Founded in 1951 by a group of "civic minded women", the organization has grown to over 260 women today.  Over the course of the year, you'll find events like Dancing With the Local Stars which raises money for area food banks.  They also host a gigantic indoor sale called Trinkets and Treasures and Downtown Dancing at the Muskegon Farmers Market kicked off last year to great crowds and a lot of people coming back to Downtown Muskegon to witness first hand the renewal going on. 

We're proud to announce that the United Way of the Lakeshore has come on board as a sponsor for a year on the Muskegon Channel.  We reach a lot of people and the United Way has so many incredible things going, it's a natural fit and a great honor for them to see us as a great way to spread the message of what kind of work goes on to make Muskegon a better place to call home.  The United Way of the Lakeshore is actively on the streets.  You'll find youth programs, community engagement programs, educational programs and health programs all under the United Way banner.  You'll also find a caring local staff of people who believe as I do in what's best for all of us in our community.