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Written by Pentwater Chamber   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:40
Pentwater Chamber of Commerce July Newsletter
                                July 2014
In This Issue
Miller Scholarship Pie Contest
Farmer's Market
Weekly Repeats
Monthly Repeats
August Highlights
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Visit Pentwater this July! 


Stop by the chamber for information about what fun things there are to do here to make your vacation special. Even the locals may find something new!   We look forward to your visit. 


Pentwater Annual Miller's Scholarship

Pie Contest                       

apple-pie-flag.jpg July 3rd, 8am-4pm - Village Green
Honored Guests Senator Geoff Hansen & Representative Jon Bumstead will be in attendance.
8-10am - Pie registration
11am - Raffle Ticket Sales, Buy a slice, Refreshments
2pm - Pie Eating Contest
3pm - Winners Announced and Pie Auction followed by Raffle Drawing
Dusk - Fireworks over Lake Michigan
Money raised goes to college scholarships all over the USA.  Any student attending college in the 2014-15 school year are eligible for the drawing. 
Scholarship Guidelines:
  • One entry per pie baked or pie bought
  • One entry for volunteering for July 3rd
  • One entry per purchased pie during auction
  • One entry per $50 spent on the purchase of a pie during auction
  • One entry per $50 spent on Sponsorship
Activity Sponsors:  Walmart, Shelby State Bank, Gale's Agency, West Michigan Restoration, Ludington Beverage, Cosmic Candy Company
Red Sponsors:  Beacom Family Chiropractic, Provisions, The Village Café and Pub
Blue Sponsors:  Pet Hollywood Boutique & Spa
More volunteers are needed.  Please contact the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce for more information.  www.pentwater.org or 231-869-4150.



The Pentwater Chamber is still looking for donations to our Fireworks Fund.  If you would like to help please fill out the Firework Donation Form.  Thank you. 
Schedule of Fireworks in the area:
Pentwater - July 3rd  
Hart - July 2nd
Ludington - July 4th
Silver Lake - July 4th  


Pentwater Farmer's Market                       

Mon & Thurs 10am-1pm

Village Green 


More than 20 area businesses have signed up to participate in Pentwater Farmer's Market on the village green, which is now open Mondays and Thursdays between 10 am - 1 pm through Labor Day.


The Pentwater Farmers' Market is very pleased to accept coupons for both Michigan's Project Fresh and Senior Project/Market Fresh again this season. Project Fresh is a program that makes fresh produce available to women and children (under age 5) who are enrolled in the WIC Program. Senior Market/Fresh is part of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program providing adults over age 60 who qualify to receive unprocessed Michigan grown produce.

Pentwater Junior Sailing Program
Mon thru Fri in July, Village Launch Ramp Site

Ages 8-18
10-11:30am Beginners
12:30-1:45pm & 2-3:15pm Intermediate
One hour fun sails available. 

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July 3, 11am - 3pm

Carl Sams & Jean Stoick

New book premiere of I am Africa.

African themed activities with atlas & books.


Independence Bike Parade 

July 4 at 10am - Charles Mears State Park

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Encouraging all participants to decorate their bikes, strollers, wagons and pets in red, white and blue.

Meet at the park headquarters building at 9:45am where participants will be divided into the following groups: 0 to 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 to 9 years, 10 and up! Also this year there will be a pet category.

At 10:00am participants will be paraded throughout the park and past three judges. Prizes donated by local business will be distributed in each age division. This event is sure to be fun for the whole family!


L.A.S.S.I. Loop 5K & Doggie Dash
July 5, 8am Charles Mears State Park
A loop through the Village of Pentwater.  Register at www.LassiLoop5k.com
NEW! Doggie Dash - 8:15am at Mears State Park Doggie Beach.  1 Mile Jog/Walk with your dog. 
Proceeds Support L.A.S.S.I.

JTS RV Celebrating 50 Years of Business!
July 5, 9am-1pm at JTS RV


JTS RV, formerly Jack's Trailer Sales, has been family owned and operated since 1964.
Donuts, cupcakes, coffee and punch will be served
7222 S. Pere Marquette Hwy, Pentwater

The Salty Cats

July 5, 7pm Village Green, Pentwater

Free concert of Country, Blues and Bluegrass. 
Sponsored by the Pentwater Arts Council
Marine VFW Pancake Breakfast
July 6, 8am-Noon, Pentwater VFW Hall
Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at the Pentwater VFW Hall with proceeds going to Marines Helping Marines. Serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Bacon, Fruit, and Coffee. All you can eat! Costs: Adults: $7.00, Children (5-12): $3.00, and Children under 5: Free.

Youth Tennis Clinic

July 7-11, 6:30-8pm, Tennis Courts at Pentwater Tennis ClubTennis 

8 - 16 years old - Boys and Girls

Non-members $10


Call Walt Urick a 231-873-4279 or Coach Brown at 517-745-6113

Private lessons available June 9 through September 2

All levels of skill accepted.  

Boating Safety Course
July 10 &11 8am-Noon, Pentwater Yacht Club
boat safety

To register or need more information call Deputy Tim Simmon at 231-873-6771 or 231-873-2121.  

Guest Author at Storybook Village
July 11, 3:30-5:30pm, Storybook Village, Pentwater
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Robyn Smith & Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen


Children Art Lessons

231-869-3120 for more information

Pentwater Ladies' Classic Tournament
July 12, 8am-1pm - Weigh-in at the Marina
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Cold snack potluck immediately after
 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Prizes for each species: Biggest King, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Brown and Lake Trout
Sign up at Village Marina with Sharri German @ 616.889.4298  
Charlie's Marina (see Juanita) or Pam Cornell @ 517.719.5912
Call for more information or sign up with Lyn Snider @ 616.291.2568
50th Pentwater Art & Craft Fair
July 12, 9am-5pm Village Green
Fine Arts Fair
Hosted by the Pentwater Jr. Women's Club.

Each year the Pentwater Jr. Women's Club has a juried Art and Craft Fair. Artists from all over the country. The only food vendor is the Pentwater Service Club, a local group that supports our area through donations and services.


Art Fair Luncheon and Fair Trade Show
July 12, 11am-2pm, Centenary United Methodist Church
Put on by United Methodist Women.  Barbecues, beans, chick salad, pies and more. There will also be "white elephant" sale table. The church is located on the corner of Hancock and First Street, across from the Post Office.
All proceeds for Outreach Programs. 
Annual Ox Roast
July 13, 11am-3pm, St. Joseph's Hall,
2349 W. Jackson Road, Hart (Weare)


Buffet Style Dinner:  Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Baked Beans, Asparagus, Cole Slaw, Pie

Take Out Available

Games, Bingo, Raffles, 50/50, Silent Auction, Baked Goods, Puddle Jumper Classic Car Group, Crafts, Beverages


Adults - $11, Kids 5-11 - $6, Kids under age 5 eat free


Town and Country All School Reunion
July 13, 1-4pm Johnson Park, Mears

Hosted by Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society

Potluck Lunch at 2pm

Johnson Park, 1 block west of stop light in Mears 

Fascinatin' Rhythms  
July 15, 7pm First Baptist Church
Jazz Band
Hosted by Friends of Pentwater Library.

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra

For more than 35 years the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra has been one of Michigan's premier jazz ensembles, featuring some of the finest musicians in the area playing swinging original compositions and arrangements as well as traditional favorites. The band features one of Pentwater's own, Ted Craig, on trumpet.


Pentwater Sportfishing Mini Tournament
July19, 6am, 1pm Weigh-in at Village Marina
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$10.00 To Enter daily
Pay Out Will Be for: Big Fish, Most Fish, Mystery Weight 

1st Place -  50% of Daily Purse

2nd Place - 30% of Daily Purse

3rd Place -  20% of Daily Purse

Bruce Koorndyk 517-202-7213


Grand Opening Exhibit "100 Years of the Golden Fair"
July 19, 10am - 4pm Mears

Old Town Hall, Fox Road at Morrison Street, Mears

Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society


Blooming Art Garden Walk & Art Auction
July 19, 11am-4pm Village Green and Gardens


The Garden Club of Pentwater in collaboration with the Pentwater Arts Council will again feature many lovely gardens in Pentwater area along with artist demonstrations, both in the gardens and around the village.

Tickets with maps to the various gardens will be available from Garden Club members and at the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce Office.  On July 19, tickets with maps will be available at the top of the Village Green.

Cost:  Adults: $10 each.

4:30 Art Auction of Work created in gardens and on Village Green
Dedication of "Trapper Ralph's Cabin"
July 20, 2pm Oceana Historical Park


4pm - Annual Meeting for Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society

Swedish Church in the Oceana Historical Park


Getting Excited About Science
July 22, 7pm Friendship Center

Presented by Pentwater Library Special Programs. 
Steve Belliveau Explores the science behind sound. Introducing his supercharged jammin' banjo...the JAMBO!
Open House at the Pentwater Township Library
July 23, 6:30pm Pentwater Library

Meet the new Library Director, staff, and Trustees and see what's new at your library.  At 7pm there will be a presentation detailing where we've been and where we're going.  There will also be time for questions and feedback. 


Back from the Mac Party
July 25, 5pm Pentwater Yacht Club


Expected adequate channel depths should attract dozens of Chicago to Mackinac racing sailboats and crews to overnight in Pentwater on Friday, July 25, and attend this year's Back from the Mac Party at the Pentwater Yacht Club.  


"Everyone in the community is again invited to join in the fun, enjoy a great meal, listen and dance to a terrific band, and welcome the sailors," said party chair Laura Ellam.  "Seeing all those sailboats rafted together in front of the PYC, against the backdrop of the channel entrance, is a real sign of summer.  But so is enjoying charcoal grilled corn-on-the-cob that's dripping in butter!"


The popular West Michigan band "Mid-Life Crisis" again entertains between 8 p.m.-midnight, and features music from the 60's, 70's and 80's.  "The band tells us our party is one of their most favorite gigs, and we are really happy to have them back this year."


Tickets go on sale at the Yacht Club at 5 pm on July 25.  A dinner/entertainment ticket costs $20 ($6 for children ages 6-12).  For those coming for the entertainment and cash bar between 8 p.m. - midnight, there's a $10 cover.    


"This will be our 18th year of throwing this terrific party," said Ellam.  "Stopping in Pentwater for the night and partying in our spectacular setting has become a real tradition for many of the race contestants."


This will be the 106th year of this annual race, affectionately known as "The Mac," and it begins on July 19.   Some 350 boats, with hulls ranging between 30-80 feet in length, compete in multiple classes.  Most boats typically take between 40-60 hours to complete the 289 nautical mile course depending on boat type and wind conditions.   The boats returning to their home ports and stopping in Pentwater, will have traveled 160 nautical miles from Mackinac after competing in the race.  


Skippers can find the latest Pentwater Channel depths posted at www.pentwaterchannel.org or www.pentwateryachtclub.com.


For more information, call the Yacht Club at 231-869-8921

Whitey Wegner Memorial Take-A-Kid Fishing Day 
July 26, 6am Village MarinaPicture taken by John Wegner


Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association, Oceana County 4-H, and supported by many local merchants. 

Boat assignments start at 6:00 a.m., Village Marina, and boats return at 11:30 a.m. to the Village Marina for weigh-in and pictures. Fish are weighed, filleted and bagged for participants to take home later.

Food, drink, ice cream and prizes are awarded to participants and boat skippers at the Eagles Club on Oceana Drive. Each youngster gets at least one bag of fish fillets to take home. Bragging rights, trophies, inland tackle and other prizes are at stake, so Let's Take-A-Kid Fishing!

231-425-7866 or www.pentwaterpsa.org

Summer Weekly Repeats


Mon & Thurs - Pentwater Farmers Market 10am-1pm at Village Green
Tues - Story Hour & Reading Program 10am & 1pm at Pentwater Township Library
Tues - Pickin' in Pentwater 7pm at Village Green
Tues - Comedy Night 9pm at The Village Pub
Wed - Community Dinner 4pm at Centenary United Methodist Church
Wed & Sat - Ensign Sailboat Races, Pentwater Yacht Club
Wed & Sun - Live Blues & Jazz Music at Gull Landing
Thurs - Civic Band Concerts 8pm at Village Green
Fri - Bingo 6:30pm at VFW Hall
Multiple days a week - State Park Explorer Program at Charles Mears State Park.  Call 231-869-2051 for more details or visit the calendar at www.pentwater.org.

Summer Monthly Repeats


1st Wed - HeartSong Drumming Circle - Pentwater Township Library
3rd Sat - After Hours Used Book Sale - Pentwater Township Library
Last Fri - Last-Friday-of-the-Month Gallery Stroll
August Highlights
Homecoming Banner 2010 Pentwater Homecoming Celebration
Aug 14th - 17th
Les Bailey Memorial Band Concert, Sand Sculpture Contest, Grand Parade, Fireworks and more.  www.pentwater.org
L.A.S.S.I. Shake, Wag, 'n Roll
Aug 9 - Village Green
Ensign Nationals Sailboat Races
Aug 17- 21 Pentwater Yacht Club
Annual Sidewalk Sales
Aug 22 & 23
Wooden Boat Show and Parade
Aug 23
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