King Tut
Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Public Museum

 

With a mysterious death and unidentified parentage, King Tut still has people talking. The conversation continues with the Great Lakes regional debut of The Discovery of King Tut May 16 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Making only the third stop on its US tour, The Discovery of King Tut combines media and over 1,000 replicas of the most important finds reconstructed by master Egyptian craftsman to tell the story of the discovery of the tomb and give insight into the beliefs of ancient Egyptians and the afterlife.

The Discovery of King Tut gives visitors a chance to see recreations of objects that are no longer allowed to travel outside of Egypt,” Kate Moore, vice president of marketing and public relations for GRPM, said. “This will be the only place visitors can see objects like this and the story of the discovery told in this way – just as Howard Carter found it in 1922.” [read more…]

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Get ready for three days of fun in downtown Grand Rapids: the 46th annual Festival of the Arts starts at noon on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. Streets downtown will be shut down so you can enjoy free arts and entertainment for the entire weekend while you tempt your taste buds with treats from dozens of food booths.

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Festival of the Arts began in 1970, inspired by Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse, which was installed the previous year. Calder also created the original Festival sun logo, which Festival of the Arts still uses today. Two stages and a few food booths on Calder Plaza comprised that first three-day community arts celebration—Festival of the Arts now attracts nearly half a million visitors each year. [read more…]

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Spring is a delightful time to be in the woods, a period when wildflowers bloom brilliantly in Grand Rapids area parks and woods. Hit it right and you may be dazzled by white and lavender hepatica blooming on sunny hillsides, or the brilliance of yellow marsh marigolds along creek banks and wetlands.

“John Ball Park has really amazing wildflowers,” offers Kristin Tindall, a master naturalist at Blandford Nature Center, in Grand Rapids. “I’ve never seen more bloodroot in one place, and there are trout lilies.

“It’s also really hard to beat Aman Park. Virginia bluebells grow there along with trilliums and green dragons, a flower related to the Jack-in-the pulpit.”

Hepaticas at Aman Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hepaticas like these found at Aman Park grow abundantly on sunny hillsides. Photo by Howard Meyerson.

Aman Park, owned by the city of Grand Rapids, is located at 0-1895 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest, 15 minutes from downtown, about six miles west of the city. The well-marked trails there wander through rolling, forested hills and along creeks and streams where wild flowers are abundant. [read more…]

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55 Reasons Locals Love Grand Rapids

by Melody VanderWeide on May 12, 2015

Grand Rapids skyline
So Much to Love in Grand Rapids

We’ve been watching Grand Rapids transform its downtown over the last two decades. With each new addition… an arena, an expanded medical corridor, an indoor market, an event called ArtPrize, just to name a few… we think, “Wow, can it get any better than this?” Brilliantly, it does. It just keeps getting better. Grand Rapids is blessed with a rare mix of visionaries who get things done. We have a city government flexible enough to think outside of the box while still being responsible with our resources. We live in Grand Rapids and we love it. Here are just some of the reasons why: [read more…]

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Since April 1995, locals and visitors have flocked to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to enjoy both the fantastic, diverse gardens and the beautiful sculptures and exhibits. Beginning June 13, 2015, they’ll be able to visit the Garden’s newest addition: an 8-acre Japanese Garden, whose horticultural elements, like Japanese flowering cherry trees and flowing lavender wisteria, combine with scenic bridges, waterfalls and an authentic Japanese teahouse to evoke tranquility in the midst of a busy world. “When you go back and forth, and down all the twists, turns, and paths, it takes quite a while,” says Joseph Becherer, Chief Curator and Vice President, Frederik Meijer Gardens. “You don’t race through. It’s a garden design that really does force you to slow down.”

Masayuki Koorida, Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids

Japanese Garden, photo credit: Dean Van Dis

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Bike Your Way Around Grand Rapids

by Kelly McGrail on May 6, 2015

West Michigan bike trails; White Pine Trail

Grand Rapids is a top “Bicycle-Friendly Community” according to the League of American Bicyclists. Bring your bike with you this May to tackle hundreds of miles of bike lanes and trails, and participate in these great events:

Active Commute Week 2015. Sign up for the ACW Challenge and log your active trips Monday-Friday, May 11-15 to receive cool prizes. Compete as an individual or as a member of an employer team in this one-week challenge.

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15 – and Grand Rapids is celebrating with special bicycle pit stops throughout the area. Bike by from 7 am to 9 am for refreshments and giveaways.

Grand Rapids Ride of Silence. This five-mile ride through Grand Rapids raises awareness of bikers’ rights and shows respect for cyclists who’ve been injured or killed. Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm.

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10 Things You Never Knew About Greater Grand Rapids

by Ian Douglass April 30, 2015

Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is “Furniture City,” the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to Grand Rapids and its surrounding region in recent years, and both locals and tourists have taken note of the changes. So, […]

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Get Ready to be Wowed by the Creativity and Performers in LiveArts

by Kirsetin Morello April 23, 2015

Friday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m., you can experience LiveArts at the Van Andel Arena. It’s an incredibly collaborative production filled with creative elements that are sure to inspire you, surprise you, touch your heart and keep you thinking long after you leave the arena. The Grand Rapids Symphony, the Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera […]

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Trails and Trees, Birds and Squirrels, Maple Syrup and More – Grand Rapids’ Nature Centers Are Outdoorsy Fun For All Ages

by Howard Meyerson April 16, 2015

Two minutes from the traffic on East Beltline Avenue is a peaceful, natural setting full of surprises. In spring the woods fill with natural sounds – sweet bird songs by day and a chorus of frogs and toads at night.

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On the Grand Rapids Food Trail

by Lyndsay Israel April 14, 2015

My dad, who grew up in the South, likes to say that “we eat to avoid getting hungry.” While it’s clear that this isn’t the healthiest advice, I can wholeheartedly advocate that Grand Rapids is a great place to (over)indulge your wildest foodie dreams. In February of this year, the food scene in GR became a […]

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