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My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award

My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award

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GRAND HAVEN, (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- Grand Haven High School freshman Holly Wright was announced a Third Prize Winner in C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam documentary competition for her entry "Project Energy".

Wright's documentary about "the U.S., our energy sources, and what Congress can do to help" earned her a $750 cash prize, and was one of 150 students and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes, awarded for winning documentaries.

My Town Grand Haven: Date set for Chilly Blues Music Festival

My Town Grand Haven: Date set for Chilly Blues Music Festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The date is set for the return of the Chilly Blues.

Downtown Grand Haven will host the festival April 25-26.  This is the 22nd year for the Chilly Blues Music Festival and Cook-off, which traditionally includes a mix of local, regional and national blues performances along with a chili cook-off contest.

Organizers plan to release additional event information next week.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan will present a look at the foundation of the home (the kitchen) in 1914 as Loutit District Library’s centennial series continues on Thursday, March 6.

Buchanan will present hands-on items, like kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools, along with a PowerPoint slideshow featuring such household items as wringer washers and wood/gas cook stoves.

In addition, Nancy will cover new-fangled items of the time, affordable only to the wealthy. She will share those as well as items used by average Grand Haven households.

Buchanan will conclude with a discussion on common foods mom would have made in 1914.

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Grand Haven: Great Lakes author & diver to discuss book about 1950 mystery of Flight 2501

My Town Grand Haven: Great Lakes author & diver to discuss book about 1950 mystery of Flight 2501

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Feb. 27 to hear about the worst commercial aviation disaster of its time.

Award-winning author and inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame Valerie van Heest will discuss her new book, "Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers" beginning at 7 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

On June 23, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501, a DC-4 with 58 souls on board, disappeared over Lake Michigan. Shredded human remains washing up on the beaches of West Michigan served as evidence of the country’s worst commercial aviation disaster. The wreck was never located and the cause of the accident was never determined.

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - - Voice Activated readers will present a variety of Vaudeville skits, playlets and adapted short stories popular with Americans in 1914 at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Both humorous and serious, the pieces illustrate ways society has changed in a century as well as ways it is still quite the same.

This program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School district. 

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Enjoy live music by folk fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman at Spring Lake District Library Sunday, Feb. 16 as part of the  library’s free Music by the Fireplace concert series.

Youngman will be performing  from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youngman uses unconventional techniques on the guitar such as drumming on the body of the guitar, two- hand tapping on the neck, and extensive use of harmonics to create the illusion of a full band coming out of one guitar. He incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop, celtic, funk, and classical genres in his blend of traditional and contemporary music.