LIFESTYLE & ARTS

Grand Haven’s First ‘Adults-Only’ Resort Opens To Ecstatic Reviews & Waiting Lists

Last month’s Grand Opening of the Kama Sutra Lodge sparked some controversy and debate about the merits versus perils of having an ‘adults-only’ resort in Grand Haven, especially one that openly advertises an S&M Dungeon in its cellar called ‘The Pirate’s Pit’, but owner and manager Xaviera Hollander believes even the negative publicity helped Kama Sutra…

New Exhibit at Grand Haven’s Fire Barn Gallery Draws Protests & Lawsuits

A controversial new art exhibit at Grand Haven’s Fire Barn Art Gallery has triggered protests and lawsuits from local activist-groups as well as The Grand River Times, raising doubts as to whether the gallery’s red-carpet Opening Night Gala Event will still take place at 6:00 pm on Thursday evening (July 16). Three separate lawsuits against…

Grand Haven Celebrates ‘Light Night’ Despite Protesters Demanding A ‘Dark Night’ Event

Despite a threat from protesters, residents and visitors gathered last night in downtown Grand Haven for the annual Light Night celebration sponsored by the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and the Downtown Development Authority. The gala was interrupted only once, by a small band of protesters who managed to unplug and destroy an…

Joe’s Wooden Nickel Celebrates Owner’s 3rd Arrest With Special TGI DUI-Friday Event

Anyone looking for things to do in Grand Haven this weekend should check out Friday night’s special TGI DUI-Friday Extravaganza at Joe’s Wooden Nickel on Washington Street. To commemorate owner Joe Fairbairn’s second DUI-arrest in less than thirty days (and his third arrest since opening the popular nightspot earlier this year), the event will feature…

ArtPrize & ArtWalk Overshadowed By ArtCruise – World’s First Drive-Thru Art Competition

Local art Commentators, Bloggers and observant Tweeters are attributing sagging attendance numbers at this year’s ArtPrize and ArtWalk competitions to the roaring success of ArtCruise, the world’s first drive-thru art competition. ArtCruise, which began last Saturday and runs through October 19, is already creating traffic jams on many local roads. The latest entrant in a…

Launch-Party For Grand River Times Gift Shop Marred By Police Raid & Arrest of Editor

Grand River Times Editor-in-Chief Duncan J. Stuart III anticipated that he might wake up this morning with a post-celebration hangover, but he never expected to spend the night in the Ottawa County Jailhouse, or to wake up facing arraignment in front of Chief Circuit Court Justice Edward Post. After launching the new Grand River Times…

Delays & Cost Overruns Force Local Woman To Suspend Self-Help Project

In a Facebook posting that surprised and saddened many of her 486 friends, family, and casual acquaintances, 39-year-old Bobbi Jo Lenmen has announced the temporary suspension of a two-year self-help program she began as a New Year’s Resolution in January 2013. Citing project delays and cost-overruns, the Forest Hills resident and mother of two wrote…

Rampaging Daffodils Mar Tulip Festival

The annual Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan was struck by tragedy this week, when rampaging and un-pruned Daffodils destroyed thousands of late-blooming Tulips before Police and event organizers could contain the errant flowers.  Hundreds of visiting tourists, which included more than a dozen bus-loads of senior citizens, witnessed the horticultural massacre from close range.  “It was…

Sociologists Prove ‘Folks’ Are Better People Than ‘People’

After years of debate between sociologists and psychologists, with psychiatrists choosing to remain neutral, researchers and students at Lakeshore Middle School’s Behavioral Sciences & Applied Research Labs will publish their controversial findings in next month’s New England Journal of Medicine.  Although researchers only shared excerpts from their forthcoming paper with the press gathered at yesterday’s…

Lighthouse Snubs Coal Tipple At Local Fundraising Event

At a $500-a-plate, black-tie fundraising event last night, local luminaries were stunned into silence when the long-rumored, but rarely seen feud between the Lighthouse and Tipple erupted at the gala meant to be a festive celebration of the local Community Fund’s successful fundraising efforts to cover the costs of the Lighthouse’s recent face-lift. According to numerous eyewitness accounts,…