All Ages FREE - Family Fun event! ON WESTERN AVENUE - DOWNTOWN MUSKEGON 6pm - 8pm

The Winter Sports Complex and Watermark Live are pleased to present as part of First Fridays Downtown Muskegon: Fires and Acoustics!

What is First Fridays Downtown Muskegon? It's a collaboration of businesses, municipalities, entrepreneuers, artists, advocates, Downtown Muskegon lovers, friends, collaborators and celebrators! It's a chance to experience and engage Downtown Muskegon with your family and friends! 

Mark your calendars and make your way to Downtown Muskegon October 7th - this is a First Friday you won't want to miss!! 6pm to 8pm

What can you expect? Stroll along Western Avenue and enjoy live entertainment at our bonfires as well as treats, activities, and fun mixed in between.

LUGE! Yes we will have out a luge! 

Archery - what? Yes! Come on out and shoot some targets!

Join us for dinner! Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack and Bone Ends will be on hand with their food trucks serving up the most delectable dining treats. Our Western Avenue restaurants also offer dine in and carry out items. Located on Western Avenue are: Third Street Grille, The Boar's Belly, REBEL PIES, Top Shelf Downtown, Racquets Downtown Grill, tipsy toad tavern and Subway

Fire Number 1:
Rick Chyme! 
Rick Chyme is a Wordsmith from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He has shared his songs with people from New York to Thailand and from the Electric Forest Music Festival to Grandma Bothee’s Basement.

Rick creates Hip Hop music that has been known to motivate and inspire listeners. Rick is a four time WYCE Jammie Award winner and has graced stages and studios with legendary beings such as The Accidentals, One Be Lo, Ras Kass, Willie The Kid, The Appleseed Collective, Red Pill, The Crane Wives and Vox Vidorra.

Rick Chyme has the most glorious beard in music history. He once performed an improvised freestyle rap clocking in at over 17 hours and 33 minutes as an entry into the world renowned contest ArtPrize.

Chyme also works in schools using music as a vehicle to promote positivity and the pursuit of passion.
In the world of cinema, Rick has collaborated with buzzing American film renegades, Joel Potrykus (Ape, Buzzard) & Joshua Burge (Ape, Buzzard, Revenant) respectively to create two music driven visuals. He also provided Music Supervision for the JAY-Z film, “Fade To Black”.

Soon Chyme will release several musical projects including Bald Since Birth, The Composition Book: Jennifer’s Story, and StripTape. Find out more about Rick Chyme here:

Family Friendly Fun: Make and take fairy wands with Watermark Live

Fire Number 2 presented by The Coffee Factory. At this fire you will find hot chocolate, coffee, cider and smores for sale and live entertainment by local singer-songwriter and luthier Christopher C. Cordle.

About The Coffee Factory:
Housed in the Watermark lofts, The Coffee Factory proudly represents and serves MadCap Coffee alongside a scrumptious menu of specialty drinks including handcrafted syrups.

While we take pride in creating the finest hot and cold beverages we also know that community is a key ingredient in everything we brew. Watermark and The Coffee Factory take pride in being a flourishing business in the heart of the Nims Neighborhood and welcome our surrounding community members to this local gathering place with open arms and savory coffee. 

ABOUT Christopher C. Cordle:
Christopher C. Cordle is a graphic artist, a fine artist, a musician and a producer as well as a luthier who trained under the tutelage of Robert Sayers. Chris is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with two WYCE Jammie nominated CD’s. 

Chris has a degree in Graphic Design and specializes in illustration and branding. Chris is also the Creative Director for Watermark Live, the events and promotions arm of the Watermark Center. Chris was an original member in popular bands Yard Sale Underwear and original touring band Victoria Park and has been a fixture on the West Michigan Music scene helping the scene flourish through his production work, he is also the host of the popular Watermark Live concert series.

Fire Number 3: Marquita Bernard!
One half of a dueling piano show! Join us at this fire for an "all request" performance. Have something special you want to hear? Request it! 
Marquita (Marqui) Bernard grew up in a musical family. It seemed that everywhere she turned, someone in her family played an instrument, sang , or was involved in music somehow. Yet it was her mother who influenced her decision to take up show business as her primary vocation. Her mother , Sandra, is a life long songstress and folk singer with roots that go back to the Sixties “hippy era.” She still performs weekly in a coffee house in Newaygo, Michigan, and continues to spread joy to all of her many fans. Learn more about Marquita here:

Family Friendly Fun - joining is at this fire is local artist and creationistJessamy's -Lefteyeplacebo - Jess will be on hand with and interactive art project.

Fire Number 4:
Family Friendly storytelling by Gina Faino - experience the art of storytelling at this fire!
Gina Faino
Has been teaching Music since 2010 and has worked as an Early Childhood Music and Theater teacher for ten years. She has an extensive Background in theater with training from The Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts where her training included acting classes with teachers from The prestigious fine arts school Juilliard, and teachers from New York City’s Circle in the square theater school. She was a Theater scholarship recipient at The University of Michigan-Flint. As a theater major in the early 1980’s she was a lead in numerous theater productions including several musicals. Professional experience include repertory theater with Michigan Shakespeare where she played the lead in many roles but among her favorite was the Impish and mischievous Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Locally, Gina has appeared in several Muskegon Civic Theater shows, and also worked as a theater instructor for their Saturday Children’s classes years ago. When Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse had their summer theater in Muskegon, she worked as an actress in two of their productions including The Music Man with two of her three children. Gina is the proud mother of three grown sons, Lou, Nick and Sam and has been Happily married to her Husband Ron for 26 years.

ABOUT Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex, Muskegon State Park: Michigan's Source For Winter Fun.. Luge- One of only four luge tracks in the United StatesOutdoor Skating- Over 1.5 acres of ice. Ice trail through woods. Lighted X-C Ski Trails- Over 15k of ski trails. Snowshoe Trails Rentals

ABOUT Watermark Live: What exactly is Watermark Live? Put simply, it's something different. 

Watermark Live is the event and promotions arm of the Watermark Center. Headed up by a group of event professionals, artists and musicians from the Muskegon area, our group draws on a collaborative, not competitive, attitude to bring you the most diverse events imaginable. Our events are intended to intrigue, excite, inform, and most importantly entertain. Whether you're attending one of our installments of the Inside the MItten series, or dancing the night away at a Halloween extravaganza, or who knows what else we will come up with, you can bet you will have a great time.

Check back often to see what we are planning! Or for more details.