Summerfest Hastings

After a harsh Michigan winter, there’s nothing more anticipated than summertime in Barry County!!  This year, Broadmoor Motors Hastings has your hook up to a slew of outdoor activities aimed at making your dog days of summer a little more exciting, and more affordable to make some family memories together.  If you’re looking for FREE and low-cost activities to enjoy throughout the summer in Hastings, check out our list of upcoming events in Hastings and the surrounding Barry County area.

Gus Macker

Gus Macker is a long-standing tradition in Hastings and like many other area businesses, Broadmoor Motors Hastings is proud to be a sponsor.  Beloved by basketballers near and far from young to old, and experienced to inexperienced, this charity event attracts a large crowd of over 23 million spectators and an impressive 2.2 million players both male and female, ages 7 years old to 50 plus.  For date and event info, visit here.

Free Concert Series

Who doesn’t love great, FREE music???  The City of Hastings has outdone themselves this year with their offerings of LIVE BANDS on both Wednesdays and Friday nights!  See what bands are scheduled to perform at the Thornapple Plaza Stage by looking in their Summer Music & Entertainment Series brochure.

Children’s Entertainment

Every Thursday at noon this summer, you can plan on bringing down the kids for some FREE fun and varying activities at the Spray Plaza located downtown, Hastings.  Scheduled entertainment includes puppets, music, performances, storytime and more!!  You can find more information on what’s happening every Thursday here.

Summerfest

Celebrate Summer the way only Hastings knows how to at their annual Summerfest!!  With a 5K, Car Show, Parade, Softball Tournament, 3 on 3 Basketball, Roller Hockey Tournament, weightlifting contest, and soapbox derby, there is something for everyone at Summerfest this year!  Visit Hastings Summerfest website here for event details and info.

 

No Child Left Indoors

They say the family that plays together, stays together and the No Child Left Indoors initiative involves the collaboration of nine different organizations in an attempt to get families outdoors doing just that!  These FREE events include a variety of activities, locations and fun for the whole family.  Registration is recommended but not necessary.  Taken from the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute website, here’s a list of event dates & schedule include…

June 14 – Family Night at Camp at Camp Algonquin. Families can enjoy a concentrated camp experience, including camp games, a climbing wall, and a boat ride. Hosted by YMCA of Barry County.
June 21 – It’s Recess Time! at Charlton Park. Explore the Park and play games from yesteryear. Try out hoop and stick, graces, and more! The best part is that there won’t be any detention! Hosted by Charlton Park.
June 28 – Pond Exploration at Clear Lake Camp. Get a peek at who lives beneath the surface of the water. Catch wiggling, hopping, or diving pond critters from the dock. The evening will end with a campfire and marshmallow roast. Hosted by the Outdoor Education Center.
July 12 – Finding Art Scavenger Hunt at Bob King Park in Hastings. Participants will explore the park through the surfaces and textures around them during a hands-on scavenger hunt. Hosted by Thornapple Arts Council.
July 19 – Exploring McKeown Bridge Park at McKeown Bridge Park in Hastings. Enjoy a family night together fishing, building and flying a kite, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows—all while exploring the great outdoors. Hosted by Barry County Parks and Recreation Board.

July 26 – Surviving on the Trail at Stagecoach Park in Middleville. Learn how hikers can safely find and purify water while out on the trail. This lesson will be followed by a short hike to explore the wonders of this national trail. Hosted by North Country Trail.

August 2 – Amazing Animals at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Many marvelous creatures call the Institute home. See a number of these creatures up close and learn about what it takes to make it in the wild. Hosted by Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

August 9 – Summer Concert at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Students from the Community Music School will be playing an outdoor concert. Instruments will be available to touch and explore. Hosted by Community Music School.

August 16 – Hop into the Prairie at Hidden Pond Preserve. Participate in an insect investigation in the tallgrass prairie at the preserve. Look for grasshoppers, crickets, mantises, beetles, and other insects. Hosted by Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

 

Trolley Rides

Skip the headache of trying to find parking downtown Hastings and Middleville by enjoying the FREE Trolley Rides available on Friday nights in Hastings & Wednesday nights in Middleville!!  On those nights you can shop, get ice cream, dine, meet a friend for drinks or visit the park without worrying about driving when riding the trolley.  So bring out the kid in you to sit back and relax on your way to and from downtown all summer long.  Click for Hastings and Middleville Trolley Schedules.

 

Barry County Fair

Held annually, the Barry County Fair will take place July 18-23, 2016.  Events will include rides, music, a birthing tent, competitions, mud runs, a demolition derby and so much more.  Admission is FREE for Children 12 and Under.  Adult admission is $5.  For more information on their website here.

 

Family fun doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and neither should buying a reliable used vehicle in Barry County.  At Broadmoor Motors Hastings, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Hastings and Caledonia locations with financing available to those who qualify, and we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.

 

Operation Santa Claus 2015

Christmas is the time for giving and the time for Broadmoor Motors to collect hygiene items for Operation Santa Claus in Grand Rapids!!  Drop off new soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner or deodorant to our Caledonia Location anytime during normal business hours before Thursday, December 17.  These items will be given to those in need right here in the greater Grand Rapids area. 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan has well established itself as a city deserving of the name Beer City, USA.  Even before the title was dubbed to Grand Rapids two consecutive years in a row, its residents had a passion for all things brewing related.  Not only were they interested in partaking in the impressive craft beer West Michigan has to offer but in learning about the process behind the bottle.   As the number of beer enthusiasts who wish to visit the different area breweries has grown, so too has the demand for tours.  Below, we’ll discuss options differing from Group Tours to Shuttle Services in the West Michigan area.

Group Tours of Breweries

You can take advantage of a safe, designated driver with the added plus of receiving a guided tour of local breweries by registering for a tour with one of the following companies.

Grand Rapids Beer Tours

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Grand Rapids Beer Tours vary depending on the date, covering the Grand Rapids East Side (Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing, and Harmony Brewing Company), Grand Rapids Central (Founders Brewing Company, The Mitten Brewing Company and Grand Rapids Brewing Company), and the Northern Lakeshore (OddSide Ales, Dutch Girl Brewing Company, Unruly Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company).  You can book your reservation for one of these featured tours or plan your own by visiting their website.  

West Michigan Beer Tours

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An impressive 42 Breweries are listed on West Michigan Beer Tours and while they may not tour all of them frequently, there’s no question about their love of West Michigan breweries!  Keep track of what breweries are being toured next or buy tickets to join by visiting their website.  

Live Eventfully

Live Eventfully

If you’re looking for a something more than just a traditional brewery tour, Live Eventfully is the place to check out.  Their website offers a range of touring options, not limited to but including beer tasting!  From furniture to Founders, you can learn about the early years of Grand Rapids, as well as its history today.  

Shuttle Services

Traditional tours are a great way to learn the behind the scenes process of brewing great beer but if flexibility in schedule and choices are more important to you, then you might prefer one of these options of transportation.  

Beer City Runner

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Beer City Runner is exactly what their name suggests it might be. Offering a shuttle service to seven different breweries in Grand Rapids’ downtown area, stopping once an hour every hour on Fridays and Saturdays.  Purchase a ticket good for riding all day/night by visiting their website.  

Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser touts itself as the first “green pub” in West Michigan and while you can’t actually drink beer while riding it, it can take you to your next beer destination.  With many tours available to choose from, a Downtown Loop, Craft Beer Tour, and Mini Craft Beer Tour offer samplings of beer from a variety of downtown Grand Rapids breweries such as Founders, Hopcat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and The Mitten Brewery.  Be sure to check out their website to see all the details on how to integrate cycling and beer consumption safely!

Green Machine Pedicabs

Green Machine Pedicabs

Interested in being environmentally friendly but not so much in doing the work yourself?  Then Green Machine Pedicabs is just for you!  They advertise tours throughout Downtown Grand Rapids with a personalized touch and a history shared in our beautiful city, including all the local hotspots.  Check out their website for more information.

 

 

Broadmoor Motors is unique in that it’s a dealership who provides rental car service to the greater Grand Rapids area.  While we offer the same size vehicles as the “big” rental names, we believe it’s our exceptional customer service that sets us apart.  We take great pride in being a local, family owned and operated business in greater Grand Rapids area.  Our knowledge and expertise of over 60 years in the auto industry means our renters can be confident in receiving not only a quality vehicle but incredible customer service as well.  We realize you have other options for your rental needs and our aim is to create a lifelong customer through our flexibility, transparent pricing and exceptional service.  If you’re in need of a car rental in the Grand Rapids area, give us a call at 616.698.9595.

Broadmoor Motors offers 12 Passenger Vans, Minivans, Full Size, Standard, Midsize, Compact, Economy, Convertible, Sports Cars, as well as Premium Vehicles and Handicap Accessible Vans including Side Entry Entervan Minivans and Wheel Chair Accessible vehicles for the Caledonia and Hastings area.  Our Caledonia lot is located less than 4 miles south of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and our Hastings location is 1 mile south of downtown Hastings. Please submit a request below to have someone contact you.

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September in Grand Rapids has become synonymous with ArtPrize but it hasn’t always been that way.  Launched in 2009 by Rick Devos, it was designed to be a “social experiment” and the biggest art prize giveaway based solely on the public’s opinion.  Such a large cash prize awarded from popular vote of the community instead of by committees and curators input was completely unheard of in the art scene, and word that any artist could enter and possible win spread fast.

Seven years later, ArtPrize has grown steadily in its numbers of participants, with people coming from all over the world to be a part as either an artist or visitor in downtown Grand Rapids.  This year, 162 sites will host over 1,500 pieces of art throughout the city, including indoor and outdoor venues in seven different areas.  With so much to see, it can be hard to know where to start planning your visit, how to get your vote counted and even the different ways to cast your vote for your favorite piece.  Consider this your quick reference to the most out of ArtPrize.

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Seven different areas of Grand Rapids are designated as ArtPrize District and where you’ll find all art venues (click on each name to view the locations within each district).  They include…

City Center

Heartside

Hillside

Monroe North/Belknap

Westside

Meijer Gardens

SiTE:LAB/The Rumsey Street Project

Voting is a different matter entirely and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up missing the chance to cast your ballot for your favorites.  The First Round of Voting occurs from September 23 – October 3, with the Second Round of Voting from October 4 – October 8.  In order to vote, you’ll need to register either through the Mobile App, online or in person at any of these Voting Sites:

An important thing to remember, you must be in one of the Artprize Districts in Grand Rapids to cast your ballot!  So don’t wait until later or you might just miss out.

Artprize certainly brings an excitement and a flurry of visitors to West Michigan in the three weeks it takes place.  To make the most out of it, we suggest having a general plan before making the trek downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For those out of town visitors, we highly recommend booking your hotel and car rental well in advance to September in order to guarantee you’ll get the room accommodations and rental car you prefer.  Broadmoor Motors carries a variety of vehicles for all your rental needs, including Economy to Full Size, Minivan, SUV and 12 Passenger Vans for your next trip to Grand Rapids.  Give us a call at either our Caledonia Location 616.698.9595 or Hastings Location 269.320.6304 to reserve your next car rental and enjoy ArtPrize!  We’re here for all your Car Rental, Sales and Service needs.

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Hannah (pictured middle) stopping by Broadmoor Motors with her Dad, Burt and little sister, Rylee.

At Broadmoor Motors, we are strong believers that being a part of your community means supporting local people, causes and schools.  We’re proud to be sponsors of many different causes and people who are making a difference right where they live.  One of those people is a young girl named Hannah Paddock.  As a member of the Hudsonville Fair Southsiders 4-H Club she’s participating in her 3rd year of the Hudsonville Community Fair where she’ll be showing 2 crossbreed pigs, Wilbur and Sparty.

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Hannah bathing Sparty.

While participating with the 4-H Club, Hannah has learned how to care for her 2 pigs and take the responsibilities very seriously.  Feeding them twice a day, giving them baths three times a week and walking them are just some of them.  She also works on training them on where to go and teaching them what to do so they’re in tip top Fair shape.

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Hannah with Sparty.

Hannah recently stopped by our Broadmoor Motors Caledonia location to tell us about her pig project and her goal to raise enough money to buy back her pigs at auction.  After she does, she’ll be able to donate the meat to Love Inc., as part of their F.A.R.M. Ministry (Feeding and Reaching Many).  This organization gives food to local food pantries and churches in the community, and combined with other fair and producer donations, was able to distribute over 18,000 pounds of meat to area food pantries and shelters in 2014!

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Buyers Ribbon Hannah hopes to take again.

After speaking with her about her pigs and seeing how passionate she was in her mission to donate them to Love Inc, we knew we wanted to help sponsor her and we invite you to help her in her quest to raise enough money to buy them back as well.  The Hudsonville Fair runs from August 24th-29th with the auction taking place on August 27th.  If you would like to donate, please contact Burt Paddock at 616.260.2553, email bpaddock@davenport.edu or mail a check (made out to Burt) to 4740 Van Buren St. Hudsonville, MI 49426.

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Hannah walking Wilbur.

The Uccello’s Golf Outing is held annually and proceeds go to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Broadmoor Motors was a happy to sponsor this great event again as the Hole In One Sponsor where golfers had the opportunity to win a year lease on a Chrysler 300.

 

Broadmoor Motors will be the Hole in One Sponsor at the 25th Annual Holland Home Golf Outing, which will be held Monday, June 2 at Watermark Country Club in Cascade.  Proceeds go to benifit the Holland Home Resident Assistance Fund, ensure that Holland Home will be able to continue to serve their residents needs in all levels of care.

Broadmoor Motors is happy to support America’s past time and kids in the Caledonia area through the Caledonia Little League. CALEDONIA BASEBALL / SOFTBALL LEAGUE (CBSL), a chartered member of Little League Baseball, Inc., is a volunteer organization that provides Caledonia, MI community youth with a friendly, instructional setting to participate in baseball & softball play, skills development, and good sportsmanship in a safe and nurturing environment.