“Places To Go, Things To Do” Podcast for April 23, 2021

Magic Speakers, A Jazz Festival and Lighthouse Tour map. This weeks “Places to Go, Things to do” with Paul Layendecker and Courtney Sheffer from the West Michigan Tourist Association.

2021 Magic Speaker Series – American Museum of Magic

The American Museum of Magic is located in Marshall, where they have a huge collection of stage magicians’ memorabilia that you can visit to check out, and they also have an online Magic Speaker Series coming up on April 29th that you can tune in for. This month’s speaker is a magic historian who will take you through the life and times of magic superstars Harry Blackstone Senior and Junior. Registration is free for museum members, or just $10 for non-members to learn about this fascinating history.


Thornapple Arts Council 17th Annual Jazz Festival

If you’ve been missing live music, the 17th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival is coming up April 29th through May 1st in downtown Hastings. This year’s event will feature middle and high school jazz bands playing outside at the Spray Plaza or the Thornapple Plaza in downtown Hastings. The festival highlights jazz education, and provides a weekend of free jazz performances to the public. You can find the festival performance schedule and up-to-date event info on the Thornapple Arts Council website.


The 2021 Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map & Circle Tour Now Available

If you’re interested in the lighthouses that surround Lake Michigan, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the new Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map and Circle Tour! Just released for 2021, it folds out to a poster-sized map of Lake Michigan, and shows all of the over-100 lighthouses you’ll find around the lake. This year’s map features Point Betsie Lighthouse on the cover, which is located in Frankfort, Michigan, and you can request a free copy by mail, or view the map digitally at