Friday, August 9, 2013

Win a Week at Ruth's!!

Want to spend a week at Ruth's next summer, going to the beach, farmers market, enjoying downtown Grand Haven, having coffee on the deck and gathering around the table to play games with your family and friends??

 You could spend a week for just $10 if you are the lucky winner of a raffle that benefits a sweet little girl who will be celebrating her first "heart birthday" after having a heart transplant at 4 months old.  Some of you might remember me talking about miss Hannah Mae in an earlier blog post back in April, if not go back and catch up - this little one has a pretty amazing story!  In May I had the privilege of spending 24 hours with Hannah, her 2 awesome big brothers and mom and dad in Seattle.  This little girl will melt your heart in about 2 seconds and keep you smiling all day long!
Hannah's friends and family are all coming together in Grand Haven next month for a fundraiser dinner, and a week at Ruth's Retreat will be featured as the grand prize raffle!  It only seems fitting - Hannah's aunt and uncle locally manage Ruth's - keeping the lawn looking great, house cleaned and ready to welcome renters every week.  Hannah's other aunt has a booth at the local antique mall and some of my favorite finds that you see in Ruth's came from there.  Hannah's grandparents still live in the house next door to the house Grandma Ruth grew up in.  Ruth's Retreat wouldn't be what it is today without the help of these dear family friends!
So I hope you will think about purchasing a raffle ticket or two - you might win a week at Ruth's, but regardless it is a win - as all the money will be helping Hannah and the unimaginable medical bills she has.  You don't have to be present to win - so if you are interested in purchasing tickets from afar please just contact me at or if you do find yourself in Grand Haven on September 24th you can even attend in person, click here for more info!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy National Lighthouse Day!

Yes... you read that right... Today - August 7th is National Lighthouse Day!

 The text for the original 1789 act...

It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

So I figured it was only appropriate to take a moment to celebrate my favorite big red lighthouse... found in Grand Haven!   My lighthouse love has grown over the years, but it all started here in Grand Haven as each summer visit didn't seem to really begin until we had taken our first walk out to the lighthouse.  I can only imagine the number of photos my family has taken of this lighthouse and pier over the years, the number of hours my dad and family spent fishing off this pier and watching storms roll in off the lake - yet each time I am back in town I find myself taking more photos!

I guess it is just in my blood, Grandma Ruth had several photos taken at the lighthouse in her prized album of her years in Grand Haven, like this one from a winter walk with friends when she was a teenager. 

 Grand Haven had its first lighthouse built on the beach in 1839 which was complete with a 5 room cottage for the light house keeper.  This lighthouse faced erosion issues and collapsed in 1852 leaving Grand Haven without a light house for the next three years while a new one was built on the bluff above the beach in 1855 where it guided seamen on Lake Michigan for the next 50 years.  The current pier the lighthouse sits on was completed in 1893, but it wasn't until 1905 that the 52 foot steel lighthouse was finished and put to use.  If you have been in Grand Haven this summer you have likely seen the bubble looking structure that lighthouse is enclosed in as restoration and painting takes place.

Check out the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy  to learn more of the history, preservation and to volunteer or donate to help keep this Grand Haven favorite looking its best!
A lot may change over the years, but what a gift it is to see generation after generation enjoying this Michigan landmark!