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Pentwater Homecoming  August 5, 2015

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Pentwater Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce Pentwater's 85th Homecoming Celebration!  The largest event in Pentwater.  Locals and visitors love to come "home" for Homecoming.   There are numerous activities scheduled for everyone's enjoyment. 


Some of the highlights are the Cemetery Tours, Strawberry Shortcake Social, combined concert with Pentwater Civic Band and Scottville Clown Band, Golf Scramble, Sand Sculpture Contest, Beach Volleyball, Horseshoe Tournament, Grand Parade, Big-Ten Preseason Tailgate Party, Jazz North, Grand Parade, Fireworks, Pancake Breakfast and more.  


This is a fantastic fun filled annual event where all are welcome and it gets better every year.

About Homecoming            

Welcome sign Homecoming August 13-16

Theme:  Senses of Summer

Grand Sponsor:  The Village Cafe and Pub

Grand Sponsor:  West Shore Bank

Pentwater Chamber of Commerce is still accepting parade applications and firework donations.  Homecoming brochures are available and can be found at any downtown business.  Find the Calendar of Events for this year's Homecoming Celebration listed below.   We encourage anyone and everyone to participate in the activities.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-869-4150 for more information.  


Homecoming Parade Application

Fireworks Donation Form


Pentwater CemeteryPentwater Township Cemetery Tours

Thursday, August 13

Tour our local beautiful cemetery with h orse drawn carriage rides with dramatization of important cemetery residents, cookies, and punch at our Pentwater Township Cemetery Open House. 
For more information contact the Township office 231.869.6231

Strawberry Shortcake SocialStrawberry Shortcake Social

Thursday, August 13
Village Green 6pm-8pm

Hosted by the Pentwater Lake Association.
For more information contact Lynn Cavazos at 231.869.5939

civic and clown band concertLes Bailey Memorial Band Concert

Thursday, August 13
Village Green 7:30pm

The Scottville Clown Band joins the Pentwater Civic Band in a concert in memory of Les Bailey, the co-founder of the Pentwater Civic Band.  They will be performing Scottville Clown Band music during the first 30 minutes and then Pentwater Civic Band music the last hour of the concert.  During this concert donations will be collected to assist with expenses of this 68 year tradition.


Please come enjoy this special concert and support our Civic Band.


Teen DanceTeen Dance

Thursday, August 13
Behind the Village Café under the tent.  9pm-12am

There will be music and dancing for teens.  $7.00 entry fee. 

Sponsored by:  Provisions and The Village Café and Pub



42nd Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

Friday, August 14

Charles Mears State Park at 8am-noon

Theme:  Senses of Summer



Over 50 teams of families and friends are expected to turn out with their pails, shovels, water spritzers and shaping tools for the 42nd Pentwater Sand Sculpture Contest on Aug. 14, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon at Charles Mears State Park.  The Pentwater Service Club sponsors this fun event. 


Registration is free and begins at 8 a.m.  Judging begins at 11:15 a.m..  At noon, trophies will be awarded to 21 sculptures judged to best reflect the "Senses of Summer" theme of this year's Pentwater Homecoming celebration.  First, second and third-place trophies will be awarded in each of the seven categories:  Immediate Family (includes grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren), Extended Family (includes aunts, uncles and cousins), and age groups (determined by the age of the oldest team member) 1-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-and over. 


"Teams can get really creative with this year's Homecoming theme," said Service Club President Ron Christians.  "With it being 'Senses of Summer,' I wouldn't suggest that anyone sculpt a snowman," he joked.  "But if the snow man is wearing sunglasses and sitting in a beach chair drinking lemonade, that design could be a winner!"


The higher Lake Michigan water level has shortened the length of shoreline at Mears State Park available to sand sculpting teams.  To assure that sculptors have easy access to the water needed keep their sand designs moist, teams are being asked this year to work within a length of Lake Michigan shoreline that's no longer than the length of a full-size minivan.  Designs can, however, stretch longer to the east toward the beach pavilion.  


Free parking is available at Mears State Park for anyone with a State of Michigan Recreation Passport.  For more information, check out "Pentwater Sand Sculpture Contest" on Facebook, go to www.serviceclub.org, or call 231.869.4668.


Beach VolleyballCharity Beach Volleyball Tournament

Friday, August 14

Cancer and Critical Care Fund
Beach Volleyball Tournament
Charles Mears State Park
4 vs 4 teams
Free Event / Donations Accepted


For more information contact:  Patrick Fuller - 517.290.4892


The Cancer and Critical Care Fund is associated with the Community Foundation forOceana County and was established in 2013 to assist residents of Oceana County and surrounding areas in paying medical bills associated with a cancer or any other type of critical illness diagnosis.  Medical bills are paid by the Fund directly to the medical providers  on behalf of the patient.

Mason/Oceana County MSU Alumni Golf Outing
Friday, August 14
Lakeside Links Golf  Club

4 Person - 18 Hole Scramble 1:00pm Shotgun

Everyone Welcome to Play!!

$75 Per Person (Non-Member/LimitedMember)

$60 Per Person  (Platinum  GolfMember)

$45 Per Person (Platinum Golf & CartMember)

· *  3 Flights (Based on 18 Teams)

  • $10,000 Hole-In-One
    •  Special "On Course"Events
    •  50/50 Drawing
  •  Mulligans Available for Purchase
    • Skins(Optional)
    • Cook Out After Event

***All proceeds will benefit the Mason/Oceana County Alumni Association***

Our purpose is to support the fund that distributes scholarships to students attending MSU.  Each year a student from both Mason and Oceana Counties is given a scholarship. 

To Sign Up, Please contact:Lakeside Links Golf Club Phone:  (231)843-3660

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Story time

S tory Telling by Storybook Village

Friday, August 14

Village Green at 1pm

Join Storybook Village and the puppets at the Village Green Gazebo.  Children of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. 


Live BandLive Concert - Rocket Fuel Haulers

Friday, August 14

Behind the Village Café and Pub under the tent at 9pm.

Mike Snell and Friends will perform.

Sponsored by Provisions and The Village Café and Pub



horseshoeHorseshoe Tournaments

Saturday, August 15
Registration starts at 9am with tournaments starting at 10am. 

Location:  The Art Audrey Memorial horseshoe pits by the Fire Barn on Park Street.  All ages may participate.  There have been as many as 21 teams. 

Contact Dennis Veine at 231.869.4169 for more information

Sponsored by Direct Advertising Company


"Say Cheese" - NEW! 
Saturday, August 15
10am - Village Green
The Pentwater Arts Council invites area residents and visitors to take part in Pentwater's Homecoming Portrait Saturday morning, August 15th at 10am on the Village Green.  Order forms will be available.
Posters of the 11-by-17 portrait will be available for individual purchase or pick up in front of the Hancock Building next to the Village Green or in front of Elise.  
All proceeds to benefit the Pentwater Arts Council.

Storybook Village IconCelebrate Michigan!
Saturday, August 15
11am to 1pm
Storybook Village will Celebrate Michigan!  Paula Ellis, Author of "Michigan Activity Book" and "Great Lakes Activity Book" will be on hand to autograph her books and quiz children about Michigan and the Great Lakes! Pages from Paula's books will be available for children to color.



PYC Ensign Race
Saturday, August 15

Pentwater Yacht Club will host their weekly Ensign Race.  Contact 231-869-8921 for more information.

msu band and alumniBig Ten Preseason Tailgate Party

Saturday, August 15


Concerts:  Approximately 1:15pm and after parade.

Location:  Under the tent behind the Village Café and Pub.

Cost:  Donation at the door.

Public welcome!  MSU Alumni, administrators, coaches, and staff will be present along with MSU "Sparty", cheerleaders, dance team, and more.  At 1:15pm there will be a combined Band Concert with the MSU Marching Band and the MSU Alumni Band.  There will also be a special appearance of the Scottville Clown Band after the parade.  Activities include:  speeches, live music, Scottville Clown Band, Spartan fun, adult beverages, food, concerts, and more.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mason & Oceana MSU Alumni Association, Provisions, and the Village Café and Pub.   


Homecoming Grand Parade

Saturday, August 15
4pm downtown Pentwater

The 85th Pentwater Homecoming Parade theme is Senses of Summer.  The Grand Marshal is Dr. Patricia Collins, Citizen of the Year. 

Sponsors:  The Village Café & Pub and West Shore Bank


Pentwater Service Club and volunteers will be collecting donations for the fireworks during the parade.  Please be ready to contribute.  Thank you - Pentwater Chamber of Commerce



We encourage you, your friends, family, business, organization to participate!


Please be respectful to all parade participants.  The parade is for your enjoyment and the Pentwater Police Department will be on site to ensure participant and spectator safety. 

Parade Registration Form


Jazz NorthJazz North Live Concert

Saturday, August 15
Village Green after parade.

Local native, Bill Fromm returns home to perform!

Jazz North is a seven piece band from Traverse City, MI.  They will be featuring swing, blues, R&B, Latin, and funk for your listening pleasure. 

Sponsored by The Antler Bar


msu band and alumniMSU Marching Band and Alumni Band Concert

Saturday, August 15

After the parade under the tent behind the Village Café and Pub.

Cost:  Donation at door

Combined band concert with the MSU Marching Band and the MSU Alumni Band.  They will play before and after the parade. 


scottville bandScottville Clown Band Performance

Saturday, August 15
After the parade, under the tent behind the Village Café and Pub.



fireworksHomecoming Fireworks

Saturday, August 15
At dusk over Lake Michigan and Pentwater Pier, in Charles Mears State Park. 

Homecoming Fireworks are made available for all to enjoy through donations from local businesses, friends and family who love Pentwater.  If you would like to donate to the Pentwater Homecoming Fireworks please fill out the Fireworks Donation Form and return to the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce.  Thank you!



Marine Corps League Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, August 16
8am-noon at the Pentwater VFW Hall.  

Proceeds go to Marines Helping Marines, Toys for Tots and Scholarship Program.  Pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, and coffee.  All you can eat!  Costs:  Adult-$7.00  Children (5-12)-$3.00 

Children under 5 Free!

In This Issue

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Cemetery Tour

Strawberry Shortcake Social


Les Bailey Memorial

Sand Sculpture Contest

Grand Parade


Scottville Clown Band
Mark Your 2016 Calendar
Homecoming 2016
August 11-14
Homecoming always starts on the second Thursday in August.
Upcoming Events
Annual Sidewalk Sales
August 21-22
Fall Fest Art & Craft Fair
September 26 & 27
Oktoberfest & Car Show
October 10
October 31

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PO Box 614
324 S. Hancock St
Pentwater, MI 49449
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