Monday, February 27, 2012


Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer launches his first U.S. tour in two years on April 9, stopping in Grand Rapids just three days later on April 12 at 7:30pm. Mayer will take the DeVos Performance Hall stage as the tour leads into his upcoming fifth album Born and Raised, which will be released soon thereafter.

Mayer produced Born and Raised with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song and musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell—who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band—as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums. Rounding out the touring band are David Ryan Harris on guitar and vocals, Doug Pettibone on guitar and Michito Sanchez on percussion.

Mayer recently previewed the album’s first single “Shadow Days” on his tumblr blog ( He debuts his new album with a performance at SXSW on March 17.

Mayer became passionate about supporting U.S. war veterans following a visit to the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina four years ago. He has since spent time with active military and veterans while touring, and partnered with the Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE) to provide veterans with a healthy reintegration into civilian life which will help heal the battle scars caused by the trauma they experienced.

Concertgoers can join Mayer in his support of veterans in two ways. A block of third-row orchestra seats will be made available for sale at a premium price exclusively through Tickets-For-Charity, with proceeds going to Mayer/NCIRE programs. At Tickets-For-Charity, fans pay the same or better price found elsewhere for high-demand seats, with 100% of above-face benefit redirected to charity. For more information, go to And at, Mayer fans can bid on four front-row tickets, plus a chance to meet him, with proceeds also going to Mayer/NCIRE programs for veterans.

Mayer’s previous albums—Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum and Battle Studies—have sold more than 11 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine’s annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine’s annual "Guitar" issue.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 2 at 10am and are priced at $51, $76 and $86. Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices,, Ticketmaster outlets including select D&W, Family Fare and Walmart locations or charge: 800-745-3000.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Brides, Grooms, Mothers, and Friends... The Most Beautiful Day in Your Life Deserves the Most Planning!

The Annual Spring Bridal Show of West Michigan March 9-11, the ONLY three-day bridal show in West Michigan downtown at beautiful DeVos Place on Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"This year's Spring Bridal Show will highlight a Garden of Wedding Gowns by Fantastic Finds, featuring designs by all of the biggest designers in all of the popular looks and styles," says Pam Glass of Kohler Expos. We have a few unique things at this year's spring event, like the Pedal Pub, which Premier's here! Brides will also have an opportunity to win a "Big Day Bag" purse. This is a must-have organizer for all brides-to-be. Vendors include:

  • Bridal Gowns

  • Banquet Facility & Catering

  • Photographers

  • Travel Destinations

  • Floral & Decor

  • Invitations

  • Disc Jockeys

  • Cookware

  • Gift Registry

  • Photo Booth

  • Honeymoon/ Travel

  • Limousine & Party Bus

  • Home & Real Estate

  • Pedal Pub - Premier's Here!

  • Bachelorette Parties

  • Weight Loss

  • Wedding Venue

  • Show Discounts From Vendors

  • Register to Win CASH / Prizes

"Back by popular demand is our annual "Brides on the Run" cash contest. Two brides compete each day to win $200 cash. This was a lot of fun last year. And winners are always happy to win $200 cash," says Denise Kolesar. You must be pre-registered for your chance to compete on our website.

The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 and 11a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Admission is at the door. Discount coupons are available on-line by visiting our website

Admission to the Bridal Show also offers crossover admission to the Women's Expo which runs the same weekend. "Bridal vendors are also available for corporate functions, anniversary celebrations and the like, so it just makes sense to offer this opportunity to all attendees that weekend," says Denise Kolesar, President of Kohler Expos, Inc.

About Kohler Expos, Inc.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Kohler Expos is one of Michigan's leading exhibition companies providing five consumer shows annually: the popular West Michigan Women's Expo and Mid-Michigan Women's Expo, as well as Fall Bridal Show of West Michigan, Winter Bridal Show of West Michigan, and the Spring Bridal Show of West Michigan. Kohler has also launched, an on-line engaged wedding planning connection. Additional information is available at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

West Michigan Golf Show: A Good Walk Unspoiled and Inside!

Paraphrasing a famous line about golf, the 24th West Michigan Golf Show, February 10-12, 2012 is a good walk unspoiled. Void of ice and snow and inside the spacious and warm confines of DeVos Place, winter-weary golfers will walk the many aisles of the Show and receive a vicarious spring-like thrill by all of the exhibitors, events and seminars. Here are some of the highlights of this annual golf extravaganza:

• Widely acclaimed for its headliners, the Golf Show welcomes John Novosel Jr. of Tour Tempo, the cutting edge technology and teaching company, talking about “Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed.” Also on the Fidelity Investments stage will be putting guru and PGA instructor Mike Shannon ranked #40 by Golf Digest in its listings of “America’s 50 Best Teachers.” Tour star Matt Kuchar’s putting coach, Shannon’s seminar is entitled: “What Great Putters Have in Common.”

• Ladies’ Night is on Friday and offers special events, seminars and giveaways just for women, including a seminar by Blythefield’s Patti Butcher and the 7th annual Executive Women’s Golf Association Fashion Show. And Swan Lake Resort is donating an overnight Spa package to the first 500 ladies. Also on Friday (only) there’s half-price off admission by donating a dozen (new or used) golf balls to the First Tee of West Michigan.

• The most popular attraction of the Show remains the Treetops Par-3 Challenge where patrons will compete for prizes (Treetops golf) at a fully landscaped par-3 and with a chance to win $25,000 while raising funds for Patriot Golf Day. Treetops is also offering a free golf round (a $64 value) to all patrons registering at its booth.

• It’s “try before you buy” at the demo club area where many top club manufacturers will have the latest equipment for patrons to hit inside the huge hitting net.

• The top golf courses and resorts in Michigan as well as destination courses in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida will offer pre-season values and teetimes.

• Courtesy of WZZM-TV and Treetops Resort, one lucky golfer will receive a 24-person overnight golf trip to Treetops, the Show’s grand prize drawing.

• Thanks to the Michigan P.G.A. and Boyne Resorts, golf pros will give free lessons all weekend, providing patrons with top-notch golf tips to start the season right.

• Presented by Core Golf Schueller, the $10,000 Putt & Long Drive Contests will entice deft putters and big hitters alike.

• West Michigan is known for its thrifty, savvy consumers and the Golf Show remains an ideal place to shop for golf balls, gloves, shoes, apparel and golf equipment at attractive prices.

• On a virtual golf course provided by RealGolf, golfers will compete in a closest to the contest to win prizes from Grand Haven Golf Club and to raise funds for Folds of Honor charity.

• Benefitting and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, there’s a Saturday morning pancake breakfast (for only $5) starting at 9 AM in the Grand Gallery at DeVos Place.

• Sunday is “Junior Golf Day” with the first 250 kids receiving hats, and with special seminars, door prizes, and manufacturers with junior clubs. All weekend, a junior golf area—staffed by The First Tee of West Michigan—will entertain and teach “wee tee golfers.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fidelity Seminar Stage: A Wealth of Speakers

One of the lasting hallmarks of the 24th West Michigan Golf Show has been the quality of its headliners and presenters. For the price of admission, show patrons are rewarded with a wealth of lessons, instruction and insights by the leading experts and topflight PGA teaching pros in the game. This year the Fidelity Seminar Stage features two distinct presenters, tempo expert John Novosel Jr. and putting guru Mike Shannon, both of whom are appearing at the Show for the first time on Feb.10-12 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Representing Tour Tempo®, the fast-emerging teaching and technology company that has revolutionized the understanding of tempo in the golf swing, Novosel will explain and demonstrate how a 3-beats-to-1-beat timing ratio between the backswing and downswing is the bedrock equation of a sound swing. His seminar is entitled: “Tour Tempo: Golf’s Last Secret Finally Revealed.” Although it may sound esoteric, Novosel’s seminar promises to deliver results for everyday golfers. “Unlike certain Tour swing fundamentals, a good tempo is easily within the grasp of the average golfer,” said Novosel, a past presenter at the PGA of Sweden, the PGA of the Netherlands and the World Golf Fitness Summit. A long drive champion, Novosel lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Also on the Fidelity Seminar Stage will be the celebrated putting guru and PGA teaching professional Mike Shannon, ranked recently by Golf Digest as #40 in its listing of “America’s 50 Best Teachers.” Part of the highly touted instructional team at Sea Island Golf Learning Center in St. Simons Island, Georgia, Shannon counts PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar as one of his many short game students. “I’ve worked with Matt on his putting for the past two years and it’s gratifying to see his success,” said Shannon. “Recently, we’ve worked on Matt switching over to a belly putter.” Shannon’s seminars are entitled: “What Great Putters Have In Common” and “The Evolution of Putting (and what happens when you don’t evolve with it).”

Providing added local and state support to these headliners are a number of well-respected golf teaching professionals. Blythefield CC’s Patti Butcher, the 2010 LPGA National Professional of the Year, will be on stage Friday with “Diva Golf: Be Comfortable on the Course and Play Better Golf, for ALL Skill Levels.”

On Saturday, Boyne’s Director of Instruction Brian O’Neill’s will cover “Getting the Most of Your Practice Time.” Later, "Your Short Game" will be addressed by Brian Natzel, Director of Instruction at Swan Lake Resort.

And on Sunday, Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf at Treetops, will share “Best Lessons of the Treetops Golf Academy.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

West Michigan Golf Show Tees Off on Friday


24th Annual West Michigan Golf Show with hundreds of exhibits from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise. Also, fabulous door prizes, free golf lessons, clinics, and the Treetops Par-3 Challenge (a real grass golf hole indoors!) where one lucky golfer might win $25,000!


Friday, Feb. 10, 4 pm-9 pm
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 am-7 pm
Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 am-5 pm


DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, downtown Grand Rapids


$9 for adults; $4 for children ages 6-14; children 5 & under free.
Tickets at the door and online at
Bonus: All Golf Show attendees can receive a free round of golf at Treetops just by registering at its booth. A $64 value!


Best place to park is under DeVos Place. Enter off Michigan St NW or Lyon Ave. NW. The Rapid line 11 bus stops in front of DeVos Place


Representing Tour Tempo®, the fast-emerging teaching and golf technology company, will be John Novosel, Jr. Teacher, coach and international presenter, Novosel will explain how to develop a consistent, Tour-like tempo or pace of the swing. Also on the Fidelity Seminar Stage will be celebrated putting guru and PGA teaching professional Mike Shannon, ranked recently by Golf Digest as #40 in its listing of “America’s 50 Best Teachers.” Part of the highly touted Sea Island Golf Learning Center in Ga., Shannon counts PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar as one of his many students. Other PGA teaching pros on stage will be Boyne’s Brian O’Neill, Blythefield’s Patti Butcher, Swan Lake Resort’s Brian Natzel, and Treetops’ Kevin McKinley.


With a free overnight Spa package at Swan Lake Resort to the first 500 women, Friday night is Ladies Night with the 7th annual Executive Women’s Golf Association Fashion Show. And all weekend: a $10,000 Putting Challenge--one putter might sink a 50-foot putt for ten grand. Free golf lessons c/o of Boyne Resorts & Michigan Section PGA. And courtesy of Treetops and WZZM 13, a grand prize drawing of a 24-person golf trip to Treetops Resort.


Treetops Resort, Fidelity Investments, Srixon, Golf Association of Michigan, Boyne Resorts, Michigan PGA and Swan Lake Resort


The first 100 people entering the Show each day and anyone purchasing tickets online will receive a free 2-pack of Srixon golf balls. On Friday get half-price off admission by donating a dozen (new or used) golf balls to the First Tee of West Michigan. Saturday: To benefit and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a pancake breakfast for $5 at 9 AM @ Grand Gallery. Sunday is “Junior Day”—first 250 juniors receive a golf hat by Capnlogo, and special clinics and prizes.


Several local charities will benefit including Patriot Golf Day and to benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

24-Person Golf Prize: A Personal ‘Ryder Cup’ at Treetops?

In a word association game, “twenty-four” may elicit the following responses: hours, seven, or even Bauer, as in Jack Bauer the hero of the hit Fox TV series, 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, that ended an eight-year run in 2010.

But to golfers attending the 2012 West Michigan Golf Show, “24” means “prize” as in the grand prize for the 24th edition of the Show, held Feb. 10-12 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. This year, that prize is a 24-person (that’s six foursomes!) golf trip to Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich. In concert with media partner WZZM-TV 13, the Treetops trip is the largest prize ever given away in the history of the show.

“We wanted to do something extra special this year to let golfers know when they’re thinking about planning a guys’, gals’ or couples’ getaway or tournament for them to think of Treetops,” says Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf. “2012 is also a Ryder Cup year so some lucky winner could be inspired to form two 12-person teams and make a memorable and fun event out of it.”

Golf Show Manager Carolyn Alt is thrilled with the grand prize. “Our patrons tell us in our surveys they love coming to the show and having a chance at great prizes,” says Alt. “We’ve never heard of a similar prize at any other show around the country so this one really stands out.”

The details of the prize are as follows: 36 holes of golf with cart for 24 players with one overnight stay at Treetops based upon double occupancy or a maximum of 12 rooms. The two courses will be the Tradition and one of their choice among five courses, based upon availability. The overnight is limited to Sunday through Thursday.

To be eligible, golfers may sign up online at or register at the Show.
Along with its grand prize giveaway, Treetops is a major sponsor for the West Michigan Golf Show. It continues to sponsor the Treetops Par-3 Challenge where a fully landscaped golf hole, complete with actual grass, sand and a water hazard, will invite golfers to compete for prizes and a chance to win $25,000 as a finalist on Sunday. This year’s charity recipient will be Patriot Golf Day, the initiative that provides college scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen or wounded military personnel. And this year, every Show attendee will receive a free midweek round of golf—a $64 value—by registering at the Treetops booth.

Produced by Showspan Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show will attract thousands of Michigan golfers to hundreds of exhibits and will feature free clinics and lessons, putting contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and an unmatched shopping opportunity with countless “golf show specials.” Sponsors include Treetops Resort, Fidelity Investments, Golf Association of Michigan, Boyne Resorts, Michigan PGA, Swan Lake Resort and Srixon. Show hours are 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday; 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday; and 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. First 100 attendees each day will receive a two-pack of Srixons. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at