LET US BE THE FIRST TO WELCOME YOU TO MASON COUNTY
Whether you are ready to make your move, still thinking about it, or already here, it is important to know the small details that will allow for a smooth transition to the area. We strive to provide relevant information on key areas of business, our local economy, education, healthcare, leisure, housing and much more. We continue this effort by supplying you with essential move-in information necessary to make your transition just that much easier.
WHERE TO MEET PEOPLE?
WHERE TO MEET PEOPLE?
Young or old, it is probably the most common question that is asked when you move to a new area…. Not only where, but how do you meet people? In an age that is driven so much by digital interaction, do people really even talk to one another anymore? The short answer is yes, and in this neck of the woods, we enjoy the “good ole’ fashion” way to communicate. We get together at the “local hot spots” and get involved in the local culture. Here are just a few of those hot spots we recommend for ‘mingling’ with the locals.
The Mitten Bar: Nothing brings people together like a good beer. With a growing craft beer scene, the Mitten Bar has a cozy, friendly atmosphere to meet new people and share a cold one in the Ludington Area. Weekly events like Knittin’ at the Mitten and Mug Club Wednesdays are great opportunities to meet new people.
Ludington Boat Club & Yacht Club: Both the Ludington Boat Club and Ludington Yacht Club offer a chance for boating enthusiasts to come together and share their passions in a social setting.
Garden Club: The Mason County Garden Club’s mission is to stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening while encouraging the protection of our environment and conservation of our natural resources. The Garden Club hosts annual Garden Walks and different events for garden enthusiasts to enjoy.
Ludington Crossfit & Running Club: Workout fanatics and health nuts will enjoy the tight-knit community at Ludington Crossfit, a newer form of intense group exercise. Daily workouts and fun events make for a great way to meet people who share your fitness passion. The Running Club is a drop-in club of runners who run weekly and work out to become better athletes and runners together.
Pickle Ball: Pickle ball is a fun way to get outside, get some exercise and meet new people in the community. The courts are located on Tinkham Ave. by Oriole Field. Open play is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11am during warm weather.
Weekly Bike Rides: Shoreline Cycling Club hosts weekly community bike rides that are a fun, active way to meet new friends and neighbors. The women’s ride is Tuesdays at 6pm and the men’s ride is Wednesdays at 6pm. Try the Slow Roll 2nd & 4th Thursdays. For ride locations and special events, check out Shoreline Cycling Club on Facebook.
Ludington & Scottville Senior Centers: Both Ludington and Scottville have Senior Centers that create opportunities for area seniors to share in creative, recreational and educational experiences. Seniors can enjoy trips, card clubs, parties, crafts, exercise and entertainment.
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
In addition to the great social groups that get together in the region, there are numerous volunteering opportunities, which will also allow you to meet locals, a demographic of people who truly care about the community that they call home.
The Jaycees is a great group of young people in the area (under 40 years of age) that focus on a variety of community projects and events throughout the year. The Jaycees have been a leading group of young professionals since its founding in 1947.
The Rotary Club of Ludington consists of neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting changes in our communities and around the world. They are a diverse group of men and women from many backgrounds and professions. Current Service Projects include: Adopt-A-Highway, college scholarships for local students, City Park Renovation Project, STRIVE, youth programs and much more! Ludington Rotary meets every Thursday for a noon lunch and program at Ludington Center for the Arts.
The Scottville Optimist Club is a volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential while supporting the local community and building tomorrow’s leaders who will do the same. The club has been working hard since 1953. Its mission is to serve youth and community in many different events and projects throughout the year, including youth dances, a popcorn wagon, essay contest for college scholarships, Special Olympics horseshoe and bocci ball tournaments, bandshell concerts and summer movie nights for kids.
The Optimist Club of Ludington combines the efforts of its community-minded membership to ”bring out the best in kids.” Membership offers opportunities to mentor students and provide safe and positive experiences for children in our community. Through strength in unity, the club provides increased benefits to the youth of our community via combined thinking and manpower. As a service organization, members can network knowledge; as individual members, they can assist others with their goals. The club believes that combining optimistic energy with others can only boost the positive results for every facet of our community. The Optimist Club has ongoing reading mentorship, a long-running chess tournament, and it supports the Childhood Cancer Campaign, just to name a few of its projects.
In an effort to increase the collaboration, connections, and relationships among local non-profits and community members, United Way is excited to introduce the online volunteer and donor opportunity system called “Get Connected.” This system will increase the capacity of the community to meet the ongoing needs of local charities while facilitating the engagement process for non-profit employees.
Get Connected is an easy-to-use web-based platform that matches the right donors, advocates, and volunteers with the right opportunities in our neighborhoods. Users can search for needs based on their own interests, they can reach out to agencies who care about the same things they care about, and they can find meaningful ways to give back. You are encouraged to share needs with your friends on Facebook, invite users to join you in searching for ways to give back, and build relationships with the agencies that are making a difference in our hometown.
United Way is very pleased to reveal Get Connected as the latest way we are giving our neighbors the opportunity to care for one another, and we sincerely hope you enjoy using Get Connected to LIVE UNITED!
They are part of the family and it is good to know where they are welcome. It is important to know when they can be included in community activities and where they can go. One of the biggest questions frequently asked is where can I take my dog for a run on the beach? We are pleased that there are lots of options for runs on a sandy shoreline for your four-legged kids. Buttersville Beach on South Lakeshore Drive is close to downtown and frequented by area pet owners. If you are looking for a more secluded destination, the Lake Michigan Recreation Area off of Forest Trail Road is a great spot to let the kids off to stretch their legs.
For a complete list of pet friendly beaches and venues throughout the region, contact the Chamber for details, or visit the travel and tourism website for the area at: www.PureLudington.com
WHICH BEACHES ARE DOG-FRIENDLY?
The south edge of the beach at Loomis Street boat launch is open to dogs. The area is bounded on the north by the seawall south of the launch area, on the south by the end of the seawall at the southern boundary of the parking lot, on the east by the seawall along the west side of the portion of the parking lot south of the boat ramps, on the west by Lake Michigan.
Events that take place throughout the region are frequently pet friendly. The popular Friday Night Live series in Downtown Ludington on Friday nights throughout the summer is often a stop for pets and their owners. Strolling the city blocks, taking in the local vendors and live music is something not only the pets will enjoy, but the owners will as well.
As you bring your pets, don’t forget to get them licensed at the local county offices. Mason County offers 1- and 3-year dog licenses. In order to purchase a 3-year dog license, you need to have just received the 3-year rabies booster shot and have 3 years remaining until needed again. All licenses expire during the month that rabies vaccinations are due.
Licenses can be purchased at the Mason County Animal Control office (behind Walmart on Meyers Rd) or the Treasurer’s office (at the Courthouse in Ludington). All dogs 4 months and older that reside within Mason County are required by law to wear a Mason County dog license at all times. A proof of current rabies vaccination is required for the license. If your dog is spayed or neutered, a copy of that record is also required for the discounted license. License fees range from $10-$60 depending on the license.