posted August 18, 2004

Community Day Will Be Saturday, Sept. 11

A picnic at Hope College, the sights of Windmill Island and a home football game will be among the features of the 39th annual Community Day, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The day is scheduled in celebration of the long-standing relationship between Holland residents and the faculty, students and staff of Hope College.

The picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Van Raalte Commons, located in the center of campus east of College Avenue near 12th Street. Persons purchasing tickets in advance will also receive a free ticket for admission to Windmill Island from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, as well as a ticket for the Hope College football game with John Carroll University of Ohio at 1:30 p.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium, located on Fairbanks Avenue at 13th Street.

The picnic will consist of bratwurst, hamburger, sliced turkey breast, vegetarian croissants, salads, chips, cookies, beverages and other picnic fare. Live music will be provided throughout the picnic by the Holland American Legion Band.

The Zeeland High School marching band will be playing at the game.

Community Day debuted in October of 1966 as a Community Ox Roast, held in conjunction with the Hope College centennial celebration. Like the first event, which was the idea of former mayor Nelson Bosman, subsequent Community Days have provided an opportunity for Holland and Hope to come together.

Also during the day, the men's soccer team will be hosting the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament, playing Otterbein of Ohio at 2 p.m. The team will play at Buys Athletic Fields, located on Fairbanks Avenue north of Holland Municipal Stadium. Admission is free.

In addition, the gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be hosting the exhibition "From One Generation to Another: A Retrospective of the Hope College Permanent Collection." The exhibition opened earlier this month and continues through Sunday, Sept. 12. Through Monday, Aug. 30, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, the gallery will be open Sunday and Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Admission to the gallery is free.

Tickets for Community Day, which include the picnic, football game and admission to Windmill Island, cost $7 for regular admission, and $4 for children age five to 11. Admission is free for children under five.

Advance tickets for Community Day may be purchased at the college's Dow Center, located on 13th Street at Columbia Avenue, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Public Relations at (616) 395-7860.

In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved to the dining room of Phelps Hall, located on the Hope College campus on Columbia Avenue at 10th Street. If the picnic is moved inside, announcements will be made on the college's automated audio information system, which can be called at (616) 395-7888, as well as on area radio stations.