posted August 17, 2011

Hope/Holland Community Day Will Be Sept. 10

A picnic at Windmill Island Gardens and a home football game will be among the features of the 46th annual Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The picnic will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Tickets include the picnic, admission to WindmillIslandGardens from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, and the Hope College football game with Wisconsin Lutheran College at Holland Municipal Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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

The West Ottawa High School marching band will be playing at the game.  The 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, will be commemorated during a pre-game ceremony.

Community Day celebrates the long-standing relationship between Holland residents and the faculty, students and staff of Hope College.  The event debuted in October 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.

Tickets for Community Day cost $8 for regular admission and $4 for children age five to 11, with admission free for children under five.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.  Tickets will also be sold at the picnic site on the day of the event.

Throughout the day during Community Day, the gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring the exhibition "Island Reflections: The Contemporary Art of Curaçao."  The exhibition is running Friday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 1, with an artist talk on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. and an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is free.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, the college will host a concert featuring Blind Boys of Alabama in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  Separate tickets will be required for the concert, and cost $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children under 18 and Hope students.  Tickets for the concert are available in the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The De Pree Art Center is located is located at 160 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue.  Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.  Holland Municipal Stadium is located at 313 E. Fairbanks Ave., near 13th Street.  Windmill Island Gardens are located at 1 Lincoln Ave., north of Seventh Street.

Additional information about Community Day may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Public and Community Relations at (616) 395-7860 or online at the college's Web site at

In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved to the dining room of Phelps Hall, located on the Hope campus at 154 E. 10th St., along Columbia Avenue. If the picnic is moved inside, announcements will be made online at and on area radio stations.