A traditional picnic featuring live music on the Hope College campus, a new era in Hope football, and the sights of Windmill Island Gardens will all be among the features of the 51st annual Hope/Holland Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Tickets include the picnic on campus, admission to Windmill Island Gardens that day, and the football game.
The picnic will take place on the front lawn of the DeVos Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with fare including carved mojo pork loin, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tamales, vegetarian enchiladas and black bean burgers. The event will feature live music by the Holland American Legion Band from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Karizma from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be prize drawings throughout the picnic.
Highlights at Windmill Island Gardens include the 255-year-old “DeZwaan” windmill; 36 acres of gardens, dikes and canals; the Posthouse museum and shops; and, for children, the antique carousel and playground. The day’s ticket stub will provide admission to the island from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The college’s season-opening football game with Monmouth College of Monmouth, Illinois, will be held at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Zeeland High School marching band will perform during pre-game and halftime.
Former Hope football captain and new head coach Peter Stuursma will be leading the Flying Dutchmen into a new era during the 2016 season. Hope’s seventh all-time head coach returns to his alma mater after winning seven state championships at East Grand Rapids High School.
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 $9 for regular admission and $5 for children age five to 11, with admission free for children under five. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890. Tickets will also be sold at the picnic location on the fieldhouse lawn on the day of the event beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Throughout the day during Community Day, the De Pree Art Center and Gallery will be featuring the exhibition “Hateful Things.” The exhibition will open on Friday, Aug. 26, and continue through Friday, Oct. 7. The gallery will be 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.
The Kruizenga Art Museum will be showing the exhibition “After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s” from Tuesday, Aug. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 17. The exhibition will feature 32 paintings, prints and drawings by 15 artists associated with the Rupture Generation, with the interpretive labels and texts presented in both English and Spanish. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Anderson-Werkman Financial Center is located at 100 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located is located at 160 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue. The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. 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 Division of Public Affairs and Marketing at 616-395-7860 or online at hope.edu/communityday.
In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved inside the DeVos Fieldhouse. If the picnic is moved inside, announcements will be made online at hope.edu and on area radio stations.