A traditional Labor Day Weekend picnic on the Hope College campus, a full schedule of Hope sports action and the sights of Windmill Island will all be a part of the 45th annual Hope/Holland Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 4.
The picnic will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the lawn of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets include not only the picnic but also admission to Windmill Island Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day as well as admission to home Hope athletic competition throughout the day. The volleyball, cross country, football and men's soccer teams all have home contests.
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, inflatable fun for the kids and live music provided throughout by the Holland American Legion Band.
The volleyball team will host Thiel College of Greenville, Pa., at 10 a.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse. The men's and women's cross country teams will host the Vanderbilt Invitational at 10:30 a.m. at Ridge Point Community Church. Football will host Illinois Wesleyan University of Bloomington, Ill., at 1:30 p.m. at Holland Municipal Stadium, with pre-game and halftime entertainment provided by the Zeeland High School Marching Band. The men's soccer team will play the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the college's Bergsma Tournament at 6 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
Also on campus, the gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring the exhibition "In Retrospect: Artists' Books and Works on Paper." The exhibition is running Monday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Oct. 1. 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.
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. The ticket office will also be open on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tickets sold at the picnic site that day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The De Pree Art Center 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. Holland Municipal Stadium is located at 313 E. Fairbanks Ave., near 13th Street. Ridge Point Community Church is located at 340 104th Ave., near 24th (Mason) Street. Van Andel Soccer Stadium is located at 225 Fairbanks Ave., near 11th Street. Windmill Island Gardens are located at 1 Lincoln Ave., north of Seventh Street.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Public and Community Relations at (616) 395-7860 or online at the college's website at https://hope.edu/pr/10communityday.html
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 www.hope.edu and on area radio stations.