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Groovin at the picnic

Becky Vargo • Sep 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

City officials dressed in tie-died t-shirts were in a light-hearted mood Sunday as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Loutit District Library and Grand Haven Community Center during the annual community picnic.

Council members, library and city staff encouraged people to eat more cake hot dogs and Pronto Pups (also celebrating its 50th year), provided for free during the event.

The picnic was moved to Central Park from its usual location at East End Park for the special occasion.

Photos from Sunday’s City Picnic

State Librarian Randy Riley commended the City for having the foresight to combine a library and a community center in one location. He noted that a lot of libraries are becoming just book storage boxes, unlike Grand Haven’s facilities, which provide a lot of programs and encourage community involvement.

Also speaking during opening ceremonies were Mayor Geri McCaleb and historians Wally Ewing and Kennard Creason. 

Pastor Jared Cramer, of St. John’s Episcopal Church, provided the invocation.

The idea behind the event was to replicate the day that the original library and Community Center facilities were dedicated on Sept. 16, 1967, and include “the same cast of people, but fast-forwarded 50 years,” said City Manager Pat McGinnis.

The event included trolley rides, children’s games and music provided by the Grand Haven High School Marching Band and Gotak, the high school’s Irish music group. Performances were also presented by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.

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