Journey to Bethlehem to continue

The holiday season is more than four months away, but preparation for the second Journey to Bethlehem has long been underway.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 17, 2013


Organizers recently received approval from the Duncan Park Commission for the event to return to the Grand Haven park, Dec. 13-15.

Duncan Memorial Park Commissioner Linda DeLano Tebeau said the board has some reservations about the event. She said the area can’t be used just for the project, and others should be allowed in the park during the show.

“We felt that they should be able to make it more inclusive,” DeLano Tebeau said. “They can’t use Duncan Woods for their exclusive use.”

Terri Metzger, project manager for Journey to Bethlehem, said they are thankful for the park commission’s approval.

Volunteers from more than 20 area churches collaborated to bring the town of Bethlehem to life last December. Metzger said they received an outpouring of community support as well.

Tickets for last year's inaugural show sold out in less than 24 hours, leaving many who wanted to take the tour left out. Metzger said they will have more opportunities available for the tour this year.

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Everybody Wins

It's very sad that this event is not accessible to elderly/handicapped citizens. No strollers or wheelchairs allowed and if you can't walk or stand for long periods, there are no provisions for you. Don't any of the churches supporting this have members who are excluded due to these limitations? Maybe the presentations could be videotaped and played in a venue where it is accessible to all?


To Everyone Wins- Last year was the first year for 'The Journey to Bethlehem', it was felt that it was too much to try to make the journey handicapped accessable in it's inaugural year. Hopefully, it will be opened to the handicapped and elederly in future years.

Everybody Wins

The videotaped presentation was meant to be in addition to the current live event planned, not a substitute.


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