Residents savor the flavor at GH community picnic

“This is true community,” said local resident Joan Baker as she watched people mingle at Grand Haven’s community picnic, Savor the Flavor, Sunday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Aug 26, 2013


More than 800 people had been served by about 6:30 p.m., according to assistant city manager Sam Janson as he handed out water bottles from the back of a pickup truck.

Perfect weather greeted residents who attended the annual event late Sunday afternoon at East Grand River Park.

“It’s a good community bonding experience,” said City Manager Pat McGinnis. “It seems to make everybody very happy.”

McGinnis said the free food distributed by area restaurants was all donated.

“Even the candy and the prizes for the kids were donated,” he said. “There’s no tax money here.”

Residents waited in long lines to get food from Anthony’s Kicked Up Catering, Arturo’s, A&L Farms and The Grand.

More than 600 pieces of cake had been devoured by 5:20 p.m., said Mary Ickes as she plated another serving.

Mayor Geri McCaleb said she got to meet a lot of children as they scurried to get an official signature as part of a scavenger hunt.

“The people I’ve talked to are having a great time,” McCaleb said before stopping to chat with some area residents.

Ashley Fojtik and Nicole Vandenberg sat on the grass off to the side near the band.

“It’s good to see community events like this,” Fojtik said.

“I’ve seen live five of my neighbors here today,” Vandenberg said.

Children gathered in throngs, and then lined up for a chance to swing at one of the piñatas hung in the trees.

Once the piñata was broken, volunteers threw goodies into piles in the area for the children.

The band, Barefoot Sunday, entertained while children played and families downed their food.

A fire truck and trolley rides were also part of the entertainment.



My wife and I would have liked to attend. Too bad the Tribune online "service" declined to inform people about it. No article, not even on your EVENTS calendar.
Excellent service, Tribune. You tell us NOTHING!!!


same here. Tribune dropped the ball on announcing this 'community event', just report after it happens? Maybe because it is on the East side? no doubt in my mind.

Cheryl Welch

The event was promoted widely in the print and e-edition versions of the Tribune. A very large ad ran for about a week prior in the paper, which is likely why nearly 800 people attended. Sorry you missed it. If you're not a subscriber, click HERE to subscribe today so you won't miss anything in the future. We cover events (as evidenced by the fish project, this photo gallery/story, and the Fat Chix market, etc.) on the east side, center town and west side alike.


So we have to PAY before the local newspaper will tell the taxpayers about events happening in city parks, which are funded by the TAXPAYERS?
Is the Tribune opposed to informing TAXPAYERS of the happenings that we pay for?
Why have the online presence, if you refuse to keep the public informed?

I have tried the printed paper....too expensive for the 10 minutes it took to read it.
I have tried the e-edition, too difficult to navigate.

The banner hung over Washington said "This weekend". The picnic has been held on Saturdays previously. Why the change in days?
Or do we have to pay for that information?


I stated the same thing Davewali, and my comment was removed and never seen again! I won't pay to find out 'community events' like this one. Nice repeat ad there Cheryl...


My family of four generations attended for the first time and found it such a treat, a beautiful day spent bare foot upon lush green grass, lots of smiling staff and picnic goers to greet you. Great food, so many things to do for the kids while adults could visit and enjoy music that did not dominate the airwaves (great band by the way), It was the perfect Sunday afternoon we agreed and so well organized from the general layout to the ingenious use of lumber to make spanning a curb without ripping off car parts possible. Our sincere thanks to the community and Grand Haven for such a neat afternoon!


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