I remember when Dr. Creason first conceived the Musical Fountain idea. I also remember the many false rumors, acquisitions and negative opinions related to building the fountain.
I remember the number of hours donated by the volunteers, and their commitment to the vision of building something special for the City of Grand Haven. One of these volunteers was Bernie Boyink. Bernie was very instrumental in the original lighting, sound and music.
I also remember the negative phone calls and comments he received about his participation in such a crazy idea. When I asked Bernie why he would tolerate these comments, he quoted one of his two favorite sayings: “There are three kinds of people in the word; those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happens.” Bernie chose to give back to his community.
Today, Bernie’s grandson, Brad, is continuing his grandfather’s footsteps as he attempts to give back to the community. What is interesting is that history is repeating itself — as he, too, has to endure negative opinions, misconceptions and misleading comments.
Brad has donated extensive hours to upgrade the Musical Fountain lights, sound and music selections. I’m confident that his grandfather would be very proud of his approach in making sure today's and the next generations will enjoy the fountain.
Like the fountain, the Holiday Road light show has become a tradition for many families in the surrounding communities, while providing area charities with funds. The amount of personal funds and hours he has contributed over the years should be appreciated. Like his grandfather, he is committed to making our community a better place to live.
Are you getting involved to make this a better community? I do not consider offering up negative criticism without knowing all the facts being proactively involved.
— Rick Boyink, Grand Haven Township