Read the March 3 Tribune story about how the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is helping to raise money for the Fourth of July fireworks show in Grand Haven: "Bucks for booms."
1) We need better disclosure about what happened to the JayCees fireworks money. There were significant community donations to that fund. There needs to be a full public accounting of that money. 2) The music last year was VERY sad . . . I know people think it is cool to be progressive and innovative. But really ... what is wrong with plain old patriotic?
Agreed. And I believe you can be progressive and patriotic at the same time, but the past couple years have had meh soundtracks at best.
In my own personal opinion, the fountain portion should be good 'ol patriotic (and I don't mean solid Lee Greenwood songs throughout, I mean peppy, modern if possible, but definitely patriotic) with absolutely STELLAR choreography and audio quality. The fireworks can be a bit more edgy IMO as you don't want the show to turn into a snooze-fest. The whole show must also remain suitable for all ages in my opinion.
This year with the fountain, you are going to see some pretty good changes with regards to the quality of the choreography (MUCH better), as well as many family-friendly themed programs that I promise will blow your socks off and much better audio quality as well.
One of the programmers goals (myself and one other guy) is to have an entire library of new programs (both individual songs and completely themed 'packages') that are much more modern, complex, and exciting, yet bring back the tradition of a family-friendly attraction. This doesn't mean that we will play kids music 24/7, in fact we have a Beatles show, Beach Boys, Classic Rock, Pirates, Jimmy Buffett, two Disney shows, as well as modern pop music shows currently in production; it simply means that MUCH more thought will be put into show creation to make sure EVERYBODY will enjoy it. We are pushing to create an EXPERIENCE that draws visitors into town, rather than simply something to see if you are already at the waterfront and bored. So far, I have over 290 hours of volunteer time in this year alone to make this a reality, and the other guy has just about as much time invested I believe. Personally, I was never much a fan of randomly tossed together shows from the dated and very mixed jukebox-style library.
As for the fireworks shows (including the musical fountain)... I don't have a horse in that race.
Thanks for your response ... and thanks for your apparent hard work to make our community better by your work on the fountain.
I would encourage you and your team to consider a few more "throw-back" shows. If I remember correctly almost all of the OLD shows were themed and well planned. There is something nice about hearing the old narrator, the Space Odyssey opening and the I Could Have Danced All Night Closing. If we are afraid the "old school" shows will turn off the tourists, maybe more of those shows could be scheduled during the May and September shoulder season.
By the way, we really missed the fact that the fountain schedule was cut short this year (lack of September weekend shows).
Thanks again for your hard work. It is appreciated.
The classic shows have been played on Wednesdays the past couple years, and will most likely be making a comeback on Wednesdays this year.
The reason the season was cut short last year was due to a MAJOR upgrade of the fountain's control system. We will have a few new features this year thanks to the upgrade :)
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