Church Concert Series, Outdoor Facilities, a “Gift” to Community

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

drones eye view of amphitheatreA drones-eye view of the new amphitheatre at Ridge Point Community Church in HollandRidge Point Community Church east of Holland wanted to offer a gift to area residents.

And its new summer concert series is only a part of it.

"We have this large property here and we wanted to complete it with features for the community," said series coordinator Vicki Ekdom.

A concert-style amphitheatre (built behind the church's main building and the site of its current "Music in the Backyard" concert series) is only one of the outdoor features on the church's 160-acre campus.

A capital campaign nearly two years ago raised funds for the church to finish landscaping and other work on the church grounds. The result is completion of a mini-sports/recreation complex: basketball and pickleball courts, an outdoor discovery play place and play structure, Frisbee golf, fire pit, and mountain bike and other nature trails.

"It's a beautiful piece of property with all stuff that the community can just come and enjoy," Ekdom said. The concert series is a natural invitation for residents to come and see the new amenities.

MUSIC AND MORE

The "backyard" concerts are featured the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month through Labor Day (see details below). It began Wed. June 2 with Ridge Point worship pastor Moses Mares and band presenting a mixture of music, interspersed with street performers who appear regularly in downtown Holland. Seven-hundred fans were there to experience the festivities on a dry and mild evening.

"We wanted music of all genres so all different people from different age groups can come and just relax and have some fun," Ekdom noted of the series' variety.

Styles included are big band, country, oldies/rock and Christian. There's even a Tom Petty cover band, The Insiders, set for Aug. 18.
"We had to book these bands in the middle of COVID, and we didn't know how (pandemic restrictions) would be this summer," said the coordinator. Providentially, Michigan's COVID limitations on outdoor events were lifted June 1.

Tickets are just $5 (sold in advance only), with season passes also available.

"We have some corporate sponsors that are keeping the costs down," said the coordinator.

The grassy amphitheatre is terraced, similar to the one in Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, with the stage on the bottom of the hill. Capacity is around 1,000.

Three different food trucks and a separate beverage tent are also available on site.

In case of inclement weather, everything moves inside Ridge Point's 1,400 seat auditorium.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

"Michigan summers are so beautiful.....and this is truly our gift to people in the community to spend time outdoors with the family in this space the Lord has blessed us with," Ekdom added, noting that kids under 10 are admitted to the concerts with no charge.

The playgrounds are right next to the amphitheatre.

Drivers can see the tall church building from nearby I-196, but not the new amphitheatre or the other new features. For that they'll have to visit in-person.

Based on initial response, Ekdom is hopeful the series can return next summer. "That's definitely the plan right now," she smiled.

Details:

Music in the Backyard Summer Concert Series:
First and third Wednesday nights through Labor Day in the amphitheatre behind Ridge Point Community Church, 340 104th Ave. Holland
The Schedule:
June 16 – Hark Up – Big Band Sound and Vocals (Christian & Secular Music)
July 7 – Brandon Heath (Christian music artist)
July 21 – Kari Lynch Band (Country Music out of Nashville)
August 4 – Tony Bakker Band (Rock, Oldies & Country Music)
August 18 – The Insiders (Tom Petty Cover Band)
September 1 – Mac Powell (Christian music artist, former lead singer of Third Day)
Grounds open at 5:30pm, music at 6:30pm.
Bring chairs and blankets for seating.
Tickets are $5 each or $30 for season pass. Children under 10 free.
No tickets sold at the door, must have paper tickets to enter.
Online only at https://www.itickets.com/events/452507 or phone 800-965-9324.
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Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
About:
Terry is a journalist/feature writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, with a background in radio broadcasting. His usual beat is arts and entertainment, specializing in Christian/gospel music. A married father of two, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Contributing Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present Feature writer: -Mlive.com (website and various newspapers) 1988– 2016 -Spotlight New Christian Music Magazine 1997-2008 -Church News Editor, Church Herald Magazine 2004-2009

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