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Photos: Fox Pointe officially opens

Lansing braves cold and drizzle to experience launch of historic venue

LANSING, Ill. (September 28, 2018) – After years of planning, the Fox Pointe entertainment venue opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday evening, September 28.

Approximately 200 people braved the drizzle and cooler temps in order to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fox Pointe on Friday, September 28, 2018. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Fox Pointe pavilion offered some shelter while still allowing attenders to hear the presenters on the stage. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Mayor Patty Eidam (pink coat) thanked the crowd for coming to the Fox Pointe grand opening. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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From left: Executive Director of South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association Kristi DeLaurentiis, Engineer Jeff Pintar, Architect Jim Maciejewski, Burnham Mayor Robert Polk, Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli, Illinois State Representative Nicholas Smith, and Illinois Senator Elgie Sims were among the dignitaries who attended the event to show their support. They recognize that as Fox Pointe successfully draws visitors to Lansing, the entire area can benefit. (Photo: Sharon Gonzalez)
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting brought a cheer from the crowd as well as the dignitaries on-stage. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Mayor Eidam, Assisted by Village Clerk Vivian Payne (right), offered pieces of the ribbon to people who wanted a keepsake of the event. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Paul Schultz received the bow of the ribbon on behalf of the Lansing Historical Society. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli (center) attended the event and posed with Mayor Patty Eidam (left) and Village Clerk Vivian Payne. (Photo: Nate Fields)
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The Spencer and Gonzalez families requested a photo with the Mayor. (Photo: Erica Spencer)
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Jasmine Gonzalez considers herself a groupie of Mayor Eidam and has collected photos and memorabilia from various civic events. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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The Fox Pointe stage provided plenty of room for the Crawpuppies to perform after the speeches. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Sylvia Steele (left) served some Dixie Kitchen favorites to hungry (and cold) event attenders. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Residents chatted in the pavilion long after sunset. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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“It’s a beautiful venue,” commented many of the attenders. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

With Fox Pointe officially open, the first event at the venue will be Lansing’s Autumn Fest, beginning Friday, October 5, at 4:00pm. The event is organized by LACE, the Lansing Association for Community Events.

Fox Pointe is located at 18138 Henry Street in Lansing, Illinois.


Special thanks to Sharon Gonzalez, Erica Spencer, and Nate Fields who generously contributed photos to this article.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.

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