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Rain cancels Cruise Night and dampens Fox Pointe band showcase

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 10, 2021) – Although the forecast just a day before Saturday predicted pleasant weather, rain moved in more quickly than anticipated, changing what promised to be a lively summer Cruise Night along Ridge Road into a drizzly evening.

Some cars came out ahead of 6 p.m. to participate in the event, but most did not, leading the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE) to cancel the summer’s second Cruise Night at around 5:30.

Cruise Night
Some cars came out in the rain for Lansing’s second Cruise Night, but most did not. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

LACE veteran Pat Leck said that in the 25 years Lansing has been hosting cars, only two Cruise Nights have been cancelled due to rain. Saturday makes three.

cruise night
From left: Pat Leck, Leo Valencia, and Dan Centracchio are LACE members, and regretfully cancelled Lansing’s second cruise night of the summer. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Local band showcase

Some disappointed Cruise Night attendees turned instead to Fox Pointe for entertainment, as the venue’s local band showcase, which had started at 3 p.m., continued despite the light rain.

Fox Pointe
Fox Pointe patrons stayed out of the rain in the pavilion and could still listen to local bands. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Five bands played from 3 – 10:30 p.m. — Smollens Band, Metropolly, Not Dead Yet, Cloud 9, and Little Giant.

Most patrons sat under the covered areas in the venue: in the pavilion, and directly in front of the stage.

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Not Dead Yet performs in front of one of the driest and loudest seats in the venue: directly in front of the stage. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Fox Pointe
As Cloud Nine performed around 8 p.m., some patrons watched from the grass, undaunted by the light drizzle. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The next Fox Pointe concert is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, with Rico! slotted to play. The next Cruise Night is August 14.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. the venue is not really designed for any sort of shelter for people, (or bands) which is a shame.

    Maybe they should have “cruise night” in Effert park?

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