Holland Area Pride Coming Up June 28
By BTL Staff
Originally printed 6/26/2014 (Issue 2226 - Between The Lines News)
The live art of glass blowing, portraits, face painting and information from a kayak tour company are among the more than 40 booths that will be spread throughout Centennial Park, between River and Central avenues and 10th and 11th streets, when the Holland Area PRIDE Festival is held from noon - 6 p.m. June 28.
Back for the second outdoor PRIDE festival will be Torched Art Glass, whose booth will once again feature live studio glass art as artisans work with propane gas to mold their art. Also back will be premier sponsor Herman Miller, who will once again be offering portraits to anyone who visits its booth.
Churches such as Hope Church, Douglas United Church of Christ, Unity Church on the Lakeshore, First Presbyterian Church, and First United Methodist Church will have booths while new this year will be the Center for Inquiry, which is based on humanist values.
Health organizations such as Mercy Health HIV Screening, Pine Rest Holland Clinic and Ottawa County Health Department will be available to provide information, as will a number of businesses. Food will be available from Margaritas, Lahanam Association and Spoonlickers.
Both Sticks & Stones and Common Language Book Store will be offering PRIDE-related jewelry and other items, while Artmakers Worlds will also be selling jewelry. One Adventure Tours will provide information on kayak tours and Campit Outdoor Resort will show what it has to offer on its campgrounds.
Those bringing dogs can visit Jus Dogs' booth to water their pets. Lakeshore Home Inspection is also new this year.
Free entertainment will be played throughout the day and from 6-10 p.m. the festival will move to The Armory, on 9th Street between River and Central, with a $5 cover charge. Comedienne Jennie McNulty, who has been on LOGO and NBC, will be the featured entertainer at night. Beer and wine will be available.
Primary sponsors for the 2014 Holland Area PRIDE Festival are Herman Miller, West Shore Aware and New Holland Brewery.
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