Things to know about 2019’s first concert at Fox Pointe

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 28, 2019) – Wednesday’s free concert by Hairbangers Ball will open the 2019 season at Fox Pointe. Whether Lansing residents visit the venue just for food, for the music, or both, the following information is helpful to know:

  1. The concert will happen rain or shine.
    Per Lansing’s contract with the band, the show will go on. If the Lansing Police Department determines that weather is hazardous—lightning, hail, tornado warnings, or other typical spring fare this year—they may decide to end the concert, but otherwise the concert will begin at 7:00pm as scheduled. Residents are welcome to bring umbrellas and ponchos in case of rain.

  2. Concessions will be available beginning at 5:30pm.
    • Food can be purchased directly, using standard payment methods, from the local concessionaires who will use the concession building between the main entrance and the stage.
      The concession building is to the right of the main entrance, between the main entrance and the stage. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

    • Beverages—alcoholic and non—will require the purchase of tickets from the window on the opposite side of the concession building. Patrons can purchase tickets before entering Fox Pointe, and then use their tickets at any beverage station throughout the venue.

    No outside food or beverage will be allowed inside the venue.

  3. Beverage tickets are good all summer long.
    “We don’t want people to feel like they have to drink as much as they can [at the end of the night] to get rid of their tickets,” explained Village IT Director Fabian Newman, who has been heavily involved with Fox Pointe from a technology standpoint. “You can save them for next week.”

  4. Some mosquito abatement is in place.
    In spite of the wet conditions in Lansing all spring, mosquitoes began emerging only recently when the temperatures rose. Some natural design elements at Fox Pointe will help repel mosquitoes from the area, but they have not yet been put to a live test. Concert-goers who don’t want to participate in the test might want to spray before leaving home.

  5. Lawn chairs, seating cushions, and blankets are all welcome.
    The Fox Pointe sod that was installed is a heavy-duty, turf-style sod, designed for heavy traffic. The lawn was cut Tuesday morning in preparation for Wednesday’s activities, and no drainage issues were reported, though it is still wet.

  6. Fox Pointe is a non-smoking venue.
    Smoking stations will be available at a few locations 15 feet outside the perimeter.

  7. The footlights are still a potential tripping hazard.
    One of the suggestions submitted by attendees of last October’s Autumn Fest was to change the lighting along the far edge of the lawn—the low-profile ground lights are low enough not to be seen, yet raised enough to be tripped over. The Village is aware of the problem and has been working to change those lights, but it has not been done yet.
    The low-profile lighting can be seen along the edge of the lawn near the pavilion. While the lighting effect is beautiful, the lights are raised enough to create a tripping hazard that the Village is working to resolve. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

  8. The bathroom lights are voice-activated as well as motion-activated.
    If you happen to be in the bathroom alone when the lights time out, you can yell from the stall to turn them back on.

  9. The Santa House is a First Aid station.
    Emergency personnel from the Lansing Fire Department will staff the building during events.

  10. Concert end times will be strictly enforced.
    Because Fox Pointe is located within a residential section of town, the Village wants to be respectful of the surrounding neighborhoods. Weeknight concerts will end at 9:30pm, and the sound will be shut off by 9:45pm. On weekends, sound will be shut off at 10:45pm. Since much of the available parking is along residential side streets, the Village is hoping that concert-goers will be respectful as they head back to their cars post-concert.

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

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