Meijer Garden Summer Concert Series

Tale of trust in strangers an inspiration

May 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Only in West Michigan—a morality tale by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Saturday tickets to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Summer Concert Series went on sale to the general public. Even though five popular acts on this year’s bill have already sold out to Meijer Gardens Members, good tickets still remain for 17 other scheduled shows. There is no such thing as a bad seat location at the beautiful outdoor Meijer Gardens concert venue. Being Meijer Gardens members, we were able to take advantage of a special two-week presale available to Gardens members only. So two weeks ago, Saturday morning, April 30, we found ourselves in line at the Gardens’ front door entrance at 7:45 a.m. Tickets were to go on sale at 9 a.m. and we wanted a good shot at securing two tickets to the June 26 performance of Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers. Everyone knows Martin for his comedic ability, but he is also an award-winning banjo player. Now when we entered the line that morning, there were already at least 200 people ahead of us. They had arrived, apparently, at the crack of dawn as the Gardens’ gates opened! Why did we do this? We also knew that phone orders would begin being accepted also at 9 a.m., but past experience had told us it was difficult to get through on jammed phone lines. We thought our chances would be better in person. So apparently did hundreds more, who found themselves in an ever-lengthening line that reached upwards of 1,000 eager ticket buyers, that morning, by the time ticket sales commenced. As the line slowly inched forward, it didn’t take long for us to realize that we’d be spending a good deal of the morning attempting to score a pair of Steve Martin concert tickets. From the buzz around us, we soon came to the conclusion we weren’t the only ones seeking the very same tickets. After about 45 minutes, Meijer Gardens’ volunteers began circulating down the line telling everyone that the Martin ticket sales were very brisk and if we had our cell phones, we might want to try to secure tickets over the phone. Many in line around us, including ourselves, began to do just that. […]