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As pandemic eases, Lansing venue ready for busier season in 2021
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As pandemic eases, Lansing venue ready for busier season in 2021

Improvements planned for Lansing's Fox Pointe venue (copy)

The Fox Pointe event venue in downtown Lansing officially opens its season today with a concert featuring Dick Diamond and the Dusters.

LANSING — After being limited to just a handful of events because of the pandemic last year, Fox Pointe is gearing up for a more typical season in 2021.

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The event venue at 18138 Henry St. in downtown Lansing already has hosted the proms for TF South and TF North high schools, but the official season-opening event is set for today.

It's a concert featuring Dick Diamond and the Dusters, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7. Concessions will be available and food trucks will be on hand.

With Illinois in the bridge phase, just shy of a full reopening, Fox Pointe director Tony Troncozo said, "with the amount of space we have, we can have as many as 3,000 (spectators)."

Other highlights of the season will include the Fox Pointe debut of the Northwest Indiana Symphony on July 28 and the Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest on Aug. 20-21. 

It'll be the second edition of the fest, which wasn't held last year because of the pandemic. 

As of now, Troncozo said, all events on the Fox Pointe calendar will have no admission charge. "There will be ticketed events in the future," he said. "It looks like it won't be this year."

Though vaccination numbers are rising and case numbers are declining, the pandemic still had an effect on Fox Pointe's scheduling, Troncozo said. 

"We initially planned on having some national acts," he said. "But the touring scene (is still) wishy-washy."

As a result, there's an emphasis on local and regional bands.

Patrons will notice some changes this year, Troncozo noted. Instead of using paper tickets for alcohol sales, Fox Pointe has shifted to a point-of-sale system. "It's going to be a lot easier," Troncozo said.

An extra window has been added to the concession stand, along with more tables and chairs. Also, a disability parking area has been established on the  facility's west side.

After using volunteers as event staffers in the past, the venue will have paid workers this summer.

Besides the public schedule, Fox Pointe also is available for rent for private events. It will host its first wedding this month, along with a high school reunion in August.

"We're excited and thrilled to have people back at Fox Pointe for the 2021 season," Troncozo said.

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