Grand Haven Tribune: Woodchoppers Ball planned for July 11
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Woodchoppers Ball planned for July 11

• Jul 8, 2019 at 6:00 PM

For the third year, The Salvation Army of Grand Haven, in conjunction with D. Baker and Son Lumber Co., will host The Woodchopper’s Ball on Thursday, July 11.

This year’s event will offer a chance for the community to meet the newly assigned Salvation Army leaders, Majors Heather and William Holman. The Holmans are taking over for Majors Sally and Jay Davis, who have been assigned to Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The event at the lumber yard, 720 Pennoyer Ave., Grand Haven, begins with The Heritage Hill String Quartet from 5:45-7 p.m. The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra will be playing from its dance book from 7-9 p.m.

Attendees who would like to sit are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs.

For the second year, there is no admission charge.

“But we hope that people will find it in their hearts to support this most-needed community organization,” volunteer co-organizer David Schock said. “Some people may give a lot, others a little, but we are cognizant of the power of intention. The widow’s mite continues to carry its blessing.”

The event also celebrates the legacy of the lumberyard — the late Doug Baker was both a lumberman and a professional sax player.

“Doug was a great talent,” said Schock, who had plenty of opportunities to play with the elder Baker. “And he chose to play as a serious avocation and work in the family business. I think it was he who — in honor of the legendary Woody Herman tune ‘Woodchopper’s Ball’ — dubbed his lumberyard the ‘Home of the Woodchopper.’ And now this event brings it all together again, maybe even as he intended.”

Nada Edson (Baker) co-owns the lumberyard with her uncle, Bruce Baker. She is one of three fifth-generation descendants who now work at the lumberyard.

"Gramps and Grandma instilled a sense of community, goodwill, appreciation of music and all other arts that runs deep through our entire family,” she said. “We are proud to be Bakers and to be able to support the community and The Salvation Army by hosting The Woodchopper's Ball.”

The lumberyard also hosts an annual arts show, Art at the Yard, to benefit not only art lovers and local artists but also the Grand Haven Schools Foundation.

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