Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, June 02, 2014

In the middle of all the excitement of Downtown Detroit - Rector's Rambling for June 1, 2014

Today we have another one of those days that make St. John’s “special”.  We are surrounded by the Motor City Hoedown!
This is not the first time that we have had a concert in our parking lot.  Many years ago there was a traveling summer concert series called the Snow Jam, which included a HUGE structure for snowboarding in August, covered with crushed dry ice.  Other years the Warped Tour concert series also set up in our, and the neighboring, parking lots.  But the Hoedown is the only concert that has overlapped onto Sunday, and we are grateful to Olympia Entertainment for making both provision for parking for us in the morning, as well as scheduling these events to raise extra income for the Church.
Other times the church lot has been used as a pre-concert festival, replete with a ferris wheel and urban beach volleyball area.  This will be returning later this summer with the Jimmy Buffet concert, but disassembled in time for Sunday Services.  Other times the lot has been used as an assembly area for various charitable walks and races.  Add to this the regular Tigers, Lions, and in the future Red Wings, game parking and you realize that St. John’s really is in the middle of all the excitement of Downtown Detroit.
Of course, the primary purpose is parking for our services, and for that we are most grateful to have the lot.