September 16, 2021

Park’s namesake dies minutes before ribbon cutting for new amphitheater

Courtesy of Tyler H. Jones and the Lagrange Daily News

(Lagrange, GA) — It was a bittersweet opening for the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park on Friday.

Less than an hour before a crowd marked the occasion, Jim Boyd — for whom the park is named, along with his late wife, Annette — died at his residence in Vernon Woods Retirement Community. He was 81, and was to cut the ribbon.

“If you don’t know, the origin of the name ‘Sweetland’ for this amphitheater is that over 30 years ago, the Boyds, Jim and Annette, started a parade on the Fourth of July to honor our country, our community and the patriotism that we all share,” said Lagrange Mayor Jim Thornton during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “It was known as the Sweet Land of Liberty Parade for Youth.”

The crowd marked Boyd’s passing with a solemn moment of silent prayer.

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Attendees of the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park ribbon cutting ceremony are seen silhouetted in the park’s pavilion Friday. The park’s namesake died less than an hour before the ceremony.

Attendees of the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park ribbon cutting ceremony are seen silhouetted in the park’s pavilion Friday. The park’s namesake died less than an hour before the ceremony. (Photo: Lagrange Daily News)

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