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Party for the Parks Event Benefits Pathways to Parks Outreach

by / Friday, 15 March 2019 / Published in Blog, Uncategorized

Friends of Metro ParksAre you ready to party… for the parks? Save March 22, 2019 on your calendar for the Party for the Parks event hosted by the Friends of Metro Parks! The third annual Party for the Parks includes live music, food and drinks, and fun times with old and new friends. Each part of the event has nature-inspired surprises, including an indoor “campfire.”

Where Will the Party Be Hosted?

Based locally in Akron, Ohio, Akron Glass Works is a public access hot glass studio. The studio is located in the lower-level of a former Presbyterian church. The church sanctuary has gone unused for years, so the owner of Akron Glass Works decided to turn it into an event space for weddings, corporate events, festivals, and more. The sanctuary features beautiful stained glass windows, wooden arches, and hanging lanterns that all work together to create a stunning ambiance.

Live Music From Local Bands

Party for the Parks will feature live music from two of Northeast Ohio’s very own local bands, the Grady Miller Band and Zach and the Bright Lights.

Grady Miller Band

Photo Credit: Grady Miller Band

The Grady Miller Band is an Americana and Blues duo based in Akron, Ohio. The band combines guitar, fiddle, and vocals to meld genres into unique melodies and lyrics.

Zach and the Bright Lights Band frequents compassionate causes and events, and Zach performs almost 200 times each year at festivals, yoga classes, house concerts, and more. Zach believes music is the way to spread peace, and in 2010 he founded the Akron Peace Project. Akron Life Magazine recently named him “Humanitarian of the Year.”

R. Shea Brewing Providing a Custom Ale

R.Shea Brewing

Photo Credit: R.Shea Brewing

No Party for the Parks event would be complete without food and drink! Heavy appetizers, desserts, coffee, and more are courtesy of multiple local businesses, such as Mustard Seed Market & Café and Pearl Coffee Company. R. Shea Brewing will provide wine and its own custom “Meandering Trails Pale Ale” brew, and much more. In fact, “Meandering Trails” is a special new beer that was created exclusively for the Party for the Parks. Enjoy specialty wins and local brews throughout the evening.

Pathways to Parks: Giving Children Better Access to Parks

Proceeds from the Party for the Parks will go to support Pathways to Parks, a program that partners with Summit Metro Parks and Friends of Metro Parks to encourage children to spend time outdoors, enjoying and connecting with nature.

The program targets inner-city, underserved children who typically don’t have access to the parks system. Pathways to Parks could change their lives, giving children better access to parks through transportation scholarships. The program also offers teaching kids and other supplies that will teach the children about the outdoors and connect them with nature.

Friends of Metro Parks

As a non-profit organization, Friends of Metro Parks wants to improve public use and enjoyments of Northeast Ohio’s parks, searching for public support and advocating for local parks. The Friends of Metro Parks prioritize the future of parks, and they’re thrilled to be part of Pathways to Parks! Some of the organization’s recent programs include projects funded by the Tad Jeffrey Memorial Fund, Yappy Hour for dogs and their owners, and interactive exhibits and events.

Party for the Parks with Appalachian Outfitters

Do you want to enjoy good food and drinks in a unique setting for a good cause? Attend Party for the Parks on Friday, March 22. Parking is free! Buy tickets now or get more information about the Friends of Metro Parks.

Thank you ahead of time for coming to Party for the Parks, and thank you for supporting the metro parks! We’ll see you on March 22!

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