FAQ for Parties For The Park: Tickets on sale Friday!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Parties for the Park?

It is a series of parties and event from September to November that DCP enthusiasts host at their home, restaurant or other venues. The parties have different themes, prices, and numbers of attendees. All the parties are donated by the hosts and the ticket sales go straight to DCP, Inc.

Who gets the money from the Parties for the Park ticket sales?

All of the money from the ticket sales goes directly to Durham Central Park, Inc.

What is the money used for?

The funds raised through Parties for the Park make up about 1/3 of DCP Inc.’s annual operating budget. The money pays for DCP staff, maintenance and improvements of park structures, free programming and special projects.

What are this year’s special projects?

In 2020, we will focus our efforts on re-making the Sister Cities Grove (the area north of the Pavilion). That area has been in flux for the past 2 years with recent construction and city waterline upgrades. To make this area of the park comfortable and welcoming, we will be installing new trees, new benches & tables and updated signage. In 2020, we will also be installing plantings in the newly built terraced planting beds behind the Pavilion. In addition to supporting DCP’s operating funds, money raised through the 2019 Parties for the Park will support these special projects.

Is my ticket considered a tax-deductible donation?

No. The laws surrounding this are complex. We work with the hosts to price the events close to fair market value. We will continue to explore this and may be able to change it in the future.

What is the processing fee?

In order to use ticket processing services, like Eventbrite, there are fees associated with safe processing of information. Since these events are fundraisers for DCP, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, we truly appreciate your support in paying the processing fees in order to ensure that the funds from the ticket sales are used to support the operation, programming, and improvement of Durham Central Park!

Do I need a physical ticket for the events that I’ll be attending?

No. When you purchase your tickets through Eventbrite, your name will be added to the guest list. All of the hosts will have the guest lists and will welcome you when you arrive.

After I purchase my tickets, will I be sent any additional information?

Yes. The week of the event, we’ll send you additional info about your event, where to park, how to get there, and any other pertinent information that you may need to easily and successfully get to your event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin at [email protected]

Who do I contact if I have questions about the event?

Please feel free to get in touch with Erin Kauffman, Durham Central Park’s Executive Director. She can be reached at 919-794-8194 or [email protected]

Can I host a Party for the Park next year?

Absolutely! If you are interested in learning more about hosting, please get in touch with Lee Ann Tilley, the Parties for the Park Chair at [email protected]

Songwriter VAN HUNT headlines Durham Central Park’s PLAYlist Concert Series

“Inspired by the music of The Delfonics, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd and Billie Holiday, Hunt chronicles love, loss, and nostalgia through the sounds of original funk and old soul. He achieves the kind of heated, raw sound that has virtually disappeared in to much of today’s overly-manicured R&B and Hunt never loses sight of the past as he progressively forges his own way forward” –The Boston Globe. VAN HUNT headlines PLAYlist, Durham Central Park’s free, annual concert series Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.

A Dayton, Ohio-born musician, Hunt made his way to Atlanta where he drew acclaim for his production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris and Rahsaan Patterson, as well as the platinum-selling soundtrack, Love Jones. 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of his own self-titled debut album.

It instantly established Hunt as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. Hunt received a 2005 “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for his breakthrough hit single, Dust featured on that album. 

Parking is free in the lot beside Durham Central Park, and there are metered spaces along Foster Street which change to free parking meters after 7 p.m.

Picnics, blankets and folding chairs are welcome. Local food trucks and craft beer vendors will be on site serving at 6 p.m. There are restrooms at Durham Central Park and the venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit https://durhamplaylist.com/

PLAYlist Concert Series opens with Soul & Salsa: Alanna Royale, Ricardo Diquez

This third year of PLAYlist Concert Series features a few changes, inspired by audience feedback. We are extending the series into the fall, by presenting concerts every other Friday evening from June 14 to September 20. We have also shifted the time: local food trucks and craft beer vendors will start serving at 6 p.m. but music starts at 7 p.m. Finally, we are including more opening acts with the concerts.

 

One thing that has not changed is the fact that each of these concerts is welcoming to the whole community and, most importantly, absolutely free to attend! The series is curated by Tess Mangum Ocaña, who works for Durham Central Park and leads Durham-based production company Sonic Pie Productions.

The full line up ranges from progressive R&B to Latin, soul, Americana, hip hop and world music:

Alanna Royale-Friday, June 14

Ricardo Diquez y la Orquesta Trópico-Friday, June 28

An Evening With Van Hunt-Friday, July 12

Bull City All-Stars Drumline w/ Caroline Brodie-Friday, July 26

New Reveille w/ Raleigh Rockers-Friday, August 9

&More (Chill Moody & Donn T) w/ Niito-Friday, August 23

Project 919 Band w/ Empower Dance lesson-Friday, September 6

Les Filles de Illighadad w/ Diali Cissokho-Friday, September 20

The concert series also continues a tradition of community partnerships and free educational/experiential before or during some of the performances, such as an audience Q&A with Les Filles de Illighadad (from Niger) facilitated by Chatham County-based kora player Diali Cissokho. Cissokho will act as their French to English translator. “We are so excited to present this free concert series to the Durham community. Providing welcoming, inclusive and free programming is central to Durham Central Park’s mission” says Durham Central Park Executive Director Erin Kauffman.

Parking is free in the lot beside Durham Central Park, and there are metered spaces along Foster Street which change to free parking meters after 7 p.m.

Admission to PLAYlist Concert Series is free, due to support from sponsors North Carolina Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Durham 150, WeWork, Friends of World Music, Urban Durham Realty, Resolute Building Company, Cambria Durham, PickleFest, 90.7 WNCU, Duke Performances, Acme, Morningstar Law, Pinnacle Financial Advisors and Downtown Durham Inc., Kompleks Creative.

Picnics, blankets and folding chairs are welcome. Local food trucks and craft beer vendors will be on site. There are restrooms at Durham Central Park and the venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit https://durhamplaylist.com/

The FUN In Fundraising: Parties For The Park 2018

The FUN In Fundraising: Parties For The Park

Above: Opening Splash Pool Party at The Unscripted/Below: Latin Quarter On Main

Parties for the Park, 17 exciting parties – dinner parties, pool parties, cocktail parties, and more, has been bringing the FUN to fundraising this fall! Our generous hosts invite you into their homes and businesses to enjoy a good time and raise money to support Durham Central Park. Many parties sold out in advance.

Tickets are still available for two of the six remaining parties: Under the Stars Atop the Kress (a FIVE COURSE meal, October 20) and Local Vocal: An Evening of Food, Drink & A Capella
(November 1)

 

HOW WE USE OUR FUNDS

The funds raised from Parties for the Park have supported many projects over the years including:

Additionally, the funds help to cover the usual costs for staffing, maintaining, and  programming the park. This fall, a new art installation will be installed on the east side of the park overlooking the lawn and a water fountain will be installed at Mt. Merrill.

None of this would be possible without your generous support! If your schedule doesn’t allow time to attend a party this year, consider hosting one next year, or make an online donation to DCP now! 

 

WHO WE ARE

Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city-owned park along Foster Street in the heart of downtown Durham. Our organization, DCP, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization holds a management agreement with the City of Durham. We operate, develop and sustain this invaluable community asset. DCP relies on contributions (both money and time) from the community to keep the park the open, thriving, and welcoming space that it has become over the years. DCP, Inc. is made up of a 28 member volunteer board and three staff members.

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All You Need Is Love: A Beatles Pop-Up Chorus (2017)

Parties for the Park tickets ON SALE AUGUST 10!

PARTIES FOR THE PARK

Parties for the Park is the new name for Durham Central Park’s annual fall fundraiser Meals from the Market. The new name captures the vibrancy of the park and the energy that everyone who visits the park brings. This series of fundraisers is expanded in vision yet similar in format to what we have done before. We hope that you will join in on the fun and attend a party to support Durham Central Park – a place for Durham to be Durham.

This fall, Parties for the Park is 17 exciting parties – dinner parties, pool parties, cocktail parties, dance parties and more! Our generous hosts invite you into their homes and businesses to enjoy a good time and raise money to support Durham Central Park.

WHO WE ARE

Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city-owned park along Foster Street in the heart of downtown Durham. Our organization, DCP, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization holds a management agreement with the City of Durham to operate, develop and sustain this invaluable community asset. We rely on contributions (both money and time) from the community to keep the park the open, thriving, and welcoming space that it has become over the years. DCP, Inc. is made up of a 28 member volunteer board and three staff members.

WHAT WE DO

For 20 years, we have built the infrastructure that makes the DCP beautiful, accessible, functional, comfortable and welcoming to the entire community. We provide high quality, free programming including the PLAYlist Concert Series, Food Truck Rodeos, Fourth of July Parade, Free Movies, and Free Yoga. We work closely with the city to advocate for the needs of the park as the downtown develops and changes. We also provide affordable rental space for local groups and non-profits to use, including the Durham Farmers’ Market.

HOW WE USE OUR FUNDS

The funds raised from Parties for the Park have supported many projects over the years including:

  • the expansion of  our PLAYlist Concert Series 
  • the installation of benches, tables and trees
  • the construction of Mt. Merrill

Additionally, the funds help to cover the usual costs for staffing, maintaining, and  programming the park. This fall, a new art installation will be installed on the east side of the park overlooking the lawn and a water fountain will be installed at Mt. Merrill.

None of this would be possible without your generous support!

 

Gabriel Garzón-Montano kicks off PLAYlist Concert Series Friday!


PLAYlist Concert Series | About DCP | Donate Before You Even Get Here

The Wait Is Over: 2018 PLAYlist Concert Series Opens Friday. Our concerts are FREE, all-ages and rain or shine from 6-8pm on Fridays through August 10 at Durham Central Park. Click here for local food truck and craft beer offerings each night. Bring a chair, bring your FRIENDS. First time visitor? We’ve got a map, parking, and park features. Here’s what we have in store for June:

Gabriel Garzón-Montano/June 8
“After quietly releasing one of the best R&B albums of 2017Gabriel Garzón-Montano seems determined to ratchet up the noise levels this year.” -NPR.org

Laura Reed/June 15


South African-born, Nashville and North Carolina-based, Reed commands the stage with powerful vocals, a soulful sound passionate storytelling.

Aztec Sun w/ stArt of Cool/June 22


Washington DC’s Aztec Sun produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70’s Funk and Soul. Students from stArt of Cool, the Art of Cool Project’s jazz education arm, and their instructors, open the evening.

Valerie June w/ Kamara Thomas/June 29

PLAYLIST HEADLINER!

Valerie June perfected her handsomely idiosyncratic brand of Americana on this second LP, steeped deep in electric blues and old-time folk, gilded in country twang and gospel yearning. The press-repeat standout is “Astral Plane.” -Rolling Stone. Cosmic Americana songwriter Kamara Thomas opens the evening.

Durham Central Park’s PLAYlist Concert Series is only possible with the generosity of our sponsors! We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to….
Urban Durham Realty
The Lodge at Croasdaile
RESOLUTE Building Company
The Rickhouse’s Picklefest
WNCU 90.7 FM
Food FWD
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Acme Plumbing
Morningstar Law Group
Bank of North Carolina
Downtown Durham Inc.
Durham County Library
Kompleks Creative

and the generous support of the the
North Carolina Arts Council and Durham Arts Council

2nd annual Iron Pour returns November 18!

Durham Central Park and Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry present their 2nd annual public iron pour at Durham Central Park, Saturday, November 18 from 4-9 p.m. After sunset, 1,500 pounds of molten, 2,500 degree iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, scratch block workshops, raffles, drumming performances from Batalá Durham, DJ Yammy, art, raffles, and local food trucks and craft beer.

The public has several opportunities to make their own mold and cast iron art at the Liberty Arts Foundry at Durham Central Park during pre-pour scratch block workshops. The cost is $30 per mold. You will be able to take home your iron sculpture that day after it cools off or pick up the tiles that were too hot to take home Sunday, November 19, 10 am-12 pm.

  • Saturday November 11, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday November 16, 5-7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17, 5-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come prepared with an design or let our artists help you design one–less detailed is often more successful” says Liberty Arts’ Executive Director Michelle Gonzales-Green.

Admission to the iron pour is free.  Blankets and folding chairs welcome.  Food trucks and breweries will serve from 4-9 p.m., and to kick off the event, Batala will perform two sets between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Schedule food trucks/brewers include The Pit, Route Bisto and Fullsteam Brewery. For more information, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org. For information about the scratch block workshop, contact Liberty Arts at (919) 260-2931 or register online here.

Our Food Truck Rodeo MAP is ready for Sunday!

We’ve heard it called a “rite of passage” for Durhamites and visitors alike: our awesome rain or shine FOOD TRUCK RODEOS. They only happen five times a year: the winter rodeo in January, spring rodeo (usually when the clocks spring forward), Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Halloween weekend. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or beverage from 50+ local food, beer, cider and wine entrepreneurs. Here’s the line up, or check out the map. If you love LIVE music, Counterclockwise String Band begins three sets of progressive Bluegrass, Americana and string band music at 12:30 p.m.

Meals from the Market and Trucks from the Market on sale August 19!

2016 MFTM web banner

Meals from the Market, including Trucks from the Market is DCP, Inc’s biggest fundraiser event.  It is a series of meals from September to November that DCP enthusiasts offer to host at their home, restaurant or other venue. The meals have different themes and numbers of attendees. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to DCP, Inc. Tickets go on sale August 19 and sell out quickly. If you read some of these descriptions, locations and entertainment, you’ll see why. Buy Tickets!

Sat. 9/10

Son of a Butcherman (SOB) DCP Board member Sioux Watson and her British husband Paul Savery, son of a Brighton butcher, and also grandson and great grandson of butchers from Bristol, England, serve a four course meal featuring Savery family favourites from his home country.

 

Fri. 9/16

Chili-Fest in Love It or List It House in Cleveland-Holloway Maybe you’ve seen the houses being built along Elizabeth Street. These colorful homes are walking distance to Golden Belt, Ponysaurus, and Durham Central Park! One of them was one of the “list it” options on the 10-5-2015 episode of Love It or List It last year. Come see it first hand and join us as we enjoy tasty chili and beer.

 

Sun. 9/18

Sylvan Salon Series: The Music of George Gershwin for piano To benefit both Durham Central Park and the Mallarmé Chamber Players. Your music loving host and hostess are so proud of their newly renovated, historic home that they are inviting us all in to enjoy a special musical experience and a tour of their unique garden.  The first of the “Sylvan Salon Series” will feature the music of George Gershwin performed by Dorothy Lewis-Griffith.  A concert pianist, Lewis-Griffith made her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the North Carolina Symphony, and later gave her New York Debut at Town Hall. She has transcribed and recorded her own versions for piano solo of all Gershwin’s major works except the Cuban Overture.These are published on two CD’s by Etcetera.  

 

Sun. 9/18

Vegan World Tour at Slaughterhouse Nein Slaughterhouse Nein is the name of an imaginary vegan pop-up restaurant that Greg uses when tagging photos on Facebook for friends to see what’s for dinner.  Seitan, tempeh, and veggies are the only things on the chopping block here! Support Durham Central Park, and join us for a tasty vegan menu based on a mix of southern US, Indian, and Mexican cuisines.

 

Sat. 9/24

Bourbon Street Cuisine on Gloria Ave The Big Easy is known for its round-the- clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine– a melting pot of Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, Southern, French, African, and Spanish cultures further influenced by the city’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Come join us in our historic Trinity Park home as we revisit New Orleans cuisine and laissez le bon temp rouler!

 

Sun. 9/25

Trucks from the Market! Durham Central Park, Inc. has produced several “food truck rodeos” in the park that have been wildly successful.  Each one has been better than the last, with more food trucks participating and no long lines.  The good folks at Pie Pushers and Only Burger are teaming up to organize this special opportunity to experience a private “mini-rodeo.”  Each truck will prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share – to provide for a taste from each truck’s rolling kitchen!   Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to sample multiple trucks in one evening!  Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar.

 

Tue. 9/27

Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More! Esperanza – we all know her as “Pela” – is generously opening her Trinity Park home for a Mexican dinner party.   As a native of Mexico City, she is enthusiastic to share her specialties.  And just what is an “impossible cake?”  Come and find out!

 

Wed. 10/5

Southern Supper honoring Pauli Murray at Cassilhaus To benefit both Durham Central Park and the  Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. Enjoy delicious southern specialties in an architectural marvel at the edge of Duke Forest while learning about Pauli Murray- teacher, lawyer, poet, civil rights activist, Episcopal priest and writer. Enjoy a presentation by Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project in Durham, and special guests.

 

Fri. 10/7

Jazz Rocks: Jazz, Gemstones, Cocktails, & Canapés Groove, nosh, wet your whistle, mix ‘n’ mingle when jewelry store-turned nightclub hosts jazz singer Rah Bickley accompanied by jazz composer/arranger/pianist Ed Paolantonio.  Local libations and ample farmer’s market bites will be provided by bartender and chef friends from Clouds Brewing and Triangle Seafood Market.  For additional sensory stimulation, feast your eyes on newly discovered, sustainable-in-every-sense-of-the-word, color-change gemstone, Csarite®, and way more.

 

Sun. 10/16

An Encore Plus: Italian Feast to Warm the Heart Join us for another exciting multi course Italian feast, with premium wines, at Gocciolina’s, the 2016 Triangle Restaurant of the Year (N&O) and Durham’s 2015 Best Italian Restaurant (Indy) prepared by top chef Aaron Benjamin.

 

Sat. 10/15

Southern Harvest Meal at Threshold To benefit both Durham Central Park and Threshold. For more than 30 years, Threshold has served residents of Durham with severe and persistent mental illness. Threshold is open 7 days a week providing support necessary to keep members out of the hospital, to advance their education, to succeed in their work and to improve the quality of life for them and their families. Threshold members also prepare delicious home-cooked meals each day. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy tried and true southern favorites from Threshold members, staff and friends!

 

Thurs. 10/20

A Catalan Evening in Downtown Durham Located in the the northeastern corner of Spain, Catalonia is the diverse region that reaches from the Costa Brava to the Pyrenees Mountains.  Home to Barcelona and Salvadore Dali, Catalonia is proud of their independence of identity, language and food.  Matt Kelly, and his stellar staff at Mateo, will once again be pulling out all the stops to treat you to a night of Catalan deliciousness in the private dining room at award winning Mateo in downtown Durham.

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Sat. 10/22 (rain date 10/23)

An Iberian Garden Party Anabela and Rune want to treat you to the sights, sounds and tastes of Portugal and Spain! We will see images from Portugal, listen to classic guitar themes of famous Spanish composers, offered by DSA guitar students, and there will be tapas, typical appetizers of Spain. The evening will end with a brief look at the life of Christopher Columbus presented by Portuguese historian, Manuel Rosa, author of COLUMBUS: The Untold Story.

 

Sat. 10/22

A Southern Italian Family-style Feast Chef Phoebe Lawless of Scratch will bring the experience of festive gatherings in this iconic region to our large tables at the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community. At the heart of the meal will be lamb, a celebratory food in the many diverse cultures that ring the Mediterranean Sea. The vivid seasonal produce of southern Italy will be in the foreground, contorni that highlight southern Italy’s extraordinary fertility. Vines are ubiquitous from Naples to Trapani, a tapestry of indigenous grapes and ancient wine traditions that produces more wine than any other region in the world. Jay Murrie of (Durham-based) Piedmont Wine Imports will pair small-farm organic wines of Puglia and Abruzzo to Phoebe’s family-style meal.

 

Thurs. 10/27

An Evening with Susan Werner for Durham Central Park What a concert this will be!  And in the perfect location!  Werner, critically acclaimed recording artist, is also composer and lyricist for the new Broadway-bound musical adaptation of BULL DURHAM, based on the 1988 film by Ron Shelton. The classic baseball film starred Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins — and for Werner’s performance, the Rickhouse provides a perfect panoramic view of the vintage Durham Bulls ballpark where much of the film was shot. “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.”   – No Depression

 

Thurs. 10/27

Old North Durham: Sip, Savour and Laugh Three years in, the brothers and hosts are excited to turn heads and palettes.  Expect nothing less than the whimsical wine and creative pairing from past years. An evening with Chef Sam Papinakas and Sommellier Yianni Papinakas carrying the tradition from Five Points to a new home in Old North Durham.

 

Fri. 11/3

Local Vocal The agents of Urban Durham Realty enthusiastically sell the benefits of living in Durham from their offices just a few doors down from the park.  More like an art gallery than an office building, their colorful space on Foster Street will be the setting for an evening of dinner and music.  Several a cappella groups from local schools will perform.  Tasty tapas dishes and yummy desserts will be prepared by neighboring Foster Street restaurants, Piedmont and Rise.

 

Sat. 11/5 Brunswick Stew + Soulful Tunes @ Bull McCabes

Jam to the smooth sounds of Durham’s very own NC cover band, Plan B, while enjoying a pipin’ hot bowl of freshly made Brunswick Stew in the yard at Bull McCabes!

 

Sun. 11/6

Surprise! Sunday Supper under the Pavilion Experience the Pavilion as never before, transformed into a magical space in the heart of Durham Central Park.  This will be a culinary experience you do not want to miss! Gather with us for a candle-lit, family-style feast celebrating our wonderful Durham Farmers’ Market and all it has to offer.  Enjoy a surprise menu full of beautiful market produce and NC pasture-raised meats with gorgeous wines to match. We’ll share stories, pass bountiful platters, sway to music provided by a live folk-blues guitarist, and clink wine glasses over this multicourse feast – all while helping to support our beloved Durham Central Park. Please join us for an evening to remember!

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The Rickhouse’s PickleFest Benefits Durham Central Park July 31!

The Rickhouse, an event space (and our neighbor, just a block up Foster Street) is hosting PickleFest Sunday, July 31, 12-4 p.m. It’s a tasting of the tangy, fermented deliciousness that is pickled food! Proceeds benefit DURHAM CENTRAL PARK, and it occurs in two sessions to help manage the crowd. Tickets $5 general admin; $15 VIP. Participating Vendors include:

PickleFest Durham 2016 @ The Rickhouse | Durham | North Carolina | United States

Alley Twenty Six
Tyler’s Restaurant
Soigne Catering
Oval Park Grille
Gettn’ Pickled
Mount Olive
Bamboo Ladies
Green River Picklers
Two Chicks Farm
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
BLOODY MARY BAR SPONSORED BY TITO’S VODKA
Hail Mary Bloody Mary Mix
Durham Farmer’s Market
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Putting up with Erin Blog
MW Calligraphy