Parties in the Park announces “Party in the Mark”

Muskegon, MI - Get ready to taste a variety of Michigan brews at the annual “Party in the Mark”. This annual event will once again be held at Watermark 920 in Muskegon.  The event will take place on May 12th, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and will feature more than 40 beers, including local favorites from Unruly, Pigeon Hill, and Fetch Brewing.  There will be a variety of other Michigan favorites as well.  The event kicks off the popular summer event “Parties in the Park”, held on Fridays throughout summer in Hackley Park.  This precursor event provides guidance for the beer selection for the summer parties, so be sure to come prepared to share your voice!  

$5 Admission at the door will get you three free samples.  Additional samples can be purchased for an additional $1.  Food will be available for purchase from Fatty Lumpkins and Modern Entertainment will provide entertainment.

Agents of Change

Wow, what a great year Parties in the Park has had! In addition to nine wonderful local charities raising an average of $5,000 a party, another huge accomplishment of 2015 was the addition of a permanent stage to Hackley Park. The Parties in the Park Board of Directors may have spearheaded this project, but it was you, our community, that made it a reality! We had several large donors whose generosity and love for Muskegon was astounding along with an out pouring of individual giving anywhere from $10 and up.  These donations were from community members who recognize the amount of fun had at Parties in the Park and who wanted to ensure future generations are able to enjoy these events. Thank you! 

The addition of the stage to Hackley Park did not go unnoticed. The Parties in the Park Board of Directors were honored to receive recognition as a 2015 Agent of Change from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce for the new stage. At the recognition event, we were also presented a special tribute from the State of Michigan signed by our state representatives, senator and the governor. We were honored to accept this award on behalf of all of you that supported this special project. In its first year, the stage has already hosted a wedding and several other ceremonies for many different groups from across Muskegon County.

While the stage was gifted to the City of Muskegon, we as the Parties in the Park Board feel responsible for its up keep and are working to raise money for a provision fund.  This fund will be used to make sure the stage stays as beautiful as it looked this year for years to come, as well as help with any maintenance updates that may arise.     

If you have enjoyed Parties in the Park for the past 30 years and would like to keep the fun going, please consider giving to the stage provision fund.  It is as easy as heading over to the link below and with a few clicks you can ensure those generations to come will gather on Friday nights in Hackly park for community, music and a ton of fun!

Support the Hackley Park Gift to the City Fund.

James Curtis- Parties in the Park Board Member

A Letter From our President

Happy New Year!  Although our focus has already shifted to getting ready for the 2016 season of Parties in the Park, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for a great year in 2015.

Because of the support of our patrons, and the hard work put in by the non-profit groups that hosted our Parties, we were able to raise over $60,000 for their operations within Muskegon County.  We estimate the impact of the 2015 Parties to be in excess of $125,000 to the non-profits and the local businesses directly connected to the operation of the Parties, not to mention the patrons that spent their money Downtown before or after visiting us in Hackley Park. 

Last summer we saw our successful partnership with the Taste of Muskegon continue, as well as a new one with the Shoreline Jazz Festival.  We worked with wonderful folks from non-profits that have been longtime supporters, as well as some enthusiastic newcomers.  We listened to great music from first-time PIP performers, and some old favorites. We enjoyed local food and washed it down with craft beer made a block from the park.  Last but not least, thanks to overwhelming support from the community, we built a permanent stage in Hackley Park  that received rave reviews from both patrons and performers. 

We are proud of what we accomplished in 2015, but we had a lot of help.  We could not have done it without our presenting sponsors, Huntington and Bud Light, our non-profit partners, and the friends that share their Friday evenings with us all summer long.  Thank you for your support, it means the world to us.  We look forward to an even more successful 33rd season of Parties in the Park in 2016. 

We’ll see you in Hackley Park.

Josh Silvis - President, Parties in the Park, Inc.