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Posted on: August 13, 2019

Parks on Draft launches this weekend!

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The City of Newark and Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen are excited to announce the launch of PARKS ON DRAFT, a four-day, family-friendly beer garden event to take place in Newark’s Olan Thomas Park from August 15th to 18th.

Proceeds from the event, which will feature food, games, beer, live music, and special guests, will benefit Newark Parks and Recreation’s James F. Hall Scholarship Fund, the Special Parks Fund, and the Ronnie Williams Foundation

“This weekend’s event is the first of what we hope to be many new and exciting events in Newark that will highlight our unique businesses and exceptional parks system,” said Tom Coleman, Newark City Manager. “Grab some friends and join us in the park, right off the Pomeroy Trail with Grain, Rainbow Records, and Empowered Yoga.”

PARKS ON DRAFT will take place in Olan Thomas Park, located at the intersection of Paper Mill Road and Cleveland Avenue, on Thursday, August 15, from 4 to 8PM; Friday, August 16 from 4 to 8PM; Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 8PM; and Sunday, August 18 from 1 to 8PM. The event is open to all ages and pet-friendly, but attendees must be over the age of 21 and have ID on-hand to purchase alcohol. Free parking will be available on all days in nearby Curtis Mill Park and Old Paper Mill Road Park; no parking will be available at Olan Thomas Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for use in the park.

Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, which is co-hosting PARKS ON DRAFT, will be providing beverages and food during the event. In addition to craft beers on tap and hard seltzer, menu items will include chicken skewers, burgers, sausage sandwiches, and more. Takeout items from the acclaimed Wood Fired Pizza Shop will also be available.

“We are super-excited about participating in this inaugural Parks on Draft event,” said Lee Mikles, co-owner of Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen. “Between the beers, food, live music and even free yoga in the park, this is going to be a great Newark event.”

PARKS ON DRAFT will also feature local musicians and vendors, including vinyl spinning from Main Street’s historic Rainbow Records on Saturday, August 17th, and free yoga in the park sessions offered by Newark-based Empowered Yoga on Sunday, August 18th.

Parks on Draft full schedule and special guests (all dates located at Olan Thomas Park):

  • Thursday, August 15 from 4-8PM. Special guest: Folk, blues, and rock musician Brad Herring

  • Friday, August 16 from 4-8PM. Special guest: Award-winning singer-songwriter Hanna Paige

  • Saturday, August 17 from 1-8PM. Special guests: Rainbow Records DJ at 1PM; country singer-songwriter Katelyn Christine at 5PM

  • Sunday, August 18 from 1-8PM. Special guests: Free yoga in the park by Empowered Yoga at 2PM; indie pop songwriter Marielle Kraft at 4PM

Parks on Draft menu (all dates): 

  • Chicken brussel apple skewers with bacon vinaigrette

  • Burgers with mushrooms swiss and fig jam

  • Sausage sandwiches with broccoli rabe and roasted peppers

  • Grilled marinated sweet peppers

Beers include drafts from Big Oyster, Goose Island, Yards, Corona and more. White Claw Hard Seltzer will also be available at the event.

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