The Conservancy Hosts Its Second Annual Party for the Parks

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Get ready to party like a “park star” at the second annual Party for the Parks Amusement on Avenue benefiting the Charleston Parks Conservancy. This street-fair style party, which sold out in its inaugural year, is set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on Ashley Avenue overlooking Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston.

Organizers have lined up a full slate of entertainment you won’t see at just any party: The Jammers Skate Crew, The Mizzing Linkz hip hop dancers, a fire performance by the Homespun Hoops girls, Brazilian beats from Malandro Soul as well as DJ and video entertainment by Spaced Invaders.

Munch on food from local restaurants, including Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, Caroline’s Market & Catering, La Fourchette, Husk and Osteria La Bottiglia. Guests can sip a cappuccino from Royal Cup and savor sweets from the Charleston Cookie Company, Sugar Bakeshop and Cupcake. A full, open bar will feature 44 North Vodka’s huckleberry lemonade and beer from Holy City Brewery, the newest brewery in town.

The silent auction will be from 6-8:30 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 8:45 p.m. Silent auction items include a golf cart from Golf Cars of Charleston, two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, a private lunch for six at The Art Institute of Charleston. During the live auction, bid on items from Croghan’s Jewel Box, a week rental in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, or a private movie night with up to 500 of your friends at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

“We thought it might be tough to top last year’s party, which made quite a splash, but this year’s Party for the Parks is shaping up to be the event of the spring season,” says Neves Richards, events director for the Conservancy. “Attendees can enjoy a great evening of unique entertainment and delicious food all while knowing they are making a long-lasting gift to Charleston’s parks and green spaces.”

New this year is a VIP ticket for $150. It includes a $100 donation to the Conservancy with member benefits and access to the VIP tent with lounge, private bar and a food from Oak Steakhouse. On the VIP menu: smoked salmon rillette; Kurios Farm caprese; CAB seared tenderloin pinwheel with Mepkin Abbey sprouts; and a sweet surprise. At the bar, sip on Wild Herb Caipiroska or “Herbalicious.”

Tickets are $55 in advance, $75 at the door. The event is for ages 21 and older. Purchase tickets at

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy Headed by prominent horticulturalist Jim Martin, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to further beautifying City of Charleston parks and green spaces. With the help of its Park Angels volunteer force, the Conservancy seeks to rally community support and pride behind the effort to create a lasting movement. For more information about or to support the Charleston Parks Conservancy, please visit  


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