Pickin' in the Park

Is there anything better than great music, cold beer and food trucks? YES, we think there is!  Combine those three, and add in the gorgeous RiverScape, then add live, progressive bluegrass music performed by bands from all over the country and you  have the perfect summer evening!

Since 2014, Five Rivers MetroPark has been hosting Pickin’ in the Park on the first Friday evening of May, June & August at Riverscape in downtown Dayton. The community event is a great free family night out where people bring their dancing shoes, lawn chairs and even their four legged friends.

Pickin’ in the Park has grown over the last five years and continues to be a crowd favorite and is a great fundraiser for ASW.  Through a partnership with Five Rivers MetroParks and Bonbright Distributors, ASW sells cold beer during each concert and all proceeds go toward granting a very Special Wish.  Over the past five years, Pickin’ in the Park has granted wishes for local children go to Walt Disney World, Hawaii, and even a child’s wish for a camper.

The next concert will be Friday, June 7 and will feature a new program as Five Rivers MetroParks introduces a fun-filled “Passport to MetroParks.”  For this event, Five Rivers MetroParks will guide you through a journey of cultural expression and experience four summer festivals featured at RiverScape each year. 

Enjoy music, food and beer representing the Celtic, German, African American and Hispanic festivals. Visit vendor booths to learn more about events and programs available through Five Rivers MetroParks, and even experience some of them that night!

Children can join in and take the journey as well by grabbing a passport and getting it stamped at booths along the way. Once the passport is completed, the kids will be entered to win an exclusive recreational activity experience for the entire family!   

The final Pickin’ in the Park of the summer will be on Friday, August 2.  Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these two free family fun events.  A Special Wish is honored to be a partner with Five Rivers MetroParks and Bonbright Distributors.

Just a reminder, registration is still open for the Superhero Donut Run, on Saturday May 25, 2019. This 5K/10K/and Kid’s Fun Run is open to runners and donut lovers, of all age.  Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and can run, jog, skip, or walk.  At the end of the race and as you cross the finish line you are rewarded with a delicious Bill’s Donut. All proceeds of this fun event goes towards granting wishes to local Dayton children who have been diagnosed with a life-threating illness.

The Superhero Donut Run kicks off on a track inside the Centerville High School football stadium. The Primrose Schools’ Kid’s Fun Run (one-mile) begins at 9:00 AM, while the 5k and 10k runs begin at 9:20 A.M. and continues outside of the stadium into a nearby Centerville neighborhood. First place finishers in the male and female categories will be awarded one-dozen donuts each week for a year, while second and third place finishers will received a half-dozen dozen donuts each week for a year. Furthermore, all participants will be able to enjoy donuts at the end of the race. These delicious prizes are courtesy of Bill’s Donut Shop! REGISTER TODAY at www.superherodonnutrun.org and avoid the next price increase.  For additional information, log on to www.superherodonutrun.org or call 937-223-WISH (9674).