Parties for the Park is a series of virtual and in person parties to support Durham Central Park. 

While COVID has turned our world upside down, our incredible hosts have planned unique and wonderful parties! This October, raise a glass with friends, online or in person, to celebrate and support Durham Central Park. Parties sell out fast, so don’t wait to get your tickets and get in on the fun!

Tickets on Sale now!

The Parties

Trivia Night #1 with Arturo Sanchez

September 30
8:00pm

Our favorite quizmaster, Arturo Sanchez, has taken his wildly popular trivia nights from the bar at Bull McCabe’s to the comfort of your own couch. You don’t need anything other than a web browser (and maybe your beverage of choice) to play. Participants can compete individually or as a team of up to six, with the “tips” that Arturo collects during the game benefiting local worthy causes. Tonight, it’s Durham Central Park’s night! Visit https://quizfromhome.com/ and click on the Learn How to Play link to get ready. 

There is no cost to play, but tips are highly encouraged and accepted via Venmo and PayPal during the game. All the proceeds will be going to DCP!

$0, tips during the quiz are encouraged!

Trivia Night #2 with Arturo Sanchez

October 1
8:00pm

Our favorite quizmaster, Arturo Sanchez, has taken his wildly popular trivia nights from the taproom at Fullsteam to the comfort of your own couch. You don’t need anything other than a web browser (and maybe your beverage of choice) to play. Participants can compete individually or as a team of as many people as you’d like, with the “tips” that Arturo collects during the game benefiting local worthy causes. Tonight, it’s Durham Central Park’s night! Visit https://quizfromhome.com/fullsteam and click on the Learn How to Play link to get ready. 

There is no cost to play, but tips are highly encouraged and accepted via Venmo and PayPal during the game. All the proceeds will be going to DCP!

$0, tips for DCP during the quiz are encouraged!

A Tour of Italian Wines… from Home!

October 9
7:30pm

Some people say “ wine gives me a headache.” While drinking too much of any alcohol can give you a headache, drinking wine from healthy farms that are less processed and have fewer additives can make us all feel good! Join Lex Alexander (former owner, 3 Cups in Chapel Hill), Jay Murrie (owner, Piedmont Wine Imports), and David Sutton (owner, DB Sutton Wines, Chapel Hill) on Zoom for a lively, informative discussion about natural wines from Italy. Jay has visited all of the estates of the wine he imports. He has delightful stories about the winemakers and ways to describe the wine that make it that much more fun to drink. Topics will includes paying attention to the alcohol content and location of where the wine is sourced. Lex, David and Jay love to talk about wine and look forward to a fun evening.

Ticket includes 3 bottles of hand selected natural Italian wines from Piedmont Wine Imports. Pick up at DB Sutton Wine Shop in Chapel Hill (delivery avail. upon request).

$100

Deep Fried Swap Meet Hootenanny

October 10
5:30-8:00pm

If you are ready for some in-person fun, join Tess in the big backyard of her 1935 farmhouse for fried chicken, deep fried mac & cheese, homemade coconut cake and more artery-clogging nibbles to enjoy with two glasses of craft beer or wine. To DCP staffers Tess and Bryce, a hootenanny is where folk music can mean country, soul or hip hop, so get ready for special musical guests Rissi Palmer (Apple Music’s Color Me Country), Tamisha Waden (The Foreign Exchange) and Keenan Jenkins (XOXOK). Throw in a swap meet and everyone goes home with unforgettable memories and a new treasure. Each ticket holder should bring 1-2 sanitized personal items to swap and the story that goes with them. A zero waste event.

$45, tips encouraged!

“Sweetheart View” Vacation Home Getaway in Sugar Mountain Silent Auction

October 14

Create your own personal pod party to benefit Durham Central Park by purchasing a week’s stay in a spectacular mountain setting! 

Silent Auction starts October 14 at 9am to October 18 at 7pm.

Link to Auction Site: biddingowl.com

Imagine, you and a dozen of your closest friends and family, living the good life at Sweetheart View in Sugar Mountain. The winning bidder of this auction gets a week-long stay at this gorgeous house with a huge stone fireplace, six acres of seclusion and spectacular views of Grandfather, Banner Elk & Beech Mountain.  You’ll be a one minute drive or few minutes walk to Sugar Mountain Resort or stay in and play pool, ping pong, air-hockey or foosball. There’s plenty of parking in the circular drive or the oversized garage. 4800+ square feet of living space, wifi, 6 BR, 4 full & 2 half baths! Stunning wood beams & cherry ceilings provide a mountainous feel. More photos, ammenities and availability here. Retail value: $3500

Bid on this Auction!

Starting Bid: $1500

gocciolina

Take and Bake! An Italian Meal to Warm the COVID Heart

October 18
4:00-5:30pm pick up

A pandemic can’t stop this enthusiastic trio from continuing the Parties for the Park tradition of treating us to a fine Italian meal from Gocciolina to benefit the park!  This year Chef Aaron Benjamin will prepare one of his signature pasta dishes (meat or vegetarian) ready for us to pop into our own ovens.  Each ticket provides a dish that will feed 2-3 people and includes a demi loaf of bread with a sampling of fine olive oil, a bottle of red wine selected by Aaron, and something sweet for a finishing touch.  This delicious meal is designed to be easily frozen for those who would like to bank a future dinner date.  (Host Alice suggests purchasing more than one meal kit!)

Hosts Vera Whisenton and Alice Sharpe will be in the restaurant’s parking lot to greet folks, hand out bags and offer distant but enthusiastic thank yous!  

The ticket price includes a tip for Aaron’s staff as we want to support Gocciolina as well as the park during this awful year

$150

Kingfisher Presents: Real Cocktails / Virtual Party!

October 22
5:30-6:30pm

Join popular Kingfisher Cocktail Bar owners for a virtual cocktail hour! Michelle Vanderwalker and Sean Umstead will lead the group through the steps of making a delicious and unique cocktail. Kingfisher is known for their ground-to-glass drinks, showcasing the present and past seasons of Durham and the South. Michelle and Sean are regular shoppers at the Durham Farmers’ Market and have deep ties to the growers that supply their restaurants. Special guest farmers will be announced soon. Cocktail games and prizes too!

A few days before the event, we’ll have cocktail kits for you to pick up- or we can deliver. We’ll provide everything but the alcohol – but will let you know what you need to have on hand for the party to get started. 

$65

Locopops Give Back Day for Durham Central Park!

October 26
All Day!

LocoPops is adored for their local, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free frozen desserts–flavors like Mango Chile Sorbet and Vietnamese Coffee. Have one, or treat the neighbors. Locopops will donate 10% of pre-tax revenue from online sales on Monday, Oct. 26 to benefit Durham Central Park!

Place your online order Monday for pickup or delivery on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Visit https://ilovelocopops.com/ and click Order Online.

Host Your Own Quaranteam Party for the Park

October 27
Any day, any time!

We know that life in the pandemic is hard and making decisions about gathering is more stressful than ever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party for the park.  If you want to help raise funds for Durham Central Park and prefer keeping it close to home (and off Zoom), we welcome you to host your own party with you home quaranteam.

You can grab some take out and have a picnic in the park, gather your close friends and have drinks on your porch, or plan a fancy 7 course meal with your family. Just pledge a fundraising goal, have a party and then make your tax-deductible donation to the park!

Make a pledge today!

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All party proceeds go to Durham Central Park.

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