This piece is sponsored by the Lark Street Business Improvement District.
Champagne? Check. Music? Check. Hors d’oeuvres? Check. Beautiful tulips? Check. It must be time for Champagne on the Park!
For over 20 years Champagne on the Park has been the unofficial kickoff to the summer events season in Albany, and the lead-up to the Tulip Festival. The event serves as a celebration of those who have contributed to Lark Street and the greater Albany community, and is a fundraiser for the hardworking Lark Street Business Improvement District.
You can look forward to delicious food and beverages from your favorite area establishments, a fantastic local band, and more. Come out to honor those who have made the Lark Street area an amazing place to live, work, and play.
Support the Lark Street BID at Champagne on the Park
When: Thursday, May 11th, from 6pm to 10pm
Where: Washington Park
Cost: Starts at $65
Want to start the summer off with a great party? One of the best parts about Champagne on the Park is that you can celebrate into the evening while supporting the local area at the same time. There’s never been a more fun way to contribute to a great cause!
Here’s what you can look forward to: hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Lark Street area restaurants, champagne and wine from Capital Wine & Spirits, cider from Nine Pin Ciderworks and craft beer from Chatham Brewing – there will even be cigars from Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe.
You’ll have a great time dancing the night away to the Graham Tichy Band! Graham Tichy and his group specialize in mid-20th century classic songs: 50s and 60s rock and roll, 30s and 40s jazz, as well as rhythm and blues. Dance the night away as you enjoy fabulous champagne and food – all while supporting the Lark Street district.
As the event is taking place in Washington Park, flat shoes are encouraged with your formal attire. Guests are going to be sipping champagne, eating delectable food, and dancing to great music on fresh grass right next to thousands of bright and beautiful tulips.
This is a fun chance to get dressed up and have a wonderful time with friends and fellow community members, all while supporting the Lark Street BID and everything it does for the local area. You definitely won’t want to miss out on Champagne on the Park!
Be a Part of Honoring Your Local Community Members
This year Lark Street BID is proud to honor Susie Carrk of Susie’s and Café 217 for over 15 years of dedication to the Lark Street area.
Joseph Berben and Max Wolff of Berben & Wolff’s are also being recognized as “rising stars” – their vegan delicatessen opened on Lark Street last year, replacing The Brakes Coffeehouse and Provisions.
Last year, Matt Wagner of Waldorf Tuxedo, Mark Brogna of Capital Wine, and Elissa Hollaran of Elissa Halloran Designs were honored.
About Lark Street BID: What’s Been Accomplished & What’s Ahead
Supporting the Lark Street BID at Champagne on the Park is so important to the local area – this is the group that is behind the continued development of the Lark Street neighborhood.
Lark Street BID sparks growth and beauty in the area through programs involving neighborhood safety and marketing, street maintenance and beautification, and with special events like Larkfest.
Like the flower baskets you see hanging in the area? You can thank the Lark Street BID for this little touch of beauty in the city. The group works with the City of Albany and Central Avenue BID to provide and maintain these annual flower baskets.
And, Capitalize Albany recently awarded Lark Street BID a grant for over 50 street banners to be designed by a local artist through the Amplify Albany grant program, which will undoubtedly further beautify the area!
If you enjoy shopping on Lark Street, or visiting one of the many excellent restaurants in the district, there’s yet another reason to get behind Lark Street BID, who supports all these businesses. The group recently celebrated the openings of the following new or relocating businesses: Ben & Jerry’s, Berben & Wolff’s, Enigma Co., and Savoy Taproom, among others.
Lark Street BID is excited about the reopening of 286 and 288 Lark Street, the former Legends and DeJohn’s respectively, under the new ownership of eba Theatre. With your help, Lark Street BID anticipates and is looking forward to the continued expansion of new businesses.
Head to Champagne on the Park on Thursday, May 11th, and see why the Lark Street community – the businesses it holds, the people who live there – are so important to continue to support.