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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:15

Lions pavilion offers protection from weather for popular summer fundraiser

Port Washington’s popular beer garden opens Saturday, Aug. 5 at its new home in Upper Lake Park this year.
    The beer garden, which draws a crowd each week, will be held in the new Lions pavilion from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 21.
    Saturday’s beer garden will be hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Port Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Imig said the new pavilion will allow the beer garden to be successful even when the weather isn’t cooperating.
    “It’s always a gamble with weather. There were years when some of the beer gardens got rained out,” Imig said, as well as times when the sun has been scorching.
    “Now the beer garden has somewhere protected. Groups don’t have to bring in tents.”
    Dave Mueller, a member of the local Lions Club as well as the beer garden committee, said the pavilion will allow the event to reach its goal of being a place for the community to gather.
    “You go up there and it’s not always the same people there. You get to meet new people,” Mueller said. “You feel like you’re part of the community. You don’t see that many 21 to 24-year-olds. This is your families with kids in strollers and dogs.”
    Each week, the beer garden is hosted by a different nonprofit organization that brings in a unique selection of beers, soft drinks, food and entertainment.
    Those attending are invited to bring their own stein, if they desire, and a picnic basket if they don’t want to purchase food.
    Some of the nonprofit organizations hold the beer garden in conjunction with other events.
    Be3, for example, will host the beer garden on Aug. 19 along with its Land Regatta, which begins and ends at the park, and the Friends of Port Washington Parks and Recreation host the garden on Sept. 23 along with the City of Seven Hills Duathlon and City of Seven Hills Run/Walk.
    Other groups hosting the beer garden include Port Washington Waterfront Safety Committee on Aug. 12; Port Washington Lion’s Club on Aug. 26; Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club on Sept. 2; United Way of Northern Ozaukee on Sept. 9; Port Washington Rotary Club on Sept. 16; Port Washington Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 30; Tyler Buczek Memorial Fund on Oct. 7; Leathernecks on Oct. 14; and Port Washington Environmental Planning Committee on Oct. 21. Daily Press