Lark in the Park 2019

Lark In The Park 2019 A Huge Success

Lark In The Park 2019, the annual fundraiser by Friends Of City Park, was a huge success, despite the rain on Friday (03/15/2019) night. Last minute, organizers  were forced to move the event, which raised money to revitalize City Park’s beloved Storyland, inside into the Pavilion of Two Sisters. The money the event raised will be used to install new interactive displays among other features.  Guests as well as artists did not let the rain or the move inside ruin the evening.

“Well, our event was originally supposed to be held outside tonight, so since it is inside I am bringing the outside in,”  artist Kelly Boyett explained while live painting her piece for the live auction. The painting featured a large tree that has mystical creatures, including dragon living in it. “Since we are rebuilding story land I have the idea of it re-growing from the trees in City Park,” she added.

“Lark In The Park is one of the most colorful events New Orleans has to offer,” New Orleans Songbird, Robing Barnes said. “I always wanted to perform at this event,” she added. That’s why she literally came straight from Louis Armstrong International Airport to City Park. Barnes just got back from a gig in London. Helen Gillet and the Merry Antoinette’s as well as DJ Ann Glaviano, of HEATWAVE! also gave memorable performances at Lark in the Park 2019.

Some of Storyland’s inhabitants also came to the Pavilion. Little Red Riding Hood, Mary, who lost her little lamb, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland made an appearance.  As you may know, a bench in City Park’s Storyland  features Coleen Salley, the beloved storyteller and children’s book author with Epossumondas, the mischievous little possum who. Shannon Cian, who dressed up as Salley,  stressed the parks importance for the city: “City Park is such a wonderful resource for families and our entire community. There is so much to do from aquatic activities to mini golf  and more. That’s why fundraisers like Lark in the Park are so important.”

Modernizing Storyland

Since 1982, Lark In The Park has been the premier annual fundraising event hosted by Friends of City Park. With 85 percent of City Park’s operating income coming from self-generated funds, events like Lark In The Park are critical to the park’s capital improvements. This year Friends of City Park raised funds to benefit the revitalization of Storyland with its premier fundraiser Lark In The Park.  Opened in 1956, Storyland in City Park is an enchanted playground in your backyard.  Nearly 35 years after its last major renovation, the future refurbishment will enhance the importance of play for all children by creating a modern Storyland with new exhibits and updates to the existing site.  This is aimed at creating an environment that will allow participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through fun, play, education and entertainment. This will be done by using the latest educational methods such as STEM and Inclusive Play. In addition, ADA accessibility will be ensured, along with bringing Storyland up to standards in new safety regulations.