Woodinville Summer Concert Series Revamp May Include Alcohol

In an attempt to draw larger crowds to a failing program, the Woodinville city council will consider allowing the sale of beer and wine and the summer concerts.


In an effort to beef-up attendance, which was dismally low last year, the city council will decide Tuesday whether to approve the sale of beer and wine at the summer concerts at .

Back in February, the city directed staff to draft a plan to revamp the summer concert series at the park and partner with the and the Woodinville Wine Country association that included a wine and beer garden featuring Woodinville wineries and breweries. The city’s laws do not allow sale of alcohol in its parks except under special circumstances approved by the city manager. Council’s actions Tuesday may grant the summer concert series that exemption.

The Woodinville City Council meets on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of each month in City Hall, Council Chambers at 7 p.m. Council Meetings that fall on holidays are rescheduled to the next working day. For the complete agenda, click here.

Greg Fazzio April 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
It'd be pretty tough to book the Beatles since half of them are dead, but the point is well taken-- better bands = better crowds. Of course this is only one facet of the issue. The major issue was having the acts play when more people could see them. Under the old program the bands and other entertainment played at noon in the little Deyoung park near Top Foods. It was great for the "mommy and me" set, but if you were a working stiff, you were never able to make it in the middle of the day. I'm in favor of tying our wine and brew culture into the music scene- it's all art in my book. One example of how it's done at another family friendly venue is the Marymoor Park Velodrome. On Friday nights during the summer you can watch exciting track cycling and partake of the beer garden in a roped off area adjacent to the track. Beer can be purchased and consumed only in the roped off area. I'm not in favor of roping off an area, but I think they do it that way so that they can check ID's at one controlled entrance to the garden. People do bring their own wine and beer to picnic with as well. I'm not sure if that is technically allowed, but I've never heard or seen any enforcement and people police themselves pretty well. I think when you get into selling alcoholic beverages, that's when controls need to be put into place. But I'd be in favor of people bringing their own wine and beer to picnic with if they chose to. Now let's pray for sun!
Local Guy April 05, 2012 at 02:59 PM
""It'd be pretty tough to book the Beatles since half of them are dead," that was the point... :-)
Kat Stremlau April 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Did you think I didn't mean COVER BANDS? Did you also think I wanted to revive actual 80's bands to play as well? Play music people know and they will come. We tried to attend concerts in the park before and they were so boring we just went up to the playground with our toddler.
Kat Stremlau April 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"Even covers of Neil Diamond or the Beatles would draw a crowd. " Note use of word "covers" above.
Greg Fazzio April 05, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Kat- Local Guy was responding to my comment above. Regardless, there's no way the city can afford anything other than cover bands or new bands just starting out and looking for an audience. Either way, warm sunshine, a nice glass of wine and a little music seems like a wonderful way to spend a summer evening to me.


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