By Jessie Wagoner
The City of McPherson has announced they will launch a movie and music program at Lakeside Park following the announcement that Concerts for a Cause was canceled for the remainder of the season. “Music & Movies Live at Lakeside” will begin on Friday, July 17.
Concerts for a Cause, organized by Brian and Kendra Hopp, and held at Hopps Sno Shack, was canceled last week amid concerns about COVID-19. Brian Hopp advised city commissioners he had received concerns from community members about the gatherings, and after much thought, he felt in the interest of public safety, the concert series should be canceled for this season.
McPherson City Commissioner Larry Wiens had criticized the large public gathering at Hopps for Concerts for a Cause and Fireworks with a Fireman the week before saying, “On Thursday, at the Hopps, Fireworks with a Fireman, all that, social distancing was zero. We can say what we want, do what we want, but I can guarantee you, there had to be some stuff spread there, and if not, we are lucky.”
In spite of those concerns, the city will host “Music & Movies Live at Lakeside” on the following dates:
Friday, July 17: “Music and Movies Live at Lakeside”
Benefit: STEPS of McPherson
7 to 9 p.m. “Rosewood Lane”
9:15 to 11:15 p.m. “Trolls World Tour” sponsored by Lock & Load & Mattress Haven
Friday, July 24: “Music and Movies Live at Lakeside”
Benefit: Boy Scouts of McPherson
7 to 9 p.m. ” Sam Unruh”
9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. ” A Dogs Journey” sponsored by Hutton Construction
Friday, Aug. 7: “Music and Movies Live at Lakeside”
Benefit: Meals on Wheels & McPherson County Food Bank
7 to 9 p.m. “Y Not Us”
Saturday, August 15: “Music and Movies Live at Lakeside”
7 to 9 p.m. “Petty Cash”
McPherson Water Park will be open. We will have lots of fun activities for the whole family provided by the McPherson Fire Department.
The Snack Hole will be selling food at each event, and part of their proceeds will be donated back to the non-profits that evening. Bottled water has been donated by 24/7 Travel Store and individually wrapped homemade cookies from Knackies Meats & Sweets. These will be available to purchase, and all money raised will go back to the non-profit, as well.
“Lakeside Park allows us to increase social distancing in a reduced traffic area and masks will be encouraged,” Joni Regnier, convention and visitors bureau director, said. “While safety is our number one priority, we are also pleased that we can help these local non-profits as well as boost the morale of the community with these events.”