Party in the Park 2015 Program

Party in the ParkMonday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Cafesjian’s Carousel & Como Park Visitors Center, St. Paul
Our 15th annual "Party in the Park" will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun. Rein in Sarcoma 2015 will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique Silent Auction and children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancers research and physician education, but it is also intended to provide hope and relief for patients and their families from the isolation of these rare and dangerous cancers.

Map of Party in the Park Event Grounds

Sarcoma Family Picnic 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Sponsored by D'Amico Catering  Damico_Catering_Logo-2
Just prior to main event, RIS and D'Amico Catering will host a free picnic for sarcoma patients, survivors, loved ones and for those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. We are excited to introduce D'Amico Catering as our Picnic and Food sponsor who will be preparing an amazing picnic meal for all of us! Advanced registration is required.

Location: the East Picnic Grounds

Rein in Sarcoma 2015 Program 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Thanks to our 2015 Corporate Sponsors

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6:30 pm - Rein in Sarcoma Official Welcome Festivities - On Main Entertainment Stage
Kicking off the Party is a special encore performance of Campfire Blues by five time sarcoma survivor Mark Wehner. His premier of the song benefiting RIS was a special highlight of last year's Party in the Park. Hear announcements and greetings from RIS leadership and physicians. Learn about Rein In Sarcoma and our accomplishments. Join us in celebrating the RIS Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign.

The Opening and Closing Program is presented by:         MHealth_CancerCare_4C_SM_May14

Entertainment - Main RIS Entertainment Stage (Continuous live entertainment)
6:00 - 6:30 pm and 7:00 - 9:15 pm)
The spirited and fun-loving Roxxy Hall Band has been around since 1992. Roxxy Hall and her all-women band have picked up nominations from Minnesota Music Academy for best songwriter, best new band and video production. Come see solid music performers Roxxy Hall on bass and vocals, Jan Boyer on guitar and vocals, Jennifer Evans-Hall on keyboard and vocals, Lee O on drums and Leslee Mckee on lead and backup vocals and harmonica. They play at the Minnesota Music Cafe the first Saturday of every month.
Click here to sample their music and learn more about The Roxxy Hall Band.

Dirty Shorts Brass BandDIRTY SHORTS BRASS BAND will give us a taste of New Orleans Dixieland. Dirty Shorts isDirty Shorts Brass Band a Minnesota original. They are a six piece, New Orleans style brass band, playing everything from rock n' roll to swing. People can't help but get up and dance, march, or do whatever the music moves them to do. To see the Dirty Shorts Brass Band in action, click here. Performing at 6:00 and 7:00 pm, strolling and leading picnic attendees to event and again on RIS the Main Entertainment stage.

rodau-kerstenFinale and Closing Ceremony: Kersten Rodau
Award winning actress, musician and entertainer

Kersten Rodau has appeared with the MN Orchestra in Carousel, Springtime in Paris, Bernstein’s Mass and Grieg’s Peer Gyn as well as Ordway’s 2014 production of A Christmas Story, the Musical. She has also performed with area companies including the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Jungle Theater, Skylark Opera and Bloomington Civic Theatre, in productions such as Pirates of Penzance, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Urinetown, Funny Girl and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She was also recognized at the 2014 Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence.

Performance backed by the Roxxy Hall Band with Illumination Fire Troupe.

The Main Entertainment Stage is presented by:  Mayo-clinic-logo2

RIS Food Concession - Next to the Carousel (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
Enjoy ice cream, soda, water, D'Amico sandwiches, chips and more at the RIS Food Concession Stand.

Free Family Activities - Along Sarcoma AvenueChildren's Arcade
Moon Walk 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Bubbles 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Mr Fun 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Golf Putting 6:00 - 7:45 pm (with great prizes for winners)

Arcade Games 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Chair Massages and Haircuts - All Proceeds to RIS!

Sarcoma Corner - Main Sidewalk in front of Visitor Center
(6:00 - 9:00 pm)

Sarcoma Corner

Featuring information about sarcoma cancers, storyboards of persons affected by sarcoma, RIS Sarcoma banner. University of Minnesota sarcoma doctors and researchers will be on hand to answer your questions (6:15 - 8:45 pm).

Sun Flower Shoppes - Visitor Center Entrance & in front of the Carousel
Featuring Rein in Sarcoma merchandise: T-Shirts, wristbands, posters, stationery, and the official Rein in Sarcoma Coffee Mugs available in both 11 oz. and 15 oz. sizes. Other items include “Groovy Girls,” Willow Creek Angels, as well as “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” wristbands. Some items can be ordered on this website. Click here for additional information.

Rein In Sarcoma Silent Auction - Visitor Center Porch (6:00 - 8:15 pm)

Auction2011-2Over 350 exotic and wonderful items to bid on in our best ever RIS Silent Auction, located at the air conditioned Visitor Center Porch. A catalog of auction items will be available before the auction, including some you can bid on-line.

Auction Check-Out 8:45 - 9:45 pm Visitor Center Porch

Eric Skogman Ring Toss - Visitor Center Porch (6:00 - 8:15 pm) Ring Toss at 2012 PartyRing-Toss---IMG_1145
Test your skill at throwing rings and claim your prize at this fun event for people 21 or older.

RIS Family Stage - Visitor Center Atrium (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
The RIS Family stage will feature great entertainment for children throughout the evening. Located close to the Silent Auction, this is the perfect spot to have your kids entertained while you bid for the cause! Performing this year:

Ross SutterRoss Sutter
A great favorite and long time supporter of RIS, Ross Sutter returns to our Family Stage to provide the finest entertainment around. Ross is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He has prduced four wonderful CD including his classic "Mama Will You Buy Me a Banana" and "Over the Water" Learn more about Ross.

Jerry WenzelJerry Wenzel - "It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!"
Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel and his grandson, gentle Genesis (a sarcoma survivor) as they demonstrate the magic of science. See water disappear, beach balls floating in air, tennis balls doing amazing things and much more! Join us for an evening of unforgettable science magic. We guarantee you’ll be asking for more!

Sarcoma Garden of Hope - Along Sarcoma Avenue (6:15 - 8:15 pm)Sarcoma Garden of Hope
Build a bird feeder with Elpis Enterprises! Create Sunflowers. Make paper sunflower hats. The Sunflower is the national symbol for finding a cure for sarcoma cancers.

The Tribute Carousel Ride (6:50 pm)

The evening's first ride will be reserved for sarcoma patients and survivors as they ride in support of cures for sarcoma cancers.

Carousel Rides - Cafesjian's Carousel (7:00 - 9:00 pm)Carousel Rider
Enjoy unlimited rides on the beautifully restored Cafesjian's Carousel with 68 magnificent horses and carriages. Handicapped accessible.

Wellness Center - Therapeutic Massage - Main sidewalk (6:00 - 9:15 pm)
Take a break and relax with a massage or even get a haircut! (all proceeds benefit RIS)

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing - Main Stage (8:20 pm)
Raffle Tickets are $5.00 per ticket over $3,500 in prizes, including a Florida Condo Vacation, $1,000 in cash, or the state of the art iPad Mini 3 tablet. Winner need not be present to win. Learn more, Click here.

The 2015 RIS Raffle Drawing is presented by:         BuildingArtsLogo_4

Closing Ceremony - Main Stage and Visitor Center Moat (8:20 - 9:15 pm)
Sponsored by Cancer Care - University of Minnesota Health

The Closing Ceremony is a time of Remembrance and Celebration. Luminarias will be lit Closing Ceremonyand will line the moat in front of the Visitor Center.

  • New RIS Named Tribute and Memorial Funds will be honored and all named funds recognized.
  • Special music honoring sarcoma survivors, patients and those lost to sarcoma.
  • A reading of sarcoma survivors, patients, and those lost to sarcoma.
  • Luminary Lighting - Special music by Kersten Radau

You may register for a luminary to honor a sarcoma patient or survivor, or in memory of a sarcoma patient. You have the opportunity to create a luminary at the picnic and at the Conservatory until 8:30 that will be displayed and lit with a candle to honor or in memory of someone. The names of the luminary dedications will be read during this closing ceremony.

We thank our 2015 Party in the Park In-Kind Sponsors

Manhattan ToyCustom Business Forms logoStagetime Productions logoAAgesen logoCafesjian's Carousel logo

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Location: For a Map of Como Park, Click here