Beer, music fest on tap June 1
Amphitheater dedication will also be held
Cranberry Eagle
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April 29, 2013

ZELIENOPLE — The Community Park Association and Friends of the Park will host Zelienople On Tap & Unplugged, a beer and music festival, on June 1.

The event also serves as the official dedication ceremony for the Zelienople Borough Park’s new amphitheater.

On Tap & Unplugged will held at the top of the hill in the park off East Beaver Street near the Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School.

The event will begin with music at 3 p.m. on June 1 and continue until 9 p.m. It will feature the Infamous Dicks, the acoustic version of the popular band The Clarks. The concert is free.

Local restaurants will be serving food and soft drinks will be available during the musical performances and to those attending the beer festival.

The craft beer festival will run form 4 to 7 p.m. Registrations will begin at 3 p.m. at the large pavilion next to the amphitheater.

Patrons who purchase tickets before the event will have an express line to show ID and pick up their festival packets. Pre-event tickets are $40 per person. Event day tickets are $45.

The ticket includes: an event T-shirt, official event tasting glass, unlimited beer tastings, two bottles of water during the event, a free hot dog and chips and free admission to the concert. Additional food will be available for purchase.

The event also serves as the official dedication ceremony for the James A. Ayers Sr. Amphitheatre, which was recently completed and named for a former borough businessman who dedicated his time and service to the community.

“This event has been an idea for quite a while, but when the Ayers Family helped us build the James A. Ayers Sr. Amphitheatre, it was time to take it and run with it,” said Mary Hess, who is organizing the event, the largest Friends of the Park has undertaken.

“We will be dedicating the amphitheater that evening. The Ayers Family is going to be there to celebrate with us. We hope that we have a successful event and can make it the best event in the area.”

The Ayers Foundation contributed a grant for the construction of the new park music venue.

The foundation granted the borough a $100,000 gift in the name of James A. Ayers Sr. The gift was from his wife Florence, his son James Jr., his daughter-in-law Renee, and his grandchildren Sydney and Carter Ayers, through their family foundation.

Ayers was a resident of Harmony and a public accountant who practiced in Zelienople for many years. He was committed to the community and served in many capacities, including president of the Zelienople Chamber of Commerce, and was the group’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

He also served in leadership roles on the Connoquenessing Valley Community Chest, Zelienople Public Library board, American Legion, Rotary Club and the historical society.

Ayers also worked with youth in the Boy Scout program and the Zelienople-Harmony Athletic Association.

The amphitheater stage is 50 feet wide at the front and 24 feet to the back. The stage is partially covered by an open air timber frame. It has electricity and lighting.

Handicapped parking is located near the stage. Because it is a natural amphitheater, seating is on the hillside above the stage; stairs and walkways intersect the hillside for guests to access a comfortable spot to put a chair or blanket.

Some landscaping work still remains, but for the most part the project is completed.

The total cost of the project was $200,000 with the Ayers Foundation, Zelienople Rotary Club, Borough of Zelienople, Community Park Association and private donations contributing to it.

Tickets for the event will be mailed up to 10 days before the event. After that date, they will be held at will call at the event.

Organizers are limiting the number of tickets to the Beer Fest to 1,500 and expect it to sell out.

On the day of the event, ticket/Will Call will open at 3 p.m. at the large Rotary pavilion at the top of the hill.

Credit cards or cash will be accepted on the day of the event. Tickets are $45 the day of the event. No checks will be accepted at the ticket tables at the park.

Registered guests will proceed to Will Call. All beer festival patrons will show identification, receive his/her wristband, get a tasting glass, vouchers for two free bottles of water and food voucher and proceed to the T-shirt area to pick up a shirt.

The beer event begins at 4 p.m. in the American Legion Field. A large Oktoberfest-style tent and tables and chairs set up will be there for all to use.

Craft breweries from the surrounding area will be providing the beer samples.

As patrons wait for beer, they can listen to music from local bands and cruise the food vendors also inside the Legion field.

Parking will be a premium on event day and organizers ask attendees to car pool, if possible. Attendants will assist with parking until 4:30 p.m.

Tickets to the beer event will be on the Friends of the Park website at: soon and are available by mail at: Zelienople On Tap & Unplugged, P.O. Box 402, Zelienople, PA 16063.

For more information, contact event organizer Mary Hess at or call 724-452-0231.