Due to an alert last year from the Milwaukee Police Department that the event was not in compliance with Statute 125.32 6a, organizers of the Thursday evening Jazz in the Park concert series will enforce a no carry-in policy that applies to beer, wine and all other alcoholic beverages.
Picnic food items will still be permitted at Jazz in the Park beginning with its first event June 4.
Members of the East Town Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to alter its beverage policy to abide by the guidelines of the statute.
The East Town Association holds a beverage license that allows the sale of alcoholic beverages on the grounds. So, similar to year's past, alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the association's tent. According to a news release, "an expanded beverage menu will be developed to accommodate a variety of drink preferences and price points."
If you are caught carrying in items, you will be asked to return them to your car or dispose of them.
"With some of the region's most talented jazz musicians and fantastic restaurants and shops within walking distance, East Town's Jazz in the Park is an experience like no other," said Kate Borders, executive director of the East Town Association.
"It may take time for patrons to get in the habit of leaving their alcoholic beverages at home per the new beverage policy, but we are confident that they will cooperate and continue to enjoy this weekly summer tradition."
Proceeds from the festival, which is co-sponsored by OnMilwaukee.com, are returned to the community through neighborhood improvement programs and civic events such as the popular East Town Market, Battle of the Chefs, Bastille Days and Gallery Night & Day. Jazz in the Park is free and open to the public.
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