Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The park has special meaning for former Raspberry Princess Tara Aiken.
Tara Aiken first started to get to know Downtown Park when she was a raspberry princess from 2003 to 2004. One of her first memories there is watching the Music in the Park concerts. She’s gotten to know it quite a bit better since then. She continued volunteering with the Raspberry Festival after her time as Raspberry Royalty and even served on the board. She got her fiancé, Brett Hemmelgarn, involved in the Raspberry Festival, and he, too, got to know the park. Over the years, Aiken came to consider it Hopkins’ best-kept secret. “I kind of feel like no one outside of Hopkins knows about it. It’s so tucked away, but it’s right in the middle of Mainstreet,” she said Monday. “I have a lot of special memories there.” So Aiken knew exactly …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The annual free concert series runs through Aug. 9.
Monday, June 4, 2012
(The following news release comes from the Hopkins Business & Civic Association.) The sound of fife and drum will be heard in Downtown Hopkins the evening of Thursday, June 21st, heralding the kick-off of the 28th annual Hopkins summer Music in the Park series. Starting at 6:15 pm, just beneath the Clock Tower at 9th & Mainstreet, costumed members of the 1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will be playing a rope tension drum and six hole fifes to welcome concert goers. They will march throughout the Downtown area playing in various locations before returning to Downtown Park for the start of the 7:00pm full band concert. According to Scott Crosbie, Director of the Sousa Band, all the tunes that will be played have been documented as …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Lions donated a storage building in Downtown Park to the City of Hopkins and the Hopkins Business and Civic Association.
Visitors to Downtown Park may have noticed a new addition to the space. The Hopkins Evening Lions donated a storage building to the City of Hopkins and the Hopkins Business and Civic Association. They also donated—60 folding chairs that will be used for Music in the Park, according to the club. Club members designed and built the structure themselves. The building sits in Downtown Park and will make it easier for residents to set up for events in the park. Previously, chairs had to be loaded and transported from the Hopkins Elks Lodge on Eighth Avenue South. The building is not the Lion’s first improvement to the park. Earlier this summer club members gave the band shell a facelift—doing staining, painting, concrete patching and general …