Funky Fridays love their new home. In fact, the annual summer concert series is held on the spacious front lawn of a mansion – The Hood Mansion.
This 14-week FUNdraiser for Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation offers live music from some of the best bands of Northern California, every Friday 7 to 9 PM. The outdoor concerts are conveniently located in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at North Pythian Road – between Santa Rosa and Kenwood.
Funky Fridays is family-oriented for kids and adults of all ages in a festival-like atmosphere including live music, dancing and picnicking. Gates open at 5:30 PM and concert-goers can park in one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Ticket prices remain the same - Adults / $10 and Kids (18 and under) FREE. 2018 ~ PARKING IS FREE ~ 2018. Advance ticket sales are available through this website by clicking on the 'tickets' tab.
Funky Fridays will continue to raise money for Sonoma Valley parks in the summer of 2018, with funds supporting projects related to Hood Mansion, wildfire recovery for the Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley.
"The Parks Foundation is deeply grateful to Funky Fridays - including its organizers, Linda Pavlak and Bill Myers, and all the Funky Fridays guests and bands - for raising this substantial amount of money for our parks,” said Melissa Kelley, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. “Funds raised from this concert series help support our parks and wildfire recovery. This location also introduces the attendees to the historic landmark of Hood Mansion and the potential for improvements at this site. We appreciate all the time and energy contributed by Funky Fridays volunteers and the attendance and generosity of the audience."
Significant upgrades to improve the Funky Fridays experience will continue. Guests enjoy a more amphitheater-like experience, with the stage moved to the south end of the lawn in 2017. In response to requests from many attendees, a new dance floor in front of the stage was installed. In 2015, Sonoma County Regional Parks constructed a Bay Area Ridge Trail section at the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Regional Parks completed road improvements connecting this trail to the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road including a road crossing and signal modifications that enhance both the traffic flow into the Funky Fridays concerts and the safety for residents of Oakmont who may walk to the concert location.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SONOMA COUNTY REGIONAL PARKS FOUNDATION
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The nonprofit currently is raising funds to help with wildfire recovery, build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FUNKY FRIDAYS
Please direct further inquiries, suggestions or comments about this music series to event coordinators, Bill Myers or Linda Pavlak, by calling 707.833.6288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill is a park docent, volunteer and half of the well-known ‘Bill & Dave Hikes’ duo that has been leading hikes in area parks for over eighteen years. The past six years, Bill and Linda have volunteered their time and efforts to coordinate this ‘FUNdraiser’ to benefit parks in Sonoma Valley.
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