Annual traditions and events in Monona continue to return this summer after largely disappearing due to COVID-19.
On July 22nd, the city’s parks and leisure department will be launching an edition of their seasonal beer garden at the beach event in Schluter Park on Winnequah Road.
The summer event was scheduled to start on June 17th but was closed early due to thunderstorms.
As long as the weather holds, Jacob Anderson, director of Monona Parks and Recreation, said July 22nd is the first time the event has been in full swing in two years.
“We didn’t do any of these last summer because of the pandemic and public health orders,” Anderson said. “But I think the appetite for a return to normal is great and we are very fortunate that Monona’s vaccination rate in adults is incredibly high.”
The beer garden at the Beach offers live music, beer, court games and dancing. A portion of the proceeds will help fund the establishment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified boat launch on Schluter Beach.
“Top glasses will collect donations for a new ADA kayak launch at Schluter Beach,” said Anderson. “It’s a really cool project, and hopefully we’ll have that installed by spring 2022.”
Live music will be provided by Avian Aura, a local two-piece folk band, with food from PA’PA’s BBQ food truck.
The celebrations take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“The beer gardens are a great way to hang out with friends and neighbors,” said Anderson. “With the pool and beer gardens opening and the festival on July 4th, this is certainly a welcome sight.”
After July 22nd, the next beer garden event is scheduled for August 19th.