Since 1999, Tom "Mel" Stanton and his friends have been creating "great times for great causes;" raising money for numerous non-profits throughout Ozaukee County. One of their great times, Melapalooza, is returning for the 4th year this weekend, July 15th through the 17th, at Centennial Park in Grafton.
One part softball tournament, one part music festival, Melapalooza will host 14 softball teams and 8 bands over the course of the weekend, with proceeds benefiting All My Friends Playground, a volunteer based charity that is looking to build an all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities to come and play together at Centennial Park. The park was spearheaded by Ozaukee resident, Diane Dyer, who is the President of Living Life with Autism. Her daughter, Cassie, was the inspiration for the park.
Event hours are 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Mel's famous pulled pork sandwich, along with brats, burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase, but the music is free:
Friday, July 15th
5:30-7:30 p.m. Some Assembly Required
8:00-10:00 p.m. Dr. Woo
Saturday, July 16th
1:00-2:30 p.m. Serious Jones
3:00-5:00 p.m. Ozaukee County Jam Band
5:30-7:30 p.m. Piano Brew
8:00-10:00 p.m. Rhythm Method
Sunday, July 17th
noon-1:30 p.m. South End Blues Band
2:00-4:00 The Mission River Band
For more information, visit the Mel's Charities Facebook Page or go to www.melscharities.org.