The first event allowing outdoor alcohol consumption in Old Hilliard's new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area is imminent. ThisWeek has some tips to help you enjoy it.
When the Celebration at the Station summer concert series begins Thursday, June 8, at Hilliard's Station Park, patrons legally will be able to savor a glass of wine while listening to local musicians.
But rules must be followed in Hilliard's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, which permits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas within certain boundaries during specific times and dates.
Here are five rules to remember:1. Everybody might know your name, but you still need an ID.
"You must have an ID and you will be carded," said Andrea Litchfield, a spokeswoman for the Hilliard Division of Police.
Alcohol may be purchased only at one of four authorized DORA participants: Abner's Casual Dining, 4051 Main St.; Otie's Tavern and Grill, 5344 Center St.; Sports on Tap, 4030 Main St.; and the Old Bag of Nails Pub, 4065 Main St.2. No BYOB. Period.
Patrons will be issued wristbands and must consume alcohol from provided containers only, Litchfield said. For example, a case of Natural Light being towed around in a wagon would be confiscated – quickly.
Officers also will watch for those who might employ more subtle tactics.
"Don't be mixing up your own concoctions," Litchfield said.3. Seriously, they'll be watching.
Three special-duty officers are scheduled to work the event: one at Hilliard's Station Park, another focused on traffic and crowd control and a third roving the perimeter of the DORA's boundaries.
Litchfield said police leaders believe residents will use good judgment and that the 13 DORA events scheduled this summer will be successful.
"Just use some common sense," she said.4. Stay on the farm.
The DORA has specific boundaries and anyone who wanders too far could be cited or arrested.
Those who do not comply with the conditions of the DORA, such as straying outside its borders or possessing alcohol not purchased at one of the four establishments, are subject to open-container laws that otherwise would apply, said Tracy Bradford, Hilliard's law director.
Violations of the open-container law are minor misdemeanors and punishable by a maximum fine of $150.5. Save these dates.
The other Celebration at the Station concerts are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 15, 22 and 29; July 13, 20 and 27; and Aug. 3 and 10. The DORA hours those days will be 6 to 10 p.m.
Abner's has four scheduled DORA events from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9.