Joe Warner of Bennington fishes on Lake Paran on Wednesday afternoon in North Bennington. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com)
Joe Warner of Bennington fishes on Lake Paran on Wednesday afternoon in North Bennington. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com)

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Paran Recreations is throwing a Lake Paran "pavilion party" on Saturday, May 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn, 1 Park St., to raise money to build a new pavilion.

The event is free for park members, and is otherwise $10 a person. The Buzzsaw Boys bluegrass band and the Welcome Blend quartet will play music for the evening. A cash bar and food will be made available by JC's Tavern. Lake Paran lifeguards will be selling unique non-alcoholic drinks at a kids' bar. Other activities include bingo and a raffle of locally-produced artwork.

"We are running out of space because our (day) camps are criss-crossing each other. I usually have two camps going at a time," said Paran Recreations Director Marlene Driscoll.

Lake Paran in North Bennington will be holding a benefit party to raise money for an additional pavilion which will hold parties and summer camp events.
Lake Paran in North Bennington will be holding a benefit party to raise money for an additional pavilion which will hold parties and summer camp events. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com)
"Some people might want to reserve space for a party at the same time, in which case I need even more space."

Paran Recreations would like to put a new pavilion on the other side of the snack bar, opposite of the current pavilion. The vice chair of the Village of North Bennington planning commission, Bob Howe, has developed the concept for the new pavilion and produced a concept model.

Paran Recreations is working with Vermont Timber to get building materials, and estimated a project cost of $20,000 including materials and labor. Driscoll has raised about $3,000 so far, and hopes to raise another $10,000 on Saturday. She said Paran Recreations will likely hold another fundraiser this year to account for the remainder.

The existing snack bar and pavilion, which were built in 1968, are being re-roofed this summer. Construction of the new pavilion is expected to start next summer.

The Lake Paran beach and snack bar will open every weekend starting Memorial Day Weekend on May 24. The park will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the summer, starting June 19. For more about the Lake Paran "pavilion party," or for different park membership options, visit www.facebook.com/lakeparan.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg