Peacock Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the return of Peacock In The Park, a summertime spectacular scheduled for Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Washington Park Amphitheater in Portland, Oregon.
This is an all-ages, family-friendly event that has an eighteen-year history (1987-2004) of performing to capacity crowds. In 2004, Peacock Productions, Inc. discontinued the event and persued other fundraising opportunities. However, the community never stopped asking for the return of their beloved Peacock in the Park. So, after several wonderful years at the Portland Performing Arts Center with "Peacock After Dark," we are finally returning to the Park!
Peacock in the Park 2014 will feature live music, drag entertainers, dancers and more for a fun-filled day in the park. Either bring your own picnic or grab a snack at one of the Peacock concessions carts.
Admission is free but remember, this is a fundraiser to send LGBTQ students to college, so donations are encouraged and appreciated! Cash and credit cards will be accepted for concessions, souvenirs and/or donations. All net proceeds benefit the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund.
Peacock Productions, Inc. administers the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund (AME Fund). Since 1992, the AME Fund has granted more than $210,000.00 to GLBT students and/or the students of GLBT parents. Check out scholarship criteria and the method of selection here. If you know you qualify, simply download the application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Peacock Productions, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Its primary purpose is to promote the education of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and to eliminate prejudice against that community. All dontations are tax-deductible.
AdmissionAdmission is free! Rain or shine the show will go on! The Ampitheater is open from 7:30 am. Picnic and music begins at 12:00 noon.
The Peacock in the Park show starts at 2:30 pm.
Food & Beverage
What to Bring
To help with disposal costs, we ask that you pack out whatever you pack in.
What Not to Bring
The scholarship fund, named for Audria M. Edwards, was established by her children, Elwood "Woody" Johnson (aka Lady Elaine Peacock) and Misty Marie Waters in 1987. In 1993, the Fund was willed to Maria Peteres Lake and Kimberlee Van Patten, who co-founded Peacock Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Peacock Productions, Inc. administers the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund, and is funded by donations, variety show proceeds, and community fundraisers.
Individuals are eligible for scholarships if they:
Application packets that are incomplete or postmarked after the May 1st deadline will not be reviewed.
A committee appointed by Peacock Productions, Inc. will review materials from all applicants and select finalists on the basis of the following qualifications:
All finalists will be interviewed before the Review Committee who determines who will receive scholarships and how much funding each will receive. Checks will be mailed to students’ schools and credited to their student accounts before the beginning of the school year. Funds can be used for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board charges, but cannot be applied toward off-campus housing, transportation, dependent care, or other personal expenses.
Congratulations to all the winners of the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Awards! We can't think of a better way to invest in the future of our community.
▶ Past recipients
Peacock in the Park was founded in 1987 by local entrepreneur and drag entertainer, Lady Elaine Peacock, Rose Empress XXIX of Oregon’s oldest non-profit GLBT organization; the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court (ISRC).
While Reigning as Rose Empress, Lady Elaine Peacock dreamed of producing a drag-style show in the Amphitheater of Portland's world famous Rose Gardens at Washington Park.
Lady Elaine Peacock checked with the local news/radio station KGW to establish the best day for the event as far as weather was concerned. KGW informed her that the last Sunday in June was historically the driest day of the year. Lady Elaine Peacock and her lover Ray Southwick purchased a $5.00 permit from the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau and the first Peacock and the Roses Show was planned and executed on the last Sunday in June 1987. The crowd was thin but very energetic. Hundreds of people showed up to see the elegant Lady Elaine Peacock strut her stuff in the Park. Peacock was also joined by her Mother; Audria M. Edwards, Sister; Misty Waters and many other family members that day. The show began at 7:00pm and went until darkness fell and the performers were no longer visible. There were no sets, no food booths, no T-shirts or posters. Just a bunch of friends gathered together to witness history in the making.
In the fall of 1987, Audria M. Edwards passed away. A devoted mother of six (four of whom were GLBT), Audria was a gay rights activist and the second president of the Portland Chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-Flag). The following spring, Lady Elaine Peacock, Misty Waters, Rosey Waters and Ray Southwick established the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund in tribute to Audria's passion for continued education. It was then that the decision was made to change Peacock and the Roses to Peacock in the Park and make it an annual fund-raiser for the newly created Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund. The first scholarship was awarded in 1989 before a crowd of several hundred friends and family at Peacock in the Park.
In the years that followed, Peacock in the Park became the place to be each summer. Audience members numbered in the thousands and the show featured a full set and a huge cast of talented performers.
The show was moved to 2:30pm to accommodate the many performers and prevent darkness from stopping the show. Hot dogs, sno-cones, soda pop, chips, bottled water and T-shirts were all for sale to raise money for the Scholarship Fund.
In 1992, Lady Elaine Peacock turned administration of the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund over to the newly formed Equity Foundation to ensure its security. Equity Foundation managed the Fund but did not assist in the production of Peacock in the Park. For many years, production costs came directly from show coordinators, friends and family.
Sadly, in 1993, both Lady Elaine Peacock and Misty Waters passed away. It was Peacock's wish that the show continue and that Rose Empress XXXVI Maria and her partner Kimberlee Van Patten become the new Scholarship Fund administrators and Peacock in the Park Show coordinators. As hostess of the show, Maria did an incredible job of carrying on the spirit and enthusiasm of the late Lady Elaine Peacock. Maria and Kimberlee asked, Poison Waters to continue her role as Mistress of Ceremonies and for the next 11 years she and Maria entertained and captivated the maximum capacity crowds and more and more money was raised for the Scholarship Fund.
In 1999, Maria and Kimberlee formed Peacock Productions, Inc., gained 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt status from the IRS, and assumed administration of the Fund from Equity Foundation. The Peacock board of directors was formed (Maria, Kimberlee, Kevin Cook, Willie Tucker, and Eric Golding) to ensure the continued success of all things “Peacock,” and The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund became self-sufficient.
Over the years, Peacock in the Park became known as Portland's Favorite Summertime Variety Show, drawing record crowds and receiving several Community Awards of Excellence. However, although Peacock in the Park's popularity never wavered, 2004 marked the 18th and final Peacock in the Park show. Due to skyrocketing costs and a sagging economy, Peacock Productions chose to discontinue utilizing Peacock in the Park as a fundraising event. The Peacock in the Park Finale featured a pre-show concert by the world famous Pink Martini and special performances by Michael Allen Harrison, Darcelle XV & Company and many, many more.
For the next few years, Peacock Productions, Inc. continued to award scholarship grants and search for opportunities to create new fundraising, education and outreach events including the annual “All-Ages Show”, “Medieval Feast”, and “Soul Food & Gospel Show” as well as many one-time fundraisers such as “Cowboys & Kisses” and “Dining for Diplomas.”
In 2008 Peacock After Dark premiered at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts; Newmark Theatre. This theatrical endeavor was highly acclaimed throughout its six year run. Attendees of the annual Peacock After Dark were thrilled by the level of talent and glamour brought to the stage by a widely diverse cast hosted by Poison Waters and Maria Peters Lake. Body Vox, The Classical Ballet Academy, Burlesquire, Michelle Craig, Adrienne Alexander, Cicely, Monica Boulevard and Patti O'Dora are just a few of the wonderful acts to light-up the stage at Peacock After Dark.
Despite the critical acclaim of Peacock After Dark, it never realized its full potential and in 2013, the final curtain came down. For nearly 10 years, the community had been begging for the return of Peacock in the Park and it was decided to give them what they wanted. During the final bows at the 6th Annual Peacock After Dark, Peacock Productions, Inc. revealed a 30-second video announcement of the return of Peacock in the Park. The audience exploded into thunderous applause, whistles, hoops and hollers!! They were thrilled and they let us know in a big way. Peacock was finally going back to where it all began.