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Ben Folds will play to crowd dressed all in white at Prospect Park fund-raiser

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The forecast predicts a white-out at Prospect Park next weekend!

On June 28, hoards of Brooklynites are expected to dress all in white, and convene at the park to share a picnic dinner, watch a performance by Ben Folds, and raise money for the Prospect Park Alliance.

The event’s organizers said the color-free dress code should help strangers at the party to connect.

“Wearing all white boils down to a unifying theme of the evening,” said Nicole Benjamin-Sathre, co-founder of Hand Made Events, which has been running similar picnic parties in California since 2011. “It’s very beautiful. It’s simple and elegant. When you get a whole crowd of people doing it, everything flows together. You wouldn’t get the same effect if people were in purple and green or anything!”

Tables, chairs, and entertainment will be provided at the $35-a-head shindig, but guests must bring their own food to share with others. The food doesn’t have to be all white, but many do embrace the theme, the organizers said.

“People have brought white truffles, white macaroons, white wine only,” said Garrett Sathre, the other half of Hand Made Events.

The food doesn’t need to be fancy, either — even if your duds are — but Sathre said some past attendees have gone well beyond chips and dip.

“You can’t actually have flames at the event, but we have seen people trying to make creme brulee,” he said.

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will regale the monocolor-clad crowd with a solo performance, followed by a DJ and dancing.

The organizers won’t say exactly where in Prospect Park the unpigmented party will take place — the exact location will be announced a few hours before the event — but said it might be where you least expect.

“We like to find the most idyllic spot,” said Benjamin-Sathre. “A place where you would never otherwise have a formal dinner party.”

The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn at Prospect Park (exact location will be revealed prior to event, www.prospectpark.org). June 28 at 5 pm. $35.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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