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Hats Off to Parks and Inaugural RomareFest feature major entertainers

John Mayall will perform at the inaugual RomareFest on May 3, 2014
John Mayall will perform at the inaugual RomareFest on May 3, 2014
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If you are looking for a way to enjoy one of Charlotte’s newest parks, Romare Bearden Park at 300 S. Church Street in Uptown has a lot going on this weekend.

The current generation of The Tams (hard working Rhythm and Blues legends who recorded “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?”) will appear Friday, May 2 at 5 p.m. at Bearden Park for a “Hats Off to Parks” benefit. Tickets are $20.

Funds raised will help Partners for Parks and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to build a playground in memory of the youth and teachers lost in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, to be completed in October. There will be food, a cash bar, and a reverse raffle. Advance tickets are no longer available, so buy your tickets at the park this evening.

For more information on Hats Off to Parks or how to get involved with the Newtown, CT Memorial Playground Build, contact Lori Saylor at (704)353-0504 or

Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, 2014, plan to attend the inaugural RomareFest at Romare Bearden Park. This free event runs from 12 noon on Saturday and closes with British Blues artist John Mayall, who takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday’s music begins at noon and North Carolina based Molasses Creek, the last act, goes on at 3:30 p.m. Other musical offerings run the gamut from African drumming to Jazz.

If all the fresh air makes you hungry, food trucks will be around to meet every gustatory need. Kids of all ages will enjoy magic acts and other family friendly activities.

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