After years of planning and a rainy spring and summer season that delayed construction, the Romare Bearden Uptown Park is finally set for a “Grand Opening Weekend” from August 30 to September 1, 2013.
Located at Church and 3rd Streets, the park is near where Bearden, the esteemed 20th Century African American, visual artist for whom it was named, spent his early years.
Unlike many Charlotte-Mecklenburg parks, where the family goes to cook out and eat under shelters, the Romare Bearden Park was designed to celebrate the arts in a naturally beautiful setting. Individual artists and performance groups of all stripes will be featured. Stages, art tents, storytellers, drum circles, jugglers, a magician and puppets are just a part of the line up.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on August 30 follows a 3:30 p.m. warm up by Blue Tulip, considered some of Charlotte’s best women musicians.
Featured artists on Saturday, August 31, beginning at 10 a.m. include thespian Quentin “Q” Talley, back home from Scotland’s Fringe Festival. The night closes with Country artist, the beautiful Miss Jo Dee Messina.
Sunday, September 1 was staged by the Charlotte Folk Society starting at 1 p.m. Native American Ramona "Big Eagle" will regale the crowd with her stories, and the closing performance features the Briarhoppers of WBT radio fame since the 1930s (“Don’t touch that dial – Hit’s Briarhopper Time!”) at 4 p.m.
Visit the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation web site for details on the opening of the Romare Bearden Uptown Park.