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Rockin' & Reelin' Pineville's Concert and Movie Series Now in 16th Year CONCERTS IN THE PARK ARE A RITE OF SUMMER. From the Hollywood Bowl to Tanglewood, America's love of listening to music under the stars has become a warm-weather tradition from sea to shining sea. In Ballantyne, though, many people are not aware they can get their summer concert fix in their own backyard at the Rockin' & Reelin' Summer Concert and Movie Series at Pineville Lake Park. Now in its 16th year, this free series from May through September treats fans to many popular music genres, including country and classic rock. The piece de resistance is a night with the Charlotte Symphony Pops on July 1. The series also includes three evenings of family-friendly movies and an exciting new addition to this year's bill — an outdoor theatre performance of "Aladdin Junior" by Matthews Playhouse on July 24. "When we started the series, we wanted to invite the people of Pineville to experience cultural entertainment outside," says Kristy Detwiler, director of Pineville Parks and Recreation, which funds the event with the cultural and tourism tax the town accumulates from local hotels. Each year the series grows in popularity as word spreads. "Once people come, they are hooked," Detwiler notes. "They call us for the schedule before it is set." A big reason people get hooked is the setting. Pineville Lake Park has an enormous green expanse of lawn with a lake as a backdrop. The covered stage, which Detwiler had constructed to lure the Charlotte Symphony, proved a classic example of if you build it, they will come. "My main goal was to have the Charlotte Symphony on it because they play in all the other small towns in Charlotte," she says. "No sooner had I completed it than they contacted me and asked about coming to Pineville." Pineville Lake Park also has restrooms, and in case of rain, movies are moved into the Belle Johnston Community Center, named in honor of a Pineville woman who donated money toward its construction. This year Detwiler is planning to invite food vendors from Food Truck Fridays in South End. Most concertgoers arrive with a picnic basket, comfortable lawn chairs and a blanket, and settle in before dusk for the evening performance. Children can romp at playground facilities located at one end of the park, and parking has never been a problem, Detwiler says. Once the main lot is full, attendants direct cars to a lot at a nearby church or elementary school, so concertgoers rarely have to walk more than a block or two. For Detwiler, the best part about the concert series is seeing what a grand time people have. "I just enjoy seeing the families come out and spend an evening together," she says. 2014 SCHEDULE June 6 "Frozen" June 20 Too Much Sylvia (beach/variety) July 1 Charlotte Symphony July 11 "The Goonies" July 24 "Aladdin Junior" (by Matthews Playhouse) July 25 Key West Band (Jimmy Buffett) Aug. 8 "The Nut Job" Aug. 22 Dixie Still (country) Sept. 26 Bad Romeo (classic rock) This free concert and movie series — held on various weekends from May through September — treats fans to many popular music genres. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 71 SUMMER 2014 Ball Summer 14 - 3.indd 71 5/21/14 4:36 PM

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