What’s not to like about a festival with the big three in entertainment: music, dance and North Carolina BBQ, better known as ’que? Attendees came prepared with folding chairs, blankets, sunscreen and their dancin’ shoes to kick off spring and to support a local non-profit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6.
Annual Festival Benefits Polk Historic Site
Part of the proceeds from each Music, Dance ’n Que Fest goes to the Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc. for supporting public programs and school tours. Admission and parking were free.
The annual festival takes place at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC, a few minutes outside of Charlotte. This site occupies 21 acres of the land owned by President Polk’s father.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum and view a video of Polk’s legacy. They can also take guided tours of historic structures and visit an 1800s garden, a historic cemetery, a picnic area and walking trails.
Festival patrons kicked back on lawn chairs, blankets or hay bales while taking in free entertainment as artists danced, sang and played historic music, bluegrass and folk songs. Featured performers included the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club, Red Hills Dance, Laura Ingram Semilian and the Overdue Bluegrass Band.
Down-home food wasn’t missing from the festival. ‘Que lovers enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich, sweet vinegar coleslaw and baked beans plus a non-alcoholic drink for $10. Also available were several brands of brews for $5 a beer.
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site features a number of living history events each year. Children’s camps and community activities are popular during the summer. History buffs enjoy celebrating Polk’s birthday each November 2. December marks an opportunity to celebrate the winter holidays as the 11th U.S. President and his family and friends would have marked the season during the early 1800s.
Residents of Addison Park Apartments in Charlotte love taking advantage of the mild North Carolina climate at events such as the Music, Dance ‘n Que Fest. Be sure and call us today for information on our available floor plans that fit your lifestyle.