I spent most of yesterday afternoon writing a really rough, rough draft of my first grad school paper (eek!) I got home around 5 pm and asked the painfully frequent question around my house “What do you want to do tonight?” I tossed out the idea of going to see a movie, but we both agreed yesterday was too perfect of a June evening to waste inside a movie theatre.
I went to my go to website/blog to see what’s going on around town – Charlotte on the Cheap. If you a fellow Charlottian (how fun is that to say?!), you need to check out the blog and follow on Twitter so you don’t miss out on any Queen City fun! Ok I’ll end my unsolicited commercial now : )
So within a few minutes, I figured out the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival had just kicked off. It’s free ($5 suggested donation) and outside at The Green, an outdoor park smack dab in the middle of Uptown! Sounds pretty near perfect. Within minutes, I grabbed my sweater (yes I said sweater and it’snJune 2nd!) and our lawn chairs to make our way downtown.
While JT set up our lawn chairs, I went right across the park to Fuel Pizza for a few slices of real, deal NY-style pizza to go. We chowed down on our food and were serenaded with pre-show music from a guy and a guitar playing lots of familiar covers.
My lovely date and me
All under the glow of Duke Energy building in Uptown
I’ll make a confession – I was not well-versed in The Tempest. It took a few minutes to get used to the King’s English and thanks to the help of Sparknotes on my phone – I was back in business! It was a fabulous night of picnicking under the stars and watching a modern twist on The Tempest.
Miranda and Ferdinand
If you’re in Charlotte – Don’t.Miss.Out. I can’t promise the weather will be amazing as it was last night, but I can promise you will have a great time! Bring your wine, snacks, and lawn chairs for a cultured good time!
Charlotte Shakespeare Festival presents The Temptest
May 31st – June 17th
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 6:30 pm
Uptown at The Green