Forsyth County commissioners and arts council announce 2019 Summer Parks Series

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2019

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WINSTON-SALEM — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has announced the lineup for its 2019 Summer Parks Series that will include two events at Triad Park near Kernersville and three at Tanglewood Park. Two-time Grammy winning songwriter and acclaimed fiddler Becky Buller and her band will kick off the series at Triad Park on Friday, May 17. The popular Walkertown-based bluegrass band The Grassifieds will open.
The Summer Parks Series is a collaborative effort between the county of Forsyth and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. All events, as well as parking, are free and family friendly. 
“We are fortunate to live in a community where public and nonprofit entities have a cooperative spirit that allows us to maximize our resources and present this kind of top-notch entertainment for the residents of our county,” said Randy Eaddy, president and CEO of The Arts Council. “It’s extraordinary, and we at The Arts Council appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the county.”
“This will be the fourth year for the Summer Parks Series, and we are delighted to be able to make this extraordinary family entertainment available,” said David Plyler, chair of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. “Triad Park and Tanglewood Park are public-owned assets with a host of amenities, and we want people to know about them and enjoy using them.”
Mike Anderson, director of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, described the series as “a great opportunity to bring the arts to the citizens of Forsyth County.” Anderson said, “The quality of the events is amazing. These concerts give our citizens opportunities to enjoy talented performers at our county parks for free. The lineup for the 2019 season brings some of the best events that the Arts Council has put on in the parks to date, and I am sure the citizens will especially enjoy the concerts this year.”
Event sponsors help defray expenses, and this year include PNC Bank, Publix Super Markets, and Truliant Federal Credit Union. 
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnicking is permitted and food trucks will be on site. Refreshments such as soda, water, beer and wine are available with all proceeds supporting the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. No outside alcohol is permitted. 
Family friendly activities are planned for each concert by Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, a community of young people affiliated with The Arts Council and committed to supporting the future of arts and artists in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
The series opens Friday, May 17, with The Becky Buller Band and the last of the five performances features “Charlie” on Sunday, Aug. 25 — the Motown group from last year’s lineup that had concert goers on their feet and dancing. The rousing music of the NC Brass Band will be heard across Triad Park at the Independence Day concert on Sunday, June 30, with an opening performance by “Letters from Home.”
2019 Forsyth County Summer Parks Series schedule
Friday, May 17
• Triad Park
• The Becky Buller Band
• Opening act: The Grassifieds
• “Bluegrass”
• Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6 p.m.
• Local food trucks
Friday, June 14
• Tanglewood Park
• The Plaids
• “From Beatles to Beach”
• Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6 p.m.
• Local food trucks
Sunday, June 30
• Triad Park
• NC Brass Band
• “Patriotic Pops”
• Opening Act:  Letters from Home
• Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6 p.m.
Local food trucks
Sunday, July 28 
• Tanglewood Park
• The Embers
• “Beach Music by Beach Music Legends”
• Gates open at 4 p.m. and concert begins at 5 p.m.
• Local food trucks
• Sponsor: PNC Bank
Sunday, Aug. 25
• Tanglewood Park
• Charlie
• “Mostly Motown”
• Gates open at 4 p.m. and the concert begins at 5 p.m.
• Local food trucks
• Sponsor: Publix Super Markets
• Triad Park
9652 West Market St. 
• Tanglewood Park
4061 Clemmons Road