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Free Stuff: Enjoy a free campfire and songs at McDowell Park, or catch the final weekend of ‘Taming of the Shrew’

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.


Family Campfire

Fri 7 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224.

Every Friday through Aug. 23, enjoy stories, songs and s’mores with friends and family around a campfire at McDowell Nature Center. After the campfire, go on a “Nature at Night” hayride around the nature preserve. The hayride, which costs $1, has limited capacity, so either get to the campfire early to sign up or register by phone.


Shakespeare at the Green

Fri, Sat, Sun 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Green on South Tryon Street.

This is the last weekend to experience “Taming of the Shrew” at Shakespeare at the Green. At 5 p.m. Sunday, free Shakespeare workshops will be offered for adults and kids 8 and up. The Green is a beautiful place to enjoy the show. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.


Charlotte Folk Society presents Elizabeth LaPrelle

Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.

Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly concert and gathering features the Appalachian ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle. Arrive early and enjoy a pre-concert performance by Gold Standard Chorus, which sings in close harmony, barbershop style. Doors open at 7. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.


Bechtler Museum for Father’s Day

Sat, Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200.

Dads get into the museum for free all weekend. On view now: “Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers and Appetite for Risk: Works by Emilio Stanzani.” Dads also get 10 percent off all purchases at the museum store. (If they’re museum members, they’ll receive an additional discount.)


Union Street Live

Thu 6-9 p.m. Lawn of Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord.

Listen to live music on the Historic Courthouse Lawn in Concord the third Thursday of each month through September. The performer this Thursday is Tim Clark.

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