The Mount Pleasant Independence Day celebration has always had everything you need to celebrate the holiday: beauty queens, live music, history, food, games and fireworks.But this year, a few more ingredients will be added to the All-American holiday: shagging, cars and football.You can find the full schedule of events for the celebration, which begins June 27, at the town’s website: www.townofmountpleasantnc.org. Mount Pleasant shagging instructors and competitors Dennis and Darlene Brown have been working with the tireless Mount Pleasant Events Committee to plan “Shagging and Beach Night” for the evening of June 28.The Browns, with some of their students, will kick off the party with a demonstration showcasing the different levels of shag dancing.Then it’s audience participation time. Darlene says everyone will get a free shag lesson with the basic steps and hopefully a male and female turn. After the lesson, it’s open dancing: The Browns and others will help new dancers get shagging and having fun so they’ll be ready for the newcomer contest to follow. Darlene said she hopes lots of people will want to give shag dancing a try, but the DJ will also play line-dance tunes and a variety of music, so everyone can participate.After the newcomers have had a turn, there will be an open shagging contest, then more dancing.The car show June 29 grew out of the popularity of the monthly Cruise-In in Mount Pleasant, according to Loretta Allen of the Events Committee.The show will begin at 6 p.m. on McAllister Field behind Town HallAt the same time, The Essentials, featuring an Elvis impersonator, will play on the main stage at Town Hall, followed by Too Much Sylvia at 8 p.m.You’ll be able to enjoy cool cars and good music while checking out the food, craft vendors and games all available at Town Hall.And if no one’s too tired from all that dancing Friday, I suspect more will break out Saturday before the evening closes with fireworks at 10 p.m. Danah Wilson, principal at Mount Pleasant Middle School, filled me in on the addition of football to the Independence Day celebration.In what turned out to be a win-win situation, the semi-pro Carolina Eagles needed a stadium to in which to play, and committee organizers hoped to fill the schedule for Saturday afternoon with a fun family event.So at 4 p.m. everyone is invited to Mount Pleasant Middle School for the Red, White & Blue football game between the 2012 national champion Eagles and the Carolina Patriots. Admission is $7; all proceeds, including concessions, will go to Mount Pleasant Middle School. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than in a small town with a big heart. Come to Mount Pleasant for the party, and celebrate America.
Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013
Mount Pleasant Independence Day bash debuts more activities
Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com.
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