Ballpark study: The Kannapolis City Council recently heard the first phase of a ballpark stadium planning study, which evaluated the Kannapolis market and its ability to support minor league baseball.
The study found the Kannapolis Intimidators has the potential to attract significantly greater numbers of people. The Class A team celebrates its 21st season this year.
The Intimidators play at the 4,700-seat CMC-Northeast Stadium off Lane Street in Kannapolis. Because it is in a protected watershed zone that limits development, the city-owned stadium cannot be expanded. Smith Family Baseball, which owns the team, has a lease with the city that expires in December 2016.
City staff is exploring the feasibility of renovating the existing stadium or building a new one. Forty-six acres was purchased in downtown Kannapolis to explore the possibility of a baseball stadium in the downtown.
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Brailsford & Dunlavey conducted the demographic study. Among all 30 Class A minor league baseball markets, the Kannapolis regional market has a higher population and economic activity than 75 percent of the Class A markets. The report showed Kannapolis has the potential to double its annual ballgame attendance with marketing and an appropriate stadium.
The council approved $20,000 for the second phase of the study, which will evaluate the economics of a new stadium versus renovation of the current one. The second study will be presented later this spring.
Lawn party and reggae concert: The sound and taste of the Caribbean will come to the Davis Theatre in Concord when reggae rock trio the Sun-Dried Vibes performs at 7:30 p.m. April 16. The Davis Theatre is at 65 Union St. S. in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse.
Art on Tap will sponsor a Caribbean-style party on the lawn 5:30-7 p.m. April 16 prior to the concert. The party will feature Jamaican food and drinks and reggae tunes. Free tropical flavored ice cream will be offered after the show at Lil’Robert’s Place, 25 Union St. South.
Concert tickets are $15 and are available at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the box office. To order by phone, call 704-920-2753.
Lawn party tickets are $20 for patrons not going to the show, free for concert-goers. Party tickets must be purchased by April 13 by calling 704-920-2787.
Girl Scout Sunday: Girl Scouts across the country recently celebrated Girl Scout Sunday to commemorate the organization’s first meeting in March 1912. The Girl Scouts now includes more than 2.8 million members.
Locally, 15 troops celebrated the occasion at Bethel United Methodist Church, Rocky River Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Concord. The girls gathered for group pictures, spoke from the pulpit, welcomed the congregation, led parts of the worship service and handed out church bulletins.
Molly Bynum, Breanna Mayfield, Emma Prager and Kate Prager were honored for earning the My Promise, My Faith Award.
Friends Fest: The Friends of Kannapolis Library will host Friends Fest 2-3 p.m. April 11 at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. in Kannapolis.
The reception will feature sandwiches, snacks and sweets. For information, call 704-939-6233 or email Billie Rosene at email@example.com.
History lecture and book-signing: The Charlotte Museum of History will host a History Lecture and Book Signing at 1 p.m. April 11.
Julianne Bone, an editor of “Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone,” will speak about her great-grandfather’s memoir of the Civil War. John Wesley Bone was 18 when he enlisted as a private with the North Carolina 30th Regiment. He was a common Confederate soldier who experienced almost every aspect of the War Between the States.
The Charlotte Museum of History is at 3500 Shamrock Drive in Charlotte. For information, call 704-568-1774 or visit www.charlottemuseum.org. Compiled by Leigh Pressley