Carolina Living Summer 2011
Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer for most Americans, which means Memorial Day Weekend is often marked by festivities ranging from simple backyard barbecues to elaborate vacation getaways. Charlotte LGBTs who opt to stay close to home for the holiday will find plenty to do around the Queen City.
The major homo-centric offering of the weekend is Twirlicious, a multi-location celebration comprised of a half-dozen events â€” two on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday â€” collectively dubbed â€śAdventures In Wonderland.â€ť
Twirlicious is presented by Just Twirl, a party and events promotion company founded and operated by life partners Jason McCraw and Zuni Johnson. A great deal of thought was put into organizing the second annual affair, Johnson told qnotes, to ensure its appeal to a wide cross-section of the LGBT community.
â€śTwirlicious 2011 will feature a variety of events all around town,â€ť Johnson explained. â€śThere will be plenty of music and fun, of course, but we didnâ€™t want the weekend to be all dance parties this year. We feel like weâ€™ve planned something for everyone with the six events weâ€™re promoting.â€ť
Twirlicious begins Friday night with a special 8 p.m. production of â€śChess: The Musicalâ€ť presented by Queen City Theatre Company, followed by the â€śDown The Rabbit Holeâ€ť party at The Bar at 316. The fun resumes Saturday at noon at Loft 1523 with â€śEat Me, Drink Meâ€ť â€” two hours of free mimosas and a waffle bar. That evening revelers will travel â€śThrough The Looking Glassâ€ť for a dance party at Marigny nightclub featuring renowned NYC DJ Joe Gauthreaux. Youâ€™ll need your water wings Sunday for â€śHouse Of Cards,â€ť a chartered party boat cruise around Lake Norman that sets sail at 1 p.m. The festivities conclude with the â€śMad Hatterâ€™s Teaâ€ť at Dharma Lounge beginning at 6 p.m.
Folks looking for more mainstream jollity can spend the weekend partying with 400,000 of their fellow citizens on Food Lion Speed Street. Now in its 17th year, Speed Street will once again transform Uptown Charlotte into a showcase of motor sports â€świth non-stop entertainment on two stages, appearances by top Sprint Cup Drivers, dynamic exhibits for all ages and an amazing assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators.â€ť
Scheduled festival performers include country star Josh Turner (â€śWhy Donâ€™t We Just Danceâ€ť), classic rockers Eddie Money (â€śTake Me Home Tonightâ€ť) and Starship (â€śWe Built This Cityâ€ť) as well as legendary R&B bands Rose Royce (â€śCar Washâ€ť) and Midnight Star (â€śOperatorâ€ť).
The Coca Cola 600, the impetus for Food Lion Speed Street, takes place Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For more information on Twirlicious, visit twirlicious.com. Full details on Food Lion Speed Street can be found at 600festival.com. : :