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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

September 19, 2002

Play all day at WordPlay Saturday 2002

Charlotte, NC - Sept. 19, 2002 - With a name like "WordPlay Saturday," you'd think this annual festival of family fun was only about verbs, nouns, puzzles and puns. There is a lot of that, but WordPlay, is also about much more. It's an all-day, outdoor, center-city street fest with show, games, interactive learning activities and much more for kids and families.

This year, the festival, part of the Novello Festival of Reading sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The heart of Center City Charlotte, along Tryon Street from 5th to 8th streets will be blocked off for the festivities. Here's a sampling of the fun visitors can have:

"Characters on Parade." The day gets started at 9 a.m. with this second annual event that gives kids to age 13 the chance to dress up as their favorite literary character. The procession will march down North Tryon Street with characters from the popular PBS show, "Between the Lions," leading the way as Grand Marshals. Line up begins at 8 am at the McColl

Center for the Visual Arts, 721 N. Tryon St. On The Wendy's Main Stage

* "Between the Lions." Characters and their friends from the award-winning PBS program that features a family of lions runs a library like no other on earth. their own. Onstage, puppetry, animation, live action and music combine to encourage young children learn to read. Two shows - at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Lura. The talented 10-year-old from Davidson opens WPS with the National Anthem, and performs on the Carolina Pavilion stage at 10:45 a.m.

* Cathy and Marcy. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer blend elements of music and comedy, instrument making, history lessons, creative conflict resolution and trick roping into a high-spirited family show. Two shows - at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

* Raggs Kids Club Band. Colorful costumed canine characters perform rockin' tunes such as "Wag N Wiggle," a hit from the band's recent PawsUuup! Tour.

* Dave Rudolf. A children's author and first-time WordPlay performer, Rudolf offers comedic and interactive children's entertainment. Science & Nature Pavilion stage and booth activities * Mad Science. A WordPlay Saturday favorite returns with an interactive program that sparks kids' imagination. On stage at 11 a.m. and 1p.m.

* "Bird Man Dave" brings his mix of storytelling and live birds to the Science & Nature stage at noon and 1:30 p.m. Activity Booths include:

* Zany Brainy

* Charlotte Beekeepers

* Discovery Place Chimps

* The Catawba Land Conservancy Carolina Heritage Pavilion stage and booth activities

* Timmy Abell, One of the nation's top contemporary song writers for children. Abell's music celebrates original Appalachian folk music using rare musical instruments.

* Howard Burnham. A historical actor, Burnham will make the Revolutionary War come to life through his lively, fully costumed performances.

* The Pat Carpenter Duo. Performing an upbeat mix of Carolinas beach music, the Duo shows a different aspect of rich Carolinas' history.

* Actvity Booths include:

* Levine Museum of the New South

* Schiele Museum

* Metrolina Native American Association Safety Zone Pavilion activities

* Bike Safety

* Fire truck & Safety Smokehouse

* Climbing Wall

Education Station Pavilion

* Novello Word "Olympics"

* Harry Potter cutouts

* Ben & Jerry's "Vermonster"

* Face Painting

* "Rad Hatter" crazy-hat making

Roving Artists

* PLCMC's brarydog

* Jingles from Children's Theatre

* Park & Recreation's Ray

* The DiMuzio Brothers - World Junior Juggling Champions

* Homer of the Charlotte Knights

* Lugnut

For more than a century, PLCMC has provided essential community service and outreach to the citizens of the Charlotte area. Today it is one of the premiere libraries in the country - named "Library of the Year" and "Library of the Future" in the 1990s - with 23 branches, 1.6 million volumes, and 28,000 videos and DVDs and compact disks. The library also sponsors a variety of community-based programs - from computer- and Internet-education workshops to the award-winning Novello Festival of Reading, a celebration that accentuates the fun of reading and learning.

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