Cloverdale-Idlewild Concert Series

By on 16 May, 2012 in Erika Tracy, Fun, Outdoors with 0 Comments

At the gazebo. Photo by Erika Tracy.

“Mostly for the fun of it” is quite a nice attitude to approach a spring afternoon in the park. It’s also quite a fine way to wrap up a spring weekend if I shall have a vote. Perched under big, pretty oaks in Cloverdale Bottom park, you’ll find a community of friends, neighbors and families enjoying musical talents of the city each Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. thanks to the Cloverdale-Idlewild Association (CIA). The neighborhood’s spring concert series is free and open to the public and runs from the first weekend in April through late May. Why the generosity? Well, their cause is referenced above – mostly for the fun of it – and echoed by many fine folks gathered each week to celebrate this short-lived season we all love so much.

If you love music, you’re in for a treat. The collection of entertainment each year never disappoints. Whether you attend for a particular act (some are quite partial to the adorable Dixielanders and their well-aged charm) or simply enjoy hearing a few tunes, any Sunday you pick will do. Or you may, like myself, wander over most every Sunday just to wind down the weekend and sing along with whoever is picking the guitar or playing the keyboard. Recently, Ed Pickett treated the crowd to a few selections by The Band after the recent passing of vocalist Levon Helms.

Red wagons hauling children and supplies are strolled toward the park each Sunday afternoon to join groups spread on blankets and lots of happy, social four-legged friends. Guests are encouraged to get comfy on blankets or chairs, bring coolers and snacks (or a whole spread if you like) and enjoy themselves amongst this fine setting. Extra inflatable activities for children (courtesy of Looney’s Super Skate) are also free to enjoy.

You have one last chance this Sunday, May 20 to find a friend among the crowd gathered at the gazebo. Stephen McCullough will be performing at 4 p.m. Just follow the music to the intersection of Cloverdale Road and Ponce de Leon. Also keep an eye out for an encore performance to the schedule. Preston Frazier’s May 13 performance was cancelled due to rain and will hopefully be rescheduled. Current schedule information can be found on the CIA’s Facebook page here.

Erika Tracy is a proud resident of Cloverdale, graphic designer and photographer. A life-long resident of the capital city, she is honored to share her hometown with wonderful friends and many creative minds. See her work at

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