The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - (Page 18)

THE GIST Park at The Bridges The city has another reason to celebrate. New stage along the river. Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges is offering live events throughout the summer. THE HISTORIC DISTRICT ALONG South Jefferson Street continues to evolve with the new events venue, Dr Pepper Park. Since opening in early May, the 2.3acre venue has hosted Ashley Monroe in concert and the annual Woofstock Dog Festival, among other events. "By having our own venue we can take advantage of artist routing for the first time in the history of the company," says Waynette Anderson, president of Sponsor Hounds, which manages the new events facility. "We will bring in different types of entertainment. The space is adaptable to audiences of various sizes." In addition to some of the city's most popular events, including Roanoke Wing Fest in August, Dr Pepper Park will host concerts, new festivals, corporate events and the new summer series Hump Day Hops, held one Wednesday each month. "The new series is all about craft beer," says Anderson. "Breweries will release new craft beers exclusively at the park weeks before they are available to the public." Also exclusive to Dr Pepper Park is the implementation of new customer experience systems, notably a mobile app that allows guests to access real-time information regarding parking, weather and directions. "We're the only venue that's on the river with an unobstructed view of the Mill Mountain Star," says Anderson. "It's a really special place to hang out." -SAMANTHA HOBACK All Strung Out ROANOKE'S TIM STRAWN has taken his racquet stringing business to the world, including Wimbledon and U.S. Open Tennis tournaments. It is rare that good, but not elite, athletes are able to turn their love for their sport into a living, unless they become coaches. Tim Strawn found that stringing tennis racquets would keep him involved 18 | JULY/AUGUST 2015 with some of the game's best, provide a living and allow him to innovate. Strawn, 62, was a solid upper-level tournament tennis player for years in Iowa who found himself working for the phone company as a DC technician. He stumbled upon stringing, first as an avocation and then as a sideline to his main job. When he retired from the phone company after 30 years, a full-blown tennis-related business was already flourishing. Baselines Racquet Sports is now 25 years old and Strawn has clients worldwide. His internet site (, which requires a subscription) is busy and fruitful. His retail shop, in the basement of his home in the Oak Grove section of Roanoke County, is a beehive of activity durTHEROANOKER.COM http://www.THEROANOKER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - July/August 2015

Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
Wait, Beer Terroir?
Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
Let’s Go to the Lake!
Let’s Go to NoVa!
From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Calendar
The Gist
The Flavor
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
2015 Education Guide

The Roanoker - July/August 2015