Pop Up Picnic | Catawba Lands Conservancy


October 2024
Charlotte, NC

Celebrate Green Spaces and Trails.

We hope you had as much fun as we did! Thanks to supporters and sponsors, Pop Up Picnic raised more than $90,000 to save land and connect lives to nature.


Special thanks to our restaurant partners: Field Pea Catering, Joan’s Bakery & Deli, Laurel Market, Plant Joy, Stagioni and Table & Twine.


Thank you also to our beer and wine partners: Petty Thieves Brewing,  Blue Blaze Brewing and Mere’s


Music by Asheville-based bluegrass band Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party and emerging country artist Austin McNeill. Bios below.

Kids crafts with Arts+,  hoop dancing by Priscilla Hoopmore, bubble artists and more! 

2023 Hosts

Event Chairs

CT Anderson
Sarah and John Bourgeois
Maggie and William Blair
Nancy Falls
Claudia and Andy Heath

2023 Picnic Hosts

Robbie and Andrew Adams
CT Anderson
Sarah and John Bourgeois
Maggie and William Blair
Carol and Bill Carstarphen
Delane and Walter Clark
Nathan Clark
Leslie and John Culbertson
Donna and Al de Molina
Jennifer DeWitt and Oz Tuzcu
Anna and Dennis Elliott
Nancy Falls
Sherard Anne and Tom Gates
Claudia and Andy Heath
Becky and Jim Hovis
Leslie Johnson
Mary Scott Kennedy
Fran and Bart Landess
Katie and Tommy Lee
Martha and Tommy Odom
Lisa and Rob Phocas
Kathy and Lat Purser
Susan and Markus Scherer
Katie and Steve Scruggs
Kylan and Justin Smith
Mary and Bill Staton
Laura and David Truesdale


Kelley and Andy Andersen
Leslie and Kyle Carse
Caroline and Quin Cogdell
Demitra and Redmond Farha
Becca and Lucas Fries
Stephanie and Wells Herndon
Laura Little
Meg and Will MacBain
Jessie and Alston Mann
Cassidy and Cam Montgomery
Nancy and Harris Ralston
Jennings and Ashley Snider


Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party marries folk pop melodies with the lonesome sound of traditionalJackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party Appalachian music. In a region with a strong music culture, it is no surprise that Grimm’s songwriting is representative of his musical birthplace: Asheville, NC.

The Bull Moose Party was Grimm’s backing band for his 2018 debut album which was hailed “..a basically perfect Americana album” (country.de). Jackson Grimm and the Bull Moose Party bring a perfect mixture of high-energy bluegrass, beautiful melodies, and real, raw songwriting.

Austin McNeill is an independent artist who was born and raised in Rowan County, NC. He has been chasing his music dreams since first finding his passion in a small Southern Baptist church choir at the age of 5. Austin’s sound ranges from Country to Southern Rock, influenced by the likes of Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lynard Skynard, BlackBerry Smoke, and Motown blues.

Austin was chosen to be one of Tractor Supply’s Emerging Artists in 2023 and had his breakout debut single “Ridin’ Highways” featured during the 2023 CMT awards. He made his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry in October 2023.