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CHARLOTTE IS BURSTING WITH JOYFUL HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES December 20, 2014

 

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Charlotte is brimming with holiday celebrations for families and friends! Joyful and fun activities with the Queen City as your charming host will be sure to thrill the little ones and entertain all!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and certainly BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is truly THE most important way to begin your holiday!

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon road will have Santa as a breakfast guest on December 20th and December 22nd. Special events for the kids and a delicious chef attended buffet for all to enjoy!

Matthews Community Center is serving breakfast with Santa on December 20th. Take a photo with the big guy himself and enjoy creating holiday crafts.

For those late risers, BRUNCH with Santa might be more enjoyable. Tom Sykes Recreation Center will host a continental brunch with Santa and his sidekick elves 10:30-11:30am on December 22nd.

A more sophisticated young palate will enjoy a HOLIDAY TEA at the Ritz-Carlton on December 20th and 21st, 10:30am until 3:00pm. A special children’s tea menu will be offered.

Hanukkah will be celebrated with doughnut making and so much more at the Third Annual Chanukah Wonderland! Enjoy the fun at the Ballantyne Jewish Center on December 21st-23rd.

 

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all those beautiful, twinkling lights!

Enjoy the bright lights of Christmas at a Speedway Christmas through December 30th! See more than 3 million Christmas lights while driving the track and then enjoy the infield Christmas Village.

McAdenville is a long-standing tradition amongst Charlotteans. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA with holiday displays of hundreds of thousands of lights to certify its status! The amazing displays will glow nightly through December 26th.

Billy Graham Library will offer a Christmas celebration at Christmas at the Library through December 23rd. Enjoy celebrating the birth of Jesus with a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas dinner and much more!

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the holidays with their choice of basketball, football, iceskating and hockey!

Holiday on Ice is open through January 4th and is great family fun! Located in beautiful Uptown Charlotte, the outdoor skating rink is a terrific way to enjoy the fantastic Carolina sunshine on the cool ice.

The Belk Bowl will be at Bank of America Stadium on December 30th. Charlotte will host the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville. This will be an exciting game as the Belk Bowl will, for the first time. feature a matchup between the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bulldog or Cardinal, this will be a great game!

December 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th will all be opportunities for Charlotte Hornets bball action! Gather the family and enjoy the games at Time Warner Cable Arena!

On December 21st enjoy the excitement of Hockey at Time Warner Cable Arena! The Charlotte Checkers will play the San Antonio Rampage.

We wish peace and happiness for all Charlotteans and their families this holiday season and in the New Year!

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CHARLOTTE THANKSGIVING EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS November 24, 2014

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Charlotte is in happy anticipation of the holiday season as Thanksgiving fast approaches! The Queen City offers a cornucopia of holiday events for families and visitors to enjoy this 2014 season of celebration.

Charlotte offers a tiny bite of shivering temperatures just to let us know it is winter; but Mother Nature shines on our beautiful Southern city throughout the year. Our spectacular climate lets us enjoy outdoor skating without the shivering! WBT Holiday on Ice runs through January 4th. Skating outdoors in the South is a fun treat, especially amongst the beautiful holiday decorations in Uptown Charlotte.

Celebrate giving thanks at the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade! This pageant has all the parade necessities: floats, dignitaries, marching bands and vocal artists. The fun is on November 27th, 9:30 am, Tryon Street.

People of all faiths can enjoy an inspirational evening at the 39th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Park Church, 6029 Beatties Ford Road on Tuesday, November 25, 6:30-8:30pm. The message will be “Love in the Midst of Difficulty”. Rev. Ophelia Garmon -Brown, Rabbi Judy Schindler, Rev. Christy Snow and the Rev. Sofia McGuire will be presenters, as well as music by MeckMin Interfaith Choirs and Ensembles, The Park Choir and much more!

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Charlotte Symphony Junior and Youth Orchestras Fall Concert at Halton Theater. The CYSO was founded in 1961 and includes over 180 musicians from more than 60 schools in the greater Charlotte area. Enjoy the wonderful sound of music on November 25th.

Our Carolina Panthers will kick off the holiday season at the inaugural Carolina Panthers tree lighting on November 26th. This free event will be at the Bank of America Stadium from 6-7pm. Food and festivities will also include a special visit from Sir Purr, TopCats, PurrCussion and the big guy himself, SANTA! The 35,00 lights illuminating the 51 foot Norway Spruce tree from Foscoe, North Carolina will bring a bright smile to all!

For the sports enthusiasts, the Charlotte Hornets will host games at the Time Warner Cable Arena on November 26th and November 28th  at 7:00pm.

Also at the Arena, on November 29th at 7:00pm and November 30th at 1:00pm, hockey will be sure to entertain fans when the Charlotte Checkers take to the ice against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Charlotte is a wonderful city thankful for its Southern charm, beautiful weather, thriving businesses and safe neighborhoods. Enjoy family and friends this Thanksgiving with Queen City entertainment, celebrations and safe travels!

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CHARLOTTE FARMS OPEN FOR FALL FAMILY FUN October 5, 2014

 

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Charlotte is considered a wonderfully entertaining metropolis and, yet, having fall fun in the country is often less than an hour away!

Families in the Queen City have their favorite pumpkin picking and apple picking farms and the top family choices are as consistent as Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather!

Hall Family Farm is right in Mecklenburg County, up the well-traveled Providence Road. The short drive taking you past all the lovely neighborhoods on the way is almost as enjoyable the farm itself! Families can tackle a 5-acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and enjoy a bonfire. Kids can enjoy the free activities including a mini maze and race. Fall hours are September 29-November 8; Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

Carrigan Farms is just over 30 minutes from Charlotte, right outside Mooresville. This is a family owned farm with a genuine family atmosphere. Apples are still on the trees waiting to be picked and are available at the great rate of $6.50 per half-peck bag. Pumpkins are grown on the farm and families can pick them right off the vine! The pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn hayride takes the children and adults right to the pumpkins where $10 gives you the pumpkin of your choice!

Hodges Family Farm is not only a great time, but is also an agritourism sight hoping to educate families about farm animals and local farming. Hayrides will take you to pick out your own pumpkin, farm animals and pony rides. There is even a Hay Mountain! After Thanksgiving, Frazier Firs from the local mountain areas are available for your very own, personally chosen Christmas tree! For every real Christmas tree harvested, two-three seedlings are planted in its place. Buying a Christmas tree supports over 100,000 people employed in the industry.

The Hunter Farm provides a smaller experience, especially for those families with little ones. The farm is open to the public September 27th through November 16th. The ticket price includes a short hayride, choosing a small pumpkin and a visit to the petting barn. Bonfires and night rides are available with reservations. Located in Weddington, the Hall Family Farm is an easy, low-key adventure.

Wise Acres is an organic way to pick your pumpkin and have some fun! Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the fall colors as you travel on the hay wagon through the local woods. Explore a mini sudangrass maze and play in the playground made of 100% recycled materials. Fresh air is free and fresh ingredients are for sale.

 The Regal Corn Maze in Statesville is a popular fall destination for those who like a challenge! Adventures include a corn maze, corn cannon, giant slingshot, seer head lassoing and a cow train and mini maze for the smaller set! Only about an hour from Charlotte, the Corn Maze is open every weekend in October.

The gates are flung open and inviting you to fall fun at Charlotte’s local farming communities! Fall colors, brisk air, pumpkins, hayrides, apples and mazes await!

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CHARLOTTE FALL FESTIVALS OFFER FAMILY FUN September 8, 2014

Festival-In-The-Park-5Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather is calling families outside for fall festival celebrations! Gather family and friends and enjoy the faint cool fall breeze whispering through the Carolina sunshine!

No family member is more appreciative of fantastic weather more than the family pet! WOOFSTOCK is a “far out” festival for you and Fido at Amos’ Southend on Saturday, September 13! Food trucks will be there to feed the humans while they bid on silent auction items. Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue are hosting this groovy good time. New, furry family members will offered for adoption.

Charlotte is a fantastic city of cultural diversity! The Festival of India is a great way to learn about and celebrate Charlotte’s Indian community. Experience the richness of arts, crafts, languages and cuisines from different regions of India. A large food court will offer a wide range of Indian delicacies. Children will have their own activities to keep them engaged while mom gets a beautiful henna tattoo! Festival of India will be held at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center September 13-14.

Travel from India and explore the entire world at the 39th Annual UNC International Festival at UNC Charlotte! This huge exhibition of cultures of the world is a Charlotte tradition. Learn about different lands as you meander through tents of displays and enjoy song, dance and cuisine.

 CHARLOTTE CRABS & BEER FEST is a delicious way to welcome fall on September 13! A Low Country Boil is a Carolina delicacy that is sure to please the entire family in Uptown Charlotte! Fresh Blue Crabs will be offered along with specialty beer, games, music and various vendors.

Another way to satisfy your need for HOPPY fun is at the 2014 CHARLOTTE BEER FESTIVAL on September 20 at the BB&T Ballpark. Uptown Charlotte’s home of the Charlotte Knights will host a showcase of craft beers from local and international breweries. Music and fun will be from 5-9pm

Carolina Brewmasters, Charlotte Oktoberfest will be a September 27th celebration this year at the NC Music Factory. This is a charity event that has been contributing to nonprofits for over 15 years and is one of the largest beer fests in the Southeast.

Great Grapes! Is a casual wine tasting with hundreds of wines to try! Held at Symphony Park at Southpark Mall, this stroll allows people to refill their tasting glass at each tent offering NC wines. Live music will be provided and patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets on October 4, 11am-7pm.

A little outside of Charlotte, Shelton Vineyards will be hosting its Ninth Annual Harvest Festival October 10-12. This family friendly festival will include local craft items and produce for sale, hayrides and bluegrass bands. Enjoy the fun while sipping on your favorite Shelton Vineyard wines. Food will be available, as will regular winery tours and tastings.

The 12th Annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship and festival will be October 17-18 in Uptown Charlotte! Teams will cook and compete for the Governor’s Cup Trophy. Pork eating along with other food trucks and vendors will fill your tummy with yumminess while you listen to great music and sample some favorite beverages.

Festival in the Park is a favorite Charlotte tradition! Held at Freedom Park, the festival has been serving up food, fun, music and original art since 1964. Over 180 artists and crafts people surround Freedom Park’s Lake. The festival will be September 19-21.

Charlotte’s close neighbor, Statesville, is host to Carolina BalloonFest, the premier hot air balloon festival of the Southeast! On October 17-19 families can bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the amazing sight of over 50 colorful hot air balloons. Take a balloon ride, enjoy the food and listen to the music! Benefits go to the American Cancer Society.

Cajunfest is a celebration of the Bayou in Charlotte! Held in the new, beautiful Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte, this festival will have music, Cajun food and activities for the kids. Admission is free on September 28, 11am-8pm

No festival news would be complete without including the Carolina Renaissance Festival! This medieval amusement park will entertain you with everything from jousting tournaments to turkey legs to munch on. Enjoy the fun Saturdays and Sundays, October 4-November 23.

Charlotte is the epitome of Southern perfection during the fall! Warm sunshine and cool breezes are beckoning you outdoors for fantastic fall fun frolics!

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COMEDIC RELIEF FROM THE SOUTHERN SUMMERTIME HEAT July 30, 2014

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Charlotte offers respite from its hot, yet beautiful, summertime with it’s cool, yet hot, comedy scene!

Beat the Southern heat with Ralphie May on July 29-30 at the Comedy Zone. Ralphie’s comedic timing resulted in a standing ovation on the Tonight Show and his performance on the first season of NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing” propelled him into success. This show is for 18t audience members.

Also at the Comedy Zone on August1-2 is Dave Attell. Attell is the popular creator and host of Comedy Central’s travelogue series Insomniac with Dave Attell. Named one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s 25 Funniest People in America, Attell will be sure to get you chuckling. For 18 and older.

Family friendly giggling with a Southern dinner menu can be found at the IMPROV CHARLOTTE Comedy show at Upstage in Charlotte’s popular art district of NoDa. This most touted improve comedy troupe will perform their monthly comedy show on Friday, August 1. All ticket proceeds go to charity.

The Duke Energy Theater is offering some guffaws for mature audiences through August 2 with the funny “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight”. The award winning farce is soon to be launched nationally as a television series. This entertaining bedroom comedy is best suited for mature audiences.

The Charlotte Comedy Theater offers an ensemble of comedians ready and willing to take on the hilarious unpredictability of improvised scenes and games. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night 8-9:30pm .

The always outstanding Funny or Die Oddball and Curiosity Festival has one of the best line ups of comedians offered at one venue. The PNC Music Pavilion will be hosting the comedy festival on Saturday, August 9 at 5:00pm. Scheduled to perform are: Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and more! The laughs will be nonstop!

The Levine Center: Knight Theater will host comedian Anjelah Johnson Live on Friday, August 15. This beautiful and hilarious Mexican Native American comedic actress will have you rolling in the aisle! Most famous for her characters on the MADtv sketch comedy series and making one of the most successful, viral comedy videos “Nail Salon”, Johnson’s stand-up routine is riotous!

Summertime is giggle time in Charlotte! The Queen City’s Southern summer is sizzling with sidesplitting stand up!

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BEAUTIFUL, BUSTLING BALLANTYNE IS NATIONALLY NEWSWORTHY July 11, 2014

 

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Ballantyne is a not only locally regarded as a wonderful place to live; recently, the 28277 zip code was nationally recognized as the Number 2 Most Moved-into Zip Code in the Country!

Welcomemat Services, a company that provides information to local businesses seeking to reach new residents with direct-mail packets, recently released a report revealing that the Ballantyne, specifically the 28277 area, had 594 move-ins from May 4 to May 31. Charlotte’s University Area ranked 6th in the country.

Welcomemat was originally founded in Ballantyne Corporate Park in 2003!

Ballantyne Corporate Park is one of the many reasons that this booming area of South Charlotte is so popular.

Ballantyne Corporate Park is a 535-acre office and business community. Beautifully designed by principal developer Bissell Companies, Ballantyne Corporate Park is home to multiple global, national and local headquarter operations, including Insurance giant MetLife. Surrounded by parks, restaurants, bike paths and neighborhoods, Ballantyne Corporate Park is nestled in as part of the Ballantyne community.

Ballantyne residents, both new and long immersed, are not surprised at the new ranking.

Ballantyne enjoys being known as an area to live, work and to play; often described as an Edge City. The South Charlotte Area, which includes Ballantyne, is highly respected, with 12 excellent public schools and a large selection of private school options. Being an Edge City not on a body of water, Ballantyne residents enjoy a full 360-degree choice of travel with the convenience of easy access to the 485 outer loop.

Proximity to Uptown, local hospitals, restaurants, shopping, greenways and schools creates a suburb that allows families the peace of tree-lined neighborhoods without giving up travel convenience to other bustling business and entertainment areas of the city.

There are over 30 restaurants at the main Ballantyne intersection and over 200 restaurants and retail stores within driving distance. Ballantyne is pedestrian and bike friendly, welcoming everyone out into the lovely Southern sunshine!

Ballantyne’s mid to high-range beautiful houses, townhomes and abundance of apartments are a fit for all life styles!

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CHARLOTTE SPLASHES INTO SUMMER July 2, 2014

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Charlotte is splashing into the lazy, hazy, beautiful days of a Southern summer!

A variety of water worlds and water activities are available within the Charlotte area ready to keep the entire family cool!

The U.S. Whitewater Center is the world’s largest manmade river! Rafting for all levels and flat-water activities, like kayaking and paddle boarding in the Catawba River, are great ways to involve the entire family in water activities. The Carolina summer breezes are available for landlubbers, including canopy tours, hiking, biking and zip lining.

The Great Wolf Lodge has plenty of splash room in its 80,000ft, comfortable 84-degree indoor water park! Approximately 30 minutes from Charlotte, this kid- coveted, magical destination includes thrilling slides for the adventure seekers and a zero-depth entry for the younger children and toddlers. Magiquest for battling dragons and Scoops Kid Spa for an ice cream-themed manicure are available for the water logged.

Ray’s Splash Planet is conveniently located in Charlotte’s fun Uptown! Ray’s offers a variety of water activities including the Vortex, a quick-current pool, and a three-story water slide. A lazy river, lap lanes for swimming and water sports round off the fun.

Carowind’s is a theme park destination for all thrill seekers! After all the roller coaster turbulence, riders can seek out the refreshing Boomerang Bay! This 60,000-gallon wave pool is for all ages and includes towering water slides and a lazy river.

Lake Norman is 520 miles of lake lover’s fun! Rent a boat or Jet Ski and cruise the water! Lake access is readily available, especially convenient through Lake Norman State Park, which allows fishing and a small beach for swimmers.

Lake Wylie is a manmade lake that can boast being in North AND South Carolina! Lake Wylie has 325 miles of shoreline, offering boating, fishing and swimming. Boat rentals are available. Anchor in one of the many coves and enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family!

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the summertime! Enjoy the sunshine and beauty of a Charlotte summer by beating the heat in the many water activities available in the Queen City!

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