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SOUTH CHARLOTTE HOPS INTO EASTER HAPPENINGS March 30, 2015

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South Charlotte welcomes Easter with the beauty of spring, spiritual celebration at its many houses of worship, excited children hunting for Easter eggs, family gatherings for Easter brunch and entertainment for all!

Charlotte Easter spiritual celebrations will fill the Queen City the weekend of April 4th. Families can continue the celebration of a new, beautiful Charlotte springtime at many restaurants and joining in Easter Bunny entertainment!

Easter brunch on the Charlotte’s Southside is a family tradition! The Ballantyne Ballroom at the luxurious Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is a delicious way to extend your day still wearing your church Easter finery! Easter brunch will include live entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny! April 5th, 11am-3pm.

Terrace Café in the bustling Ballantyne Village is rated one of the best brunches in Charlotte! Weekend yumminess starts at 8am and will have you digging into amazing red velvet waffles and spooning creamy cheese grits.

 Café Monte in sophisticated Southpark will have you saying OUI! OUI! to all the traditional Easter brunch delicacies at this classic French eatery. Crepes, quiche and fresh pastries are sure to please your palate.

Keep those bouncing bunny kiddos entertained at the Village Kids Eggstravaganza on April 4th at Ballantyne Village. In a fantastical Alice in Wonderland theme children can hold live bunnies, participate in egg hunts and visit with the Easter Bunny!

Celebrate spring creating and building at your nearest South Charlotte Home Depot! Home Depot Kids Workshop will be building a chalkboard planter stand. Adorable and practical! April 4th ages 5-12. Kids get to keep their craft, apron and receive a certificate of achievement.

Southpark Mall is celebrating Grace, the 2015 Girl of The Year! Enter into the magical space of the American Girl Store and get a bakers hat with a delightful tiny one for your American Girl doll! Decorate a cupcake, create your own pastry box and participate in a scavenger hunt. April 2nd and 9th.

Charlotte sports fans can hop onto the LYNX line off South Boulevard and ride in comfort to the Time Warner Cable Arena. On Thursday, April 2nd hockey fans can cheer the Charlotte Checkers on against the Oklahoma City Barons.

Charlotte basketball fans can enjoy the LYNX ride from the south side to time Warner Cable Arena on April 4th to watch the Charlotte Hornets against the Philadelphia 76ers. www.timewarnercablearena.com

Spring into a new, breathtaking season in the Queen City! Easter is a time for family, spirituality and eggcellent fun! Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY March 6, 2015

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Irish eyes are smiling in Charlotte! St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated throughout Charlotte with Irish fun for everyone!

The 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be on Saturday, March 14th! Floats, Irish music, Irish dancers and a Celtic kids zone will fill Uptown Streets! Grand Marshall will be Dr. Young, Honorary Counsel of Ireland. The festival begins at 10am and the parade at 11am, on North Tryon and 9th Street.

The Shamrock 4 Miler and Kids Leprechaun Jog will be on March 14th, 6:45 am. at Stonecrest Shopping Center in the beautiful Ballantyne area of South Charlotte. As a special treat, the Easter Bunny will visit 8am-11am! Music, refreshments and live music add to the fun!

Historic Latta Plantation offers a Celtic Festival with live music, food vendors and local breweries! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy a spring evening listening to bands like Thistledown Tinkers and Loch Norman Pipes. Irish dancing under the stars encouraged! March 14th-15th.

Charlotte is home to The World’s Largest Pub Crawl! Rich and Bennett’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl is the most popular St. Paddy’s day adult celebration in the city! Register and your t-shirt is your entry into all participating bars.

The 3rd Annual Color Me Green 5k Color Run will be a fun, messy way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! Dodge the green dye as you run through the USNWC trail system. The White Water Center will collect socks for White Water Academy students. Award will be given to the greenest participants! The green fun is on March 14th.

A boy always dressed in green is Peter Pan! The North West School of the Arts actors, singers, dancers and musicians, will perform Peter Pan the Musical. This favorite classic will be on March 14th-15th.

For foodies craving to create some Irish fare, The Ritz Carlton is offering an Irish-inspired sweets menu. Students will make and eat chocolate Guinness cheesecake, Irish banana bread pudding, chocolate hazelnut potato candy and Baileys marshmallows. The cooking fun will be March 14th 9am-noon.

Enjoy bit o’ Irish luck and a bit o’ Irish Cheer in the Queen City this St. Patrick’s Day!

Erin Go Braugh!

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CHARLOTTE HAS VALENTINE’S FUN OUTSIDE THE (CHOCOLATE) BOX February 9, 2015

 i_love_charlotte_postage-r801362b5c75a4e70a7eb731535b845f1_zhon1_8byvr_324Love abounds in Charlotte for Valentine’s Day, with many choices outside the plethora of top-notch dining destinations, delicious chocolate shops and beautiful florists. If you are looking for fun way to express your love on Valentine’s Day with family and friends, Charlotte is bursting with exciting activities outside the (chocolate) box!

Family Day Saturday at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a great way to artistically celebrate your love! Spend the day exploring modern art with special hands-on activities including kids self-portraits, creating Valentine’s cards and sketching still-life visions.

The Charlotte Symphony loves kids and invites younger Valentines to join in the fun at the Lollipops Concert. A pre concert Lollipop Festival including a drum circle, “musical petting zoo” and crafts will be sure to delight! Festival starts at 10:00 am. At the Knight Theater in uptown.

The American Girl Store at the luxurious Southpark Mall will be offering Valentine crafts for your doll baby! Make your lunch reservations and enjoy a free Valentine craft.

Pets are a loving part of many Charlotte families! Canine Café is offering a FUREVER LOVE WASH with HSC YAPS on February 14th. Your beloved pup will enjoy a luxurious bath, Doggy Daiquiri and Valentine’s Day biscuit. All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Adults wanting to celebrate love with Charlotte’s art scene will enjoy the classic and romantic The Phantom of the Opera. Through February 15th at Belk Theater. This is a much-anticipated new, North American tour presentation!

LOVE BITES at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square will be sure to amuse and touch your heart! Presented by Carolina Voices a cappella ensemble, this musical adventure will cover “the whole gamut of love”. Blumenthalarts.org

Feeling a little naughty on Valentine’s? Run for charity at the Cupid’s Undie Run benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Running in your skivvies might be chilly, but this extremely popular charity event makes it worth the shivering! Doors open at noon on February 14th at Rooftop 210.

Valentine shivering can also be a well-worth-it experience at the US National White Water Center’s Frigid 5k Run and Plunge. Runner’s categories go from 14-under to 55-better.

Exercise your heart muscle at the Cupid’s Cup and 1-mile walk! Takes place on Valentine’s Day in the beautiful historic Dilworth neighborhood. The fun benefits CMC Cardiac Rehab programs.

Flowers are always a wonderful expression of love! The Nectar Flower Truck will save you the trip to the flower shop! Pre order an arrangement or purchase a beautiful” bouquet of the day”. The fragrant truck will visit Ballantyne Corporate Park on February 12th and 13th.

Valentine foodies will love participating in their choice of three live “ Cooking at the Chef’s Table” at the 7th Street Public Market. These palate-stimulating demonstrations by Chef Geoff Bragg include wine pairings from the Assorted Table Wine Shop. February 13th-15th.

Love in the Queen City is artistic, running, singing and creating. Happy Valentine’s Day Charlotte!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES 2015 WITH NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS December 29, 2014

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The Queen City offers family fun for celebrating and welcoming the New Year!

Tradition prevails in Uptown Charlotte with the CLT New Year’s Eve. Formally called First Night, the CLT New Year’s will run 7pm to 12:30 am outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Martin Luther King Blvd between Caldwell and Brevard streets. Bring the family and enjoy live music, carriage rides, food truck, ice-skating and fireworks at midnight. 2015 will have the traditional raising of Charlotte’s crown!

Little ones may need daytime fun to entertain them on New Year’s Eve.

Charlotte’s favorite kid’s museum, Discovery Place, will celebrate Dinosaurs in Motion as 2014 goes extinct. Interactive projects will be sure to entertain all small paleontologists! Winter Camps are also being offered

Charlotte’s Nature Museum will also offer daytime for the kids! Open 9-5, kids can get up close and enjoy the animals and interactive fun. At 12:30, join in the fun with Wild Wednesday: When Winter Comes.

John Tosco’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration is a foot stomping, audience participatory, and music party for the whole family! This family-friendly variety show will include comedy, dance, music and other fun entertainment. At the Knight Theater.

More musical New Year’s celebrations can be found throughout Charlotte!

Enjoy the music at New Year’s Eve with Widespread Panic! Widespread Panic will perform at Time Warner Cable Arena at its ninth annual Tunes for Tots concert on December 31st.

The Duke Mansions 100th Birthday Party on New Year’s Eve will be a very fancy, black- tie party with music from That Guy Smitty, a multi-course dinner, champagne toast and a late evening breakfast will be offered at the upscale soiree!

New Year’s Eve: A Night of Whimsy at New Gallery of Modern Art charity ball is another formal New Year’s event with a fun twist! Dress code is “formally colorful” with a full bar, appetizers and desserts. ADULT snow cones, and cotton candy will add to the food fun!

The Ballantyne Hotel is an always-stylish New Year’s venue! The Ballantyne package offers a New Year’s dinner package that includes a dressy attire dinner, party and luxurious room.

Another upscale New Year’s hotel choice in beautiful South Charlotte is at the Renaissance Charlotte Southpark Hotel. Deluxe overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner and live music are all part of the “Frozen” themed celebration!

The Daniel Stowe Botanical will sparkle with lights for the Holiday in the Garden New Year’s Eve party. The garden party will include savory appetizers and a sparkling wine tasting with a commemorative flute to take home!

Uptown Charlotte restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences sure to please every palate! Mimosa Grill, Alexander Michaels, The Kings Kitchen and a Vegan’s paradise-Luna’s Living Kitchen are all casual, yummy Charlotte staples!

More laid-back New Year’s excitement in Uptown can be found at Strike City NYE Time Warp! Strike City will combine four decades, starting with the 70’s, drinks, food buffet, champagne toast and, of course, bowling for a party in the past blast!

The Queen City will continue in celebration the first week of 2015 on January 3rd with our very own Carolina Panthers! Reaching the NFL playoffs is a jewel in our Queen City Crown!

Fun and excitement fill Charlotte for a wonderful New Year’s Eve! We wish you a wonderful and safe New Year! www.lynxcharlotte.com http://gocurb.cowww.uber/com

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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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