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THE FREE SOUND OF MUSIC IN CHARLOTTE May 20, 2015

 

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Charlotte is alive with the beauty of spring and summer! A beautiful feast for your eyes and ears fill every area of Charlotte with soft breezes, flowering trees, gardens and green lawns. Birds are chirping in the tall trees, children giggle in the many local parks, baseballs thwack! on bats at BB&T Ballpark, golf balls swoosh across Charlotte area golf course greens and the hum of cicadas is right around the corner.

The music of nature is free to all and so is the music of local bands at free concerts throughout the Charlotte area!

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series is every Friday and Saturday night. The Fountain Stage offers families a place for the children to play and the parents to sit at tables, benches or perch on the wide walls listening to the music. Set in a whimsical atmosphere where water is dancing in the fountains and the deliciousness of ice cream concoctions are calling out from Marble Slab Creamery. The Plaza Stage in Stonecrest is tucked in by Flying Biscuit Café and offers music on Saturday nights.7-10pm. Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23, Dukes and Smith, an energetic mix of Pop/Rock, Country, R&B and Beach Music will be playing.

Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series is a very popular Friday and Saturday summer excursion. The bands play in Village Green, a large expanse between Brixx and Bravo! Restaurants. People often bring their picnic supplies and spread out on the lawn, 7-10pm. May 22-23 Natty Boh, a family friendly, acoustic mandolin, vocals and guitar duo, will perform.

Promenade on Providence  free outdoor concerts are offered on Fridays and Saturdays through September. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and settle in  7-10pm. May 22 Nita B, a bluesy band, will perform and on May 23 enjoy the music of Borderlyne, a five-piece band that plays dancing oldies that will get you moving!

Enjoy free music in Charlotte’s Uptown at Romare Bearden Park. Lunchtime on Tuesdays and Fridays will have you enjoying local and regional talent from 12-1pm at the park. Music can also be enjoyed Wednesdays, 6-9pm! On May 20th enjoy The Party in the Park with the Carolina Soul Band. Once a month, May through October, The Bearden Music Series presents different music genres. The smooth jazz of Willie Bradley and Brian Lenair will be on May 23, 6-9pm.

Tin Roof at Uptown’s hopping EpiCentre has free music Sunday through Thursday. No cover charge on Friday and Saturdays, just make sure to arrive before 10pm. May 21-24 Brandon Stile (country), Stereotype (pop, rock, alternative), and Incredibly Tall People (rock/jam) will play.

Charlotte’s National White Water Center is the place to cool off with fun water activities in the summer! Whitewater River Jams is a free musical summer series through September, offered on Thursdays and Saturdays. 7-10pm. On May 21, The Hackensaw Boys, a rowdy old time band, will play and on May 21, The Howlin’ Brothers, a blue grass and blues string band will have you tappin’ your to

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer in Charlotte!

Memorial Day weekend offers many enjoyable musical events and moments of reflection honoring our military men and women.

 

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PAMPERING SPAS FOR SOUTH CHARLOTTE MOMS May 4, 2015

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South Charlotte knows how to pamper busy moms with a plethora of pampering places!

Moms are the busiest people on earth and often need a quick pick-me-up that doesn’t interfere with their well-tuned schedules. When your hands and feet look their prettiest, then all that business can be done with style!

South Charlotte nail salons have many convenient pop-in locations and just the right efficiency for rushing moms!

Aloha Nail Salon located in Blakeney Crossing (between Pet Smart and Best Buy) is known for its quick, efficient service for those on the go. This chatty, non-stuffy spa has many regulars (always a good sign), so making an appointment if possible can make your experience even less stressed. 704 845-2600.           9935 Rea Rd

Polished Nail Bar actually IS a nail bar! Located in the Stonecrest Shopping Center in Ballantyne, this award winning (Charlotte Magazine’s BOB award) nail salon has two manicure bars and lots of pedi-chairs. Have a cold drink and plop in a chair while your hands and tootsies are pampered to their prettiest. Other South Charlotte locations include South End, Southpark and Myers Park. Ballantyne location 980 819-8330.

Moms needing the luxury of ever so precious, relaxed, languishing personalized attention; a slower atmosphere is required!

The Nail Bar Spa located in Ballantyne offers an uncrushed experience in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Go ahead and get the Signature treatment, the wonderful of aroma of the sugar and fresh orange exfoliation will soften your mood and your skin! Manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials are all offered at this nail salon tucked away at 16015 Lancaster Highway. 704 544-7665

Zen Nails in the Promenade on Providence is known for its extra clean, relaxing atmosphere. Make sure to ask for the Deluxe treatment to get the most out of your experience. 704 814-0689 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

An extra special splurge involving all day luxuriousness is needed for that extra special mom! Go ahead! Take the entire day to feel pampered like a Queen!

Modern Salon and Spa is a terrific place for hands and feet to receive the most decadent treatment! Recently relocated, but still in South Charlotte, this full service spa is located in the upscale Phillips Place off of Fairview Road. Your luxurious experience doesn’t have to stop with your feet! Go for it all! Bask in the experience of a Rosemary Mint Awakening Body Wrap, a Chakra Massage along with your Stress Fix Manicure! The offerings at this spa are endless! 704 339-0909. 6908 Phillips Place court

Voci Spa is unobtrusively and quietly situated in the Stonecrest Shopping Center. Known for its Body Treatments and massage, by simply adding in an attentive  mani-pedi with some maintenance cosmetic injections: you will feel like a whole new, refreshed person! This spa is very attentive to the whole woman and her personal needs. 704 752-8030. 7808 Rea Road

The Spa at Ballantyne is located in the beautiful Ballantyne Resort. The posh facilities will make you feel like royalty as you relax in your pedi-chair and have your hands massaged for your manicure while you enjoy the view of the rolling greens of the golf course. Your pampering begins the minute you put on your soft luxurious robe and step into the quiet waiting area. Massages, facials, body wraps and a steam room and sauna all await you! You can swim in the pool, dine in their restaurant and get your hair styled all in one lovely place. Stay the night and really relax!       704 752-8030. 10000 Ballantyne commons Parkway

All moms deserve to be treated like royalty! Treat yourself to well deserved day of pampering or drop a hint for a Mother’s Day to relax and enjoy!

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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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