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CHARLOTTE CELBRATES FREEDOM WITH FIREWORKS AND FAMILY FUN June 27, 2015

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Charlotte is celebrating America’s independence in a spectacular way! Fourth of July celebrations will light up the Queen City at several locations convenient for families and friends.

WBT SkyShow will be held in Uptown at the BB&T Ballpark on July 4th. The pre-game fun begins at 2:00 at the SkyShow Street Party. Live music, rides food and fun will take over Mint Street to MLK Jr Blvd. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the crowds can enjoy a showdown between Team USA and Team Cuba. After the game Veterans and military personnel will be honored in a patriotic flag ceremony followed by fireworks.

Charlotte Symphony celebrates patriotism with a Star Spangled Celebration of America. All the patriotic favorites will be played, including “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful” and much more! Fireworks will top off the celebration at Symphony Park in Southpark on July 3rd.

Carowinds offers an all-new Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4th.Enjoy all the amusement parks rides and swim in Boomerang Bay, then enjoy the fireworks at 10:00pm.

Indian Trail will be celebrating July 4th with a parade and celebration. Bring your blankets and picnic baskets to downtown Indian Trail and test your skills at the watermelon-eating contest!

The charming town of Waxhaw has a July 4th Beach Party with celebration, parade concessions and a 9:30 fireworks display in downtown.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway Bojangles Summer Shootout will be a roaring good time for the whole family on June 30th! Enjoy a Champ truck display and Bandero Racers from across the country battling the front stretch quarter-mile. There will be a HUGE fireworks display to end the evening.

The US White Water Center will offer extra fun at their fourth of July Celebration on July 3-4 with cornhole, music and 9:30 fireworks. Greensky Bluegrass Donovan will provide foot stomping music 90 minutes before the fireworks.

Water and fireworks will also be a great combination at the Lake Wylie Fireworks 9:15pm at Buster Boyd Bridge, N.C.-S.C. on July 4th.

Celebrate freedom throughout Charlotte with picnics, parades ball games and family fun! God Bless America!

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CHARLOTTE IS THE PLACE TO CELEBRATE DAD! June 15, 2015

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Charlotte is offering a diversified selection of Father’s Day destinations sure to please all amazing dads! Whether your dad is geek, glamorous, gladiator or gourmet the Queen City has a Father’s Day destination for you!

Dads that are king of the kitchen or gladiator of the grill will enjoy a culinary experience where he can practice and learn new culinary skills! Sur la table located in Southpark Mall offers cooking classes geared towards dads and families. On June 20th at 10:00 am sweets are on the table with a hands on presentation. At 2:30pm Dad can learn to Cut Like a Pro with important chef’s tools and basic knife skills. Date night, also on June 20th, starts at 6:30pm and will offer hands-on Sizzling Summer Grilling. Cooking With Dad offers family fun on June 21st at Sur la table! Ages 5 and older can join in the cooking fun with delicious results featuring quesadillas, grilled sliders and dessert!

The Southpark area also offers cooking classes for dad at Upstream in Phillips Place. The June 20th class is 10am-noon, Maki and Beyond- Sushi 102.

Uptown culinary fun on June 20th is with a spoon full of sugar! The Cocoa Lab at the Ritz Carlton offers a wonderful, one of a kind experience along side an award- winning chef! From 8am-noon dads can create Summer Fruit Classics including plum tarte tatin, almond peach cobbler and vanilla-scented quinoa salad.

The Levine Museum of the New South in Uptown will have a presentation of Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures. This exciting exhibition will be an exploration of Latino culture through food, music, dance and art. The first installment will be on June 21st at 2:30pm and will explore the vast array of Latin American food with chefs and home cooks from several regions! The presentation is free.

Sports dads have a lot to look forward to in Charlotte over the Father’s Day weekend! The active dad who is still a kid at heart can join in the fun at Adventure Landing Family Fun Entertainment Park in Pineville. Outdoor go carts, bumper boats a mini gold course and arcade are just part of the fun at this kid centric park! Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-midnight.

The U.S. Whitewater Center offers water sports that include kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and paddle boarding. Mountain biking and running trails are open dawn to dusk and for those wanting a bird’s eye view, zip lining and canopy tours.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is perfect for the thrill- seeking dads! Dads can ride shotgun or drive themselves 8 t 50 laps at up to 160mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Baseball dads can enjoy the warm summer evenings watching the Charlotte Knights take on the Indianapolis Indians at the BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte June 19th-21st.

If hitting that little white ball across green grass is your dad’s favorite past time, then Charlotte golf driving ranges will be just his cup of tee! Golf Village at 502 N Polk Street has been a favorite range for years of local golfers wanting some quick practice. For a great price, 40-50 balls for $6 can have dad happily hitting balls without breaking his wallet! 704 889-5086

The Golf Club at Ballantyne offers a quick respite for busy dads in this beautiful area of South Charlotte. The driving range is open from 7am until 6pm. Golf ball tokens can be purchased in the Golf Pro Shop. Each token offers approximately 35 balls.

Regent Park Golf Club, just minutes from Ballantyne in Fort Mill, S.C. offers a 3,000 square foot practice putting green and a 120 tees driving range. Plus, dad can fill up with less expensive gas while he’s there!

Carolina Lakes Golf Club is just south of Ballantyne off Hwy 521. They are beautifully situated in the popular Sun City retirement community. A popular, newer course, Carolina lakes has a grass tee driving range and practice area, including a large putting green.

Dads who listen to the music and enjoy a good laugh will be able to pull out the air guitar and chuckle in the Queen City over Father’s Day weekend! The Charlotte Symphony will have dads toe tapping to classical film scores on June 21st at Symphony Park.

For a more enclosed, air conditioned musical experience, families can take dad to Dirty Dancing at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Center on June 18-21st!

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World will be at Discovery Place in Uptown through September. this visually gorgeous presentation traces the guitar from its initial creation through present day.Over 60 amazing guitars are on display and will have collectors and guitarists alike in awe. Kids have many hands-on, interactive guitar displays to keep them entertained while dad is engrossed in music history!

Rock n roll will pulse at River Jam at the U.S. Whitewater Center. On June 20th, this free event 7-9pm will feature Dank, described as “rock n roll, punk and country” is for the hard-core-music dad!

Dads who enjoy a chuckle can yuck it up at Ovens Auditorium on June 19th. Weird Al Yankovic will have you laughing long after the show! At Ovens Auditorium,8:00pm.

If you envision your father enjoying the peace of a brilliant garden, then the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is perfect for him! On June 20th at 1:00pm dad can take an informative stroll through the garden with a professional horticulture staff member. In addition to the amazing flower and plants displays, over 100 sculptures are on exhibition.

Gardening dads will also enjoy Pike Nursery’s free presentation on Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds on June 20th at 9am. Located in Ballantyne at Torigdon Circle, this nursery offers personal service and a great variety of plants sure to satisfy dad’s green thumb!

Everyone has a unique, special dad and Charlotte has the venue for celebrating your fantastic father! Happy Father’s Day Charlotte dads!

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CHARLOTTE AREA FARMERS MARKETS ARE FRESH AND LOCAL June 6, 2015

 

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Charlotte area Farmer’s Markets are bursting with colorful, crisp produce! Local, organic, scrumptious and delicious are the tastes and sounds of a traditional Charlotte summer!

The Farmers Market at the Village at Robinson, 8410 Rea Road, offers fresh vegetables and other local delectables under the white tents you can spot from Rea Road! Local crafters, bakers, beekeepers and farmers offer their homespun creations and natural foods every Wednesday from 12-6pm.

Providence Produce Market is located on the corner of Providence and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. This small, easy in/easy out market is open Monday-Saturday 9-7pm and Sundays 10-7pm.

Meeting Street Market is a Ballantyne area quietly growing farmers market located at Elon Park, 11425 Ardrey Kell Road. Fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs. Every Tuesday, 4-7pm.

Piedmont Row Farmers Market in the Southpark area of Charlotte offers organic fruits that are all local; purchase knowing all produce comes within a 50-mile radius of Charlotte! Wednesdays 1-6pm.

Pecan Grove Farmer’s Market on the corner of Providence and Hemby Roads is beautifully situated amongst the pecan trees it bears in its name! Azaleas and other flowering plants are scattered amongst locally grown fruits and vegetables. Most of the plants and luscious edibles are grown on a local, 30-acre farm in the Matthews/Weddington area. The Market is open daily.

Matthews Community Farmers Market is located in the very heart of downtown Matthews. Just ten minutes from Charlotte, historically charming Matthews hosts one of the largest and most trusted farmers markets in the area. All produce and products are from local farmers including baked goods, dairy products vegetables, fruits, and plants. Wednesdays 10am-noon and Saturdays 7:15 am – noon.

Waxhaw is another small town just minutes from Ballantyne. On Price and North Church Street in downtown the Waxhaw Farmers Market boasts fresh produce from local farmers and artisan vendors. Features Cook Farms in Monroe, Dabnar Farm-a local, sustainable farm and Ivey Place just to name a few. Open Saturdays 9am-1.

Downtown Pineville Farmers Market offers local produce, flowers, herbs and artisan foods. Produce is seasonal and picked fresh. Stroll the privately owned stores and restaurants for some peaceful Saturday fun. Saturdays 10:00am-12:00.

If your daily travels in Charlotte have you venturing outside of the beautiful Southside and its local small towns; then you are still in luck! Charlotte has terrific farmers markets throughout the Queen City!

The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is located at 1801 Yorkmont Road. Open Tuesdays through Saturday 8am-5 and Sundays 12pm-6. Fresh produce is just the beginning of your yummy adventure at this large farm stand! The market offers everything from grass fed beef to goat milk soap.

Kings Drive Farmers Market is located just outside Uptown at the corner of South Kings Drive and Morehead Street. Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and local flowers. Open Tuesday 6am-6pm, Friday 6am-8pm and Saturday 7am-3pm.

Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market merged into the Plaza Midwood Farmers Market at 2007 Commonwealth Avenue. Fresh produce and vegetables are offered along with beef and pork from Big Oak Farm, eggs and Johnston Farm and honey from Bryan Fisher. Saturdays 10am-1.

Charlotte is mouth- watering, fresh and beautiful! Bite into summer with a taste of the South!

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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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