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HOT CHARLOTTE STAYS COOL August 5, 2016

Charlotte is a beautiful city, a lot in part due to its distinct change of seasons. There’s no dull monotony of too-long winters or never-ending heat in Charlotte! Queen Charlotte maintains her weather schedule with strict attention to detail, allowing her people to plan activities and wardrobes accordingly! The heat of summer is upon us and because Charlotte is so wonderfully located, cooling off ,in and out of the city, is a easy as (a frozen, peach) pie!

Ocean breezes are just a few hours drive from Charlotte! People all have their favorites, from Isle of Palms and Folly in the Charleston area to the sands of Cherry Grove and Litchfield in Myrtle beach. Charlotte locals can be seen with their OBX stickers swearing allegiance to the Outer Banks, while others have the HH for Hilton Head on their bumpers. Wilmington offers a charming, breezy beach opportunity at its popular Wrightsville and Carolina beaches. Dip your toes in the water, grab a cool drink and play to your heart’s content at one of the plethora of beaches just a very short trip from Charlotte!

Who doesn’t love the amazingly beautiful Carolina Mountains?! Always about ten degrees cooler than the metropolitan areas, the mountains are just a couple hours away. Blowing Rock is a two hour drive and a favorite for families! Ride the train at Tweetsie Railroad, and visit the mysterious winds of the Blowing Rock. Just up the road, past the city of Boone, swimming holes abound for those wanting an alternative to the cement ponds. Hebron Rock Colony is a natural rock formation about 20 minutes away from Boone. Large boulders, small waterfalls and multiple swimming holes can be found there. Trash Can Falls features cascading falls and a few jumps ranging from 15 to 30 feet high. The Falls are off 321, right past the Watauga River Bridge. Snake Pit is in the same vicinity as Trash Can. Snake Pit provides visitors with a large area to swim  and multiple flat boulders make it possible to sunbathe. Sliding Rock is literally a sliding rock! Slide down the smooth rock into the crisp, mountain water! Sliding rock is located just north of Brevard. Hooker Falls is in the DuPont State forest and offers a great tubing experience while listening to the peaceful sounds of a waterfall. Lake Lure offers sandy beaches with mountain views! Near Chimney Rock, hiking in the cool of the morning and splashing in the refreshing water in the afternoon is a heavenly way to enjoy summertime!

Stay in the gorgeous green of the Queen City and have some fun to escape the high summer temps! Charlotte is always regionally prepared for her seasons and offers cool summer activities to beat the heat! Parks in Charlotte most appropriately turn on the water during the warm sunny days of summer!

Romare Bearden Park is located in the heart of the city! Open, grass fields offered a casual play area (just recently spotted casually kicking balls on the grass were international soccer players from the 2016 International Champion Cup being played at Bank of America stadium) and a fountain/waterfall area for the kids to splash and play! Quiet gardens and benches are strategically located for peaceful relaxation! Latta Splash Park in Dilworth is located just in sight of the Charlotte skyline! The splash park is directly next to the playground area and makes this park especially convenient for the young families! Green, the Splash Park is Uptown at the popular The Green area. Art, statues and restaurants are all within this metropolitan, three-tiered lawn area! Towering fish fountains supply a steady stream of cold water for a romp in the splash area. Carolina Harbor Water Park at Carowinds offers all sorts of water activities from a six story high water slide to a Myrtle Turtle pre-school beach area!

Tastebuds have their own requisites during the summer! Satisfying that summer palate most likely includes something cool, creamy, bubbly and delicious! Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop in Southend offers custom made milkshakes, malts, New York Style egg creams and old fashioned ice cream sodas! Sit and share a milkshake at the very same counter as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black in in the movie SHALLOW HAL! Go local and fresh at the Elizabeth Creamery. Owned and operated by the lovely Kims, this mom and pop ice cream will have you loving your brain freeze! King of Pops are popsicles for the sophisticated palate! Tracking down the location of this frozen treat is a must for sweating Charlotteans! Yummy flavors range from white chocolate peppermint to peppermint mojito.

Mojito popsicles are delicious, but if you prefer to refresh with drinks in liquid form,Charlotte is home to over two dozen breweries with many more in the planning stages!  The Brewery Crawl in South End is the ticket to sampling several breweries in one night! Twelve stops allow you to hop the breweries, including tastings from Triple C Brewery (who welcomes your four-legged friends on the back patio) to The Unknown Brewing company. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery,Charlotte’s very first brewery, opened in 2009! Enjoy the outside Biergarten or dine in at the Brauhaus. Take a tour of the operations and events are always a part of the Olde Meck scene, everything from yoga to the upcoming LOSO BLOCK PARTY  includes a frosty, tall one!  Food Truck Friday in Charlotte now has more than 14 trucks, including the Sycamore Brewing Company.Grab a bite and wash it down with a cold brew!

Charlotte sizzles with summer cool downs just a short drive away or minutes down the road. Hop on the trolley, jump in the car or walk down the street to enjoy the advantageous centralization of a hopping city surrounded by beach and mountain escapes!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE! June 28, 2016

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Charlotte is lighting up with July 4th celebrations! Fireworks, parades, sports and fun are sure to bring in Independence Day with a Bang!

WBT Skyshow at the BB&T ballpark will begin with a street festival including a Ferris Wheel, kids activities and live entertainment. The Charlotte Knights will play the Pawtucket Red Sox with a tremendous fireworks display after the game!

Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration will start on solid ground with a Land Parade. Water activities include a Canoe Joust and Boat Parade. A Fish Fry and Fireworks finish out the fun!

Lake Wylie will also offer a water fireworks show! Best views are TBones on the Lake, on the water near the Buster Boyd Bridge and from the parking lot near Rey Aztecka.

The USNWhite Water Center will celebrate July 3-4th with live music and fireworks.Bring the lawn chairs and picnic blankets!

The Charlotte Symphony will celebrate Fourth of July at Symphony Park in the Southpark area, on July 1st. Liberty Fanfare, Armed Forces Salute, This Land is Your Land, and America the Beautiful are among the beloved patriotic pieces the Symphony will present in celebration of Independence Day. Fireworks will light up the night for the encore!

Red, White and Boom will be on July 3rd. Join the fun in Old Town, in Rock Hill with a Kids Zone, food, free concert and fireworks!

The People’s Parade in Matthews invites everyone to a parade of bikes, scooters and wagons on July 2nd! Bike/wagon decorating begins at 5pm in front of Town Hall and decorations will be provided.
Parade begins at 5:30pm at Town Hall and activities at Stumptown Park begin at 6pm, concert at 7pm. Food vendors will be onsite.

Waxhaw 4th of July Celebration will be in downtown Waxhaw on Saturday, July 2nd! The parade begins at 10 a.m., the Beach party 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and fireworks display at dusk.

Patriotic runners can race for a cause and race for the fun on Fourth of July weekend!

Fourth of July Firecracker Run raises money for Common Heart Food Pantry! The race features a a 1K, Kids Firecracker Dash, two timed races and a patriotic costume contest. At the Village of Lake Park in Union County.

The Famous Toastery American 4 Miler presented by Novant Health supports local business offering made in America products. The running fun begins in Dilworth and ends at Famous Toastery-Dilworth.

Charlotte Firecracker 5k on July 3rd will take runners through the Olde Providence Neighborhood. After the race, live music will be provided at Windyrush Country Club.

Show your patriotism with a red, white and true blue celebration in Charlotte! Applaud your freedom and living in the USA by cherishing the moments with family and friends in the beautiful Queen City!

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES DAD! June 16, 2016

 

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Charlotte is beautiful in June and offers the perfect setting for celebrating dad! Outdoor activities abound in the Queen City on Father’s Day weekend and your dad is sure to enjoy fun with the entire family!

Every member of the family can hit the golf course at Adventure Landing mini golf! Dads play free on Sunday, June 19th. Enjoy all the fun and games offered at the Pineville location!

Lake Norman is the most popular water destination for Charlotteans! On Friday, June 17th the Charlotte Symphony will perform its Summer Spirit Series in the idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Norman. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or enjoy the concessions as Dad sits back and enjoys movie scores as well as classical music. Boating dads can anchor in the Energy Explorium Cove. Also in the Lake Norman area, dads who love to race will have fun at the Race Pit Kart Racing.Dads race free on June 19th!

Ray’s Splash Planet offers fun in the sun while staying cool in the pool! Dads splash for free on Father’s Day at this exciting water park!

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is offering dads and families an especially masculine day in the gardens! Along with strolling the beautiful garden paths, dads can enjoy a classic car show, beer tasting and live music! Food trucks and hands-on activities for the family will also be available!

The National Whitewater Center offers all outdoor activities Father’s Day weekend, including The Brew Stash Bash on Saturday, the 18th! The Brew Dash Competitive Heat at 9:00am, followed by the Brew Stash Breakfast at 10:00am will begin the morning’s activities. Music, and regional and national craft beer tasting begins at 1:00pm.

Take me out to the ballgame! The Charlotte Knights will be playing the Indianapolis Indians on June 19th at the BB&T Ballpark. All dads are invited to a pre game catch on the fields!

Ride, splash, run and drive your way through a fantastically fun Father’s Day! Celebrate your dad in the great outdoors of the Queen City!

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CHARLOTTE SUNSHINE FOR MOTHER’S DAY May 2, 2016

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Charlotte is the Queen City of springtime beauty! Treat the Queen of your family to a Mother’s Day under the beautiful Carolina blue sky and enjoy the delights of Charlotte’s spring flowers and sunshine!

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens will be welcoming all matriarchs with MOTHER’S DAY AT THE GARDEN 2016. May 7-8th, Daniel Stowe offers free admission for all mothers and the first 250 moms will receive a free potted plant! Music, carriage rides, family lawn games food and snacks, and a five-station Wine Walk will be included in this fun, family opportunity.

Romare Bearden Park in Uptown will offer moms and families a day of family activities on May 7th. From 12-5pm, music, food and much more will be offered at ROMAREFEST.

True Southern moms love their Carolina BBQ! Symphony Park at Southpark Mall will host the BEER, BOURBON &BBQ FESTIVAL on May 7th. Meet and learn from the teams of the Carolina BBQ League for the Charlotte BBQ cook-off, on-site Bacon tastings and, special beer and bourbon selections. Live Rock and Bluegrass bands and shopping at vendor exhibits will give moms a wonderful and delicious day to remember!

Wing Haven Gardens 22nd GARDENER’S GARDEN TOUR will be May7-8th! Enjoy touring five private gardens as well as strolling the beautiful Wing Haven. Live music presented by Community School of the Arts will add a musical beauty to the gardens!

The MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL will be at South Piedmont Community College on May 6-7th. Arts and dancing demonstrations, crafts, and a soccer game are just a few of the many fun activities!

Running moms will enjoy the Hunstad Kortesis MOTHER’S DAY 5K in the Southpark area. The entire family is welcome to enjoy the 5k, kids activities and community spirit. The fun run begins at Symphony Park!

Moms with a heart for pups can fulfill their need for cuddling canines at TAILS OF THE TRAIL-MOTHER’S DAY HIKE with shelter dogs from the Humane Society. On May 8th moms and families can do their part to reduce euthanasia rates by socializing and hiking homeless hounds. A 2-3 mile hike along the scenic Catawba River will meet at Sheba’s Doggy Day Camp for a bus ride to the hiking destination.

SOUL OF THE SOUTH UPTOWN FOOD TOUR is a sampling, sipping stroll through some Southern Uptown favorite restaurants. Participants will hear from chefs and restaurant owners about the delicious influence of Southern Heritage in their cuisine. On May 6TH!

Music outdoors has a special enjoyment all its own! Several locations throughout Charlotte offer outdoor music free to the public. Enjoy SUNSET at the METROPOLITAN 2016 SPRING MUSIC SERIES !Every Thursday in May welcomes shoppers and families to enjoy a variety of musical genre and special features offered by restaurants and retailers.

WHITEWATER RIVER JAM will begin at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on May 5th! Free concerts take place every Thursday and Saturday through the end of September. The music will be 7-10pm and food, drinks and craft beers will be available.

BLAKENEY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES is at the charming and convenient Blakeney Shopping Center in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. This free series offers outdoor music in a large, green area with picnic tables. Many people bring their own lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy, or pick up something delicious at the many restaurants surrounding the green area. Fridays and Saturdays through August, 7-10pm.

STONECREST SUMMER CONCERT SERIES is in full swing every Friday and Saturday, 7-10pm through October. This popular venue is free and can find you relaxing by fountains, tapping your toes while the little ones dance about!

Sunshine on Mother’s Day couldn’t be finer in Carolina than at the WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP! All attendees are asked to wear pink in honor of mom! Mother’s Day sunrise service will be 7:00 am on the 18th hole. Tee times approximately at 8:00am.

Moms in Charlotte are the Queen City’s finest crown jewel! Show mom what a true treasure is by taking her outdoors in the Carolina sunshine and treating her to her favorite musical, athletic, culinary event!

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CHARLOTTE IS HOPPIN’ INTO SPRING March 20, 2016

 

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Charlotte is bursting with a spring color spectacular! Every neighborhood is a sea of pink and green. White pear trees shower every passing car with beautiful snow- white blossoms and the daffodils’ bright yellow spots of sunshine are in every yard.
Children are anxiously awaiting the Easter Bunny and families are welcoming their neighbors and friends to their homes and churches to celebrate.

The Easter bunny will be visiting Charlotte throughout the Easter weekend and families have several options of egg hunting fun venues!
In South Charlotte egg hunters and bunny seekers can hop about starting in the beautiful Ballantyne area.
Ballantyne Village will have free pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts and more on March 26th, from 1-3pm. This busy shopping and eating area offers many restaurants, salons, shops and even a movie theatre to keep the entire family entertained!
Easter brunch will be offered in the Ballroom at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge on March 27th, 11am-3pm. Live entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny will be a part of your delicious culinary experience.
An Easter Tea will celebrate the season at the Hotel and Lodge Wednesday, march 23rd through Saturday, March 2th, 1-5pm. Tea sweets and savories menu will accompany your loose leaf tea sipping selection.
Join in the hunt at the Easter Eggstravaganza in Elon Park on March 26th 9am-12pm. Hunt for eggs, play games and dance to the music!
Ballantyne Kidzart will offer special Easter activities on March 26th. Bring the whole family and explore your artistic side!
Venturing just minutes from South Charlotte will bring you more spring fun!
Carowinds Easter Eggstravaganza and Spring break on March 25th –April 3rd will have you screaming on the Fury rollercoaster, along with getting your picture taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy!
The quaint, historical town of Matthews is just 10 minutes from bustling South Charlotte. Stumptown Park is the place for fantastic music, fun and food. Join in the Food Truck Friday festivities on March 25th, 5-9pm.
Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm is a country Easter minutes from the metropolitan bustle of Charlotte. Old- fashioned fun will include sack and spoon races, interacting with barn animals (especially the bunnies) and, of course, an Easter egg hunt! The country fun begins on March 26th at 10am.

Easter weekend in Charlotte will offer the grownups some much-deserved fun away from the kids, Easter bunny and egg hunts! Bunny Hop Bar Crawl on March 26th and 27th begins at Rooftop 210. Pick up your t-shirt and complete the tasks while enjoying beverages and prizes!
The Fillmore Charlotte presents PAPADOSIO on March 25th. This Indie-Rock experience unfolds as the night goes on, creating a live, earthy livetronica act. Also at the Fillmore, Trial by Fire a Tribute to Journey will have you traveling down a favorite band and memory lane. You will be happily humming “Don’t stop Believin” for days. Saturday, March 26th at 8:00pm.
Winter Jam 2016 at Time Warner Cable Arena will be a Christian musical experience for all fans of the most popular Christian bands! Enjoy the musical praise on March 26th doors open at 5pm.
Dale Earnhardt’s Whiskey River Tavern will offer a spring balloon drop on March 25th-26th at 9pm. Hundreds of balloons and cash will be dropping from the ceiling as rock and country music fans dance!

The celebration of Easter will have Charlotte’s many churches swelled with parishioners joyous at the risen Christ, families and friends enjoying the beautiful spring weather at Easter egg hunts and music filling Uptown.
Happy Easter!
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CHARLOTTE IS THE QUEEN OF HEARTS February 12, 2016

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The Queen City has shown her love for football with a Panther’s record-breaking season and a trip to the Super Bowl! Blue and black filled the Charlotte area with a beautiful bonding of all Carolinians proud to be living in the home state of the Carolina Panthers! Heartbreak is a part of love, and the Queen City felt the sting when we lost to the Broncos at Super bowl 50.  Panther’s love still remained strong and fans gathered to welcome home the team by the hundreds even after the loss! Until the next spectacular football season, love abounds at venues throughout Charlotte that are sure to warm the heart of all your loves this Valentine’s weekend!

Football has ended but sports fans can still fulfill their need for action during Valentine’s!

The speed and action of hockey will be at the Bojangles’ Coliseum! The Charlotte Checkers will hit the ice with the San Diego Gulls this weekend!

Warm hearts can’t be stopped by the cold! The Frigid 5K Run and Plunge will keep your racing! Run a 5-kilometer run and the Greenway trail then brave a heart- pumping jump into the cold waters at The U.S. National Whitewater Center!

Families looking for fun Valentine’s Day activities for their much- loved kiddos can go to any Lowes location on February 13th to build a special heart. Lowes Kids Clinic will keep little hands 5-12 year-olds busy for a morning!

Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios will have a Valentine’s themed class! Heart-shaped pizzas and chocolate lollipops are on the menu!

Jo-Ann’s Fabric offers kids crafts for ages 5 and up. Cards will be created and just maybe spark a love of sewing and crafts! No experience needed!

 If the sound of music makes your heart beat a little faster than take your loved one to feel the sounds of love at The Charlotte Symphony! Romantic music will put you in the mood as the symphony plays romantic selections of classical, popular and Broadway favorites!

Sealed With A Kiss will fill the Duke Energy Theater with Carolina Voices. Sweet treats and a kiss cam will add to the kissing music!

Romantic jazz and soulful ballads may be the way to woo your beloved! FLY ME TO THE MOON with songstress Jessie Storey at The Tavern will be a romantic evening listening to the classics and pop.

CPCC Halton Theater will celebrate the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin will have you holding hands and tapping toes to all the favorites!

Matilda the Musical will be a family a family fun time at Belk Theater! This whimsical adaptation of the classic childhood novel will have you remembering that favorite teacher in your life!

Treat your sweetie to sweets this Valentine’s from one of Charlotte’s many outstanding bakeries! Big View Diner offers fresh baked pies, cookies, cupcakes and cookies fill your senses with amazingly delicious smells as soon as you walk in! Just follow your nose and let your taste buds do the talking! Heart shaped cookies are going fast!

Decadent Designs in the Ballantyne area has buttercream at heart! Scones, cookies, cupcakes from huge to tee-tiny, pies and cakes to go will fulfill your heart’s desire! Pop in and choose a Valentine’s Day sweet!

The Secret Chocolatier is a not so secret chocolate lover’s dream! The bonbons, truffles and gift boxes are a brilliant gift for your sweetie pie! If flowers are also on your list, skip the florist and give the gift of Chocolate roses!

Suarez Bakery has been in Park Road Shopping Center since 1992! The traditions of quality and deliciousness are in every bite! Beautiful confections fill this bakery and just choosing will be the hard part!

Celebrate in Charlotte this weekend with the people and activities you love!

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A CAROLINA PANTHER CHRISTMAS December 24, 2015

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This Christmas is the year of the Panther! The Carolina Panthers’ journey to 14 and 0 has the Queen City bursting with hometown pride as the Cats push one step closer to clinching a home field advantage through the playoffs!

All North Carolinians see is blue and black for Christmas! The jersey of Cam Newton is the most sought after holiday gift in North Carolina, according to Vox based Google data. It is not surprising; with Quarterback Cam Newton being the first player in NFL history with five touchdown passes, 100 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in a single game. Charlotte is a city of devoted fans proud of their Panther passion!

That rumble you hear isn’t reindeer on the roof top, it’s the powerful purring energy as vendors, restaurateurs, and local businesses welcome people drawn to one the cleanest, safest and friendliest towns in the United States that just happens to be home to the #1 rated team in the NFL! Everyone seems to agree, this year’s team is something special!

Charlotte offers many sports venues that draw fans from all parts of the U.S. Uptown Charlotte is home to Charlotte Knights baseball, Carolina Panthers football and Charlotte Hornets basketball all within a five-block radius! Hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping encircle the sports trifecta, making Charlotte a sports fan haven of entertainment and convenience!

Venturing outside the perimeter of the reigning Panthers, Charlotte offers a plethora of sports for all fans!

The Charlotte Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes’ top minor-league hockey affiliate. Home games are played at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Charlotte Hounds plays Major League Lacrosse at the American Legion Memorial Stadium at 310 North Kings Drive.

The PGA Tours Wells Fargo Championship is played at the Quail Hollow Club and is a favorite of the touring pros. In 2017 Quail Hollow will host the PGA Championship!

Charlotte Independence USL officially kicked into the Charlotte soccer scene in 2015. Games are played at Ramblewood, 1200 Nations Ford Road.

Sports fans are flocking to Charlotte to experience everything from NASCAR to Ultimate Frisbee! Even with the NBA All-Star game making Charlotte the center of all things basketball in 2017,right now, in the year 2015, it is all about the pigskin!

Carolina Christmas tradition will now include the team that first played in 1995 and in December 2015 ruled as the reigning undefeated team in the NFL!

Merry Christmas Charlotte! Go Panthers!

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