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MUSICALLY ENDING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER September 27, 2012

Walking my dogs down Ballantyne Commons Parkway to take advantage of a September breeze is truly a south Charlotte delight. There are a few fallen leaves along our typical route and I realize that too soon Charlotte’s trees will be ablaze with fall colors.

Summer is quietly showing signs of coming to an end, but Charlotteans know how to extend their outdoor relaxation into the fall. South Charlotte continues the pleasures of summer outdoor entertainment through its free local concerts.

Ballantyne Village can get you through that mid week hump! MIXATSIX will continue Wednesdays through October 10, 2012. People can enjoy music from the patios of Ballantyne Village restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with live outdoor music, drink specials and fine dining! www.ballantynevillage.net

Music on the Greenat the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center will continue through September 29th. The atmosphere is family friendly situated on a large patio and fountain area. If the weather is hot, it is not unusual to see children sneaking (an unendorsed by the management) dip in the fountain. The concerts will be held every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – 10pm. www.promenadeonprovidence.com

Stonecrest Summer Concert Serieslasts through September 29th from 7pm to 10pm. You can choose from two locations: the Fountain Stage (large patio area with expanse of beautiful fountains below) or the Courtyard Stage (smaller courtyard area near Bonehead restaurant). The Fountain Stage has concerts every Friday and Saturday; the Courtyard, every Saturday. www.shopstonecrest.com

Blakeney Summer Concert Series presents free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm through September 29th. A large patio and lawn area invites guests to bring lawn chairs and blankets for family friendly, relaxing musical entertainment. A large patio area invites children to frolic and grownups to show off off their dancing skills. www.shopblakeny.com

Taking in the view of our fine Queen City is another wonderful way to relax and listen to outdoor entertainment! Located in Midtown Charlotte, Metropolitan offers a great Queen City view to accompany their musical performances. METLIVE’ offers an exciting, yet relaxing outdoor venue to listen to music from September 13th– October 18th, 6:30-9:30 pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine, view the Uptown skyline, take in the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at sunset or stay for dinner at one of the six restaurants, including the always delicious fair at Dressler’s, at Metropolitan. www.metmidtown.com

Summer concerts are calling you to relax outdoors, and replace the cicada drones with sounds of music!

, www.southcharlotteliving.com

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SOUTHERN TRADITION EMBRACING THE FAITH September 7, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina has done an amazing job of enfolding wonderfully historic traditional ways with an ever changing, globally diverse population. New Charlotteans and Southern natives can enjoy a burgeoning art scene, a buzzing Center City, beautiful tree-lined streets and neighborhoods, great schools and over 700 places of worship.

The growing diversity of Charlotte’s religious landscape is evident in the south Charlotte’s Ballantyne area’s own little circle of faith. In an eight mile radius Ballantyne has Hope of Israel Messianic, Covenant Baptist Church, Light of Christ Church, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church and St. Matthew Catholic Church. Amazingly, St. Matthew has become the largest Christian congregation in Charlotte – unheard of in this former “Bible Belt” stronghold of just a decade or two ago! Further,  south Charlotte has the largest Jewish population in the Carolinas. Shalom Park located on Providence Road, is home to Temple Beth El (reform) and Temple Israel (conservative) and is also home to “the J”, a recreation center enjoyed by people of all faiths. Additionally, there are approximately 5000 Muslims living in Charlotte, North Carolina, a significant number of whom live in south Charlotte area despite the fact that no permanent Masjid (Muslim center of worship) close by. Recognizing this gap, South Musalla was established in 1995 in a rental miniature golf retail space to have Friday Khutba & prayers.

Fortunately, religious diversity in Charlotte has created a community of tolerance and understanding. A more than decades old interfaith relationship is shared with Temple Beth El, Myers Park Baptist Church, and three years ago, came to include Ash Shaheed Mosque, as they hold the “Families of Abraham” Dialogue throughout the year. This dialogue offers participants an opportunity to share, compare and appreciate their own faith while learning more about the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

And what better way towards understanding than through the arts? The Families of Abraham Photographic Narrative, which explores the commonalities among Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, has traveled and been exhibited at museums and colleges in North Carolina and around the country and is now on display at the must-visit Levine Museum of the New South (www.museumofthenewsouth.orgthrough September 9, 2012.
Led by project director and curator Eleanor Brawley, a team of eight local photographers followed eleven Jewish, Christian and Muslim families from the Charlotte area for one year, documenting their faith practices and daily lives.

Charlotte gladly welcomes newcomers into its Southern fold with outstretched arms filled with tree-lined neighborhoods fulfilling the economic, aesthetic and spiritual needs of all residents.  To learn more about our fine Southern, increasingly diverse, community, please contact one of our wonderful agents at Bon Maison Properties 704-541-2500 or visit our website www.southcharlotteliving.com!