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SANTA KEEPS THE MAGIC ALIVE IN CHARLOTTE November 30, 2012

Copy (1)SANTA WITH KIDS

Charlotte is welcoming Santa at several locations throughout the Queen City! Wrestle the youngsters into Granny’s hand-knitted Christmas sweaters and holiday sparkly dresses for those priceless Christmas pictures with Jolly Ole Saint Nick!

Southpark Mall, located on the corner of Fairview and Sharon Roads, has Santa cozily tucked in his Santa Village from November 7-December 24th, 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6:00p.m. www.southparkmall.com or call the Santa Village directly (720)402-9714

Also in the Southpark Mall you can head to a Santa Breakfast at Maggiano’s (December 8th or 20th, 8-11am) http://www.maggianos.com where you can enjoy great food, photos, face-painting and more, or at Brio in nearby Piedmont Row (December 8th, 9-10:30) http://www.brioitalian.com for a delicious plated meal, coloring activities, and a take-away treat bag!

Carolina Place Mall, located on Carolina Place Parkway, will have Santa visits on Saturdays 9 a.m.-9p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Santa will listen to wishes 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m. www.carolinaplace.com

Concord Mills Mall, located off I-85 at exit 49 , has Santa preparing for the great outdoors, waiting to hear holiday present requests at the Brass Pro Shop! Santa will be available Monday-Friday 5p.m.-8:00p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-5:00p.m. www.concordmills.com

Blakeney Shopping Center, located at 9870 Rea Road, will be visited by Santa December 7th-8th, 5:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. www.shopblakeney.com

Brunch Buffet with Santa is offered at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on December 2nd – call 704-248-4100 for reservations.  And later in December, don’t miss the fabulous Gingerbread Lane gingerbread house display in the grand halls of the hotel – clever and adorable!

Pancakes with Santa Saturday, December 8, 10am -1:00p.m. at SoneCrest at Piper Glen. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, located at 6500 New Hope Road in Belmont has holiday fun for the entire family. Holidays at the Garden ,with visits from Santa,  will be Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, Noon – 9 p.m.
www.dbsg.org

Santa has included Charlotte as one of his most important stops! Don’t miss the wonderful tradition of enjoying your child’s belief in the magic of Christmas with a visit to Santa!

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THANKSGIVING IN CHARLOTTE November 19, 2012

 

                                                                                                                                    

Leaving Charlotte for an annual Thanksgiving trip, I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be to be able to stay in the Queen City. Charlotte can’t be beat for weather, food and entertainment during the holidays!

Charlotte offers a variety of delicious food and wonderful entertainment options during Thanksgiving week:

Charlotte Restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinner to those who prefer to get dressed-up and socialize. The Gallery Restaurant is inside the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, near its intersection with Johnston Road. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant offers a special brunch in its ballroom. You can select a bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal from the restaurant’s list, which is a previous recipient of the “Wine Spectator” magazine Award of Excellence.  www.gallery-restaurant.com

The Palm Restaurant, the Classic American Steak House, will offer a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Located in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood, Palm Restaurant is a destination along the brick walkways of the upscale Phillips Place shopping center, and lies minutes away from SouthPark mall. www.thepalm\charlotte.com

The Mimosa Grille in Charlotte, North Carolina has consistently been named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants since 1995. Mimosa Grill features global cuisine with a unique southern twist. The Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mimosa will feature a Southern table with family style service, which means bowls will be brought to the table where diners will share at the table. This is a three course family meal. Reservations are required. www.harpersgroup.com

For a more casual turkey dinner, try family favorite Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant in Pineville for a traditional holiday menu with an Italian twist. www.bucadibeppo.com 

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at Red Rocks Café located in the Foxcroft area at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and also in bustling Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC. www.redrockscafe.com

Charlotte supports our Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard and their families, by offering a free turkey dinner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 22.  Lowe’s, the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the USO of North Carolina invite our Military and their families for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Dinner and all activities are free of charge! www.NCNGA.org

Military who are traveling through the Charlotte International Airport can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the Charlotte Center courtesy of St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

For those families who would like to bring home the turkey, Charlotte also offers several locations to get your turkey to-go. Earth Fare is offering traditional and vegan dinners for Thanksgiving. www.earthfare.com

Harris Teeter offers turkey, ham or prime rib dinners that can be ordered from the deli dept. www.harristeeter.com 

At Switchin Kitchens located in Ballantyne, you can get your turkey plus all the fixings oven-ready the day before Thanksgiving between 10 am & 3 pm .Orders will need to be placed by Thursday, November 15th. www.switchinkitchens.com

Let’s not forget Thanksgiving entertainment in Charlotte!  The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is gearing will march down Tryon Street on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. The parade steps off from 10th and North Tryon at 10 A.M. and ends at Stonewall and South Tryon. The parade lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. www.carrouselparade.org

Cheer on or be a participant in Charlottes annual Turkey Trot. Entering its 24th year, the Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot is Charlotte’s longest-running road race event. But more than that, it’s a Charlotte Thanksgiving Day tradition for families and friends and a happy and healthy way to start off one of the best days of the year! www.charlotteturkeytrot.com If you’re planning on making the trip Uptown for the parade, organizers suggest you ride CATS buses or the LYNX Blue Line to the Parade. Round-trip fare is only $3 for adults.

Work Off The Trukey Hike is a great outdoor activity to enjoy Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather. Presented by McDowell Nature Center and Preserve on November 23, 2012. Enjoy a moderate-paced hike through McDowell Nature Preserve and take in the sights and sounds of autumn.  www.Charmeck.org

 

Shopping is another great way to work off that second helping of pumpkin pie! Carolina Place Mall in Pineville will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Macys will be opening at midnight, as will Belk. Retailers have the option of opening at midnight and there are currently 25+ opting to do so. Southpark Mall is located on the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads in Charlotte, is also open at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on November 23rd. among the 150 + stores, Southpark featurees Apple, Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany&Co, Belk and much more. 

 

When the turkey leftovers are all eaten, music may be just the ticket to ease you into a wonderful Charlotte December. Christmas Spectacular Presented by Charlotte Civic Orchestra on November 25, 2012 is an outstanding Christmas concert with over 300 performers including 65 member Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte City Ballet, the Eddie Mabry Dancers, the Holiday Singers, recording artist Caroline Keller, and 120 voice choir. Seasonal favorites will be performed including selections from the beloved “Nutcracker Ballet”, Sleigh Ride, and “The Hallelujah Chorus”. The performance is at the Halton Theater at CPCC Uptown. http://Tix.cpcc.edu

Charlotte offers a peaceful, delicious, safe and entertaining Thanksgiving holiday for all those thankful people lucky enough to enjoy their family and friends in the Queen City!

 

CHAROTTE OFFERS VETERANS DAY TRIBUTES November 8, 2012

LAND OF THE FREE – We owe it to YOU, Veterans!!

Veterans Day is the time to remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our freedom. Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to pay tribute and sincere appreciation to the people who have ensured the liberties we cherish as American citizens. Charlotte supports our men and women of the Armed Forces through many organizations and services who deserve public acknowledgement on Veterans Day. Opportunities of praise and celebration for our Vets will be available throughout the Charlotte area November 9-11.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 11:45 a.m. at The Square in Uptown Charlotte. In a solemn ceremony, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation will conduct a wreath laying ceremony to correspond with the signing of the WWI Armistice or end of the War, which was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Today, this ceremony honors veterans of all wars who died defending America.www.carolinasfreedomfoundation.org

On a lighter note for Friday, you can head to the “Cable Box” (aka Time Warner Arena) to join the Charlotte Checkers hockey team host Military Appreciation Night!  They are asking everyone to bring travel-sized toiletries to donate to the USO.  Game time 7pm vs. opponent the Peoria Rivermen!  www.gocheckers.com

On November 10, 2012 watch and cheer at The Charlotte Veteran’s Day Parade.US Airways will sponsor the 2012 Salute to Veterans Parade at 11 a.m.in Uptown Charlotte. The parade begins at 700 North Tryon St and ends at 600 South Tryon St. www.uso-nc.org

In honor of Veterans Day, the Festival Singers showcase their beautiful voices with an uplifting and sentimental musical journey through the very heart and soul of our American national heritage. Audiences will hear great patriotic standards, such as America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic as well as moving renditions of Song for the Unsung Hero by Joseph Martin and excerpts from The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. Special guests include Carolina Men’s Chorus and Sound About. There will be two performances:  Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm, Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:30pm, Central United Methodist Church, 30 Union Street North, Concord, NC 28025. www.carolinavoices.org

On Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium is another all-American sporting event – Carolina Panthers football http://www.panthers.com.  They too will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day which is always moving and wonderfully done.

Also on Sunday, at 3:00 p.m., families can enjoy the story of Charlotte’s Camp Greene, the World War I installation that drew thousands of people to tiny Charlotte 1917 – 1918.Filmmaker Jack Dillard will discuss his work, and Jane Johnson of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Carolina Room will present an extensive display of Camp Greene memorabilia. The program will take place at the historic Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Myers Park. Part of the ongoing series Explore History! Sponsored by Levine Museum and the Duke Mansion. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, email pmartin@tlwf.org or call 704/714-4448. www.museumofthenewsouth.org

And finally, if you’d prefer to quietly reflect on our nation’s veterans, visit the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial 1129 E 3rd St in Charlotte. www.charlottevietnammemorial.org The Memorial is now accessible from the Sugar Creek Greenway in uptown Charlotte.  Visit the memorial and walk the 270-foot granite arc while reading the historical timeline; view a map of Southeast Asia during the war; honor the names of those from Mecklenburg County who died; experience the war through the poems of a Vietnam veteran; and, pause to reflect at the American and POW/MIA flags.

Charlotte citizens have a time-honored tradition of honoring those who have served to protect our country. Whether it is singing, cheering or quiet thanks, Charlotteans have the opportunity to recognize and honor our veterans.  God bless America, and God bless our Vets.               

 

CHARLOTTE APPRECIATES ITS VOTERS November 5, 2012

Standing in line at an early voting site in South Charlotte I am struck by the diversity of people waiting to cast their vote. Listening to the conversations around me I know there is a melting pot of patriotic people willing to stand in line during their lunch hour to ensure their voices are heard. People are quietly talking about their choices, their reasons for voting early and who they feel is the best candidate. And some are making plans for Election night in Charlotte.

Republican or Democrat, Charlotte has a variety of Election night venues to satisfy all varieties of voters!

The Evening Muse, www.eveningmuse.com, 3227 North Davidson Street will have an Election Night Viewing Party. Doors open at 8:00 with door prizes and a Presidential Trivia contest for gifts and drinks.

Pat McCrory invites all voters to join his supporters, family, staff and volunteers for an election night celebration, 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the The Westin Charlotte, 601 South College Street. www.Westincharlottehotel.com

To join Walter Dalton, his family, friends, and campaign team on Election Night, you will need to drive the two and one half hours to Raleigh to join in the party. Walter Dalton has an election night party 7pm at The Royal, 3801 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC. www.daltonfornc.com/election-night-party

The younger voter may want to head uptown to Cosmos Café, www.cosmoscafe.com, 300 North College Street, 8pm-2am Age: 21 and Up

Most local restaurants are welcoming voters and are televising the election results, including the popular Blackthorne Restaurant and Bar, blackthornerestaurant.com, 1318 N Community House Rd.

No matter whom you cast your vote for the important thing is you exercised your right. Be proud to be an American in Charlotte, N.C. by casting your vote and appreciating your freedom. Celebrate with family and friends in the comfort of your home, or out enjoying one of the many fine establishments the Crown City Offers!

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