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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!





October Charlotte is beautiful with her precious city of green unmasking the brilliant colors of fall! October is forever a pumpkin picking, candy cruising, cider sipping, fun festival time in the Queen City!

Pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses and trick or treating can be enjoyed at many Charlotte area attractions like Carrigan Farms (Scarrigan Farms for Halloween) , Carowinds (Scarowinds) and the Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne

Outside the sugar-pumped squeals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses, Charlotte offers grownups a more unmasked October of spooky fun!

October 2-November 5th The Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 is showing a Retro Horror Film Series. Enjoy classics such as: The Birds, An American Werewolf in London and Friday the 13th!

Make your reservations for an Uptown, candlelight, historical walking ghost tour of Charlotte offered by Port City Java Hearst Tower! The Carolina History and Haunts tour guide, dressed in 19th century attire, will take your group through historic 4th ward and settler’s cemetery.

The budding chefs in your family will enjoy mastering Pumpkin. Gourds, Squash and Candies Cooking Class offered at Mimosa Grill on South Tryon Street on October 3rd. On October 17th Upstream restaurant in Phillips Place will offer a yummy cooking class of Sweets and Treats featuring baking goods and pastries!

The 2nd Annual Cider Fest on October 9th will have you enjoying juicy fall apples with an adult twist! Rooftop 210 will feature cider mixology, samples of different ciders and new cider cocktails at this fall-themed festival!

South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Festival-Autumn in the Park will feature Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast on October 10th! You don’t want to miss local brews, family fun and fresh oysters! The festival will be at Ballantyne District Park at 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is perfect for celebrating your inner ghost! The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon-Antebellum dinner will be at the plantation on October 17th. Enjoy an elegant farm to table 7-course dinner all served in an appropriate period candlelight atmosphere.

Also at Rosedale, on October 23rd and 24th, a Paranormal Grounds Investigation will have all creatures of the night on a ghost -busting quest! Join professional ghost hunters as they take you through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year- old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will have the opportunity to use the latest technology with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.

Knight Theatre at 430 South Tryon Street will musically celebrate Halloween suspense with Evil Dead The Musical on October 25th! This comical musical tells the story of college friends accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them into demons. w

Dracula will be performed on October 30th-November 15th at Theatre Charlotte. Dark humor and terror at the theater will be a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Release your inner poltergeist at Charlotte’s grown-up venues of apparitional hunts, theatrical phantoms and deliciously demonic vittles!




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!



This long time Charlottean swoons with appropriate southnerness when receiving a gift certificate for a day at the Ballantyne Spa.

Sitting in the massage chair with my feet contentedly immersed in bubbles, looking out over the beautiful PGA golf course and watching with disbelief as golfers DELIGHTFULLY brave the 98 degree heat to play the 18th hole is one of the many pleasures of living in South Charlotte.

Late August has the Spa abuzz with the expectation of political “dignitaries” staying at the hotel and lodge during the DNC.  Indeed, the presence of uniformed police and very “secret service” looking people seem to be all about the complex. It is being said that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to our beautiful south side during the DNC.

No doubt the estimated 35,000 people, hundreds of news media and the President himself descending on Charlotte for the 2012 DNC will be impressed with our beautiful city and our especially beauteous south side, but what about our traffic?

We are, of course, extending our Southern hospitality to the dignitaries, and our manners certainly extend to our traffic. No cacophony of car horns blaring in our fine city. But, we do have our fair share of congestion and we do expect the usual I-485 traffic jams as we make our way from the burbs to center city. The more than 35,000 people added to the population will create a traffic nightmare for locals.

Traffic delays, detours and road closures have our many uptown banks and corporations telling employees to work from home and avoid the city altogether. Great solution! Except for South Charlotte, specifically Ballantyne, will now have the headache and pain of traffic delays, detours and road closures. What’s a suburb working girl to do?

Be prepared! Smile and do a southern waltz through that darn nasty commute.

We love our visitors and are honored to be hosting the DNC.

Here is the latest to prepare South Charlotteans for September 3rd-7th.

•Eastbound passenger vehicle thru traffic will be permitted on Ballantyne Commons Parkway
between Johnston Road and North Community House Road all day Monday and Tuesday, except for commercial motor vehicles.

• School Buses and CATS buses are excluded from the above restriction.

• Residents and guests only of Camden Ballantyne will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Summit Commons Blvd (East Gate Only) from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Residents and guests only of Ballantyne Country Club will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Ballantyne Forest Drive accessed from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Tenants and guests only of Ballantyne Corporate Park Harris and Premier Buildings, the Aloft Hotel, and Dana Radar Golf School will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Tenants and guests only of 13777 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Office Building), 13520 and 13510 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Bank of America Offices), 13515 Ballantyne Corporate Place (SPX Offices), 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Balfour Beatty Construction Site) will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Ballantyne Hotel guests, visitors, and employees should access the hotel from Johnston Road beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012, ending on Friday, September 7 at approximately 12:00 p.m.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride, Y’all!  And if you want more information about ALL THINGS CHARLOTTE, please give a call to one of our own “secret agents” at Bon Maison Properties!!  704-541-2500


“SPEED STREET” – that Wild & Crazy Race Week Has Begun! May 20, 2012

Yes, people, in the south, NASCAR is King (and the official sport of the state of North Carolina!).  If you’re new in town, it’s high time you increase your NASCAR know-how.  And this week, our own Charlotte, North Carolina is in the NASCAR spotlight – yes, it’s RACE WEEK!  The week kicked off with last night’s Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (just to the northeast of Charlotte for you super newbies!). This relatively light-hearted competition just netted Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Jimmie Johnson (in the #48 Lowes car – a fact you will soon commit to memory if you’re going to be a FAN!) a cool $1million paycheck (see for all the details).  And the big race is yet to come, the Coca-Cola 600, being run this Sunday, May 27th, again at CMS.  It’s the biggest NASCAR event in the Charlotte of the year – and the longest race (600 miles, thus the name!).  With attendance of around 100,000 people, it’s relatively easy to still secure tickets – just go to for all the great info!

And more popular than many spring flings & festivals, this weekend’s (free!!) Speed Street Festival in downtown Charlotte sponsored by Food Lion really does have something for everybody – great food, live music with some of your (and/or your kids’!) favorite country and pop bands, appearances by NASCAR drivers and more!


For all the event information, including event scheduling, suggested parking and transportation info (remember the Lynx!), and general faq’s, see  It’s a good time, and you’ll really feel a part of the southern scene!  Also, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum ( will be wide open for business as well – make it a part of your entire NASCAR experience!

So join the fans, enjoy the rush of NASCAR racing, and Start Your Engines!!!