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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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UNMASKED HALLOWEEN FUN IN CHARLOTTE October 3, 2015

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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!

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

Fourth of July Fireworks burst over Charlotte, North Carolina's, Center City.

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 OFFERS A FUN HALLOWEEN FOR ALL AGES October 18, 2012

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Scary goblins, haunted houses and ghoulish activities abound in Charlotte during the month of October. Charlotte has entertainment and activities for all fright levels, and there is surely some wickedly wonderful fun to accommodate all during the month of Halloween!

Because the even the smallest witches and wizards want to join in the spirit of Halloween, Carowinds Amusement Park offers a Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast for the youngest set.  During the daytime, the park’s Paladium Amphitheatre Plaza is transformed in to a street party of frightful fun for kids and their families. Complete with activities that are fun-scary, not scary-scary, Howl-O-Fest’s Boo Blast is an exciting compilation of shows, attractions, and interactive activities throughout the day.  Then, the older kids (13 and older) can come back at night for SCarowinds Halloween Haunt XI. SCarowinds has long been a rite of passage for all teens! (www.carowinds.com ). The younger set can also enjoy a natural Halloween at Creepy Crawly Celebration! Friday, Oct 26, 6:00p to 9:00p at Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC.  The museum celebrates all that’s creepy and crawly Halloween weekend! Live animals, touch tanks, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating included. Also, for the wriggly and giggly, head out to Lake Norman to join the Sate Park Rangers to investigate creatures living in the region. Costumes are optional, but call ahead due to group limits, 704 528-6350.

If you are looking to be terrified, The Campground Massacre in Fort Mill, www.themassacre.com ,  is a scream-your-head off choice. The 130-acre Carrigan Farms inMooresville, NC is a short 30-minute drive and turned into Scarrigan Farms, www.scarriganfarms.com, every October and is a very scary haunted trail for the older, thrill-seeking set.

For a more sophisticated, musical Halloween route. Wicked Divas of Broadway is being presented October 28-29 by the Charlotte Symphony at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, www.blumenthalcenter.com. The North Carolina Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard will have Music, Monsters and Mayhem for those interested in some wicked entertainment.  The 12th Annual Grave Diggers Ball at 301 E. Seventh St.is an annual party has become one of the biggest Halloween events in the region and often sells out.

Whether you are looking to get your goul on by being terrified, investigating creepy crawlies outdoors, dancing the night away, or watching a show Charlotte is sure to leave you spellbound!

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