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Summer To Do List : Pops in the Park May 15, 2017

Somehow, we are halfway through the month of May, and inching closer to summer with each passing day. Time truly flies when you’re having fun in Charlotte!

We thought today would be a great day to tell you all about one of our favorite early summer events here in town – Summer Pops in the Park!

Every Sunday in the month of June, as well as Saturday, July 1st, the Charlotte Symphony hosts their annual summer series, and it is not to be missed! Located at the Symphony Park at Southpark, this family friendly event is the perfect end to your summer weekends.

What makes these events so fun is the fact that you, alongside your family and friends, are able to pack up a picnic basket, a blanket and some low-sitting lawn chairs, to bring with you! Enjoy your packed dinner, or a nosh from the variety of food truck vendors, and feel free to BYOB (but, please drink responsibly and do NOT drink and drive). What’s more fun than a picnic and live music?!

Tickets are available for sale at each show until 9pm, but it is recommended that you purchase them in advance online. Tickets can be purchased either in a package, or for individual shows. Each show has a different theme, so if you can make all five, we more than encourage you to attend them all! The July 1st concert is a Salute to America in honor of the Fourth of July, and will end with a bang (literally!) with an incredible fireworks finale!

Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to sit alongside your fellow Charlotte friends and neighbors to enjoy an enriching night made possible by talented artists from our very own community. Each Sunday is special and oh so enjoyable, and it is truly a summer bucket list item not to be missed here in the Queen City!

Enjoy!

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QUEEN CITY CUPIDS CREATIVELY CELEBRATE VALENTINES DAY February 3, 2013

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Charlotte is enveloped in love for Valentine’s Day! Couples, friends and families are seeking unusual, fun and romantic ways to celebrate Heart Day in the Queen City! And our fine city is responding with a heart-felt cornucopia of lovingly creative options that won’t break your heart or your bank account!

For the little ones who have stolen your heart, you can celebrate Valentine Month at the Heart Fairy House Festival on Saturday, Feb 9 10:00a to 4:00p at one of Charlotte’s favorite parks, the Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve. Spend the afternoon discovering the joy and magic of fairy houses. Storytelling, face painting, crafts, activities, pony rides and food will be available. Prizes for best fairy or gnome costume and best fairy houses will be awarded. Learn how to build your own fairy house on one of the nature trails. Enchanting fun for all ages! No registration required. FREE with a special appearance from Tracy Kane – author and illustrator of the award-winning Fairy House Series books.
Red is the color of love and what better way to show your love than ruby red slippers? You and the kids will love the classic MGM film The Wizard of Oz in its entirety on a giant screen with live accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony performing all your Oz favorites including “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Tickets start at $27.50. February 2, at 2:30 and 8:00p.m.
The little ones always enjoy creating art and making a Valentine will be fun for the entire family at Dish It Out. All sorts of bowls, plates and decorative pieces are available to paint and create at Dish It Out, located in the Stonecrest Shopping Center in South Charlotte. No appointment necessary.

Charlotteans appreciate their friendships and celebrating with those great pals is a fun way to spend Valentine’s! Fashion is a passion and friends will be awed by the And the Bead Goes On presented by Mint Museum on May 26, 2012-February 17, 2013. Beads have been used to enliven fashion designs since ancient times. Originally restricted to the wardrobes of aristocrats and made of precious materials, beads indicated wealth and status in numerous cultures throughout the globe. Sometimes beadwork was employed on garments to convey rank, spiritual significance, or protection of the wearer. Colorful and sparkling beads appeared on articles of clothing, ceremonial dress, ritual masks, aexpand to view more [+]And the Bead Goes On features twentieth and twenty-first century women’s evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and ensembles from the museum’s Fashion Collection, complemented with exciting new works on loan from contemporary designers. Designer names featured in the exhibition include Halston, Bob Mackie, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and Albert Elbaz for Lanvin. To continue your love of art, hop over to Painting With A Twist. On February 14 you can celebrate being single for the night with BYOB and paintbrushes.

Reservations at one of Charlotte’s fine restaurants or ordering flowers is a sure- fire way to assure your sweetheart that you do, indeed, remember it is Valentine’s Day. Reservations at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge will include dinner, beautiful room accomodations and flowers.You could also impress with an unexpected adventure! You could wow your loved one by capturing your inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore by creating pottery. Position yourselves in front of the potter’s wheel at Muddy Fun Saturday presented by Clayworks, Inc. Clayworks hosts a clay day for adults to come and discover the Muddy Fun of working with clay.

Adoring your Valentine over a delicious meal is not an unusual way to celebrate Valentines, but eating out at Local Flavors of NoDa Food Tour will be a lasting memory! Presented by Feast Food Tours & Culinary Events, Inc. at NoDa (North Davidson) Arts District January 12-January 26. This walking food tour in the popular art district will include meeting the owners and chefs, sample food from locally owned restaurants, bars and artisans and tasting NoDa’s craft beer produced right in the North Davidson neighborhood. Wine tastings paired with delicious food, and admiring local art will have you appreciating Charlotte history as you stroll hand in hand.

Creating your own sumptuous dessert is creative, romantic and not budget crushing. Try the easy and delicious recipes on tarheeltastebud.com. The adorable college student, Katherine Regele, posts recipes that even the least- seasoned chef can create with love.
Gathering ingredients for your culinary masterpiece is easy at Trader Joes and while you are there, choose some flowers for your darling and her heart will melt with your hand picked floral design with her in mind!
The Queen City offers budget- friendly, delightful ways to celebrate your love! Family, friends and all loved ones will happily comply with Cupid in Charlotte on Valentine’s Day by enjoying fantastical adventures, culinary romps and amazing artistic endeavors!

A new Groupon.com came out today with some other great holiday ideas – think outdoor photos for you and your special someone, jewelry, and more great dinner deals!

And if you’re in the market to fall in love with a new home in Charlotte, contact one of our love-ly agents at Bon Maison Properties! 704-541-2500 or send us a note from here!

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CHARLOTTE OFFERS HOLIDAY MERRIMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT December 5, 2012

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Charlotte is celebrating with many wonderful entertainment opportunities for Charlotteans and visitors to enjoy during the Holiday Season! Families in the Queen City have many exciting holiday venues to choose from during the month of December.

Nutcracker celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season! December 8-9, 14-16 & 21-23 at the Belk Theater. Bring your family and friends along for this holiday voyage featuring live music from the Charlotte Symphony and over 100 performers. http://www.ncdance.org

The 58th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 3pm OVENS AUDITORIUM http://www.Carolinavoices.org

The Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS! Presented by Carolina Voices at Ovens Auditorium December 8, 2012 at 11am and 3pm. Starring the Grey Seal Puppets and MainStage Choir! Share the excitement of a live performance and the warmth of the holidays with your child at this special kid-friendly performance of The Singing Christmas Tree. Just an hour in length, the show is filled with puppets, dancers, music and sing-a-longs – perfect for children age 3 to 10. http://www.Carolinavoices.org

iCelebra! A Bilingual Holiday Concert for Children Presented by Queens University of Charlotte, December 15, 2012. Queens hosts a celebration of culture and music presented by Criss Cross Mangosauce, a company that offers bilingual (English/Spanish) products for children. Founded by two bicultural mothers, Criss Cross Mangosqauce joins a group of seven talented musicians to bring alive holiday songs and stories. This interactive performance engages kids and adults to move and to sing. http://www.queens.edu

The Charlotte improvisational theatre group, the Chuckleheads, present their A Very Special Holiday (All of Them) Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza at
The Ballantyne Art Center, 11318 Community House Road, Suite 303, Charlotte, on Saturday, December 8 beginning at 8:00pm http://www.planetimprov.com

Charlotte Symphony: Messiah Wednesday, Dec 12 7:30p at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Scott Allen Jarrett, conducting Oratorio Singers of Charlotte The Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte perform their annual production of Messiah. http://www.blumenthalarts.org

Latke Demonstration and Challenge Presented by Atherton Mill, 2104 South Blvd, on Friday, Dec. 7th, from 10 am until 1 pm, Chef Bill Averbach, well-known as the Pickleman will be demonstrating some of the numerous techniques and recipes used to make the traditional (and not so traditional) holiday treat called latkes; potato pancakes. http://www.edens.com/centers/NC/Charlotte

Sunday December 9: Chanukah at SouthPark from 5-7 p.m. Hot Latkes, children’s performance, juggling show, plus a chance to see the Camaro prize right in the mall. Buy your ticket for the raffle and win a $100 cash prize in addition to a chance for the 2013 Camaro, dream trip to Israel and more! http://www.southparkmall.com

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tuesday, Dec 18, 7:30p at Levine Center: Knight Theater, Charlotte, NC Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, re-imagines the holiday season. http://www.blumenthalarts.org

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library features a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, light displays, caroling and more. Christmas at the Library was named one of the Top 100 Events in the US by the American Bus Association (ABA). December 1-22, Monday-Thursday 9am-9:30pm. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Christmas activities begin 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.www.billygrahamlibrary.org

Speedway Christmas and the all new Boulevard of Lights is one of the largest holiday light shows in the region. This year’s route at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over 3 miles, offering an even more spectacular in-car LED light viewing experience. attractions continuing this year will include a realistic-themed Bethlehem Village, a Festival of Trees, NASCAR souvenir rigs for Christmas shopping, marshmallow roasting pits, Santa’s workshop, photos with Santa, themed areas for children, food and music. Also, new for 2012 is the addition of the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9. Skating is available for all ages, whether you are a beginner or a pro, and it’s just $12 per person with skate rink. http://www.xicenter.com

Charlotte understands the magic of the holidays! The Queen City celebrates the joyful season by offering a wonderful December calendar of arts and entertainment.