charlotte nc lifestyle: Christmas in Charlotte's Small Towns Kicks Off with Tree Lighting - 11/24/12 09:16 PM
You’ve finished the turkey and shopped for Good Friday bargains.  Now it’s time to enjoy the hometown Christmas holiday events in Charlotte’s small towns.
Many of the small towns in the Charlotte area kick off the Christmas season with a tree lighting ceremony.  Usually they offer hot chocolate and other treats for the friends and neighbors who gather to celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Sometimes seasonal music is presented.  A couple of town have parades.
Click here for a schedule of Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in some of the small towns on the southern side of the Charlotte region.

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Winghaven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary - 03/27/12 07:41 AM
Spring in Charlotte NC is for the birds and for the gardens.  And there’s no better place to spend some time in April than at the Winghaven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary.
Winghaven is set on three acres enclosed by brick walls in the heart of Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood.  The gardens were created in 1927 by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson to provide plantings for the birds that Elizabeth Clarkson loved.  The gardens consist of formal gardens with pathways and woodland areas.  The gardens provide nesting sites, cover, food and water for the many birds that make their homes there.
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charlotte nc lifestyle: A Southern Spring at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - 03/18/12 03:26 AM
Spring usually starts around March 15th in the Charlotte NC region.  It’s a glorious season that lasts until June.  One of the best places to see the glory of a Charlotte spring is at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG).
A Southern Spring is the name that DSBG has given its events between mid-March and June.  Visitors to the gardens can enjoy special programming during this time in addition to strolling through the gardens and enjoying the spring-blooming bulbs, flowers, shrubs and trees.
Peter Rabbit will visit DSBG on March 31, 2012.  Children can meet Peter and other characters from the classic … (0 comments)

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charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Celebrate St. Patrick's Day - 03/10/12 10:10 PM
Green is the color of Spring in Charlotte.  Although the green leaves won’t have arrived yet on March 17th, there will be plenty of green around as Charlotte celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
You can kick off the day at the 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in uptown Charlotte.  The bagpipes will be playing as the parade steps off at 11:00am and marches down Tryon Street from 9th Street south to 3rd Street.  Flags, floats, cheerleaders, drill teams and anyone who wants to be Irish for a day join the parade.  Last year’s parade had 60,000 spectators lining the street.
The … (2 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Wordless Wednesday--Spring is Breaking Out in Charlotte NC - 03/07/12 04:53 AM
Spring is Breaking Out in Charlotte NC


charlotte nc lifestyle: Early Spring Produce Stands in Charlotte Small Towns - 03/05/12 12:53 AM
Are you dreaming of last summer’s delicious tomatoes?  In Charlotte, it’s too early for those home-grown tomatoes, but it’s not early to buy fresh produce in area small towns.
In downtown Matthews, the Matthews Community Farmers Market has been open every Saturday morning from 8:00am to 10:00am all winter.  This farmers market sells only goods produced within 50 miles of Matthews.  The early spring produce available in March includes kale, lettuces, mustard greens, arugula, pea and corn shoots, parsley and other herbs.  Local farm-raised beef and pork are available as well as local honey, goat cheeses, eggs and dried apples and … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Kick Off Spring at the Southern Spring Show - 03/03/12 12:14 AM
The Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a Charlotte tradition.  Every year for the past 52 years, Charlotteans have visited the show to kick off spring at the end of February and the beginning of March.  If you are ready to think about sprucing up your home and working in your garden, plan to visit the show this weekend.
Twenty eight gardens with blooming flowers and landscaped walkways are the heart of the Southern Spring Show.  Over the past few years, garden designers have placed a lot of emphasis on outdoor hardscapes.  Many of the gardens feature outdoor fireplaces and … (3 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Find Charlotte NC History at James K. Polk Historic Site - 12/16/11 07:52 AM
Find Charlotte NC History at James K. Polk Historic Site
Charlotte NC gets criticized for not saving its historical buildings and sites.  But not all of Charlotte is shiny and new.  The James K. Polk Historic Site is one of those places where you can find some Charlotte NC history.  Fittingly for Charlotte, it's located in the shadow of one of Charlotte's largest malls, Carolina Place Mall. It's a peaceful spot that tells the tale of what life what like in backcountry Mecklenburg County in the early 1800s.
Click on the link below to read more about the birthplace of our eleventh president.

charlotte nc lifestyle: Christmas Events in Charlotte NC Small Towns--A Video Tour - 12/07/11 02:26 AM
Christmas Events in Charlotte NC Small Towns--A Video Tour
The Christmas season is underway in Charlotte's small towns.  The activities range from a simple tree lighting to weeks of events between Thanksgiving and New Year.  The earliest event is the annual Union County NC Christmas Parade, which takes place in Monroe NC the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  The Community Center in Matthews NC has productions and concerts all the way until New Year's Eve.
Enjoy this video of some of these small towns all dressed up for Christmas and some of their kick-off Christmas events.

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charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum - 10/24/11 03:08 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—Visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum
We all remember that cold day in January when Flight 1549 from New York to Charlotte landed in the Hudson River after a bird strike.  Did you know that the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane is now on display in Charlotte?  It has found a home at the Carolinas Aviation Museum at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
I recently spent several hours at the museum with visiting family.  The Carolinas Aviation Museum is a collection of aircraft, helicopters and equipment arranged in displays to show the history of aviation.  My World … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Charlotte NC Fall Garden Events - 09/15/11 05:13 AM
Charlotte NC Fall Garden Events
Summer’s heat is almost finished in Charlotte NC.  With cooler temperatures come some of my favorite times and events because fall is for planting in the Carolinas.
Three of Charlotte’s public gardens have special events and plant sales in September and October every year.  Here is a rundown of happenings for those of you who are ready to leave the air conditioning and get outside to dig in the dirt.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
It’s not too late to see the Fields-A-Flutter butterfly exhibit at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  This is a new exhibit showcasing … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Queens Feast Restaurant Week - 07/11/11 03:19 AM
Fun Things To Do in Charlotte NC—Queens Feast Restaurant Week
Are the hot days of July getting you down?  Can’t get away from Charlotte NC to ride the waves at the beach or chill in the mountains?
Here’s a cool alternative to getting out of town.  Book your reservations at Queens Feast also known as Charlotte Restaurant Week.  From Friday July 15th through Sunday July 24th, a group of participating restaurants offers three course meals for $30.  It’s a great opportunity to eat at that upscale restaurant you’ve always wanted to try.
The Charlotte Restaurant Week website lists almost 100 participating … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fourth of July Celebrations in Charlotte NC Small Towns - 06/28/11 09:11 AM
Fourth of July Celebrations in Charlotte NC Small Towns
You can celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way or in a small way in Charlotte NC.  If you want to see big fireworks displays with lots of folks, you can check out the US National Whitewater Center’s three day festival, Carowinds’  Nights of Fire, the Charlotte Speedway or the WBT SkyShow.
Or you can celebrate the Fourth in one of Charlotte’s small towns where the settings are more intimate and the crowds are enthusiastic but smaller.  In these small town events, you can see fireworks, watch a parade, enter … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: May--The Most Beautiful Month in Charlotte NC - 05/01/11 03:46 AM
May—The Most Beautiful Month in Charlotte NC
It’s the first of May and time to celebrate Charlotte’s most beautiful month.  May is the month when Charlotte’s famous tree canopy explodes in all its green splendor and the city’s gardens are full of colorful flowers.  May is the month when the average temperatures are near 80 degrees but the summer humidity hasn’t yet arrived.  May is the month when Charlotteans relish spending time outside at home and around the city.
Charlotte’s public and private gardens are on display in May.   On Mothers Day weekend, Daniel Stowe Botanical garden invites the city’s mothers … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--NASCAR Hall of Fame - 01/25/11 03:01 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—NASCAR Hall of Fame
The rumble of the engines and the roar of the crowd.  A jumble of colors flashing by.
If you want to follow sports in Charlotte NC, you must include NASCAR stock car racing.  After all, the sport was born in the North Carolina mountains where moonshiners souped up their cars to outrun the revenuers.  And most of the racing teams are based in the Charlotte region.

The recently completed NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte is the perfect place to enjoy the sport, whether you are new to stock … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--Party on New Year's Eve - 12/31/10 08:03 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—Party on New Year’s Eve
When you think of New Year’s Eve, you think of adult parties and the kids tucked away in their beds.  But if you want to party with your young ones, Charlotte offers some family-friendly options for welcoming the New Year.
First Night Charlotte
Put on your party hat and head for uptown Charlotte NC where the alcohol-free First Night rings in the New Year for young and old alike.  First Night is a community festival that emphasizes the arts and takes place around Charlotte’s cultural  facilities along the Levine Avenue … (0 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--See the Christmas Lights - 12/05/10 03:46 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—See the Christmas Lights
You probably won’t have a white Christmas in Charlotte NC.  But you can find some terrific spots in Charlotte to see outdoor Christmas lights.  Some of these displays are spectacular, in fact.  Here are three places that I recommend.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Holiday Lights at the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) hosts a holiday lights celebration every year.  Over 600,000 lights illuminate the pathways and fountains in the gardens.  Carriage rides are also available if you prefer a ride through the displays.  A 16-foot Christmas tree with 300 orchids … (1 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art - 09/21/10 03:31 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Where is the most famous bird in Charlotte NC?  Is it in towering willow oaks along Queens Road?  How about in one of Mecklenburg County’s nature preserves?  Is it flying over Lake Norman?
No. You won’t find Charlotte’s best known bird in any of those places.
Charlotte’s favorite bird is perched on the streets in uptown Charlotte.  It’s the “Firebird”, an 18’ tall sculpture in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  The “Firebird” is perched on an arch and covered by thousands of mirrored glass tiles.  It’s … (1 comments)

charlotte nc lifestyle: Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC--The Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture - 09/02/10 05:20 AM
Fun Things to Do in Charlotte NC—The Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
The Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture will celebrate its first birthday in October 2010.  My husband and I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon recently at the Gantt Center and recommend it to anyone interested in African-American visual arts.  There were three exhibits at the Center on the day we visited.  Highlights from the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art presented fifty eight works of art, including Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett.  Two other galleries contain prints, paintings and wooden vases and bowls.
The Gantt Center is located … (0 comments)

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