Category Archives: Concord – NC
It’s time for the holiday parades and tree lightings. If you love parades or just looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit, then take a look at all the holiday events happening around the Lake Norman area.
Birkdale Tree Ligthing – (Click on event for more details)
November 14th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Charlotte-South End Tree Lighting – November 21st at Atherton Mill
Concord Tree Lighting – November 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concord Christmas Parade – November 21st from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Mooresville Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 24th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting – November 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 26th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Light Up Cornelius – (Click on event for more details)
November 28th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Denver Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
November 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Belmont Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
McAdenville – Christmas Town Festival & Tree Ligthting – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:30 pm -9:00 pm (town lights up every evening 12/1 – 12/26)
Mount Holly Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Fort Mill Tree Lighting – December 3rd from 6:00 pm
Fort Mill Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Waxhaw Festival of Lights – December 4th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Denver Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration – (Click on event for more details)
December 5th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gastonia Christmas Parade – December 6th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stanley Christmas Parade – December 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Huntersville Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
December 12th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Waxhaw Christmas Parade – December 13th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
November is a great month to get started on winterizing your plumbing systems. We all know that water expands as it freezes, which can cause strain on your plumbing system. Below are a few tips/precautions you can take to help save you down the road.
1) Make sure your crawl space vents are closed up tight and add extra insulation over all openings you find.
2) If your bathroom pipes run along the exterior wall, open up the door on the vanity to allow warm air inside.
3) Remove, drain and store your garden hoses.
4) Leave your kitchen sink and/or bathroom sink at a slow drip overnight when temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
5) Leave a cabinet door open under all sinks to allow heat inside.
6) NEVER thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame! Use a hair dryer, heat lamp or space heater.
It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 10.5% (most pessimistic) and 25.5% (most optimistic).
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.
An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.
3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage
As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:
“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”
4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life
The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.
But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.
1) Stay on top of the falling leaves. Leaves can smother your grass and to keep your lawn looking nice either rake leaves regularly or mow. If you decide to mow, make sure you use a bag to collect the clippings & shredded leaves which you can use for your garden or landscape beds.
2) Prune rose canes back to knee height, mound the base with fresh compost (about 12 inches) and cover the rosebush with shredded leaves. This will help protect the bush & roots during the colder months.
3) Mulch landscaping beds with chopped leaves or pine needles. Again, this is extra protection and helps reduce the effects of extreme temperature changes.
4) Plant spring bulbs now and your yard will come alive next spring. Examples of spring bulbs to plant are tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinth to name a few.
1) Amazing Maize Maze in Huntersville
Open from October 3rd until November 1st from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
They offer a fun corn maze, hayrides, games & pick a pumpkin.
**Children 13 and older are $11 and children 5-12 are $7.50
Address: 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078
2) Carrigan Farm in Mooresville
Open from September 25th – November 1st from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday & Sundays
& Tuesday -Thursday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
**$10 which includes a hayride to pumpkin patch, pumpkin, visit to the petting zoo & warm apple cider.
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC 28115
3) Hodges Farm in Charlotte
Open September 25th until October 31st from 9:00 am-Dusk.
They offer a pumpkin patch, games and on the weekends pony rides and hayrides.
**$5 fee for admission Extra Cost: $5 pony rides & $5 hayride
Address: 3900 Rocky River Road Charlotte, NC 28215
4) Patterson Farm in Mt. Ulla / China Grove (Mooresville Area)
Open September 26th until November 6th on the weekends.
Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm-6:00 pm
They offer a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch & play area
**Children 2 and under are FREE & 3-54 $9 and 55 and older $8
Pumpkin patch express (hayride only) $4
Extra cost: pony rides $4, corn maze $4
Address: 10390 Caldwell Road Mt. Ulla, NC 28125
5) Regal Corn Maze in Statesville
Open September 26th until November 1st (weekends only)
Fri 6:00pm-10:00pm – Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm – Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
They offer a corn maze, fun games, face painting, hay tunnel & more
**Children 4 and under are FREE & 5 and older $9
Address: 347 Bell Farm Road Statesville, NC 28625
1) Autumn Farm & Vineyard in Gaffney
Open Weekends in October – Sat-Sun 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Field of Scream – Fri & Sat dark-until & Sun dark-10:00 pm
They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, bounce house, games & more
**$5 during the day & $10 for Field of Scream
Extra cost: pumpkin (by size), bounce house $2 , games $1 each & food
Address: 2480 Pacolet Hwy Gaffney, SC 29340
2) Cotton Hills Farm in Chester
Open Saturdays in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm tours, animals and hayrides
**$9 for adults, $7 for children 2-12 yrs and 1 & under are Free
(small pumpkin included in admission fee)
**They also host a Farm Fair– this year it is Oct 17th and it includes all actives mentioned above plus live music and additional activities for same price
Address: 2575 Lowrys Hwy Chester, SC 29706
3) Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill (Fall Frolic Weekends on the Greenway)
Open October 3rd – November 1st – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
They offer wagon ride to pumpkin patch, hay maze, corn maze, animals and games.
**Members $8, Non-Members $10 and children 4 – under Free
(Members of Ann Springs Close Greenway)
Address: 1604 US Hwy 21 Fort Mill, SC 29715
The days are getting cooler and that could mean one thing…it’s fair time! Below is a list of some of the local fairs that are going on near you! Click on the fair to learn more.
Denver Days – Denver, NC (September 30th – October 3rd)
Cleveland County Fair – Shelby, NC (September 30th – October 11th)
Cabarrus County Fair – Concord, NC (September 11th -19th)
State Fair – Raleigh, NC (October 15th – October 26th)
August is usually the month for going back-to-school and you and your home can suddenly spin out of control. Below is a list of some hopeful tips to help you stay organized during this crazy time.
1) Establish a routine. Start homework as soon as the kids get home from school. This is a great way to cut down the stress before bedtime. Also, Preparing food for lunches, laying out clothes, signing all homework, etc… can be done the night before and will save you time in the mornings.
2) Get a calendar. Having a calendar on a wall near the kitchen can help you keep track of daily, weekly or monthly activities at a glance. You should include family event, test dates & other important information. Try adding a inspirational quote to the top every month.
3) Make a designated area for school backpacks. A mudroom is an excellent place to keep backpacks. This way, they are out of sight to your guest yet your family knows exactly where to look for them the next day.
4) Prep lunches. Its a good idea to have designated areas for school lunches in the refrigerator and pantry. This way you can grab the items you need to make a quick lunch.
Refrigerator: Make designated area for juice boxes (school drinks) in the door.
Pantry: Designate a shelf or drawer for school lunches & store single serve snack items in different baskets or containers.