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It’s BLACK FRIDAY!

Black FridayWhat are your plans for today? Shop, decorate or just relax? Whatever you chose, we hope you have fun doing it! 


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Parades, Tree Lightings & Other Holiday Events – 2015

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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

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Charlotte Hornets Basketball Schedule – 2015

Charlotte Hornets 2015-2016 Season

Date:                              Opponent:                                        Time:
October 28th               @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

October 30th               @Atlanta (Hawks)                                8:00 pm

November 1st           Atlanta (Hawks)                                   2:00 pm

November 3rd          Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

November 5th             @Dallas (Mavericks)                            8:30 pm      

November 7th             @San Antonio (Spurs)                         8:30 pm 

November 10th           @Minnesota (Timberwolves)               8:00 pm

November 11th         New York (Knicks)                             7:00 pm

November 13th           @Chicago (Bulls)                                 8:00 pm

November 15th         Portland (Trail Blazers)                    5:00 pm

November 17th          @New York (Knicks)                            7:30 pm

November 18th        Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm 

November 20th        Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

November 23rd        Sacramento (Kings)                           7:00 pm 

November 25th        Washington  (Wizards)                       7:00 pm


November 27th        Cleveland (Cavaliers)                        7:00 pm

November 29th         Milwaukee (Bucks)                             2:00 pm

December 2nd          Golden State (Warriors)                     7:00 pm

December 5th            @Chicago (Bulls)                                  8:00 pm

December 7th           Detroit (Pistons)                                  7:00 pm

December 9th           Miami (Heat)                                         7:00 pm

December 11th          @Memphis (Grizzlies)                           8:00 pm

December 12th         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 16th          @Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

December 17th         Toronto (Raptors)                               7:00 pm

December 19th          @Washington (Wizards)                      7:00 pm

December 21st          @Houston (Rockets)                             8:00 pm

December 23rd         Boston (Celtics)                                  7:00 pm

December 26th         Memphis (Grizzlies)                            7:00 pm

December 28th         Los Angeles (Lakers)                          7:00 pm


December 30th         Los Angeles (Clippers)                       7:00 pm

January 1st                 @Toronto (Raptors)                              7:30 pm

January 2nd               Oklahoma City (Thunder)                  7:00 pm

January 4th                 @Golden State (Warriors)                  10:30 pm

January 6th                 @Phoenix (Suns)                                 9:00 pm

January 9th                 @Los Angeles (Clippers)                    3:30 pm

January 10th               @Denver (Nuggets)                             8:00 pm

January 13th                Atlanta (Hawks)                                    7:00 pm

January 15th               @New Orleans (Pelicans)                   8:00 pm

January 16th              Milwaukee (Bucks)                            7:00 pm

January 18th              Utah (Jazz)                                          2:00 pm

January 20th               @Oklahoma City (Thunder)                 8:00 pm

January 22nd              @Orlando (Magic)                                7:00 pm

January 23rd             New York (Knicks)                              7:00 pm

January 25th              @Sacramento (Kings)                         10:00 pm

January 27th              @Utah (Jazz)                                         9:00 pm

January 29th              @Portland (Trail Blazers)                    10:00 pm 

January 31st              @Los Angeles (Lakers)                         9:30 pm

February 3rd            Cleveland (Cavaliers)                         7:00 pm

February 5th             Miami (Heat)                                        7:00 pm

February 6th             Washington (Wizards)                        7:00 pm

February 8th             Chicago (Bulls)                                   7:00 pm

February 10th            @Indiana (Pacers)                                7:00 pm

February 19th            @Milwaukee (Bucks)                            8:00 pm

February 21st            @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 6:00 pm

February 24th            @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       7:00 pm

February 26th            @Indiana (Pacers)                               7:00 pm

February 28th            @Atlanta (Hawks)                                3:30 pm

March 1st                  Phoenix (Suns)                                  7:00 pm

March 2nd                 @Philadelphia (76ers)                          7:00 pm

March 4th                 Indiana (Pacers)                                 7:00 pm

March 7th                 Minnesota (Timberwolves)               7:00 pm


March 9th                 New Orleans (Pelicans)                    7:00 pm

March 11th               Detroit (Pistons)                                 7:00 pm

March 12th               Houston (Rockets)                             7:00 pm

March 14th               Dallas (Mavericks)                             7:00 pm

March 16th               Orlando (Magic)                                 7:00 pm

March 17th                @Miami (Heat)                                     7:30 pm

March 19th               Denver (Nuggets)                             6:00 pm

March 21st               San Antonio (Spurs)                          7:00 pm


March 22nd               @Brooklyn (Nets)                                 7:30 pm

March 25th                @Detroit (Pistons)                               7:30 pm 

March 26th                @Milwaukee (Bucks)                           8:30 pm  

March 29th                @Philadelphia (76ers)                         7:00 pm

April 1st                     Philadelphia (76ers)                           7:00 pm

April 3rd                    @Cleveland (Cavaliers)                       3:30 pm

April 5th                    @Toronto (Raptors)                            7:30 pm   

April 6th                    @New York (Knicks)                           7:30 pm

April 8th                  Brooklyn (Nets)                                  7:00 pm

April 10th                 @Washington (Wizards)                     1:00 pm

April 11th                 @Boston (Celtics)                                7:30 pm

April 13th                Orlando (Magic)                                 8:00 pm    



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Events: Hayrides, Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Oh My!

Fall pumpkin - hay balesIt’s time for hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches! Below is a list of local farms around the Lake Norman area that offer one or all three.

North Carolina

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


South Carolina

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


Events: It’s Fair Time!

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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)

 

Carolina Panthers Football Schedule – 2015

                               Are you ready for some football?
                                   2015-2016 Carolina Panthers Schedule 

Date:                                        Opponent:                                    Time: 
Sunday Sept. 13th                 @Jacksonville Jaguars                   1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 20th               Houston Texans                           1:00 pm

Sunday Sept. 27th               New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 4th                    @Tampa Bay Buccaneers             1:00 pm 

Sunday Oct. 11th                  BYE Weekend

Sunday Oct. 18th                  @Seattle Seahawks                        4:05 pm 

Sunday Oct. 25th                Philadelphia Eagles                       8:30 pm 

Monday Nov. 2nd                Indianapolis Colts                          8:30 pm

Sunday Nov. 8th                 Green Bay Packers                        1:00 pm

Sunday Nov. 15th                  @Tennessee Titans                        1:00 pm  

Sunday Nov. 22nd               Washington Redskins                   1:00 pm

Thursday Nov. 26th               @Dallas Cowboys                           4:30 pm

Sunday Dec. 6th                   @New Orleans Saints                     1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 13th                Atlanta Falcons                              1:00 pm   

Sunday Dec. 20th                 @New York Giants                           1:00 pm

Sunday Dec. 27th                 @Atlanta Falcons                             1:00 pm

Sunday Jan. 3rd                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers                1:00 pm

** Times are subject to change. 

FREE Summer Fun Events

Looking for something to do this Summer and is easy on the wallet? McGuire Nuclear Station is ready to help. McGuire is hosting Movies@McGuire and a one day Summer Camp. 

Movies @ McGuire 

July 10th at 8:45 pm – HOME

August 14th at 8:15 pm – TBD

A wonderful way to watch a movie with family and friends. The movie is shown on 2 large screens that can be enjoyed by land or by boat. Refreshments are available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs.



One Day Summer Camp

August 7th from 10 am-3 pm

A fun filled day of Scientific discovery & excitement. This is a first come, first served event. To register call 980-875-5600

Real Estate Tips: Home Grown

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March is the ideal month to get your garden started. Whether you dream of a lush herb garden or vegetable garden, now is the time. Below is a list of some vegetables and herbs to get your garden started. 

First you must get the soil ready. For most, you can simply start by mixing in compost. However, if you are planning for a large garden, getting your soil tested is the best way to start. 

These veggies can be planted in March and can withstand the last frost days.
Beets
Cabbage
Cucumbers
Onions
Peppers
Spinach

Grow these veggies/herbs indoors first, before transplanting outdoors.
Tomatoes
Peppers
Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme and sage

Time to Pick Apples in the Carolinas

Time to Pick Apples in The Carolinas!!!

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9.10.14 Apple pickiingSeptember brings the beginning of fall, but here in the Carolinas, we sometimes feel summer-like temperatures well into October. After a long, hot summer, I was ready for cooler temps, crisp air and something apple-flavored, so I headed north last Sunday.

I found a perfect day trip at Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina, just a 1 ½-hour drive from the Charlotte area and less than an hour from Upstate South Carolina. It makes a great short weekend trip if you’re in the Triad or Triangle.

Sky Top Orchard welcomed me with cool mountain air and fresh apples. Open from August to December, the orchard is home to more than 20 varieties of apples, picked by the staff and by visitors. Each apple variety arrives in a different part of the season, so you can choose the perfect time to pick your favorites.

As you walk toward the orchard store, you can smell the fresh baked apple doughnuts (yes, doughnuts) and they ARE yummy. You’ll see folks stocking up before they head home, and I suggest you do the same. And be sure to try an apple cider slushy or hot apple cider.

Exploring the store, you’ll see pecks and bushels (don’t worry, the staff can explain) of every apple in season. You can purchase apples picked by the staff, and near the back of the store, you’ll see where they sort the apples to sell or use for cider or other products. The staff is happy to explain how this large machine works.

Ready to pick? Check in to receive your basket and wagon and head to the orchard. Not sure what kind of apple you want? Head over to the sample section to try the apples currently available.

As you make your way to the orchards, you’ll pass several play areas for kids, as well as a petting zoo. Soon, you’ll find rows and rows of apple trees, ready to be explored. Spend as long as you like gathering apples, then head back to the store to check out.

Don’t miss the live beehive in the store. It’s a treat to see the bees in action and purchase honey created by the same hive. And don’t miss the delicious jams, jellies and even barbeque sauces with an apple kick.

Looking to extend your trip? Flat Rock is near the Blue Ridge Parkway, home of great hikes and fantastic views. For a list of great hikes in the area, click here.

As fall settles in, take advantage of the North Carolina mountains – just a short drive away. Pull out the jackets and long sleeves, pick your own apples, and see the leaves change. And as we say in the South – Happy Fall Y’all!

Don’ Forget: The Lincoln County Apple Festival is held annually in downtown Lincolnton the third Saturday in September. In 2014 it will be September 20th.


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