McGuire Movie Night 1 – Huntersville 2014

It’s that time again! Time to enjoy a movie on a large outdoor movie screen from the comfort of your own boat or a blanket in the lawn.

The first movie scheduled is Rio 2 and is set to begin at 8:30pm. 


Refreshments are available for purchase.

Charlotte Symphony at The Lake – Huntersville 2014

Looking for something to do? Head on over to the EnergyExplorium to hear the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony from the lawn. Pack a picnic and enjoy a snack with the family under the stars. Think you can’t make it? Then head over by boat and anchor in the EnergyExplorium cove at the southern end of Lake Norman.

Refreshments available for purchase.

Lake Norman Fun Facts

 

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  • Lake Norman’s deepest point is over 100 ft. and has an average depth of 25 ft. Full pond is 760 ft. (above sea level).
 
  • Lake Norman holds approximately 3,400,000,000 gallons of water, having the weight of approximately 13,600,000 tons.
 
  • Lake Norman’s shoreline measures approximately 520 miles, more than the coastlines of North and South Carolina combined.
 
  • Lake Norman got it’s name from former Duke Power president Norman Cocke and is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, and covers approximately 32,475 acres and is the larger than the Sea of Galilee.
 
  • Lake Norman is bordered by 4 counties: (1) Mecklenburg, which was named for the home province of King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte; (2) Catawba, which was named for the Catawba Indians, who actually called themselves Eswataroa (meaning great river); (3) Lincoln, named for Benjamin Lincoln; and (4) Iredell named for James Iredell, who never saw the county.
 
  • During the Revolutionary War, a battle was fought on February  1st 1781 at almost the exact spot where the Cowan’s Ford Dam now sits. Militia General William Lee Davidson, for whom Davidson College is named, was killed in the battle.
 
  • The groundbreaking for Cowan’s Ford Dam was held on September 28th 1959. Governor Terry Sanford was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the completed dam five years later on September 29th 1964.
 
  • The first metal bridge to span the Catawba River, in this area, was built by James W. Brown & B.A. Troutman of Mooresville. They completed the bridge in 1911 and it was located about ¼ of a mile downstream from the present NC Hwy 150 bridge.
 
  • Talk about planning ahead, James B. Duke’s associates began purchasing Catawba Valley bottomland in 1901 to prepare for future power generation.
 
  • Had Lake Norman not been in place, there probably would have been a flooding of the Catawba River Valley in 1970. Severe flooding did occur in 1916 and 1940.
 
  • The Catawba River froze solid enough for horse-drawn wagons to cross on November 27th 1886 and January 19th 1887.
 
  • There have been several unusual sightings around Lake Norman, including a  mysterious cat-like creature known as the Wampus, UFO’s, man sized catfish and an alligator or two.
 

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Northern Mecklenburg: Lake Norman

Lake Norman Map

Long-time residents can see change all over the Charlotte area. But evidence of that change is perhaps most striking in the Lake Norman area, some 25 miles north of Charlotte. Thirty years ago, the lakecreated by Duke Power Co. (now Duke Energy)was a real hideaway. Surrounded by fishing shacks and old mobile homes, and accessible by winding, often unpaved roads, the lake was a weekend getawaybut nothing more. Then I-77 came through the territory and brought people along with its ribbon of pavement. You still can find some of those fishing shacks and weekend residents. But today, more and more folks live the vacation lifestyle year-round, with plenty of shopping and restaurants nearby and direct access to jobs in Uptown Charlotte, University City, the airport area or even north Mecklenburg. At the heart of it all is Lake Norman, with shoreline stretching 520 miles through four counties: Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln and Catawba. It’s often referred to as the Inland Sea. When Charlotteans refer to the Lake Norman area, they usually mean the area north of the Harris Boulevard/I-77 interchange, which includes Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson in Mecklenburg County and the southern tip of Iredell County, which encompasses Mooresville and its shoreline. Growth has been huge, with some 80,000 people living here now. Because lake dwellers like their area so much, civic and government leaders are working hard to develop long-term plans and regulations to protect the small-town atmosphere. Along the way, some are coming up with some creative ideas, including several new urban communities. Developers are increasingly seeing the promise in rehabbing old mills and downtown buildings to create unusual offices, retail centers and even residential complexes. North Mecklenburg has three incorporated towns: Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. All have seen tremendous residential growth, and all are home to some thriving businesses. Davidson also is a college town, home to highly regarded Davidson College, which adds an ivy-league atmosphere to the community. Shopping Near the I-77/I-485 interchange, NorthLake Mall opened in 2005 with 150 specialty stores and anchors Dillard’s, Belk, Hecht’s, Dick Sporting Goods and a 14-screen cinema megaplex. The 1.1 million-square-foot facility brings thousands of new jobs to the area. Lake shoppers now can browse unique boutiques, quaint village shops, upscale specialty stores and national chains such as Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Stein Mart, Kohl’s and Old Navy. Several Charlotte specialty retailers have opened second sites at the lake, as have a number of restaurants. Birkdale Village, a new, 52-acre mixed-use development in Huntersville off Sam Furr Road, offers more than 60 stores and restaurants including Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes and Noble, and a 16-screen movie theater. Across the street is the 18 hole golf course & the popular Birkdale neighborhood. Health Care NorthCross has a thriving medical community, with many physicians’ offices and outpatient surgery centers. In 2004, Presbyterian Hospital opened its Huntersville hospital on Gilead Road. Recreation If you choose not to live on the lake, or you live there but don’t have access to the lake in your community, you’ll want to take advantage of the many waterfront parks and public-access areas. Jetton Park, Blythe Landing and Ramsey Creek Park in the Cornelius/Huntersville area offer boat launching ramps, paved bike and walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and athletic fields, fishing piers and sandy beaches. Golfers have no shortage of links to test their mettle. From Birkdale’s Arnold Palmer-designed course to Northstone’s P.B. Dye course to Muirfield, Mallard Head and The Point (just over the line in Iredell County), there are plenty of courses for weekend duffers and serious competitors alike.

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