North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – 2015

Christmas FloatHead out to Davidson to take part in one of North Mecklenburg’s largest events, the Christmas Parade. Yes, it’s that time again and what a great way to get you into the holiday mood. You will see local bands, dace groups, floats, old cars and of course Santa. 

Time: Parade to begin at 1:00 pm

Parade Route:
Begins: Town of Davidson – Hwy 115 
End: Town of Cornelius – Hwy 115

North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – 2014

Another holiday season is quickly approaching us which means its time for 32nd annual North Meck Christmas Parade! Head out to Main Street in Davidson, for one of the largest and longest running traditions in the area. It’s a wonderful way to get ready for the holiday season.

Time:
Parade begins at 1:00 pm

Route:

Begins-Main Street Davidson 
Ends-Town Hall in Cornelius 

Light Up Cornelius – 2014

It’s time for the 3rd annual Lighting of the Tree at the Cornelius Town Hall. A wonderful time and entertainment for all ages. So, have you been good this year? Santa will be there too!

Festivities begin at 4:00pm & Lighting of the Tree at 5:30pm

christmas tree

5K & 10K – Lake Norman Turkey Trot – 2014

Want a little exercise before the big meal? Epic Sports has given you that opportunity. You can take your pick from a 5K, 10K or Distance Dare (which is both back to back). 

Prices: Includes a long sleeve-T for the first 900 registrants
5K is $35
10K is $40
Distance Dare is $50

Race Schedule:
  • 6:00 am: Registration Opens
  • 7:15 am: Pre-race meeting for 10K athletes
  • 7:30 am: 10K start
  • 8:45 am: Pre-race meeting for 5K athletes – Distance Dare athletes please make sure you can finish the 10 K in 85 minutes or less
  • 9:00 am: 5K start
  • 9:30 am: 10K Awards ceremony
  • 10:00 am: 5K & Distance Dare Awards ceremony

For more details visit event website

Birkdale Village Tree Lighting Celebration – 2014

Let the tree lighting ceremonies begin! Birkdale Village is the first in the area with their annual holiday tree lighting celebration today.  Enjoy music, food and an appearance by Santa! Help Santa and friends light the 34 foot tree. Fun for all ages!

christmas tree

Birkdale Village Tree Lighting-2013

An annual holiday tree lighting celebration w/music, food and an apperance by Santa! Help Santa and friends light the 34 foot tree. Fun for all ages!

Real Estate: Parades, Parades and more Parades

  Thanksgiving has come and gone, now let the festivities begin! Yes, it’s already that time of year again, time for the holiday parades and festivities. Here is a list of some of the local parades and events  going on in our area…     Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayThe festivities begin on November 28th and continue until December 24th from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Christmas in Davidson begins on Thursday December 1st and comes to a close on Saturday December 3rd. The is always great food, fun and festivities each night from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.   Denver Parade– will be the 3rd annual parade and it will take place on Saturday December 3rd at 2:30pm. This year’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. The official tree lighting will take place on Friday December 2nd at 6 p.m.  at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, 1445 N.C. 16 N., followed by Christmas carols. Fort Mill Christmas Parade– will be held on December 3rd at 11:00 pm on Main Street. Gastonia Parade– is scheduled for December 4th at 2:00 pm. McAdenville ParadeBetter known as Christmas Town USA, will hold it’s parade on Thursday December 1st at 4:30 pm and finish up with the official lighting ceremony. Mt. Holly ParadeWill be Wednesday November 30th at 3:00 pm North Mecklenburg ParadeThis year will be the 29th annual parade and will take place on Saturday December 3rd at 1:00 pm. Rock Hill Christmas Parade– is scheduled for December 2nd at 6:30 pm and starts at Winthrop University. Uptown Tree Lighting– will take place on December 2nd at 5:30 pm in “The Square” (Trade & Tryon Street in Charlotte) Waxhaw Christmas Parade– will begin downtown at 3:00 pm on December 11th and will end with the official tree lighting.   There are many other events taking place around our area. These are just a few that we decided to highlight.  

Real Estate: New Changes to Huntersville, NC Traffic Woes

  Please take a moment to view the maps. We thought this information would benefit everyone that lives, works and/or shops in this area. The first link is to the new traffic pattern design that has been approved & funded for the widening of Sam Furr Road.  http://www.huntersville.org/Planning%20Info/Quadrant%20Figure%20-%20Revised%20Lane%20Configuration%202_13_09.pdf The second link is to the proposed changes to the overall traffic flow  http://www.huntersville.org/downloads/transportation/SamFurrRoadInterchangeModificationStudy/173377_alternative_3rev.pdf

 

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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