Young authors succeed at novel writing

HUNTERSVILLE – At 10 years old, Sydney Campanella and Lauren-Kate Stewart wrote and published full-length novels. At 11, they wrote and published sequels.

The girls are homeschooled and meet weekly for a writing class taught by Sydney’s mom. The girls read their work aloud and discuss ideas.

They’ll sign and sell books at the following locations:

• St. Mark Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar – 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumpton Road, Huntersville.

• Christmas in Davidson – 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Main Street Books, 126 South Main St., Davidson.

“The Mysterious Birthday Gift,” “Mystery on the Trail,” “Commander You You and the Imperial Diamond” and “Commander You You and the Time Penny” are available at Main Street Books and


‘Narnia’ opens to sold-out crowds

DAVIDSON – Due to popular demand, “Narnia,” the musical production performed by Davidson Community Players, will extend its run with an extra show at 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

The 70-minute show opened to sold-out audiences at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St.

The performance, rife with original music, creative choreography and colorful costumes, is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ children’s classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

Remaining performances will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15, at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 and 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. Tickets cost $10 and are available through the box office at 704-892-7953 or


Motorcoaches love the Renaissance Festival

HUNTERSVILLE – What’s better than a jousting match and a roasted turkey leg?

Not much, according to the American Bus Association, which named the Carolina Renaissance Festival as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

The judges based their decision on the festival’s broad appeal, accessibility to motorcoaches, skill at handling large groups and excellent entertainment value offered to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world. 

The festival’s marketplace mimics 16th century architecture and features more than 100 merchants, crafters, and artists that create, demonstrate and sell handmade wares.

The festival operates Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24.

Details: or 877-896-5544.


Screenings held for Davidson film

DAVIDSON – Residents will have two chances to watch the documentary, “Davidson Design for Life: An Initiative to Improve the Health of a Community.”  

The 48-minute documentary explains Davidson’s guiding principles for creating a healthy community, demonstrates how healthy design has been incorporated into Davidson’s planning process and how the community can promote health.

Following the documentary, Katherine Hebert, Davidson Design for Life coordinator, will answer questions.

Screenings will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane.

The town received a grant in 2011 to conduct health impact assessments. Hebert has conducted six so far with three more planned in 2014.