Folk trio arrives at The Birdsnest 

DAVIDSON – Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, enjoy performing old country music hits that represent a slice of long-gone Americana.

The duo play arrangements on the ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. Over the years, they have shared the stage with John Gorka, Joan Osborne, Mustard’s Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.

They’ll be joined by Jackie Moseley, a singer as well as guitarist and keyboard player who tries to emulate Joni Mitchell’s style.

The trio performs at 8 p.m. May 17 at The Birdsnest, located at 102 N. Main St.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Email or call 704-990-6378 to reserve your seat.

A portion of each ticket goes to Habitat for Humanity.

Lake Norman Mommies, EnergyExplorium host family carnival

HUNTERSVILLE – As the weather grows warmer, parents looking for a way to spend time with and entertain their children can attend a carnival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 at McGuire Nuclear Station, located at 13339 Hagers Ferry Road.

Hosted by Lake Norman Mommies and the EnergyExplorium, the free event will be held in rain or shine.

Attractions will include a magic show by Twist the Balloon Man, a live reptile show by Cold Blooded Reptile Encounters, science demonstrations by Rocket Ryan and an opportunity to visit with characters from the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Little Dreamer Productions will entertain with DJ and emcee services. Main stage performances by Cheer Explosion, Expressions Dance Studio, Grand Central Academy of the Performing Arts and Rock University unfold throughout the day.

Wearing comfortable clothes is encouraged, as Burn Bootcamp hosts field activities and games on the lawn. Kids can burn extra energy in a bounce house, do arts and crafts, take photos and get their faces painted.

Attendees will get up close and personal with cars and trucks in the touch-a-truck area, which features the Coca-Cola Discovery Truck and vehicles from the Cornelius Police Department, Huntersville Police Department, Huntersville Fire Department and North Mecklenburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Watch car seat and "baby-proofing" demonstrations by A Safe Child, relax in Ballas Chiropractic’s massage chair and meet representatives from Earth Fare, Habitat for Humanity and Novant Health. A prize tent will offer treats ranging from house cleaning services and artwork to Carowinds tickets and fitness memberships.

Bruster’s ice cream truck will provide ice cream, drinks, hot dogs and other snacks.


Art show part of Habitat fundraising competition

DAVIDSON – Jack Hart, a 94-year-old who recently discovered his love for painting, will host an arts show this spring, with all proceeds benefiting Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

According to Tammy Cox, resource development director for the group, 10 individuals around the Lake Norman area are competing for the honor of the title “biggest cheese,” by raising the most money for Habitat through various types of events.

As one of the competitors, Hart is choosing to use his passion for creating art to aid low-income home building in the area.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the Cheese Ball Nov. 7 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville. Hart’s show, which includes the work of other local artists, will take place June 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lake Norman Cottage, 200-A North Harbor Place.

Admission is free, and there will be a cash bar.