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32nd Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade 2014

Cold and rain did not interrupt the 32nd Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas parade this past Saturday Dec. 6! Enjoy the pictures and see the floats that began in Davidson, traveled through Hwy 115 and ended on Hickory Street in Cornelius. Residents celebrated around high school bands, horses, tractors, school groups, civic organizations and more! The parade, presented by the Davidson Fire Department and Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department, is one of the largest events to take place in North Mecklenburg. (Sara Sellers/Herald Weekly photos)

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Downtown Davidson Holiday Art Crawl

30 artists showcased and sold handmade art and gift items up and down the charming Main Street of Downtown Davidson this past Saturday, Nov. 15. Fine art and textiles to pottery and baked goods were available! Art crawlers were treated to local music along Main Street as they enjoyed wine and beer tastings. Youngsters got their will be faces painted, made free crafts and drank delicious hot apple cider! (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)

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Puppy Up! Walk Lake Norman 2014

On November 8th Puppy Up! Walk Lake Norman raised over $18,000 dollars to help in ridding the world of its deadliest disease - cancer in both humans and pets. The 2 mile walk was held in Jetton Park in Cornelius. In March 2008 Luke Robison walked 2000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog, Malcolm, who died from this horrible disease. The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discover the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers. Each walk educates people along the way - one dog, each mile at a time. (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)

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Birkdale Artfest

Many enjoyed the beautiful weather while attending North Carolina's finest juried art festival, the Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival, in Birkdale Village this past Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th! Pieces for sale included paintings, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics and woodworking.

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AnneLeigh’s Lemonade Stand & Bake Sale for Make-A-Wish

AnneLeigh Twer brought her Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale to Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep along with her dream to grant a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. McAlister’s Deli donated the lemonade. Maddy’s Fattys Bakery donated some of the cupcakes, as well as donations from Linda Lee’s Confections, Tizzerts, Suarez Bakery, and some of AnneLeigh’s teachers, neighbors and employees of Lake Norman Chrysler made bake goods to donate. Between AnneLeigh’s sales and the donation from Lake Norman Chrysler, she raised $7,022!

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LangTree Live! Enjoy Outdoor Music

On Friday July 25th Langtree Lake Norman held their first "LIVE" Outdoor Music concert in the common area. For those who haven't visited Langtree at the Lake yet, you will be surprised at how many businesses have opened and how many people are already flocking to this GREAT new destination. Come try Bacchus Wine & Tapas, or if it's retail you're looking - Swell Board Shop (Surf shop), and Fab'rik are open and thriving just to name a few. Look for Kilted Buffalo's 2nd location Opening in Early September. Stay tuned to the Herald Calendar for more community events and promotions. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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LNPs Best Of Lake Norman Celebration at River Run

Lake Norman Publications held their "Best of Lake Norman" results party at River Run Country Club in Davidson. We celebrated the Winners with free food and drink. BLUE Monday and DJ Bob kept the crowd in great spirits considering we had a torrential downpour! Special thanks to River Run Country Club - even with the rain the Tents kept everyone warm and dry. Congratulations to all the Winners and to over 8500 of our readers who went online and voted for their favorite locals in over 60 different categories. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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10th Annual Big Day at the Lake Cookout

Photos from 2014's 10th Annual Big Day at the Lake Cookout. Following a morning of water sports with volunteer boat hosts, it concludes with a picnic for some 600 participants at Duke Energy's Explorium and picnic area in Huntersville. Food is donated by local businesses for the picnic. Big Day at the Lake connects at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) with Lake Norman volunteers for a full day of fun on the lake. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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6th Annual Barnstock Music Festival

Barnstock returned to Huntersville for its sixth year! The rainy day put kept the crowds to a minimum, but the people who showed up certainly made the best of the bad weather! Live entertainment played throughout the event. Proceeds from this year’s BYOB festival will benefit Headbands of Hope, the Davidson Fire Department, and Cannon School. This is an annual event you don't want to miss! Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Second Friday Art Crawl - Downtown Cornelius

The "2nd Friday" events take place the second Friday of every month, from 6-10 p.m. in the parking lot of Oak Street Mill, Cornelius. The evening offers a pedestrian friendly path of art, craft, culture and community. Area businesses also remain open through the evening. Artisans will be selling their wares in the physical spaces in between the businesses. Adult beverages are for sale, and the event is permitted for walking with adult beverages. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Rainy Symphony in the Park - Bailey Road Park

The rain didn't stop the crowds from showing up for one of the coolest annual events put on by the Town of Cornelius - Symphony in the Park. Since the event is held on City Property, no glass bottles, containers, no pets, no smoking, and no open flames are the rules - but that only creates an incredible family fun atmosphere. We didn't hang out in the rain long enough to find out if the symphony ever played - but that didn't stop the children and families from having fun playing in the rain. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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3rd Annual Brew Stash Bash at USNWC

The 2014 3rd Annual Brew Stash Bash was held at the U. S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. Locals came from all over Charlotte to taste and learn about favorite craft brews while enjoying live music throughout the day! The day kicked off 11:30 a.m. with the Brew Dash, a 6K that winds throughout the USNWC trail system, and the rest of the day was quite a bit more relaxing. Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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2014 Poker Run at the Peninsula Yacht Club

The Annual Peninsula Poker run, sponsored in part by Aquesta Bank, was once again a smashing success! Poker Runs are NOT races, they are semi-scavenger hunts, and typically involve 5 different pickup locations. At each location a team picks up a "sealed poker card" - then everyone regroups (in this case at the Peninsula Yacht Club) and opens their cards to see who has the best poker hand. The winner held 4 Queens... if you're a poker player, well - you know, that's a tough hand to beat. At the end of the day it's all for a good cause and the proceeds went to benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Lake Norman and Cornelius Davidson Children's development. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Second Friday Art Crawl for June 2014

Second Friday has become a huge attraction for locals and families to come explore local artists work, and try some of the most flavorful mobile dining options from our vast array of food truck vendors. Live music is playing and "adult beverages" are allowed in the parking lot so you can feel free to roam or just relax and listen to some great live music. Children love the atmosphere and you'll almost always find some kids dancing by the stage. Watch the Herald Calendar for fun events for adults and family entertainment. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Tarheel Old English Sheepdog Rescue Fundraiser

Patrons came to help raise some money and have some fun! Paw Print Keepsakes, BBQ, Raffles, Silent Auction and more! Please join TOESR to help raise funds to ease some of the financial burden for Violet, a 3 year old female Old English Sheepdog who has been very sick this past year. Her human family consists of a single mom and her 11 year old son. They have been through a year and a half of personal loss and struggles. Photos by Courtney Parlier.