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 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.
Photos from our 2014 Art on the Walk Sunset Celebration, where locals browsed and shopped local artists' booths along our boardwalk at the Peninsula Yacht Club, while being serenaded with live music by the Tsunami Wave Riders! Photos by Courtney Parlier.
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.
Photos from 'Tawba Walk VII Music & Arts Festival! The 'Tawba Walk has captured the attention of artists, businesses and residents throughout the Lake Norman and Charlotte area. By highlighting the exceptional talent right here in our hometown, and keeping all aspects local, the event has become a staple for the increasingly popular arts district in Cornelius. The 'Tawba Walk is your all-access pass to discovering the best that local has to offer including:- over 50 local artisans/vendors - 5 of the area's top bands- live art demonstrations and performances - 4 food trucks - and beer from local breweries (yes, you can can now walk around with your adult beverages!) Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The 6th Annual Giving Them Hope Luncheon “Open Hearts, Open Homes” at The Cove Church, 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville was a free luncheon for locals to learn more about Barium Springs and the children and families we serve. During the luncheon, attendees heard from community leaders, our President, and the children that have experienced change and hope! This is a great program for a GREAT cause. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
The Pearl and LA Studio for Fashion & Modeling will co-hosted a Fabulous Spring Fashion Show to benefit Little Smiles NC. Little Smiles is a local organization that helps put smiles back on the faces of children who need it most! The Pearl is the perfect location for events and gatherings and thanks to the partnership with Armin's catering... The Pearl and Armin's are your one stop spot for Event planning around the lake. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The 13th annual “An Evening For Dove House” was presented by Husky Rack and Wire at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. This signature gala event was a memorable evening of fabulous food from over a dozen local restaurants, live music by The Buff’ugees and the Mike Hager Band, and a special speaker and silent auctions. This event sold out. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Relay For Life of Huntersville/Cornelius is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Teams of people camped out overnight around the track at Bailey Road Park, Cornelius. Members of each team took turns walking around the track. There was food, games and activities along with entertainment. The event promoted a family-friendly environment for the entire community. Blue Monday took the stage at 9:30pm and DJ Bob kept the music playing. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Burners Cigar Company - located conveniently in Birkdale next to Which Which Sandwich Co. invited the community in for an afternoon of cigars, beer, and BBQ, as Burner's welcomes Nish Patel creator of the Bold from Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. A portion of the days proceeds went to benefit Alzheimer's Association through Blondes vs. Brunettes. When you think Cigars... Think Burners - click on our profile page for Cigars 101. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The 2nd annual Tuck Fest at the US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, is a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC). A variety of outdoor sport competitions include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, slacklining and adventure racing. The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark. Photos by Chris Hull.
The fourth annual Pawz Too Run 5K and Dog Walk was Saturday, April 12, 2014 on the Village Green in Davidson. Proceeds go to help Friends of the Animals build a state-of-the art animal adoption and education center and spay/neuter clinic off Exit 31 in Mooresville. The race and other festivities will began at 8:30 a.m. and concluded at 1:30 p.m. on the Town Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
The Loch Norman Highland games annual Festival fell on the perfect weather weekend to get out with the family and enjoy all that the Highland Games has to offer. Some of the fun at Rural Hill included live traditional and Celtic rock music, genealogy search, Piping and Drumming, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, professional and amateur heavy athletics, long bow competition, battle axe competition, demonstrations, whiskey seminars, the ”Kids’ Zone” with children’s activities, and Rural Hill’s famous historic encampment. Watch the Herald Calendar to be sure you don't miss these great community events. Photos by Kato, Nate, and Chris.
Downtown Davidson, N.C. - The Town of Davidson held their annual "April is for Arts" Gallery crawl on Friday April 11th. Artists displayed their work in Davidson's establishments from historic Main Street, South Main and Circles at 30. Visitor could ride a trolley to all stops along the Crawl. Refreshments and music enhanced the festivities. Admission was free. Watch the Herald Calendar for more fun activities by our local towns and businesses. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Galway Hooker Irish Pub hosted the Bit O’ Luck’s 1st Annual Casino Night benefitting Bit O’ Luck Horse Rescue! The event was held in the upstairs banquet room better known as Waterford Hall. The casino company brought Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and Poker! There was a silent auction, raffle items, light h’ordeuvres and a Cash Bar. A FUN evening while giving back to the community. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
ICE Martini Bar in Huntersville held a fundraiser for Lymphoma and Leukemia on Saturday March 29th. A great crowd came out to support this great cause at this incredible new professional venue. If you haven't been to ICE Martini - we finally have a unique and friendly professional location for before and after dinner drinks. Finally a place where you can relax and have friendly conversation without trying to scream over the music. We'll see you at ICE Martini. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Thursday March 27th the Humane Society of Charlotte with held a fundraiser at Port City Club - "An Evening at the Lake" sponsored by Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge, and the Humane Society of Charlotte. Patrons enjoyed delicious food, beverages, and mingling with other special guests. The reception was from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
MFLCF Casino Night at the Peninsula Country Club, Cornelius, was a night of fun and excitement as they raised money to help build homes for five wounded warriors and their families in Denver, NC. The proceeds will be used for the homes being built by five local charities and you can learn more about each of them at www.555Charity.org. The event provided heavy hors d'oevres, drinks, and gambling fun and all for a great cause. Hosted by Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Birkdale held a fashion festival from 2pm-6pm to benefit Loaves & Fishes. The fashion show started at 4pm. Many people brought canned goods and dry goods to donate to Loaves & Fishes. Gap, Loft, White House Black Market, Chico's, and MORE were included in the fashion show! See all the models and outfits in this photo album by Roger Benskin.
Mad Monster Party - Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention (access to celebrities, maybe people in costumes) William Shatner, John Schnider, and Henry Winkler are among the celebrities photographed at this unique and fun convention that was held at the University Hilton. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center held their 1st Annual Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser, at The Pearl in Cornelius, on March 1, 2014 and raised over $49,000! The event featured local craft beers and live music from the Charlotte based band, the Holdouts. The high energy evening was emceed by local radio and television host Ramona Holloway. Gourmet treats were prepared and generously subsidized by Armin’s Catering. Funds raised at the event will go toward services to assist children and families affected by sexual abuse. For more information on how you can become involved with this great cause visit: www.patsplaceac.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Rachael Dyl, a senior at Cannon School is hosted “An Evening with the Beatles,” at River Run Country Club to benefit Musical Minds. The evening featured music from jazz to classical and was performed by local and international performers. Food, drinks, a live auction and local art were all part of the event. Rachael’s goal is to give kids in the area the opportunity to have music affect their lives by providing structure, focus and freedom of expression. For information about how you can help, visit www.musicalmindsnc.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.
The Lake Norman Conservatives met at Fox and Hound in Birkdale. The group has interesting speakers and help others to learn about issues impacting our region, state and nation. This particular meeting featured Karen & Billy Vaughn. They discussed Extortion 17 and are parents of the late Aaron Vaughn, a Navy Seal who died in the plane crash while on a mission coded Extortion 17. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
Wendy's is hosted their 1st Annual "Celebrities and Strikes" Bowling Fundraiser at Strike City located in the EpiCentre Charlotte. All proceeds benefit The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each bowling team was paired with a local celebrity. This family friendly fundraiser included a bowling tournament, corn hole tournament, DJ Bryon, live music by Aswan North “Lead singer of Paper Tongues”, celebrity autograph sessions, balloon artist for the kids, and a huge silent auction. A GREAT event. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
The Lake Norman Chamber held their Monthly Business Afterhours networking session at the Comfortable Couch Company. For more information about how you and your company can become involved with the local chamber visit: www.lakenormanchamber.org - Photos by Patrick Nicholson.