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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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.
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.
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.
Birkdale Village holds 3 weekly concerts on the Green - Friday and Saturday from 7-9pm and Sundays from 4-6pm. Bring your lawn chairs and relax to some great tunes or just come on out to shop and enjoy the fun family friendly background tunes that can be heard throughout the village. Watch the Herald Calendar for Birkdale's weekly entertainment lineup. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Local Celebrities served drinks to raise money for Big Day at the Lake, a program that takes children involved in BBBS out on the Lake. Local celebrities compete to see who can earn the most donations in tips. This annual event will be "the place to be" and you're sure to have a great time while networking and giving back to our local community. Photos by Nate.
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.
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.
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.
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.