Many enjoyed the fun-filled, gorgeous weekend watching over 50 hot-air balloons take flight at the 41st Carolina BalloonFest at Statesville Regional Airport! Other festivities included tethered balloon rides, children's activities, food, live music and wine from North Carolina vineyards.
Check out photos of (R) Senator Jeff Tarte & (D) Latrice McRae for N.C. Senate District 41, (R) John Bradford & (D) Natasha Marcus for N.C. House District 98, (R) and (D) candidates running for Commissioner-at-Large seats & Mecklenburg County Commissioners for District 1, Jim Puckett and Leonard Richardson. The candidates gave their perspectives regarding topics, such as education, jobs, toll roads, Medicaid and the sales tax increase. Get ready for the 2014 elections!
Birkdale Village played host to Taste of Birkdale, an event in which shoppers got to sample food from its restaurants, fashion from its boutiques and drinks from Total Wine & More. The Sept. 20 event benefited the Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte Region.
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 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.
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.
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.
North Lincoln High School established a Tech Drive to replace and upgrade technology in their classrooms. On Aprill 5, 2014, they held a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser to help this cause. The 1 mile Fun Run will began at 8:30am with the 5k to follow at 9:00am. An incredible turnout for this great fundraiser to upgrade technology inside the North Lincoln classrooms. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a great album of photos submitted by our readers and a few from our staff. We've captured everything from Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts driving a snow plow to the weight of the snow ripping boat covers. Enjoy... and Thanks to all our locals who submitted their photos.
Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic, stars of Cinemax's hit drama "Banshee," celebrated the premiere of the show's second season at a red carpet event at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater. Parts of the show are filmed around Charlotte and Mooresville. Beth Petty, director of the Charlotte Regional Film Council, was also on hand to talk about the importance of the state's filming tax incentives, which attract big productions such as "The Hunger Games" and "Homeland" to the area. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon commented that the filming industry provides work to many locals, from those who build sets to costume designers. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Ryan Newman's 9th Annual Charity dinner was an evening of entertainment and southern cuisine. Lots of meet and mingling took place with NASCAR drivers and celebrities. Special Thanks to the Ryan Newman Organization for organizing a great weekend of fishing and entertainment. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The Evernham Family Racing for a Reason and the Autism Society of North Carolina cordially held an open house to celebrate the first anniversary of IGNITE. IGNITE is a community center to support young adults with Autism and Aspberger's syndrome. The Open House was held at Davidson Cotton Mill from 5pm-8pm. For more information about how you can become involved with this great organization visit www.autismsociety-nc.org. Photos by Will McMurray.
Hundreds of classic custom celebrity cars rolled into the Ingersoll Rand corporate campus on Nov. 30 for the inaugural AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show, created by Ray Evernham, ESPN broadcaster and Former NASCAR crew chief. Celebrities include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and many others. The event supported IGNITE, a new community center in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. For more information about how you can become a part of this great organization visit www.americarnatv.com. Photos by Kato Ibeto.
Photos from An Evening of Hope & Healing - dinner, dancing, open bar (wine & beer) and a great silent auction. This special evening helps raise awareness and funds for the critical services provided by Safe Alliance to the Lake Norman Community. For more information about how you can help with this great organization visit: http://www.safealliance.org/mooresville-lake-norman/
MOORESVILLE - Langtree Luxury Waterfront Apartment Homes held their Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Nov 14th 2013 and invited us to celebrate with them in their incredible new Club House. Once inside the clubhouse, you'll find a spacious great room perfect for large groups, but it doesn't end there. There is a Pool Table next to the fireplace, a rec room downstairs including ping pong, and shuffleboard, a state of the art Exercise Facility, and of course - one of the most incredible pool settings that we've seen. Photos by Nate Davis.
On November 9th, over 150 walkers, volunteers and businesses came together at Jetton Park to support the first Puppy Up! Lake Norman walk to increase awareness and raise funds to invest in canine cancer and comparative oncology research for a national Foundation Called 2 Million Dogs. This event exceed both it's participation and fundraising goals, making close to $13,000. The event kicked off with great music provided by Captain Lou 441. Sunrise Grill and Sandwhich Company was on-site for lunch after the walk. To learn more about Puppy Up! Lake Norman visit the facebook page www.facebook/puppyuplakenorman and for more on 2 Million Dogs visit http://www.2milliondogs.org/
The North Mecklenburg Woman's Club's 5th Annual Holiday Over the Tabletop Fundraiser was an incredible success. The proceeds went to benefit The Build Betty A House project! Over the Table Top showcases the decorating talents of local designers. The Sip "N Shop was a huge hit with attendees as they browsed through items from artists and vendors. The event was held at the Peninsula Country Club in Cornelius. For more information about how you can contribute visit: www.buildbettyahouse.org.
International recording artist Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, SV Stingray, and Cobra cello brought his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! This exciting event transformed the student musicians of local middle and high schools into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark performed with over 150 students from local schools comprising the All-Star Orchestra. The audience was entertained by Mark's original material, as well as music by Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, and more. The event was Open to the public with all profits going to the schools music programs. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Jammin for Critters held their fundraiser at Bit O Luck Equine Rescue and they had live Music and tons of Family Fun! There was a silent auction, BBQ Lunch, Raffle, Cash Bar and more - all proceeds went to benefit this great cause. For more information about how you can become involved please visit www.bitoluck.org. Photos by Will McMurray/VMG.
The 40th Carolina Balloonfest occurred this past weekend at Statesville Regional Airport. The CROWDS were so huge that most patrons had to be shuttled in from the Iredell County Fairgrounds. If you haven't attended a Balloon Launch - mark your calendars for next year - this is one unique event that you don't want to miss - pictures can't do this event the justice it deserves. Photography by Patrick Nicholoson.
The 1st Annual MVK's Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction was a great success! The proceeds went to benefit the "Most Valuable Kids of Charlotte Metro", a nonprofit organization providing underserved children access to live sporting sporting events and entertainment through ticket donations. Special thanks to Harvey's Bar and Grill of Cornelius for Hosting this event. For more information how you can become involved with this organization visit www.mostvaluablekids.org. Photos by Courtney Parlier.