Historic Downtown Mooresville, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s “Shop Small” Saturday; Make it “Shop Local” too!

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 26, 2011 is the second annual “Shop Small“, a national effort to turn holiday shoppers’ focus on small businesses.  I say, let’s not only think small but also local!  What better way to support our Lake Norman communities than shopping at our many locally owned and operated business?

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Mooresville’s Christmas Parade 2011

Mooresville Lake Norman's Christmas parade float


Mooresville’s 67th Annual Christmas Parade is being held Tuesday, November 22nd (2011) on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville kicking off at 3:30pm!

What, Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving?  It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! Continue reading

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Race City Festival / Lake Norman Festival 2011 is this Saturday!

Lake Norman Festival

If you haven’t visited Historic Downtown Mooresville  recently, this Saturday, May 14th, is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the many new shops and restaurants  while strolling down Main Street during the 29th annual Race City Festival.

Formally called the Lake Norman Festival, this very local event has always been one of my favorites.  It offers a chance to experience truly Southern small-town fun combined with the unique entertainment and community organizations and businesses that make living in Lake Norman so special.  From funnel cakes to huge turkey legs, traditional Southern festival vendors will be there as will ” more than 150 vendors, artist displays, live demonstrations, downtown merchant sidewalk sales, a children’s area, international foot court and live entertainment” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.

Sponsored by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, Saturday’s event runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm on both Main and Broad Streets in  Historic Downtown Mooresville.


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Mooresville’s Christmas Parade 2010

Christmas Parade in Mooresville

 Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving?  Yep, it is this Tuesday, November 23rd starting at 3:30.  It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!

This year is the 66th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade which just keeps getting bigger and better every year yet organizers work hard to make sure it retains its ‘home town’ feel.  There will be 144 entries including floats and performers traveling down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville starting at the Town Hall and heading south until about Wilson.  These will include 5 marching bands, Scout troops, dance schools, floats and Santa!

12,000 – 15,000  of our local residents come out each year to enjoy the fun so get there early, especially if you want a good spot in the heart of Downtown.

Be sure to bring a toy for Toys for Tots who will have a collection location at Main Street and Moore Ave. from 1:30 – 6 pm

The Mooresville Christmas Parade is put on by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau.  For more information, call 704.662.8210.

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Mooresville’s Annual Christmas Parade is November 24, 2009!

Mooresvillle's Christmas Parade

 Mark your calendars!  Mooresville’s annual Christmas parade, as always, is held the Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving so mark your calendars for November 24th at 3:30pm.

This truly is a small-town parade where the floats are homemade and the crowds along the route are friends and family.  While riding on a float several years ago I waved at friends, neighbors, folks gathered on their front porches or small businesses and lots of small children!  It was such fun to see so many of our local Mooresville and Lake Norman residents.

The route of the parade starts on North Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville and makes it’s way through downtown ending just beyond.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to this downtown happening!

If you are interested in entering the parade (it may be too late but try) or have questions, call 704.662.8210.

To find out about all of the upcoming North Carolina Festivals and Fairs check out:  Charlotte’s Got a Lot!

Historic Downtown Mooresville, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: On the Corner of Art and Main

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week

Lake Norman Island by Sandie Bell

Lake Norman Island by Sandie Bell

Mark you calendars for this Friday, August 14th, 2009 from 6-9 pm  for the popular and growing “On the Corner of Art and Main” monthly gallery crawl in Historic Downtown Mooresville!

“The Corner of Art and Main” is an artwalk featuring live music, art and festivities. Enjoy wine and cheese as you browse the many shops on Main and Broad Streets that will be featuring the works of local artists.

This Friday’s artwalk coincides with the Depot Fine Gallery’s August Exhibit free opening reception from 6-8 pm.  (105 West Center Avenue in the historic train depot).  This month’s exhibit features three artists:  Leo Gordon, Sandie Bell and John Weidman.

I would like to particularly highlight a friend and very talented artist, Sandie Bell  whose art I have admired ever since I met her when I first arrived in Mooresville in 2005.  A local resident of the Mooresville Lake Norman community, Sandie’s work has won numerous awards and is included in private collections throughout the country.  Sandie is also an active member of  the Mooresville Artist Guild, Lake Norman Art League, Charlotte Artists Society and Associated Artists of Winston Salem.

Things are looking up

Things are looking up

This is one of my favorite works of Sandie’s which she has replicated on note cards that I love sending to family and friends:  “Things are looking up” reflects her spirit as well as life in our great Lake Norman area where hot-air balloons are quite popular.

One of the qualities I appreciate the most about Sandie as an artist is her versatility.  She is currently working in acrylics, pastels, collage, watercolor, and mixed media. From traditional still life to abstracts, she enjoys “creating new visual statements by using shapes, patterns, colors and values.”Asian Influence

I am particularly fond of abstract art like this piece of hers entitled “Asian Influence”

Lake Norman Hydrangeas

To see more of Sandie’s work, visit her gallery on her website  in which is included these categories of subjects: Landscapes and Flora, Fauna, Still Life, Abstract, Figures and Others.  And, definitely go to the Depot Fine Art Gallery to meet her on the 14th!

If you have time after the Opening Reception at the Depot Fine Art Gallery on the 14th, I highly recommend that you stroll along Main Steet where you will find more wonderful artists such at “Cotton Ketchie” at his popular Landmark Galleries.  This month he will not only have his wonderful water colors, photographs, local pottery and gifts, but the gallery will be showcasing the works of NC artist Tony Craig who also enjoys “incorporating the nostalgic old country stores and grist mills” in his artwork just as does “Cotton”.

Finally, stop by for a great glass of wine at our Historic Downtown Mooresville’s gourmet wine shop at the corner of Main and Moore Street.

If you can’t make it this month, On the Corner of Art and Main is held the second Friday of every month.  Enjoy!

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Mooresville’s 2009 Race City Festival is May 16th!

Youth performing at Race City Festival in 2009 Mooresville Lake Norman


If you want to experience small-town life in North Carolina, attending one of the many spring and summer festivals is not only fun but a great way to learn more about our wonderful communities.

This Saturday, May 16th,  is the annual Race City Festival (Formerly the Lake Norman Festival) in Historic Downtown Mooresville from 9am – 3pm. 

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Thanks to its growing popularity, the festival has expanded to include both Main Street and Broad Street where you will find over 200 vendors of all kinds, homemade cakes, pies and other goodies, live entertainment, merchant sidewalk sales, a great children’s area and booths hosted by various charity and civic organizations in and around Mooresville and Lake Norman.

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Civic organizations like my Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club have booths handing out information as we did about non-profits like our child abuse prevention SCAN Center of Iredell County.  Of course, there are plenty of distractions that come along unexpectedly!

Many of the booths are Main Street are local and regional artists selling arts and crafts of all kinds.

Historic Turner's Hardware Store

If you really want a glimpse of the past, don’t miss visiting D.E. Turner’s Hardware store which was opened in 1898!  Last year they not only had a great variety of the classic red wagons but they were selling bottles of locally made root beer and various homemade canned goods.

Speaking of food, besides some wonderful homemade goodies, you will find food vendors selling such things as the ever so decadent funnel cakes, kettle corn, turkey legs, hot dogs and fresh lemonade.  This is not the day to be counting calories!

Main Street Mooresville During Race City Festival

Businesses offer all sorts of free goodies for children and adults; from face painting to drink caddies. There is always a children’s Fun Zone where there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy and happy!

I love working at the booths because I can sit back and watch friends, families and visitors go by.  One year I sat in the Mooresville Museum’s booth and had a great time meeting many of the descendants of the original families of Mooresville and hearing stories about times long ago.

Stage for Jazz Behind Soirees

There are always several stages scattered around where you can listen to a variety of live music, watch performances of all kinds, especially of local school children. New last year there was an area behind Soiree’s Restaurant that was set up with a stage for more contemporary bands of all kinds.

Parking is available in various spots around the downtown as well as side streets.  Come early and spend the day!


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