Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Beer Festival is this Saturday, September 17th!

Lake Norman beer festival

 

If you love beer and music, this Saturday’s 2nd Annual Lake Norman Beer Festival  is the place to be!

Hosted by Galway Hooker in Cornelius from 12 noon to 10:00pm, not only will you be able to sample over 42 craft brewers, but you will also be entertained by a great lineup of bands featuring Simplified, Blue Monday and Gael Warning and can purchase food and fun merchandise.  And, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the USO. Continue reading

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Lake Norman & Charlotte’s Southern Ideal Home Show is This Weekend: August 26-28, 2011!

Charlotte's Southern Ideal Home Show

“Celebrate Summer. Welcome Fall.”   is the theme of this year’s Southern Ideal Home Show which is being held from this Friday, August 26th – Sunday August 28th at The Park Expo and Convention Center in Charlotte.

Perfectly timed just as Lake Norman area schools are back in session and right before the busy fall season of home improvement, this will be a great source of inspiration and information for just about anything to do with your home or garden!

Areas of focus include:

  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Cooking Stage
  • Building and Home Improvement
  • Outdoor Living
  • Tastes and Travel
  • IDEAL Shopping

Highlights include events on their three stages:  The Walker Woodworking Cooking Stage, BUILD IT Stage and PLANT IT Stage.  Carolina Home Improvement Pros (CHIPS) will be on hand “in full force, ready to answer your home improvement questions as well as hosting a wide array of educational presentations” including Intelligent Energy”.  Think green! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate: NC Sales Tax-Free Weekend is August 5-7, 2011

  North Carolina Sales Tax-Free Weekend!

 

Our annual sales tax holiday is almost here! Created in an effort to help families during the costly back-to-school shopping time, the “August Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption for certain items of tangible personal property sold between 12.01 am on Friday, August 5, 2011 and 11:59 pm Sunday, August 7th” according to the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.

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Brawley School Road Widening: Lastest Update from NCDOT 7/15/11!

Lake Norman''s Brawley School Widening

Anyone who has been driving around Brawley School Rd. in the past week or so has most certainly noticed all of the paving that has been going on during the day resulting in even worse and excruciatingly frustrating traffic delays.  After sitting for almost an hour trying to get out the other day I once again leaned on my friend Mooresville Town Commissioner Miles Atkins for some help trying to figure out what in the heck is going on! Continue reading

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Important Brawley School Rd Widening Update 6/13/11!

Lake Norman's Brawley School RD. Widening

Breaking news about Lake Norman’s infamous Brawley School Rd Widening Project just came to me from Mooreville Town Commissioner Miles Atkins.  It is clear that our frustrations are being heard and that then end is in sight!  Here it is in its entirety:

Mooresville Town Manager’s update to commissioners 6/13/11

Brawley School Road: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July 2011; Lots of Ways to Celebrate!

 

Lake Norman 4th of July fireworks

 

 ***Looking for July 4th 2012 celebrations?   Lake Norman 4th of July 2012 Fireworks and Celebrations.

“From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!”  I wrote this three years ago and it is still just as true this year.  So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2011: Continue reading

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Catawba Valley C.C. “Potters’ Workshop” with Renowned Potter Kim Ellington

Kim Ellington Vase
 
How would you like to be able to learn how to make pottery  from the man who made this one, renowned Catawba Valley Potter Kim Ellington? Yes, I said make, not buy!  For the past two years Kim has been working with the Catawba Valley Community College developing a pottery school “relevant to this area’s long standing Catawba Valley pottery tradition”.  His vision came to fruition last August with the launch of  Catawba Valley Potters’ Workshop, an ongoing series of 10-week classes for beginners as well as experienced potters.

 

Anyone who knows me or has been reading this blog for a while understands that I have a passion for Catawba Valley Pottery which I discovered and started collecting shortly after moving to Lake Norman in 2005.  So, the thought of being able to learn how to create pottery using this local tradition as a foundation and by an exceptionally talented artist like Kim Ellington is, well, exciting to say the least!  Continue reading

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Brawley School Road Widening Update May 2011!

 

After hearing increasing levels of frustration from so many of my Lake Norman friends, neighbors and past clients who, like me, live down Brawley School Rd. in Mooresville I started seeking out concrete information about the current work and completion date.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation was not helpful nor were the Facebook pages dedicated to Brawley School Road.

So, I turned to my friend and Mooresville Town Commissioner Miles Atkins for assistance and he came through for us! 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.

Enjoy!

Learn More About Life in Mooresville and Lake Norman:

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Lake Norman (Participation) Sports Resource Guide

Lake Norman Real Estate: Our Schitzophrenic Coummunities

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Charlotte’s 2011 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is almost here!

 “IMAGINE      CREATE       INSPIRE       SAVE       LEARN”

Here is a little secret: some of us living on Lake Norman enjoy gardening  just as much as boating!  I confess that I am one of those crazy folks.  So, news about our annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show on March 2 – March 6, 2011  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event with over 400 exhibitors promises to inspire and tempt attendees with 24 stunning Showcase Gardens, Kitchen and Bath vendors’ latest and greatest products, a Green Living and Market and plenty of experts on hand to answer even your most esoteric questions about everything from orchids to home remodeling.

JUST THE FACTS

The Southeast’s Largest Home and Garden Show

Belgard Gardens/Outdoor Living/Green Market/Decorative Arts & Crafts/Interiors/Kitchen & Bath/Building & Home Improvement/

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Lake Norman Real Estate: New Year’s Celebrations 2011

 Here is to new beginnings…2011 in and around Lake Norman!

Lake Norman New Years

 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

The best sources for New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com  and 704 Events.com which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area.

The best way to find out what is happening in Charlotte is to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing or go to their new website clclt.com or go directly to New Years Events. They even do hourly updates on their Food and Drink section.

Here are few highlights to wet your appetite:

 First Night Charlotte : Arts / Museums,Community,Festivals, Holidays, Just For Seniors, Kids, Live Music, Night Life, Teen
Date: December 31st and January 1st.

Queens Landing:  Joker’s New Year’s Eve Bash, New Years Cruise

Whether you enjoy a quiet celebration at home or party all night, I wish you all a  safe and Happy New Year.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

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“Christmas in Davidson” is December 2-4th 2010!

 

Horse Drawn Carriage at Christmas in Davidson

 Yikes, I nearly missed “Christmas in Davidson”!  This is truly one of the very best events in our Lake Norman area celebrating the holidays.  It actually started last evening but runs through Saturday evening so you still have time.  Held from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the whole family.  Here is a list of just some of what you will experience:

  • Main Street will be filled with the sounds of carolers and other live music
  • Carriage rides
  • Santa Claus will visit with children each night at the library
  • “Taste of South Main Street” will feature treats from Restaurant X, Campania, and Fuel Pizza
  • The Doggie Fashion show is back, tonight, Friday, on South Main St
  • A large tent on the Village Green will offer lots of artists and venders selling holiday crafts and gifts
  • Local merchants are offering their own special events as well

Trollys will shuttle visitors from the Exit 30 parking area to Downtown Davidson.

For more information:  Christmas in Davidson

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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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New Restaurants and Retail News in Mooresville Lake Norman!

 

 

Driving around our Lake Norman community of Mooresville, you wouldn’t really know that there is a recession going on.  The widening of Brawley School Road and the new Exit 35 are now well under way, teasing us into thinking they will be completed before their scheduled summer of 2011. Bike lanes, side walks and landscaped center dividers are taking shape too!

While some of the big projects like Langtree at the Lake have yet to show signs of activity, a number of wonderful eateries and shops have opened or are due to open very soon:

Historic Downtown Mooresville is Happening!

  • The Bathtub Gin is considered “the destination” for local musicians and as a place to meet up with friends. Drop in at 166 N Main Street on Halloween!  (see my post on Halloween Happenings in Lake  Norman)
  • JJ Wasabi’s at 183 N. Main Street has been open for about 6 months and has added a lot of energy and great food to our Historic Downtown Mooresville.  Thank you Joel!
  • The Daily Grind, one of my favorites, has successfully opened their second location  at 170 N. Main Street. (Their first location is on Brawley School Rd at Canvasback).
  • Epic Chophouse will be the newest restaurant to open in downtown Mooresville.  Owned by one of the co-owners of Mickey and Mooch in Huntersville, It will be “a blend of upscale and casual fare…and an awesome value too”.  It is located in the old Soiree building and is supposed to open in a few weeks!

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Lake Norman Area Halloween Happenings 2010

Lake Norman Halloween Pumpkins

 For 2011 Lake Norman Halloween Information go to:  Lake Norman Halloween Happenings 2011 

Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween.  From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!  (Just so you know how genuine this article really is, my daughter and I carved the pumpkins above last year.)

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters.  Many of our subdivisions have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options:

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:

  • Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
  • Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Palyground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more!  See their website for more details.

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Denver Days, Amazing Maize Maze and more fall fun!

 

Fall in Lake Norman brings with it brightly colored trees along the shoreline, crystal clear “Carolina Blue” skies and an array of festivals, activities and even volunteer opportunities.

Our Denver Days fall festival  is back for its seventh year starting Wednesday, September 29th – Saturday, October 2nd 2010.  Created as a fundraising effort to raise money for the East Lincoln Rescue Park in Denver NC (Southwest corner of Lake Norman), they are still about 3 years away from being able to build this park.  So, come out and have a great time all the while supporting the community.  Denver Days offers carnival rides, great food, live music, entertainment, craft vendors, and even a beer garden. Continue reading

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Celebrate at the Lake Norman Beer Festival this weekend!

Lake Norman Beer Festival

What better way (for adults) to enjoy the last of our Lake Norman warm summer weather than sampling ice cold beers?  This weekend, September 18-19, 2010 from 1pm to 8pm Galway Hooker in Cornelius is inviting all to join them “for a celebration of beers, bands and friendship”.

The Lake Norman Beer Festival will be showcasing over 20 craft beers from local, national and international brewers . All ticket holders will be entitled to an unlimited sampling of beers.  With this in mind, the Lake Norman Beer Festival is partnering with Dial-a-Designated Driver to provide safe rides home for those “looking to enjoy themselves responsibly”. Continue reading

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Southern Ideal Fall Home Show is August 27-29, 2010

 After such an unusually hot summer here in the Lake Norman area when my free time has been spent nurturing my Wildlife Habitat Garden just to keep it alive, I am looking forward to being inspired once again by the Southern Ideal Home show being held at The Park (the old Charlotte Merchandise Mart) this weekend, August 27-29.

Better known for their magnificent Southern Spring Garden Show, this fall show will also offer”hundreds of experts and thousands of ideas for building, remodeling, landscaping or decorating projects for inside and outside the home all in one place.” according to an article on LakeNorman.com.

They will have a Cooking Stage for demonstrations from top chefs, wine sampling from North Carolina wineries and so much more!

For more information: 704.376.6594. Or email Mardee Woodward: mwoodward@southernshows.com

Hours:

Friday: Noon – 8pm

Saturday: 10.am – 7pm

Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Admission Prices

At the door:  Adults $9, Children under 15 free with adult

Seniors Day is Friday: $7  ($55+)

Check out their Facebook Page for more updates! : 

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Lake Norman’s AquaPalooza 2010: The Ultimate Summer Celebration!

Lake Norman AquaPalooza by Sea Ray boats

 What better way to spend a summer weekend than on our beautiful Lake Norman?!  Want to share the day with a few thousand friends, a live, on-water band  and all sorts of fun?  Then check out AqualPalooza Lake Norman 2010 which is next Saturday, July 31st  from 11:00am – 5pm at the Midway Marina at the HWY 150 bridge.

What is AquaPalooza?  Basically it is a huge celebration; the largest boating event on Lake Norman this summer. According to their Facebook page, they already have over 350 boats and 2,500 guests registered to attend. AquaPalooza  “is the name given to a series of on-water celebrations held during the last two weeks of July at more than 100 locations around the world.  Each gathering features fun activities for family, friends of all ages!”.

The sponsor this year is Sea Ray of Lake Norman.  It is a free event which is open to all boaters featuring live music and “many giveaways”.

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Lake Norman 4th of July 2010: Plenty of Ways to Celebrate!

 Lake Norman Fireworks

 Note, for 2011 Lake Norman 4th of July events, please go to:  Lake Norman Real Estate’s 4th of July 2011 !

“From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!”  I wrote this two years ago and it is still just as true this year.  So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2010:

Saturday, July 3rd at 11:00am the 6th Annual Iredell County Independence Day Parade will be held on a 3-mile route from the Iredell County Fair Grounds ending at the Troutman Elementary School.  (Highway 21).If you want to experience a slice of true small-town Americana, this is a must attend parade.  The streets are lined with flags, yellow ribbons and folks of all ages, many with signs honoring our military past and present.  The parade itself  has over one hundred entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor!  This year the Gold Star Mothers will be leading the way as the Grand Marshalls. Gold Star Mothers are those that have lost a son or daughter during their service to the United States. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival is this weekend, June 5-6th!

 Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival

As I have written many times before, life in the greater Lake Norman area and throughout North Carolina wouldn’t be complete without our many and diverse community festivals.

But, this weekend you won’t find funnel cakes or giant turkey legs, because this weekend we will be celebrating our local wineries and restaurants!

According to Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival, ” The event will include a number of distinct areas including: The Main Tent, wine lectures and cooking demonstrations; the Wine Reservoir, wine tastings from local wineries; the Restaurant Galley, small dishes from local restaurants; as well as Merchants area, regional vendors and boutique offerings.”

Wine lovers will have an opportunity to taste over 60 different wines from a dozen wineries including: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 2010 Race City Festival is this Saturday!

Mooresville's Race City Festival 2009

One of my favorite things about living in Lake Norman NC is the incredible variety of community “festivals” going on all around the state throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Like most of our area “festivals”, the Race City Festival held in Historic Downtown Mooresville is a family-friendly event filled with a great variety of booths hosted by artists, local charitable and civic organizations, church groups, delicious foods, creative arts and craft vendors and so much more!

This year’s theme for our “Race City Festival” is “A Celebration of Mooresville Arts and Culture” and it will include 180 booths of food, arts and crafts, businesses and non-profits plus live music and demonstrations.

The festivities begin at 9:00 am on both Main Street and Broad Street and continues through 3 pm.  Many local businesses take advantage of the crowds and offer sidewalk sales.  In the past there has also been a number of groups selling home-made baked and canned goods. Continue reading

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Brawley School Road Widening Project Update 3/2/2010!

 

Lake Norman's Brawley School Road Widening

 

Sent By: Diane AuritDate/Time: 3/2/2010 8:41:26 AM
Comment:
Hi, Many of us down Brawley School Road are wondering why all work came to a halt just before Christmas and has not resumed. I would love to be able to provide an update to my blog readers! Thanks so much, Diane 
Sent By: Contact Us AdministratorDate/Time: 3/2/2010 9:01:26 AM
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Mrs. Aurit, All upcoming work has to be performed in warmer temperatures, i.e. paving, chemical stabilization, concrete curb & gutter, etc. This is typical for this time of year and this type of work. Once temps are consistently warmer, work will pick up drastically. Our completion date is still July, 2011 and we expect our contractor to meet this deadline.If you have further questions, feel free to call me at               704-876-3543

 

Thanks,
John Cook
Resident Engineer, Statesville Construction


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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Growth and Development Update Part 2

Lake Norman construction on Brawley School Road

 

Despite what you may read in the news, if you drive around the Lake Norman communities you will see active construction sites, albeit, not nearly as many as a few years ago.  And, behind the scenes developers are busy modifying their plans due to the change in the local and national economy but many are still moving forward in some form or another. Continue reading

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Charlotte NC’s 2010 Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is March 3-7!

 

Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

 

After such an unusually cold and snowy winter here in the Lake Norman area the mere mention of the words “spring” and “garden” brightens my day.  Combine them with the announcement of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Southern Home & Garden Show  being held at The Park (the old Charlotte Merchandise Mart) on March 3rd – 7th and I can already imagine strolling through their 24 ” magnificently landscaped gardens”!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: New Years 2010’s Celebrations & Happenings

New Years Eve in Lake Norman NC 2010

 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

The best sources for New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com  and 704 Events.com which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area.   Here are a few headline events from 704 Events.com : Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Holiday Happenings still abound!

 

Christmas at Birkdale Village in Huntersville

It is not too late to get out and enjoy some of the many special holiday activities in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area!  While I didn’t write this in time to tout my favorite:  The Davidson Christmas which was held last weekend, I was still able to find quite a few events, programs and fun from now through the rest of the year!

  • It’s a Wonderful Life”  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Charlotte Children’s Choir:  December 13th at 3pm.  Mooresville High School.  659 E Center Ave. Mooresville.  704.878.0743.  Iredell Concerts Website
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:  December 19th @ 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm.  No reservations needed.  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Downtown Mooresville Holiday Festivities:  December 18th at Historic Downtown Mooresville. Visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment!
  • Christmas Wonderland of Lights (Through January 1): One million lights pepper tow miles of forest in Troutman!  A nativity scene, pony rides, petting zoo, a candy shop and visits from Santa!  $20 per car or $5 per person.  6pm – 10p.m.  Exit 42 of Ostwalt Amity Rd.  704.245.6446. Put on by Zootastic.
  • Davidson’s Holiday Farmer’s Market!  Saturday, Dec. 19th from 9am – noon.  Learn more at Davidson Farmers Market’s website
  • Hanukkah Party in Mooresville: Dec. 13th Noon – 3pm.  Lighting of the Beth ShalomMenorah at Mooresville Town Square.
  • Holiday Lights at The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:  Events include light displays, old fashioned trains, carriage rides, holiday carols, baked treats and more!   Now through December 31st.  Go to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden website  for more information.
  • The Light Before Christmas: An animated film about for children at Discovery Place’s IMAX theatre in Charlotte: Discovery Place website
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Charlotte’s 62nd Annual Carolinas’ Thanksgiving Day Parade is HUGE!

 Charlotte's Thanksgiving Day Parade

 Coming from Pasadena CA, home of the Rose Parade, you would think I might know that Charlotte has been hosting the fourth largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the US since 1947.  I truly don’t know how this exciting annual gathering of both Carolinas that is said to touch up to half a million people from 22 county metro areas escaped my radar screen!

So, if you are looking for a great way to spend  this Thanksgiving, I would highly recommend that you head to Uptown Charlotte by 10:00am this Thursday, November 26, 2009.

To learn more about the line-up for the parade and the event sponsors and details, go to: Charlotte’s 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade or Charlotte’s got a lot.  You can even see the parade route.  They have promised that they will be “marching down Tryon Street rain or shine.

As part of the effort to “greening” the parade, organizers are encouraging folks to take the light rail rather than driving uptown. (Of course, those of us in the Lake Norman area don’t have this option….yet).

Best wishes to you all and I hope everyone of you has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Catawba Valley Pottery Holiday 2009 Kiln Sales are coming!

Steve Abee beside his ground-hog kiln

One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Lake Norman in 2005 was the extraordinary pottery; first in Seagrove and then in Catawba Valley.  Whether you are an avid collector as I am or just curious, these next four weeks are an exciting opportunity to buy from the most coveted Catawba Valley potters at their holiday kiln sales.

Besides the adherence to historical methods and traditions, Catawba Valley pottery is also unique in that in order to buy from the most popular of the potters you must attend their individual kiln sales held at their homes scattered from Vale to Lenoir.  If you have never attended a kiln sale, I truly encourage you to do so this month.  If you see me, be sure to say hi!

Here is a summary of the scheduled kiln sales.  As always, you can go to Steve Abee’s CV Pottery  website for more information and directions:  Continue reading

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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!

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Lake Norman Area Halloween Happenings 2009!

 Pumpkin Field in Lake Norman Area

 For information on Lake Norman Halloween 2011 please go to:  Lake Norman Halloween Happenings 2011

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters.

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch or Halloween festivities in and around our Mooresville and Lake Norman area,  here are a few ideas:

  • Carrigan Farms: Open 9-5 weekdays, 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider. There are even hayrides every 15 minutes and special old-fashioned night time hay rides too! 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway/N.C.150, Mooresville.
  • Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Palyground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more!  See their website for more details.
  • Sixth Annual Boy Scout Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. 17115 Kenton Drive, Cornelius
  • The Great Pumpkin Patch for Missions: Pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds and more! Davidson United Methodist Church: 233 S. Main Street. Davidson.

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!

Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages.

The Amazing Maize Maze in Huntersville NC

  • The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill In Huntersville  is going green this year!  Open now through November1st, they have daily hours plus they are open for “Flashlight Mazes” on October 23rd and 31st!  My daughter and I went several years ago and had a great time but do wear comfortable shoes and allow enough time and energy to discover all of the clues to make it through the maze successfully! If you need help, the have volunteers perched high on watch towers there to give you some hints.
  • t1 tapas in Birkdale Village is hosting The Spooktacular Halloween Bash to benefit Loaves & Fish on Friday, October 23rd,  Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.  Call 704.895.4373 for detail.  They are also having  a “Trick or Treat Weekend Oct 30 – 31st.  Come and enjoy all the amazing new multi-media and enjoy Halloween cuisine and “wicked drink specials”.
  • Downtown Mooresville Annual Halloween Treat for Families: 3-5pm  Oct. 30. Downtown will be crawling with little ghosts and goblins as businesses hand out candy and treats. 3 – 5 pm Pumpkin Carving Contest, photographs of children in costumes and trick or treating for kids.
  • Downtown Davidson’s Halloween March on Main Steet in Davidson 5-7pm. Free. Costumed characters of all ages are invited to march!
  • Howl-O-Ween Bash: Join Pet PALS for their first ever Howl-O-Ween bash at the new hit nightclub, Halo at the NC Music Factory.
    Enjoy appetizers, drink specials and dancing all to support the Humane Society of Charlotte. While costumes aren’t required, they are encourged. We hope you can come out for a howling good time! Halo 820 Hamilton St Suite A2 Charlotte, NC 28206  704-246-1752 .

 

Lake Norman Can Get Spooky on Halloween!

 

Looking for something REALLY SPOOKY? So SPOOKY that they do not recommend it for children 12 and under? Check out Forbidden Farms!:

Forbidden Farms

“Forbidden Farms is celebrating the 2009 season with a nightmarish collection of 5 enhanced and electrifying scare zones.

Will you escape the hordes of ghouls, monsters, maniacs and the tormented????

Can you survive the total chaos and terror of spine-tingling, blood-curdling moments in all 5 scare zones?????

Come gather around the bonfires, at the well-known Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry, before or after you enter the haunted trail!

Visit us on Facebook, become a Fan and receive special discounts and coupons.”

Have a GREAT Lake Norman Halloween!!!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Important Local News and New Laws!

Lake Norman and North Carolina News

The Lake Norman and National real estate trends are not the only important news to report.  In fact, there are some new laws and regulations that will probably affect nearly all readers of this blog.  I have been making a stack for quite a while so here they are!

According to a Harris Interactive poll, North Carolina is the sixth most popular state when it comes to where people want to live.  “The most popular states and cities where large numbers of people would like to live tend to attract tourists and business.  They are places where people like to take vacations and where companies like to have their offices and factories” according to a Harris news release.  Great news!

Recycle Plastic Bottles in Lake Norman

 A new law went into effect on October 1, 2009 in North Carolina outlawing plastic bottles in landfills.  (Motor oil and pesticide containers are excluded).  This means that all residents in the Lake Norman area must recycle all plastic bottles whether or not we have curbside recycling.  While this law may be hard to enforce, the spirit of the law is what is important.  As a reminder:  The City of Statesville offers curbside recycling.  The Iredell County Solid Waste Department offers five locations for recycling.  We go to the one at the intersection of Hwy 150 and the 21.  For more information:  Iredell County Recycling Coordinator Diane Lewis: 704.928.2023.  See below of link to Think Green Recycling, a private company serving Lake Norman.

Mooresville and in fact all North Carolina town residents will now be required to install a separate water meter and pay the town a fee that could cost as much as $1800 when installing new lawn irrigation systems.  This law, effective July 1, 2009, is part of Drought Control Legislation enacted to help towns enforce water restrictions.

North Carolina No smoking ban

On January 2, 2010, the state of North Carolina will ban smoking in restaurants, bars and all enclosed public places!  As a non-smoker I am thrilled to see our state join the 24 other states that have similar smoking bans.  It is particularly impressive to me, in light of the fact that our state once relied on tobacco production as its primary economic driving force.  We have come a long way baby!

Lake Norman officers patrolling the lake are increasing the number of citations for a “little known but potentially life-threatening infraction: Allowing children and guests to dangle (their arms and legs)  from the bow of their boats” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune. There have been several cases of people falling off of the boat and being injured when the boats run over them or even biting one’s tongue or lips when the bow of a boat hits a large wake.

North Carolina has added additional requirements to Home Inspection Reports as of October 1, 2009.  The “Summary” section of the inspection report MUST:

  • Describe any system or component of the home that does not function as intended, allowing for normal wear and tear that does not prevent the system or component from functioning as intended.
  • The summary page must also describe any system that appears not to function as intended, based upon documented tangible evidence, and that requires either substantial examination or further inspection by a specialist
  • The summary page MAY describe any system or component that poses a safety concern
  • The summary report must contain the following statement: “The Summary page is not the entire report.  The complete report may include additional information of interest or concern to you.  It is strongly recommended that you promptly read the complete report.”

Finally, the Lake Norman Fire Department is urging all homeowners to purchase a $35 sign for their docks with clearly displays the street address. This is because fire crews have had difficulty in the past finding a home from the lake.

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The Lake Norman’s Folk Art Festival is this Saturday!

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival

 

One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Mooresville was the wonderful array of art available, particularly from the Southeastern United States.  Southern Folk Art can be colorful, whimsical, dramatic and fun and can also be highly collectable.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the wonderful varity of  Southeastern Folk Art and meet some the our talented artists from all over the Southeast, then tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for you since Lake Norman is hosting the first annual Folk Art Festival at the Lake from 11-4pm.  As their flyer says:

Lake Norman Folk Art

 

Outsider art.

Outside the expected

Outside the city limits!

And, definitely outside, on October 3, 11-am – 4pm

 

Paintings, sculpture, pottery and metal works plus Food, Bluegrass music and demonstrations by the artists!

Participating artists include:

Tammy Leigh Pottery  ,Joe Lafone, Sarah Rakes, Mike Essinger, Jeff Young Pottery, Robert Oren Eades, Arie R. Taylor, Theresa Closter,  Gary Mitchell Pottery, Kessiah L Meroney, J & M Helton Pottery, Barbara Miller, Brooks Yeomans, Laura Craig McNellis, Harold Crowell, Michael Ball, Sara Britt, Patti Fenick, Clay James, Wanda Clark, Ray Searcy.

Check out a sample of their works: Here

Location: 4689 Giles Avenue, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Lake Norman Real Estate: The 2009 Race City “Wiener” Run is this Saturday!

The Red Baron

Meet The Red Baron.  He is one of the “Wiener”Run competitors in Mooresville this Saturday, September 26, 2009.  His training program is so stealth like that you might think he is sleeping but it is truly a cunning act to make the other Dachshunds think he is out of shape.

Like most folks, I always underestimated these small yet energetic dogs until I attended the annual Dachshund race in Mooresville.  It was truly amazing!  There were Dachshunds of all colors, sizes, and ages everywhere.

It turns out the races are quite serious, depending on the “age bracket”.  The puppies tend to wander out of the starting box looking absolutely adorable but totally confused.  The older dogs for the most part truly get the whole idea and run to their excited owners who are yelling at them from the finish line.  Here is a photo I took last year of the race in action:

Dachshunds running during Mooresville Weiner Race

 This truly is a great way to spend your Saturday morning, especially since the weather won’t be great for going out on Lake Norman.  Plus, all of the proceeds go to the Lake Norman Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization who is raising funds for the future Lake Norman Animal Shelter.

The Facts:

Date:  September 26, 2009

Time:  Registration begins at 9:30, races begin at 11:00am.  Get there early to get a good spot along the fence!

Location:  The public parking lot on Broad Street at Iredell Avenue in Historic Downtown Mooresville

Race Entrance Fee: $10

Who:  All dachshunds are eligible and will race according to age.

Besides the actual races there will be pet vendors, “I was there” T-shirts and all sorts of fun things.  Remember, this is a great cause!  For more information:  lknweinerrun@gmail.com

 Other Lake Norman Articles You May Enjoy:

 60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 1

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman Part 2

60 Things You Should Know about Life in Lake Norman, Part 3

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman Part 4

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Lake Norman NC Wildlife Cruise: September 19, 2009

Lake Norman's Lady of the Lake

 

When you think of enjoying the extraordinary wildlife and beauty of Lake Norman an image of the Lady of the Lake yacht might not come to mind.  However, The Lake Norman Wildlife Cruise on September 19th combines an educational tour while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a bar and a live auction.

Sponsored by the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a grassroots chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation,  this 3.5 hour cruise will be narrated, educational tour will focus on “islands, animal and plant species, and ongoing conservation projects that help protect those species.”

Appropriate for children and adults of all ages, this sounds like a great afternoon for learning more about our beautiful Lake Norman as well as simply enjoying a tour of the lake while being spoiled in the Lady of the Lake yacht.

The Facts:

Date:  Saturday, September 19, 2009

Time:  Check-in time is 12:45pm returning at 4:00pm

Place:  Queens Landing in Mooresville (at the 150 bridge).

Cost:  $45 per person or $75 per couple.

Tickets can be ordered on line at:  Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationist  or call 704.332.5696 for more information.

“The Vision of the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists is to protect and enhance the natural resources and wildlife habitats of the greater Lake Norman area, for all to enjoy.”

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Southern Kitchen & Bath Show August 28 – 30, 2009

Southern Kitchen and Bath Show

 

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 28 – Sunday August 30, 2009.  The Southern Kitchen & Bath will be in Charlotte at “The Park” (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart).

Kitchens and bathrooms, especially Master Bathrooms, are certainly where the excitement is in new home construction and in remodeling here in the Lake Norman area especially outdoor kitchens.  If you haven’t seen the latest in design trends and features this is a great opportunity to wander exhibits and vignettes getting inspiration or ideas for your own remodel or home building plans.

The Southern Kitchen and Bath Show’s theme:  “Hundreds of experts…Thousands of ideas”pretty much says it all.  From appliances, remodeling, cabinets, counter-tops, flooring, granite, marble, tile, stone, storage, gourmet amenities, wine, outdoor barbeques, spectacular bathrooms and kitchens to culinary classes by featured chefs from the greater Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, it sounds like an event to attend all three days!

Some of the feature events/exhibits include:

Southern Kitchen and Bath Show Outdoor pizza

The Outdoor Pizza Oven: 

Southern Kitchen and Bath Show Closet Tailors

 

The ultimate in organization:  The Closet Tailors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Kitchen and Bath Show Organic Gardener

 

And, for those avid Green folks like myself, there will even be a class on Instant Organic Gardening by Don Rosenberg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Facts:

Date:  Friday August 28 – Sunday August 30, 2009

Location:  The Park (Former Merchandise Mart in Charlotte)

Admission: $9 at the door (Children under 15 free with paying adult)

Hours:

Friday:  12pm – 9pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 9pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5pm

For more information:  Southern Kitchen and Bath Website 

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Lake Norman’s World Record Breaking Raft Up Party is July 25!

Lake Norman-Like Raft Up Party

Lake Norman is poised to set a new world record at the mega “Raft Up” party tomorrow, July 25th! And, this in not the first time as Lake Norman has long held the record for a Raft-Up until local officials thought it was too dangerous and stopped them in 2005.

If you are new to Lake Norman and/or aren’t settled here yet, you may be wondering exactly what is a  “Raft-Up”?.  Well, according to one Lake Norman local on the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website a raft-up is:

Lots of fun with your boat sitting still in one place on the water!  Members bring their boats together at a selected location on the lake and tie together with an anchor boat. Then a really a great “cocktail party and dinner” on the water begins. We all share stories, food and beverages while enjoying the gentle rocking of the boats and possibly even some swimming.

This year’s “Lake Norman 2009 AquaPalooza” is free for all and runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  While the main attraction is the world record setting tying up of boats that will stretch from Lake Norman’s Midway Marina just south of  the NC 150 bridge south, there is a full day of fun planned including an on-the-water concert from 1-3pm by the Sponge Tones of Charlotte.  And, there will games for kids as well.

If you are brave enough to want to join the actual Raft Up, you can register your boat at the Aquapalooza website. I believe the current record is well over 1000 boats!  For more information you can also call Tom Riemann at 704.892.9676.  For some great photos, check out the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron website.  The event headquarters is Midway Marina at the 150 bridge.

So, if you love to party and love boating on Lake Norman, you simply can’t miss this day of fun and craziness.  Have fun but be safe!

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Brawley School Road Widening to Include Bike Lanes and Grass Median

Lake Norman's Brawley School Rd. Widening Project Sign

 FOR THE LATEST UPDATE GO TO: Brawley School Road Update May 2011

Those of us who live down Lake Norman’s infamous Brawley School peninsula know only too well that construction is well under way on the two-year widening project.  The large, orange sign “warning, expect delays”  blinks at us daily although by now we pretty much know what to expect.

One of my fellow Brawley School friends/clients asked me at lunch yesterday whether I had seen any renderings of the completed project and details as to whether there would be bike lanes, landscaping and other details which I hadn’t.

So, today I made full use of Google and uncovered some fairly well-hidden information on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s website  and contacted John R Cook, Resident Engineer, Statesville Construction who provided some prompt and exciting information as well.

Here are the Brawley School Road Widening Project Highlights:

  • Widen to four lanes with a median south of Southfork Rd to Talbert Rd
  • Sidewalks will be built on both sides
  • Sharp curves will be straighten (We can see this just from the grading that has already taken place)
  • The median will prohibit left turns into and out of individual properties along the project

The Design and Public Hearing Maps are available from this website as PDF files so you can see in great detail what the process will involve and what the end product will look like in 2011.

Mr. Cook, in response to my inquiry, provided unexpectedly good news:

  • There will be bike lanes!!!  (This is such great news.  Finally we will have safe cycling in our community!)
  • The median will be grass.  There are no details yet regarding landscaping.

If you would like more information, John R. Cook can be reached at #707.876.3543.

Short term, it is a bit of a pain in the neck but the end result is going to be well worth it!

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Lake Norman is a great place to be for the 4th of July, 2009

There is nothing like fireworks over Lake Norman!

 For the 2010 list of July 4th activities in and around Lake Norman, go to:  Lake Norman 4th of July 2010: Plenty of Ways to Celebrate!

“From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!”  I wrote this exactly one year ago and it is still just as true this year.  So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2009:

Troutman/ Iredell County 4th of July Parade

Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am  the Annual Iredell County Independence Day Parade will be held once again on a 3-mile route from the Iredell County Fair Grounds ending at the Troutman Elementary School.    (Highway 21).

If you want to experience a slice of true small-town Americana, this is a must attend parade.  The streets are lined with flags, yellow ribbons and folks of all ages, many with signs honoring our military past and present.

The parade itself  has over one hundred entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor.

Also on Saturday, June 27th, for the younger crowd, Vinnies Raw Oyster Bar is holding their popular annual bikini contest. 

Friday, July 3rd from 5:00pm – 10:00m is the Third Annual Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville.  This free event will feature children’s games, inflatables, rock climbing and velcrowalls, a jousting arena, balloon artists, face painting, a veteran’s ceremony and a performance by the Lake Norman Orchestra.  The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks show.  There will also be 100 food vendors, local arts and crafts and businesses in an effort to support the Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy Local” campaign.  A free shuttle bus will run from Peninsula Baptist Church on Brawley School road to the YMCA.  Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information: Summer Celebration at the YMCA website.

The Town of Huntersville will be hosting their 7th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Birkdale Village.  Activities will include bike decorating, face painting, a down bounce, children’s art provided by the Children’s Arts Project, a parade, a water fight between fire stations, music, food and “a whole lot of fun!!!”

The Town of Davidson will hold their annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th from 4:30 – 8p.m.  Festivities include their annual small-town parade.  All are invited to “patriotically  dress their bicycles, wagons, pets and strollers and participate by meeting at Davidson Town Hall at 4:30pm”. Music and games for all ages will be set up on the Village Green and a children amusement are will be available for a $5 admission.  Live entertainment will be provided by Rough Draft.  There will be no fireworks this year.

Looking for something a little bit racy?  How about the Independence Day Blastoff at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley NC.  Gates open at 5:00 and races start at 7:30pm.  704.263.5347

Fireworks displays are officially planned for Queens Landing on Lake Norman but trust me, if you are out on the lake, you will see many private fireworks displays!  If you want to party, The Sandbar is always a lot of fun.  Need directions?  Also be sure to check out LKNfun.com where you will find a great list of celebrations at our many restaurants and bars.

Going to Uptown Charlotte?  On July 4th at 9:30pm there will be a spectacular fireworks display at the Memorial Stadium.  “Red White and Boom!” will offer “wholesome family fun”  Admission is free and the fireworks show can also be viewed from a variety of locations around the city.

Finally, if you want to have your own, legal, fireworks display, in past years they have set up a stand where they sell fireworks at the corner of Williamson Rd. and Brawley School Rd.

Have fun and be safe!

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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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Lake Norman’s 2009 Spring Fly-In is Saturday, May 2!

Lake Norman Air Park home with plane

One of the most interesting and unique neighborhoods in Lake Norman is the Lake Norman AirPark  where single family homes don’t have just a garage for their cars.  Homes have a hanger for their own planes and a runway is part of the community amenities!  This certainly is nirvana for an avid pilot.  Imagine walking out the door, hopping in your plane and taking off without even getting in your car!

The pilots of Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 hold their Annual Lake Norman Spring Fly-In at the Lake Norman Airpark which is coming up on May 2nd from 10:00am – 3:00pm. This event is designed to be a family affair for the public  and all aircraft are welcome as well.  What an incredible opportunity to mingle with the pilots, get up close to such a variety of planes and even take a ride in one.  They usually attract about 60 aircraft, which are both home-built or certified.

As Chuck Porter wrote in his blog: “The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs, a clear blue sky dotted with planes in the air and rows of aircraft spanning from the early days of aviation to the engineering marvels of today.  Kids wide-eyed with anticipation of taking flight and builders bursting with pride on their just finished “creations”.  This is an EAA Fly-In.  This is grassroots aviation and your chance to enjoy it.!”

There is no admission fee but they will be charging a “nominal fee” for lunch.

The Lake Norman Airpark is located in Mooresville on Perth Road just north of Hwy 150 on the left.  For more information contact Ronald P Murray.  Phone: 704.663.5521

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Water Restrictions Lifted in Mecklenburg County!

Catawba River flowing down to Lake norman

 Thanks to our consistent rainfall this past winter and early spring, Mecklenburg County has lifted its 19-month restrictions of water use and the rest of the Lake Norman area counties are expected to follow.  Yes, it is now legal to water your lawns and wash your cars according to today’s article in the Charlotte Observer.  Although, conservation is always a good habit.  According to this article, single-family home water usage dropped 32% in Mecklenburg County since 2002.

This is today’s map from the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council.  Lake Norman falls in the white area which means normal conditions.  Yellow is Abnormally dry and beige is moderate drought.

Lake Norman Lake Levels today are at 98.2 with a “target” level of 96.9.  With higher water levels and all of our trees turning green and the Dogwoods and Azaleas in bloom this Easter weekend should be a spectacular day to be out on the lake!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: News

 

One of the advantages of being a REALTOR is that I am constantly driving around, networking and reading so I am able to observe and hear about what’s happening and monitor the progress of our Lake Norman growth and development.  Here are a few updates I thought I should share:

Langtree at the Lake has gotten approval from the Mooresville  Town Commissioners to use a new form of bond financing for their portion of the public improvements required for this $800 million resort development.  There will be several public hearings and more details to follow.  What is important is to see that Langtree at the Lake is still progressing despite the economic slowdown.

Speaking of Langtree, the new traffic circle for the nearly completed Exit 32 is complete.  And, the progress at Exit 32 is significant. This is a photo of the new traffic circle at Alcove and Langtree Roads.

The widening of Brawley School Road is progressing nicely.  Here is a photo taken near where the widening begins at Chuckwood.  So far the utilities have been moved, all trees and structures have been removed, and the drainage systems are just about completed.  As you can see, the grading has also begun!

Meanwhile, our drought has not completely disappeared thanks to a lesser than normal amount of rain this past winter.  Lake Norman is in the yellow which is “abnormally dry”.  White means no dry conditions.  They only update these maps on Thursdays so I am hoping this past storm will improve our drought classification!

According to an article in the Charlotte Observer on March 26th, The Charlotte Region is going to get $12.6 million for energy projects from the stimulus funds for energy efficiency and conservation projects.  Details can be found at the EECBG Website.

North Carolina was given almost $208 million for weatherization and other energy programs according to the same Charlotte Observer article. “The weatherization program rebates as much as $6500 in upgrades to qualified homeowners who add insulation, seal leaks and install more efficient HVAC systems.”  To apply go to the APPSI.EERE.ENERGY website.  (I will be writing separately about energy audits and all of the financing and incentives available for energy efficiency upgrades/updates).

Finally, conforming loan interest rates have reacted favorably to The Federal Reserve’s announcements on March 18th regarding buying Treasury securities and increasing their purchases of mortgage and agency debt.  Today I got word from one lender that they are at 4.75%!

Look for my first quarter Lake Norman Real Estate Sales Analysis and Market Report later this week.

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60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 1

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Wow, A lot of good news!

Mooresville Race City USA

At my Exchange Club luncheon today our guest speaker was Karen Shore the Executive Director for the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce.  I have known about some of what she shared with us but she confirmed that yes, there is some truly good economic news to share about the greater Mooresville/Lake Norman communities!

  • Mooresville-Statesville was just chosen as the #1 Micropolitan in the entire US for 2008 by Site Selection Magazine’s  March 2009 edition! “In 2008, companies made 17 announcements to either expand or build a new facility in the Statesville-Mooresville Micropolitan Area, according to the Conway Data New Plant Database, the official corporate facility tracking service of Site Selection magazine.”  This places us a #1 out of 700 micropolitan areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau.  “A micro area is a largely rural economy that includes a city of at least 10,000 people but less than 50,000 and covers at least one county.”  Reasons for businesses to move were “competitive business costs, low taxe rates and skilled workforce”.  Mooresville accounted for 12 of the 17 deals!
  • Today’s Charlotte Observer article by Joe Marsuk announced that “John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts plans to begin construction this year on a 300-room, 12-story Embassy Suites hotel and 75,000 square-foot convention center off Interstate 77’s Exit 32″!  Construction is expected to begin in late summer and last about 16-18 months.
  • On Monday, Mooresville Commissioners finally approved a 100-acre sports complex at Mezzepa Road Park which will include 6 soccer fields, 4 baseball diamonds, walking trails and a playground.
  • In February,Business Week  ranked our Lake Norman town of Cornelius the 7th “Best Affordable Suburbs 2009” in the entire country and 1st in North Carolina!  Consideration was given to livability, short commutes, low pollution, amount of green space, job growth, crime rates, weather, household income, education levels and quality of schools.  Cities had to be within 25 miles of one of the nations most populous cities so any of our towns north of Cornelius would have been to far from Charlotte to be considered.
  • Forbes recently ranked Charlotte as the 4th best housing market in the country!
  • Today’s home mortgage rates in our area dropped to 4.875% for a 30-year fixed home loan.

At a time when it can be down right painful to watch/read our national news, it is truly great to have so much positive news to share with you.  Clearly, while our Lake Norman real estate housing market is struggling right now, there is a bright future.  If the businesses are coming, so too will the demand for housing return.  Unlike many cities in our country which are loosing significant jobs, we will return to our role as a popular destination!

Learn More About Life in Lake Norman:

10 Things Lake Norman Waterfront Home Buyers Should Know BEFORE buying

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60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 1

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show is Coming!

Lake Norman Garden Display

Maybe it’s the fact that it is 17 degrees here in Lake Norman this morning, but the thought of going to the 5th Annual  Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show  on January 23 – 25 sounds really good!

This Home and Landscape show incorporates just about everything I love about real estate and selling homes:

  • Gardens and Landscaping
  • Building and Remodeling
  • Home Improvement Products
  • Building Green Seminars
  • Gourmet Gifts, Wines and Pottery

There will be celebrities like Roger Cook, the landscape contractor from This Old House who will share new trends in landscaping and Chef Lou Petrozza from Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen” who will be giving cooking demonstrations.

I always gravitate to the live garden displays where vendors like Barefoot Landscape, Woodlands Landscaping and Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping  promise to have displays including an outdoor cobblestone patio with fire pit, built-in kitchen, a small water feature with a focus on drought resistant plants.

You can also meet with professional landscape designers and meet the team at Earth Graphics Landscape Design and Digital Images display which will explain how they offer “same day mobile landscape design service that produces professional plans without the wait”!

The Details

When:

  • Friday, January 23rd @ 2-7pm
  • Saturday 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Where:

  • Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord: 4751 N.C. 49N.  Concord

Admission:

  • Adults 17 + – $7.00
  • Children 16 and under: Free
  • Seniors 65+ $5.00 (Friday only)

Parking is Free!

Cabarrus Arena Website

As they say on their website:  “It’s anything and everything for your home!”

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Lake Norman Welcomes the New Year in Many Ways!

  The greater Lake Norman and Charlotte area has myriad ways to celebrate the New Year, it is just a matter of knowing where to look!  From boat parties on Lake Norman to holiday restaurant bashes to family oriented festivities there truly is something for everyone.

So, where do you go?  My suggestion is to start with The Charlotte Observer.  They currently have two great articles:  New Year’s festivities fit for a family and  5 great places to welcome the New Year  which offer an incredible array of places to go and things to do.  From the swank  Enchanted Evening Ball at Charlotte City Club to the hot  NYE at The Sunset Club it’s worth taking the time to check it out. If you don’t have time to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing you might find their website equally helpful: Creative Loafing. Want to stay in Lake Norman?  Check out  LKNFun.com where you will find a list of all of the local parties from the new Tapas restaurant in Birkdale Village to Midtown Sundries on Lake Norman. Another Lake Norman resource is LKN Social which even lists boat parties on the lake!

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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Lake Norman Home Buyers and Sellers, Our Drought is Officially Over!

Lake Norman waterfront homes

After about a year and a half, the greater Lake Norman area is now officially out of the few remaining drought areas in North Carolina according to the US Drought Management Advisory Council’s  data as of December 16, 2008!  Only the far western portion of our state has any water deficiencies:

 

Thanks to our most recent rains even the Lake Norman water levels are at 97.3 which is 1.3 feet above the “target level”.  (Remember that 100′ is “full pond” which is the highest level possible before they release water at the southern dam).

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Lake Norman Newcomers Drop-in at The EnergyExplorium on 11/19/08!

Lake Norman's Energy Explorium at the McGuire Nuclear Station

One of the disclosures our folksy Lake Norman real estate agent neglected to mention to my husband and I when we moved here in 2005 was that Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station (yes, a full-blown nuclear power plant) was just 9 miles away from our home…opps!

While the presence of a nuclear power plant on Lake Norman doesn’t seem to bother most home buyers, I do think it is important for them to know that it exists and be able to appease any concerns they may have. Every year Duke Energy sends out calendars to Lake Norman home owners with basic information about the plant and emergency exit plans. Continue reading

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Halloween Happenings in and Around Lake Norman 2008

 

Lake Norman area pumpkin patch

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick or treaters.

Perhaps it is because we are all trying to take our minds off of the Lake Norman real estate market and our national economic worries but it seems like this year the color orange is everywhere! Are you in searcch for a pumpkin patch? How about:

  • Carrigan Farms: Open 9-5 weekdays, 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider. There are even hayrides every 20 minutes! 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway/N.C.150, Mooresville.
  • Fifth Annual Boy Scout Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. 17115 Kenton Drive, Cornelius
  • The Great Pumpkin Patch for Missions: Pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds and more! Davidson United Methodist Church: 233 S. Main Street. Davidson.

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Brawley School Road Widening to begin October 27th!

Brawley School Road Widening

Even when my husband and I bought our much loved Lake Norman home on the Brawley School Rd. Peninsula in 2005, there was nothing but talk about traffic and the proposed widening of Brawley School Rd. There seemed to be a bias against even living here which has probably had a some degree of a negative impact on the area real estate values and home sales for the past several years.

Brawley School Road Widening

The good news is that the utility poles have been moved, the trees have been cut down (see above), the businesses, structures and homes have been leveled and the water and sewer work completed.

According to the Mooresville Tribune, the official widening construction begins on Monday October 27th!

The North Carolina Department of Transportation was expected to award the first of two contracts this past week. Once approved, work is expected to begin Monday, October 27th.

More good news is that much of the work, according to Steve Abbot of the NC DOT, will take place between 7pm and 7am Monday through Saturday. The entire project will include signals at all major intersections, grading, draining, and paving of FOUR lanes divided by a grass median.

I truly believe that Lake Norman’s Brawley School Road peninsula has the most interesting, impressive and eclectic real estate, homes and communities in the entire Lake Norman area. It is on our peninsula that you will find the Crescent Communities of The Point, The Farms, The Harbour at the Point, North Shore and Pine Isle as well as an incredible array of waterfront homes along the shorelines of Isle of Pines Rd., Chuckwood Rd., McKendree Rd., Blume Rd all the way down to the end of the “8-mile Peninsula”.

If you live down Brawley School road or are considering buying a home on the peninsula, this truly is great news. While the entire project is not expected to be completed until July of 2011 and while we homeowners will face some challenges during the construction if we are just a bit patient the end result is going to be well worth it!

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