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Lake Norman Region Market Report for September 2020

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

September surpassed our expectations with 236 closed single-family homes, almost matching August’s 238 closed units. It was a record-breaking September, with only one other year (2017) where closed units exceeded 200.  Year over year, September closings were up 38%, in comparison to 2019’s 171 closings during this period. We also had a significant increase in the average sales price, which jumped from $495,425 to $719,374, a 45% increase!  Continue reading

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Lake Norman Region Market Report for September 2020

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

September surpassed our expectations with 236 closed single-family homes, almost matching August’s 238 closed units. It was a record-breaking September, with only one other year (2017) where closed units exceeded 200.  Year over year, September closings were up 38%, in comparison to 2019’s 171 closings during this period. We also had a significant increase in the average sales price, which jumped from $495,425 to $719,374, a 45% increase!  This was largely due to 44 homes selling over one million, and one topping out at $6,300,000 in Norman Estate of Denver.

The total homes that went under contract were 437, which increased slightly from the previous month at 423, an overall increase of 30% from the previous year.  The average price is also more realistic here as well, with an increase of 13%, which is still a substantial increase year over year. In addition, the average time on the market has decreased by 43.5%.

The predictor of future real estate sales is determined by the active inventory, which continues to be drastically low as compared to previous years.  With a 57% decrease in active single-family homes, there were only 285 homes available for September, and 14 listed as coming soon.  The median price is also much higher, going from $786,420 to $916,735.  Only 17 homes are available for under $300,000 in the area, which is a direct reflection on the average prices. Of the 285 active listings, 69 of them are over one million, making up 24% of the active inventory.

Here are some other interesting facts for active homes in September 2020:

  • 112 of the active homes are new construction, 39% of the active listings (very similar to months past)
  • 83 of the active homes are waterfront, 29% of the active listings (similar to August)
  • The average year built is 2008
  • 140 of the active listings are in Mooresville at Lake Norman, right at half of the available inventory
  • 37 of the 140 for Mooresville were in Atwater Landing (new construction), making it the community with the most available homes for September (was same for August and July)
  • Denver has the second largest inventory with 7 single-family homes, followed by Cornelius with 36 homes available
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3727
  • The average lot size is .83 acres
  • The average price per square foot is $224

And some interesting facts for the homes under contract for September 2020 (note – prices are based on the listing price as the sales price is undisclosed until sold):

  • The average price of all pending homes (under contract show and no show) is $637,478
  • The average price of the combined median prices of all pending homes (under contract show and no show) is $482,000
  • 140 of the homes under contract are new construction, 32% of the pending sales (same for August)
  • 114 of the homes under contract are waterfront, 26% of the pending sales
  • The average year built for homes that are under contract no show is 2008. In comparison the average year built for homes under contract show is 1998.
  • The average lots size is .67 acres (same as August)
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3228
  • 218 of the homes under contract are in Mooresville, making up 50% of the market

Finally, here are some facts for the homes that sold in September 2020:

  • The average listing price of homes sold was $736,166 (sold price $719,374)
  • The median listing price of homes sold was $514,000, which aligns with the average prices from 2019. The median price will likely be a better reflection of our market as we move forward.
  • The listing price to sales price ratio was just over 97.7%
  • Only 35 of the homes sold were new construction, 15% of the homes sold
  • 65 of the homes sold were waterfront, 27.5% of the homes sold
  • The average year built was 2005
  • 111 of the homes sold were in Mooresville, 47% of the market (was same for August)
  • The average lots size was .69 acres
  • The average square footage of heated living space was 3304
  • The average price per square foot is $207/sq. ft.

For those of you following along, the total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month are as follows:

  • October 8, 2020: 437
  • September 8, 2020: 423
  • August 10, 2020: 463
  • July 7, 2020: 489
  • June 11, 2020: 471
  • May 8, 2020: 319
  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 335
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

 CLOSED HISTORICAL SALES FOR LAKE NORMAN REAL ESTATE

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June is here and Lake Norman is OPEN

June is here and Lake Norman is OPEN for lake lovers! Lake Norman is known as a haven for water sports and recreation, and this is one thing that hasn’t changed! No matter how you personally like to enjoy the water, Lake Norman has a place just for you.

This month’s June Calendar image illustrates just one of many lake activities: paddleboarding!  This activity is a wonderful way to experience the lake and exercise too. Paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing are boating activities that can be explored anywhere on Lake Norman.  Weekdays, or early morning or late afternoons on the weekends, are often the best times to find “still” water and active wildlife which make these activities most enjoyable.  If you don’t have your own vessel, no worries, there are many rental options available around the lake too.

Although paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing aren’t motorized boating activities, they are still governed by boating laws. The main rules to remember for non-motorized watercraft are:  Each vessel needs a PFD for each passenger. Children under 13 must wear their PFD while underway. Have a whistle on hand for emergencies. Don’t stay out after sunset. For a brochure of all of the NC Vessel Operator rules, click here to the link to the NC Wildlife’s brochure.

However, not all parts of the lake are suitable for all activities.  Due to bridge heights, some areas are not best for sailboats with fixed masts, and during times of high lake levels, some smaller bridges are not accessible to motorboats either. The Lake Norman Marine Commission’s site lists all of Lake Norman’s bridge heights at full pond.  It is important for all boaters to know the lake levels and understand the lake geography before exploring new areas.  When the lake is at lower levels, which usually is during peak energy demands in the summer, shoals or shallow areas become serious lake hazards to be avoided. Duke Energy, which manages all of the Catawba River basin lakes and shorelines has a robust website with links to many informative sites.  One of which is their lake level page, where you will find up to date information on the lake levels for all of the lakes managed by Duke Energy. As of today, Lake Norman is at 98.7, which is 1.3 feet below full pond. Lake Norman is part of the Catawba-Wateree system of lakes created through damming the Catawba River.  These lakes are James, Rhodhiss, Hickory, Lookout Shoals, Norman, Mountain Island, Wylie, Fishing Creek, Rocky Creek and Wateree.  As stated on Duke Energy’s site, “These lakes and dams provide benefits that are balanced among the individual needs of several communities, including:

  • Municipal water supplies
  • Industrial and power plant water uses
  • Daily release requirements and drought mitigation
  • Wildlife habitat and aquatic environments
  • Recreation (fishing, boating, skiing, docks, etc.)
  • Each lake directly affects the other lakes in its system. To manage the level of one lake, Duke Energy must examine the levels and requirements at each of the other lakes in the system and respond accordingly.”

In addition to lake levels, lake enthusiasts should also be mindful of water quality, especially when swimming or jumping in to cool off on a hot summer day.  The Catawba Riverkeepers have implemented an extremely useful swim guide to help swimmers know where to swim safely at Lake Norman and in our surrounding lakes.  For more information, visit https://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/swim-guide/

If you’d like to learn more about Lake Norman’s recreational options or anything else about the lake, please let us know, we’ll be happy to help!

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Lake Norman Region Market Report for March 2020

Lake Norman Real Estate's March 2020 Market Report

*All data is compiled from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

As anticipated, the Lake Norman market reports for March 2020 demonstrate the initial effects of COVID-19 on the real estate market.  Across the charts, we saw a decrease in each category except for sold homes, as these were a result of prior contracts before the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown.  Active listings continue to be limited, although low inventory has been a market factor for many months. March 2020 saw a significant decrease in homes under contract, with a 22%-24% decline in contracts and due to the COVID-19 Stay at Home Orders, we anticipate seeing additional market decline for April. However, we remain positive on the Lake Norman real estate market and firmly believe this slowdown is only a temporary pause on the traditional Spring market, which should resume to expected levels once the current crisis has passed.

In reviewing the March/April time period since 2018, there has been an increase in contracts during this time with the exception of this current year, as you can see in bold below:

This list is the total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month:

  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 378
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019: 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

Next, let’s take a closer look at some property specifics:

  • 146 of the active homes are new construction, making up 26% of the total homes available
  • 211 of the active homes were waterfront, making up 38% of the total homes available
  • 81 homes came off the market (expired, withdrawn, or temporarily removed)
  • Of the 288 homes under contract, 144 of them were new contracts in March
  • 103 of the homes UCS were in Mooresville, over half of all contracts
  • 40 of the 84 homes UCNS were also in Mooresville
  • 43 of the 84 homes UCNS were new construction
  • Only 71 of the 204 homes UCS were new construction

With the onset of COVID-19 affecting our area in March, we began tracking the market daily to get a better idea of what was happening with our Lake Norman market.  As expected, showings in our area declined, and then dropped drastically due primarily to the stricter stay-at-home order that went into effect for Mecklenburg County on March 24th.

This report is updated daily and can be viewed here for the most up-to-date information.

CLOSED HISTORICAL SALES FOR LAKE NORMAN REAL ESTATE

Lake Norman home sales by month and years 2005 - 2020

* Please note that all of my numbers are for single family homes in what used to be referred to as “Area 13 – Lake Norman. They come from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service and will not include sales that took place outside of our MLS.** I adjust past months when I do the monthly update as a few more sales are usually input late by agents. ***Our MLS just merged with many others over the past several years so all of the total sales numbers have changed slightly.  I did update the entire 2017 year so that the past two years’ numbers will be comparing apples to apples. However, I am not going to go back to prior years and adjust.

I love being able to see this overview which puts our current sales in context with prior years and provides monthly trends to help better understand Lake Norman’s seasonal trends, peaks and valleys.

Let us know if you would like specific market information on your neighborhood or your personal house value. Just email info@lakenormanrealty.com with your question and we’ll be happy to help!

We’ll be posting our 2020 First Quarter Lake Norman Market Report in May with detailed breakdowns of our Lake Norman real estate market. Until then, stay well, stay safe, and enjoy this beautiful Spring at Lake Norman!

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Spring has sprung at Lake Norman!  Although the COVID-19 virus has stopped the community from our regular spring festivities, Mother Nature continues to bring out her finest display of beautiful blooms everywhere you turn!  For our April featured calendar photo, we hope you enjoy this spectacular display of wisteria, whose fragrant sweet perfume smells as amazing as it looks! This type of wisteria is Wisteria sinensis, commonly known as the Chinese wisteria. It is a non-native variety, but has naturalized in many areas of our region.  North Carolina also has a native variety and a Japanese variety too.  When purchasing wisteria for your garden, look for the native variety: Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria) which is less invasive and easier to maintain. Fun fact: Did you know both the Chinese and American wisterias twine in a counterclockwise direction but Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) twines clockwise?

 

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April Calendar Photo: Wisteria Hysteria!

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COVID-19 and the Lake Norman Real Estate Market

 

 

Many are asking the question, how is COVID-19 affecting the Lake Norman real estate market? To get a clear picture, we’ll need to wait for the final sales numbers for March 2020, but in the meantime, one indicator to take note of is buyer activity.  Through analyzing data from showing reports, we can see the numbers of active buyers per price point in the Lake Norman real estate market.

It is no surprise in the wake of the coronavirus, total showings went down this past week compared to the previous week, but we are still seeing a large amount of showing activity week over week with 2408 showings in the past 7 days.  The price points from $250,000 to $400,000 have the largest percentage of the showings.  This is partially due to higher inventory in those price points, with significantly fewer options under $250,000.   We’re keeping a close eye on all Lake Norman real estate trends, and we will keep you posted as we learn more. Stay well and stay tuned!

Week of 3/10/20 to 3/17/20 Showing Report = 2408 Total Showings

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Truly a Lucky Cat, Josh reclines in a clover patch. His colony in Kinston, NC was established through outreach by the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program. Photograph by Linda Whittington.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2020 Calendar – A Lucky Cat

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Lake Norman New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2019/2020

Lake Norman New Year's Eve 2020

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2019 and New Year’s Day 2020. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman Area’s Christmas Parades and Holiday Events and Celebrations 2019

Our Lake Norman communities are humming with an amazing array of parades, festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even sailboat parades, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

 

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Lake Norman’s 2019 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches & More!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary.  New events have been added this year!

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Lake Norman water levels are at full pond!

Lake Norman water levels when full

Wow, we have had a lot of rain this weekend and more is on the way!  I just wanted to give you all a heads up that Lake Norman is officially at “full pond”.  I drove around and the water is even topping over a few walkways out to docks.  It is quite beautiful! Here is the update from Duke Energy.  Remember that we have the Cowan’s Ford Dam mentioned below so the water will spill down to Mountain Island Lake where there may be some flooding.

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Lake Norman water levels are high again! Updated Jan. 5th 2018

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Duke Energy just released the warning below with an update and caution due to yet another storm that arrived today. Due to our unusually high amounts of rain and snow, our Lake Norman water levels have been unusually high this past month.  100′ is full pond so at 98.6 we have some wiggle room but based upon the Duke Energy warning below, we can expect increasing lake water levels for the next few days at least. To get an idea of what it looks like when Lake Norman is a “full pond”  I took this photo a few years ago when it was at full pond and as  you can see even the dock is slightly under water!

Here is the official update from Duke Energy from today, January 5th.

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Lake Norman New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2018/2019

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*******  For Lake Norman New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2019/2020 click on this link!

 

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Events and Celebrations 2018!

 

Important Update!
For the 2019 list go to:  Lake Norman Area’s Christmas Parades, Holiday events and Celebrations 2019

 

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

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Lake Norman’s 2018 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches & More!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

FOR 2019 go to:  Lake Norman’s 2019 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More! (New events added!)

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

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Lake Norman Area St. Patrick’s Day Parades Festivals and Celebrations 2018

Lake Norman St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

It turns out that this year this Saturday the 10th is a big day for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrating this Saturday at the 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Downtown MooresvilleThe March 10 event begins at 3 p.m. and will roll down Main Street from Town Hall to Center Avenue. The parade will feature Grand Marshal Margaret Shannon, a leader within the Irish community in the New York/New Jersey area and, for the past 27 years in the Carolinas.  The parade will also include the Connick School of Irish Dance, Ceol na Gael pipers band led by Frank Keenan, the West Iredell 4-H Club, Acrofitness, the Knight of Columbus, and several pageant queens, including the 2016 Miss Iredell County Agricultural Fair Queen Kristy Leigh Smith, and Miss Teen North Carolina Earth Arianna Alverez. Food vendors will be on hand and area businesses will be offering special goodies for sale to those visiting downtown for the festivities. Some of those include Cyn Tucci’s Bakery, which will have St. Patrick’s Day cookies; Tim’s Table, selling scones; and The Pushcart, offering hot dogs.   Several parade participants, the Connick School of Irish Dance and the Ceol na Gael pipers band, will circle back to the Wells Fargo Bank area, where they will perform for the public. Main Street from Moore Avenue to Center Avenue will remain closed until 4:30 p.m. for those performances.  Parade organizer Esther Murphy said she is eager for people to “experience the Irish culture, enjoy the dancers and the pipers and make some new friends.”

For the 21+ crowd one event always stands out: Galway Hooker’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. “You can’t get a bigger, better Irish experience anywhere unless you were in Ireland itself! Our Pub was originally located in Ireland, deconstructed and shipped on a huge cargo ship over to the location it sits at now and reconstructed right here in Lake Norman. Step inside and you’ll feel like you just stepped into an authentic Irish Pub, because you did! Get ready for the areas LARGEST block party – our 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party! You don’t want to miss this legendary experience: Irish dancers, bagpipers, games, contests, authentic Irish fare, beer-a-plenty, live music and DJ’s throughout the day! There is no where else to be this St. Pat’s but the Hooker!”

But, while Galway Hooker’s may be the largest, there are so many other ways to celebrate, some of which don’t even involve drinking!

Probably the best way to actually celebrate ON Lake Norman would be Queen’s Landing’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruises on Lake Norman.

Or, for a more historic way to celebrate check out the Latta Celtic Festival.   The Latta Celtic Festival runs March 17th & 18th (10am-4pm)  This is it, the event you’ve been waiting all year for, it’s back… The Latta Celtic Festival. For the last six years spectators from near and far have made their way to Historic Latta Plantation in celebration of the Celtic culture James Latta once hailed from. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you can celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations. Children will enjoy story times, dancing, visiting the farm animals and more. This year our Celtic Festival will feature a special Sunday performance by Master Fiddler Jaime Laval.

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Lake Norman area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2017/2018

 

Happy New Year from Lake Norman Real Estate********Here is the link to this year’s events! New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2019/2020

 

 

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas, Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2017!

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

 

For 2018: Lake Norman Christmas, Parades Events and Celebrations 2018!

 

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

 

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Lake Norman 2017 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Lake Norman real estate's October 2019 Desktop Calendar

FOR 2019 go to : Lake Norman 2019 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!  New events have been added. Also, the photo above is the October 2019 Calendar!

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

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Lake Norman’s 2017 Fireworks, Parades and Celebrations

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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 EIGHT 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 2017:

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2016/2017

Happ New Year 2017 from Lake Norman Real Estate

 

For New Year’s Eve 2017/2018 go to:  Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2017/2018!

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2016

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

FOR 2017 GO TO:

Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events and Celebrations 2017 

 

 

HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE

Huntersville kicked off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Saturday, November 12th at Birkdale Village.  Sorry I am too late for this one!

Saint Mark’s Christmas Bazaar: November 19th: 11th Annual Saint Mark Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saint Mark Catholic. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078  FamilyCenter Free goody bags to the first 500 attendees. Gifts in all price ranges for all ages; $1 adult admission for adults. All proceeds go to benefit programs and charities at Saint Mark Catholic Church. 60+ Booths: Raffles, Bake Sale, Layered Gift Jars, Jewelry, Fleece Items, Kitchen Items, Home Décor, Religious Gifts, Wreathes, Jams & Jellies, Handmade Wooden Toys, Handmade Cards, Entertaining Items, Scrapbooking, Hair Bows, Original Art, Local Honey, Toys & Baby Items, Purses & Accessories, Holiday Decorations, Concessions and More!

This year the Town Of Huntersville is combining their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with their A Huntersville Christmas into a three day event on December 2,3 and 4!  The official tree lighting is December 2nd at  6/9pm. Festivities continue on the 3rd and 4th including a skating rink and Santa Claus. Learn more by clicking on my link “A Huntersville Christmas” above!

Breakfast with Santa at Birkdale Village is Saturday, December 10th at 8:30am.   The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even photos with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 6pm. (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!)  Check out their Facebook Page for more details: Birkdale Village

MOORESVILLE

Mooresville’s Christmas Parade  is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 22nd 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 72nd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade. It  just keeps getting bigger and better every year yet organizers work hard to make sure it retains its ‘home town’ feel. Entries include floats and performers traveling down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville. These will include 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.

Mooresville's Annual Christmas Parade

December – Visit “Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular” | An orchestrated light show that includes over 115,000 lights set to music. Begins November 27 and runs nightly through late December. On the lawn at Town Hall –  413 N. Main St. Free!

December 2nd, 9th and 16th and 18th – Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville |Music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, Wagon Rides, 75,000 Holiday Light Spectacular & more!!  6pm – 8pm & activities take place on Broad & Main Streets. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Santa visit and wagon ride loading ends promptly at 8pm

December 4 – The 8th Annual Holiday Children’s Party | Join in the fun and don’t forget to dress to impress because Santa and Rudolph will be there to take complimentary photos!  From 9am-11am at The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. Brought to you by the Town of Mooresville.

DAVIDSON

Davidson’s Holiday Gala: November 28th and 29th 1st: In its fourth season, the Holiday Gala continues to delight sold-out audiences. The unofficial beginning of the town’s annual “Christmas in Davidson” event, the Holiday Gala brings together the college choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band with local community talent to ring in the holiday with dancing, singing, festive lights and seasonal sounds. Get your tickets before they’re gone and see for yourself why the Holiday Gala is our newest beloved holiday tradition!

Christmas in Davidson  is, hand’s down, my favorite event of the season.  Mark your calendars for December 1,2 and 3rd 6-9pm!  Christmas in Davidson is an event started by our business community 28 years ago. We try to honor its history as well as keep things current. As our core values state, the physical, social and intellectual well-being of Davidson citizens is fundamental to our community, so we will provide and encourage enjoyable, safe, and affordable recreational and cultural opportunities in town.  There is something fun and entertaining for everyone of all ages at Christmas in Davidson!

Chanukah December 24th – January 1st Temple Kol Tikvahh of Lake Norman

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Lake Norman under Stage 1 Drought Conditions

Lake Norman Lake Levels down

Our Lake Norman area as well as most of western North Carolina experienced a summer of higher than normal temperatures and lower than average rainfall.  The result is a drop in our lake levels a Stage 1 drought condition declared by Duke Energy which limits the use of lake water for irrigation.  Here is the latest update from Duke Energy’s’ Website:

Lake Norman

01-NOV-16 Long-term dry weather conditions have resulted in the implementation of Stage 1 drought conditions for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The community is asked to be mindful of its water use and consider conserving energy which also saves water. Residents who use water from a Duke Energy lake for lawn irrigation are asked to limit watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays. Updated lake levels are available any time at www.Duke-Energy.com/lakes or by calling 800-829-5253. As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide updates if conditions change.

94.5 ft.

As of 11/10/2016 at 09:37AM

If you want to keep up with this or want to check Lake Norman’s lake levels just go to the Duke Energy website.  Hopefully we will get some rain soon!

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Lake Norman’s 2016 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

 

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

*****For 2017 Halloween Events and More CLICK HERE

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2016!

Lake Norman Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations

 

For 2017 fireworks and events: Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Celebrations 2017

 

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 SEVEN 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 2016:

 

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2015/2016: More and Better Than Ever!

Lake Norman Area New Year's Eve 2016 Events

Attention!!!  Go here for our: Lake Norman Area  2016/2017  New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Events 2015 start this weekend!

For a list of 2016 Christmas and Holiday events go to : Lake Norman Christmas and Holiday Parades, Events and Celebrations 2016

 

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

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Lake Norman Halloween Events and Pumpkin Patches 2015: BOO!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

 

Click here for 2016 Halloween events!

 

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary: Continue reading

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Lake Norman water levels up and rising!

Wow,  Lake Norman’s drought is over thanks to a series of large storms that are still hammering the east coast.  Our lake levels were as low as 93.6′ at the peak of the drought in late summer.  The photo below was taken on September 9, 2015

Lake Norman Shoreline during the drought

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2015!

Lake Norman Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations

 

For 2017 Fireworks, parades and celebrations go to:  Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2017

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 SIX 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 2015: Continue reading

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Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte is February 20 – 22nd AND February 27th – March 1, 2015

 

Southern Spring Home and Garden show 2015

 

Based on the popularity of HGTV, sites like Houzz.com and what I see on Facebook and Pinterest, it seems like just about everyone enjoys seeing beautiful homes and gardens and getting ideas and inspiration. The Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a GREAT opportunity for us Lake Norman area residents to do this in person. I know it requires driving, parking and walking but seriously it is well worth it!  They have an amazing array of lectures, demonstrations, displays and vendors/experts who you can chat with about your own thoughts and project ideas.  And yes, there is shopping and eating too! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2015: More and Better Than Ever!

Happy New Year From Lake Norman Real Estate!

Attention! For New Year’s Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 please click here:  Lake Norman New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2016/2017

 

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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Lake Norman’s 2014 Christmas & Holiday Events Start This Weekend!

Lake Norman truly is a fantastic place to celebrate Christmas and the holidays.  From small town parades to a sailboat parade to old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers and Santa, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Huntersville kicks off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm – 8pm at Birkdale Village.The event organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids! Shop, dine and stroll the vendor booths, but be sure to secure your spot along the parade route by 5:30pm. Then watch Santa light the 34 foot tree! Enjoy music, the singing bears and a new special attraction this holiday season! Don’t forget to visit Santa at his home directly across from the tree and cherish the moment with a photo. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Halloween Happenings & Events 2014, BOO!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

 

*For 2016 Halloween activities and events to go: Lake Norman’s 2016 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary: Continue reading

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The 2014 Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is October 4th!

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival 2014

Our Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is now in it’s 6th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better.  This really is a must attend if you enjoy festivals, southeastern folk art, local foods and food trucks, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s new Mooresville Town Square is coming to life!

Mooresville Town Square Rendering

If you haven’t checked out the Mooresville Town Square on the corner of Brawley School Rd. and Williamson Rd lately then you are definitely in for a great surprise! After a slow start thanks to the recession, it is now a happening place to go. With it’s upscale architecture, beautiful gardens and walking paths it reminds me a little bit of a Birkdale Village in it’s early stages. This 200,000 square foot “lifestyle center” offers great food, hangouts, shopping and services all walkable. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2014!

Lake Norman 4th of July 2013

 

For Lake Norman’s 2017 Fireworks and Celebrations go to: Lake Norman 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2017

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 SIX 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 2014: Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is February 28 – March 2, 2014

Lake Norman Charlotte Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

“Better Living, Home. Garden. Life.”

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 February 28th – March 2nd, 2014  might be even more exciting than the boat shows to some of us.  (This year they actually are holding it on two weekends but I missed last weekend’s!).

Held in Charlotte every spring, this wonderful event promises to inspire and tempt attendees with 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.

Lake Norman garden

JUST THE FACTS

The Southeast’s Largest Home and Garden Show

You can:

  • Talk with home design and products experts.
  • Learn from award-winning landscapers.
  • Get the latest clean and green ideas.
  • Splurge on the perfect accessory or newest tools.
  • Find a fabulous hand-turned pot.
  • Taste your favorite foods and wine.
  • Soak up the beauty of 20 colorful gardens.
  • Explore designer rooms, Orchids, Bonsai & Ikebana.
  • Enjoy horticulture, design, and how-to clinics

February 28th – March 2nd 2014

The Park Expo and Conference Center located at 2500 East Independence Blvd in Charlotte

704.376.6594

Website: Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

Facebook: Southern Spring Home and Garden Show

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Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2014

 

Lake Norman New Year's Eve Celebrations

Happy New Year Lake Norman!

 

For Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2015:  Lake Norman Area New Year’s Celebrations 2015: More and Better Than Ever!

 

 

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.

Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake!

  • The Queens Landing New Year’s Eve Cruises offer truly elegant dining on the Lady of the Lake or a bit more casual on the Catawba Queen.

The best sources for lists of New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com which has a long list of special events in the Lake Norman area restaurants and bars 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. Here is a link to their New Year’s Eve events…it is very long and growing! They even do hourly updates on their Food and Drink section.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas in Davidson 2013 is December 5th-7th!

Horse drawn carriage at Christmas in Davidson's 3-evening celebratiion

Carriage rides at Christmas in Davidson

“Christmas in Davidson” is truly one of the most special Lake Norman area celebrations for the holidays. It is definitely one of my favorite community events of the year. 2013 marks the 26th year of this three-evening celebration which is being held this year on December 5th,6th, and 7th in Downtown Davidson. Three “magical”evenings from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the young and young at heart. 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
  • 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 vendors selling holiday crafts and gifts
  • Local merchants are offering their own special events as well

Learn more:

Complete Event Guide

Santa’s House

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides & Hay Rides

Doggie Fashion Show

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Davidson Lions Club Christmas Tree Pick Up

Rotary Club Christmas Tree Village

Trollys will shuttle visitors from the Exit 30 parking area to Downtown Davidson. For more information about parking and the event itself just go to their website:

Christmas in Davidson

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Lake Norman Holiday Celebrations & Events for 2013 Start Tomorrow at Birkdale Village!

Christmas tree at Birkdale Village in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s Popular Birkdale Village’s Holiday Decorations

Huntersville kicks off the holidays with The arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony on November 16th at 5 pm at Birkdale Village.  The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even meet Santa!  (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!) Continue reading

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Lake Norman Halloween Happenings 2013

* For 2015 Halloween Events go to: Lake Norman Halloween Happenings and Events 2015; BOO!

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!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes, 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 Playground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more! See their website link above for more details.
  • Davidson United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins for sale through Halloween on the lawn of the  Molly McKay House, 260 S. Main Street, Davidson

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville 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 and Lake Norman is full of options!

  • This year, Carrigan Farms’ Scarrigan Farms is supposed to be so scary that moms enjoying smores on the other side of the quarry can hear their kids screaming as they walk throw the haunted trail. As they say on their website: This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. We’ll be waiting. If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know haven’t done our job. Come gather around the bonfires, at the well-known Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry, before or after you enter the haunted trail. Visit Scrarrigan Farms on Facebook.  It began October 5th and continues Friday to Sunday nights through November 2nd and includes Thursday, October 31st of course!  (Today their website was down but hopefully it will be up shortly.)

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Lake Norman Folk Art Festival is this Saturday, October 5th, 2013!

Lake Norman folk art festival 2013

 One of my first exciting discoveries after moving to Mooresville back in 2005 was the wonderful array of art available, particularly from the Southeastern United States. Southern Folk Art can be colorful, whimsical, dramatic and fun and is also be highly collectible. If you haven’t had an opportunity to view the wonderful variety of Southeastern Folk Art and meet some the our talented artists from all over the Southeast, then this Saturday, October 5th,  is a perfect opportunity for you since Lake Norman is hosting Hickory Museum o f Art’s 5th annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival from 11-4 pm at 3630 Drum Campground Road, Sherrills Ford, NC

In it’s 5th year, there will be more changes, improvements and additions.  Here is their update and links. Check out the list of artists and photos of their works!!!!:

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival

Saturday, October 5
10 AM – 4 PM

There are exciting changes for this year’s festival! 

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North Carolina & Lake Norman’s Tax Free Weekend Starts This Friday, August 2nd!

Lake Norman Back to School

 

Our annual sales tax holiday is this weekend, August 2nd through August 4th! 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 2, 2013 and 11:59 pm Sunday, August 4th” according to the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.

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Lake Norman’s 4th of July 2013 Fireworks and Celebrations!

Lake Norman 4th of July 2013

For 2016 Fireworks and Celebrations please go to: Lake Norman’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations 2016!

 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 FIVE 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 2013:

Saturday, June 29th at 11:00am the 9th Annual Troutman Independence Celebration 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, old-fashion, 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 about 100 entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, military units, WWII Vehicles, 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 Military Order of the Purple Heart/Wounded Warriors veterans will serve as the Grand Marshals. What a great way to honor those who have given so much for our country! Again this year the parade is followed from 5:30-9:30 pm by the Troutman Independence Day Festival at the fairgrounds and ending with a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:30!

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