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Who said a graduation party has to be indoors. How does roasting marshmallows and making smores over a bonfire sound? For those who have just completed four years of high school or moving on to the professional world with a college degree, it’s time for a little celebrating! Look beyond the backyard. Maybe, to the banks of Lake Wylie!
Having a hard time trying to figure out what to do with your mom this mother’s day? Check out these activities and pick your favorite one!
Circus entertainment grew out of trick-riding equestrian shows in England during the second half of the eighteenth century. Horses were the real stars of these shows! Then came acrobatic clowns on horseback, performing daring flips, balancing tricks and pantomime. America’s love with the old-time circus began in the 1820s. The traveling tent circus, an American innovation, was created by a New York entrepreneur. A menagerie of animals, enthralling all ages, accompanied the big-top shows. Performing arts dating back to ancient Egypt and China, such as juggling, were added to the evolution of this American institution. Two rings were expanded to ten, electrifying aerial shows and rope walkers made it the nation’s top drawing entertainment!
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated March 25 to April 2 this year. The origins of Passover centered around ancient Israel spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the birth of the first lambs. The multi-faith theme of this holiday is redemption. It is a remembrance of the night when God passed over the homes of the Israelites during the tenth plague and the exodus out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. The focus of Pesach is the Seder. It is a symbolic-rich meal completed in 15 steps that tells the story of God’s grace from bondage to freedom. In Charlotte, Passover will be celebrated in homes, community gatherings, temples and churches:
Take a weekend drive through the open farmland and hillsides of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte metro, enjoy meadows speckled with wildflowers and roadside stands brimming with apples. Explore lush fields of apple trees — the picking season kicked off Labor Day — and pack a picnic lunch for a budget-friendly fall weekend. Don’t forget homemade, hot apple pie or apple cider donuts for dessert.
Summer is winding down, and a new school year is ahead. With a sagging economy, retailers are eager for open wallets as many large chains have designated Aug. 11 as a national day of back-to-school shopping. Before hitting the malls, however, check out these locations for clothes, supplies and haircuts. Get organized. Make lists, and preserve the family budget with these great local shops perfect for the back-to-school blues.
Get the kids off the couch and out of the house this summer on playdates the whole family will love right here in Charlotte. Whether it’s an old-fashioned mud, sticks and sand natural area or the typical slide, swings and monkey bar playground – these days out are sure to please. If it’s too warm, enjoy indoor activities including laser tag or rock climbing, sure to burn a little energy even in the most athletic of kids.
If the hot summer day doldrums have got the kids down, recharge their batteries with high-octane activities. Rev up their engines at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, or ride the waves on a rafting adventure at the world’s biggest man-made whitewater river. Cool down with a day of swimming in Charlotte’s largest lake, and end those toasty days with cool, silky ice cream. Charlotte’s best spots to spend a hot summer day promise this and so much more.
Independence Day is coming up soon, and with it, myriad celebrations for the whole family. In Charlotte, the best and biggest fireworks show is the uptown fireworks, sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m., so be sure to scope out your spot and settle in early for a 4th of July like none other.