Happy Wednesday Smarties! Are you gearing up for the long weekend? If you are in town there are several events that you will want to check out. For festivals, head to Matthews or out to the Whitewater Center. For all of your little artists, ImaginOn is hosting a celebration of Romare Bearden’s birthday. The corn mazes are back and Rural Hill’s opens this weekend – get out and enjoy!
A heads up on a very Smarty event – Mark your calendars!
The 6th annual Tyler’s Treehouse 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Olde Georgetowne Swim Club near SouthPark off Sharon Road. The 5K begins at 8am and the 1 mile fun run/walk begins at 9am. A family-friendly post race party will be held at the OG pool until 1pm. This event is being organized in memory of Tyler Scott. Tyler’s brother, Bryce Scott, is a Let Me Run Alumnist.
Tyler’s Treehouse, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 foundation that is dedicated to helping researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find a cure for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. This is a deadly cancer that strikes approximately 250 children a year. To date, there is no cure and even more alarming no information on what causes “brainstem glioma.” Tyler’s Treehouse sponsors this revolutionary study and has provided over $500,000 dollars to St Jude in 5 years through its fundraising efforts.
Registration is currently available online at www.SportOften.com. If you want to support TTH but cannot attend, you can register as a “Spirit Runner” and support this wonderful cause “in spirit”. You will receive a wicking t-shirt with your registration as a Spirit Runner.
Matthews Alive is a family-oriented festival with lots of music, food, arts and crafts, and fun. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit organizations in the Matthews Community. Cost is free but there is a fee for rides.
Romare Bearden Celebration!
September 3, 11:00am-12:00pm
ImaginOn is having a special celebration commemorating Romare Bearden’s 100th birthday. The event will not only have original artwork but will also have crafts and activities for the entire family along with cupcakes. Cost is free.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize
Rural Hill, Huntersville
September 3-4, 10:00-6:30pm
Come visit our giant seven acre maze of corn, relying only on your group of friends and/or family to navigate your way out. Water stations and maze assistance are available throughout. Concessions for sale. You may purchase tickets in advance via our website or also at the gate.
Weekend Maze runs September 3 – November 13. Family Friendly Friday Flashlight Mazes will run every Friday night from Sept 30 – Nov 4! Cost is $7-$10; free for ages 4 and under.
Revolutionary War Re-enactment
Historic Latta Plantation
September 3-4, 10:00am-4:00pm
Re-enactors will fight the 1780 Battle of Charlotte, which originally occurred at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. Sunday will feature the Battle of McIntyre Farm, which took place only a few miles from Latta, off Beatties Ford Road. The main battle is at 1 p.m. each day. Visitors can shop, see the soldier camps and demonstrations. Cost is $7, free 5 and under.
Labor Day Celebration at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center
September 4, 4:00pm
Come and join us on Sunday, September 4 to celebrate Labor Day weekend with a free concert and fireworks show. We’ll be featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and other bands throughout the day before launching a fireworks show over our whitewater river. The Washington Post calls the Steep Canyon Rangers, “One of the most engaging string bands around.” The Rangers are most recently known for touring alongside banjo-wielding funnyman Steve Martin. The USNWC is the place to be this Labor Day weekend. We hope to see you playing outside during the day, and staying to enjoy the music and the fireworks at night.
76th Iredell County Fair
Iredell County Fairgrounds
September 5-10, Mon.-Fri., 5:00pm-11:00pm; Sat., 1:00pm-5:00pm
Farm exhibits, rides, food, outlaw cars and more!