Happy Wednesday Smarties! It is a very busy Fall Carolina weekend. The Renaissance Festival returns, Princesses arrive for Disney on Ice, and Seussical continues to delight. There is a new activity to try on Wednesday afternoons, Atherton Mill Market is featuring Storytime in the Market at 2:00, take the kids and support local. We also have several giveaways going on, you can’t win if you don’t enter. Get out and enjoy the weekend.
Atherton Mill Market
Each week we read a story featuring something at the market, and then we either have a snack or do a story-related craft. This week we are reading “The Surprise Garden” and then we’re planting seedlings in a pot that they can decorate. It is a free activity, and suitable for all ages, though the activity is most appropriate for 3 and up. We meet back by the Trolley at 2 every Wednesday to have our literary and culinary adventure!
Towne & Reese Trunk Show
Scout & Molly’s – Morrison
October 6, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Hope you can join us for jewels, wine, a free gift, 18% off the entire store and best of all, raising money to fight breast cancer! We’ll have wine for you (important, right??) and Jessica and Christi, the designers of Towne & Reese, will be on hand with their entire Fall collection!! Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are partnering with Charlotte Radiology Breast Centers to spread the word and help the cause. Did you know 1 in 8 women are affected by breast cancer? So we are offering 18% OFF your purchase during the trunk show (get it? 1 in 8, 18% off??) when you make a donation to Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Breast Fund (they provide screening mammograms for uninsured women). There is no minimum donation…anything you can give will earn you the discount (cash and checks only for the donation)!! AND the first 50 to donate will receive a FREE GIFT from Towne & Reese with their purchase! Give a little, get a little…what’s better than that?
Green Halloween Costume Swap
Atherton Mill Market
October 8, 10:00am-noon
Get your Halloween off to a “Green” start at Charlotte’s Green Halloween Costume Swap. Don’t buy new this year – save some money and help green our community by swapping out your children’s gently used costumes. Goody bags filled with great discounts and offers from our sponsors for the first 50 swappers to arrive. Deadline to submit costumes for the swap is Oct. 10.
Disney on Ice Presents “Dare to Dream”
Time Warner Cable Arena
October 5-9, Wed. Oct. 5, 7:00pm.; Thurs. Oct. 6, 7:00pm; Fri. Oct. 7, 10:30am, 7:00pm; Sat. Oct. 8, 11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm; Sun. Oct. 9, noon and 4:00pm
Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. These princesses, and more, take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Cost is $15-$62.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
October 8-9, Sat.11:00am, 2:00pm; Sun, 2:00pm
Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss! Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories collide in a family musical adventure that has delighted audiences across the country since its 2000 Broadway debut. Steadfast Horton the Elephant, insecure but mighty Gertrude McFuzz, and the mischievous Cat in the Hat take center stage in this colorful extravaganza that celebrates the bonds of friendship, the richness of individual differences, the importance of tolerance and the incredible power of the imagination. Cost is $18-$24.
Carolina Renaissance Festival – Opening Weekend!
The Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
Weekends, October 08 through Nov. 11, 10:00am-5:30pm
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 11-stage theater, a 22-acre village marketplace, an interactive circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure! Cost is $10-$20; Free for ages 5 and under.
Annual Carolinas Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Charlotte Motor Speedway
October 8, Walk begins at 10:00am
9th Annual Carolinas Walk Now For Autism Speaks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 8, 2011. Register your team and raise money to find the missing piece of this puzzling disorder. Day of fun for the family, entertainment, food, beverages — ALL FREE! Walk Kick off starts at 10:00am, but come early for fun and food! Walk the track and the high turns on the track! Enjoy a day of families, friends, and helping those who struggle with Autism.
Latin American Festival
Symphony Park at SouthPark
October 9, Noon-7:00pm
Impressive musical acts; rich cuisine; local artists and international crafts; inspiring dance presentations; delightful children’s activities – all this and more can be found at this year’s Latin American Festival. The annual event, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, is a true cultural experience that showcases the traditions of the Caribbean, Central and South America. This year’s musical line-up spans a wide variety of genres, characterizing the diversity of Latin America. Cost is Adults, $5; children ages 9-12, $3.
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville
Mon.-Fri., 9:00am-4:00pm (call ahead); Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm; Sun., 11:00am-4:00pm
This fall season we have tons of fun activities planned, from Scarrigan Farms to Pumpkin Patch Hayrides to Night Time Hayrides. Won’t you join us for some ol’ fashioned fun! Pumpkin patch open daily 9am to 6pm. Hayrides every Saturday and Sunday in October from 9am to 4pm. Weekday hayrides run every Tuesday & Thursday afternoons at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm. We accept cash or check for payment. NO debit or credit cards! Cost is $9; night hayrides $10.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize
Rural Hill, Huntersville
October 7-9, 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.
3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe
October 7-9, Fri., 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sat., 11:00am-10:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-6:00pm
Aw Shucks® Farms continues to be a treasured destination each fall with something to offer for all ages. Step back in time in the Old Fashioned General Store, enjoy a Hayride, and visit the Pumpkin Patch. Folks love our Animal Barn and visiting the Old Rail Car from the 1800s. The 6 acre Corn Maze is always fun and will entertain even the youngest of outdoor adventurers. Our Kids’ Play Area gets bigger every year! Top the evening off with a cozy Bonfire by the pond. Cost is $8; free under age 3 on weekends with paying adult.
Country Time Farms
Hwy. 218 and Clontz Road, Indian Trail
October 7-9, Fri., 5:00pm-10:00pm; Sat., 10:00am-10:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-8:00pm
Come join us at the “Country Days Corn Maze”, conveniently nestled between Hwy 218 and Hwy 601 in the community of Fairview, NC. The maze opens on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Concessions are available, offering a variety of foods that will satisfy any hungry appetite. While you’re at the maze, stop by and visit us at the General Store. We sale all types of novelty souvenirs, nostalgic candies, and T-shirts. And then don’t forget to take home a pumpkin or some homemade jams before you leave. So whether you’re from out of town or live in the local area, we invite you to stop in for a fun-filled day that the entire family can enjoy at an affordable price! Cost is $7-$10; free under age 3.
Park Road Shopping Center
October 11, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Monkey Joe’s in Park Road Shopping Center (1601 E. Woodlawn Rd) will host the Charlotte Fire Department’s mascot- Blaze for his birthday party on Tuesday, October 11. There will be free admission from 3pm to 7pm to celebrate Blaze’s Birthday bash with Monkey Joe! In addition, there will be important fire safety information, give-a-ways, prizes and cake, while supplies last. If you want to bring Blaze a gift he would love new and unused smoke alarms and batteries to use for the CFD Smoke Alarm program!