Happy Wednesday Smarties! Happy (almost) Mother’s Day. Let the family know what you would like by letting them know about one of the many teas/brunches, arts festivals or just have a good, family fun day. Don’t forget our Mother’s Day Giveaway. There are more than ten opportunities to win but you have to enter. Get out and enjoy!
Celebrate National Mom’s Nite Out
vineyard vines, SouthPark Mall
May 10, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Join us this Thursday May 10th to celebrate Mom’s Nite out! From 5-8pm all mom’s will be given 20% off their entire purchase.
Mother’s Day at the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
May 12-13, 9:00am-3:00pm
Moms deserve the best, so we have a special weekend planned for Mother’s Day in the Garden. The first 250 moms each day will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Rountree Plantation Garden Center. Other special activities going on that day include Tiffany Style Stained Glass and Mosaic Art demonstrations. Delicious picnic baskets are available for pre-order. Please call 704-829-1252 or 704-829-1252 to reserve yours! Other food and beverage items will be available for purchase onsite. Cost is all Moms get in Free; $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+, $6 for children 4-12, Free to Garden Members and children under age 4.
Mother’s Day Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
May 12-13, 11:00am-4:00pm
The Ritz-Carlton’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Urban Sip presents a beautiful selection of contemporary tea sandwiches, warm scones with preserves, and favorite Bar Cocoa dessert treats. The children’s tea menu will feature mini-sandwiches of peanut butter with jam and ham & cheese, along with a special selection of holiday treats & cookies. Daily Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Bar Cocoa will also be offered during the May 12-13 weekend and will feature the same Mother’s Day selections. Cost is $32 adults, $10 children under 12.
Mother’s Day Tea
Painting with a Twist
May 13, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Join us on for a memorable afternoon with Painting with a Twist’s second annual Mother’s Day Tea. Bring your mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend and spend the afternoon enjoying some creativity and quality time. Lite bites and non-alcoholic refreshments provided. Guests 21 years and older may bring wine or beer to enjoy during their session.
Spring Fest 2012
May 11-12, Fri., 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat., 12:00pm-6:00pm
Two day family festival featuring local arts, crafts and activities honoring Mom! Live entertainment, delicious foods and a children’s area with bouncies, performers, and more. Treat Mom to a tea party, ice cream social,free gift or fashion show. Ticket purchases required for tea parties and the ice cream social with space for these activities being very limited. Call 704-843-2195 ext. 235 for tickets! Cost is Festival is Free. Some Mother’s Day Activities Require Ticket Purchase.
Arts Festival at Historic Rosedale
May 12, 10:00am-4:00pm
Historic Rosedale presents its annual Arts Festival featuring the Carolina’s best artisans including potters, wood turners, jewelry makers and craftsmen from both Carolinas. Buy specialty gifts sure to please any mother this holiday weekend or buy something for your own collection. Living history reenactors will host small venues for your enjoyment, station tours of the home will be offered, the Carolina Raptor Center will provide demonstrations, guest authors will be signing their books, let your child “throw a pot”, and free pony rides will be offered to children. Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be available for purchase. Cost is $5-$10.
Nature at Night Hayride
McDowell Nature Center
May 11, 8:15pm-9:45pm
Bring your family and experience McDowell Nature Preserve at night. Weather permitting we will venture into our Prairie in search of coyote, bobcat, deer, and owls while taking in the sights and sounds of the night. Limited seating available, pre-register or come to the Family Campfire early to take advantage of first-come first-serve seating. Cost is free.
May 10-12, Thurs.- Fri. 7:30pm; Sat. 3:00pm, 7:30pm
Performed by our high school Ensemble Company, Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 play evokes a startling world of both hilarity and anxiety. When rhinoceroses suddenly appear on the peaceful streets of a small village, the townspeople are horrified – until they themselves begin to turn into the clumsy, unthinking animals. Only one man, Berenger, resists, and must decide if he should try to stop the brutal transformations. Written by one of the fathers of the theatre of the absurd, Rhinoceros combines nonsense and fantasy into an unsettling examination of maintaining individuality in a world of conformity. Cost is $10. This performance is for age 12+, 7th grade and up.
Plaza Midwood, Thomas Ave., between Hamorton Place and Kensington Drive
May 12, 11:00am-4:00pm
BikeFEST is a bike and pedestrian themed block party that encourages the public to enjoy playing in the streets and meeting fellow neighbors! Three blocks of Thomas Ave in Plaza Midwood will be closed to allow a safe environment for scavenger hunts, cycling, skating, a bike rodeo and a bike parade! The goal is to celebrate public spaces and make the public realize that the streets are not just for cars! Come enjoy this open street festival in Plaza Midwood!
Children’s World of Play
May 12, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Get ready to experience the universal language of play and stories! Play sports and board games, participate in interactive cultural and literacy activities, and enjoy stories from around the world. Cost is free.
Get outside & Play Festival
Latta Plantation Nature Center
May 12, 10:00am-4:00pm
Nature makes the best playground! After all, where else can you catch a fish, bake a mud pie, and build an awesome stick fort? Families and kids of all ages will have a blast at this first annual festival that’s all about getting outside, being active, and having fun in nature. Activities will include canoeing, hunting for bugs, building sand castles, making mud art, and much more messy fun. The only limit is your imagination! So, dress for mess and join us as we get outdoors and play at Latta! Cost is free.
Matthew’s Summer Concert & Movie Series: The Stranger
May 12, 7:00pm
Come out to Stumptown Park every Saturday night for free concerts and movies in the park! Concerts begin at 7 PM, pre-movie activities begin at 7 PM, movies begin approximately 8:30 PM or dusk. Vendors will be on site selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please. Pre-Movie concert, Billy Joel Tribute band.