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Fall is upon us: Here are some area festivals celebrating Autumn in the Carolinas

The weather is cooler and the kids have gone back to school. It’s time for fall festivals. The summer was very hot this year. Maybe it’s been a while since you spent a day outside. Pack up the kids, wear your comfortable shoes and bring some cash, not all festivals take credit cards although the list is growing. You’ll have a good time.

Some of these festivals charge admittance but many are free to enter. If you have a small budget this year, look for the free festivals and bring your own drinks and snacks. There are always samples and other freebies.
Fall festivals were started by farmers who wanted to celebrate and mark the end of the growing season. Original competitions were who could cut the most hay fastest and who could catch the most greased pigs.
You don’t have to own pigs or be able to cut hay to have a good time at today’s festivals. Just bring an umbrella in case it rains and be prepared to have a good time. […]

By |August 31st, 2011|Around Town, Madness 2011, Matthews, Midland, Oakboro|6 Comments

Patriots Pummel North Meck

A scary first quarter for Independence’s football team quickly turned into a 37-7 rout for the Patriots in Huntersville Friday night.  A fumbled handoff on Indy’s first play from scrimmage led to a turnover and the Vikings quickly capitalized, taking a 7-0 lead.  On the next series, starting quarterback Evan Guest left the game with muscle spasms.  From then on, both the offense and defense for Independence stepped up and the game was over by halftime.

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By |August 27th, 2011|Independence High School, Sports|361 Comments

Sunday Afternoon in the Park returns this weekend

The popular Sunday Afternoon in the Park returns this Sunday in Mint Hill. The event will be held from 1 pm to 6 pm at the park on Wilgrove, 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road. Artists, musicians, writers and others will display, perform and demonstrate their wares in a family-friendly atmosphere.

By |August 26th, 2011|Around Town, Arts|35 Comments

The Coffee Garden offers more than just a cup of coffee

Whether you’re a student, a community group, or a regular,  has something for everybody.
The Coffee Garden, owned by Jerry and Suzi Butler, has been located in Stevens Mill Crossing for the past four years. It offers coffee from around the world  and also sells light lunches. The most important thing they offer is “a place for people to get together,” according to Suzi. […]

By |August 25th, 2011|Food|1 Comment

A $10,000 challenge grant kicks off Mint Hill Arts fundraising campaign

An anonymous friend has given Mint Hill Arts an important challenge grant of $10,000.

This means that for every dollar the group raises (up to $10,000) it will be matched by this donor. Meeting this challenge means MH Arts will have raised $20,000, which is a great start for their 2012 goal of $50,000.
The group said […]

By |August 25th, 2011|Around Town|0 Comments

Indy defeats Hough 38-33 to open the season

Independence’s varsity football team defeated Hough 38-33 Friday night in front of a hostile crowd in Cornelius.

The Patriots’ defense was solid early, shutting out the Huskies in the first half.  Kahlil Gonzales and Jack Tocho both had interceptions for Indy.

After rushing touchdowns by RJ Baker and Evan Guest, the Patriots took an early 14-0 lead.

Hough […]

By |August 22nd, 2011|Independence High School, Sports|2 Comments