Spring Fling for F.U.E.L – May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm to benefit Bryson’s FUEL (A non profit organization that helps kids and their families with childhood cancer by providing gas cards, copay assistance, care packages etc.). www.brysonsFUEL.org. Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department, 10241 Idlewild Road. Vendors, bake sale, raffles, and more. For more information, call Kristin at 704-493-5689.
East Carolina University Junior Sara Graves has been named 2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Member of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Graves plans to teach high school after graduating. “I knew I was going to be nominated, but then I got an email with an official letter in it.” she says, ” I kind of freaked out. I didn’t realize what a big deal it was.”
Graves graduated from Independence High School.
The 8th annual Mint Hill Highland Games will take place this Friday and Saturday. The event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218 from 6-10 pm Friday and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday. Admission is free and animals are not permitted.
Friday night spectators can listen to the Celtic Concert and watch the Torchlight Ceremony and the Calling of the Clans.
Saturday’s events include Highland Athletics, Border Collie demonstrations, Celtic music, and a rugby game.
The sheep herding has always drawn a large crowd. The dogs and sheep are traveling from Murphy to put on half-hour demonstrations Saturday at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
Children are invited to participate in miniature athletics, including a caber toss and tug-of-war. Children’s athletics are Saturday at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
The multi-instrumentalist musical group Maidens IV is new to the Highland Games this year. This four-sister group is traveling from Ohio to perform Celtic music. They can be seen Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Vendors are traveling from as far away as Canada, and will sell Scottish and Celtic jewelry, pottery, metalwork, stain glass, and swords. There will be 12 clan associations helping patrons trace their family name.
The Highland Games are sponsored by the Mint Hill Scottish Society, the Town of Mint Hill, the Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, Bojangles’, Dulin Mechanical Services, McWhirter Grading, Mini-Mac Storage Center, and The Mint Hill Times.
“I’m just excited for the community to have a day to come out,” said organizer Donna Rogers. “We’re now a free event, and with the economy and gas prices it’s a great day for a family to come out.”