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Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mary Ellis Young Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for November

Mary Ellis Young, former secretary of the Mint Hill Arts’ Executive Committee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for November. She will be honored at the opening reception for the “Black and White Ball” exhibit on Friday, November 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. (The reception is also a part of “Art Around the Block,” which occurs the first Friday of each month in Mint Hill.)

In addition to serving as secretary over the past two years, Mary has spent countless hours on grant applications that have resulted in an increase in the monies needed to operate Mint Hill Arts, making the organization financially solvent.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Aldi opens Mint Hill location

To celebrate the opening of their first location in Mint Hill, Aldi held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 29 and provided samples of products for customers. Located at 8000 Blair Road, the store’s mission is to offer quality food at discount prices.

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Historical Society hosts events about wartime in America

By Leah Schmalz

On Saturday, November 8, children and adults alike can gain a deeper understanding of the history of the country and the state. The historical society is hosting a “Stars and Stripes” event at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village at 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. The event examines how periods of war shaped the United States. Running from 1 to 5 pm, it engages all senses with the sounds of enemy aircraft and the smell of gunpowder. Learn answers to questions like, “Why does the American flag have 15 stars?” and “Who are the gold and blue star mothers?” Five-dollar admission includes a souvenir dog tag on a beaded necklace.

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By |November 4th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments