Mint Hill Arts to expand offerings Begin kids’ birthday parties in January

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Mint Hill Arts will be offering up space and services for birthday parties beginning in January, 2014.

Puppeteer Pamela Shook will lead kids through a puppet making experience and brief performance, and artist Mila Antonyuk will be in charge of parties with more of a visual art focus.

“I will write a unique song for the child’s birthday,” says Shook. “Then the children will make their own puppets which we’ll use to tell a unique story.”

Puppet parties are appropriate for children ages 4 and up and will be $125 for 10 kids to have an hour and half on site.

Visual arts parties will be available for ages 5 and above. Parents can choose from several different theme-related titles such as princess, dinosaur, or pirates. There will be an additional $25.00 for custom parties. Continue reading

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Queen’s Grant Community School production– Accepted into 2014 junior theater festival

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Students from queens grant 11have been accepted into the 2014 Junior Theater Festival which will take place January 17-19 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Freshman Garrett Costin is in his second year in musical theater and this will be his first time attending the festival.

“I have so much fun getting together with people I’m comfortable with,” says Costin. “This is a great activity; a way of expressing who I am.”

For Costin, who has aspirations of being involved with Broadway someday, the festival will offer opportunities to see all aspects of theater.

Created by New York’s iTheatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest musical theater festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater. The 2014 festival will bring together more than 4,500 students, teachers, and Broadway professionals to celebrate on-stage and backstage excellence in musical theater. Continue reading

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Former Bain students now working on staff

By Michele Dotson
Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.

Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students.  What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special.  There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students.  We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too. Continue reading
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Library programs for kids and teens not just for summer

The first day of summer vacation always sees a surge in activity at the Mint Hill Public Library as kids and teens come to sign up for the summer reading program where they can play games, read books to win prizes and enjoy logging in to chart their progress.
But the fun does not have to end when the school bells signal the start of a new school year. The Mint Hill Public Library has terrific classes, readers clubs, and game time for kids of all ages, all year long.
Are comics your thing?
The Comic Book Club for Teens will have you drawing and writing your own in no time. This activity happens the 3rd Tuesday of each month and is open for ages 12-18.
The Teen Book Club meets the last Monday of each month at 5:00 pm to discuss a teen book that the group chooses.
Teen Read Week: Bingo mixes the fun of playing a game with library related activities.
Programs for pre-teens are plentiful, with American Girl Book Club for ages 5-11, and a Rookie Science program for ages 8-11.
There is even a chess club for all ages.
Kids can also use the computers, browse magazines, and peruse the shelves for a good book to curl up with.
Registration is required for most activities and is available on line at www.cmlibrary.org.
Mint Hill Public Library is located at 6840 Matthews – Mint Hill Road. Hours of Operation are:Monday: 10 am to 8 pm; Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm; Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday: Closed.
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Bain Daze first steps to saving historic school

Bain Daze

Ladies of all ages participated in the Victorian hat contest. Margaret Cochran, second from right, wore the winning hat, designed by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, who was also a sponsor of the event.

The first ever Bain Daze was held at Mint Hill Park on Fairview on Saturday, September 21, and young and old came out to support fund raising efforts to save the historic school building from the wrecking ball.

The school, which dates to 1889 when it was known as Bain Academy, was the first graded school and college preparatory school in Mecklenburg County.

Around 1922 the school was turned over to Mecklenburg County and it was redesigned into a two-story brick structure with a belfry. For many years its graduates would meet at the school for reunions and gatherings.  Continue reading

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Cartoonist to appear at Bain Daze

Marcus Hamilton, a long-time Mint Hill resident and the cartoonist on the daily “Dennis the Menace” panel, will appear at the Bain Daze festival at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview this Saturday, September 21, between 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Visitors are encouraged to come by his tent around 11 am to see how he draws those lovable characters from the famous cartoon, developed by the late Hank Ketcham.╩ Hamilton will offer cardstock prints for $5 each and original posters for $25, with all proceeds going toward the Historic Bain Restoration. Continue reading
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