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12 fun things to do with kids this summer

By Natalie Lloyd

School is out and long, lazy days of summer relaxation are here.

Wait a minute.

Every parent knows summer isn’t relaxing, not with the kids bouncing off the walls and screaming “I’m bored!” Summer days can be trying as parents work to keep active little minds and bodies entertained and out of trouble.

Creating a summer bucket list for your family can be a good way to fill summer days with fun instead of stress. The Mint Hill Times compiled a list of 12 fun, kid-friendly things to do within a short drive. Get your bucket list started with a few of these activities to keep the kids happy and busy all summer long.

1. Reed Gold Mine. Tour Reed Gold Mine in Midland, the site of the first documented gold discovery in the United States. Visitors can tour the mine, hike a trail, or pan for gold. The site is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free. There is a $3 cost if you choose to pan for gold. For more info, call 704-721-4653 or visit nchistoricsites.org/reed.  […]

By |June 14th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|3 Comments

Miracle League raises funds to build wheelchair accessible softball fields, playground

By Andrew Stark

The Miracle League of Indian Trail got its fundraising start at Emerald Lake Golf Club on June 6, just shy of a year after the organization got up and running. Now, with more than 100 attendees at the organization’s first fundraiser, the organization is hoping to take its next step.

“This is really the first event we’ve had,” communication specialist Samantha Towns said. “But we’re very happy with how it turned out and with how it’s going. This also marks the one-year anniversary of when we petitioned the Indian Trail Board of Commissioners, so we’ve made a lot of progress in a short time.”

The golf tournament teed off at 1 pm, but wasn’t completed until far later than that.

After their round of golf was completed, guests were treated to a cookout and the festivities—which included a raffle for a 60-inch television and a silent auction featuring a number of prizes including an autographed Phil Mickelson picture—were designed to raise money for the Miracle League and the adult wheelchair softball league’s biggest goal.

The town of Indian Trail recently completed work on Crooked Creek Park, a multi-functional ball field, concession stand and playground. […]

Mother-daughter pair bring some sparkle to HomeStyles

By Leah Schmalz

Ever wanted a baseball hat without a logo, or one that dresses your outfit up instead of down?

A Little Southern Sparkle, the newest addition to HomeStyles Gallery, offers just that.

The shop is run by Debbie Thomas and her daughter Amy Purser, who discovered the hats several years ago while on vacation but could never find them locally. After being stopped and complimented on the hats so often, Purser and Thomas began to consider bringing the hats to the local area themselves.

“Everywhere we go, people stop us,” said Purser. “It had just been more or less a joke until I got stopped four times in one day. As far as we know, this is the only place they’re available locally.” […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

SonFest returns with live music, carnival features

By Leah Schmalz

St. John Neumann Catholic Church will be transformed into a fun-filled carnival next weekend for the fifth annual SonFest. The festival runs Friday, June 12 from 5 to 11 pm and Saturday, June 13 from 4 to 11 pm at 8451 Idlewild Road.

Sponsored by the American Burger Company, SonFest will offer all the food, rides and games that accompany a traditional carnival. In addition to classic carnival food like hot dogs, cheesesteaks and funnel cakes, there will be ethnic dishes available. Polish and Latin American plates are available both days, Vietnamese plates are available Friday and Eritrean plates are available Saturday.  […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments