Introducing Barley Market in Cornelius, NC!

The Barley Market opened in November of 2018 and it becoming a local hotspot in Lake Norman. Located in Antiquity shopping area of Cornelius, NC. Currently offering craft beers and wine selection. Barley Market is getting more of a cheers vibe as it keeps growing. A friendly and comforting atmosphere engaging all who walk through the door. I’ve already met new friends and plan on making this a regular spot. Antiquity has new restaurants and things to do and we will keep our eye on new happening as they open to make Lake Norman a great place to live! Check out our video link to look inside!

Now Open Barley Market!

23 Day Trips Within a 2-Hour Drive of Charlotte

Want to explore the greater Charlotte region? Discover these attractions within a day’s drive of the city.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Zoo

Armour Street Theatre

Drive 30 minutes north of Uptown, and you’ll find community theater troupe Davidson Community Players, who stage productions such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “Steel Magnolias” in Armour Street Theatre and on the Davidson College campus. With downtown Davidson nearby, there’s plenty to eat (read: Kindred) and do before the show.

Carrigan Farms

Brave the 25-foot jump at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. Mined in the late 1960s, the natural, spring-fed swimming hole is open to the public at select times throughout the warmer months. Every swimmer must either wear a life jacket—more than 300 are available on-site—or pass a swimming test.

Catawba River Expeditions

Reserve a kayak trip with Catawba River Expeditions, who coordinate gear and self-guided tours of the river for a variety of skill levels. Calm and light rapids as well as wildlife make these trips serene.


First poured in 1917, the “nectar of North Carolina,” or Cheerwine, is still rooted in its birthplace, Salisbury. Capture a photo in front of the pop’s iconic sign, or stop by the company’s headquarters for some flavorful sips. Visit on May 19 to take part in the Cheerwine Festival, the town’s day-long celebration of the beloved drink.

Photo courtesy of Childress Vineyards

Childress Vineyards

Lunch and lounge at Lexington’s Childress Vineyards. Owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress, the space boasts 72 acres of vineyards as well as daily tours and tastings. Make a reservation at the bistro to enjoy seasonal selections and wine flights.

Copperhead Island

Book picnic space on Lake Wylie’s 14-acre Copperhead Island, or turn your day trip into an overnighter with camping reservations. The six-site isle is a natural haven for families and fisher-folk alike.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Located 30 miles west of Center City, Crowders Mountain State Park draws outdoorsy folk who enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing and canoeing. Pack a lunch so you can picnic while taking in the view of Uptown from the summit.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Photo by Patrick Schneider

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Belmont’s 380-acre paradise, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, is about 20 miles from Charlotte. Linger over brews from the beer garden, and on Thursday nights, sip and stroll to the tune of live jams. Hungry? Venture into the city itself to enjoy dinner at The String Bean or Nellie’s Southern Kitchen.

New to Charlotte arts scene? Get plugged in at one of these 11 upcoming events

Charlotte’s Melinda Whittington will be heroine Tatyana in Opera Carolina’s “Eugene Onegin.” Courtesy of Melinda Whittington

Source: Charlotte Observer


Even a newcomer would guess a city our size had a ballet company that did “The Nutcracker,” a symphony that held a holiday concert with a title such as “Magic of Christmas” and a venue where touring shows on the order of “Hamilton” come and go. (We do, we do, and we do.) Yet there’s more to Charlotte culture than the obvious. If you’ve landed in the Queen City recently and are starting from scratch, these events will give you the flavor of the performing arts.

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Sept. 14-Oct. 17: “Mainframe”

Check out “Mainframe,” the third juried exhibition organized by the Young Affiliates of the Mint (YAM), an organization you might want to get involved in as either a newbie or aficionado. This exhibition explores an accessible topic – technology – with a number of complicated, yet engaging, interactive works. Yes, there are even paintings about (sometimes made with) technology in this show! Sure, you have to enter the exhibition through the Mint Museum, but if you are worried about a stuffy scene you won’t find it here, especially in the Museum’s unfinished, raw fifth-floor space. – LN

Sept. 20 (McColl) and Nov. 30 (Goodyear):

Meet-the-artist events, particularly in open studio settings, give you a chance not only to talk with them but to get an inside look at their creative processes. These events usually have a social feel (read: not intimidating), since artists won’t be presenting lectures or formal talks about their work at this time. It’s an opportunity to look at artwork, some in process, and ask questions. Goodyear Arts typically has artists in residence from this community (Nov. 30 is a showcase for its October/November artists), while McColl Center for Art + Innovation hosts residencies for both local artists and those from outside the area, including many who are nationally recognized (Sept. 20 will let you meet five fall residents and see a new exhibition of alumni artists as well). – LN


Sept. 28-Oct. 21: “Matilda The Musical”

You don’t have to be or bring a child to enjoy work at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and this song-and-dance version of Roald Dahl’s book provides the proof. It earned 12 Tony nominations and ran more than 1500 performances on Broadway, telling the story of a plucky little genius who defeats her tyrannical headmistress. CTC, one of the city’s two fully professional theaters along with Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, often adapts smaller works (such as “Last Stop on Market Street,” the production that follows this one). But the company likes to open with a pull-out-the-stops musical that tests its designers.

Nov. 2-3: Charlotte Symphony

Guest conductor Roberto Abbado leads Luciano Berio’s “Return to Madrid,” Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony (“Italian”) and Paganini’s First Violin Concerto (Sergej Krylov, soloist). The Charlotte Symphony has begun to introduce relatively new works to conservative Charlotte audiences, so this is a typical lineup now: a less mainstream short piece, a cornerstone of the symphonic literature and a great but less frequently played concerto. In fact, the Classical season will have a work that local audiences don’t know well on every program, from Beethoven’s overture to “The Ruins of Athens” to Eric Whitacre’s “Deep Field.”

See the rest here: Charlotte Observer


2019 Charlotte Oktoberfest @ Bojanles Coliseum

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The 19th Charlotte Oktoberfest will go indoors this year at BoJangles Coliseum on September 29, 2018 from 12-5pm and will see 70+ breweries, cideries, and wineries.

Please note: this a 21+ rain or shine event…no one under the age of 21 will be admitted for any reason. We are working with Uber, Lyft and several of the area cab companies to provide safe transportation. As in years past there will NOT be any designated driver tickets as these were being abused and create a liability.

Please note This is a 21+ event. Must present a Valid Photo ID.

Buy early and save! Ticket prices will increase on the day of the event.

Doors 1pm.
All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice.
All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale.

VIP Ticket includes: A Commemorative VIP tasting glass, a VIP Lounge, VIP Bathrooms, special VIP beers, entrance 1 hour before general admission and unlimited samples. VIP Doors 12pm.

BoatYard Eats is bringing food trucks, live music and community space to LKN – August 23rd!

Source: Charlotte Five

BoatYard Eats is bringing a new type of culinary experience to the Lake Norman area starting Aug. 23.

Set in the former Anchorage Marine about a mile from the waterfront in Cornelius at 18418 Statesville Road, lunch and dinner patrons should expect more than just a restaurant.

The dining establishment itself will offer a full bar as well as small bites and snacks. But the real feature will be the featured food trucks, said Chapel Hill-based Old Swan Development’s David Stockwell, the restaurant’s co-owner. The indoor dining will offer a consistent menu, while the food trucks will offer that element of surprise, with rotating choices for the diner with a curious palate.

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10 must-see concerts coming to Charlotte in July, including Kurt Vile, Dave Matthews Band and Keith Urban

Source: Charlotte Agenda

Charlotte live music fans, here’s a quick list of 10 must-attend concerts in July.

July 12: Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Natalie Hemby and Tenille Townes

The country stars, with six GRAMMYs between them, visit Charlotte.

Location: PNC Music Pavilion
Time: 7 p.m.

July 14: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Nicki Bluhm

The singer, piano player and multi-instrumentalist who broke out in 1986 with his hit “The Way It Is” has shared the stage and recording studio with a wide range of musicians, from the Grateful Dead to Ricky Skaggs.

Location: Knight Theater
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$94.50

July 14: Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday and The Story So Far

The progressive rock group hits Charlotte ahead of the release of their ninth studio album, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, which comes out this Fall.

Location: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$139.36

July 15: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band pairs one of the best guitar players on the planet with smooth, soulful singing, and a powerful backing band.

Location: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32.50-$195.98

July 17: Punch Brothers and Madison Cunningham

Mandolin maestro Chris Thile fronts Punch Brothers, who got their start in 2006 after the disbanding of Thile’s first group, Nickel Creek.

Location: Knight Theater
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$179

July 17: Kurt Vile and Dylan Carlson

Kurt Vile & The Violators return to Charlotte to play at the intimate Underground.

Location: The Underground
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $28

July 24: Janelle Monae and St. Beauty

The R&B and soul singer released her third album, Dirty Computer, in April.

Location: The Fillmore
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38

July 24: Dave Matthews Band

In June, the rock legends released their ninth studio album, Come Tomorrow, their first since 2012.

Location: PNC Music Pavilion
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45.50-$550

July 25: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Big Boi, Daniel Bambaata Marley and Raury

The singer and rapper celebrates the 20th anniversary of her critically acclaimed debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Location: PNC Music Pavilion
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $41.50-$651.99

July 28: Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini

Urban swings through PNC Music Pavilion in support of Graffiti U, released in April.

Location: PNC Music Pavilion
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$458

The ultimate guide to beaches, water activities and lakeside restaurants on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie

Source: Charlotte Agenda

Lake Norman

Lake Norman is the largest manmade body of fresh water in North Carolina, created in 1963 with the Cowans Ford Dam on the Catawba River. It’s named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke and supports the McGuire Nuclear Station, Cowans Ford Hydro Station and Marshall Steam Station.

Lake Norman totals 32,475 acres (520 miles of shoreline) and is almost as big as the other 10 Catawba River lakes combined. Duke still manages or leases the lake’s access points today and you can download the official access map here.

Lake Norman beaches with swimming access

There are currently only two public swimming beaches on Lake Norman — Lake Norman State Park way up on the north side of the lake (about 40 miles from Uptown) and Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius.

Lake Norman State Park – The 1,934-acre park features a 125-yard sand beach equipped with a concession stand, bathhouse, restrooms and lockers.

Address: 759 Park Road, Troutman NC 28166
Beach season:
 Year round with lifeguard service 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Beach access price: $5/day age 13+, $4/day age 3-12 only charged when lifeguard is on duty; main park free to access

Ramsey Creek Park –  A 43-acre lakeside park with a half-acre sandy beach.

Address: 18441 Nantz Road in Cornelius NC 28031
Beach season: Late May through Labor Day with lifeguard service 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Beach access price: Walk-ins – $5 age 14+, $3 age 3-13, free under 3; Drive-ins – $5/car Monday – Thursday, $10/car Friday – Sunday; Beach Shuttle – Free, available weekends and holidays at 17126 Northcross Drive with service every 15 minutes

Lake Norman waterside restaurants and bars

You’ll find a number of dining options on Lake Norman — from casual bars with boat slips where it’s ok to roll in straight off the water with a wet swimsuit and a sunburn to more sophisticated settings perfect for date night or a boozy brunch.

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LPGA’s Symetra Classic returns to Charlotte area

The Symetra Tour features professional women golfers competing on the LPGA’s official developmental tour. The Symetra Classic was contested at Raintree Country Club from 2012 to 2016 and returns to the Charlotte area in 2018 at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2012, it was played at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas from 2009 to 2011.

Golf planner

WHAT: LPGA’s Symetra Classic

WHEN: May 17-19

WHERE: River Run Country Club in Davidson

Schedule of Events

Two great open houses in River Run this Saturday!

18601 Maplecroft Lake Ln, Davidson 28036

17304 Royal Court Drive, Davidson 28036

Enjoy the country club lifestyle with these incredible River Run homes! We will be hosting open houses at both of these beautiful properties this Saturday (3/10) from 1pm-3pm. Stop by and check out two of the finest homes available in Davidson.

Both are minutes from the River Run Country Club main clubhouse, and tennis center. The Royal Court home backs up to the tee box on the 14th hole of the immaculate River Run golf course.