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Newsletter -- April 2014

Posted by [email protected] on March 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (5)

Composer of the Month: Sergei Prokofiev

(Prokofiev's diaries were recently published in English and released from the former Soviet Union's files. You can find them on Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website. I can't wait to read them!)

You can check out Prokofiev's biography here, but I want to tell you about my experiences with his music. When our children were very young, we decided to take them to a symphony concert and the program included Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights. The Virginia Symphony sent us a cassette tape of the music they would be performing, and we listened to it in the car repeatedly as we ran errands and drove around town. They also sent a booklet with bios of each composer whose music would be represented at the concert. We read through the bios several times in the weeks preceding the event, and we felt our children were well prepared when the day finally came. 

What we didn't expect was how enthralled they would become with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet! It's a dramatic piece and even a bit frightening. But it was theirs. They sat enraptured the entire time, their eyes glued to the stage as they watched musicians perform their beloved piece live. And, I might add, there were dozens of school buses pulling in with children who had not been prepped ahead of time for the concert. Our clan was puzzled and even a bit annoyed at the misbehavior of these unruly children, but could they help it? They had no prior knowledge of Prokofiev's life, his struggles, his music. I can't emphasize enough the importance of preparation. But I digress. 

The love affair continued, and I daresay, it extends until today! They came home from that event, thrilled. And begged me to take them back to the second school performance, which I did. After that, their imaginations took them to far off lands, even to Redwall Abbey, where they used Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet as background music for a play they wrote for their friends. 

Yes, we very much love Prokofiev at our house!

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet's Dance of the Knights

Artist of the Month: Théodore Chassériau

From wiki:

Chassériau was born in El Limón, Samaná, in Saint Domingue (now the Dominican Republic).[1] His father Benoît Chassériau was a French adventurer, a former minister[2][3] of Simon Bolivar in Colombia who, at the time of Théodore's birth, held an administrative position in what was then a French colony; his mother was the daughter of a Creole landowner. The family moved to Paris in 1821, where the young Chassériau soon showed precocious drawing skill. He was accepted into the studio of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in 1830, at the age of eleven, becoming the favorite pupil of the great classicist, who came to regard him as his truest disciple.[4] (An account that may be apocryphal has Ingres declaring "Come, gentlemen, come see, this child will be the Napoleon of painting.")[5]

After Ingres left Paris in 1834 to become director of the French Academy in Rome, Chassériau fell under the influence of Eugène Delacroix, whose brand of painterly colorism was anathema to Ingres. Chassériau's art has often been characterized as an attempt to reconcile the classicism of Ingres with the romanticism of Delacroix.[6] He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1836, and was awarded a third-place medal in the category of history painting.[7] In 1840 Chassériau travelled to Rome and met with Ingres, whose bitterness at the direction his student's work was taking led to a decisive break.


Macbeth and Banquo Meeting the Witches on the Heath, 1855. An example of one of Chassériau's many works inspired by Shakespeare

Among the chief works of his early maturity are Susanna and the Elders and Venus Anadyomene (both 1839), Diana Surprised by Actaeon (1840), Andromeda Chained to the Rock by the Nereids (1840), and The Toilette of Esther (1841), all of which reveal a very personal ideal in depicting the female nude.[8] Chassériau's major religious paintings from these years, Christ on the Mount of Olives (a subject he treated in 1840 and again in 1844) and The Descent from the Cross (1842), received mixed reviews from the critics; among the artist's champions was Théophile Gautier. Chassériau also carried out a commission for murals depicting the life of Saint Mary of Egypt in the Church of Saint-Merri in Paris; these were completed in 1843.

Portraits from this period include the Portrait of the Reverend Father Dominique Lacordaire, of the Order of the Predicant Friars (1840), and The Two Sisters (1843), which depicts Chassériau's sisters Adèle and Aline.

Throughout his life he was a prolific draftsman; his many portrait drawings executed with a finely pointed graphite pencil are close in style to those of Ingres. He also created a body of 29 prints, including a group of fifteen etchings of subjects from Shakespeare's "Othello" in 1844.[9]

"Othello and Desdemona in Venice" by Théodore Chassériau

Shakespeare's Othello

Study Guide for Othello

Othello is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, although it's also one that I love to hate. You really feel for Othello as Iago wraps him around his little finger, convincing him his wife has been unfaithful -- and doing so through treachery. It's a base, gut level account of human frailty and darkness, but yet I love it. Why? I think I identify with Othello because I tend not to think I am so worthy or attractive that my loved ones would care for me. Do you ever feel that way? Othello believed Iago's claims because he didn't believe in himself enough to understand that his wife, Desdemona, loved him. I can easily go that direction if I'm not careful to make sure my heart is hidden away in Christ and I am worthy because He is worthy. Interesting and complex, Othello is worth a peek. And you can also see a NC Dance Theatre version of the play this month!

April 2014 Schedule of Activities

Apologies for missing the March newsletter, and I hope April's festivities will more than compensate for what we didn't publicize last month. I've included a few places our friends new to Charlotte might not know about but that are not exactly CM-focused: Ray's Splash Planet and Sky High Sports, for example. But since physical exercise is important to a well-rounded education, I wanted to make sure everyone knows about them.

Here are a few places to take your family to get refreshed by the natural surroundings, glorious art, beautiful music, and more!

Billy Graham Library

April 12, 2014

Please join us for our third annual Easter Celebration, held April 12, 2014, with two seatings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. This special morning for children and families includes story time, a fun craft and the opportunity to pet lambs. Enjoy this time of celebration as we honor the risen King! Cost is $5 per child. Ages 3 and up welcome. Advance reservations and payment are required by Monday, April 7.


Call 704-401-3263 or email [email protected] for more details, or to make your reservation.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Discovery Place

March 31 - April 4

Jump, slither or crawl to KidScience to meet 'n' greet the reptiles of Discovery Place. This is a great way to see why these scaly friends aren't so scary. FREE with Museum admission.


April 5, 2014


Learn about comets and how they form. Watch a comet be created right in front of your eyes!


Discovery Place educators will be making comets at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Explore More Stuff.

April 5, 2014

Gain a better understanding of body systems through dissection. We will get an inside look at animals including sharks, frogs and fetal pigs in the Explore More Life lab.


Laboratory and dissection activities are conducted with consideration and appreciation for each organism as we develop skills of observation and comparison, as well as a greater appreciation for the complexity of life. FREE with Museum admission.

Levine Museum of the New South

April 9, 2014

Levine Museum of the New South is excited to present TASTE OF THE NEW SOUTH: savor the sixties on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6 - 9 p.m. Held annually since 1997, this year's fundraising event will take guests on a cultural and culinary trip back to a decade full of history-making events that helped define our nation. From Mad Men to Motown, the evening will feature cuisine, cocktails, decor and entertainment, inspired by the diverse culture and events of the 1960s.


The evening will also include a raffle with incredible prizes. Proceeds from Taste of the New South support the Museum's education programs and community outreach.


Mint Museum (Uptown and Randolph Rd)





1:00PM - 4:00PM



Children FREE / Mint Members FREE / Adult Admission $5*

All ages. Enjoy family-friendly craft projects, gallery visits, Let's Move! healthy living activities, artist demonstrations, and more! One Sunday a month.


This month, explore the ideas behind the art of our time, and share your own unique perspective through colorful and playful art experiences!

-Collaborate with teaching artists to wrap a large-scale fiber art installation

-Add your special touch to a paper relief sculpture

-Use stencils, markers, and more to create Word Art

-Make shaving cream rainbow paintings!

-Heat up and cool down at a Let's Move! fitness activity

Today's collaborative art projects, performances, demonstrations, and exhibition by fine arts students are part of a special partnership with Cannon School.

*Non-member adults who would also like to view the special exhibition Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment need to purchase the $15 ticket






Join Charlotte Garden Club for a meeting featuring Tom Nunnenkamp and Lib Jones, master gardeners, from Charlotte, NC. They will discuss how year-round garden interest can be expressed through wildlife and arboreal structures, as well as blooms and foliage.

Meetings are held in the Van Every Forum at the Mint Randolph.

Refreshments are served in the Atrium at 7 p.m. Programs begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.






Join us for this monthly public program offered by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Speaker: Matt Jones, potter.

In 2012, the Delhom Service League invited Garth Clark, our country’s foremost expert on Ceramic Art, to participate in a symposium called “Back to the Future of Traditional Pottery.” This event provided a much needed opportunity for exchange between two sides of a somewhat entrenched ceramic divide in our nation, with academics, artists, and critics on one hand and potters and pottery collectors on the other. Clark returns for a discussion about what this visit has meant for North Carolina potters and pottery enthusiasts.

Freedom Park (and The Charlotte Nature Museum)

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

Activities are free with Museum admission


Celebrate Earth Day at Charlotte Nature Museum by getting your kids outside to connect with nature in Fort Wild!


Observe demonstrations on backyard gardening for kids, creating backyard wildlife habitats or just enjoy mucking in the mud in our mud café.


Creature Features are supported The Guild of Discovery Place Inc. and Charlotte Nature Museum. Activities include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolina Raptor Center

Welcome homeschoolers for a day of fun and science at Carolina Raptor Center. We offer homeschool days throughout the year to celebrate homeschoolers and their teachers.


For each Homeschool Day, you will enjoy $2 off regular admission and special programming at Carolina Raptor Center.


Live Bird Presentation at 11 am.


Nature Craft at 2 pm.


Homeschool Days for 2013-14: October 18, February 21 and May 16.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

The Best Plant Sale In Charlotte!

Members Day:Tuesday, April 8, 9am - 5pm

Open to the public:Wednesday - Saturday, April 9-12, 9am- 5pm

A Wing Haven Plant sale is really for the birds! Our Nursery Shop is bursting at the seams with unique plants, tools, and gifts for the garden for your garden and home. We have an incredible selection of plants—unusual shrubs, antique roses, herbs, perennials, native plants, groundcovers, bulbs, and more. Plus our volunteers can give you plenty of advice on how to make them flourish. All proceeds benefit Wing Haven, a Charlotte treasure since 1927.

A detailed plant list will be available in early April.

Join us during the sale for these FREE programs…starting at 10:00 am in the nursery:

Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 am


Mary Mitchell, Blackhawk Garden Center

Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 am


Libby and Gerry Mack,

Mecklenburg Beekeepers Association

Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 am


Brad Miller, Outdoor Garden Consultant,

Campbell's Greenhouse

Friday, April 11 at 10:00 am


Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Director of Botanical Gardens and professor of Botany, UNC-Charlotte

Saturday, April 12 at 10:00 am


Susan Poel, Local Herb expert, Wing Haven Herb Volunteer

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

The Center serves as the gateway to the 727-acre Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.


Nature Story Corner

Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories.

Mon, Mar 31

10:00 AM

Weekday Wanderers - The Fork Farm

Join a naturalist as we explore natural areas in and around Mecklenburg County.

Thu, Apr 3

9:00 AM

Young Naturalist Club of Mecklenburg County

Youth interested in exploring the natural world, this club is for you! 

Sat, Apr 5

9:00 AM


Budding Adventures

Calling all kids and parents! Discover the awakening of the spring plants.

Mon, Apr 7

10:00 AM

Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake

Enjoy a naturalist led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. 

Wed, Apr 9

6:00 PM

Parent and Me Tot Trots

Experience nature together with your child. Hikes will be sensory based.

Sat, Apr 12

9:30 AM

Krafty Kidz

Have fun learning while making nature themed related crafts with your child.

Sat, Apr 12

11:00 AM


NC Science Festival - Nature Experiments

At the end of the NC Science Festival, we will experiment with nature.

Sun, Apr 13

2:00 PM

Biodiversity Hike - Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Discover the natural areas of North Carolina with a naturalist. 

Sat, Apr 19

8:00 AM

Hiking 101

Hiking is a fun activity that can be shared by the whole family. 

Sat, Apr 19

11:00 AM

Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins – OH My!

Sun, Apr 20

2:00 PM

Green Fire Movie

Wed, Apr 23

6:00 PM

The Art of Papermaking

Come and learn how to make your own paper! 

Sat, Apr 26

2:00 PM

Intro to Kayaking

For beginners or kayakers that need a refresher.

Sun, Apr 27

2:30 PM


Weekday Wanderers - Riverbend Park

Join a naturalist as we explore natural areas in and around Mecklenburg County.

Thu, May 1

9:00 AM


Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

April 5

Family Day

Don't just view art, make art, too, during the museum's special Family Day event. Art-making activities are designed for kids 5 and older. Kids admitted free; adults $4. Drop in anytime between noon and 4:30 p.m.

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Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte Neighborhoods Series Lecture by Tom Hanchett and Reception


Friday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Drive


The Charlotte Museum of History, Levine Museum of the New South, Historic Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University invite you to explore and discuss Charlotte’s neighborhood histories. Charlotte’s built environment has been shaped by its residents, economy, transportation, and federal programs. This series of events will highlight four Charlotte neighborhoods: Brooklyn, Biddleville, Plaza Midwood, and NoDa. These programs will expand on the current exhibit, Charlotte Neighborhoods, at The Charlotte Museum of History.

Tom Hanchett, staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South, is widely-known for his knowledge of the urban history and culture of the Charlotte. The opening lecture will set the stage for the three walking tours.


Walking Tour Schedule

Saturday, April 12 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Walking tour of Biddleville

Friday, April 25 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Walking tour of Plaza Midwood

Friday, May 2 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Walking tour of NoDa


Program is free but please register online to reserve your seat!

Latta Plantation

Latta Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 2014

Children ages 1-10 can hunt for toy and candy filled eggs across the plantation grounds. Hunt times will be divided by age group. In between hunts, families can enjoy live children's music by the carriage barn, get fresh squeezed lemonade from Anna's Sweet Treats, enjoy children's crafts, see the plantation house, visit the farm animals, and meet the Easter Bunny on the covered wagon. The cost is $6 per child (one free adult per child, extra adults pay regular site admission) and pre-registration is required!

World War II Reenactment May 3-4, 2014

Experience the D-Day invasion of France! The plantation will be transformed into a French farm and the battle that will take place each day will be a representation of what happened after the Allied forces landed on the beach and pushed inland. Meet reenactors portraying the contingents of Allied and Axis, French Partisans, demonstrations throughout the weekend, a main battle each day, and more! Admission is $8 per person, ages 5 and under free.

McColl Center for Visual Art

721 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202



Romare Bearden Park

Easter Egg Hunt April 18, 2014


Join us on Friday, April 18 at Romare Bearden Park for an Easter egg hunt! The event is free to attend and promises fun for the entire family and includes:


11am - Cara Zara Hula Hoop Show

Noon - Ken and Kyle Juggling Show

1pm - Amy Arpan Illusion Show

1:30p - Egg Hunt


300 S. Church Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Central Park Region

5.4 Acres

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Foundation for the Carolinas (glass art)


220 North Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Living History: Civil War | 04.19.2014


Saturday April 19, 2014 9am - 4pm

Sunday April 20, 2014 11am - 3pm


Join us for Civil War Living History at Historic Rosedale Plantation. In April 1865 the war has just ended. Charlotte is full of soldiers, transients, prisoners of war and refugees. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, newly-arrived in the city after fleeing Richmond, is holding a cabinet meeting. Anna Morrison Jackson, widow of General Stonewall Jackson, called the "Queen of Confederate hearts" has returned to Charlotte, her hometown. The sons of Rosedale Plantation are far away serving the Confederacy and a grieving local resident occupies the plantation house. Experience these events April 19-20th at Rosedale.


Interactive Demonstrations Include*

Full Camp Street (Soldier Camp)

Civilian Campsite



Uniform / Fashion




Scheduled to appear:

Robert Hayes - Jefferson Davis

Kelly Hinson - Anna Jackson

Rex Hovey - Civil War Hospital (Saturday Only)

Cliff and Linda Grimsley - Civil War Mourners (House Tour Only)

And More



Michael Hardy - Author of Civil War Charlotte

Nancy Brewer - Author of Carolina Rain Series (Saturday Only)


Early Registration - $6.00 (Until April 8th) | $10 (After April 8th)

Add House Tour for only $2

Fourth Ward Park

Marshall Park

Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park

McGill Rose Garden

Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum

Ray’s Splash Planet

Ray's Splash Planet Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Please join us as Ray's celebrates its in the WATER!!! Kids will jump in and explore the water to find as many Easter eggs as possible. Please bring a (waterproof) basket. Pictures will be available with the Easter Bunny, so remember to bring your camera. Children will be separated into different age groups (0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). Check out the Easter Egg Hunt flyer for more details.


Dates and Times:

Friday, April 11th

5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

(Egg hunts will begin at 6:30pm)

Sky High Sports

Theater Charlotte

Matthews Playhouse

Children’s Theater of Charlotte

Charlotte Actor’s Theatre

Shakespeare on the Green

NarroWay Productions

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra


Event Date: 04/02/2014

Location: Knight Theater

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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2014 Debbie Phillips Classical Concerts for Students

Symphonic Dances from Across the Globe

Roger Kalia, conducting

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Knight Theater

430 South Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28202


Shows at 10:00 AM and 11:20 AM


Join Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and the musicians of the Charlotte Symphony as they kick up their heels and invite students on a worldwide tour of symphonic dance music! With performances by students from the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance, choreographed by UNC Charlotte dance professor Delia Neil.


BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 5

COPLAND Hoe-Down from Rodeo

TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances

STRAUSS Thunder and Lightning Polka

DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dance No. 8

BEETHOVEN Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 7

Tickets are $8 per ticket for students, teachers, and chaperones. A reduced rate of $6 for schools classified as Title I is available.


For reservation/ticketing questions please contact CSO Group Sales Manager Joan Foley at (704) 714-5119(704) 714-5119 or at [email protected]



Event Date: 04/11/2014

Location: Belk Theater

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Classics Series

Christopher Warren-Green, Conducting

Calin Lupanu, violin


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947)


Cost: $20.00

Call 704-972-2000 to purchase tickets.

Tickets will also be sold at the door - cash or check only.



Event Date: 04/23/2014

Location: Belk Theater

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Junior Youth and Youth Orchestra

Christopher Warren-Green, Conducting

Ernest Pereira, Conducting

Sponsored by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte


The winner of the senior division of the Guild's Young Artist Concerto Competition is pianist Hannah Wang. As winner of this competition she will be performing the 1st movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595.


Cost: $7.00 - $20.00




Tickets may be also purchased through the Charlotte Symphony box office at 704-972-2000 or at the door the evening of the concert.



Event Date: 04/25/2014 - 04/26/2014

Location: Belk Theater

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Pops Series

The Charlotte Symphony celebrates one of the most universally acclaimed films of all-time: "City Lights" written by, directed by, and starring the great Charlie Chaplin. Tangled up with a suicidal millionaire and in love with a blind girl, the tramp must find a way to help her recover her sight. "City Lights" is presented in all its cinematic glory on the big screen, with the Symphony performing the superb soundtrack live.


Cost: $26.50 - $72.50

Opera Carolina

Opera Lively -- A great website to help you get acquainted with opera!

Davidson College Music

APRIL 01, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Piano Studio Recital »

APRIL 04, 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble, Featuring Grace Kelly, Saxophone »

APRIL 05, 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Concert Series: Steven Mayer, piano »

APRIL 08, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Chamber Music Recital »

APRIL 14, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Do You Hear The People Sing? »

APRIL 17, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Senior Recital: Will Milvaney, piano »

APRIL 18, 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Musical Interludes: Peter Shanahan and Lissie Okopny, duo flute »

APRIL 24, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Senior Recital: Andrew Pak, clarinet »

APRIL 29, 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Jazz Combo & Saxophone Quartet »

North Carolina Dance Theatre


A sizzling version of a Shakespeare classic

Opens with Forgotten Land by Jiri Kilyian


April 24-26, 2014 / Knight Theater




Deception, desire and paparazzi take center stage in Dwight Rhoden’s adaptation of Othello. A musical theater style production with original music, Othello sizzles as it puts Shakespeare’s characters into a 21st century rock and roll lifestyle. Iago, the story’s narrator, is a one-hit wonder with a stalled career and an insatiable hunger for the spotlight. He wishes to bring Othello, a powerful music industry exec, down and uses Othello’s pop star wife, Desdemona, in his scheme. This contemporary adaptation of Othello showcases the dancers’ athleticism and theatrical flair with seductive pas de deuxs and large scale, intricate dance numbers. Othello is so dramatic it could be ripped from the gossip headlines of today!


Bonus: Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is proud to announce NC Dance Theatre will perform a work by choreographer Jiri Kylian for the first time. Kylian’s somber and soulful Forgotten Land, which takes inspiration from a painting of water eroding the shore, opens the Othello evening.


Moving Poets Dance Company

Moving Poets 

Please join us at the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance on Sunday, April 6 at 6:30 PM for the Ulysses Dance Project 2014: A Symphony of Brotherhood.

The evening includes works by choreographers and faculty from North Carolina Dance Theatre, including an excerpt from Dwight Rhoden’s Innovative Works premiere Sit In Stand Out. Winthrop University in collaboration with Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University, Caroline Calouche & Co., and Moving Poets are all performing.

When: 6:30 PM, April 6, 2014

Where: Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Admission: free, donation suggested.

Newsletter -- February 2014

Posted by [email protected] on January 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Composer of the Month: Hildegard of Bingen

I chose Hildegard this month because I wrote a children's picture book about her, and it has just been released. I'm humbled that God has seen fit to allow me to be used to write about Hildegard. She listened to God and wrote down what she heard. I believe we could all do better in the area of becoming quiet before God and really listening. I know I could, anyway. Here's a snippet about her from Wiki:


Hildegard says that she first saw "The Shade of the Living Light" at the age of three, and by the age of five she began to understand that she was experiencing visions.[16] She used the term 'visio' to this feature of her experience, and recognized that it was a gift that she could not explain to others. Hildegard explained that she saw all things in the light of God through the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.[17] Hildegard was hesitant to share her visions, confiding only to Jutta, who in turn told Volmar, Hildegard's tutor and, later, secretary.[18] Throughout her life, she continued to have many visions, and in 1141, at the age of 42, Hildegard received a vision she believed to be an instruction from God, to "write down that which you see and hear."[19] Still hesitant to record her visions, Hildegard became physically ill. The illustrations recorded in the book of Scivias were visions that Hildegard experienced, causing her great suffering and tribulations.[20] In her first theological text, Scivias ("Know the Ways"), Hildegard describes her struggle within:

But I, though I saw and heard these things, refused to write for a long time through doubt and bad opinion and the diversity of human words, not with stubbornness but in the exercise of humility, until, laid low by the scourge of God, I fell upon a bed of sickness; then, compelled at last by many illnesses, and by the witness of a certain noble maiden of good conduct [the nun Richardis von Stade] and of that man whom I had secretly sought and found, as mentioned above, I set my hand to the writing. While I was doing it, I sensed, as I mentioned before, the deep profundity of scriptural exposition; and, raising myself from illness by the strength I received, I brought this work to a close – though just barely – in ten years. (...) And I spoke and wrote these things not by the invention of my heart or that of any other person, but as by the secret mysteries of God I heard and received them in the heavenly places. And again I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, 'Cry out therefore, and write thus!'[21]

My book, Hildegard's Gift, is about young Hildegard and her illness -- and about how all children have hidden gifts given to them by God. You can learn more about her at my website.

Charlotte Mason recommended children learn Sloyd. What is Sloyd anyway? From Wiki:

The name sloyd is derived from Swedish Slöjd (handicraft, handiwork), which refers to the making of crafts, primarily woodwork but also paper-folding and sewing. Educational sloyd's purpose was formative in that it was thought that the benefits of handicrafts in general education built the character of the child, encouraging moral behavior, greater intelligence, and industriousness. Sloyd had a noted impact on the early development of manual training, manual arts, industrial education and technical education.

In “Educational sloyd,” as devised by Otto Salomon in the 1870s, woodworking projects were designed to build incrementally on the child’s growing skill. This was accomplished by making the projects grow in degree of difficulty over a period of time, through the introduction of complexity of shape and procedures and through the gradual introduction of more difficult woodworking tools. Salomon believed that the teacher should carefully study and know each child. It was said that from the student’s perspective, no project should be any more difficult than the immediately preceding project. Sloyd was taught through the use of series of models, growing in difficulty and complexity that the students were supposed to accurately reproduce without interference from the teacher.

Sloyd differed from other forms of manual training in its adherence to a set of distinct pedagogical principles. These were: that instruction should move from the known to the unknown, from the easy to the more difficult, from the simple to the more complex, from the concrete to the abstract and the products made in sloyd should be practical in nature and build the relationship between home and school. Sloyd, unlike its major rival, "the Russian system" promoted by Victor Della Vos, was designed for general rather than vocational education.

Educational sloyd as practiced in Sweden started with the use of the knife. The knife was controversial when sloyd was first introduced in the UK. Educators in London and the other cities of the UK could hardly imagine putting knives in the hands of the juveniles. They developed a rationale for the use of chisels instead. Salomon's purpose in the use of the knife was that it illustrates a fundamental premise. During the time of sloyd’s invention and introduction in rural Sweden, nearly every boy growing up on a farm was already experienced in the use of the knife and knew how to use it without endangering himself or others.[citation needed] Starting with the known and moving toward the unknown was a crucial element of Salomon’s theory. He also believed that beauty of form was more readily available through the use of the knife.

Picture Study: Fra Filippo Lippi and Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was apprenticed to the painter Fra Filippo Lippi in 15th century Florence. It was a century of immense creativity and expression -- the beginning of the High Renaissance! And Florence was THE place to be at that time. These days, modern scholars have labeled this century the Quattrocentro to differentiate between its art and the art of the rest of the Renaissance. The 15th century got a name of its own! Quattrocentro simply means a century of 100 years, in Italian. But what it really means is a LOT of fantastic art. Here's a peek at Fra Filippo Lippi and Sandro Botticelli:

The above is Madonna and Child with Two Angels by Fra Filippo Lippi, a 15th century monk and the teacher of Sandro Botticelli.

The above is Botticelli's famous painting "The Primavera" or "The Spring." And below are a few closeups of this remarkable painting.

February 2014 Schedule of Activities:

February 1, 2014

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s next Family Day is Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 12pm to 4:30pm. Admission is free for kids and just $4 (half price) for adults. Besides the free and discounted admission, there will be free hands-on art activities throughout the museum for families to enjoy.

February 2, 2014

Levine Museum of the New South offers free admission every Sunday, as long as you’re not bringing a group of 10 people or more. Its hours on Sunday are 12pm to 5pm. If you like free parking too, and who doesn’t, park in 7th Street Station, right next door. Bring your parking ticket to the Levine Museum for validation. On weekdays you can validate parking for up to two hours, but on weekends, you can validate for all day, so you can enjoy other Uptown attractions as well.


Sunday, February 2 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Groundhog Day at The Nature Museum

Shadow Check: 1:30 p.m. at Fort Wild Stage

Activities are free with Museum admission


What will Queen Charlotte, our resident groundhog, predict for spring's arrival? Join us for our annual celebration with the Queen and her court!


Follow Queen Charlotte on Twitter @CLTGroundhog.


We'll have two performances of The Shadow Knows Puppet Show at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Dragonfly Theatre. Snuggle up in Sun Spot for special story time tales at 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Stop by the Naturalist Lab to make your own hibernating groundhog to take home, get your hand painted in Peetie's Place, and enjoy live Animal Encounters with members of Queen Charlotte's Court throughout the Museum.


Creature Features are supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum and include games, puppet shows, story time and crafts.

February 02 2014, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Davidson College

Internationally acclaimed Celtic violinist Jamie Laval will return to Davidson’s campus for another vibrant Concert Series performance. Laval will be joined by other Celtic musicians to present an energetic program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Québec.

Free for students. For tickets, please stop by the Union Ticket Office, purchase them online, or call 704-894-2135.

February 11 2014, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Davidson College

J. Estes Millner Professor of Music and trumpet instructor Bill Lawing will present a program of canonical works from classical trumpet repertoire. Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing to accompany.

Free and open to the public.

February 14 2014, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Davidson College

Join our high caliber Davidson College music students as they share their interpretations of concertos on their respective instruments. This concert is the first of its kind and should not be missed!

Free and open to the public.

Feb 14 Charlotte Folk Society Gathering and concert -- Scott Ainslie

February 16 2014, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Davidson College

The Music Department invites you to join us for an evening of vocal jazz music. Riley Mangan will accompany fellow students with his fresh jazz piano sound for a fun-filled night!

Free and open to the public.


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Saturday, February 15 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Activities are FREE with Museum admission


Become a citizen scientist! Join us and expert birders from the Charlotte Audubon Society Chapter as we learn all about the birds in our big backyard and yours.


We will count birds and contribute our findings to Cornell University's important national study, which allows scientists to investigate trends in bird populations, migrations, habitat and more.


Creature Features are supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. Activities include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.

Sunday, February 16 

Providence United Methodist Church, at 2810 Providence Road, offers free chamber music concerts throughout the year. The Providence Chamber Music Recital Series is celebrating its 31st year of presenting top-notch music to the community. You can find full descriptions of each concert at this link. Each concert is on a Sunday at 7pm. Feb 16:

9 Dreams of Flying by Ronald Keith Parks

Video Michael Compton

Erinn Frechette, flute ~ Tatiana Karpova, violin

Nick Lampo, cello ~ Tomoko Deguchi, piano


Derivations for Piano, Violin, and Cello by Mary Armistead Jones

World Premiere Performance

Out of Bounds Ensemble

Tomoko Deguchi, piano ~ Tatiana Karpova, violin

Nick Lampo, cello


Three Love Sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Ed Robertson

Erinn Frechette, flute ~ Kristine Neal, mezzo-soprano

Tomoko Deguchi, piano


String Quartet no. 1, op. 20 by Alberto Ginastera

Hodges Taylor Ensemble

Laurel Talley and Judy Meister, violins

Leigh Marsh, viola ~ Liz Burns, cello

February 19. 2014

Visit Mint Museum, at both their locations, 500 South Tryon Street and 2730 Randolph Road, for free admission from 5pm to 9pm. Also please check back on the Mint Museum’s website (or here on Charlotte on the Cheap) for the free programs that will sometimes take place on free admission Wednesdays.

February 8, 15, 22, 2014

History Lectures: Beyond the Wagon Road


Beyond the Wagon Road, a Series of History Lectures, is presented by Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents, in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South. You pay just $15 for all the lectures, and that includes a chance to tour the Levine Museum of the New South. Bring your ticket from 7th Street Station and get it validated at the Levine Museum for free parking all day each Saturday. The lectures take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon each of these Saturdays: February 8th, 15th, and 22nd.


February 8:


Bridget Strong as Agness Caldwell, Enslaved Woman of Rosedale Plantation

Michael Hardy, author of Civil War Charlotte: Last Capital of the Confederacy

February 15:


Dr. T. L. Mellichamp speaking on Native Plants of Colonial Times

Charlie Williams as André Michaux, French botanist, explorer, and diplomat

February 22:


Dr. John Kuykendall, President Emeritus, Davidson College speaking on the Seven Jewels in the Crown of Queen Charlotte

Dr. Tom Hanchett, speaking on The Idea of the New South

To register, send your check made out to MHA Docents for $15.00/person, along with your name, mailing address, email address and phone number to Box 35032, Charlotte, NC 28235. Be sure to include your email and phone number in case weather forces cancellation.

February 22, 2014

Alpaca Celebration is free to the public and takes place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, 8am to 5pm, and Sunday, February 23rd, from 8am to 4pm. The event will showcase over 600 alpacas that will be competing for ribbons in the showring. There will also be kids’ activities and free educational seminars and yarn spinning demonstrations along with vendors who will showcase their wares…from clothes made of alpaca fleece to books about alpacas. There’s a charge for parking.


Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama.


The Cabarrus Arena and Events Center is located at 4751 NC Hwy 49 North, Concord, NC 28025.


February 24, 2014


Book Study on Charlotte Mason's Ourselves begins! This study is for parents AND their teens.


Contact Megan Hoyt for details at [email protected]

All Month Long: Disappearing Frogs Project

In February, Charlotte Art League, at 1517 Camden Road, is hosting the Disappearing Frogs Project, a multi-media exploration of the threats to the frog population. Read more in this Charlotte Observer article. The gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm, and also Fridays 1pm to 8pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5pm, from February 1st through 25th.


During the month there will be some special events as well:


Sat. Feb. 1, 5:00 pm: Biologist Monica Pearson Presentation, U. of British Columbia


Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 pm: Opening Reception


Sat., February 15 at 5:00 p.m., Panel Discussion moderated by Barbara Vermeire featuring: Professor Reid N. Harris, Biologist, Researcher at James Madison University – Causes and effects of a devastating fungus among amphibians; his research in Madagascar and Panama; and Sam Perkins, Catawba Riverkeeper – Effects on amphibians of habitat destruction and ongoing protection efforts; and Stephen Hutchinson, Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Latta Plantation – how frogs function in our ecological system, their benefits to humans and Parks and Rec educational efforts.


Puppet Shows at 3:45 pm: Feb. 1st, 7th, 15th, and 22nd


Completion Event on Sat., Feb. 22 at 5:00 pm: Open mic, music, poetry, discussion on the future of the Disappearing Frogs and its project.


Address: 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28215




Phone: (704) 432-6460


Map: Directions


Young Naturalist Club of Mecklenburg County

Youth interested in exploring the natural world, this club is for you! We will…

Sat, Feb 1

9:00 AM

Other Dates


Back In The Day Series:Candle Making

Do you know how people lived 200 years ago in Charlotte? We will learn how a…

Sat, Feb 1

10:30 AM


Salamanders of Mecklenburg County

Join a naturalist as we discover the amazing world of Salamanders. The first 30…

Sat, Feb 1

2:30 PM


Animal Clues

Bring the whole family for this fun discussion of secret animal lives. We’ll…

Sun, Feb 2

2:00 PM


Nature Story Corner

Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories.…

Mon, Feb 3

10:00 AM

Other Dates


Hike for Your Health

Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and…

Tue, Feb 4

5:00 PM

Other Dates


Finding Your Way Series

If you like to explore, then come and find your way with us as we learn to use…

Wed, Feb 5

2:00 PM

Other Dates


Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop

The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from February 14 - 17. This workshop…

Wed, Feb 5

6:30 PM


Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool

At Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool, we believe in teaching the “whole child”. The…

Thu, Feb 6

9:00 AM

Other Dates


Weekday Wanderers

This month we will take our annual trek to the great Uwharrie Mountains! There…

Fri, Feb 7

10:00 AM

Other Dates


Parent and Me Tot Trots

Experience nature together with your child. Hikes will be sensory based…

Sat, Feb 8

9:30 AM

Other Dates


Krafty Kidz

Have fun learning while making nature theme related crafts with your child.…

Sat, Feb 8

11:00 AM

Other Dates


Bird Feeders

Come and learn how to turn recycled materials into eco-friendly bird feeders.…

Sat, Feb 8

2:00 PM

Other Dates


Budding Adventures

Calling all kids and parents! Discover the awakening of the winter plants and…

Mon, Feb 10

10:00 AM

Other Dates


Homeschool Adventure Hikes

In this hiking series, we will travel by park van to some of NC's premier…

Wed, Feb 12

9:00 AM

Other Dates


Pioneer Days in the Preseve

Experience life in the 1800’s first hand and how life changed the landscape of…

Sat, Feb 15

1:00 PM


Sssssensational Snakes

Where do snakes go in the winter? Are all snakes venomous? What do they like to…

Sun, Feb 16

2:00 PM


Advanced WILD Workshops- Amphibians

Advanced WILD workshops are single-topic programs designed for educators by the…

Wed, Feb 19

4:00 PM


CASP Workshop (Calling Amphibian Survey Program)

Class will spend time inside learning anuran (frog and toad) ID and ecology and…

Thu, Feb 20

6:00 PM


Box Oven Construction Competition

Ever cooked dinner in a cardboard box? Come learn how a box oven works and how…

Fri, Feb 21

2:30 PM


Biodiversity Hike

This month we will take our annual trek to the great Uwharrie Mountains! There…

Sat, Feb 22

9:00 AM

Other Dates


Campfire Fun

Nothing is better than the warmth of the fire on a cold winter day, especially…

Sun, Feb 23

2:00 PM


Newsletter --December 2013

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Welcome and Merry Christmas to you and yours! 

The Christmas season would not be complete for me without a few key features. First and foremost -- this is a season of celebration. We celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord, Yeshua the Messiah, the greatest gift ever given to mankind. But second, in our family, we have certain traditions that we carry on each year. Here are a few:

1) Christmas Eve Services at Peace Moravian Church

Moravian Service at the Moravian church near the corner of Rea Rd and Rea Rd. Yes, that's where it is, believe it or not. Right where the road changes names! The Moravian service is lovely. They have a giant sized creche for the children to see, you are handed a steaming mug of coffee and a bun to eat, you sing Christmas carols by candlelight, robustly and with great joy. Smiles all around. 

2 pm Children's Lovefeast

4:30pm Lovefeast

7:30pm Lovefeast

 There is also a Lovefeast here:

The Little Church on the Lane (522 Moravian Lane, Charlotte NC) will host their annual Christmas Eve Lovefeast services on December 24 at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The 2:00 p.m. service is geared mainly for children and is very crowded. Please come at least an hour ahead for a seat! The 8:00 p.m. is the least crowded and has more of a calm atmosphere, although the format and focus of the services will be the same. Beautiful candlelight services!

2) Reading aloud Dickens' Christmas Carol together. Fun! 

3) And every year, we act out the Christmas story with my husband as the donkey and the girls taking turns riding into Bethlehem. :)

4) Another lovely thing we do is listen to Lessons and Carols from Cambridge. Here (below) is last year's version. You can listen in this year via the BBC radio broadcast. 

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5) Every Christmas eve, as we turn out the lights and put children to bed, we listen to an old recording I had as a child -- Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Night the Animals Talked and The Little Fir Tree are on it. This brings down the excitement level to silent reverence. And then all the children go to sleep.

6) Christmas Day would not be complete without prime rib and yorkshire pudding, as well as my other favorite from The Frugal Gourmet, Steamed Date Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. It is rich, warm, and has just enough kick to be delightful. We also make a fresh fruit trifle a la Annelise Hamman, our South African friend and genius trifle chef. We also bake our now world famous (okay, not really) eggnog cutout cookies. These are like regular sugar cookies but with nutmeg and eggnog added for flavor. And last, but never least, my mother's puff, which is something of a cross between a french cruller donut and a frosted baklava. Sweet and decadent. Recipes will be added as I have time. 

Here's a great idea for memory work this month, from the Gospel of Luke:


And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.


2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)


3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.


4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)


5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.


7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.


8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.


9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.


10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.


11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.


13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,


14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


Steve and I had our very first date around Christmas time. He had never seen the movie White Christmas, so when we got back from our date we watched it together on tv. And we have done that every Christmas eve ever since. That's 25 years! 

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Calendar of Events

Myers Park United Methodist Church Christmas Concerts December 8 The annual Christmas With Myers Park United Methodist concerts will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at First United Methodist, 501 N. Tryon St. uptown. Shuttles will run from our church starting at 4:00 p.m., and there will also be free parking uptown for those who want to drive on their own . No tickets are needed, and the larger Sanctuary will insure that everyone gets to enjoy this spectacular Advent highlight.


Magic of Christmas Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013 Time: 2:30 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Belk Theater, Charlotte, NC Website:… Albert-George Schram returns to the podium to conduct an all new Magic of Christmas! Don't miss this holiday tradition as George leads the Symphony, the Oratorio Singers and an array of spectacular guests in this festive and joyous holiday concert.


The Nutcracker Presented by The Charlotte Youth Ballet at Halton Theater


12/06/13 - 12/08/13 CPCC Dance Central's "A Winter's Dream" Presented by Pease Auditorium at CPCC Main Campus at Pease Auditorium at CPCC Main Campus


12/06/13 - 12/08/13 Miracle on 34th Street Presented by Davidson Community Players at Armour Street Theatre


12/05/13 - 12/22/13 Candlelight Christmas Presented by Historic Latta Plantation


12/14/13 A Christmas Carol Classic Tale Adapted by John Jakes from the novel by Charles Dickens Theatre… Theatre Charlotte Charlotte, NC Sun, Dec 8 2:30 PM


The Singing Christmas Tree See The Singing Christmas Tree at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte. Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC Tickets $50+ Sat, Dec 14 7:30 PM


Spirit of Christmas concert The nonprofit Charlotte Chorale will present its “Spirit of Christmas” concert… McGlohon Theatre… Charlotte, NC Sat, Dec 14 7:30 PM


Christmas at the Library Monday, Dec 9 5:00p Billy Graham Library, Charlotte Enjoy a live nativity, festive music, story time for kids, carriage rides, and Christmas shopping in Ruth's attic!


Read more here:


 A McGlohon Christmas Sunday, Dec 22 7:00p to 8:00p Sharon United Methodist Church Charlotte, NC A McGlohon Christmas Join us for an evening of Christmas musical arrangements by Loonis McGlohon as we honor the late American songwriter, jazz pianist, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Inductee, and eponym of the McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square in Charlotte. This is a FREE event open to all. Read more here:


Categories Holiday Classical Tags medieval renaissance Carolina Pro Musica: Christmas at St. Mary's Saturday, Dec 14 7:00p More dates & times (1) St. Mary's Chapel Charlotte, NC Hear the story of the birth of Jesus with medieval and Renaissance music. Bob Sweeten (Max on the nationally syndicated Bob and Sheri radio show) returns to tell the story. The ensemble appears in Renaissance attire. 
Music includes melodies from a 1582 publication Piae Cantiones familiar to us today and arrangements by Michael Praetorius. Everyone gets a chance to join in singing. We even practice a little ahead of time! Read more here:


Charlotte City Ballet "Holiday Enchantment" Saturday, Dec 21 3:00p More dates & times (1) Matthews Community Center Matthews, NC A magical winter celebration presenting excerpts from "The Nutcracker" and featured choreography from the Charlotte City Ballet repertoire. Performances at 3 and 7 p.m. Visit the Nutcracker Cafe after the matinee to purchase cupcakes and take photos with ballerinas. Great fun for all ages! Perfect introduction to the ballet, the Nutcracker, going to the theater. 90-minute show includes intermission. Small venue; great seats for all. Matthews Community Center theater (behind Matthews Elementary School). Phone (704) 366-3892 Price $10 in advance; $12 at the door; group prices available Age Suitability All Ages Read more here:


Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center Annual Women's Christmas Tea Saturday, Dec 14 3:00p Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center Charlotte, NC Buy Tickets This event is one of the most exciting ways to close out the year! We share tea, Christmas joy, have a speaker or two, share a wonderfully prepared meal along with music. Thi year there will be vendors with a vatiety of Christmas giftings of décor, jewelry, purses, hair care, attire and more! Please print your ticket once purchased and if you purchase tickets at the door they are $15.00 Read more here:


Appalachian Winter - A musical drama for Christmas Sunday, Dec 15 6:00p Advent Lutheran Church Charlotte, NC Music selections include classic Christmas carols and familiar Shaker hymns and Appalachian melodies arranged by Joseph Martin. 
The drama revolves around a young mountain couple whose barn has burned; they face losing everything. When neighbors come to their aid, something special happens as they celebrate the birth of the Christ child. 
Free and open to the public. 
Light refreshments will be served following the musical presentation. 
Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. 
Annette Nolan, Dir. Read more here:


Myers Park Presbyterian Church 12/22/13 08:45 AM to 10:00 AM 11 am-12:30 pm Celebrate the season with Handel's immortal classic "The Messiah." The Chancel Choir and soloists will be accompanied by a full orchestra. Contact Danielle Kuhn 
[email protected]


Twelfth Night Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 6:00p to 7:30p Charlotte Museum of History Charlotte, NC Twelfth Night was the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers and celebrated with great revelry. Join with the Backcountry folk as they sing carols around the bonfires, toast the fruit trees, and play colonial games. Learn about the history of Twelfth Night and take a candlelight tour of the house. Enjoy cider and Twelfth Night cake in the log kitchen. Saturday, January 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 public admission fee and $8 for members; $5 age 6-12; and under 6 free Read more here:


Candlelight Tour and Holiday Shopping Saturday, Dec 14 1:00p to 5:00p Charlotte Museum of History Charlotte, NC Join us as we celebrate a Colonial Christmas with decorations and candlelight. Enjoy cider and cookies in our gift shop, which will be open for your shopping pleasure. Read more here:


Messiah Today 7:00p to 8:00p Providence United Methodist Church Charlotte, NC Providence United Methodist Church is hosting a community event this Sunday evening (December 8th) at 7 p.m.: A Messiah Sing-Along. This is an open invitation to all who love to sing and hear music to join the Providence UMC Chancel Choir and church members in celebrating the season with this popular Christmas favorite. Messiah scores will even be on hand for visitors to borrow. This event will take place in the church's sanctuary. Read more here:


Live Nativity Saturday, Dec 14 6:00p More dates & times (1) Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church Charlotte, NC Come visit Bethlehem during Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church’s annual Live Nativity, Saturday and Sunday December 14th and 15th. Held on the front lawn of the church, the presentations begin at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and are a neighborhood tradition, telling of the timeless Christmas birth, through the acting of our children and youth, and enhanced with live animals. 8001 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210. Read more here:


Just Be Claus Saturday, Dec 14 12:00p to 5:00p U.S. National Whitewater Center Charlotte, NC Put your Santa suits on and get into the holiday spirit during our first annual Just Be Claus festival, taking place on Saturday, December 14. The festival will kick off with a Santa 5K Trail Run, followed by a bonfire and live music. Why? Just Be Claus. Read more here:


Miracle on 34th Street Presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center 11/22/13 - 12/22/13 Read more here:


Newsletter -- November 2013

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Richard Strauss is often overlooked when studying composers, in favor of Johann Strauss, Jr, the Waltz King who gets a lot of notoriety for his bouncy dance tunes. But did you know Richard Strauss wrote the famous theme from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Look it up on youtube! And here's more on Richard Strauss. From the official website:

In 1933 the Nazi regime appointed Strauss, Germany’s leading musician, as President of the Reichsmusikkammer (Reich Chamber of Musicians). Politically naive, Strauss accepted, but by 1935 he had fallen out of favour and resigned. Family reasons (his son Franz had been married to a Jew since 1924) and the financial necessity of having his works performed in Germany prevented him from breaking with the Nazi regime.

This musical giant left behind some 300 sketches along with completed works in all genres, 86 of them with opus numbers. But he left hardly any theoretical or autobiographical writings. Richard Strauss expressed his life and thoughts through art: his grand ambitions and adversaries in the tone poem Ein Heldenleben, an occasionally turbulent family life with his beloved wife Pauline (a celebrated singer in her time) in the Symphonia Domestica and the opera Intermezzo, or his love for the mountainous near his home in Garmisch in his last tone poem Alpensymphonie. (That's the tone poem I posted above in the youtube video. Enjoy!)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Epic Poem, an Account of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

Idylls of the King Part 1

Idylls of the King Part 2

Idylls of the King Part 3

Idylls of the King Part 4

Idylls of the King Part 5

Idylls of the King Part 6

Idylls of the King Part 7

Idylls of the King Part 8

Idylls of the King Part 9

Idylls of the King Part 10

Idylls of the King Part 11

Idylls of the King Part 12

(Still searching for parts 7-12)

And below, enjoy some gorgeous, breathtaking illustrations from Idylls of the King, set to Moya Brennan's music.

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And here is a rare documentary about Pre-Rafaelite art in all its beauty and glory and majesty. :)

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Meaty Quotes to Nourish You

“…what if the devitalisation we notice in so many of our young people, keen about games but dead to things of the mind, is due to the processes carried on in our schools, to our plausible and pleasant ways of picturing, eliciting, demonstrating, illustrating, summarising, doing all those things for children which they are born with the potency to do for themselves? No doubt we do give intellectual food, but too little of it; let us have courage and we shall be surprised, as we are now and then, at the amount of intellectual strong meat almost any child will take at a meal and digest at his leisure.” (Volume 6, p. 237)

“I am considering a child as he is, and am not tracing him, either with Wordsworth, to the heights above, or, with the evolutionist, to the depths below; because a person is a mystery, that is, we cannot explain him or account for him, but must accept him as he is. This wonder of personality does not cease, does not disappear, when a child goes to school; he is still 'all there' in quite another sense from that of the vulgar catchword. But we begin to lose the way to his mind from the day that he enters the schoolroom; the reason for this is, we have embraced the belief that 'knowledge is sensation,' that a child knows what he sees and handles rather than what he conceives in his mind and figures in his thoughts. I labour this point because our faith in a child's spiritual, i.e., intellectual educability is one of our chief assets. Having brought ourselves face to face with the wonder of mind in children, we begin to see that knowledge is the aliment of the mind as food is that of the body.” (Volume 6, p. 239)

" ‘Think clear, feel deep, bear fruit well,’ says our once familiar mentor, Matthew Arnold, and his monition exactly meets our needs.”

Calendar of Events

Visit the Mint Museum on Wednesdays, at both their locations, 500 South Tryon Street and 2730 Randolph Road, for free admission from 5pm to 9pm. Also please check back on the Mint Museum’s website for the free programs that will sometimes take place on free admission Wednesdays. (Both museums are free any time with homeschool id but they have special programs sometimes on Wednesdays.)

Learn more about Opera at Opera Lively!

November 2, 2013

Try Hockey For Free Day at Extreme Ice Center

November 3, 2013

Piano Masterclass: John Perry, piano, Hill Hall Auditorium, UNCC, 2 pm.

November 3, 2013

Brass Chamber Music Recital, Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNCC, 4 pm.

November 3, 2013

Faculty Recital: Virtuoso Music for Two Flutes and Piano, Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNCC, 7:30 pm.

November 5, 2013

UNCC Process Series: The New Generation project, 11 am. (Not sure what this is, but it’s being put on by the Music Department.)

November 5, 2013

The public is invited to a free concert by mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main Street, on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, at 7:30pm. Thornton will be accompanied by Michael Rowland on organ and piano. The program features sacred music, including works by Bach, Mahler, Barber and more.

November 8, 2013

Scholarship Benefit Concert, UNC Opera Scenes: The Orpheus Diaries, Hill Hall Auditorium, 8 pm.

November 8, 2013 Charlotte Folk Society’s next free concert and gathering, featuring The Stray Birds, will be Friday, November 8th, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm.

November 9, 2013

Register now to attend a Star Party at the UNC Charlotte Observatory on Saturday November 9th, 2013, 7:30pm. Get up close views of the Moon, star clusters, binary stars and more. Enjoy a warm beverage under the stars. This event will be cancelled by 5pm if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Check at the website to see the weather status. Join us for a warm beverage under the stars. When you register you’ll get an email with directions. There’s limited space.

The Last Word Bookstore $20 for $40 worth of used books. This is a two day groupon thing, so click on it immediately and head to The Last Word. You’re welcome. ☺

Both Guitar Center locations, North Charlotte (8813 JW Clay Blvd) and Charlotte (10050 E Independence Blvd, Matthews) are offering a variety of free music classes in their Music Mentor Series. You just have to register online for the ones you’d like to attend. Classes include group guitar, group ukulele, recording and more. See the schedule below and register for any of them here. This could be a great way to get started with an instrument and see if you like it.

Group Guitar Lesson 
Learn proper playing position, tuning, basic strumming and chords.
 Wednesday, October 30, 7pm 
Saturday, November 2, 10am
 Saturday, November 9, 10am 
Saturday, November 16, 10am 
Saturday, November 23, 10am

Live Sound 101
In this seminar, you will learn about all the components of a live sound setup, how to select the right PA for your needs and some mixing basics.
 Wednesday, November 6, 7pm

Group Ukulele Lesson
This 45-minute class gives players a solid foundation on the uke, from how to hold and strum, to tuning, to some basic chords and even playing a tune. Bring your family and friends and share the passion. 
Wednesday, November 13, 7pm

All About Cymbals 
Choosing the right cymbal can be tough with so many available options. Join us Wednesday to discuss how to choose the best cymbal for your performance needs.
Wednesday, November 20, 7pm

Recording Made Easy for GarageBand
The entry-level course includes an intro to computer recording, signal flow, microphone techniques and more.
 Saturday, November 2, 10am

Recording Made Easy for ProTools 
Learn how to work with audio in Pro Tools, including explaining features and menu options.
Saturday, November 9, 10am

Recording Made Easy for iPad
 Join us Saturday to learn how to get the most out of your iPad as a music creation tool.
Saturday, November 16, 10am 
Saturday, November 23, 10am

Drum Circle 
With an emphasis on fun and self-expression, this all-ages 45-minute course introduces rhythm, improvisation and ensemble playing. Instruments will be provided, and you may bring your own.
Saturday, November 2, 11am 
Saturday, November 9, 11am 
Saturday, November 16, 11am 
Saturday, November 23, 11am.

On Thursday nights, visit Studio 1212, 1212 East 10th Street, from 8pm to midnight, for a collaborative Arts Happening. Participants don’t always know too far in advance what artists will be featured, but, generally, there is live music, a DJ, visual art to participate in, and more. There might be poetry readings, drumming, hooping, fire juggling, painting, crafts, aerial dancing. Stop by and see what’s going on.

Every Saturday morning, Welcome Home Veterans at Richard’s Coffee Shop, at 128 South Main Street in Mooresville, hosts a popular bluegrass jam session from 9am to 12pm. Come to play or just listen. Richard’s Coffee Shop also houses a Living Military Museum. The jam session is free, but donations from both listeners and musicians go toward the museum. Read more about the Living Military Museum. It’s become a place that not only holds vast amounts of military memorabilia, but also functions as a gathering spot for veterans.

November 11, 2013

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, at 115 West 7th at North Tryon Street, is bringing back free lunchtime concerts. The concerts will be held at noon on six dates from September, 2013, through May, 2014. Take a look at the concert series poster to see details on all the performances. You’ll notice that the same music ensembles will also present extended versions of the performances at St. Alban’s Church in Davidson. There is a small fee for those performances. The free St. Peter’s dates are:

Monday, September 16: Bach Fest
 Monday, November 11: French Café Music

Monday, February 10: The Music House Chamber Players

Monday, March 10: Thistledown Tinkers

Monday, April 7: North Carolina Baroque Orchestra

Monday, May 5: Feed the Spirit, Feed the Soul

November 13, 2013

ArtFusion: Journey to India
 Wednesday, November 13, Mint Museum Uptown. 
Be captivated by the vibrancy of India. Join us for an evening of performances, music and hands-on activities. Explore the influences of Indian art in Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939.

Baskin-Robbins is offering BOGO sundaes on Wednesdays through December 18th, 2013. Buy a one-scoop or two-scoop sundae and get another, of equal or lesser value, free.

"Writing , of course, comes from reading and nobody can write well who does not read much." Our very own Bonnie Buckingham will cover living books, narrating, dictation , and the habit of attention in mind at our next CMeLearn gathering. Mark your calendars, 6:30 Tuesday November 12. Bonnie, a local treasure and teacher in the ways of CM, is also a gifted presenter, sharing her love of little persons at Childlight, and beyond. I hope you will join us for a lively presentation and discussion in my home. Contact me privately for directions, and to rsvp. amy

Don't forget to mark your calendars for CPCC Opera Theatre and CPCC Theatre's co-production of Les Miserables in November!

November 15,16,17,19,20,21,22,23,24, Halton Theater, CPCC Uptown. Call the Box Office at 704-330-6534 Monday - Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Email: [email protected] $18.00 Orchestra $16.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Balcony $14.00 Rear Balcony

In Union County at The Batte Center, Wingate University Nov 23, Sat @ 7:30 pm -- 

From The Top PRESENTED AT McGee Theatre SPONSORED BY Bank of America and WDAV Classical Radio TICKETS $28, $15

From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians. You may have heard From the Top on NPR on Sunday afternoons. This is a celebration of the brightest and most talented young musicians in America today. And it's being taped right here near Charlotte! If you live in Union County, consider attending. I'm sure you won't be sorry.

UNCC Student Recital Calendar:

Fri. November 1, 6:00 PM Kieran Fell Senior Flute Recital Person Recital Hall

Fri. November 8, 6:00 PM Ryan Petersburg Junior Trumpet Recital Kenan Rehearsal Hall

Fri. November 15, 7:00 PM Amelia Ward Senior Voice Recital Person Recital Hall

Sat. November 16, 6:00 PM Charlotte Jackson Junior Voice Recital Person Recital Hall

Sun. November 17, 6:00 PM Kayla Hill Junior Voice Recital Person Recital Hall

Tues. November 19, 9:00 PM Michael Lee Sophomore Violin Recital Person Recital Hall

Fri. November 22, 5:00 PM Ledah Finck Sophomore Violin Recital Person Recital Hall

Fri. November 22, 7:00 PM Anna Barson String Quartet Recital Person Recital Hall

Sat. November 23, 2:00 PM Emily Pate Junior Flute Recital Person Recital Hall

Sat. November 23, 4:00 PM Ashley Dean Senior Voice Recital Person Recital Hall

Sat. November 23, 6:00 PM Brett Cox Senior Trombone Recital Kenan, Rehearsal Hall

Sun. November 24, 5:00 PM Matthew Kilby Junior Percussion Recital Kenan, Rehearsal Hall

Sun. November 24, 6:00 PM Kei Kurosu Senior Violin Recital Person Recital Hall


Reedy Creek Eco Race

Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Get ready to test your will and wit. This race series will teach you to track and navigate using compasses, GPS, and your senses. Don’t forget your thinking caps, you’ll need them! Closed toed shoes required. Ages 10 and Up FREE Must call 704-432-6460 to register. 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Budding Adventures

Date: Monday, November 4, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Calling all kids and parents! Discover the fall plants and animals. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more we will learn about plant-life, animals and their homes, weather, and more. Parent participation encouraged. Ages 3 and Up FREE Must call 704-432-6460 to register. 10:00am to 11:00am

Weekday Wanderers

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Join us once a month as we wander around the Carolinas discovering the natural world around us. We will focus on the diversity of life found in each ecosystem. Participants must be able to hike 5 - 7 miles over uneven terrain. Table Rock State Park 9/28/13 Tanawha Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway 10/19/13 Eno River State Park 11/16/13 Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 18 and older $12/person 8am-8pm

Stars and Dough Boys

Date: Friday, November 8, 2013 Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Start the night off with a delicious treat around the campfire. Dough Boys hot and fresh! When the stars finally come out, get to see them up close with our powerful telescopes. Ages 6 and Older FREE Must call 704-432-6460 to register.

Natural Beauty

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Nature can inspire all sorts of creativity! Explore your artistic side and create some amazing art using natural materials. Paint with twigs, make stamps with leaves, and create some all natural art right here in the preserve. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages.

Nature Story Corner

Date: Monday, November 11, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature! After the story we will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Ages 3 and Up FREE Must call 704-432-6460 to register. 10:00am to 11:00am

BioDiversity Hikes

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Once a month we will journey toward a different location around the Carolinas to explore the Natural World around us. We will focus on the Biodiversity of each unique ecosystem. These hikes are typically 5 - 7 miles in length, traveling over uneven terrain. Participants must be in good physical shape. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. $12 Table Rock State Park 9/28/13 Tanawha Trail: Blue Ridge Parkway 10/19/13 Eno River State Park 11/16/13

Reedy's Animals Meet and Greet

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Come and encounter Reedy’s animals close up and ask those questions you been dying to know the answer to. There might even be the opportunity to touch some of these creatures! Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All ages 2-3 pm Free

Slimy Salamanders

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Come discover why these slippery little creatures are not only beautiful, but also an important part of the environment. We’ll meet some animals up close, read a salamander story, and go on a hike to explore their habitat. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All Ages Free 2-3pm

The Art of Papermaking

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Come and learn how to make your own paper. We will recycle old paper into new paper that can be used for note cards and letters. You can bring paper from your own recycling bin to use. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and up. Free.

Fall Tree ID

Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Fall is the most colorful time of year. Come and learn the reason leaves change color and how to identify native trees by their leaves. Be prepared to walk 1-2 miles on uneven trails. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 8 and older.

Gratitude Hikes

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Join a naturalist as we explore the preserve and connect with our gratitude for natural places (plus we will walk off some of that Turkey dinner). Must be able to walk 3 miles to 5 miles on uneven terrain. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. Ages 6 and older.

Night Tree Tradition

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: Reedy Creek Nature Center, Charlotte, NC Join us on this special day as we read the classic Eve Bunting tale, Night Tree. Night Tree tells the story of one family’s special holiday tradition and celebrates the special bond of a family and of nature. After the reading we will create animal friendly ornaments and walk to our own special place in the forest to place them on a tree for all the animals to enjoy. Must call 704-432-6460 to register. All Ages FREE 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Children's Woodland Walk

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM · Other dates and times Venue: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Charlotte, NC Have some young ones in your life you'd like to share nature and plants with? Join Kathy to explore our neck of the woods with your 4-8 year old in our "Woodland Walk" program that includes a story, nature & plant exploration and a mini-pumpkin craft project. We will begin at the McMillan Greenhouse and parents are welcome to participate or return to pick up their child at 3 pm. Please email Kathy to register, [email protected]


Quotations above from Charlotte Mason's Series at and several announcements above also available from

Newsletter -- October 2013

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Charlotte Mason in Charlotte October Newsletter

The last Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival  on teaching Languages

The most recent Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival on teaching Art and Music

These two links contain several OTHER links to Charlotte Mason educator blogs on the subjects listed. Every time you go to a CM Blog Carnival, you get at least five and often closer to 15 links to various blogs. They are ALL centered on either Learning Languages or Teaching Art and Music this month. It's a great and trusted source for all CM Educators. 


The Household Book

Charlotte Mason recommended that every student keep a variety of notebooks. My friend Laurie Bestvater has a book coming out on the subject of Miss Mason's notebooks. I can't wait for you all to read it. Here is a look at just one of the many notebooks. It's called a Household Book or an "Enquire Within." Take a peek, and maybe your students will also fill a journal with all sorts of household knowledge and information. Enjoy!

From vol 5, pp 259-261 Formation of Character:


I have left little space to glance at the pursuits and occupations proper for young women at home. It is becoming rather usual on the Continent, and, to some extent at home, for the schools to instruct young ladies in the duties of household economy––an invasion, perhaps, of the mother's province. Every woman should understand, and know how to perform, every duty of cooking or cleaning, mending or making, proper to a house; and a regular, practical course of training under her mother's eye might well occupy an hour or two of the girl's morning. May I suggest the great use and value of a household book, in which the young housekeeper notes down exactly how to do everything, from the scouring of a floor to the making of an omelet, either as she has done it herself, or has watched it being done, with the little special wrinkles that every household gathers. Such an "Enquire Within" should be invaluable hereafter, as containing personal experiences, and should enable her to speak with authority to cook or housemaid who "Never saw it done like that, ma'am." The ordering of dinners, setting of tables, entire management for a short time of the affairs of a house, will all have place in this training in domestic economy.

Where there is still a nursery, the home daughter has a great advantage, for the right regulation of the nursery in all that pertains to cleanliness, ventilation, brightness, health, happiness is a science in itself; and where there is no longer one at home, it is worth while for her to get some practical knowledge of details at the hands of a friend who has a well-regulated nursery. As for sewing, every woman should know how to cut out and make all garments for herself and her children up to a full-grown dress, and it is worth while to learn how to cut out and make even that scientifically; so here is another art in which the young lady at home must needs serve her apprenticeship. At the same time, an hour's brisk needlework at a time is as much as should commonly be expected of her; for while almost every other sort of household occupation affords, healthful muscular action, to sit long at her needle is not good for a young girl.

Besides, she has not unlimited time to sew; her education has only been begun so far, and must be kept up, and she must acquire habits of intellectual effort on her own account. She should have an hour or two in the morning for solid reading. English literature is almost an untrodden field for her; she has much history to read––ancient, mediaeval, modern,––all of which would be read the more profitably in the light of current history. She has learnt to read French and German, and now is her time to get some acquaintance with French and German literature. She will probably find it necessary to limit the reading of novels to the best, those which have become classics, except on occasion of a bad cold, or toothache, or for an idle half-hour after dinner. It is very helpful to read with a commonplace book or reading-diary, in which to put down any striking thought in your author, or your own impression of the work, or of any part of it; but not summaries of facts. Such a diary, carefully kept through life, should be exceedingly interesting as containing the intellectual history of the writer; besides, we never forget the book that we have made extracts from, and of which we have taken the trouble to write a short review.

Two or three hours of the afternoon should be given to vigorous out-of-door exercise, to a long country walk, if not to tennis, cricket, etc. The walk is interesting in proportion as it has an object, and here the student of botany has a great advantage. At almost every season there is something to be seen in some out-of-the-way spot, to make up the list of specimens illustrating an order. The girl who is neither a botanist nor an artist may find an object for her walk in the catching of some aspect of nature, some bit of landscape, to describe in writing. The little literary effort should be both profitable and pleasant, and such a record should be a dear possession in after days. 

It is evident that the young lady at home has so much in hand, without taking social claims into consideration, that she can have no time for dawdling, and, indeed, will have to make a time-table for herself and map out her day carefully to get as much into it as she wishes.

The pursuits we have indicated are all, more or less, with a view to self-culture; but they will become both more profitable and more pleasant if they can be proposed to the girl as labours of love and service. Household duties and needlework will, of course, be helpful in the home; but all her occupations, and especially her music, even her walks and reading, can be laid under contribution for the family good, or for that of her neighbours, rich or poor. The girl who knows something of wild-flowers or birds, for example, is popular as a walking companion with persons of all sorts and conditions. Sunday-school teaching, cottage visiting, some sort of regular, painstaking, even laborious effort for the ignorant, the distressed, should be a part of every girl's life, a duty not to be put aside lightly for other claims. For it is only in doing, that we learn to do; through service, that we learn to serve; and it is more and more felt that a life of service is the Christian, and even the womanly, ideal life.



Robert Frost

Robert Frost wrote a number of Autumn poems, and October is the perfect month to read them! Grab a mug of warm, spicy apple cider, and step outside for some poetry time with the great Robert Frost!


Autumn Poems by Robert Frost (Great page! With audio readings and video)


In Hardwood Groves by Robert Frost

The same leaves over and over again!

They fall from giving shade above

To make one texture of faded brown

And fit the earth like a leather glove.

Before the leaves can mount again

To fill the trees with another shade,

They must go down past things coming up.

They must go down into the dark decayed.

They must be pierced by flowers and put

Beneath the feet of dancing flowers.

However it is in some other world

I know that this is way in ours.


Why Do Leaves Turn Colors in the Fall?

According to Nancy Gray, a park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, more than 1.2 million people visited the 800-square-mile sylvan paradise in the southern Appalachians in October 2000, "mostly on weekends and in the last two weeks of the month" when leaf color peaks. "We have more than 100 species of native trees, most of which change color," Gray says. "It's pretty spectacular." Combine leaf color with blue skies and clear vistas, and "people do come to the mountains now." If a million people visited Great Smoky in October, a lot more turned out nationwide.

Gray says the demographics of fall visitors also changes compared to summer tourists: she sees fewer kids. Oohing and ahhing over leaves is something adults like to do, without distractions from bored children whose idea of a weekend away centers on water slides, fast food, and noise.

Explaining How is Easy

Leaves turn color as perennial broad leaf trees and shrubs prepare for winter, when they're dormant. The change is part of a suite of responses, including declining cell division in the vascular cambium whose stem cells, or initials, generate secondary xylem and phloem, the stem's plumbing system. Like any organism, plants sense changes in the environment--in this case, increasing night length. But leaf color intensity is also affected by cool temperatures and moisture supply.

One of the ways plants protect themselves and conserve water in winter is to jettison tender leaves, whose high surface to volume ratio makes for good photosynthesis but renders leaves sensitive to freezing and desiccation. So, as night length increases in late summer and fall, leaves senesce. The chloroplast bound system of photosynthetic proteins and pigments disorganizes and degrades, leading to the eventual disappearance of green chlorophyll. In the final coup de grace, a specialized layer of cells called an abscission zone forms across the stem-like base of the leaf, or petiole. The zone acts like a weak link; in response to wind and gravity, the leaf breaks off and falls.

Look out over a fall forest and you'll see two basic mechanisms of color change. In oaks, hickories, and tulip trees, the receding green chlorophyll unmasks yellow and orange accessory pigments called carotenoids and xanthophylls, which normally function as antennae to funnel light energy to photosynthetic reaction centers, and to draw off excess energy that could damage the system. The pigments are lipid soluble and reside in degrading chloroplasts.

Other trees and shrubs, including dogwood and sugar maple, turn red and purple due to synthesis of water soluble pigments housed in another organelle, the vacuole. Plants make leaf anthocyanins, belonging to the flavonoid family of pigments, from sugar synthesized during bright autumn days.


Events and Activities:

Siskey Home School Knitting Club - Matthews

FREE for all Ages and Abilities

Home school Children and Parents: Please join us on Monday mornings at 9:20AM for a Home School Knitting Club starting at the end of this month.

Miss Jean will be sharing her love and talent for knitting with our home school community as the facilitator of this club. She has been knitting since she was a 2 year old girl growing up in England and will begin by teaching her students how to knit scarves for holiday gifts. After introducing the basic knit stitch, she will then move on to purling, ribbing, casting on and binding off.

Participants should provide a size 7 or 8 U.S. needle and their favorite color of yarn size 4.


October 7

Scones and Bones British Mystery Book Club

in Matthews, Start Time: 3:00 PM End Time: 4:15 PM Join Scones 'n Bones to read the latest and classic British and European mystery books and for a fun and lively discussion. Library: Matthews Location: Community Room Contact: Rosanne Losee Contact Number: 704-416-5000


October 8

William S. Newman Artists Series: Faculty Recital, "Music for Solo Marimba"

Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC Charlotte, 7:30 PM


October 10

Scholarship Benefit Concert: UNC Symphony Orchestra

Memorial Hall, UNC Charlotte, 7:30 PM


Th October 10

1230pm Bryant Hall, CPCC Uptown, Applied Music Mid-Term Recital 1


Fri October 11 | Sat October 12



Karen Gomyo, Violin

8:00 pm

Belk Theater


October 11

Guest Artist Recital: "Works by Jacob, Hartley, and a world premiere by William Price"

Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC Charlotte, 8:00 PM


October 11

RedSky Gallery will open a new exhibit on Oct. 11 that will feature 94 paintings that highlight the diversity of Mecklenburg County’s greenways and benefit the Carolina Thread Trail.

The exhibit, called Through the Seasons: Charlotte’s Greenways,​ will include artwork from a group of artists called PARTners that captures the natural beauty of Mecklenburg County’s greenways and how people are using them for fitness, relaxation, exploration, and to connect to nature. The art highlights a variety of artistic styles ranging from realistic to abstract.

RedSky Gallery will donate 10 percent of the exhibit’s proceeds to The Carolina Thread Trail, a nonprofit organization advancing a 15-county connected regional trail network.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, from 6 p.m. -8:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through Nov. 9, 2013.

RedSky Gallery is located at 1523 Elizabeth Ave. in Charlotte.


October 13

William S. Newman Artist Series: Faculty Recital "Sonatas and Trios by Mendelssohn"

Person Recital Hall, UNC Charlotte, 3:00 PM


October 15

Scholarship Benefit Concert • UNC Wind Ensemble and UNC Symphony Band

Memorial Hall, UNC Charlotte, 7:30 PM


Th October 17

\1230pm Bryant Hall, CPCC Uptown, Applied Music Mid-Term Recital 2


F October 18

1230pm Tate Hall, CPCC Uptown, Charlotte Concerts Presents The Van Cliburn Winner in a Meet the Artist Session -- The Van Cliburn Competition is a huge deal. You need to come to this! And then come see the performance, too. You will not be sorry. 


F October 18

8pm Halton Theater, CPCC Uptown, Charlotte Concerts Presents The Van Cliburn Winner in performance


October 18

McDowell Nature Center's Nature at Night Festival

The festival is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and free to attend.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy nature hikes, hayrides, games and campfire hot dogs ($1 each).

The festival will also include Ramona Moore, an internationally renowned speaker and storyteller as well as an oral historian and Legend Keeper from the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina.

The first 100 guests will receive a FREE gift!

For more information call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224.


October 20 

Sssensational Snake

All Ages • FREE

Are all snakes venomous? What do they like to eat? why do snakes shed their skin? Get up close and personal with the snakes at Reedy Creek and answer this questions and more.


October 23 

Electroacoustic Music Concert

Person Recital Hall, UNC Charlotte, 7:30 PM


October 24 

Guest Artist Recital & Masterclass

Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNC Charlotte, 7:30 PM


Th October 24

1230pm Tate Hall, CPCC Uptown, Bechtler Ensemble


Thursday, October 24

Naturalist Led Hike

6 - 7:30 pm • Ages 16 and up • Free - Register

Join a naturalist for a guided hike along the trails of Reedy Creek. We will hike at a moderate pace stopping along the way to observe, explore and appreciate nature. Must be able to hike 3+ miles on uneven terrain.


Friday, October 25 

Creepy Crawly Celebration, 6-8 pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC, 704-432-6460


October 25

BACHTOBERFEST! Christopher Warren-Green, Conducting

Date: 10/25/2013 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Knight Theater Cost: $29.00


Calin Lupanu, violin

Joseph Meyer, violin

Elizabeth Landon, flute

Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Charlotte Symphony and masterworks by German composers Mozart, Wagner, Bach and Schubert plus a pre-concert Festival and free beer sampling.


Saturday, October 26

Spinning Spiders and Creepy Crawlers at the Charlotte Nature Museum

Event runs 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Activities are free with Museum Admission

It’s a hauntingly good time that is a little spooky, but not-too-scary. Enjoy Halloween treats and learn about all of our little friends that scurry underfoot.

Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Creature Features are supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. Programming includes crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.


Sunday, October 27

Be a Naturalist

 2-3 pm • All Ages • FREE Register

Learn the observation skills and tools of a naturalist. On this hike you will use all of your senses and scientific tools to discover a side of nature you never knew!


We would like to invite you to a meeting at Amber Benton's house on Tuesday Oct 29th at 7pm for a discussion about Parents and Children (Volume 2).

We will be discussing the material in Chapters 1 The Family & 2 Parents as Rulers. Specifically the following sections from Chapter 1: The Family must be Social, Serve Poorer Neighbors, and Serve the Nation and from Chapter 2: The Limits and Scope of Parental Authority.


We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

W October 30

730pm Halton Theater, CPCC Uptown, CSO on Campus The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Concert


Th October 31

1230pm Tate Hall, CPCC Uptown, Jame Easteppe and Jeremy Polley EP Guitar Duo recital


Last but definitely not least -- a preview of November's events and activities!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for CPCC Opera Theatre and CPCC Theatre's co-production of Les Miserables in November!

November 15,16,17,19,20,21,22,23,24, Halton Theater, CPCC Uptown

Call the Box Office at 704-330-6534 Monday - Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Email: [email protected]

$18.00 Orchestra

$16.00 Rear Orchestra/Front Balcony

$14.00 Rear Balcony


In Union County at The Batte Center, Wingate University

Nov 23, Sat @ 7:30 pm



Bank of America and WDAV Classical Radio TICKETS

$28, $15 From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians.

You may have heard From the Top on NPR on Sunday afternoons. This is a celebration of the brightest and most talented young musicians in America today. And it's being taped right here near Charlotte! If you live in Union County, consider attending. I'm sure you won't be sorry.


"Writing , of course, comes from reading and nobody can write well who does not read much." Our very own Bonnie Buckingham will cover living books, narrating, dictation , and the habit of attention in mind at our next CMeLearn gathering. Mark your calendars, 6:30 Tuesday November 12. Bonnie, a local treasure and teacher in the ways of CM, is also a gifted presenter, sharing her love of little persons at Childlight, and beyond. I hope you will join us for a lively presentation and discussion in my home. Contact me privately for directions, and to rsvp. amy

Newsletter -- September 2013

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St. Simeon Stylite


Nature Study in September

Schedule of Events

A.D. 592.

St. SimeonStylite,  A.D. 592.

Stylite -- an ascetic monk living on top of a pillar, especially in ancient or medieval Syria, Turkey, and Greece beginning in the 5th century AD.


THIS saint was born at Antioch in 512, and retired, when yet a child, into the monastery of Thaumistore, or the Admirable Mountain, situated in the deserts of Syria, near Antioch. For several years, he served a holy hermit who was a monk of the same place, and lived not far from the community upon a pillar. Simeon laboured with his whole strength to be a faithful imitator of all his virtues.

Meeting one day with a young leopard, and not knowing what it was, he put a rope about its neck, and thus brought it to his master, saying he had found a cat. The good hermit, seeing the furious beast tamely obeying a child, began to conceive greater thoughts of him: and not long after, in 526, having had sufficient experience of his fervour, ordered him to make a pillar, and to live upon it. The youth obeyed, as if it had been the voice of God, and lived successively upon two pillars, within the inclosure of the monastery, threescore and eight years in great austerity, and in the exercises of assiduous contemplation. God manifested his sanctity by a great number of miracles, which he performed chiefly in curing the sick, foretelling things to come, and knowing the most secret thoughts of others. Evagrius, the historian, was an eye-witness to many, and assures us that he had experienced his knowledge of the thoughts of others in himself when he visited him for spiritual advice.

A great concourse of people of all nations, as well Romans as Barbarians, resorted to this eminent servant of God, who was honoured by the whole world, particularly by the emperor Mauritius. When the Samaritans effaced the holy images that were in the churches, St. Simeon wrote to the emperor Justin in defence of the respect which is due to them. This letter is quoted by St. John Damascen, and by the second council of Nice.

The saint fell ill about the year 592, and Gregory, the patriarch of Antioch, being informed that he was at the point of death, went in all haste to assist at his last moments; but, before he arrived, St. Simeon had departed to the Lord. He is honoured by the Greeks on the 24th of May, and by the Latins on the 3rd of September.

The fervour of the saints in bewailing their sins, in singing the divine praises, and in sighing after the glorious society of the heavenly spirits, made them seem to forget all concerns of the world. In these heavenly exercises they found the greatest delights and the most holy and pure joy. The great St. Antony, having spent the whole night in prayer, when the morning called him to other duties was heard to lament that the rising sun interrupted the sweet entertainment of his soul with God: though by recollection and frequent aspirations at his manual labour and other employments, he in some measure continued his prayer the whole day. What a reproach is the holy ardour of the saints to our sloth, delicacy, and self-love! How loudly does the pillar of St. Simeon condemn our indolence! Nature, it is true, is weak, and stands in need of some relief: but if a lazy, unwilling mind is to be judged of its want of strength, the judgment will be partial in favour of our passions.

FromEvagrius, Hist. l. 5, c. 21, p. 448, and l. 6, c. 23, p. 471, with the notes ofReading and W. Lowth, ibid. Cambridge, 1720. Jos. Assemani. Comm. in Cal. Univ.Also Janning, t. 5, Maij, p. 298.

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volume 5


"Poetry takes first rank as a means of intellectual culture. Goethe tells us that we ought to see a good picture, hear good music, and read some good poetry every day; and, certainly, a little poetry should form part of the evening lecture. "Collections" of poems are to be eschewed; but some one poet should have at least a year to himself, that he may have time to do what is in him towards cultivating the seeing eye, the hearing ear, the generous heart.

"Scott, of course, here as before, opens the ball, if only for the chivalry, the youthful enthusiasm of his verse. Then, there is always a stirring story in the poem, which is a recommendation to the young reader. Cowper, who does not tell many stories, is read with pleasure by boys and girls almost as soon as they begin to care for Scott; the careful, truthful word-painting of The Task, unobscured by poetic fancies, appears to suit the matter-of-fact young mind. It is pleasant, too, to know poetry which there are frequent opportunities of verifying:--

"Now from the roost, or from the neighb'ring pale,

Come trooping, at the housewife's well-known call,

The feather'd tribes domestic:"--

who that has ever been in the country has not seen that? Goldsmith, and some others, take their places beside Cowper, to be read or not, as occasion offers. It is doubtful if Milton, sublime as he is, is so serviceable for the culture of the "unlearned and ignorant" as are some less distinguished poets; he gets out of reach, into regions of scholarship and fancy, where these fail to follow. Nevertheless, Milton must be duly read; the effort to follow his"high themes" is culture in itself. Also, "Christopher North" is right; good music and fine poetry need not be understood to be enjoyed:--

Together both, ere the high lawns appeared

Under the opening eyelids of the morn,

We drove a-field, and both together heard

What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,

Battening our flocks with the fresh dews of night,

Oft till the star, that rose at evening bright,

Toward heaven's descent had sloped his westering wheel:"--

the youth who carries about with him such melodious cadences will not readily be taken with tinsel. The epithets of Lycidas alone are an education ofthe poetic sense.

"Many of us will feel that Wordsworth is the poet to read, and grow thereby. He, almost more than any other English poet of the last century, has proved himself a power, and a power for good, making for whatever is true, pure, simple, teachable; for what is supersensuous, at any rate, if not spiritual.

"The adventures of Una and her tardy, finally victorious knight offer great food for the imagination, lofty teaching, and fine culture of the poetic sense. It is a misfortune to grow up without having read and dreamt over the Faerie Queene.

"There is no space to glance at even the few poets each of whom should have his share in the work of cultivating the mind. After the ploughing and harrowing, the seed will be appropriated by a process of natural selection; this poet will draw disciples here, that, elsewhere; but it is the part of parents to bring the minds of their children under the influence of the highest, purest poetic thought we have. As for Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, and others of the "lords of language," it may be well to let them wait this same process of selection.

"And Shakespeare? He, indeed, is not to be classed, and timed, and treated as one amongst others,--he, who might well be the daily bread of the intellectual life; Shakespeare is not to be studied in a year; he is to be read continuously throughout life, from ten years old and onwards. But a child often cannot understand Shakespeare. No; but can a man of fifty? Is not our great poet rather an ample feast of which every one takes according to his needs, and leaves what he has no stomach for? A little girl of nine said to me the other day that she had only read one play of Shakespeare's through, and that was A Midsummer Night's Dream. She did not understand the play, of course, but she must have found enough to amuse and interest her. How would it be to have a monthly reading of Shakespeare--a play, to be read in character, and continued for two or three evenings until it is finished? The Shakespeare evening would come to be looked on as a family fiesta; and the plays, read again and again, year after year, would yield more at each reading, and would leave behind in the end rich deposits of wisdom.

"It is unnecessary to say a word about the great later poets, Browning,Tennyson, and whoever else stands out from the crowd; each will secure his own following of young disciples from amongst those who have had the poetic taste developed; and to develop this appreciative power, rather than to direct its use, is the business of the parents.

"So much for the evening readings, which will in themselves carry on the intellectual culture we have in view: given, the right book, family sympathy in the reading of it, and easy talk about it, and the rest will take care of itself.

"The evening readings should be entertaining, and not of a kind to demand severe mental effort; but the long holidays are too long for mere intellectual dawdling. Every Christmas and summer vacation should be marked by the family reading of some great work of literary renown, whether of history, or purely of belles lettres. The daily reading and discussion of one such work will give meaning and coherence to the history "grind" of the school, will keep up a state of mental activity, and will add zest to the general play and leisure of the holidays.

"Yet be it confessed, that in the matter of reading, this sort of spoon-feeding is not the best thing, after all. Far better would it be that the young people should seek out their own pastures, the parents doing no more than keep a judicious eye upon their rovings. But the fact is, young people are so taken up with living, that, as a rule, they do not read nowadays; and it is possible that a course of spoon-meat may help them over an era of feeble digestive power, and put them in the way of finding their proper intellectual nourishment."

Nature Study in September -- This is a clip from a school where they are getting kids out of the classroom and outside in nature once a week. In September, here in Charlotte, it is much like summer with just the edge of the heat taken off the top of the summer weather until much later in the month. But you can still spot a few leaves turning if you try hard!

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!  ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880



I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains:  The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938



What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!  ~Logan Pearsall Smith



Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear



How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!  ~John Muir



Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  ~George Washington Carver

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Schedule of Events

Saturdays in September, educators plus one guest each, may visit any of the Discovery Place family of museums for free. These include Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place Kids Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids Rockingham. You don’t have to register in advance. Just register at Admissions with a valid school ID, and you plus one guest will be admitted free. Homeschoolers, bring proof of status. You will receive a packet including the new Educator Guides, special coupons and a chance to win a free field trip to for your class.


Yiasou Greek Festival 9/5/13 – 9/8/13  

The Yiasou Greek Festival, one of Charlotte’s most popular and longest-running festivals, will be back, Thursday, September 5th, 2012, to Sunday, September 8th. It’s still a bargain at $3 (free for kids 12 and under) but bring some bucks for the delicious food, the highlight of the festival for many people. Other activities include tours of the church; music and dancing; Children’s Playland with rides; a Greek cultural exhibit; and lectures on classical Greek culture. Kids can even get their picture taken with a Spartan warrior.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

600 East Boulevard

11 am – 9 pm Thursday, September 5th

11 am – 10 pm Friday, September 6th

11 am – 10 pm Saturday, September 7th

12 noon – 8 pm on Sunday, September 8th



Hornets' Nest Rug Hooking Meeting

Monday, Sep 9 10:00ato2:00p

Hornets' Nest Rug Hookers, a chapter of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, will meet on September 9, 2013 from 10-2 at Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. We welcome visiting rug hookers and those who would like to learn more about traditional rug hooking. Contact Mary Calder 704-849-9803 or Carole Pyle [email protected] for more information.


Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra

CSYO - Festival in the Park   Sunday, September 22, 2013

2:00pm, Freedom Park


The Planets Christopher Warren-Green, Conducting      

Date: 9/27/2013 - 9/28/2013

Time: 8:00 pm Location: Belk Theater

Cost: $19.50 - $83.50     

Lukas Vondracek, piano

Oratorio Singers of Charlotte Women's Chorus

BRITTEN The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2

HOLST The Planets


Every Saturday morning, Welcome Home Veterans at Richard’s Coffee Shop, at 128 South Main Street in Mooresville, hosts a popular bluegrass jam session from 9am to 12pm. Come to play or just listen. Richard’s Coffee Shop also houses a Living Military Museum. The jam session is free, but donations from both listeners and musicians go toward the museum.