Davidson celebrates Town Day

DAVIDSON — Residents are invited to Davidson Town Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3 on the town green.

The 43rd annual event features Davidson organizations and businesses and offers games like a dunking booth and a bounce house, plus music, entertainment and food.

Lululemon of Birkdale will lead a yoga class at 10 a.m. on the green followed by a tai chi class by Joe Higgins 11-11:30 a.m. Both classes are free.

People can also register for the new emergency alert and notification system, get helmet fittings done by the Cabarrus Health Alliance Active Routes to School and learn about alternative routes to school to use during Walk and Bike to School Day on May 7.

Officers from the Davidson Police Department will educate people on pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety; register pets with proof of rabies inoculation; accept expired and unused medicine or worn U.S. and N.C. flags; and register residents for Vial of Life to put medical information in during emergency situations.

Davidson fire trucks will also be displayed in the library parking lot at Lorimer Road.

To celebrate National Bike Month, attendees are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to Town Day. Police officers will ensure safety at major intersections. 


Birkdale Village showcases fine art

HUNTERSVILLE – Artists from around the country will journey to Birkdale Village to weave a tapestry of extraordinary, original handcrafted artwork at the second annual Lake Norman Fine Art Festival.  

Choose from among the most creative and original works of art in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics and woodworking.

The Lake Norman Fine Art Festival takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 10 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11 at Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville. Admission is free. 

Buyers get the opportunity to meet the artisan that created the work. Learn of their path to becoming an artist, how they honed and perfected their skills and how the specific pieces were created.

Details: http://paragonartevents.com/charlotte/index.html.


Festival blends brews, grooves

HUNTERSVILLE – The fourth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival will feature Green Sky Bluegrass, Sol Driven Train, Big Daddy Love, Jessie Dee, Spirit Family Reunion and the John Stickley Trio, as well as the state’s top brewers and breweries.

The event will be held May 10 at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

This year, the festival will host a special “Campers Concert” the night before the festival featuring The Reckoning, performing the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 album and Hit or Miss, performing songs from the Wood Brothers and Avett Brothers. The Campers Concert is only for registered campers.

Onsite camping is available by reservation and can be made on the festival website.

The festival is a family event and has under-21 tickets available.

There will be free tastings, great music, food and merchandise.

Details: www.ncbrewsmusic.com or 704-875-3113.


Rough Draft to perform a concert

DAVIDSON – Charlotte-based Rough Draft will perform the next installment of the Town of Davidson’s Concerts on the Green series.

The rhythm and blues variety band features dance hits from artists like Michael Jackson, Gloria Gaynor, The Gap Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Kool and the Gang.

The concert takes place 6-8 p.m. May 4 on the Village Green.

This year’s series features a variety of talented musicians, including long-time favorite The Band of Oz on June 8 and Beatles tribute band The Back Beat on Aug. 3. 

Details: www.concertsonthegreen.com.


Davidson Community Players presents free family shows

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players offers free community shows by its Ensemble Workshops that are fun for the entire family.

“Peter Pan,” adapted and directed by Wrenn Goodrum, starts at 7 p.m. May 2 and at 1 and 4 p.m. May 3 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. The shows are appropriate for all ages.

Donations will be taken at the door to support future youth programming. Ensemble Workshop productions focus on the development of the youth actor through the production process.

Details: www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org or 704-892-7953.


Bella Love presents ‘Tawba Walk Music and Arts Festival

CORNELIUS – Bella Love is presenting ‘Tawba Walk Music and Arts Festival it’s seventh run to the historic section of Cornelius.

The ‘Tawba Walk is a street festival that features performers, artisans, craft beer and sponsors.

All participants have originated or are headquartered in Lake Norman or the greater Charlotte region.

The event, once held quarterly, happens twice a year with monthly second Friday Art Crawl filling the need for regular, re-occurring community art and entertainment festivals for the area.

The ‘Tawba Walk will be held May 17 beginning at Brick Row, 21325 Catawba Ave.

Bella Love invites the public to Brick Row prior to the event to visit the gallery and view the current exhibition “Convergence” and learn more about the ‘Tawba Walk.