Children’s story by slave mammy available for download

HUNTERSVILLE – Lizzie was a slave mammy to Albert McCoy's (1843-1925) 12 children.

It isn’t known if she and her husband, Jim, had children of their own, but her stories and rhymes have been passed down for generations.

One of Lizzie’s stories, “The Old Bad Man,” was written down by a McCoy descendent, Arrington, in seventh grade.

Original illustrations have been donated by Elena Michel. The children’s storybook is available as a free download via

Sing along as the little boy plays the horn for his three dogs: Junga, German and Ring. Follow him on his journey through the woods to the mill where he meets a squirrel, opossum and raccoon.

The Old Bad Man is hungry, but can Junga, German and Ring save the little boy before he's cooked into supper?

St. Mark’s Episcopal is responsible for the McCoy Slave Cemetery – one of two existing in the county. It strives to raise awareness about the antebellum period and promote multiculturalism in the Charlotte area.


Auxiliary to host Miss May's Garden Tea

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill's Rural Retreat Auxiliary will present a garden tea honoring Miss May Davidson, benefactress of the Rural Hill Cultural Center.

The event takes place 2-4 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Historic Rural Hill Cultural Center. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served along with teas and other drinks. Seating is limited. 

Tickets cost $15 per adult and $7 per well behaved, supervised child. Proceeds will support Auxiliary projects at Historic Rural Hill. 

Details: or 704-875-3113.


Film series screens new flick

CORNELIUS – The next Indies+Docs film screening features “The Lunch Box.”

A lonely housewife and an office worker communicate through notes in a lunchbox in this Hindi drama with English subtitles. 
The film starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. 

Buy tickets in advance. Tickets cost $10.70 for Cornelius residents and $11.70 for others. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for a reception with complimentary beer, wine and snacks.

Details: or 704-996-7724.


Demonstrations portray colonial life

HUNTERSVILLE – Latta Plantation will host a colonial living history event, featuring fiber/textile, hide tanning, fire starting and cooking demonstrations.

Learn the importance of these skills to a 18th century family and perhaps even try it yourself.

The event takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at Latta Plantation.

Admission costs $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children, ages 5 and younger, get in free.

Details: or 704-875-2312.


Improv groups tackles belated birthday

CORNELIUS – The Charlotte improvisational theatre group, the Chuckleheads, will present a sibling-themed show with unscripted improvisational comedy games and the heavy audience participation.

The event, dubbed “The Happy Belated Birthday to My Sister Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza,” starts at 6 and 8 p.m. July 26 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road. The 8 p.m. show could contain adult language and situations.

Tickets cost $10 at or $15 at the door.


Rural Hill hosts tractor show

HUNTERSVILLE – Tractor enthusiasts can check out antiques, engines, farm equipment and exhibits at the Stumptown Tractor Show on Oct. 18-19 at Rural Hill.

The free show takes place 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road. The event includes a raffle for a 1964 Farmall Cub Tractor at 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Details: or


Beer history brews at Fort Dobbs

STATESVILLE – Frank McMahon, lead historic interpreter at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, has a passion for beer.

Having worked in modern breweries, he developed an interest in how the drink was made and consumed in the past.

He will lead the beer tasting of brews similar to those from 200 years ago and how each type was made 6-9 p.m. July 18 at Wine Maestro, 121 W. Broad St. Admission costs $6. It’s open to ages 21 and older.

Even greater insight can be gained at a free demonstration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26 at Fort Dobbs, where McMahon will actually brew a batch of beer using 18th century techniques.

“Beer was an important part of 18th century diet and culture," McMahon said. “Most people would have beer with breakfast and continue to drink low alcohol beers throughout the day. In many areas, beer was regarded as a healthier alternative to water.”

Fort Dobbs is the only state historic site dedicated to the period of the French and Indian War (1754-1763).

Details: or 704-873-5882.