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Winter Wonderland Craft Fair

Event Date: November 25, 2017
Event Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

More than 150 artists and crafters from the Charlotte region will offer unique holiday gifts and decorations at the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair on Saturday, November 25th at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.

All items are handmade and include pottery, jewelry, quilts, handbags, children’s clothing, woodwork, soap, candles and gourmet foods such infused olive oils. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine at the Greenway’s picturesque Dairy Barn.

Door prizes donated by vendors will be raffled off throughout the day. Items available include sweet-grass baskets, bird houses, pet accessories, wreaths and other holiday décor. No dogs allowed in the Dairy Barn.

$5 Special Event Parking Fee per vehicle. Greenway special event parking passes apply. Please carpool!

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10 Smart Tips to Help You Prepare for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re not quite ready yet, don’t worry — that’s why we’re here. When hosting Thanksgiving, as with any dinner party, last-minute tasks have a way of sneaking up on you and really gobbling up your time. This is why it’s so helpful to get as much as you can done in advance — starting with these 10 smart things you can do right now.

1. Check your cookware and kitchen tools.

In addition to planning your menu, it’s just as important to make sure you have all the cookware and kitchen tools you’ll need to prepare dinner. Do you need a roasting pan, more pie dishes, or a meat thermometer? If you haven’t already, now’s the time to take inventory and figure out what you still need.

Read more7 Tools You May Not Have That Will Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

2. Get ready to start thawing your turkey.

If your turkey is frozen, it’s time to start thinking about thawing it. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw for every four pounds in weight. And if you plan to brine your turkey, it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.

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The 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

Celebrate the roots of modern music with infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances at the Arts Council of York County’s 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival. Events kick off with a free event at Springmaid Park in Baxter Village on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7-10 PM with Leslie and Friends. On Friday, October 6, the Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music at eight of Old Town’s restaurants & venues throughout the night.

KICKOFF
Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 7-10 PM | FREE
SPRINGMAID PARK at BAXTER VILLAGE | 990 MARKET STREET | FORT MILL, SC

OLD TOWN RESTAURANT CRAWL
Friday, October 6 | 7 – 11 PM | $10
OLD TOWN ROCK HILL, SC | EAST MAIN & CALDWELL STREETS

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The Great Pumpkin Fest | Carowinds

 

During the day, Carowinds puts the “Wee!” in Halloween.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins from 11:00am – 5:00pm including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more!

It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and of course, all of your favorite rides. It’s all fun and no fear at Carowinds.

Join us for a day packed with Halloween fun on Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 29.

14523 Carowinds Boulevard | Fort Mill, SC

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Back-to-School Tips

The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Making the First Day Easier

  • Parents should remember that they need not wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to address any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. The best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens.
  • Many children become nervous about new situations, including changing to a new school, classroom or teacher. This may occur at any age. If your child seems nervous, it can be helpful to rehearse entry into the new situation. Take them to visit the new school or classroom before the first day of school. Remind them that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. If your child seems nervous, ask them what they are worried about and help them problem solve ways to master the new situation.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences they may have had in the past at school or with other groups of children.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school or ride on the bus.
  • If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day. Bring the child to school a few days prior to class to play on the playground and get comfortable in the new environment.
  • If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day, and get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.
  • Make sure to touch base with your child’s new teacher at the beginning or end of the day so the teacher knows how much you want to be supportive of your child’s school experience.
  • Consider starting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so ahead of time so that time change is not a factor on their first couple of days at school.

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Balloon-azon in Downtown York

 

Come see our community and the beauty that is Downtown York, SC!

If you haven’t visited Downtown York in a while, we believe you will enjoy the trip! There are new merchants with so much to offer…from restaurants, music lessons, men’s clothing, skin care, women’s clothing, pet supplies, music and the arts!

Fun! Free! Family Friendly!

Downtown York has a new Downtown Business Committee (DBC) partnering with the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.  We are planning 1st Friday events from March to October (weather permitting) to promote our downtown and our businesses.  Balloons will line Downtown Congress Street.

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Explore Lake Wylie This Weekend

Explore Lake Wylie this weekend – If you’re looking for a getaway not too far from the Queen City, Lake Wylie is the perfect location! Explore the town’s history, food, outdoor activities, shopping and much more.

Welcome To Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie borders North and South Carolina, providing easy access for residents in Charlotte, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill. This man-made lake was formed in 1904 and has 325 miles of shoreline. After several changes in power companies and raises in the level of the dam, the lake was renamed Lake Wylie in 1960. The town of Lake Wylie has a population of approximately 8,000 residents. The real draw of this area is the lake, so it’s worth packing a picnic, your sunscreen and even your tennis shoes and spending some time exploring nature in South Carolina while still feeling like you’re close to Charlotte.

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A Christmas Celebration on Lake Wylie

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Bright colorful lights, festive good cheer, and of course Santa Claus made the 28th Annual Lights on the Lake Boat Parade and Christmas by the Lake a fun-filled evening for local families.

These beautiful photos from The Herald show the wonderful commitment to this glorious tradition in the close-knit community.

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This year’s event even had its challenges with low lake levels, but that would not damper the holiday spirit as brightly decorated boats lit up a glistening Lake Wylie.

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While the boat lights dazzled the lake, those on shore celebrated with delicious treats such as hot cocoa, s’mores, and hot cider, all of which was generously provided by local churches.

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“It was a huge success and families really enjoyed the music, the boat lights, and the homemade treats provided by the local churches”, says Lisa Jubenville of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce.

Even Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up to enjoy the festive atmosphere!

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One of the magical events of the celebration was the live nativity scene. It was amazing!

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And of course you cannot have a Christmas celebration without the blissful sounds of a children’s choir.

The residents of Handsmill on Lake Wylie appreciate the organizers, especially the local churches, who truly came together to make this year’s celebration special with treats, music, donated tents, even fire pits to keep everyone toasty! And the beautifully decorating boats on Lake Wylie were spectacular!

Happy holidays from Handsmill on Lake Wylie.

*Photos courtesy of The Herald