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Guitar Against Tree

Did You Check Out the 2nd Annual Music, Dance ‘n Que Fest?

Guitar Against TreeWhat’s not to like about a festival with the big three in entertainment: music, dance and North Carolina BBQ, better known as ’que? Attendees came prepared with folding chairs, blankets, sunscreen and their dancin’ shoes to kick off spring and to support a local non-profit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6.

Annual Festival Benefits Polk Historic Site

Part of the proceeds from each Music, Dance ’n Que Fest goes to the Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc. for supporting public programs and school tours. Admission and parking were free.

The annual festival takes place at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC, a few minutes outside of Charlotte. This site occupies 21 acres of the land owned by President Polk’s father.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum and view a video of Polk’s legacy. They can also take guided tours of historic structures and visit an 1800s garden, a historic cemetery, a picnic area and walking trails.

Festival patrons kicked back on lawn chairs, blankets or hay bales while taking in free entertainment as artists danced, sang and played historic music, bluegrass and folk songs.  Featured performers included the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club, Red Hills Dance, Laura Ingram Semilian and the Overdue Bluegrass Band.

Down-home food wasn’t missing from the festival. ‘Que lovers enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich, sweet vinegar coleslaw and baked beans plus a non-alcoholic drink for $10. Also available were several brands of brews for $5 a beer.

The President James K. Polk State Historic Site features a number of living history events each year. Children’s camps and community activities are popular during the summer. History buffs enjoy celebrating Polk’s birthday each November 2. December marks an opportunity to celebrate the winter holidays as the 11th U.S. President and his family and friends would have marked the season during the early 1800s.

Residents of Addison Park Apartments in Charlotte love taking advantage of the mild North Carolina climate at events such as the Music, Dance ‘n Que Fest. Be sure and call us today for information on our available floor plans that fit your lifestyle.

Basketball Hoop

Stop by the Queen City Sneaker Expo & 3-On-3 Tournament!

Basketball HoopThe Addison Park apartments in Charlotte, NC offer excellent apartments for those who are just starting out or for those who are just moving to the area. Residents who live in the Charlotte area never have a shortage of things to do. There is always a sporting event, street fair, or expo somewhere in the city offering a fun time for all who choose to attend. Two of these events are the Queen City Sneaker Expo and the 3-On-3 Tournament on May 27.

Queen City Sneaker Expo

Held in conjunction with the 3-On-3 Tournament, the Queen City Sneaker Expo is located at Center City in downtown Charlotte. It is listed as a BUY/SELL/TRADE event. The expo is open to individuals of all ages and is geared primarily towards what is known as the “sneaker culture.” Custom sneakers will be available. The expo also includes food booths, vendors, live entertainment, music, and a host of other attractions to suit almost everyone’s interests. The expo is free to anyone who chooses to attend.

3-On-3 Tournament

As one of the main events at the Queen City Sneaker Expo, the 3-On-3 Tournament is a highlight for both participants and spectators. The tournament has three age groups and offers trophies and cash prizes for those teams that advance to the final round. The tournament draws some of the best players in the Charlotte area and is one of the most popular events held in the downtown area. Even if people aren’t interested in the expo, they will flock to the uptown area for the tournament.

New residents who are looking for spacious apartments in Charlotte only have to look as far as Addison Park. With our spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans and the city’s abundance of activities, the area is an excellent choice for all. In addition, our apartment homes offer great amenities such as walk-in closets, ceiling fans and garden-style bathtubs. At Addison Park, residents also have access to our two sparkling pools with sun decks. Choosing the right apartment lays the foundation for your future. Call our office to schedule a tour of our floor plans that are available.

An Array of Vegetables

Did You Visit the CDGI 3rd Annual Spring Festival?

An Array of VegetablesCalling everyone who lives in or near the Queen City, also known as Charlotte, North Carolina: It’s time to get out and enjoy the lovely springtime weather while having some local fun. The CDGI 3rd Annual Spring Festival is a great way to do that while also supporting a wonderful local cause. Here’s what you need to know about this uplifting and inspiring event.

Enjoyable and Educational Activities

The CDGI 3rd Annual Spring Festival incorporates unique, interactive activities along with culture-specific recreational activities, food and other entertainment. This year, the event took place on May 6 at 3932 Sofley Road. Our Charlotte apartments are conveniently located near all this fun and enriching activity.

A Great Local Cause

The CDGI 3rd Annual Spring Festival isn’t just a typical festival. It is a very special one that takes place for a great cause. The event’s goal is to promote and encourage cultural awareness as well as positive sociocultural results in both the Hidden Valley and Sugar Creek communities located in Mecklenburg County. The theme for the 2017 festival has been “Life. Community. Family.” That perfectly sums up the atmosphere and activities, in that there are life-giving and health-promoting activities and food. The “community” aspect is relevant in that the event powerfully brings the local community together. And the “family” part indicates that the event brings families together while also strengthening them both now and well into the future.

Other Details

What is the cost for all this fun? It’s absolutely zero because the CDGI 3rd Annual Spring Festival has been free to attend. There are activities and events for all ages and interests. The event took place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

If you weren’t able to attend this family-friendly event this year, be on the lookout for more details on the next CDGI Annual Spring Festival! If you are looking for a location that provides easy access to the CDGI Annual Spring Festival and many more local activities, and if you are in the market for apartments in Charlotte, call our office or stop by our office today to see which floor plans are currently available.

Beer and a Barrel

Did You Celebrate National Beer Day?

Beer and a BarrelDid you know that the United States celebrates a National Beer Day? Celebrated every year on April 7, the holiday is not just for the purpose of honoring a thriving American industry. The holiday also commemorates when beer became legal in the United States. Prior to the American Revolution, beer and hard cider were one of the most common beverages, but that all changed during Prohibition, which made any form of alcohol illegal for the entire decade of the 1920s and into the 1930s. But while Prohibition didn’t end until December 5, 1933, beer drinkers got an earlier reprieve when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933. It went into effect on, (you guessed it), April 7 of the same year and made it legal to buy, sell and consume beer. What better reason to celebrate with a cold beer? On April 6 of 1933, millions lined up to buy beer legally at the stroke of midnight and the day was dubbed New Beer’s Eve. Sixty years later, the day became enshrined as a holiday and on the first National Beer Day in 1993, Americans drank 1.5 million barrels of beer. All of it legal.

Perfect Places for Residents of Charlotte Apartments to Celebrate National Beer Day

There’s no shortage of great places to get beer in Charlotte. Here are a few of our favorites.

Crafty Beer Guys

These guys will install a draft system and teach you the ins and outs of everything beer, but they’ll also let you drink it in their tasting room.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The beer emporium is a nationwide chain, but don’t let that fool you, they know their beers.

Salud Beer Shop

Looking for good beer to take home? This is a great place to get it. They also have a tasting room, sandwiches and events.

VBGB Beer Hall and Garden

While National Beer Day is an American holiday, the Germans are another culture that knows how to celebrate beer. If you want a traditional beer garden, this is your spot.

There’s no reason to leave home to relish an excellent beer. Our spacious outdoor clubhouse seating is the perfect place to relax with friends and a cold beer. In the colder weather, there’s nothing like a tasty stout enjoyed by a wood burning fireplace. To learn more about the numerous amenities offered at our apartments in Charlotte, get in touch with our office today.

Variety of Trees Outside

Fun Facts About Arbor Day

Variety of Trees OutsideHere in North Carolina, it’s easy for the residents of Charlotte apartments to love trees. From the common witch hazel to the Carolina silverbell to the iconic Dogwood, from which we get our state flower, our state has a wide variety of wonderful native trees. And there’s no better day to celebrate trees than on National Arbor Day. Here are some things to know about the holiday.

Six Fun Facts About Arbor Day

  1. Arbor Day got started in Nebraska in the 1800s to encourage the planting of trees in an area that was infamous for flat plains.
  2. The holiday is all about getting people to plant trees, and millions of trees are planted each year on this day. There are few better ways to help the environment than planting trees.
  3. Arbor Day takes its name from the Latin word for tree.
  4. Arbor Day became a national holiday in 1872. Historically, it’s closer to the time of Johnny Appleseed than it is to the green movement.
  5. It is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, this year it lands on April 28.
  6. The holiday is often celebrated along with Bird Day on May 4. It also falls close to Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22, although that holiday did not get started until 1970.

From the forests to the mountains to our homes, trees are always nearby, and worth celebrating. Here at Addison Park, our balconies and patios are the perfect spots to plant a small tree well suited to growing in a container. Here is a great resource for instructions on how to plant a tree.

In addition to being the month in which we celebrate trees, April also kicks off the start of perfect picnic weather here in Charlotte. Here at Addison Park, we take outdoor dining to another level by offering our residents an outdoor kitchen along with spacious seating, the perfect place from which to appreciate trees while enjoying a meal with friends. Visit our website to find out more about our many amenities and contact our office to learn more about our available one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment homes in Charlotte.

Bucket of Fish

How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day

Bucket of FishAlthough April Fools’ Day has passed, some people dislike April Fools’ Day—but many people embrace it, waiting to see what the cool pranks are this year. If you want to do something cool for the next holiday in your Addison Park apartment, here are some fun things to consider.

Something Fishy?

In France, April Fools’ Day is sometimes called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish Day. People who fall for pranks are seen as easily caught fish. Consider a fish theme for an April Fools’ Day party – supposedly the first April Fools’ (it’s probably anecdotal, but a good story) were people who forgot that New Year’s had been moved from April 1 to January 1 and celebrated anyway, and got decorated with fish for their pains—which still happens in France, Belgium, and in the French-speaking parts of Canada and Switzerland. Serve a fish meal, or decorate your place with paper fish. Or play a variant of the “guess who” game with the names written on fish-shaped paper.

Hilaria

Hilaria was the Roman Laughing Day on March 25, when people would dress up in costumes and go around trying to make each other laugh. The festival lasted until April 1, and is another possible origin for the celebration. This means that a costume party is a great way to celebrate April 1, especially if you really like dressing up and don’t want to wait until Halloween.

Fool’s Errand

The Scots and Irish like this one. Give a gullible person an “important letter” that tells the recipient to then send them on somewhere else. Probably a mean thing to do, but how about changing it into a party game and doing something like a scavenger hunt?

Or, of course, you can just get together and grade that year’s pranks. A quick game of Ms. Pacman, anyone?

Enjoy your April Fools’ Day celebration—or any other holiday of the year—in a beautiful Charlotte apartment. You can celebrate in your gorgeous apartment with its spacious balcony or come out and enjoy spring at one of our two pools or in our playground and picnic areas. Contact us to learn more about our available floor plans.

Brush

A Spring Cleaning Checklist That Will Get You Hopping

BrushAs the effects of cabin fever wear off, spring fever kicks in! Use that surge of energy to get your Charlotte apartment back in shape. Spring cleaning revitalizes your space and makes you feel refreshed. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed before you start. Keep it simple with this basic spring cleaning checklist.

Every Room Deserves a Little TLC

Declutter and donate items that have gathered dust or gone unused for the past year.

Wipe down walls and baseboards with a mild cleanser that won’t damage surfaces. Vacuum dust bunnies to prevent dirty streaks.

Wash windows, screens, blinds and curtains to let the sunshine in to brighten your day instantly.

Steam clean or sanitize floors and carpets to eliminate germs and odors.

Clean the upholstery to freshen furniture. Wash covers according to labels, whether in the washer or spot clean by hand.

Dust everything. Start with the outside perimeter and work towards the center of the room. Remove and dust items from shelves along with the shelves themselves.

Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Test smoke detectors, even if they are built in. Dust and clean around sensors. Make sure all residents know the escape plan and how to operate the fire extinguisher.

Kitchen Keepers

Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Be so bold as to take out the drawers and wipe-out the mess that often hides underneath. Don’t forget to wipe the doors, handles and even the coils in back.

Take on the stovetop, oven, microwave and toaster. These are the tools you use to prepare food, so it makes sense to get rid of built-up grease and grime.

Clean the dishwasher to keep it running efficiently, so your dishes come out sparkling.

B & B:  Bedroom and Bathroom

Clean and declutter the medicine cabinet. Check expiration dates on medicines and reorganize according to which items are used most.

Go through clothes. Swap seasonal items and donate anything you didn’t wear the previous season.

Vacuum mattress and wash pillows. Be sure to clean and vacuum under the bed.

Spring is in the air, so you and your Addison Park apartment deserve a fresh, clean start. Contact us for more information on available apartments in Charlotte, NC.

Popcorn

Celebrate Popcorn Lovers’ Day in March at Your Charlotte Apartment!

PopcornThere’s a holiday for just about everything. If you weren’t convinced of this already, you will be by the time you finish this article… Believe it or not, there’s even a holiday for popcorn lovers!

Why Not Relax and Eat Popcorn at Your Charlotte Apartment?

Popcorn Lovers’ Day may be an unofficial holiday started by some guy named Bob, but it is recognized as a holiday in some corners of the Internet nonetheless. That said, people who love popcorn don’t really need an excuse to make and enjoy this delicious snack, now do they?

Popcorn Lovers’ Day is celebrated on the second Thursday in March, so you have an extra excuse on that day to have popcorn. By gum, some might even say you have an OBLIGATION to eat popcorn on this day!

The History of Popcorn Lovers’ Day

Popcorn Lovers’ Day was founded on January 6, 2012, by Bob Matthews and his lovely wife, who hail from Rochester, NY. It will probably come as no surprise that popcorn is Bob’s favorite snack, and he and his wife have it most Thursday evenings, all year round.

Popcorn has been a beloved snack worldwide for decades, perhaps even centuries. It is healthier when eaten plain, but it is much tastier with butter and salt. Popcorn can also be enhanced with a range of gourmet flavors and toppings. Some of the most popular include cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and even jalapeno. Caramel corn is another popular popcorn topping flavor option.

Any Night Can Be Popcorn Night!

The advent of the microwave has made it easier than ever to enjoy popcorn anywhere you have access to a microwave. However, some people love popcorn made the traditional stovetop way and won’t settle for popcorn made with shortcuts.

Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY, the founder of Popcorn Lovers’ Day, also happens to be an avid gardener. He has grown his own corn at home and dried it for popping. However, the gateway to Popcorn Heaven is as close as your favorite supermarket.

Charlotte apartments are the perfect setting for enjoying a bowl of freshly popped popcorn as you’re relaxing in the evenings. Whether it’s Popcorn Lovers’ Day or a weekend movie night in your Charlotte apartment at Addison Park, any night can be popcorn night!

Clover Cookie

Celebrating the History of St. Patrick’s Day

Clover CookieWhen it comes to special days on the calendar, St. Patrick’s Day is a favorite of adults.  For residents of apartments in Charlotte, NC, it’s an opportunity to invite friends over on March 17th to recall Irish traditions and to celebrate at the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade the following day.

How We Got St. Patrick’s Day

Many people are surprised that St. Patrick wasn’t born in Ireland.  He was born to Roman parents in Scotland with the name Maewyn Succat around 387 A.D.  Irish raiders captured him in his village when he was about 16.

After they sold him into slavery, the young man herded sheep in Ireland and had intense religious experiences.  At around age 22, he had what he believed was a heaven-sent dream directing him to flee Ireland.  He managed to do so and settled in Gaul.

Following 12 years of study, he became a Roman Catholic priest and took the name, Patrick.  He also experienced a strong yearning to go back to Ireland and convert its population to Christianity.

Only after practicing his vocation for many years and becoming a bishop did Patrick return to Ireland, where he made many converts.  Because many of the Irish people opposed his efforts, he went to prison several times but always escaped.

As tales of his activities spread, so did Patrick’s popularity.  While bishop, he founded many schools, monasteries, and churches.  One popular legend suggests he used a shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity.  Another holds that since there were no snakes in Ireland, he must have banished them.

St. Patrick passed away on March 17 in 461 A.D.  Americans first celebrated this international holiday in 1737 in Boston.  Charlotte will hold its 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival on March 18.  Plenty of floats, bands, and flags are sure to make everyone enjoy feeling Irish for the day.

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion for residents of Addison Park apartments in Charlotte to entertain friends in their community’s outdoor picnic area, accompany a green-bedecked pet to the bark park or enjoy the city’s celebration.  Call us today to see which floor plans meet your needs.

Wreath

Try Something New: Wreath Making

WreathWreaths are decorations that you can use all year round for different seasons or different holidays and other occasions. They can be placed on your front door to make your home more inviting, or you can hang them up inside to spruce up your home’s interior. If you’ve never made a wreath before, the following tips can help you out.

Create a Base

You can purchase a base for your wreath at a local craft store, or you can make your own from household items you have lying around. If you want to make your own wreath from scratch, you can create a base from two wire coat hangers. Place the coat hangers together, and move the wire pieces around to connect them. For decorative purposes, cover the hangers with floral tape.

Add Greenery

Gather branches of pine, grapevine or another type of greenery depending on what kind of wreath you want to make. Attach the branches to your base with lightweight floral wire. Make sure that the branches are overlapping, so you won’t end up with any bare spots on your wreath. You should have enough branches to completely cover the base.

Choose Decorations

Pick decorations for your wreath, such as ribbons and flowers. The decorations you choose will depend on what kind of wreath you want, such as a spring wreath or a summer one. If you’re doing a holiday wreath, choose decorations that are associated with that particular holiday. For seasonal wreaths, choose flowers that are in season and colors that are associated with that season. For example, you can use pastels and tulips for a spring wreath.

Add Decorations

When you have your wreath decorations all picked out, use hot glue to attach them securely to the base. If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can use floral wire to place these items on your wreath instead. Just make sure that they’re firmly secured to the base, so they won’t fall off.

When you learn to make wreaths, you can create beautiful ones for your new home in our community. Contact us for more information on our available apartments in Charlotte, NC.

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