On Tuesday, February 14th, my friend’s 10-year old son told her that Valentine’s Day wasn’t just for girls but for everyone, and everything, that we love. Well I surely do love living and working here in the greater Charlotte area. I think that has a lot to do with the diversity and wide range of activities that are readily available and easily accessible to us here “in our own backyard.” No matter what you’re passionate about or what you love to do I’m sure you can find it here.
Birds Of A Feather
Fans flock to major spectator sporting events here in Charlotte to root, root, root for the home team and to cheer on the players that they love. I mentioned the Panthers (NFL), Bobcats (NBA) and UNC charlotte 49’ers (NCAA) in my last blog. Today I’ll highlight another team and two major sporting events that this area plays host to and that help make living “In The Neighborhood” of Charlotte so special. But first, here’s another trivia question for you to ponder over the weekend: Where does the UNC Charlotte nickname “49’ers” come from?
Charlotte is the home of Race City Roller Derby which is an organization that fields the Charlotte Speed Demons, a women’s flat track roller derby team. On February 25th The Speed Demons will meet the Appalachian Roller Girls of Boone at the Metrolina Tradeshow Expo in their home opener. Go to http://racecityrollerderby.com for details and the Speed Demon’s monthly match schedule. The Metrolina Trade Show Expo is located at 7100 Statesville Road just minutes from uptown Charlotte. (The Dixie Gun & Knife Show is there this weekend.)
The Sport Of Kings’ Queen’s Cup Steeplechase
The nearby town of Mineral Springs in Union County is where The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase event is held each year on the last Saturday in April at the Brooklandwood farm and estate. (About 20 miles outside of Charlotte.) Over 10,000 spectators travel from all over the country and around the world to attend this major steeplechase event. But it’s not just for horse lovers and race fans. The day-long festivities include a judged Jack Russell terrier contest, bonnet contest, and even a tailgate party contest. Go to http://www.queenscup.org for more information.
Have A Ball Watching PGA Championship Golf
Golf is popular as either a participation or a spectator sport and plenty of both can be found in and around Charlotte. The prestigious U.S. Open has been held at the Pinehurst Country Club which is about two hours east of Charlotte in the Sand Hills region of in North Carolina. And this year’s Wachovia Championship PGA Tournament will once again be played at Charlotte’s own Quail Hollow Club from Thursday May 3rd to Sunday May 6th, 2012. Last year Lucas Glover finished atop an international field that included Rory Sabbatini, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, an Vijay Singh when he defeated Jonathan Byrd in an exciting one-hole, sudden-death playoff for the victory. This year’s purse is valued at $6.5 million with the winner’s share set at $1,170,000!
With so much to see and do and experience it’s no wonder people want to live here! If you need help finding the perfect home for you, with all of this and more in your own back yard, I would love to help. Don’t forget to Ask For Lara!