Articles about Arts & Recreation

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A new skyline view
   June 16, 2014
Chuck McShane
The newly opened Romare Bearden park has some of the best skyline views in Charlotte. The concrete parking deck at the corner of Church and Third streets can detract from those views. This week's imagined urban retrofit, from planner Dylan McKnight, suggests urban wall art for a more interesting view from the park. (Image: CompleteBlocks.com) Read more


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Land trust to host second Uwharrie Naturalist Weekend
   April 3, 2014
Crystal Cockman
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina and staff from the North Carolina Museum of Sciences will host the second annual Uwharrie Naturalist Weekend on May 10 and 11, 2014. (Photo: Crystal Cockman) Read more


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Black bears in the North Carolina Piedmont
   March 20, 2014
Crystal Cockman
Although bear sightings in the Piedmont are not uncommon, they are usually just transient bears. Black bears are gradually expanding their habitat into the Piedmont region, however, and their range now extends over 60 percent of North Carolina. (Photo: LandTrust for Central North Carolina) Read more


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Panning for gold
   March 13, 2014
Ruth Ann Grissom
Casual, recreational gold panning can be a fun pastime – it gets us outdoors and connects us with an aspect of our history – but anything beyond the gentle and occasional use of a pan and shovel can have devastating consequences for our creeks and rivers. (Photo: Marla Coulthard) Read more


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Backpacking basics and the 2014 Uwharrie Trail thru hike
   March 5, 2014
Crystal Cockman
Thanks to more than 15 years of conservation work, the Uwharrie Recreational Trail trail can now be hiked in its 40-mile entirety. The second annual "thru hike" of the trail will be this May. Do you have your backpacking basics assembled? Here's my list of necessities. (Photo: Crystal Cockman) Read more


Interest from women fuels rise in hunting
   November 21, 2013
Ruth Ann Grissom
Hunting seasons come and go without much notice in Charlotte. Not so in the surrounding region, where hunting is much more part of the local culture. Recently, the number of hunters has increased for the first time in generations, largely thanks to a growing interest among women. (Photo: Carissa Shelton) Read more


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Uwharrie Trail extension and trailhead dedication Dec. 8
   November 14, 2013
Crystal Cockman
A new, 4-mile extension of the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail, along with a new trailhead, will be dedicated Dec. 8. The trailhead will be named in honor of Joe Moffitt, the founder and visionary behind the creation of the trail.  (Images courtesy Crystal Cockman) Read more


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Kayaking the South Yadkin
   November 7, 2013
Crystal Cockman
Looking for one more kayak trip before winter sets in? The South Yadkin feels remote, with rocky bluffs and a variety of wildlife – and it is right here in the Charlotte region. (Photo: Crystal Cockman) Read more


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Gastonia working to lure artists downtown
   October 8, 2013
Chuck McShane
An artists’ colony in downtown Gastonia? That may sound far-fetched to those who remember Gastonia's textile mill past. But the Community Foundation of Gaston County is working with the nonprofit Artspace to build a project in Gastonia by 2016. (Photo: Nancy Pierce) Read more


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Halloween hike and ghost stories in the Uwharries
   September 24, 2013
Crystal Cockman
The Uwharrie Mountains are home to numerous legends and ghost stories passed down through generations. An upcoming hike and storytelling event will take you into these mountains for an evening filled with legends and ghost tales. (Photo: Crystal Cockman) Read more