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September This month’s five essential dates 9/7 History enthusiasts take note: In collaboration with the Charlotte Folk Society, the Charlotte Museum of History’s annual Backcountry Days Festival explores the cultures and traditions of our region’s early residents, from European colonists to the Catawba Indian Nation. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for the outdoor concert. The festival is free to…

Simple Life

The World After Rain A good Soak is the gift that keeps on giving.   By Jim Dodson Every year about this time, as another summer’s lease expires, I remark to anyone who will listen (i.e. mostly my dog Mulligan) that we’ve survived the hottest summer ever. Unfortunately, this year I turned out to be right. According to the National…

Snapshot

A Stage for All Monica Pettiford’s Porch Productions youth theater company celebrates its 10th season. by Vanessa Infanzon More than 20 years ago, Monica Pettiford staged a sit-in on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at Queens University of Charlotte. The silent protest led by Pettiford, then an undergraduate at the liberal-arts university, was successful; it convinced the school’s president to…

The Road Home

The Layered Garden How a new mom came to terms with her husband’s new-found obsession. by Caroline Hamilton Langerman I had finally gotten both babies into an afternoon nap when the doorbell rang. The man in the green jumpsuit on my porch was too attractive to be an escaped convict, so I opened the front door. “Good afternoon, ma’am. Your…