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Painting the Town with Kindness 

Evelyn Henson’s whimsical designs spark joy and fun. by Michelle Boudin Photographs provided by EVELYN HENSON Evelyn Henson wasn’t always sure she could be an artist. The fresh-faced Columbus, Ga., native who painted the popular South End confetti hearts wall remembers walking into her first art class as a college freshman — and being seriously intimidated. “If you think of artists,…

Mystery Maven

In writing her new book, Cathy Pickens finds real-life crime stories are more interesting than fiction.   By Allison Futterman Cathy Pickens is well-known as the author of the Southern Fried mystery series set in a fictional town in South Carolina, her home state. She’s also written a nonfiction book exploring haunted spots and unsolved mysteries in Charleston. In her…

Bookshelf

September Books Notable new releases   Compiled by Sally Brewster The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett Ann Patchett returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood and a past that will not let them go. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch…

My Favorite Things . . .

Julie Eiselt’s preferred way to explore the Queen City is on two wheels. “Peddling through the city can lead to some great little surprises in the form of restaurants, shops and unique urban spaces that are little pockets of organic development,” says Charlotte’s Mayor Pro Tem. Here are a few of the Wisconsin native’s favorite spots. Comments were edited for…

Fall Festivals

FestiFALL Autumn is the season to get outside and check out one of the Queen City’s vibrant festivals. Luckily, Charlotte has plenty to choose from, including the annual Yiasou Greek Festival in Dilworth. Here are a few more picks, plus a couple of out-of-town events that are worth the drive.   Festival in the Park Sept. 20-22: Now in its…

To-Do List

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…

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Nothing satiates scorching summer days better than a trip to the ice-cream parlor. Here’s the scoop on three locally owned shops where you can truly cool down. by Lauren Eberle The Crafted With two neighborhood locations — SouthPark and South End — Golden Cow Creamery has the corner on small-batch, handcrafted ice cream. Made from scratch with a real cream…

My Favorite Things . . .

Basketball fans might remember Eric “Sleepy” Floyd from his early days at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia — his team won the 1977 state championship, defeating future Tar Heel James Worthy and Ashbrook High — or from Georgetown University, where he was team captain in 1981 and 1982. Floyd went on to enjoy a 13-year career in the NBA…

Color Play

by Cathy Martin Laura Park’s house was a hive of activity on the day that we spoke, with her three dogs underfoot, her oldest daughter packing up and rushing out the door, and boxes scattered about as she and her husband, Trip, were preparing to move from the Eastover home where they’ve lived for 18 years. Despite the chaos, the…