Matthews Alive! returns
The 20th annual Matthews Alive! festival runs Friday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, from noon to 9 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The downtown Matthews event, which raises money for local nonprofits, will feature more than 30 food vendors, amusement and carnival-type rides — including a new mechanical bull — opportunities to buy handmade crafts, a quilt show, basket show, entertainment including ventriloquists, magicians, comedians and live music.
The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will run from near the Harris Teeter corporate offices on Matthews-Mint Hill Road to the Matthews United Methodist Church on South Trade Street.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.matthewsalive.org.
See classic cars Sept. 3
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host its 17th annual Matthews Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 in front of the Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
The event, which offers motorcycle enthusiasts a category of their own for the first time, features an awards ceremony beginning at 3 p.m., live music, raffle prizes and more. Admission is free. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Matthews Police Department.
‘Upscale Barbecue’ tickets on sale
The nonprofit Matthews Community Farmers’ Market is selling tickets for its sixth annual fundraising Upscale Barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at market, 188 N. Trade St.
The dinner features Grateful Growers Farm pastured pork prepared by award-winning pit master Alex Ranucci of Ranucci’s Big Butt Barbecue. Side dishes, breads and dessert are prepared and donated by top local chefs. Live music and a raffle will also be offered. complete the evening’s fun.
Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance. Customers may reserve one-pound bags of bulk barbecue for $10 each. Tickets can be purchased during market hours, (7:15 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the market or during business hours at Renfrow Hardware next door. For more information, visit www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.
Enter the People’s Choice exhibit
The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts is looking for all area artists, including nonmembers, to enter its upcoming People’s Choice exhibit, which will be on display during the Mint Hill Madness festival Sept. 28 and 29.
Local artists are invited to submit 2-D and 3-D original artwork in any media, style and subject matter at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Friday, Sept. 7, 4 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for per nonmembers.
The public will be able to vote, via a secret ballot box at the gallery, for their favorite pieces in these categories: Best in Show; Prettiest/Most Appealing; Funniest; and Most Unusual/ Most Creative.
Mint Hill Arts will host a free exhibit opening reception Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. and the show will run through Oct. 4.
Guild hosts local painter
The public is invited to Matthews Artists Guild meeting Sept. 11 to see local artist Jackie Dunford demonstrate encaustic, or hot wax, painting and talk about her work.
The free meeting will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St., in Matthews.
Dunford lives in Belmont and has a studio at Arts on Main in Gastonia. She’s serving her third term as president of the Gaston County Art Guild and is a member of the Assorted Marbles Art Group.
For more information, visit http://matthewsartistguild.blogspot.com.
DNC means new hours for Discovery Place
Discovery Place will have modified operating hours during the week of the Democratic National Convention Sept. 2 to 6, according to a news release.
As a participant in CarolinaFest 2012, the DNC’s family-friendly convention week kick-off, the museum will be open Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 5 p.m. and will offer half-price admission. Discovery Place will be closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Thursday, Sept.6 to host DNC-related private events.
For an updated schedule and changes, visit www.discoveryplace.org.
Meet the ‘Hercules of the Revolution’
The Mecklenburg Historical Association will host Travis Bowman, a Revolutionary War re-enactor, during its monthly docent committee meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 Sugar Creek Road West, Charlotte.
Bowman is a sixth-generation descendant of Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco, who stood 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 260 pounds when he enlisted in the Continental Army. He was tall for the Colonial period, when a man’s height, on average, was 5 feet 6 inches. He was hailed as the “Hercules of the Revolution” or the “Giant Virginian.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.meckdec.org.