The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from food and arts/crafts vendors for the 30th annual Mint Hill Madness festival, planned for Sept. 28 and 29.
To download an application, visit www.minthillchamberofcommerce.com and click on “Madness.”
For more information, call 704-573-8282.
‘Fire and water’ exhibit coming
The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts is looking for local artists to enter its August juried exhibit, “Fire and Water Do Mix.”
The show, which will open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10, will feature two categories: “Water” and “Fire.” The water category will include artwork using watercolor techniques and media and all work submitted in the fire category must be “created by fire,” including ceramics, fused or melted glass, forged, welded, soldered, or cast metal.
Awards will be given for first, second and third place in both categories as well as honorable mentions. Prizes will include gift certificates and arts supplies valued at $75, $50 and $25.
Artwork can be entered at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4.
For more information, call 980-226-5532.
Sycamore Commons concert series continues
Matthews’ Sycamore Commons shopping center continues its annual free, live music concert series this week.
The fifth annual Summer Concert Series runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in the courtyard. Sycamore Commons is located off Matthews Township Parkway between U.S. 74 and Northeast Parkway.
The concert schedule includes:
• Aug. 2, The Cloers (acoustic pop)
• Aug. 9, Loose Lugnuts (honky tonk)
• Aug. 16, Mike Strauss Band (country blues)
• Aug. 23, Donna Duncan and Detour (blues rock)
• Aug. 30, James Deem and The Rebers (pop rock)
For more information, call Randy at 704-724-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte wants to be Mrs. Holiday
The “Taste of Home” magazine was in Charlotte last week, looking for women interested in being the magazine’s new holiday spokesperson. And before leaving Charlotte, the magazine had more submissions than they knew what to do with.
Charlotte had the most submissions from across the nation as of last week. People can learn more about those submissions at the magazine’s fan page, www.facebook.com/tasteofhome.
The winner of the contest will be the magazine’s holiday spokesperson and get to travel to events and share recipes. She also will get a $50,000 prize.
Collectors show coming Aug. 26
The Carolina Vinyl and CD Collectors Show will be back in Charlotte late next month.
The show is scheduled for Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. It costs $3 to attend.
The show will feature music dealers from across the Southeast offering rare and vintage albums, CDs, DVDs and memorabilia.
Folk society opens 30th season
The Charlotte Folk Society will start its 30th season in style next month with a concert by Wayne Henderson & Friends.
Henderson is known for his fast guitar style and the guitars, mandolins and banjos he creates in his shop in Rugby, Va., and in 1995 he was honored with the National Heritage Award for his craftsmanship and performances.
The free concert is Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.
Find more information on the folk society at the group’s website, www.folksociety.org.
iPads benefit Mint visitors
The Mint Museum recently got six iPads to use for improving visitors’ experiences.
Apparo’s Tablet Technology Collaboration, a nonprofit that provides other nonprofits with services to enhance their mission, donated the six iPads.
The Mint will use them to streamline experiences at museum events and exhibit openings through seamless attendee registration. They also will allow museum staff easier access to constituent records and hopefully decrease wait times for museum patrons, according to a news release from the organization.
The Mint Museum is located at 500 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts.
Find more information at the museum’s website, www.mintmuseum.org.
ArtFest needs artists
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from artists to participate in the 27th annual ArtFest of Matthews.
The judged fine art and master craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in front of the town hall on Matthews Station Street. Cost to enter is $20 per artist.
Cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 will be given and a high school student show also is available. Applications are due by Sept. 14.
For more information or to register, visit www.matthewschamber.org/artfest.htm or email email@example.com.
Sunday Afternoon in the Park needs artists
Mint Hill’s Sunday Afternoon in the Park Committee is soliciting local artists and musicians to display, perform, demonstrate and sell their products at Sunday Afternoon in the Park, on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The annual event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove, 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. There is a $5 fee to participate. Artists must provide their own tables, tents and displays and electricity is not provided. Only items handmade by the exhibiting artist are allowed.
Applications are available online at www.minthill.com and are due by Aug. 20.
For more information, call Tina Ross at 704-545-6231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthews Artists Guild event helps nonprofit
Through Aug. 27, members of the nonprofit Matthews Artists Guild will have paintings on display at Christ Episcopal Church for an art sale to benefit the charities supported by the church.
For any artwork sold, the church will receive a 30 percent commission, according to a news release from the guild. The charities the church supports include: A Child’s Place, Augustine Project For Literacy, Baby bundles, Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, Charlotte Family Housing, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Communities In Schools, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Elida Children’s Home, Family Support Network, The Fistula Foundation, Friendship Trays, Harvest Center, Hope Haven, Inc., Hospitality House of Charlotte, Inreach, Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, Jubilee House Community, KinderMourn, Love In the Name Of Christ, Our Little Roses, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Salvation Army, Shelter Health Services, Southminister Foundation, The Center for Community Transitions, The Learning Collaborative, The Relatives Inc., Thompson Child and Family Focus, UMAR, United Family Services and the Urban Ministry Center.
Christ Episcopal Church is located at 1412 Providence Road, in Charlotte.