Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Arts Beat Dec. 14

Gingerbread contest winners announced
Winners in the third annual Gingerbread House Contest in Matthews represented three categories this year: adult, child and family.
The contest was sponsored by the Matthews Alive! Festival and the Town of Matthews as part of the town’s Hometown Holiday festivities.
The creations are on display at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, 210 Matthews Station St., through Friday, Dec. 14.
The first place winners received $75, second place was awarded $50 and third place received $25.
The winners in the adult category are: First place, Penny Cunningham of Charlotte; and second place, Alan V. Jackson of Matthews.
The winners in the child category were: First place, Lauren McCaughey of Matthews; second place, Brynn McClatchy of Charlotte; third place, Joe Yardley of Matthews; and Honorable Mention, Hampton Barnes of Charlotte.
The winners in the family category are: First place, the Friedlander family including Nathalie, Maddie and Ella Friedlander and Nana Rolande Sowers of Matthews; and second place, the McClatchy family including
Riley and Darby McClatchy of Charlotte.

Discovery Place KIDS hosts a trio of holiday events
Are your kids planning to leave cookies for Santa? Then they’re invited to join Discovery Place KIDS on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the café to make festive placemats for the sweet treats.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, kids are invited to Wrapped Presents Workshop where they’ll stack presents as high as a holiday tree and build a ton of structures with festive blocks.
Then, on Thursday, Dec. 20, kids will experience a “Winter Wonderland” where they’ll explore a world of snowflakes in I CAN Create and make wintery art projects to celebrate the coldest season of the year.
All events take place between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. or 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. For more information, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or go to discoveryplacekids.org.
Discovery Place KIDS is located at 105 Gilead Road in Huntersville.

‘Woods in Winter’ comes to the Charlotte Nature Museum
Visit the Charlotte Nature Museum between now and Dec. 31 and experience the Nature Dome’s seasonal event, “Woods in Winter.”
Listen to the sounds of animals that not only survive but also prosper during the cold winter season as Grandpa Tree, Charlotte’s only talking tree, calls them in for a close-up view.
This event takes place Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Thursdays at 4 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. For more information, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or go to charlottenaturemuseum.org.
The Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road in Charlotte.

Wingate University presents ‘The Gathering’
Americana musicians Laurelyn Dossett, Rhiannon Giddens, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry and Jason Sypher will take the stage to perform traditional Christmas favorites and fresh songs of the season in “The Gathering” at Wingate University on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m.
Other highlights include Compton singing John Hartford’s “On Christmas Eve,” Giddens and Sypher performing “O Holy Night” (which made USA TODAY’s Top 10 Holiday Recordings of 2011).
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased online at battecenter.org, or by calling the Batte Center box office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. Learn more about The Gathering at gatheringsongs.com.

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