Best Historical Site: Reid House
The Matthews Historical Foundation owns and operates this historic site, which has been winning readers’ choice awards through the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly since 2016. Built in 1890, the renovated space is ideal for fundraisers, wedding events, anniversaries and other celebrations.
134 W. John St., Matthews
Best Live Music Venue: Stooges Pub & Grub
Stooges is a great place to eat, drink and play pool, but it stands out as a music venue with live performances every Friday and Saturday. You’ll see the likes of Bending Fate, Right Turn Clyde, Action Jaxxon, Porter Blue, Cloud 9 and Union Jax rocking the Stooge. The pub hosts benefits, like Concert for Life, for good causes.
13230 Albemarle Road, Mint Hill
Best Local Museum: Matthews Heritage Museum
History comes alive through the panels and displays at the Matthews Heritage Museum, which celebrated its sixth anniversary this month. Museum Director Barbara Taylor recently opened its latest exhibit, “Tank Town: A Good Place to Live.” The exhibit explores the area settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War.
232 N. Trade St., Matthews
Best Art Gallery: Mint Hill Arts
Mint Hill Arts displays monthly shows with many opportunities for the greater community to get involved. The nonprofit also hosts classes and monthly demonstrations by talented artists. Members have additional opportunities to show off their work at a second gallery at Mint Hill Town Hall.
11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill
Best Community Theater: Spotlight Performing Arts Academy
Angela Gordon Mills founded Spotlight Performing Arts Academy to give youth an opportunity to feel like stars. Youth can take music instruction and acting classes. The company also holds auditions for community performances. Upcoming shows include “Legally Blonde The Musical,” “Peter Pan Jr.,” “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” and “Frozen Jr.”
7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
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