Ballantyne Festival returning next weekend
The fourth-annual Ballantyne Festival will return to Ballantyne on Oct. 11, a Saturday. The festival seeks to draw the community together for a fun, family-friendly, autumn festival while supporting local causes, according to the event’s website.
Ballantyne Festival will run, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ballantyne District Park, located at 9405 Bryant Farms Road in Charlotte, behind the Morrison Family YMCA.
The festival is a day-long celebration that promises the Ballantyne community an autumn-inspired experience for adults, kids and families. A number of events– including a chili cook-off, games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, hayride, face painting, performances, crafts, and more– will take place. Live music kicks off in the afternoon, complemented by an oyster roast, beer and wine served into the evening.
New this year, the Ballantyne Festival is a charity organization, and is run completely by volunteers. Net proceeds go to benefit local nonprofits and causes, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the YMCA Central Carolinas.
Live music will be on stage all festival long, and will feature the Matt Stratford Band, The Dead 27’s, The New Familiars and Ballantyne’s own Scott Pittman.
A number of local food, beer and wine vendors will be on hand including The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Sugar Handmade Gourmet Deserts, Ture Pizza, Cru Wine Shop, Decadent Designs Bakery and Elwoods Barbeque and Burgers.
In addition, this year will mark the inaugural Oyster Roast, which will be prepared by Carolina Fish Market.
Volunteers are still being accepted for the festival.
Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for a full lineup of events, a map of the festival, to volunteer or for general information.
International leadership event coming to Blakeney
The John Maxwell Company created an international leadership event for busy business leaders who are constantly seeking opportunities to learn, but have little time to spare.
L2: Learn – Lead Simulcast takes place Oct. 10, a Friday, at Elevation Blakeney Auditorium, located at 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive in Charlotte. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m., the event begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 12:35 p.m.
Attendees will learn how to lift their vision and be inspired to become better leaders in their organizations and families.
John Maxwell, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Tim Sanders are the featured speakers.
Thaler is a best-selling author and is responsible for some of America’s most famous, relevant and touching advertising campaigns such as “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid,” the AFLAC duck, and the “Yes, Yes, Yes” Herbal Essence campaign.
A former Yahoo.com executive, Sanders is an Internet pioneer and best-selling author who advises Fortune 500 executives on leadership, marketing and new media strategies to grow their business.
Maxwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books. Called America’s No.1 leadership authority, each year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations and many of the world’s top business leaders and was recently named by Inc. Magazine as the most popular leadership and management expert in the world.
“This half day will be powerful for CEO’s, business owners, leadership teams and anyone who wants to improve in their leadership skills,” Douglas Grant, president of Ethos Executive Leadership Coaching, said in a news release. “Our goal is to help the Charlotte community become stronger leaders at home, in their daily vocations and in their local communities.”
Tickets are $97 per person and can be purchased online at L2-charlotte.eventbrite.com.
Additional information can be obtained at www.L2-charlotte.eventbrite.com or by contacting Doug Grant at 980-253-8150 or email@example.com.
Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge improves suites
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge recently completed improvements to its suites and introduced six new executive suites. Each 800-square-foot suite has private balconies and many offer picturesque views of The Golf Club at Ballantyne.
The upgraded suites exude a fresh approach to classic design, featuring transitional elements with softened tones and a more spacious feel.
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is located at 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. in Charlotte.