Sunday, October 29, 2006

Wall is lit

The Pumpkin Wall was lit Saturday night at about 7 p.m., with Honorary Grand Marshall Harry Taylor saying a few words. My apologies for the quality of the photo. I need to get a tripod.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Pumpkin Wall, 3rd Ed.

The wall is up on Clement in front of the Alexander House. It lacks only pumpkins (this picture is from last year's wall, one house over at the Clodfelter's). Nightly pumpkin-carving parties start Wednesday, Oct. 25, or bring your own carved masterpiece. The official Pumpkin Wall lighting will be Saturday, with Honorary Grand Marshal Harry Taylor.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Elizabeth - The Movie

If you missed the Elizabeth video that was playing at Dwellings during the Elizabeth Home Tour last wekend, check it out here. Nice work Cory!

Monday, October 16, 2006

I miss it already


Trunk or Treat

The annual Elizabeth Trunk or Treat and Pot Luck Dinner will be Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Independence Park by the Rose Garden, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. In case you missed the flyer, here's what it says: "5:00 Decorate your trunk to give out non-sweet treats to our trick or treaters and visit with our local firemen and tour their truck. 5:30 Bring a dish to share, a drink and a blanket."

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Us and Ellerbe

What does Elizabeth have in common with Wadesboro and Ellerbe? We're in the same Congressional District, the 8th. It's an interesting district, mostly rural eastern N.C. with a small hook into Mecklenburg. Hope you've been following the coverage of the 8th Congressional race in the Observer (much of it written by Elizabeth's own Jim Morrill). Incumbent Robin Hayes, a Republican, is challenged by Larry Kissell, a Democrat. There are some pretty clear differences between the candidates. I encourage you to look into them, avoid TV and radio ads at all costs and cast your vote for your favorite on election day.

Maya's kitchen

What a treat to see Maya Packard and her cool new kitchen on the front of the At Home section of the Observer this morning. Maya, one of the neighborhood's greatest assets, will -- in addition to everything else she does for Elizabeth -- be showing off her house in the Elizabeth Neighborhood Home Tour next weekend. With her husband Will, of course. Get your tickets at Royal Gardens, Compression Works or La-Tea-Da's. Maybe we can learn what a Sears kit house is.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Creating the Charlotte brand

I'm taking the high road and refusing to take cheap shots at this: "City tourism officials hope to come up with a catchy, evocative brand to attract more visitors to the region." Come up with a brand. I guess that means we don't have one. How will we know when we do?

I think by "brand" they mean something more than a slogan (my favorite: "Charlotte: A great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there.") Am I the only one who thinks that hiring someone from California to "design our brand" is so Charlotte? (How about: "Charlotte: Hiring Californians to brand us!") I guess the nice thing about a brand is that those of us who live here can ignore it.