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Charlotte Area Apple Picking

Hello Friends,

I thought it would be fun to post a write-up of local Apple Picking locations around the Charlotte Metro area. So here goes!

Sky Top Orchards is located in Flat Rock, NC, and is approximately 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently in season: Pumpkins, Gourds, Squashes, Asian Pears, and Apples (Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Fuji, Ida Red, Blushing Gold, Staymen Winesap, Granny Smith, Cameo, Rome).

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is located in Fort Mill, SC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking Stayman Winesap apples only, and providing tours, cider, hard cider, and pre-picked apples on site at the store.

Carrigan Farms is located in Mooresville, NC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They have you-pick red and golden delicious apples, a variety of other pre-picked apples, and Fresh Cider is also available at their market.

Millstone Creek Orchards is located in Ramseur, NC, and is under 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking is available for apple varieties of Golden Delicious, Red Winesap, Red Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Hayrides are also available on Saturdays and Sundays in October for $5 per person.

Hill’s Orchard and Vineyard is located in Trinity, NC, and is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They recommend that you call them for a schedule of available produce.

So happy apple picking if you go to any of these places, and I will be posting a link Thursday (in 2 days) with a list of Charlotte Area Fall Festivals, to complement this article! Keep reading!

Craft You Later,

Craft Meet Up: Letters To Our Troops

Hello Crafting Friends,

I have an idea that I have been tossing around for awhile now in my own mind. I think it would be super fun to meet at a local Park in Charlotte, as a group, and do a craft activity. I also think it would be awesome if said craft served a purpose other than just being fun. Like, say, being something we send to the troops before Veteran’s Day…. hmm? Hmm? Hmm?!?!!!

So I was looking around this place called the internet (you may have heard of it), and I found this organization called Operation Gratitude, which has a whole section of its services being geared towards volunteers writing letters to troops (active, and veterans of past conflicts). HELLO we have a winner!

operation gratitude handmade card marine troops

Handmade Cards to Troops

Because this organization is based in California, and I (we) am in North Carolina, I cannot organize anything to go volunteer at the actual volunteer events. However if you’re reading this in Cali, and want to get some community service in, go check out their volunteer schedule. Or if you’re not in NC nor CA and want to donate to the cause, you can do so here to help send care packages to military personnel overseas.

operation gratitude handmade card army troops

More Handmade Cards to Troops

Anyways, back to my plan. I would like to organize a meet-up for Sunday, October 28, 2012, in order to get a group together to get this started. I have a park in mind, but figure I will see how the date works first before nailing down a park.

1) Get together at a specified date and time (Sun Oct 28 @ 3pm?).
2) Everyone brings a few supplies (no glitter!) to decorate cards (markers, crayons, stickers, colored pencils, pens, stencils, stamps, etc) for everyone to share.
3) I will supply a good amount of cream and white card stock cards (pre-folded), based on the amount of participants.
4) Make cards following these guidelines for the troops and veterans of past conflicts (your choice)! This includes possibly including your information for responses, if you so chose, or you can use mine.
5) Everyone gets together and shares in a craft activity for a good cause outdoors for ~1 hour, and maybe makes some new friends as well!
6) I will then ship the cards to the donation location for delivery to the troops, and pass along any responses that I get from OG or the troops to whom our cards are sent.

So… I really need your responses people, for real. Is this something you would be interested in doing? Is this something that sounds fun and crafty to you? Is this something you would actually respond to my blog with a “YES I AM IN!” at all?!? Responses appreciated sooner rather than later, but at least by Monday October 22, so I can plan and plot accordingly! Oh, and please include your email so that I can include you in our plans! (Yes, I am being optimistic here!)

Give me your thoughts, pretty please, and let me know if you would be up for doing this craft volunteer outdoor adventure together! We can adjust the date and time if need be, but please let me know about any interest you have in this!

Craft You Later,

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