Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 64 SURROUNDING COUNTIES Surrounding Counties local flavor, historic districts, arts and agriculture Surrounding the Charlotte region are smaller towns with colorful personalities - college towns, towns that NASCAR drivers call home and communities with down home charm and quaint downtowns. Davidson, Mooresville, Huntersville, Concord and other towns and cities are in close proximity to Charlotte when a dose of the big city is the cure. But for the times when a slower pace is needed these towns in surrounding counties are the right tonic. Just a short distance over the North Carolina border lie towns and cities in York and Lancaster counties (South Carolina). Many South Carolina residents work in Charlotte but like the serenity and convenience that small towns offer, and without big city hassles. York County and its towns and cities - Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Sharon, Lancaster, Lake Wylie and other small communities and towns add plenty of flavor to the Charlotte region. The city of York (approximately 27 miles southwest of Charlotte) is a mix of old and new. Here the "White Rose City" is the perfect combination of the Old South and the bold new South with entrepreneurs forging a new lifestyle that blends seamlessly with the past. Stroll down tree-lined streets dotted with shops in restored historic buildings. Experience unique and quaint shops or grab a bite to eat at a locally owned restaurant in the bustling downtown. The city has one of the largest historic districts in South Carolina with 190 properties. In the historic downtown visitors can enjoy a night of culture at the McCelvey Center, which houses a 560-seat theater. The grand historical building, that was once a school, hosts an annual performing arts series called the Southern Sound Series each January through March. For another dose of history with an added cultural bonus, experience a night out in the historic, 100-year-old Sylvia Theater. Once upon a time, the 200-seat auditorium was a downtown movie theater and hotel, now renovated to a singer/songwriter performance venue and a movie house. Culture is found in other venues such as unique museums which educate visitors about the region. Visit the county's culture and heritage museums which include historic Brattonsville, Museum of York County, McCelvey Center and Main Street Children's Museum. If it's apple season, you can't leave York without stopping by Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill. South Carolina's first cidery is the only cidery stop along the YoCo Brew Trail, South Carolina's first beer trail. At Windy Hill sip award-winning ciders with warm apple cider doughnuts. Or, have a brew at Legal Remedy Brewing Co. which also happens to feature some of Windy Hill's cider on its menu. Lancaster County and the City of Lancaster (approximately 30 miles south of Charlotte), are rich in history dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil War. Lancaster also has a manufacturing history as home to one of the largest textile companies in the world, Springs Textile Company. Springs Textiles remains in operation today and the former Springs residence is the new home to the Lancaster Council for the Arts. Lancaster, called "The Red Rose City" is known for its vibrant art and cultural scene. The city's performing arts series as well as its See Lancaster Live series features performances and events such as, the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Ag+Art Tour Kick-Off, Winter Block Party, children's performances and other special events. Paws on Parade, a permanent public art exhibit, will be installed in locations throughout Lancaster County in 2019. Sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, the exhibit features ten artistically painted fiberglass canines that will be installed in various locations in the county. The completed exhibits will be featured in galleries during December before being installed. The USC-Lancaster Performing Arts Series at Bundy Auditorium is a popular venue for entertainment. Throughout the year, the auditorium on the USC- Lancaster campus hosts nationally known entertainers such as 3 Dog Night, The Fifth Dimension, and Chairman of the Board, among others, plus other special events. BY LINDSEY GREY

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