Weekend Ahead: September 18-21

What we think everyone should be doing this weekend.

Festival in the Park at Freedom Park
This event, which has been around since 1964, is so jam-packed full of stuff it is literally impossible that you won’t be able to find something to amuse, feed, or entertain every single member of your family. There are carnival rides, magicians, clowns, pony rides, and arts and crafts, there is live music, dance performances, and oodles of food including Italian sausage, shrimp etouffee, chicken fried rice, and junk-food faves like funnel cake, cotton candy and (our personal favorite) giant soft pretzels. Get your family out of the house and into the park – just be sure to plan ahead for parking. More info can be found at www.festivalinthepark.org Thursday Sept. 18 – Sunday Sept. 21

Brunch at Nolia
This new Charlotte spot just added weekend brunch to its offerings about a month ago, and we’ve been dying to check it out. We can’t decide if we should carb load with their bananas foster French toast, treat ourselves to the Oscar benedict (poached eggs over crab meat and asparagus), class it up with the smoked salmon eggs on a potato cake with dill sour cream, or jump ahead to lunch and indulge in a BLT&A (the usual plus creamy avocado). Oh man – excuse me. I am drooling on my computer keyboard. Is it Saturday yet? 366 North Caswell Road (704) 376-1515 or check out the menu online at www.noliarestaurant.com

Chris Paul’s Winston-Salem Weekend featuring Ludacris
Yes, we realize this event takes place and hour and a half from Charlotte, but you can’t possibly expect us to not blog about this event considering that: A) we both went to Wake Forest while Chris Paul was playing. B) Chris Paul was the only basketball player that Jenn ever managed to care about (other than a child hood fascination with Muggsy Bogues) C) Sarah and Luda are BFF after her days living in Atlanta (she dreams of the day he might tell her to “Move bi$@#%, get out the way.” D) The tickets to Luda and C. Paul’s show are only $20, and the proceeds go to Paul’s CP3 foundation that supports local charities in his hometown of W-S. Thursday, Sept. 18. Joel Coliseum, Winston Salem NC 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster online.

We don’t know about you, but when the temperature dropped this past Tuesday (after a few hours of torrential downpour), we were stoked. It is now officially okay to start unearthing our cool-weather wardrobe, and this weekend is a great time to do it. Dig out your fall and winter coats and check them for missing buttons, mystery stains, and cash you didn’t know you left in the pockets (score!). You should also pull your sweaters out from underneath your bed and dry clean or dryer fluff any that smell musty, and soak and air dry all of your trusty tights (Our advice: don’t take a whiff first, just put them all straight into the sink with some Woolite. You don’t want to smell what last year’s boot sweat smells like after 7 months in storage). Speaking of boots, don’t forget to examine the heels of your favorite fall pumps and winter boots for any missing or worn down heel taps and take those in need of repair to the Belk Shoe Repair shop (See our Best of the Best list for more info) for a quick fix. Another fun way to reacquaint yourself with the clothes you haven’t seen in months: grab a copy of our Fall Fashion issue and see if you can find anything you already have in your closet that might suddenly be trendy!

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