There’s still time to help Vance High have a yearbook for the ages

In January, we reported that a dedicated team of Vance High students and their advisor hoped to pull off the seemingly impossible – create A TRULY SPECIAL YEARBOOK: A yearbook spanning two years, since the pandemic wiped out last year’s yearbook. A yearbook created almost entirely online, since Vance students just returned to campus on March 15. And a yearbook every student can afford, even those with families struggling to pay bills. How are the yearbook students doing? The YEARBOOK TEAM has nearly finished the book, says their advisor, but more money is needed to provide low-cost books. YOU still have time to help these dedicated teens make their IMPOSSIBLE DREAM a reality. See details below on how you can help. Update from the yearbook team advisor Vikki Harmon, Vance’s first-year media coordinator and yearbook advisor, gives this report on the yearbook staff’s progress. “Face to face has been sort of a see-saw effect. Yes, we are excited to have scholars back in the building, but we are still very nervous about the virus and worried about our own families and kids. “It has also been challenging for teachers to teach via Zoom and in person, but we are pushing thru with the last 9 weeks starting on Monday. We can almost see the finish line for this year!” Dedicated yearbook staff nears the finish line “The yearbook staff is still trekking thru this unprecedented year, and I am extremely proud of my yearbook class! “As a new teacher at Vance, I’ve worked tirelessly to build relationships with my students and establish myself as a member of the Vance...
University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

THE WINE FESTIVAL – OUR MAIN EVENT – WILL OCCUR OVER TWO DAYS FOR SAFE BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCES.  University City Partners is excited to announce the return of University City Wine Fest with a new title sponsor, Crescent Communities, for the fifth annual Wine Fest this spring. Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest will take place April 14-18 with five boutique-style wine tastings and activities. Events will be held at various locations, including the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place, and at nearby Armored Cow Brewing. Presented by Extreme Property Services and Queen City Elite, the 2021 Wine Fest will extend the signature Wine Festival event from one day in past years to both Saturday AND Sunday, April 17-18, this year. Doing so will allow more people to enjoy the fun even as we lower the number of people who can attend on either day as a way to provide adequate social distancing. From a limited-capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home to sipping wine on the water at University Place, all Wine Fest events will provide opportunities to sample a variety of wines in a safe environment. “The annual Wine Fest is one of our most popular events in University City,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The lake and boardwalk are the perfect backdrop for sipping wine, and our business owners in University City are great partners that help to create a full cultural experience. And, I am thrilled that Crescent Communities is joining as the title sponsor to support bringing these wonderful experiences to our community.”   Five days of fun for...
University City Wine Fest – 5 days! 5 unique events!

University City Wine Fest – 5 days! 5 unique events!

Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest will return April 14-18 for its fifth year of fine wine and great fun.  The five-day festival will offer five boutique-style events at multiple locations including the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. New this year, the signature Wine Festival will happen over two days to accommodate social distancing. From a limited-capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home to sipping wine on the water, all events will provide opportunities to sample a variety of wines in a safe environment. A cultural community experience for the Charlotte region University City Wine Fest was created by University City Partners to deliver a cultural community experience for the Charlotte region. Activities will begin on Wednesday, April 14, with Wine Wednesday on the Water. Our lead event, the University City Wine Festival, will take place on both Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, to accommodate the crowds in entertaining and safe style. Both of the Wine Festival days will feature a large variety of wines from several regional wineries, plus live entertainment. Attendees will have access to as many wine, cider and brew samples as they can responsibly manage. Safety and convenience The five events of the University City Wine Fest have been adjusted to ensure safety protocols are in place for adhering to social distance guidelines. Events will be smaller to support fewer attendees. Organizers will continue to monitor and adhere to Mecklenburg County and North Carolina health guidelines. All events except the Royal Wine and Dine Experience on April 15 will take place in University Place. Visitors will find plenty of...
Wine Wednesday on the Water

Wine Wednesday on the Water

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FEST – DAY 1. ( 6-7:30 or 7:30-9 pm April 14 at Shoppes at University Place ) You and a guest will enjoy a wine tasting on the boat dock before selecting your favorite wine and boarding the paddle boat while enjoying the live music of the Courtney Lynn and Quinn Band. STAYING SAFE: We’re limiting capacity to increase social distancing. Thank you for your patience! NO DOGS AT THIS TIME: We love our dogs but please leave canine friends at home in order to increase personal space. MASKS ARE REQUIRED: Thank you for joining vendors and staff in keeping fellow customers safe by wearing a mask. Come by light rail, car, bike or foot! COST: $50 for two tickets. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours prior to the event. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. This will allow us time to plan the social-distance event layout. BUY TICKETS ONLINE or by calling 704-372-1000. About Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest takes place April 14-18 with five unique wine-filled events in and near Shoppes at University Place. Get details and tickets at universitycitywinefest.org. Get Wine Fest updates at Facebook.com/UnivCityWineFest....
Royal Wine and Dine Experience

Royal Wine and Dine Experience

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FEST – DAY 2. ( 6-9 pm April 15 at 10818 Tavernay Pkwy. ) Be treated like royalty during an evening with Chef Lisa Brooks at her beautiful home as she guides you through six courses of culinary delights all paired with wines. MENU Heirloom Tomato Tartlet With Corn & Fennel Chow Chow Paired with Tesora Decca Regina Pinot Grigio Fresh Cucumber Bisque Paired with Buttercream Chardonnay Frisée Salad With Smoked Tomato Bacon Vinaigrette Gratineed Diver Scallop With Lemon Tarragon Gremolata Paired with Angeline Sauvignon Blanc Roast Pork Tenderloin w/Citrus Cilantro Date Chimichurri, Pan Roasted Fingerlings , Yellow Squash Purée Paired with Unanime Pinot Noir Raspberry Soufflé Paired with Borrasca   MASKING: Mask is required when out of your seat. COST: $191 per person. Tickets must be purchased at least 24hrs prior to the events and no tickets will be sold the day of the events. This will allow us time to plan the social distance event layout. BUY TICKETS ONLINE or by calling 704-372-1000.   About Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest Crescent Communities University City Wine fest takes place April 14-18 with five unique wine-filled events in and near Shoppes at University Place. Get details and tickets at universitycitywinefest.org. Get Wine Fest updates at...