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May 15, 2017
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to host festival of hundreds of lanterns beginning September 7
BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites guests to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Wednesday through Sunday, for eight weeks from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are now available at www.DSBG.org.
We may call these “lanterns,” but make no mistake – these are not hand-held, candle-lit lamps. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingoes and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. It’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date and hundreds of lanterns will fill more than 12 acres.
Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Guests will marvel at Kung Fu shows, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and raked sand.
Throughout autumn, the Garden will offer continuing education classes for adults, programs for schools and home schools, guided tours for groups and much more. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Asian event that celebrates the moon. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities and sample a traditional a moon cake. Mid-Autumn Festival is free with festival admission.
Admission for the Chinese Lantern Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Visitors can save by purchasing tickets online in advance at www.DSBG.org where tickets are $21.95 per adult, $19.95 per senior 60+, $14.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. If tickets are not sold out for an evening, tickets will also be available at the door for $24.95 per adult, $21.95 per senior 60+, $15.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. Garden members receive a 30% discount on tickets including up to four guests. Please note that the Garden will remain open daily for general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with daytime entry ending at 4 p.m.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is a production of Hanart Culture (www.chineselanternfestival.com). The exhibition is sponsored by Duke Energy, WSOC-TV and K104.7.
For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.
About Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival
Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a magical showcase of hundreds of illuminated lantern displays and live Kung Fu shows. The festival is a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Featured attractions also include dinosaur ride, Chinese Folk Art and Crafts, food, plus interactive Kung Fu and Martial Arts lessons on stage for visitors.
Sip & Stroll begins Thursdays in May from 5 to 9 p.m.
BELMONT, N.C. – Guests are encouraged to enjoy Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in the beautiful evening hours during Sip & Stroll every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout the summer months May through August.
The warm light of the setting sun will illuminate thousands of buds and blooms while guests unwind with a stroll through the Garden, sip a glass of wine or other refreshing beverages available for purchase, and enjoy a snack, wrap or salad from The Garden Store. On select evenings, guests will also enjoy live music. The Garden will also offer Sip & Paint classes on June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. for adults over the age of 21 for $30 per guest. Guests can register in advance online at www.DSBG.org.
Live Music Schedule from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
May 18: Josh Wiard
May 25: Tom Billoto
June 1: Frank Adams
June 8: Caleb Davis
June 15: Demperio Hertz
June 29: Caleb Davis
July 6: Boat Rockers Duo
July 13: Caleb Davis
July 20: Demperio Hertz
August 3: Frank Adams
August 10: Caleb Davis
August 17: Demperio Hertz
Sip & Stroll is free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. Through August, the Garden is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily with the exception of Thursdays in which the Garden will be open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.
BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s educational programs for a variety of ages continue throughout the month of May. Classes include yoga, photography, horticulture topics, birds and more.
Upcoming classes in May include:
Saturday Children’s Yoga
May 6 & 20; 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Instructed by Yoga with Raha, Certified Yoga Instructors. Perfect class to transition to naptime! Geared towards children 3 and older, this class will focus on movement and energy release. This class is $6/guest and Garden members receive a 15% discount. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
Horticultural Highlight Walk
May 6 & 20; 1 p.m.
Join our professional horticulture staff as they take you on a custom tour of the Garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details.
Free with Garden admission or free for Garden members.
Saturday Morning Mixed Yoga at the Garden
May 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Instructed by Yoga with Raha, Certified Yoga Instructors. Make yoga at the Garden part of your weekly routine. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, you will find your center and get in touch with your body and mind. Beginners and intermediate students welcome. This class is $12/guest and Garden members receive a 15% discount. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
Intro to Yoga
May 6, 13, 20, 27; 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructed by Yoga with Raha, Certified Yoga Instructors. Experience the many benefits of this ancient practice including posture, flexibility, strength and suppleness. Master fundamental poses in a gentle and supportive environment. This class is $6/guest. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
Pop-Up Card Making
May 6; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Instructor: Lore Spivey, Art with Pop
Learn the art and technique behind paper pop-ups! In May, create a blossoming cherry tree card representing beauty and new life in Asian culture and a 7” X 7” lotus flower that can be used as is, or by adding an LED candle. In July, using ancient Japanese folding techniques combined with modern LED technology, learn to make ornamental Japanese string lights. Can’t decide? Join both classes to expand your creative palette. This class is $25/guest. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
Digital SLR II – Advanced
May 7; 1:30 – 4 p.m. instructed by Dave Kelly, owner DEK Photography
This class will take anyone’s photography to the next level. Students will learn about metering to expose for highlights and equally important, how to expose for the shadows. Metering is the key to getting the correct exposure based on ISO sensitivity and ambient light. This class is $46/guest and Garden members receive a 15% off discount. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
Small Stalks Mondays
May 8, 15, 22, 29; 10 – 11 a.m.
Bring children ages two through five to explore nature in a safe, nurturing environment. Activities may include stories, songs, planting seeds, crafts and play in Lost Hollow. Please arrive by 10 a.m. as the activities are designed to be enjoyed for the duration of the program (1 hour). The cost is $10/session (one parent + one child) and additional guests are $6 each. Garden members receive a 15% discount. Learn more at www.dsbg.org.
Wee Sprouts Mondays
May 8, 15, 22, 29; 11:15 a.m. – Noon
Bring children under two years of age to the Garden for a morning of sensory exploration, singing and fun. This program will explore colors, shapes, movement and texture and a host of other topics in a safe and nurturing environment. Please arrive by 11:15 a.m. as the activities are designed to be enjoyed for the duration of the program. The cost is $10/session (one parent + one child) and additional guests are $6 each. Garden members receive a 15% discount. Learn more at www.dsbg.org.
May 9; 9 – 10 a.m.
Stroll through the Garden’s Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts with Garden birding volunteers. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. Some previous walks have documented as many as 24 different species of bird! Free with Garden admission.
Sip & Paint
May 18; 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor: Halle Russell, Artist & Garden Instructor
Follow along and paint a stunning provided scene! Includes one glass of wine, light snacks, and a painting lesson plus plenty of natural beauty to inspire your creativity. Must be over 21. This class is $30/guest and Garden members receive a 15% off discount. Register online at www.dsbg.org.
For more information or to register for a class, please visit www.DSBG.org or call 704-829-1252.
Live performances during two-day festival May 20 & 21
BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Spring 2017 Lost Hollow Music Fest will be held on May 20 & 21. The two-day festival will feature six performances by a range of musicians who have put their own spin on blues and will also feature screenings of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary.”
The festival will kick off on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. with a screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” followed at 11:30 a.m. with a panel discussion about the documentary, The Instigators at 12:30 p.m., Moreland & Arbuckle at 2 p.m., another screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” at 3:30 p.m. and headliner Jarekus Singleton at 4 p.m. Music Fest will continue on Sunday, May 21 with Nathan Pope at noon, a screening of “Live From the Double Door Inn: A Documentary” at both 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Abe Reid at 2 p.m. and Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues at 4 p.m. The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but please note that ticket sales and entry end at 4 p.m. each day.
In addition to this fantastic lineup of top-notch performers and family fun, food offerings will be available for purchase from food trucks and The Garden Store. A selection of beverages including craft beer, wine and more will be also be available for purchase.
The festival is free with general Garden admission. Admission is free for Garden members, $12.95 per adult, $11.95 per senior 60+, $6.95 per child ages 2-12, and free for children under age two. Tickets are available in advance online at www.DSBG.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Lost Hollow Music Fest Spring 2017 is sponsored by WSGE 91.7 and Park Sterling Bank.
Entertainment Featured During Lost Hollow Music Fest
Music Fest will kick off with a screening of “Live from the Double Door Inn: A Documentary,” the story about Charlotte’s home for the blues for more than 43 years. The film’s producers and other special guests will lead a panel discussion about this renowned club’s history.
The music winds up on Saturday with The Instigators, a four piece Chicago Blues/Southern Soul band that is taking Charlotte like lightning. Its members are Rob Dayton on harmonica and vocals, Stephen Foley on bass and Vocals, John Hartley on drums and Michael Ingmire on guitar and vocals.
Next up are guitarist Aaron Moreland, vocalist/harmonicist Dustin Arbuckle, and drummer Kendall Newby of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio Moreland & Arbuckle. This gritty blues and roots rock band electrifies raw Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues, folk, and traditional country with unrelenting punk rock energy washed in hard-hitting Southern soul. According to the New York Post, they have “a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.”
Saturday’s headliner Jarekus Singleton, a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent, will wrap up day one with his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice. At just 30 years old, he’s a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions is all his own.
The Music Fest returns Sunday with 15-year-old blues guitarist from the heart of North Carolina with a great love for the blues, Nathan Pope, and musicians Chuck Sirko and Bruce Wassel. Nathan received his first guitar at the age of two and was teaching himself to play by the age of seven. A few years later he started joining in on the weekly jams of the local blues society and in 2015 attended the Pinetop Perkins Masterclass workshop in Mississippi working with the likes of Bob Margolin, and many others.
Next up and hailing from Statesville, Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers are back for a reprise performance at Lost Hollow Music Fest. Abe Reid has an incredible energy and is a past winner of the International Blues Competition in Memphis. He learned straight from the old-timey greats and pays them tribute by keeping the blues alive and full of grit. The band’s unique style of savory old-school blues is gritty, steady-rocking musical dynamite.
Bringing the Music Fest to a close is headliner Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues. Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band, recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker, and played bass on the Sanford & Son television show and for Otis Redding and B.B. King. Mac moved to L.A. and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He retired to be an organic farmer, but now Mac is back with his own band and a “plate full” of albums, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.