I had the pleasure of spending my weekend watching the most talented group of performers! A little over a year ago, my daughter was introduced to Aerial Dance. It was love at first sight. Little did I know that we would be spending 15 hours a week in training just a year later. It has been worth every penny and every minute of it.
Sometimes artists seem to live in a world of their own. Dancers are no exception. They are focused. They are disciplined. They are sensitive to all sight, sound, and smell around them. That can make them funny at times, and impossible to manage at times. They are willing to work long hours to seek perfection in something they love. They will go days with little food or sleep to gracefully fly across the stage smiling and making look easy, what only a few of us can manage to do. Aerial dancers have the strength of a body builder and the grace of a ballerina. That is what first attracted Cadence and me to Caroline Calouche and Co. and that is what keeps me convinced that this is a good match for Cadence.
In a very short time my daughter has built a bond with dancers from the ages of 10 to 60. She is the youngest in the Ensemble, whose members range in age from 12 to 18. The majority of the adult dancers range in age from 20 to 35. They are exceptional role models. Though from a range of backgrounds and educations, they all come together as family for a common goal: to make the show extraordinary! Extraordinary it was! Clara’s Trip is an aerial view of the famous Nutcracker story. For you it is a must-see Christmas Story, and for Cadence and me, it is a must have addition to our lives to be part of the CC and Co. dance family.
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Well Spring is here, and despite all of my good intentions of getting Fit2BNC of the ground last year, we never got the wheels in full motion. Now the time is here and I can't help but feel full of energy! What better way to put my energy to good use, then to plant a garden? One of my dilemmas that needs resolution over the next two weeks is, whether to plant a full-blown garden or to just nurture my mini patio-sized bed that surrounded my mailbox last year.
Gardening in the south has been an adventure for me! Having had lived in New York, I am not used to the orange claylike soil of the south. On my journey to find the perfect garden situation for me, I plan on doing a little more investigating into the use of compost and fertilizers. Even the weather in NC as compared to NY posts different problems with irrigation and sunlight. Last year I saved seeds and started tiny plants in egg cartons and pots. When I was sure that the fear of cold had passed, I moved them to the ground, only to find them within days devoured by tiny critters, or even possibly the deer that cruise my hood at night!
April 1st is a good ground point for setting a planting day! As long as the frosted nights have passed (a pretty good change of that in NC) all root vegetables like carrots, beets, radishes and potatoes can be planted. Kale, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and a first rounds of beans can be sewn as well. By mid-month, it will be time to plant those plants that you started in doors like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and melons. On the Farmers Almanac site, I even found a printable calendar that is searchable by zip codes, and a place to set up reminders of planting seasons by vegetables!
The best part about home gardening is that it is fantastic exercise! You will find after the first day of sod-turning that you are using muscles that have been sleeping most of the winter! Above all, it is a great family project. Kids young and old like to play in the dirt. There is a sense of pride and responsibility that comes from helping and watching your kids plant their own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Kids that grow their own veggies are 90 percent more likely to try a new vegetable just because they had a part in making it come to life!
In later blogs this week, I will focus on ideas for gardening in a small yard, on fertilizers, compost and rainwater collection, and later a trip around the Charlotte area to visit some community gardens. As always your comments and shares are welcomed! Thank you for helping Fit2BNC welcome Spring!
What better way to begin my first blog post, but with my favorite people! Last Friday I had the pleasure of spending the evening with some wonderful friends: Caroline, Xavier, Norah and Nathan who visited us from Brittany France. Last year, they spent the entire school year here in Matthews where Norah and my Cadence became the best of friends. Maybe someday we will have the good fortune of visiting them at their home, but until then...
Last Near our friends arrived too late and left too soon to enjoy one of the highlights of Matthews NC. It is the Stumptown Park, and all it has to offer our quaint little community. Onstage Friday was Charlotte's own Wink Keziah, with a variety of popular tunes. Whether was terrific, and the park was filled! See the link below with upcoming artists and events! Soon it will be time for our favorite local attraction, Matthews Alive! More to come on that in the near future!
See The Schedule of Events for upcoming Matthews Community Events
CC and Me
Please join us!