Sunday, October 11, 2015

No Panthers? No problem: Plenty to do in Charlotte

pots bubbling, bustles bustling, designers embossing and photographers autographing (well, OK, one): This Panthers-game-less Sunday had plenty going on within three miles of the stadium – and if you were willing to trek a bit farther (though not as far as that rescheduled Bank of America 500 race), you could add a 25th-anniversary festival, too.
Take a look:
▪ The Dilworth South End Chili Cookoff packed parking lots by Atherton Mill with long rows of tented, chili-cooking hopefuls (a sampling: Nacho Mama’s; Dogwood; “Bowls of Steel/Fist of Thunder Chili”), plus issue-awareness tables, beverage service and dogs – so many dogs.
From the Chihuahua being ferried in a wagon to the Lab crunching happily amid a bed of several buckets-worth of ice to a series of photogenic Great Danes, these warred for mid-afternoon attention with a Cheap-Trick-playing band.
For 10 bucks (free for kids), you got all the chili you could sample, and Sir Purr and big firetrucks were also on the agenda. The event benefited three nonprofits: Camp Kudos (for kids with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes), Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the Alzheimer’s Association.
▪ The grand opening of small, upscale menswear store Tabor brought out a crowd commensurate with its size (as in: another jovially jammed parking lot), checking out the wares and meeting designers and makers who came to town for the event.

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