Lost Drone On Christmas Day Leads to an Unforgettable Flight
By 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, they were up all over the neighborhood — hand-drawn, 8.5” x 11” signs that simply read: “Lost Drone” (with a phone number).
There was something so pure about them that compelled Biscuit publisher, Tim Miner, to snap a pic and share it online. A sad, young drone pilot was missing what was probably his or her favorite Christmas present.
From there, Charlotte responded. People shared their own stories of their own lost presents. Others offered up lost drones they’d found, hoping to make a match. Finally, the mother of the 7-year-old boy behind the signs, named Hayes, reached out through Instagram.
Hayes had lost his drone by 9 a.m. that morning. Undeterred, he grabbed his markers, made his signs and waited for her to take him around the neighborhood to post them. He told his story on WJZY and we shared it, too, on WBTV’s QC@3 last week. Despite searching the neighborhood by foot, car and air, Hayes never found his drone. But, he did find a creative friend.
After seeing Hayes’ story online, drone videographer Kevin Young of The 5 and 2 Project reached out to Hayes’ mom and offered to give a lesson to make sure his second flight went better than the first. They met up this weekend and made a video to share the experience. Watch it below.
PHOTO CREDIT (Above): The 5 and 2 Project
Poetry at Work Day: Three Charlotte Poets Share Ideas on How to Celebrate
“Most offices could use a little more lyricism and a lot less ‘leveraging’ and ‘going after the low-hanging fruit.’ In fact, we shouldn’t limit sharing poetry – at work or elsewhere – to just one day. Poetry should be shared often – and especially in places devoid of beautiful words.” – Page Leggett
There’s little that can be called lyrical about the language of the workplace. (And no, “blue-sky thinking” doesn’t count.) Often filled with impenetrable jargon, nonsensical acronyms and made-up words (“learnings” rather than “lessons,” for instance), workplace lingo isn’t always meant to enlighten or edify. It’s sometimes used to obfuscate.
PHOTO CREDIT (Above): Charlotte Lit
Happy Public Radio Broadcasting Day!
“My favorite story so far is the one I did on gas station workers. I got to shed light on the challenges of important people we often overlook during this pandemic, but who help get all of us through each day.” – Gracyn Doctor, WFAE
We’re not going out on much of a limb to say that 2020 was a year of stories. The political climate and the COVD-19 pandemic provided a new context and perspectives on timeless stories of family dynamics, homelessness, racial disparity and more.
While 2021 is already looking like another, um, interesting (and dangerous) year for media, we took the occasion of Public Radio Broadcasting Day – Jan. 13 – to ask four reporters from our media partner and national public radio affiliate WFAE about the favorite story they covered last year. All four — Sarah Delia, David Boraks, Gracyn Doctor and Laura Brache — shared stories of people forced to reevaluate the world around them.
VP. Basketball Coach. Children’s Book Author.
And, most importantly, Father.
Lawrence Gordon is a man of many skills, and he applies them in several different arenas. By day, he’s the VP of Workforce Development at Hope Haven, a Charlotte nonprofit dedicated to helping those suffering from addiction. At night, he’s a basketball coach at Carmel Christian. And now, he’s a twice-published children’s book author.
Both books have been written with one of his three children. And, he’s started a third. These books came, not from a desire to be famous, but through connecting with his kids on a very personal and creative level. They have worked on the projects together every step of the way, including the business efforts. And, it’s made their bond stronger.
This week, he talks with Tim Miner about discovering a new passion for writing and sharing the creative journey with his children. Click below and listen.
There aren’t enough places for Charlotte artists to sell their work. Our new best friend, street artist, Matt Alvis, decided to do something about it.
Last fall, Alvis and other artists in his TAC (short for “Tough Ass Crew”) Instagram group, were finding it difficult to make a living during the pandemic. They needed a place to show (and sell) their work. The Evening Muse offered a home in the former Sunshine Daydreams space on N. Davidson Street, and Alvis and his friends got to work building the TAC Gallery. Within 12 days, they had turned the space into a full-blown gallery. Since then, more than 125 artists have displayed their wares at the TAC Gallery.
For his work building the TAC Gallery, he was recognized with a moss art Bolt of Inspiration (pictured above) made by The Savage Way and sponsored by OrthoCarolina at the CreativeMornings/Charlotte Zoom gathering on Jan. 8.
Heading into 2021, Alvis has a word for people who are excited about his new gallery: “You can make a huge difference in the life of an artist just by buying one piece from one artist you like this year,” he said. “Our landlords are still not accepting likes and shares [as payment].”
While you’re waiting for the completion of the new Gold Line streetcars connecting Hawthorne Ave. to Johnson C. Smith University, take a quick detour down S. Turner Street into the Seversville community … and into history. Across from Savona Mill and Blue Blaze Brewing, you’ll stumble upon two rusty reminders of the heyday of 20th century streetcars.
Directions: 500 S Turner Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208
Don’t go ’round hungry. If you missed the last batch of The Biscuit, don’t worry. We’ve kept it warm for you. This batch featured:
- A conversation with CLT creative champion and Blumenthal Performing Arts CEO, Tom Gabbard
- A thinkpiece on how we will create connections in 2021
Click here to dig in, y‘all.
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