The Writing’s on the Wall at Camp North End
PHOTO CREDIT: Ernesto Moreno
“I assembled my dream team.” – Bree Stallings
A new mural at Camp North End created by 11 artists (like Garrison Gist above) is just the first part of a city-wide celebration of hip-hop culture presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts in January 2021 and brought to you by local hip-hop luminaries. Experience the mural and immerse yourself in hip-hop culture at a free event – We Are Hip Hop: The Reveal – Nov. 6-8.
Common Wealth Charlotte Helps Others Heal Trauma & Build Wealth
No other local organization does what Common Wealth Charlotte does. There are nonprofits – essential ones – that help with emergency financial needs. But CEO Chuck Jones and his staff help low-income earners get out of debt, establish a bank account and build wealth. They’re playing the long game, and it’s getting results.
Art & Activism Takes Flight with Lord Phly
The artist known as Lord Phly is busy. A month ago, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris held a “shop talk” in front of one of his murals. Last week, he teamed up with friends Matthew Clayburn and Jaron Smalls to paint a new mural on the side of the Charlotte Rescue Mission and Community Matters Cafe on the edge of uptown. He may be from Raleigh, but he’s been extremely active in Charlotte since the summer. And, he says he’s just getting started.
Come for the Moonshine (Fruitcake), Stay for the Mural
Manolo’s Bakery at 4405 Central Avenue has become a well-known destination for incredible treats and community activism. Now, when you think of them, owner Manolo Betancur wants you to think of moonshine … moonshine fruit cake, to be specific, made with local moonshine, figs and plums; cherries; peaches; raisins; pineapple; bananas; and “a few more secrets.”
You can sample it … and watch Irisol Gonzalez paint a new #CountOnMeCLT window mural … this Saturday. Learn more about it here.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rebecca Stone
Gavin Toth, Co-Owner
Divine Barrel Brewing
You may have tasted his magnificent beers or marveled at his magnificent beard, but can you say you really know Gavin Toth, co-owner of Divine Barrel Brewing? We thought we did. That was until we asked him five ridiculous questions. Now, like The Sixth Sense or The Usual Suspects, we feel like we’ve got to go back to the beginning and get to know him all over again. Here’s a taste of our silly profile of Gavin:
What’s the most insane thing anyone’s ever said after trying a Divine Barrel beer for the first time?
“We had a beer called “Losing my Lettuce.” It did not have lettuce in it, but someone did say that they could really taste the lettuce in it.”
Read Gavin’s other four answers … plus one to grow on.
PHOTO CREDIT: Brooke Brown
A Photo Tour of NoDa’s New Trash Cans
Murals may be the big ticket in NoDa, but every inch of it is covered in some form of creative expression, from stickers on power boxes and street signs, to pop-up art installations on the street and yarn-bombed fences. This summer, thanks to a grant from the City of Charlotte, even the trash cans that line the streets are in on the act. They’ve been given new life by eight local creatives commissioned by the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association.
Take a photo safari of NoDa’s trash can collection with photographer Brooke Brown.
Biscuit CLT Podcast: Scratch Made with Matt and Tim
Once a month, “Chief Biscuit Bakers” Matt Olin and Tim Miner gather on Tim’s porch to record a quick chat about the people, places, movements and ingredients they see making Charlotte an innovative and exciting city. On this “Scratch Made” batch of the Biscuit CLT podcast, they tackle five topics in 25 minutes:
- What they love and hate about online events
- Their predictions for live events in 2021
- Ways creatives can make the most of “COVID time”
- Rediscovering parts of Charlotte
- Takeaways from Latin American Heritage Month
Listen in on their conversation. And, contact us about topics you’d like them to address in November.
On the section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway across from the Grady Cole Center and the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Building on CPCC’s campus, you’ll find these two bronze figures standing together, looking out into the distance.
The statues sculpted by Charlotte artist Chas Fagan (the sculptor who created the James Jack equestrian statue not much further down the trail) are of Thomas Spratt and King Haigler, the English name for the tribal Catawba chieftain. These two men and their bond were fundamental to the establishment of the Charlotte region in the 1750s. Their friendship paved the way for peace between the settlers and the Catawba Indian Nation in North and South Carolina.
These are just two statues positioned along the greenway as part of the Trail of History, a collection of statues that serves as a museum without walls — highlighting important people and moments in Charlotte’s history. There are eight stops along the Trail today, with statues of Charlotte luminaries Julius Chambers, Romare Bearden, Dr. Annie Alexander and more planned for the future.
BONUS: Once you’ve traveled the Trail of History, we recommend you continue your outdoor time travel excursions by visiting Mecklenburg County’s six operating historic former homesites from the 18th and 19th centuries: Historic Latta Plantation, Historic Rural Hill, Charlotte Museum of History, Historic Rosedale, Hugh Torrance House and Store and President James K. Polk State Historic Site.
Directions: 310 N Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA
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 chat with Meredith Connelly about turning Lights back on at USNWC
- A quick video trip to East Side Local
- A trip to Beatties Ford Road with Ricky Singh
- Meeting 6 more amazing Latinx creatives at work in Charlotte
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