Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Waxhaw Ice Cream Spots

Yum!  Yum!  We sure do love our ice cream here in Waxhaw.  The warm weather here means we can have ice cream almost all-year-long!

Here are a few of our favorite local ice cream spots:

Waxhaw Creamery
Located in the heart of downtown Waxhaw at 201 W. South Main Street (between The Gracious Home and Heritage Food & Drink), Waxhaw Creamery is...wonderful!  They make their own ice cream and waffle cones and the smell inside is divine.  The owners are great people and our kids love stopping in whenever we are downtown.  It's a real treat!  Visit the Waxhaw Creamery Facebook page for hours and brand new flavors.

Waxhaw TCBY
The newest ice cream spot in Waxhaw is located in Cureton Town Center next to GNC and Papa John's Pizza.  Now you fill-your-own cup with yogurt (lots of great flavors), then add your toppings and put your cup on the scale connected to the cash register.  There is seating inside and out - you will definitely see someone you know driving by if you sit outside!  Their store is a great spot for birthday parties too!  Visit the TCBY Waxhaw Facebook page for new flavors, phone number and location.

Ice Cream & Pizza Works
Waxhaw residents give rave reviews for their New York-style pizza, but don't miss their Hershey's brand ice cream too!  Located at 401 N. Broome Street - visit the Ice Cream & Pizza Works website or Facebook page for specials and new ice cream flavors!

Fox's Pizza Den
Our very own Fox's Pizza Den (407 E. South Main St.) makes their very own homemade, all natural and gluten-free ice cream available for purchase in great flavors like Chocolate-Almond Cocount, Banana Pudding (with real bananas), Natural Vanilla, Authentic Chocolate, Oreo and Mint Chocolate Chip.  Visit the Fox's Pizza Den Facebook page for location, hours and new ice cream flavors (call first for availability).  Yum!

I think I've given you quite a list of great ice cream places to check out in Waxhaw as the weather warms up!  Please comment if I've missed one or tell me your favorite flavor.  We all scream for ice cream!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Favorite Local Library and Bookstore

Today I want to share with you two of my favorite spots around Waxhaw:  The Del Webb Library and the Waxhaw Library's Used Bookstore.

The Del Webb Library is in the Lancaster/Indian Land, South Carolina area.  It is connected to the Sun City/Carolina Lakes development (via golf cart path).  Simply follow Kensington Road south (turns into Jim Wilson Road at the state line) and at the Highway 521 street light, go straight into the shopping center and turn left in the roundabout to the library (behind Wendy's).

It's SO close and Waxhaw residents may join for $20/year and have a library card for great books and movies!

The library is new, clean, quiet, well-planned, not too big, has lots of great books, and the staff is super-friendly!  Don't miss their awesome Summer Reading Program for kids.  In April, they are hosting a movie night for kids and showing the movie "Frozen".  This library is one of the best-kept secrets for Waxhaw residents.  You can follow the Del Webb Library events on Facebook too.

I do love books and bookstores.  My favorite quiet bookstore is the Waxhaw Reading Room.  It is the only bookstore in Waxhaw happens to be downtown in the building just to the left of Maxwell's Tavern (directly at the bottom of the train bridge).  The best part about this spot?  The books are mostly $2 or less!  And all proceeds benefit the Waxhaw Library Association's fund to build a new library for Waxhaw citizens.  A great cause!

My sister wanted "vintage books" for her wedding tables.  I shopped the Waxhaw Used Bookstore and found 20 books for $0.50 each with great home decor appeal!  An instant library for  $10!  Can't beat that.

The volunteer staff is fantastic.  Very sweet ladies who love books too!  Find children's books, beach novels, cookbooks, gardening books and even history books.  This shop is a great place to look for books for kids' school projects and reports too.  Or if you like to create crafts with vintage book pages, start here!  You can follow the Waxhaw Reading Room on Facebook too.

I hope you'll visit one or both of these "favorite spots".  More to come!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Make Snowman Soup Kits for Teachers and Neighbors

Looking for a fun & easy gift to make with your kids for their school teachers and your neighbors?  Let's make Snowman Soup Kits this year!
Gingersnap Crafts makes her kits with brown paper lunch sacks, pre-packaged hot cocoa mix, chocolate kisses, mini marshmallows and candy canes.  Don't forget her cute printable Snowman Soup poem too!

Another cute free printable Snowman Soup poem is from Simply Kierste (we love the polka dots and snowman)!

Want to get the kids involved even more?  Teach them how to make Homemade Hot Chocolate with just a few ingredients!  This can be made in large batches (perfect if you have lots of great teachers and neighbors to share).
We found a few great mix recipes for you to try:
3.  Hot Chocolate Mix by Organized Simplicity (love the pint mason jars!)

We hope you give this sweet homemade gift a try this Christmas.  I think your kids will really enjoy making "batches" of Snowman Soup Kits and/or homemade hot cocoa mix.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Live Nativity Events in Waxhaw

Want to take your family to see a Live Nativity this Christmas?
There are lots of great churches performing outdoor Live Nativity events in and around Waxhaw this weekend!
A Live (or "Living") Nativity is the story of Jesus' birth directly from the Bible.  Your family will walk through the story, from Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, to the shepherds watching their flocks by night, to the three kings following the star, to the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger.
It is a great way for kids to "see" this amazing story come to life!
(scroll down for event times & locations)
Live Nativity Events in Waxhaw on Friday, December 13, 2013:

Live Nativity Events in Waxhaw on Saturday, December 14, 2013:

Sunday, December 15, 2013:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Elementary School Cap for Millbridge, Lawson, Quellin, Cureton, Prescott and Anklin Forrest

Are you building a new home in Waxhaw?  Are you buying or selling a home?
One of the fastest growing areas surrounds Kensington Elementary School and includes the neighborhoods of Cureton, Quellin, Millbridge, Anklin Forrest and Lawson.
We want you to be aware that it is uncertain where your elementary-age children will attend school this fall.  Even if your home's MLS Listing states "Kensington Elementary" as its assigned school, that information is not current.
Kensington Elementary School's enrollment has been capped by Union County Public Schools due to its current over capacity levels.  No new students will be allowed to enroll from now until the end of the school year.
If you close on your new home after November 13, 2013, your elementary student will be attending Waxhaw Elementary for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year.
The Union County Board of Education (BOE or "school board") will be analyzing population and neighborhood reports over the next few months to formulate its Redistricting Plan for the 2014-2015 school year.
It is unknown at this time where elementary-age students in each neighborhood will attend school next year.
We will do our best to keep you informed.
We know that moving to a new neighborhood, city or state requires research and planning and your child's school is a big part of that decision.
Waxhaw Elementary is a great school.  It is just a longer bus ride or car ride for our zoned Kensington Elementary neighbors.
Keep up-to-date on school board meetings on the UCPS Redistricting Facebook page too.

Kensington Elementary, Marvin Middle and Porter Ridge Middle Enrollment CAP

Effective November 13, 2013, the Union County Public Schools has issued a CAP on new student enrollment for Kensington Elementary School in Waxhaw, Marvin Ridge Middle School and Porter Ridge Middle School.
This means that if you move into the area after November 13, 2013, your child will NOT be able to attend Kensington Elementary, Marvin Middle or Porter Ridge Middle schools.  Current students and current residents are not affected by this cap.
Where will my child go to school?
Since these three schools are OVER their student population capacity, the UCPS issued this CAP on new student enrollment and will bus your child to a school that is not operating at capacity:
Kensington Elementary ----> Waxhaw Elementary
Marvin Ridge Middle School ----> Parkwood Middle
Porter Ridge Middle ----> Piedmont Middle
This CAP is effective through the end of the 2013-2014 school year OR until the school board votes and approves the Redistricting Plan for the 2014-2015 school year.  So, your child may need to change schools again in August based on the Redistricting Plan that has not been announced as of today.
Read more about the enrollment cap and FAQ's from UCPS here.
We will do our best to keep you posted on any news updates!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Downtown Waxhaw Christmas Lights and Santa Parade

Christmas begins in downtown Waxhaw with the "Festival of Lights" on Friday, November 29, 2013 (the day after Thanksgiving).
Over 75,000 lights illuminate our historic buildings and landscaping around Main Street.  Program begins around 5:30 p.m.
Victorian singers stroll the streets and Santa makes a special visit to Waxhaw for children to give him their Christmas List in person.
Mark your calendar:  Downtown Christmas Lights
Friday, November 29th @ 5:30 p.m.
The Waxhaw Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2013.  The parade begins at 2:45 p.m.  Kids can "Snack with Santa" after the parade at 4:30 p.m.
The annual parade features Waxhaw school marching bands, entries and floats by hundreds of businesses and members of the community.
Mark your calendar:  Waxhaw Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 15th @ 2:45 p.m.

Don't forget to bring your Christmas shopping list to the wonderful downtown Waxhaw stores like The Gracious Home, Waxhaw Antique Mart, Antiques on Main and Bella Dimora!
'Tis the season!  -Sally