She’ll be signing bottles, not books
Frances Mayes, the author of the popular book “Under the Tuscan Sun,” divides her time between Italy and Hillsborough, and now she divides her time between books and wines. She’s releasing her own line of wines, Tuscan Sun.
Mayes will be in Charlotte to meet fans, talk wine and sign bottles, 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Morrocroft Harris Teeter, 6701 Morrison Blvd.
Mayes, by the way, has long ties to Charlotte: She’s from Georgia, but her great-grandfather was John Henry Mayes, an industrialist and mill owner, whose house at 435 E. Morehead St. is now on the National Historic Register. The town of Cramerton was originally Mayesworth, named for him.
Common Grounds festival
The Common Grounds Farm Stand, 119 Huntley Place, will hold a special food festival, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Cornucopia will feature local foods, local products and local-food vendors. Proceeds benefit the Urban Ministry Center.
Ready to shop small?
Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 with the Shop Micro Local pop-up, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St.
The event features local and regional artisan products and specialty foods. It’s open to the public and includes free parking. And this year it benefits Assistance League of Charlotte, which will collect new toothbrushes and book donations for children. Details: shopclt.wix.com/shopmicrolocal.