Nearby Notes

MAY 7 Charlotte

Club presentation on Galapagos Islands

Charlotte’s Magellan Travel Club will hold its final spring program from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Total Wine & More, at Promenade on Providence (5341 Ballantyne Commons Parkway S.).

The meeting will include a presentation about cruising in South America, especially the famous and exotic Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, as well as tastings of South American wines.

There is no charge to attend this or other Magellan meetings; reservations are not required. Details: Bob Taylor, 704-906-6483;

MAY 9-12 Black Mountain

Spring 2013 LEAF Festival

The twice-a-year LEAF festival of arts, entertainment and education returns May 9-12 to the historic Lake Eden Road site in Black Mountain. Headline performers this spring include R&B icon Mavis Staples; urban Latino culture-mashers Ozomatli; the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; Zimbabwean maestro Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits; and Abigail Washburn, Appalachian singer and long-time LEAF favorite. The event also includes other live music ranging from ethnic and classical to jazz and gospel; art and craft exhibitions and poetry slams. Admission ranges from $47 to $57 per day to $184 (3 1/2 days, three nights camping). Details:

MAY 18-19 Elizabethton, Tenn.

Cherokee, settlers clash at re-enactment

Eastern Tennessee’s Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will stage the Siege of Fort Watauga May 18 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 19 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). It recreates the two-week siege of settlers by 300 Cherokee warriors. The clashes, featuring 150 re-enactors, are scheduled for 1 p.m. both days; you can also visit the fort, militia camps, British camp and Cherokee camp. Admission is free. Details:

John Bordsen


Email your information to