Lake Norman & Mooresville

Learn about Ramsey Creek Park swimming beach

Could we finally get a swimming beach at Ramsey Creek Park?

Since my family moved here in the ’90s, we’ve wanted to swim in Lake Norman in Cornelius. To do that, we’ve had to take a boat out into the lake, anchor the boat and swim from that.

There’s a sandy beach area at Jetton Park, but the closest my family has ever gotten to swimming from that beach has been my dogs as they bound into the lake swimming after the ducks or geese.

There’s a lovely shorefront at Ramsey Creek, but all we can do there is sit under the umbrellas and look at the lake.

That may change.

At 6 p.m. Sept. 18, come to the Cornelius Town Hall for a community session to get information from the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department on a Ramsey Creek swim beach. You’ll be able to review the proposed design and ask questions of staff and consultants.

The area planned for the beach is the point past the boat ramp and docks. It’s the area that’s most noticeable when you look at the park from the lake.

The plan is to open the beach in summer 2016.

For information about the project or for specific questions, contact Lee Jones, Capital Planning Division director, by calling 980-314-1017 or emailing

Trash or treasure

The Cornelius Historic Preservation Committee will have the second annual “Trash or Treasure: What’s in Your Attic?” 9 a.m.-noon Sept, 27 on the lawn at the town hall.

The event is free, open to the public, and there will also be activities for the kids.

Experts in ceramics, paintings, books, prints, toys, folk art, collectibles, furniture and other categories will examine your items to help uncover their history and potential value. Prizes will be awarded for items of special interest or significance.

No weapons of any kind are allowed.

Go to for information.

Cornelius Arts Center fall classes

Classes are available for all ages, preschool to senior adults. They start the week of Sept. 15. For more information call 704-896-8823 or visit

Arts Center to show movies

MoviesStudio-C Cinema plans to show the following movies at the Cornelius Arts Center at 7 p.m.

• “The Great Beauty,” Sept. 6-7, a drama-romance from Italy that this year won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.

• “Brasslands,” Oct. 4-5, an independent documentary from the United States and Serbia.

• “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Nov. 1-2, a documentary from the United States that won the 2014 Oscar and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature.