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Blue Monday LIVE at Rusty Rudder - Memorial Sunday 2015

The Rusty Rudder was PACKED every day and night of Memorial Day weekend. Sunday night with Blue Monday was no exception and by 11:30pm all you can say is... it was a PARTY at the Rudder! The Rudder isn't the "College/20 something" crowd anymore - just about anyone that's looking for a night of fun and people watching will enjoy an afternoon on the Patio with live music under the Tiki, or our Main Stage Bands that come on around 10pm. No matter what - the Rusty Rudder has something for everyone. DONT FORGET The Rudder is Bringing Tuesdays back with $1 Drafts, $0.50 Wings, and Live Music at the Tiki. All you can eat crab legs on Mondays too!

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2015 Lake Norman Beerfest at Galway Hooker - 5th Annual

The weather was PERFECT for the 5th Annual Lake Norman (LKN) Beerfest held at the Galway Hooker located in Kenton Place in Cornelius. There were over 75 different craft brews to be sampled by festival goers this year. Tt's not a party without music so Gump Fiction and Joystick kept the party jammin' to great tunes throughout the event. A portion of ticket proceeds went benefit two local charities: USO of NC, and Ace & TJ's Grin Kids Children's Charity. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for CLT BeerFest at BB&T Stadium on Sept 19th, 2015! It's gonna be HUGE!

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Lake Norman Sandbar Memorial Saturday - Album 1 of 2

Album 1 of 2 at The Lake Norman Sandbar also known as "Beachin Island" from Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend 2015. NOTE: Album 2 of 2 is posted below the Bootleggers Album. The weather was perfect the lake temperature was a little cool but unquestionably refreshing. We haven't seen this many boats and people at the Sandbar in probably 5 years (Including Holiday Weekends). We have no idea what changed this year but there had to be 250 boats with 1000+ people rafted up in 3 primary lines. The Saturday raft was put together very well and no one had to spend much time adjusting anchors and re-setting the lines.

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Outshyne LIVE at Bootleggers Country Bar in Charlotte

Bootleggers Saloon and Dance Hall is Charlotte's best Country Bar and is conveniently located in NC Music Factory. This was their Grand Opening Weekend and they had Outshyne and Country Blue LIVE to entertain the Country Music and Line Dancing Fans. Bootleggers is a great new addition to NC Music Factory and if you've been looking for a new Country Bar - Bootleggers brings a different atmosphere to Charlotte Country Scene and it's easy to see that Bootleggers is off to a great start and drawing in the crowd that everyone will feel comfortable around. Check CLTfun.com for Bootleggers Daily Specials and Live Entertainment Line Up. DONT MISS Confederate Railroad LIVE NEXT FRIDAY May 29th!

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Lake Norman Sandbar Memorial Saturday - Album 2 of 2

Album 2 of 2 from Memorial Saturday 2015. We had hoped to have our "Lake Norman Lake Patrol - Significant changes for 2015" article posted by the time we posted this album, but the article is not quite ready to publish yet. We expect to have the article about some GREAT CHANGES to Lake Patrol and Safety Stops published by tomorrow evening (5/27/2015), so make sure to come back tomorrow for the information that you can only find on LKNfun.

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Bikini Bike Night at Iron Thunder in Mooresville

Mooresville's Best Bike Night is at Iron Thunder on Thursdays with Live Entertainment and the wait staff in Bikinis and Chaps. If you haven't been to Iron Thunder in Mooresville - the facility is amazing both inside and outside. Their outdoor patio is huge with a Covered Tiki Bar and multi level patios over looking a beautiful pond. Check out the pics - it's hard to describe the patio - but you'll get the picture once you check out this album. Iron Thunder has great specials every night of the week and live entertainment - stay tuned to LKNfun for everything that's happening at Iron Thunder in Mooresville.

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2015 Business After Hours at the Energy Explorium

The annual Tri-County Business Networking After Hours was held at The Energy Explorium. This free event attracts hundreds of members of the business community and is the region’s largest networking opportunity. Many enjoyed a ride out on the lake on the Catawba Queen based out of Queens Landing in Mooresville. Food was provided by vendors such as: Homesteads, Kabuto, McAlisters, Queens Landing, Papa Murphys, and Sticky Fingers to name a few. No registration, guests don't need to be members, and it's free... Make sure to watch for next years event - free food and beer/wine with boat ride is hard to beat.

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Tawba Walk IX in Old Town Cornelius

'Tawba Walk (Catawba Avenue) is one-of-a-kind, community-inspired street festival that is your all-access pass to discovering the top talent right here in your hometown while enjoying community as it should be. There is always fun for the whole entire family at these events so patrons brought their Kids, their neighbors, and even their furry friends out to the event. 'Tawba walk is an all-local experience unlike any other as it features the area’s top artists, bands, performance groups, food trucks, microbreweries, and much more! Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Race City Festival 2015 in Downtown Mooresville NC

The Race City Festival is "A Celebration of Lake Norman Area Arts & Culture" and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville, NC and is hosted by the Mooresville-Iredell Chamber of Commerce. In addition to local merchants, the outdoor street fair featured the arts & culture of the Mooresville community, local businesses, live music & other entertainment, an International food court, beer garden (new this year) plus a children’s area with rides and activities. There was no admission charge for this great annual community event.

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Big Day at the Lake Celebrity Bartending 2015 at Altons

The 5th Annual Celebrity Bartenders Event for 2015 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte was held at Alton's Kitchen and Cocktails. A HUGE crowd came out to support their favorite local celebrity to raise money! Alton's also donated 10% of all food sales to this awesome event! The news the morning after this event was that this year significantly topped all prior years in terms of money raised - thanks to all those who contributed! Special thanks to Dave Yochum for organizing this event and the whole concept of Big Day at the Lake for BBBS of Charlotte.

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WPA Paddleboard Kickoff Party and Race Day 2015

My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with 3-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, hosted Stand Up for Autism WPA Paddleboard race benefitting the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina. The event began Friday evening with a kick-off party from at Port City Club, which included food, beverages, silent auction and music. Saturday began at 8 a.m. with the WPA Region 6 sanctioned Elite and Recreational races. The awards ceremony on the beach began at 11 a.m. and was followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls along with island music, food and fun activities.

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Settle the Scores LIVE Cage Fights - Spring 2015

From the creator of Rock at the Dock - now Settle the Scores LIVE Cage Fights! We've been to all the Rock Cage fights over the years and this event had some of the most exciting bouts we've seen. 2 KO's! Forget the Boxing matches on TV - If you want your adrenaline pumping LIVE fights will do the trick! The new Location was in the outside field behind Fat Boys and Days Inn off Exit 36 beside Scores Club. Photos of the Party and the Fights!

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NC Brewers and Music Festival 2015 at Rural Hill

It as a BEAUTIFUL day for a celebration of Music, North Carolina, and its craft brewing traditions, the NCBMF delighted patrons with eight bands and what appeared to be 50+ Brew Houses, serving free tastings of their finest brews for over three hours - all in the confines of one of the largest open and beautiful areas in Mecklenburg County! The gates opened to the festival at 11:30am the festivities and music continued through 10pm. This is a great family friendly festival. Stay tuned to LKNfun and CLTfun for all that's happening around the Lake and Charlotte - DONT FORGET LKN BEERFEST coming on May 23rd. Click the LKN Calendar for more information on LKN Beerfest.

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LKN Surf Bash 2015 at Queens Landing

LKN Surf Bash - presented by Charlotte Ski boats was held this weekend at Queens Landing. Many people showed up to try out this new watersport - WakeSurfing. For those unfamiliar with WakeSurfing, read the LKNfun Article under News & Columns. You'll see the rope being used in several of the photos - the rope is typically only used to get the surfer out of the water, and for beginners while they work on "catching" the feel of the natural forward thrust of the wake. Thanks to Charlotte Ski Boats for throwing this event, and David Andrews of Performance Images for the photos.

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50 Shades of Pink 2015 Gala Event - Build for the Cure

The 50 Shades of Pink Gala to Benefit Breast Cancer was a huge success. The event was initially organized by Eric Johnson Builders and Newport Properties was one of the presenting sponsors as well. The Gala was catered by many great dining establishments and was a "Taste of the Lake" with food provided by Bouk Catering, Flatiron Grill, Brickhouse Tavern, Epic Chophouse and Vinyl Pi. Special thanks to all the organizers and House Sponsors who made this event possible and definitely an event you won't want to miss next year.

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Intro Photos to Bayne Craft Beer Tap Room in Cornelius

Introduction photos to Bayne Brewing Companies Taproom conveniently located in Cornelius. Bayne just released 2 new nano-brews: A white IPA and a Coconut Ale. Thursday nights they have Run Club, Saturdays they have Pilates, and Yoga Sundays. Click Baynes profile page for more information. They also frequently have a food trucks on site for your dining pleasure. Bayne Brewery is participating in the NC Brewers Festival this Weekend, and also at LKN Beerfest, so make sure you swing by and try their brews if you're attending either of these events. Once you try their brews... you're sure to end up in their Taproom.

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Rusty Rudder Cinco De Mayo - Jay Mathey n Sunny Ledfurd

The Rusty Rudder Waterfront Restaurant has the best outdoor patio views of any establishment on Lake Norman. They have a huge covered patio, a second level uncovered patio, and then dining on the Dock as well! Rusty Rudder is the place to be on beautiful days - it brings out all the beautiful people as well. Watch LKNfun for the Rudder's Daily Specials and Live entertainment! The Rudder is bringing TUESDAYS Back with $1 Drafts and 50 cent Wings!

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Zapatas Cinco de Mayo - our Favorite Mexican Restaurant

Zapata's Cantina and Mexican Restaurant is the best value in Mexican Dining at the Lake. Click Zapatas Profile page for some GREAT coupons. Zapata's just introduced a new lunch menu with great combo options starting at $5.99! While this might be $1 more than what you would pay at other Mexican establishments, the portions are larger and the quality of the ingredients they use is second to none. We eat there almost every Sunday evening and Zapatas is the only Mexican restaurant where we'll eat the chicken dishes. If you've never been - Sundays kids eat free, and our favorite entree's are the Chicken Fajita's and the Chile Relleno Burrito with Cheese Dip on top instead of the Rancho sauce (It's HUGE). If you like Spicy - ask for the Salsa Verde!

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Black and White Masquerade Gala at Langtree Plantation

Photos from Langtree Charter Academy’s inaugural Masquerade Gala 2015 at the Historic Langtree Plantation in Mooresville, located in the heart of Lake Norman. This year’s theme was a “Masquerade Gala” where patrons enjoyed food, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event go to the Langtree Charter Academy. This inaugural event was the “talk of the town” and attendance and participation exceeded expectations. This was the first time at the Historic Langtree plantation for many of us and it certainly won't be the last - this new location is now one of the best event Venues that Lake Norman has to offer.

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20th Anniversary of the Queens Cup Steeplechase

For the first time ever we made it down to the Queen's Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, NC and we can say for sure that it won't be the last. Even with the rainy weather - this event surpassed all expectations. We had heard about many stories about the Queen's Cup - but there's nothing like attending to really "get it". This is a fun album that should give you a great overview of the races and the festivities. If we had this much fun in the rain - just imagine a warm spring day... we'll remind you next year - this event trumps an average day on the lake... without question. This event only happens once a year the lake is there all year. For more photos from this great event click the CLTfun website link - 2 more albums will be posted by Monday afternoon.

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LangTree LIVE! Outdoor Concert Series with Simplified

A GREAT Night at Langtree at the Lake for their Weekly Concert Series Langtree Live. As always the photos are free to download - we only ask for one favor - if you upload to facebook, please tag @Langtree at the Lake by RL West. We want to show Langtree how much we appreciate this weekly concert series. To download the images from desktop, simply right click on the photo and save to disk, or from mobile device hold your finger on the image and save image - then you can upload directly to Facebook. If you like our photos, please like this album as well. Look for some big changes coming soon to all the "Fun" websites - we have some national level players watching what we're doing and are excited about the future. Tagging your pics at Langtree will help us prove our concept of local promotions.

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Bootleggers Saloon and Dance Hall Opening Night

Bootleggers Saloon and Dance Hall opened their Doors on May 22nd 2015 as the official after party of the 2015 KAT Country Jam. This is just a teaser album - all the photos from Opening night are posted on our sister site CLTfun.com - just scroll to the top of the page and click "Charlotte" next to the Visit our Partner Sites Header. Bootleggers is conveniently located at the NC Music Factory, and it's a lot closer to the lake than we thought! Round trip from NC Music Factory back to Cornelius was only 19 minutes! It's amazing how close the Lake Communities are to Charlotte when there isn't any traffic.

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LangTrees Wild Over LKN Spring Fling to benefit LNWC

“All Things Nature” was the theme for Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists’ first Earth Day event called LNWC Spring Fling. This free community event took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at LangTree Lake Norman. Exhibits were featured by local nurseries, landscapers, outdoor specialty stores and outdoor-themed organizations, as well as music, food, beverages and hands-on nature crafts. The Langtree Lake Norman center is quickly becoming a destination attraction now with more Retail stores open, along with new restaurants and bars including Mona's Lounge and Orient Express. Don't forget LANGTREE LIVE with Simplified this Thursday - click Langtree's profile page for more information.

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Infused Mooresville 1 Year Anniversay Bash

Infused Celebrated their 1 Year Anniversary with many loyal patrons and friends from their Charlotte Location as well. You're sure to find great crowds and loyal patrons inside on Saturday Nights with DJs and/or Live Enterainment, Service Industry Sunday, and Half Price EVERYTHING Monday are just a few nights you're sure to find a crowd. We're located just off exit 33, turn like you're heading to the ABC store to get into our parking lot. Check out the Infused Profile Page for our upcoming specials and entertainment! We'll see you at Infused Mooresville.

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Rural Hill 2015 Loch Norman Games Scottish Festival

The weather was perfect for the 2015 Annual Loch Norman Games and Scottish Festival. This Annual event draws locals and Scottish clans to Rural Hill for incredible exhibitions and competitions. The Saturday ceremonies begin with the Massed Pipe Band performance that is simply awesome to watch followed by the flag retirement ceremony. The Scottish games is a family friendly event and of course it still has adult beverages available as well. Whether you come to cheer on a competitor or just come to watch these historic games in action, the Loch Norman Games is something that all families will enjoy - even if you don't have Scottish background or family lineage. Photos by Dana Pianowski.