THROWBACK! Some great memories from back in the day when we had lake house parties almost every weekend. I think this ended up being the first and last Lake House Luau... Photos are from Saturday July 8th 2006. Typically we try to reserve the "Lake Throwback" pics for winter, but since I was out of town (Jetfest at the coast) last weekend, and my boat crew bailed on me this past Saturday... so I figured... why not post some pics from some of the best parties we ever had on Lake Norman... and Sandwicks Luau made the cut. Photos by Nate (8 years ago)
The Rusty Rudder continues to be the "go to" spot for Saturday night festivities on the Lake. The Rudder has live entertainment under their tiki bar almost every day of the week during the summer, and on weekends they move the live entertainment inside right at 10pm... and the party gets bigger and bigger as the night goes on. Watch the LKNfun calendar for Rusty Rudders daily food and drink specials along with their entertainment line up. If you're visiting the Lake... and you haven't been to the Rudder... then you haven't really experienced the Lake Nightlife. There's nothing like the Rusty Rudder. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
East Lincoln Speedway - Saturday Night Racing - Every Week! A Lot of people forget that we have a Great Dirt Track less than a 20 minute drive from home. Stuck in the same old routine? Looking for a family fun event? Look no further than EL Speedway... Where the local racing community comes together for some of the most exciting action packed racing around. If you love to see 'old school' racing and wrecks, there's nothing like the excitement of a good old dirt track racing to get that heart thumping. Some of the race divisions are fairly loud, so make sure if you're bringing the kids to pack a set of ear plugs... if you forget... don't worry - they have ear plugs available to purchase at the Speedway. We'll see you here! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Congratulations to ICE Martini Bar on their 1 Year Anniversary. For those that haven't been to ICE Martini Bar, it's located in the Hickory Tavern Center, across from Birkdale. ICE Martini bar breaks the mold at the lake, offering a haven for those Adults looking for a classy atmosphere, friendly patrons, great drinks, and an incredible outdoor patio for relaxing. Our Outdoor Patio is "Cigar Friendly" and many nights you'll find a crowd of professionals relaxing in an plush and upscale ambiance. Watch the LKNfun calendar for our nightly specials and entertainment. Congrats to Crit and Andrea for not only surviving - but thriving in their first year of providing a haven for professionals looking for a drink without the chaos that comes with many of the other local watering holes. We'll see you at ICE!
Photos from Jack's Corner Tap's 4th Anniversary of pleasing the locals with great food, great prices, consistent service - and the best place to watch your favorite sporting events. For our anniversary we're bringing in Early Ray to Entertain - Early Ray is a crowd favorite and is sure to keep the crowd in great spirits. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The 6th Annual Barnstock BYOB Music Festival had one of the best entertainment line ups ever, but the rainy Saturday kept the crowds to a minimum... those that come regardless of the rain appeared to be having even more fun than they would have dry... so think about that the next time it's raining and you are debating an outdoor event! If you've never been to Barnstock, take a look at the pics (It's packed and it was raining... just imagine if it were a beautiful day/evening), and mark your calendar for next year - it's an event you don't want to miss. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
We're not sure where all the boats went this past Sunday, but there were only about 10 boats at the Sandbar so we cruised past Cocktail cove to check out the "quiet family" cove, and found many boats with their stereos low, and everyone behaving as they should in one of the most regulated coves on the lake. The very last picture in the album is of the Sandbar/Beachin Island... Did the World Cup REALLY impact the lake party? Never would have guessed...Photos by Nate.
A Great Crowd showed up for Bob's Birthday Bash - funny how Bob was working through his own birthday - but I guess he gets to pick what he wants to hear on his birthday LOL. Happy Birthday Bob! On the Roxx is the perfect place to kick off or end your group party celebrations. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Another GREAT evening on the Patio at Hickory Tavern Birkdale. They continue to have GREAT bands on and tonight was no exception. Simplified is one of the best local bands, and many times you'll only find them playing late night gigs - so watch the LKNfun calendar for Hickory Taverns music line up - it's a great way to hear some of the best local bands without fighting the crowds late night at the not so kid friendly live entertainment venues. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Welcome to Choplin's Casual Fine Dining Introduction Album of both the interior and some photos of their most popular appetizers, salads, entree's, and desserts. Choplins is known for their "fresh" ingredients and have the "farm to table" mentality. Chef Wes ensures only the freshest seafood and along with the farm fresh veggies - the flavors of the entire dishes are incredible. Photos by Nate.
Every 2nd Friday, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites the community to experience downtown Cornelius in style! Hosted by Bella Love, this monthly art crawl features some of the area’s most talented and innovative artisans as well as live performances, food trucks, and special events at local businesses! Craft Beer for $3 Glasses of Wine for $5. Join us every "2nd Friday" at Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St 28031 for a unique evening of creative expression and community. Show us your love for all things local! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
It was Dante's Birthday (owner of On the Roxx) - and there was a steady stream of local, loyal patrons that came by throughout the night to wish Dante a Happy Birthday. Rounding up the Roxx crowd on a Holiday weekend Saturday night is like herding cats... DJ Bob was there as usual keeping the Celebration bumping. DONT FORGET NEXT FRIDAY July 11th is DJ BOBS Birthday Party at on the Roxx - we'll see you there! Photos by Patrick.
We're going through hundreds of lake photos from this weekend - we should have them all posted by this afternoon. Until then - here are some photos from the Rusty Rudder with Simplified Saturday Night. The Rudder was at capacity again and that makes it very difficult to take photos... Patrick managed to still grab some great shots from what has to be one of the busiest nights we've seen at the Rudder... Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Cocktail Cove continues to be a great family destination and the boaters who are there also continue to be respectful of sound and of the rafting ordinance. While all the boats aren't completely in compliance with the ordinance, it's clear to see that the boaters are doing their best to keep the rafts to 3 boats or less and are leaving room between raft ups for boat lanes. This album also has photos from Jason's Lakefront 40th Birthday Party. Thanks for the invite Willis! We had a great time and LOVE your set up - Happy 40th! and... welcome to the 40+ club. Photos by Nate.
The Sandbar/Beachin Island (same place) had even more boats out on Saturday than on Friday. The party got started later than normal... so we hit a few other lake locations and made it back to the Sandbar by 4:30 to capture the fun! Photos by Nate. Watch the LKNfun Calendar for more great events around Lake Norman!
Jenna (my sister-in-law) turned 30 over the Holidays and the IRIE crew came together for a great American Birthday Celebration that started on IRIE Isle (the dock), then moved to the the IRIE I (the boat), then by boat to LKN Wine Cottage (super cool waterfront venue), then off to "family" Island to launch an incredible display of fireworks like only the IRIE crew can do. According to the Urban Dictionary - IRIE means: to be at total peace with your current state of being. The way you feel when you have no worries... Everything is IRIE Mon! Happy 30th Jenna! Photos by Brother in Law - Nate.
My wife and kids were out of town all week, and I tried to spend as much time on the water as possible. This is a reverse chronological album of a week of fun. Photos from the Sandbar, from Cocktail Cove, from hanging at Irie Isle (the coolest dock on the lake - you can see it from the Rusty Rudder - it's the dock and boat with the flags) then we also took the boat to Eddie's Seafood and Raw bar, and finally went to take a look at whats happening at Langtree LKN - Check out the pictures at the end of the album, it looks like they are building an incredible boardwalk down to the Lake. Photos by Nate
Rudder had a decent crowd for an overcast and rainy Saturday, but next weekend is what we're all waiting for! THE FOURTH OF JULY Weekend 2014 Line Up - Thursday July 3rd - Blue Monday, Friday July 4th - Early Ray, and Saturday July 5th - Simplified! That's the best 3 days of entertainment we've seen in a long time! Thursday night there will be "private" fireworks display by Sandbar Island - you will likely be able to see them from the Rudder Patio... no guarantees but I've seen the load of fireworks... and they aren't sparklers... We'll see you at the Rudder and on the Lake! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew continues to grow! This was the grand opening party for their new indoor/outdoor bar - for those who frequent Lucky Dog, you'll remember they had a small window for serving drinks on the back patio - now they have opened up a HUGE serving station and new bar with 10 new taps to make it even more convenient to grab a drink while hanging with "Mans best friend" in their 10,000 sq ft. outdoor dog park. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
It was guest bartender night with Brittany and Kristen from Macs BBQ, and we showed up with the camera before the party really got cranking. On the Roxx will be PACKED over 4th of July Weekend, so mark your calendars and make sure you don't miss Lake Norman's most popular late night hang out. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Hickory Tavern is your World Cup Headquarters! Plan on joining us this TUESDAY JULY 1st at 4pm for USA vs. Belgium! Don't forget - Every Friday is Patio Palooza - the best weekly patio party at the lake. Watch the LKNfun calendar for their Patio Palooza entertainment line up. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Photos from Wake Surfing on Lake Norman with my neighbor Joe Cunningham. To learn more about safety, equipment, and how to, click news & columns, top stories. Don't expect to be able to jump on a inland surfboard and be able to pull these kinds of tricks... Joe's been surfing the coast since he was a young'un - and Joe says the "feeling" translates pretty well from "real surfing" to "inland surfing" Enjoy - Photos by Nate.
MJ Promotionz sponsored "A Splash of Color" White party at ICE Martini in the Hickory Tavern Shopping center across Sam Furr from Birkdale. The party continued to get bigger and bigger throughout the night as word spread around the lake that ICE was the place to be. We missed the "peak" crowd around Midnight yet managed to capture Pretty People dressed with a Splash of Color. Photos by Nate.
Rock at the Dock 8 was one of the most exciting Rock the Docks we've been to. I don't know what the difference was with these fighters, but they were juiced. Rock the Dock is not just Cage Fighting - it's an event! Everything from Bands, to Tomato Throws, to food and merchandise vendors... If you haven't been to Rock at the Dock - it's a unique and exciting event. Watch the LKNfun calendar - Rock the Dock 9 is usually in Sept. Photos by Nate.
The Kilted Buffalo is as much a "neighborhood bar" as you'll find at the lake. The Anniversary party continues all weekend, so make sure to swing by grab a beverage of choice and say Congrats on 4 Years at the Lake... Not many can say that. Watch LKNfun for coming information on Kilted Buffalo adding a new location in Langtree! Photos by Nate.