‘The Chief of the Holiday Cool’

Charlotte Magazine 11/28 2:55A Greg Lacour
Craymon Garner owns Craymon Garner Design , and he specializes in making spaces pretty, like him. Through much of the year, he works events and celebrations and assembles floral arrangements for...

The Best Things to Do and See This Month in Charlotte: December 2023

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 5:43A Tess Allen
Charlotte Symphony’s holiday shows:   Dec. 1-3 Handel’s Messiah Dec. 8 Soulful Christmas Dec. 10 A Very Thorgy Christmas Dec. 15-17 Holiday Pops Dec. 20-23 Cirque de Noël Renditions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker:   Dec. 1-3 The Nutcracker by...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:50A Tess Allen
WE’VE BEEN AT THIS BUSINESS of naming Charlotteans of the Year for nearly a decade, and we’re including people who not only made this city better in 2023 but matter far beyond the boundaries of the year. These are nine people and institutions...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Rolfe Neill

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:37A Gavin Edwards
Outside ImaginOn, a collection of stone sculptures represents the tools of the writer’s trade: oversized stamps emblazoned “SEEK THE TRUTH” and “SPEAK THE TRUTH,” a large granite typewriter. On a recent Monday afternoon, a child jumps from one...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: PFLAG Charlotte

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:33A Tess Allen
In North Carolina, parents of LGBTQ children are often frightened, unsure how to protect them in a state where laws are increasingly hostile to them. Last year, a pair of national advocacy organizations ranked the state among the most restrictive...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Atrium Health’s Virtual Clinics

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:29A Taylor Bowler
“We do George Jetson medicine,” Dr. Patricia Grinton tells me over Zoom, a fitting platform to discuss this topic. Grinton is the medical director of Atrium Health’s community-based virtual care clinics , and she uses a tele-stethoscope to listen...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Jeremy Wagner

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:26A Taylor Bowler
On June 30, Jeremy Wagner took four kids to Carowinds. Like most visitors of the amusement park, they came to ride North America s tallest and fastest giga roller coaster, Fury 325. The 1 1/4-mile...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Tamika Stafford

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:22A Greg Lacour
Tamika Stafford’s first banking job, and her first job of any kind in the South, was as a part-time teller in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1999. She’d grown up in Brooklyn and served as a volunteer minister at the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Kevin Siers

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:18A Greg Lacour
On June 10, 2019, The New York Times announced that it would no longer publish daily political cartoons in its international editions and cut ties with a pair of its cartoonists. A recent cartoon of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu had drawn...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: Philip Blount

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:15A Tess Allen
On June 22, 31-year-old Philip Blount stood in the Hanns-Braun-Stadion, an open stadium in Berlin’s Olympic park. He was one of 7,000 athletes from 190 countries—and one of only two from North Carolina—in Berlin to compete in the Special Olympics...

2023 Charlotteans of the Year: The Independent Picture House

Charlotte Magazine 11/27 1:12A Allison Braden
On March 23, the Independent Picture House screened Navalny , a documentary about the 2020 assassination attempt on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Afterward, the cinema hosted a virtual...
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