Looking for something to do this month to celebrate Women's History Month? Well, good news! Charlotte has plenty of events going on to suit all your needs. This list is intended to highlight a variety of events, from family-friendly to risque night-life, that will help you celebrate women and their impact on our local and national psyche.
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International Women's Day Celebration
What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than getting together with women and families from the Charlotte community for a potluck? This event takes place March 8 from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm at Reedy Creek Park, Shelter #4. There will be games, prizes, a children's concert on the green, arts and crafts, and a potluck. You will need to RSVP to attend so be sure to check out their website here to sign up!
An Evening with Toni Tipton-Martin
Women's lives and histories are intricately tied to food and family. Toni Tipton-Martin helped found the Southern Foodways Alliance which, according to their website, "documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South." On March 10 at 7:00 pm, Tipton-Martin will be discussing her book, The Jemima Code, which examines the role that African American women played in the development of Southern food. This event is free, however an RSVP is required. You can visit the event website to find out how to RSVP online or over the phone.
Sonia Handelman Meyer, current Charlotte resident, was a member of the New York Photo League during the mid-twentieth century. The Photo League focused on promoting social justice through the portrayal of people's everyday lives in photos. On March 16, from 3pm until 4pm, you can visit the Mint Museum when "Meyer will discuss her photographs and share memories of the Photo League with Charlotte photographer Carolyn DeMeritt and art historian Dr. Lili Corbus." Pre-registration is required and you will need to visit the event's site to register online or get the phone number to make a reservation.
American Girl Book Club
The classic American Girl book series provides young girls with a glimpse into the experiences of historical girl's lives. Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries offer an American Girl book club which meets the first Tuesday of every month; this month they will be focusing on Kirsten, a Swedish pioneer girl. This event is available at various Char-Meck libraries throughout the area so check out this link to find out what time a library near you will be meeting.
A Woman's Place 2014 feauturing Sharon Allred Decker
On March 19th, the Levine Museum and the Charlotte Woman of the Year will present their annual program, A Woman's Place. The event, held at Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn, packs a double punch; attendees will be able to see a special presentation to the 2013 Woman of the Year, Patsy Kinsey, and hear a talk from NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Allred Decker. Tickets for this event are free, but will need to be reserved in advance due to limited seating. Visit the program's website here to find out more and reserve a seat.
Artisan Event at Latta Plantation
Ever wondered what women's lives were like in North Carolina in the 19th century? This Artisan Event, March 2 from 1-4pm at Latta Plantation, will offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of 19th century men and women through demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, fiber arts, and blacksmithing. In addition, visitors will also be able to tour the historic home, out buildings, and say "hello" to all the farm animals on the property! Prices for admission are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students, and children aged 5 and under are free. For more info on this event, or to see what else Latta has planned, visit their website here.
Artifice: Betsy Birkner + Pamela Winegard
Central Piedmont Community College Pease Gallery offers a chance for visitors to view the works of two female artists, Betsy Birkner and Pamela Winegard, who "explore cultural limitations put on communities and individuals and the behavior and development that occurs despite these artificial constraints." This exhibition has been up since January, however you still have time to visit through March 6th, when the exhibition will close. For information on visiting hours and dates, along with further information on these two fantastic female artists, visit the CPCC event listing here.
Big Mamma's House of Burlesque Presents "Roman Holiday"
Why not celebrate Women's History Month with a time-honored form of entertainment that highlights the glory and power of the female form? According to their site, Big Mamma's Burlesque is the "Biggest, Longest Running, Award Winning Burlesque show in the South East." This month, on March 8th at 8:00 pm, they will be presenting an Italian themed show titled "Roman Holiday." In addition to burlesque dancers, the show will feature "juggling funnyman," Alfredo Fettucini. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 the day of the show; you can visit the Visulite Theatre site here to purchase yours in advance!