September 2017 Around Town

Matthews Alive Festival

The Matthews Alive Festival, which takes place this year on September 1-4, is a Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations. It’s a fun-filled festival packed with family activities and rides, a Saturday morning parade, great food, arts and crafts from local artisans and fantastic entertainment, from a hypnotist to local bands to a silent disco! Following the festival, the net proceeds earned at Matthews Alive go back to local non-profit organizations in order to provide services to enhance the quality of life in our community.

2017 Annual Turning Point Golf Tournament

Turning Point is a local non-profit organization that serves clients through three programs: a Domestic Violence Shelter, Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Center. In 2001, Turning Point decided to hold its first Golf Tournament fundraiser. 17 years later, it’s still going strong and is one of the most anticipated events of the year. This year’s tournament will be held October 2nd at the beautiful Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe, NC. Interested golfers can register online at

Raw to Reclaimed Woodworking

After 17 years at the Town of Matthew Fire & EMS, Ryan Watkins was hit with the devastating news of a back injury. Despite hours of rehab and prayer, Watkins had to step away from the job he loved so much. But he found a new job in which to invest his passions: woodworking. With his new endeavor, Raw to Reclaimed Woodworking, Watkins will create beautiful, hand-crafted elements of interior design, from shiplap walls and custom mantels to dining room tables and bookshelves using reclaimed materials. Visit for more information about Ryan’s new passion or for a custom creation.

Gantt Symposium 2017

New York Times best-selling author and Emmy-award winning star of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla Vanzant comes to Charlotte for an invigorating edition of Gantt Symposium, hosted by the Harvey B. Gantt Center and presented to the community by Wells Fargo. She will lead a community conversation, along with Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Gantt, that addresses the pain and healing within the Charlotte community one year after the September 2016 demonstrations that followed the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The symposium takes place on September 21 at 6:00 PM at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.