Hello weekend! Relax, unwind and get some sensory experiences in around town. There are plenty of C5 senses to activate:
– The handlebars of a B-cycle for your next jaunt around town. With 200 blue bikes in operation across 24 stations Uptown and in surrounding neighborhoods, it’s not hard to find one. The system operates from 5 a.m. to midnight and there’s even a B-cycle app to manage your rides now.
– The fold of a $5 bill. Slide the suggested donation amount through the slot of the donation box outside the free-admission exhibition “GENDERED” on the fifth level of Mint Museum Uptown. Support the Young Affiliates of the Mint’s (YAMs) effort to facilitate an inclusive conversation around gender issues. Any proceeds from the show will go to the YAMs’ annual fund donation to the museum, which funds free tours of The Mint Museum for CMS students. 500 S. Tryon St.
– Millie Ray’s Orange Roll. The roll, made by a woman in Birmingham named Millie Ray, is served at the newly opened Urban Cookhouse in Park Road Shopping Center with various “fork & knife” entrees. 1601 Woodlawn Road, Suite B.
– The bitter tab of an envelope when you seal it shut. Grab a quotable card — I’ve found them at Paper Skyscraper (330 East Blvd.) and Y2 Yoga (274 S. Sharon Amity Road) — and write something to a friend, family member or coworker. Don’t wait to tell someone what they mean to you.
– Food samples. Since the new Harris Teeter in South End has officially opened, there are food samples galore around the aisles. Chunks of cheese, crackers with spreads, Oreo cookie bar bits… inhale. 2717 South Blvd.
– That seaweed-y/oily scent of Lake Norman. Did you know you can rent a jet ski at 77 Watersports for $200 for a half day? Bring a friend. Cornelius, NC.
– An interactive performance by the Jolly Lollies. This summer on June 24, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 19, families are invited to check out Symphony Saturdays, a free summer concert series for kids from 11-11:45 a.m. on the Charlotte Rail Trail as part of the Rail Trail Symphony installment (located near the LYNX Blue Line’s New Bern station). You can also just go check out the installment on a typical day, messing around with the chimes, drums and small performance stage to add to the city noise. 126 New Bern Ave.
– The quiet scrape of glass as you turn a bottle of wine in the rack to read the label. The updated Vin Master (now under new ownership) has a new bar in the back if you want to pop a bottle in the store, and plenty of bottles on the walls to check out and take home. Quite a bit of the selection is priced between $10-$20. 2000 South Blvd., #610.
– “Betwixt.” McColl Center alumnus artist in residence John W. Love Jr. wrote a short vertical poem called “Betwixt” for the two banners that hang on the front of McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Take it in while it lasts, until mid-July. 721 N. Tryon St.
– That sign in NoDa that says “Do your dance. Don’t split your pants.” It’s one of the many Can Do signs placed around town by the City of Charlotte through a Knight Cities Challenge grant. Corner of North Davidson and East 36th streets.
(Don’t forget to dance.)
Photo: Marty Price/Lake Norman News, CharlotteFive, Katie Toussaint, Colby Alvino