Friday, September 22, 2006

Big weekend for newcomers

This is a big weekend for newcomers to the Charlotte region.

That’s not just because there’s so much going on in Charlotte, from the “Blues, Brews & BBQ” festival in Southend to Festival in the Park at Freedom Park to the Southern Women’s Show at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart (see Friday’s E&T section of the paper for more details).

It’s also because I’ve been working hard to bring you lots of information for and about newcomers during the next two days.

Saturday at 11 p.m., you can watch the Observer’s news partner WCNC’s report on how newcomers are transforming our region. You can see more details on who the Charlotte region’s new arrivals are and where they’re coming from in Sunday’s Observer and here on

And most importantly, Sunday brings the debut of the 2006-07 issue of Living Here, the Observer’s annual guide to the region. It’s highly useful for both newcomers and longtimers alike. As its editor, I’ve worked on it off and on for more than five months (I was also the editor of last year’s edition). More than 65 writers contributed to its 160 pages of information about neighborhoods, schools, food, shopping, entertainment, ways to make new friends and more. If you don’t get a copy, you can call 800-532-5350 to request one. And if you have feedback on information that should be included in the next edition, please e-mail me.

Starting Sunday, watch for lots of cool online extras, including videos shot around the region. And, of course, I’m always looking for suggestions of things to include in my regular columns Saturdays in the New Home section, Sundays in Arts & Living and Mondays in Your Week. Whether you’re a newcomer or a longtimer, I’m interested in hearing what you’d like to know about Charlotte.


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