Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Charlotte Area's Only Functioning Covered Bridge and Community Sets Date for Light Up Event

MillBridge, a master-planned community in South Charlotte, will expand the tradition it began last year with the lighting of the area's only functioning covered bridge. Presented as a surprise gift last year by the community's developer, Landeavor, to its residents during a Christmas party, this year the event will be open to the greater Waxhaw-area community and will include the entire Community House amenity, model home park and a luminary-lined journey through MillBridge's neighborhood streets.

More than 200 community members will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by decorating their homes and placing luminaries along their winding sidewalks as the community's amenities – the covered bridge, resident club, airnasium, nostalgic bus stop and model homes will light-up the holiday sky. On Friday, December 7 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., MillBridge resident Rachel Morgan Sawhook will serenade attendees with seasonal favorites at the covered bridge's entrance and old-fashioned holiday gifts will be shared to spread holiday cheer. The Lighting of the Bridge ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. and all families will have an opportunity to take photos by the Christmas tree.

"MillBridge is a place where family and friends are connected," said Garner. "Lighting our community, and inviting the public to join us for Light Up MillBridge is our way of welcoming them to this authentic neighborhood. It's our second year and we hope it's a new holiday tradition that becomes a standard on busy holiday calendars throughout the years to come."

Attachment: Pictures from last year's Light Up MillBridge are available in 150DPI for promotion of the 2012 event.

About MillBridge: Located in historic Waxhaw, N.C., MillBridge is a 920-acre master-planned community that features the Charlotte areas only functioning covered bridge. The inclusive, resident-focused community offers pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, parks, walking and biking trails, common squares and greenways to the 2,000 residents who will call MillBridge home. The adventure-filled Community House, spanning 9,000 sq. ft. indoors, and more than 60 acres outdoors, offers an aquatic center with three pools, airnasium with full basketball court, fitness center, movie theater and special event facilities.

About the Town of Waxhaw, N.C.: Founded in the 1770's and named in honor of the Indian tribe that once inhabited its land, Waxhaw gained prosperity through commerce that developed with the introduction of the railroad and cotton farming businesses. Its close proximity to Charlotte provides the perfect blend of small town charm and big city convenience. The national historic district covers more than 700 acres and 97 buildings of documented significance. With this heritage, Waxhaw's residents pay tribute to its past as it plans for a fulfilling future of diversity, quality growth and cooperative spirit. For more information, visit: