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Thank you so much for visiting! I'm Ladianne - and Flying Spoon Studios is my creative workplace. I'm an illustrator/artist, and a writer, and this - The Flying Spoon - is my blog. I've written about ALL SORTS of stuff, but I much adore writing about anyplace creativity is beautifully in evidence. Have ideas? Email me! Ladianne@FlyingSpoonStudios.net.
Have your PI and Eat It Too!

Have your PI and Eat It Too!

Discovery Place® Celebrates Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday with a Weekend full of Mathematical Challenges and Fun for all Ages!   It’s irrational. It’s transcendental. It’s Pi! Pi, a number recognized by most as 3.1415 and the symbol π, contains over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point without repetition or...

QUIXOTIC THEATRE Wants You To Go On A Date… THIS WEEKEND!

Quixotic Theatre announces their upcoming production: the Charlotte premier of Christopher Shinn’s Dying City at UpStage. March 28, 29, & 30. All performances begin at 7pm. Look – - you can go pay WAY too much money for some movie your friend swore would be good (plus around $50 for snacks you and your date thought would be good…but aren’t…)  OR, you can go see LIVE THEATRE – in Charlotte! Here’s a little bit about the performance:  Dying City stars Josh Looney and Jenn Quigley. Directed by Sean Kimbro. Tickets are $15 for each performance. Doors open thirty minutes before each production and there is limited seating. This show is recommended for mature audiences only: 16+ due to language and adult situations.  That said, you won’t find any spoilers in this post, but we can tell you this:   “A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts...
Check out FlyingSpoonStudios.net!

Check out FlyingSpoonStudios.net!

Hello!  In the event we’ve not yet been introduced, my name is Ladianne, and I’m the writer/publisher behind TheFlyingSpoon.com.  But…there’s more.  I’m an illustrator/artist – and I’ve just revamped my creative services company and website.  Check it out!    
Take Off with Discovery Place!

Take Off with Discovery Place!

Houston … We Have Hubble IMAX® Space Adventure Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio Blasts Off at Discovery Place® Opens January 10, 2014  CHARLOTTE –Audiences will be transported to the far reaches of the Universe to witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed when Hubble opens at Discovery Place’s...
Fearless Women Wanted:  Organization Seeking Women To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Fearless Women Wanted: Organization Seeking Women To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Thanks to Tanya Weaver, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Children With AIDS for bringing this amazing event to our attention!  Visit the American Foundation for Children With AIDS website!   By Ladianne Mandel In 2008, I walked into Inner Peaks, a climbing gym in Charlotte, North Carolina, and...
Pure (Business) Power:  Interview With Solar Energy Expert Justin Taylor

Pure (Business) Power: Interview With Solar Energy Expert Justin Taylor

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Pure Power Contractors,  Inc. Publisher’s Note:  Through his generosity, Justin Taylor helped make it possible for Behailu Academy to put solar powered lights on the art tree that will be lit by the Mayor of Charlotte on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30 on Commonwealth,...
Do Gooders:  Ingenuity Sun Media

Do Gooders: Ingenuity Sun Media

This is the first in another series of articles on folks doing good things.  MANY thanks to Ingenuity Sun Media…!! So, one of the reasons I’ve been away from The Flying Spoon for a bit is that I’ve been doing a bunch of different kinds of work for a bunch...
Grrrr!  Carolina Tiger Rescue Does Great Things For Big Cats!

Grrrr! Carolina Tiger Rescue Does Great Things For Big Cats!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Carolina Tiger Rescue Did you know that there are between 7,000 and 10,000 tigers living in the United States, and that only about 4% of those big cats live in accredited zoos?  It’s true!  We recently caught up with Geoff Horsfield, Volunteer Coordinator at...
Love Beer?  Then READ THIS!

Love Beer? Then READ THIS!

Drinking Beer Is Good For Your Community…! Just think…  You can drink craft beers tomorrow night, October 19, 2013, at Triple C Brewery in Charlotte, NC AND be a philanthropist at the SAME TIME!! THIS EVENT BENEFITS Charlotte Community ToolBank, y’all! Here’s the scene:  You, a couple of over-sized craft...
Friday, October 11, 2013:  DOG NIGHT AT THEATRE CHARLOTTE!!

Friday, October 11, 2013: DOG NIGHT AT THEATRE CHARLOTTE!!

By Ladianne Mandel Logo courtesy of Just Do It. Group photo onstage with Laura S. Moore in center, compliments of the Charlotte Observer.  The photo of Vito onstage with Phoebe courtesy of Just Do It.  Big dog meeting little dog, photo courtesy of LunahZon Photography.  Dog in audience (LunahZon photography).  ...
The Job:  Singer

The Job: Singer

The thing I didn’t share with you in my previous posts about the various interesting jobs I’ve had is that I started college as a music major – specifically, a vocalist studying opera performance.  Really…??  Yeah, really…!! I found myself stifled and disinterested very quickly.  It certainly wasn’t that there...
BEER LOVERS, UNITE!  ToolBank Bash Approaches!

BEER LOVERS, UNITE! ToolBank Bash Approaches!

Listen up all you beer-swilling lovelies!  You can drink beer for a good cause!  Yep – it’s true! On Saturday, October 19th from 7-10 PM at Triple C Brewery, the Charlotte Community ToolBank will benefit from your brew lovin’ ways! Don’t know what the Charlotte Community ToolBank is?  Study up!...
Fat Pig:  Quixotic Theatre Ready For Its Premier Performance

Fat Pig: Quixotic Theatre Ready For Its Premier Performance

By Ladianne Mandel Photo compliments of Quixotic Theatre   There’s so much coming at us these days that it’s often hard to find the valuable, deep, thought provoking material hiding underneath what sometimes seems like an infinitely expanding pile of mind shriveling drivel.  If you really want to feed your...
Meet Behailu Academy's Executive Director!

Meet Behailu Academy’s Executive Director!

By Ladianne Mandel Cover Photo from Behailu Academy’s Facebook Page   Notes from Ladianne:  In the interest of full disclosure I’ll tell you I’ve recently begun teaching art to the kids at Behailu Academy in Charlotte.  I’ve very quickly discovered that this amazing place, offering incredible performing and visual arts...
EDUCATORS Get Into DISCOVERY PLACE....FREE on Saturdays in September!

EDUCATORS Get Into DISCOVERY PLACE….FREE on Saturdays in September!

Free Admission for Educators to Discovery Place® Museums Educator Saturdays provide complimentary visits in September to Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Discovery Place family of museums will offer educators a chance to experience curiosity, imagination and exploration free of charge during special Educator...
The Job:  Federal Investigator

The Job: Federal Investigator

So, a correction here – the job I had after lifeguarding was actually the job of…hang on to your hats…Federal Investigator.  Yes, I said it.  Yes, it’s true.  No, it wasn’t glamorous, but it sure is fun to tell people.  After I mentioned I would be writing about being an...
A Brilliant Shade Of Taupe:  Meet Jim Lyall, Director Of Taupe Gallery

A Brilliant Shade Of Taupe: Meet Jim Lyall, Director Of Taupe Gallery

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Taupe Gallery.  Photo of Jim Lyall by Ladianne Mandel.   Jim Lyall’s eye for artwork and fine crafts was honed during a long career with Lowe’s.  “I was born in Wilkes County, and I grew up in Millers Creek, North Carolina.  After high school...
Overcoming Mountains:  Q&A With A Groundbreaking Documentary Film's Crew

Overcoming Mountains: Q&A With A Groundbreaking Documentary Film’s Crew

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of the Overcoming Mountains crew   Note from the publisher:  Cory Marshman is an incredible human being.  I would know.  I used to be a rock climber – and he was one of the wonderful people I met during that time.  He’s the sort of...
The Job:  Lifeguard

The Job: Lifeguard

Ladianne, the writer/publisher behind TheFlyingSpoon.com is publishing a series of articles on jobs she’s had – and the life lessons that have come from those various experiences. Read about her experience as an oceanfront lifeguard here!  
SNAPSHOT:  Carolina Learning Connection

SNAPSHOT: Carolina Learning Connection

By Ladianne Mandel Photos:  Photos compliments of Carolina Learning Connection.  Parkour and Tarot photos by Ann Gonzalez.  Drumming photo by Jenn Quigley.   So, you want to learn something new – something exciting, interesting, intriguing…  But, you don’t want to spend an entire semester, hundreds of dollars, and copious amounts of...
Move It!  Charlotte Is Home To Growing Parkour Community

Move It! Charlotte Is Home To Growing Parkour Community

By Ladianne Mandel Parkour action photos compliments of Charlotte Parkour, and shot by Sean Pressley Photo of Renato Varga compliments of Renato   In a town dominated by talk of Bobcats and Panthers, it would be easy to assume everyone with an interest in athletics cares only about sports with…um…balls. ...
How To Make It Rain:  An Introduction to Artist Osiris Rain

How To Make It Rain: An Introduction to Artist Osiris Rain

The arts demand persistence and perseverance from their devotees.  Artist Osiris Rain, a native of Waxhaw, North Carolina, is a walking testament to both the strains and successes that may litter the paths of artists dedicated enough to stick to their frequently solitary paths.  His words are coated with a...
FAMILY FUN GIVEAWAY with Discovery Place! - All done!

FAMILY FUN GIVEAWAY with Discovery Place! – All done!

We had a GREAT time with this Discovery Place giveaway – - it’s over now, but we hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon so you can see what other cool stuff TheFlyingSpoon.com can surprise you with! Peace, y’all!    
A BRIEF Introduction To Dan The Shoe Man!

A BRIEF Introduction To Dan The Shoe Man!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos:  Lady seated on couch, LK Bennett;  Underwear model, C-IN2.   It must be said, right out of the gate, that Dan Mauney is most definitely a man of action.  “I came to Charlotte fresh out of college in 1991, and worked for a mortgage bank when...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Guess what?  TheFlyingSpoon.com’s turning TWO tomorrow, June 29, 2013.  We know…we can’t believe it either.  It was just two years ago that Ladianne Mandel and Sheri L. Osborne started Spoonstuff, a company that created t-shirts and sold ‘em at festivals.  While it was really fun, we decided to morph a...
Mudslinger Pottery:  An Interview With David Clark

Mudslinger Pottery: An Interview With David Clark

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Mudslinger Pottery and David Clark   TheFlyingSpoon.com recently had the opportunity to interview David Clark, a Charlotte potter whose work can be seen on his Facebook page for his business, Mudslinger Pottery.  He’s a great example of the awesome talent floating around our area...
Building With History:  Old Growth Riverwood Offers Reclaimed Wood Products

Building With History: Old Growth Riverwood Offers Reclaimed Wood Products

Human history and nature collude to produce incredible treasures more frequently than we realize.  Often, however, such gems go unseen unless they are hunted down by special, dedicated people like Terrie and Chris Metz, owners of Old Growth Riverwood in Wilmington, NC. “We pull logs out of the river,” says...
Roaming Fork:  Charlotte's Pinnacle of Food Truck Deliciousness!

Roaming Fork: Charlotte’s Pinnacle of Food Truck Deliciousness!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Roaming Fork   Kelli Crisan is on a mission to make food trucks as hip, tasty, fun, interesting, creative, and readily available as possible in the Charlotte area – and if her award winning Roaming Fork food truck is any indication, her mission is...
Latin American Coalition:  Spicing Up Charlotte!

Latin American Coalition: Spicing Up Charlotte!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of the Latin American Coalition   That Tony Arreaza, Cultural Events Director at the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte oozes enthusiasm for the organization he promotes should come as no surprise.  Charlotte, a city whose Latin population has, according to Tony, grown 400% since the...
FREE EVENT:  Cinco de Mayo in JUNE?  YES!  This is your chance!

FREE EVENT: Cinco de Mayo in JUNE? YES! This is your chance!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of the Latin American Coalition     The Latin American Coalition of Charlotte is an incredible organization offering a wide range of events designed to bring cultural awareness, fun, and entertainment to the Charlotte region! A VERY rainy May made it necessary for the coalition...
Greasy Greening:  How One NC Company Plans To Change The World

Greasy Greening: How One NC Company Plans To Change The World

by Ladianne Mandel photos:  The Unwinding book cover from Amazon.com; all other photos compliments of Green Circle.   Writer’s Note:  Rarely do I contact a subject for an article, discover from said subject that a book has JUST been released in which they are featured prominently, purchase the book, read...
Do You Know What Tomorrow Is??  DAY OF CARING!!

Do You Know What Tomorrow Is?? DAY OF CARING!!

Charlotte Community ToolBank and WellsFargo have teamed up again this year to put roughly 2000 volunteers and TONS of tools and other products in the hands of Charlotte area non-profits, schools, and other organizations that do good things for our communities!  Scott’s Miracle Gro has given COUNTLESS bags of mulch, soil, and...
Out Of Devastation Has Grown Hope:  Hind's Feet Farm

Out Of Devastation Has Grown Hope: Hind’s Feet Farm

by Ladianne Mandel  Photo of Dr. Flora Hammond from IU.edu website. Photos of Hind’s Feet Farms compliments of Hind’s Feet Farm You’ve ridden your bike without your helmet plenty of times.  You’ve even driven to the grocery without your seatbelt (but wait…the grocery’s really close to home, right?).  You’ve even...
From Vroom Vroom to Living Room:  Shawna Robinson's Happy Chair

From Vroom Vroom to Living Room: Shawna Robinson’s Happy Chair

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Shawna Robinson and Happy Chair   Shawna Robinson doesn’t know how to play it safe…and that’s good news for anyone who wants to see their houses brought to life with incredibly whimsical, interesting, imaginative, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture.  A former NASCAR driver who broke...
Behind The Scenes:  A TOP SECRET Tour of Discovery Place!

Behind The Scenes: A TOP SECRET Tour of Discovery Place!

Come take a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes stuff at Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte! For more information visit DiscoveryPlace.org!
Living The High Performance Life:  Up Close with Home Designer Jenny Pippin

Living The High Performance Life: Up Close with Home Designer Jenny Pippin

By Ladianne Mandel Photography by Wes Stearns, with Artist Eye Photography, www.artisteyephotography.com, Phone:  704-662-5081 Visit Jenny Pippin’s website:  www.pippinhomedesigns.com, Phone:  704-508-1409   Jenny Pippin lives her values.  Literally.  She designed the highly efficient home she now lives in, and invites people to visit.  But, how did this artistic home designer come to...
Watch It Grow:  Aligning Investments With Values

Watch It Grow: Aligning Investments With Values

Why on earth is a post about finances in the Health section of TheFlyingSpoon.com?  Because your financial health is inextricably connected to every other part of your life!  Having a healthy relationship with money can mean the difference between having a solid, reliable financial foundation and struggling to figure out...
A Trippy Day Trip Destination:  Körner's Folly, Kernersville, NC

A Trippy Day Trip Destination: Körner’s Folly, Kernersville, NC

by Ladianne Mandel photos courtesy of the Körner’s Folly Foundation www.KornersFolly.org    Roughly an hour and a half from Charlotte sits a fascinating anomaly.  Nestled in the heart of Kernersville, at 413 South Main Street, sits a home built in 1880 by Jule Körner (1851-1924), grandson of Kernersville’s founder, Joseph Kerner....
Wells Fargo Pledges $25K Matching Grant to Charlotte ToolBank!

Wells Fargo Pledges $25K Matching Grant to Charlotte ToolBank!

by Ladianne Mandel photos by Ladianne Mandel   At eight o’clock this morning the Charlotte Community ToolBank opened its doors to visitors for its grand reopening event.  A recent relocation to 2513 South Tryon Street in Charlotte was followed shortly thereafter by the hiring of the organization’s new Assistant Program...
Let us help you shout it out!  Advertise on TheFlyingSpoon.com!

Let us help you shout it out! Advertise on TheFlyingSpoon.com!

Hi! Just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to TheFlyingSpoon.com.  We’re a magazine – a small, local, scrappy, funky, slightly off-kilter magazine for real people.  People with heart.  People who love to see what’s going on beneath the surface.  We’re for folks who love the stuff that’s swirling...
Brewing Badassery:  A Look at Ass Clown Brewing Company

Brewing Badassery: A Look at Ass Clown Brewing Company

By Ladianne Mandel Photos by Ladianne Mandel Ass Clown Brewery Matt Glidden is a beer badass of the highest order. Founder and owner of Ass Clown Brewing Company in Cornelius, North Carolina, he has managed to turn his beer passion into four thousand square feet of brewing brilliance and a...
All That Grows: A Conversation With Erika Bowen, Owner of Gwynne Gardens

All That Grows: A Conversation With Erika Bowen, Owner of Gwynne Gardens

Photos by Ladianne Contact Erika Bowen with purchase requests and inquiries:  ErikaBowen@Gmail.com A visit to Erika Bowen’s house is like a trip into some hidden corner, a land of things magical, wild, and alive.  An unassuming ranch off Sharon Amity in Charlotte, her home, upon first approach, gives little indication...
The Rest Is History...

The Rest Is History…

Photos by Ladianne http://BedsForKids.org For some families, attempting to get a good night’s sleep presents complications well beyond simple questions of restfulness or comfort.  For those families – whose lives may have included hardships unimaginable for many – the issue might be that family members don’t even have beds, or...
Take A Swig:  Charlotte's JuiceBox Offers Awesome Kids' Entertainment

Take A Swig: Charlotte’s JuiceBox Offers Awesome Kids’ Entertainment

By Ladianne, Photos and video compliments of JuiceBox If you have kids – or if you’ve been around kids – you know that there are quite a few entertainment options out there for folks less than tween age.  You have also probably noticed that most of the entertainment options are...
Beautiful Minds:  Two Families Dealing With Asperger's Syndrome

Beautiful Minds: Two Families Dealing With Asperger’s Syndrome

Publisher’s Note:  This article shares the perspectives of two families, each includes a family member who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  We are aware that recent changes to certain diagnostic manuals and policies have resulted in shifts in diagnostic labels and their associated symptoms.  However, this article does not seek to analyze...
SNAPSHOT:  Laurel Green - The Art of Change

SNAPSHOT: Laurel Green – The Art of Change

Photos and Article by Ladianne Mandel   How long have you been in Charlotte? I moved here twelve years ago from Detroit.  A group of people with similar ideas formed a collective and slowly we all moved to Charlotte and areas near Charlotte with the idea of creating a sustainable...
Changing The World From The Ground Up

Changing The World From The Ground Up

By Ladianne Mandel Photos compliments of Southminster and Kris Reid Life stories, Kris Reid will tell you, can be read in the things a person has eaten over the course of a lifetime.  Kris will further explain that those stories begin well before any table is set or any meal...

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Winter Wonders: Holiday Break Camp at DISCOVERY PLACE!

Ok – I don’t know about you, but I’m a working parent, and like many working parents, there is a certain degree of angst that wells up inside when I’m faced with the prospect of school breaks during which I still have to work.  I mean – the kids are GREAT, but leaving them at...

What’s Goin’ On ‘Round Here…

Letter from the writer/publisher   Hello All,   I just wanted to publish a post to update you about things going on at and around The Flying Spoon.  I’ve actually taken on a client that helps broker deals between sustainable energy site developers, municipally-owned utilities, investors, and others.  Additionally, this company is gearing up to...

NoDa ROXX – Tomorrow! Saturday, 9/14/13 for music, food, fun

Remember the article we did on JuiceBox??  Well, they’re playing – along with a bunch of other fun folks, at NODA ROXX – tomorrow!!  For more information, CLICK HERE!   Look – where else can you find great music, awesome food trucks, artsy stuff, and…well…total awesomeness??  Go…!  Enjoy…!

DISCOVERY PLACE: Fall Hours Update

Discovery Place Fall Operating Hours               Beginning Thursday, September 5, 2013 Discovery Place’s fall hours will take effect. General Museum operating hours will be as follows: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.   Discovery Place will be open Labor Day, Monday, September 2,...

Whew!

I just wanted to post and let readers (LOVE YOU GUYS….!) know that I’ve been pulled from this blogzine over the last two weeks by my kid who started high school (holy smoke…) and by a new part-time position I’ve taken as a teaching artist at Behailu Academy in Charlotte.  I will end up writing...

At Charlotte Nature Museum: TOMORROW!!!

Jump in with Both Feet: Wild in the Water at Charlotte Nature Museum Saturday, August 17; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Charlotte, NC – Just what lives in the water around us and where does water go? Follow the current to Charlotte Nature Museum for this month’s Creature Feature, Wild in the Water on Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. –...

SHARK WEEK AT DISCOVERY PLACE!!!

Bite Into Shark Week at Discovery Place Shark Week activities August 5–9 Jaw-dropping fun awaits! We’re swimming circles at Discovery Place over Shark Week and the annual celebration of these sharp-toothed sea wonders that call our oceans home. Join the Museum August 5–9 to dive into how these mysterious creatures live. In the Explore More Life lab, test your...

Food Fight! July 26, 2013 at Rural Hill!

Don’t miss it…
TONIGHT!  Live Show and Taping of CRAZY LATE with Johnny Millwater!

TONIGHT! Live Show and Taping of CRAZY LATE with Johnny Millwater!

By Ladianne Mandel Photos courtesy of Johnny Millwater   First things first:  At 8:00 tonight you can be part of the audience for the the LIVE show and taping of CRAZY LATE with Johnny Millwater at The Comedy Zone at the NC Music Factory!  Click here for  details! You know, it’s funny how much awesomeness...

Pawsitively Purr-fect Fun at Charlotte Nature Museum…and a GIVEAWAY!

WAIT – Before you read about this event… Have you entered to win free tickets to DISCOVERY PLACE?  AND free tickets to the IMAX theater?? A Pawsitively Purr-fect Day Petapalooza at Charlotte Nature Museum Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Charlotte, NC – Lucky dog! Whether they’re furry, feathered, scaly or slimy,...

Have you visited the Charlotte Nature Museum?? You should!

Here’s What’s Happening at Charlotte Nature Museum: July 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission. For more information call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit charlottenaturemuseum.org. Animal Feedings & Encounters:  Meet and greet live animal ambassador species and observe feedings while learning more about their habits and habitats. Tuesday –...

Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville: Happenings in July!

     Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place KIDS–Huntersville July 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission. ore information call 704.372.6261×300 or visit discoveryplacekids.org.     July Theme: Fairy Tale Fantasy – Pint-sized pixies are invited to celebrate all things whimsical and magical with a month dedicated to...

July Happenings at Discovery Place!

Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place July 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission unless otherwise noted. For more information on exhibits, movies or special events, call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit discoveryplace.org. EXHIBITIONS Animal Grossology – Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!  Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated...

‘Hay’ YOU!! A Farm Day Event is Happening June 15 at Discovery Place!

HAY! It’s Farm Day at Charlotte Nature Museum Saturday, June 15; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Straight from the horse’s mouth, local farms and their animal residents have a very important job when it comes to what ends up on your dinner plate. Dig into the fun of farming when Charlotte Nature Museum hosts its June Creature Feature, Farm...

FYI — Discovery Place Hours

Our friends at discovery place asked us to let you know about their summer hours: From Monday, May 27—Monday, September 2 Discovery Place will be open: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m.

Ewwww! THAT’s GROSS! – Discovery Places is all set to gross you out!

Animal Grossology Brings Disgusting Fun to Discovery Place New Exhibition and IMAX® film Animalopolis debut at Discovery Place® Saturday, June 1 CHARLOTTE – Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed! Plop into an interactive exhibition that takes a slightly different view of Fluffy, Fido and the rest of the animal kingdom when Animal Grossology opens at Discovery Place on June...

TOMORROW AT DISCOVERY PLACE: A Nod To Your Bod!

The human body is an amazing structure made up of many parts and systems. Learn how they all work together for a healthier YOU! Join Discovery Place all day Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a special event sponsored by Aetna that explores health and how the human body functions. Stations and visiting exhibitors will be located...

TheFlyingSpoon.com’s Writer/Publisher Has Article In Creative Loafing

TheFlyingSpoon.com’s publisher, Ladianne Mandel, does lots of things.  Among them…freelance writing!  (Shocker, right?)  At any rate, she’s just been published in Charlotte’s Creative Loafing.  Check it out! Beware:  The article in Creative Loafing is for mature audiences…!  

Do ya know? Huh…? Do ya?

This is just for fun….  You like to have fun, don’tcha?? So, there’s a place in the Charlotte metropolitan area that was, according to some reports, the location of a declaration of independence signed BEFORE the mack daddy declaration we all learned about in school… Did you know that? What’s even more interesting is that...

Fairy Festival! Grab A Pinch of Magic at Charlotte Nature Museum!

A Pinch of Magic: Fairy Festival Location:  Charlotte Nature Museum Date:  Saturday, May 18, 2013 Time:  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pint-sized pixies are invited to put on their wings for a whimsical playdate that celebrates nature, nymphs and more. Fly in to experience the magic of the natural world when Charlotte Nature Museum hosts...

Head To Huntersville’s Discovery Place Kids: May Events!

Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place KIDS–Huntersville May 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission. For more information call 704.372.6261×300 or visit discoveryplacekids.org.     May Theme: Color Wonder: Discovery Place KIDS–Huntersville will be mixing the hues of the rainbow to create exciting art projects this month. Orange...

During May, It’s Time To Play at Charlotte Nature Museum!

Here’s What’s Happening at Charlotte Nature Museum: May 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission. For more information call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit charlottenaturemuseum.org. Animal Feedings & Encounters:  Meet and greet live animal ambassador species and observe feedings while learning more about their habits and habitats. Tuesdays ,...

Happenin’ At Discovery Place in May!

Here’s What’s Happening at Discovery Place May 2013 Events & Activities   All Museum events and activities are free with admission unless otherwise noted. For more information on exhibits, movies or special events, call 704.372.6261 x300 or visit discoveryplace.org. EXHIBITIONS nano – Don’t miss this special limited mini exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale...
Autism Aware Fare 2013

Autism Aware Fare 2013

We recently ran an article on Asperger’s Syndrome, and when we heard on NPR that there will be an Autism Awareness event on Tuesday, April 23 in Charlotte, we thought we oughtta share with you! Here’s a link to information about Autism Aware Fare 2013.
SNAPSHOT:  Charlotte ToolBank and Sow Much Good!

SNAPSHOT: Charlotte ToolBank and Sow Much Good!

Charlotte ToolBank is TRULY Unique!

Charlotte ToolBank is TRULY Unique!

Did you know there’s an organization in Charlotte, North Carolina in business specifically to make every conceivable kind of tool available to nonprofits, community groups, and other charitable organizations for their projects for just pennies on the dollar?  There is!  It’s called Charlotte Community ToolBank, and it’s part of the growing ToolBank USA  network.  Here’s the down...
Tasty Trompe L'oeil

Tasty Trompe L’oeil

By Ladianne H. Mandel Photos courtesy of Sweet-Art and Susan Migirditch Sweet-Art Website Susan Migirditch is truly a magician.  Give her a few hours in the kitchen and she’ll likely bake you something so incredibly realistic that you, like her husband, might mistake it for the real deal. “I made a cake that looked just...
There's No Place Like...HOME!

There’s No Place Like…HOME!

The Flying Spoon is a homespun idea.  A small notion…an idea about life, and lifestyle that has become our way of sharing our passions, our interests, and all that encompasses what we think is important in life.  Including…HOME!  Check back for information and articles about home…a topic near and dear to our hearts!   Peace,...
In The Garden!

In The Garden!

Where can you get locally grown plants?  Who has the best gardening advice to offer?  What are the best ways to control pests without chemicals?  How can you get your watermelons to grow THAT big??  The Garden section of our magazine will explore all things gardening in our area and just a bit beyond.  We...
The Flying Spoon - Feed Your Life!

The Flying Spoon – Feed Your Life!

First things first…we LOVE to have fun!  We love to use our imaginations, and we love exploring!  We believe we will all be better served if we try to shop, eat, live, play, and learn as locally as we can!  Our mission is to hunt for all of the local and regional goodness we can...

It’s World WHAT Day?? THEATRE!

Today happens to be World Theatre Day!  Don’t believe us?  Check this out! Also – Check out what Quixotic Theatre is going to be doing this weekend…  Date night anyone?    
FREE Laughs TONIGHT! - Improv Vikings, 8 PM, Fox and Hound, Birkdale!

FREE Laughs TONIGHT! – Improv Vikings, 8 PM, Fox and Hound, Birkdale!

Visit ImprovVikings.com Article by Ladianne Mandel Photos courtesy of Allie Doten.  Slideshow banner courtesy of Improv Vikings.   Remember the Hanes commercial starring Michael Jordan?  Ever seen the LendingTree.com commercial with the guy whose credit score is 619?  Or, how about the XMRadio commercial that talks about how critical it is to get important information...
The Job:  Admin Assistant/Consultant

The Job: Admin Assistant/Consultant

I know, I know… Really, you’re thinking, you’re going to write about being an Admin Assistant, Ladianne?  Why yes, yes I am…  Truthfully, the first step in reading this particular installation in this series is to examine your own reactions to my announcement that I’m going to write about having worked as an Admin Assistant...