Midwood Maynia and Home Tour

Presales are now closed. If you purchased home tour tickets online, pick them up at The Vine Church, 2101 Belvedere Ave. A few Volunteer spots are still OPEN!

To register for the Midwood Miles Road Race, go to

To view the homes on the Home Tour, go to

To view Volunteer Opportunities, go to


It has been a crazy winter—so why not get out of your house and enjoy our beautiful neighborhood now that Spring is finally here! Midwood Maynia is Plaza Midwood’s official event to welcome warmer weather, the blossoms of spring and the beginning of the outdoor festival season. What better way to celebrate all that than with music, food, beer, a parade and a tour of some of Midwood’s wonderful homes?

Please join friends, family, neighbors, artisans and many of our local businesses in beautiful Midwood Park for the annual Midwood Maynia festival. Always held on the first full weekend in May, this year’s main festivities will take place on May 2 with our much celebrated candlelight Home Tour kicking-off the event on the evening of May 1.

Midwood Maynia 2015 Schedule of Events:


On Friday May 1 we continue the tradition of the Candlelight Home and Garden Tour from 6 – 8 pm. This is always a great way to kick-off Maynia weekend, enjoying some quality time with neighbors and friends while getting an inside look at some of Plaza Midwood’s beautiful homes. For ticket information, please see the Home Tour section below.


Runners take your marks…the annual Midwood Miles 5K road race begins at 8:30 am in Midwood Park. Advance registration forms are available in the Spirit newsletter. Race-day registration and race packet pick-up starts at 7:30 am in the park. Beginning this year you can register online at www.plazamidwood.org/raceentry.

The Children’s Fun Run (children 12 and under) meets at the Finish Line in Midwood Park after the 5k at approximately 9:15 am.

Midwood Miles 5K Entry Fees: $15 postmarked by April 26; $20 Day of Race. Prizes are awarded to Top Male and Female and in several age categories. Baby Jogger Award to the top finisher running with a baby jogger.

Midwood Miles Race Director: Chris Folk, 704.634.9081.

We love our pets in PM. At 10 am, join neighbors for everyone’s favorite event, the Midwood Maynia Pet Parade. All canines, felines and other pets – and their humans – are eligible participants. Parade participants should gather outside the Vine Church (in the front of the sanctuary) at 9:30 am. After a Blessing of the Pets, a local Marching Band will lead the parade through the streets of Midwood.

This is a don’t-miss event full of great photo opportunities. If you don’t participate but are on the route you can still take part by providing water bowls, treats and cheers of encouragement.

There is no registration fee for the Pet Parade. The parade route is also featured in this issue of The Spirit. Pet Parade Chair: Katie Parker 980.228.1470

The always-anticipated Home and Garden Tour takes place from 10 am - 4 pm. You’ll enjoy seeing inside some of the neighborhood’s most impressive homes and gardens for tips, tricks and decorating ideas for you home.

Home & Garden Tour tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. You can purchase tickets in advance at Common Market, Central Coffee and Pura Vida, or online at www.plazamidwood.org/maynia.

Tickets may also be purchased during the tour hours in front of the Vine Church (formerly Kilgo) on Belvedere Ave.

Home and Garden Tour Director: Renee Bradley 704.975.3816

If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, head back over to Midwood Park for Kidswood, a celebration with activities for our youngest residents from 11 - 1 pm. Our local organizations will present a variety of kid-oriented fun. Activities may include fun projects such as sand art, painting, bird house construction, dancing and bubbles galore! In between art projects, the little ones can blow off some steam in the much-loved Bounce House. See you at Kidswood!

Kidswood Chair: Robie Collins 980-235-9692

Fun in the Park: From noon until 7 pm, join all the other Mayniacs in Midwood Park for food, cold beverages, and a variety of activities including great live local music, friends, family, and of course – sun, lots of sun! Remember, please drink responsibly. (But then, you can always walk home after all.)


12:00 – 12:30 Meredith McNairy – Standards. This Providence High School senior has played leading roles in school musicals including The Drowsy Chaperone and The 25th Annual Sputnam County Spelling Bee. She will be joined by fellow students Kiera Massi on guitar and Emily Vestal on keyboards.

1:00 – 2:00 Jeff Brown – Acoustic genius. Always a joy on stage, Jeff brings a great sense of humor combined with exceptional talent! http://www.reverbnation.com/jeffbrown1959

2:30 – 3:30 Nita B and her Soiree – Blues. If you have not seen Nita and her band all over Charlotte, you are not getting out enough! Creative Loafing's Reader's Pick for "Best Band (covers) http://www.reverbnation.com/nitab

4:00 – 5:00 Amy Broome Band featuring Greg Lilley & Dave Vergato – Americana/Rock. The women rule this year and Amy is at the top of her game! http://www.reverbnation.com/amybroome

5:30 – 6:30 It’s Snakes! - Alternative/Rock & Roll. Local legend Hope Nicholls of Family Plaza Band and formerly Fetchin Bones, Sugarsmack and Snagglepuss has a brand new band coming to Midwood!

Garrett Ladue, Music: 704.408.0001



Vendors in the Park: Enjoy learning about community initiatives, buy art from neighborhood artists and look for other fun stuff in the Park during Maynia.

Vendor Information: Brian Tressler 704.258.6539

Midwood Maynia 2015 T-Shirts: Look for t-shirts featuring the Midwood Maynia 2015 logo designed by long time Midwood resident Steve Firenze and created by local graphic artist Michael Wilson. Limited quantities will be available in the park for $20 each.

As always, the Maynia Committee has outdone themselves to schedule so much to see and do, you can’t miss having fun. Plan to spend the day running, parading, touring, and then paryting in the park with your friends and neighbors. It’s the very best way welcome spring in Plaza Midwood.

Midwood Maynia Chairs:

Dave Holtzman, Chair: 704.737.1510

Renee Bradley, Home Tour: 704.975.3816

Brian Tressler, Volunteer Coordinator: 704.258.6539


Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help! All volunteers will receive a Free T-Shirt which can be picked up in the park during the event. Home Tour volunteers also get a free Home Tour ticket. You can pick up your ticket, before or after your shift, at the ticket table in front of The Vine church on Belvedere Ave.

You can sign up right online here: http://plazamidwood.org/node/1250