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Upcoming Carowinds Events You Don't Want to Miss

Straddling the state line, Carowinds theme park has been a Carolina staple since 1973! Not only is Carowinds is home to more than 50 rides and attractions, but it's also famous for its world-class events. Here are six events you don't want to miss at Carowinds this upcoming season. Opening Day…

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The Most Insta-Worthy Locations Across York County

York County is filled with iconic landmarks and incredible backdrops that are definitely worthy of the ‘gram. From our breathtaking murals to trendy restaurant views, you can discover our favorite Instagrammable spots around the county! Don’t forget to share your experience with the hashtag…

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The Best Ways To Beat The Heat With Your Family

When it’s this hot, only the water can cool you down. If you don’t have a boat, here are the easiest ways to get in the water this summer! Rock Hill Ebenezer Park Check out Ebenezer Park right along the shore of Lake Wylie. Get use of their recreational opportunities, such as their playgrounds…

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Tips for the Perfect Tubing Adventure on the Catawba River

How to have the best tubing experience: Looking for an easy group water activity? Tube the Catawba River with your own tube on your own time! We recently had friends in town and instead of hitting the breweries, we hit the water. We bought our tubes from Academy Sports (don't forget one for your…

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Meet the Mother-Daughter Duo behind Fort Mill's newest Wine Bar

Coming soon to downtown Fort Mill, Illumination Wines is an urban winery and tasting room offering an intimate gathering place, both for locals and visitors who want to slow the pace of their everyday lives.Co-owners and mother-daughter duo, Linda Calloway and Amanda Tellier have big plans for the women-owned business scheduled to open later this month at 201 Springs Street.  Over the years, Linda and Amanda enjoyed frequently traveling to wineries around the country and, as with any good idea, the Illumination Wines concept came about over a bottle of wine.  "We were enjoying the views at one of our favorite vineyards when Amanda looked at me and said, 'We could do this, mom.' Not long after, I put my house on the market and it sold in one day," Calloway said. "Talk about a kairos moment." Why Fort Mill? Having lived in the Carolinas for the better part of their lives, Linda and Amanda originally liked the concept of a destination winery that was more off the beaten path in South Carolina. The pair's plans quickly changed when they fell in love with Fort Mill's Main Street and opted for a more urban setting to begin their venture. "We stumbled upon Fort Mill and immediately fell in love with the small-town feel that you don't find in most cities," Calloway said. "The town's support of small businesses was a major draw for us and the Whiteville neighborhood, in particular, has been incredibly welcoming." To start, Illumination Wines will offer retail wines with 50-60 domestic and international rotating varieties. An assortment of beer, wine flights, and in-house charcuterie shareables from Brie's Boards' will also be available. Charcuterie sliders, brie bites, and a chocolate ganache torte are among the food menu options that will leave patrons wondering how to choose.   The Chemistry of Winemaking Having previously worked in the scientific community, the name, Illumination Wines is a nod to Linda and Amanda's backgrounds and the gifted inventors before them. The lightbulb associated with their logo references Thomas Edison's invention and, to further the science-based theme, the pair will offer wine-based cocktails, called Elixirs.  As a women-owned business, the front hallway of Illumination Wine's space features photos and educational content to preserve the legacy of many female inventors throughout history…

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