May 25, 2024

Hello, Saturday! It's Laura, planning a boat day in celebration of the amazing weather we're having.

🌤 Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 86.

🎂 Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte member Elizabeth Nielsen! And happy early birthday to members Vicki Hopkins, Katherine Robertson, Ellyn Ritterskamp and Sage Arbor!

Situational awareness: We're off tomorrow, but keep an eye out on Monday for a special Memorial Day edition from our national colleagues on the business of women's sports.

Today's Smart Brevity™️ count is 476 words — a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 🍗 The perfect day for a cookout

Symbol map of U.S. cities showing the best date for a summer barbecue in 2024, based on an analysis of local weather data from 2019 to 2023. Southern cities have ideal dates early in the season, in May or June, while cities on the West Coast and Northeast have dates in July and August.
Data: Pantry and Larder; Note: Ideal conditions defined as a late sunset, maximum "feels-like" temperature of 88°F, minimal chance of rain, 25% cloud cover and a slight breeze; Map: Axios Visuals

Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start to summer, and while some will want to celebrate on a patio or rooftop, others might opt to grill at home.

Driving the news: Next weekend, specifically June 1, is the ideal date to cook out in Charlotte, according to data collected by Pantry and Larder.

What they found: The Australia-based cookware company analyzed five years of weather data from cities across the country to determine the dates most likely to have perfect cookout weather.

  • The criteria include a maximum feels-like temperature of 88°, minimal chance of rain, a sunset time of 9pm, a weekend or a holiday, and 25% cloud coverage.
  • For Charlotte, that day is June 1, and the worst day is July 31.

The bottom line: For Southern states, getting our cookout fix in early is best before the temperatures get too hot.

My thought bubble: I think it's time I update our barbecue guide.

2. 🏊‍♀️ Cool off at Carrigan Farms

Photo: Axios archives

Open swim has begun at Carrigan Farms.

Context: For most of the year, Carrigan Farms is a low-key family-owned property that grows fruits and vegetables, and hosts weddings. But during the summertime, they open their natural spring quarry to the public for daily open swims.

How it works: Reservations are required in advance. Guests will be charged a $5 per person deposit on the Carrigan Farms website, which can be used as a dining voucher at the Quarry Kitchen once you arrive.

  • Cost: Pricing varies by date but starts at $25 per person. Only cash is accepted at the door.
  • Hours: Check the website as hours change daily depending on the season and weather.
  • Location: Enter at the west entrance at 1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy. in Mooresville. It's about a 35-minute drive from Charlotte.

Check out our Carrigan Farms quarry guide

3. 🍿 Summer movie series at Camp North End

Pro tip: Bring a lawn chair. Photo: Courtesy of Camp North End

Crossroads Cinema at Camp North End is back for the summer. Here's the movie lineup:

  • June 6: Bring It On
  • June 13: The Longest Yard
  • June 20: Dreamgirls
  • June 27: Charlie's Angels
  • July 4: Miss Congeniality
  • July 11: Gladiator
  • July 18: Hitch
  • July 25: Shrek
  • August 1: Mission Impossible II
  • August 8: Princess Diaries
  • August 15: Napoleon Dynamite
  • August 22: Legally Blonde
  • August 29: Barbershop

Stop by: The free event takes place, rain or shine, on Thursday nights at 8:30pm. Doors open at 7pm.

4. 🍽 Good Food by Food Geeks opens at Goodwill

View the Good Food by Food Geeks Menu here. Photo: Courtesy of Goodwill

A new, locally owned restaurant opened inside the Goodwill Opportunity Campus near the airport.

Why it matters: Good Food by Food Geeks offers "comfort food the Brooklyn way," owner TR Burns said in a press release, adding that it's inspired by his upbringing in New York City.

Dig in: Expect grab-and-go menu items, a coffee bar and hot buffet lunch specials.

  • Menu highlights include the Saratoga Salmon BLT Sandwich, the Bushwick Ave 9" Cheesesteak Hoagie and the Tenderoni specials, which come with a choice of 15 sauces for your chicken tenders.

Stop by: 5301 Wilkinson Blvd.

📧 Send me your favorite barbecue restaurant recs: [email protected]

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Amy Stern for copy editing.