Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC the weekend of May 25-28, 2017

Here are a few things to do in NC this weekend.  Enjoy:-)
*Saturday May 27 is the Cherokee NC Strawberry Festival.  Yummy:-)

*Saturday May 27 in Wilkesboro NC you can watch a lawnmower race.  They call themselves the Rebels and Rednecks Mower Racing Association. I would love to see that.  There are other dates on the site for upcoming races...What fun:-)





*Saturday May 27 you can attend the 2017 Strawberry Jam Festival in Bryson City NC.


*Saturday May 27 visit Zimmerman Vineyards in Trinity NC for the Sisyphus Saturday.
I have been to Zimmerman Vineyards.  I loved it.  Here is my blog post on the experience...
*Sunday May 28th in Fayetteville NC you can attended a Memorial Day Symphonic Salute.


*Sunday May 28th Mutts and Merlot Day at Doyle's Vineyard in Durham NC.
*Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuqua-Varina NC.  You can find the schedule of events here.  Looks like there are events Friday through Monday at 12pm.
Whatever you decide to do have fun.  I am going to try to make it to the Balloon Fest with Cindy.  If I do you can expect a blog post:-)
Please remember to check all links for times, locations and pricing.  The photos, except for one of mine, are from the event websites.
Have a great weekend!
KathieyV:-)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Southerns Women's Show 2017 in Raleigh NC

I had the opportunity to attend the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh NC this year.  I have heard talk about it over the years, but I have never been.  I had a couple of free hours on the weekend of the event and decided to check it out.  If you go, you can find a few local and national celebrities, health related products, makeup, fashion, food, wine and the list goes on and on.  Here is a link that you can check out to decide if you want to attend next year.  
(The dates for next year are already up)
The Food...
Stony Mountain Vineyards in Albemarle NC.  Here is a quote from their site...
"Welcome to Stony Mountain Vineyards - a family-owned boutique winery dedicated to the passion of winemaking. Come have a glass of wine on our deck and share our panoramic view of the Uwharrie Mountains and the lower Yadkin Valley."

Rock of Ages Winery in Hurdle Mills NC.  Here is a quote from their site...
"Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience at the Rock of Ages Winery. We designed the winery with in an Old English style with hints of Italian and Western lodge influences. This symphony of natural colors and textures is surrounded by 26 acres of vineyards and a four acre lake."

(I plan to visit both vineyards:-)

I could not for the life of me remember who was promoting the Amish Wedding products.  The few I tasted were good.  Here is a site that will give you locations to buy their products if you are interested.

Check out Diva Kakes for yummy cupcakes, cakes, and more...
The Shopping
I did not get to see as much as I wanted with my limited time. What I did see I liked.

Crown and Ivy at Belks.  The few times I have been at Belks I have noticed they do highlight Crown & Ivy.  They seem to have significant sales as well.  

Azuki Skye Jewelry.  Very pretty.  










The event was held at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh NC
I loved the two ladies at the Total Life Changes booth. If you visit the site you will find Pinique's info at the upper right hand corner.
Docklands Design and Print Shop had some very nice regional art.  
They even had a few adoptable puppies at the event. I like the quote they displayed.
"Happiness is a warm puppy"
I only scratched the surface of the offerings of the Southern Women's Show.  It is an extensive list.  I think I will go back next year and spend a full day.  Maybe I will see you there.
I will leave you with a quote found at the show...
"Be the kind of person that you want to meet"
Happy Adventures,
KathieyV:-)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend May 18-21, 2017

*Thursday May 18th you can attend a Wine Walk for Charity at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC.
It is from 6-9pm and the charity focus for this walk is SafeChild.   The fee to participate is $10.00

*Friday May 19th you can attend Lions and Tigers and Beer at the Conservators Center in Burlington NC.  You must have a ticket to attend.  Please check the link if you are interested.  


*Friday May 19 through Sunday May 21 you can attend the "Got To Be NC Festival" In Raleigh NC.
Here is a quote from their site...
Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Gate Admission and Parking are FREE!


*Saturday May 20 you can attend the Durham Blues and Brews Festival in Durham NC.
"20 Breweries, unlimited 12 oz pours,
3 great bands. All this for $45. 
($20 for designated drivers.)"




*Saturday, May 20 at USA Baseball in Cary NC you can attend Fest in the West.
*Saturday May 20 is the APS Walk for the Animals in Durham NC.  Be sure and register if you want to walk.
*Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21st you can attend Wings Over Wayne Air Show in Goldsboro NC at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. (I made a collage of photos from their site)
Please remember to check the provided links for pricing, dates, and time. 
Whatever you do this weekend I hope you have a great time.
KathieyV:-)

Monday, May 15, 2017

C & C Farm Trail Ride in Louisburg NC

This time last year Erica gave me a wonderful Mother's Day/Birthday Gift.  She knows I love horses and so she purchased a 2 hour private ride at C & C Farm in Louisburg NC.  Here is what they say on their site...
"C&C Farm offers a relaxed, family oriented environment for equine enthusiasts.  We offer riding lessons, trail rides and pasture boarding on our 65 beautiful acres."

 Beautiful horses....

 Erica getting ready for the ride...
 Our guides.  They were great.  Very nice people.  We were in good hands...
 I like this quote from the site...
"Most of our horses have been raised on the farm since they were born so we have a very close relationship with all of them and their unique personalities"
Alive, well, and smiling after a wonderful ride:-)





 You will never meet a kinder lady then the one in the photo below.  There is no doubt that she loves her horses and all the critters on their farm.  It was a joy to meet her.








































Beautiful farm.  We rode through fields and wooded trails.  It was lovely.
If you like to ride I suggest you drive out to C&C Farms.  You will love it.
See the link to their website at the top of the page so you can get more info and call for reservations.
Get out and try something new.
I suggest you go on a trail ride!
KathieyV:-)
By the way...while on their site I found Erica and I with our guides.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lunch at The Fearrington Granary in Pittsboro NC

Several weeks ago Cindy and I found ourselves on an adventure.  We were at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC.  I love that place.  If you go you will find quaint little shops, a bookstore, a spa, several places to eat, and of course the belted cows.
We were visiting  Fearrington Village for the Folk Arts Festival.  After enjoying some of the artsy items and exploring the shops we decided it was time for lunch.  After checking our options we selected The Granary.
Here is quote from their website...
"Offering a casual dining setting, The Fearrington Granary serves up lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Whether you’re grabbing dinner with friends or celebrating a special event, make every meal a treat."


  (They have a full bar and of course a wine list:-)
Quote from their site....
“The Granary is a neighborhood gathering place,” says Chef Colin Bedford, who designs and updates the menu seasonally. “The Granary’s menu is full of comfort food and Southern classics with English influence.”
Yummy muffins...
I ordered the Chicken and Dumplings.  Rich and delicious...
I was trying to remember what Cindy ordered.  I think this is the Pork Schnitzel.  I like the cute little pickles on top:-)
And of course don't forget the wine.....

If you find yourself in Pittsboro NC and you want a nice place to visit and grab a bite to eat I suggest you check out Fearrington Village.  For good food and atmosphere go to the Granary...you won't be disappointed.
Happy Eating and Exploring!
KathieyV:-)
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend May 4-7, 2017.

*Friday May 5th is Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live in Fayetteville NC.
* Friday May 5 through Saturday May 6th is the 2017 Garden of Quilts Show in Flat Rock NC.


"Celebrate Spring in downtown Rutherfordton at MAYFEST, during the first weekend in May. The party kicks off on Friday night with Cinco de Mayo at Mi Pueblito's Mexican Restaurant featuring menu specials and family activities. Continue the evening at Rutherfordton's F.U.N.C. Music Series and hear from a wide variety of live bands. There will be food and drink vendors, art vendors, kids crafts and much more to keep you entertained."

*Friday May 5 through Sunday May 7 is the Spring After Market Sale in Hickory NC.  Here is what they say on their site.."The After Market Sale is the Mart’s most popular sale. Held once in the spring and once in the fall, this event traditionally takes place after the wholesale Market in High Point. Take advantage of incredible discounts throughout the Mart."

*Saturday May 6,  9am-5pm is the 2017 Apex PeakFest in Apex NC.  They describe it as "food, fun, and fellowship".

*Saturday May 6, 10am to 4 pm is Open Barn Day at Ninja Cow Farm in Raleigh NC.  Here is a quote from the event page..."Now is your chance to meet the Farmers and Vendors of Ninja Cow Farm. There will be cows and baby goats to feed and pet, tours, samples to taste, as well as a chance to meet many of the farmers and vendors in the Ninja Cow store."
*Saturday May 6 from 9am to 10pm is The Smithfield 33rd Annual Ham and Yam Festival in Smithfield. "With pig races, inflatables, vendors, entertainment, and ham and yam foods, it's a fun day for the entire family"
*Saturday May 6, 1pm to 4 pm you can attend Bites and Blues at Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC.  I recently did a blog post on their vineyard...you may want to check it out.  Shelton Vineyards

Get out and have a good time this weekend.  There are many options out there.   Please check all the provided links for updates, times and prices.
Have a great weekend!
Kathiey V:-)