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e Tell you where to go! Whether you are a long time resident or new to the area, you’ll find local & regional events and destinations in the Destination Magazine™ that will have you saying “I never knew that was there.” The Destination Magazine™ is not a historical document, we will not write about spectacular events you’ve missed. If you are seeking new destinations to explore on your own, or ideas for things to do with friends and family you will find a new experience every month in the Destination Magazine™ .

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Contents DayTrip Destinations


Are You Seeking Adventure, Mystery, Beauty, And Romance? 12 New Hotels Make It Easier To Escape To Hendersonville


Elegance & Adventure In Patrick County


Paddle Your Own Path With Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company 18 Seeking Inspiration For Your Special Day?


Girls Getaway In Gaston


Hike Through A Graveyard That Has No Graves


’80s Ski Weekend Named A Top 20 Event In Southeast


Biere de Femme Beer Festival Part Deux


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Girlfriend Getaways in the


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DayTrip Destinations Carolina Thunderbirds Professional Hockey February Home Stands February 9th-11th 16-18th 23rd-24th. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, 414 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, Carolina Thunderbirds Individual Tickets are NOW ON SALE and can be purchased the following ways: Carolina Thunderbirds Individual Game Tickets. Call: 1.800.745.3000 – Ticketmaster or at the gate. 38th Annual NC Jazz Festival 2018 Thursday Februar y 1st–Saturday 3rd Hilton Riverside Hotel, 301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401. Enjoy one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast and a STS Top 20 Event! This musical weekend starts with Mangrove, Rossano Sportiello, The Nicki Par rott Trio and the Traditional Jazz Jam led by Adrian Cunningham on Thursday evening. The Friday and Saturday night 4 hour concerts feature seven sets with six or seven musicians per set and each set with a different leader. Chuck Redd, Jim Fr yer, Debbie Kennedy, Herman Burney, Cynthia

Sayer, Nate Najar, Jonathan Russell, Conal Fowkes, Scott Robinson, Bruce Harris are just some of the fantastic musician from around the globe set performing this year. 12th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration 2018 Friday February 2nd 10:30am–12:30pm Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720. Chimney Rock State Park invites you and your family to the Animal Discover y Den at Chimney Rock State Park to witness how the Park’s mascot is preparing for spring. Find out if the resident woodchuck sees her shadow at the annual Groundhog Day Celebration inside the Meadows area of the park. Wine About Winter 2018 Friday February 2nd 5pm–8pm 217 S Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144. Fifth annual wine tasting crawl event in Historic Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina on the 1st Friday of February.

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Destinations Krispy Kreme Challenge 2018 Saturday Februar y 3rd 8am–5pm 2011 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607. 2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour. The mantra of the Krispy Kreme Challenge epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude. What started as a challenge among ten friends has transformed into a nationally publicized charity race, and the number one tradition to complete before graduating from North Carolina State University. 19th Annual Mid Pines Men’s Invitational Friday Februar y 9th Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, 1010 Midland Rd, Southern Pines, NC 28387. This popular team event, which attracts a strong field

of golfers annually, is played on our Donald Ross designed golf course. The Tournament offer two divisions (Open & Senior) and has become one of the most prestigious team events to kick off the tour nament season in the southeast. 22nd A nnua l East Ca rolina Wildlife Arts Festival Friday Februar y 9th–Saturday 10th 150 W Main St, Washington, NC 27889. Daytime exhibits, kids programs & events at the Turnage Theatre and throughout downtown Washington. Featured artist Pat Holscher works for sale in the Tur nage Gallery in the Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre where the Friday night silent auction Continued On Page 8

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with live entertainment will be held. Don’t miss the downtown art gallery walk in 8 local galleries from 5-7 PM on Saturday evening. Concessions will be open to purchase wine, beer, champagne and hot and cold beverages and popcorn during theatre events.

Cherokee Heritage Day Saturday February 10th 10am–5pm Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 598 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC 28719. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops Va le nt i ne s i n t he S m ok ie s and more. Traditional food is availFr i d a y Fe b r u a r y 9 t h – S a t u r d a y able on-site, weather permitting. 1 0 t h C o p p e r h e a d L o d g e , 1 7 1 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA 30512. Live Music Friday and Love the Wine You’re With at Saturday night at 7pm by World RayLen Vineyards & Winer y Renowned Saxophonist Michael Saturday February 10th 11am–5pm H u l e t t ! ! Fo u r c o u r s e m e n u s 3577 US-158, Mocksville, NC 27028. both nights–for the full menu, Roses are red, violets are blue, we lodging and entertainment visit love chocolate and wine together, how about you? Tickets are $10 ($5 for members) and include Fairy House Festival Saturday 3 chocolate truffles each paired F e b r u a r y 1 0 t h 1 0 a m – 4 p m with one of our award winning Latta Plantation Nature Center and w i n e s , a n d a s o u v e n i r g l a s s . Preserve, 6211 Sample Rd, Hunt- Sweet T Designs will also be here ersville, NC 28078. The 10th Fairy selling personalized items that House Festival has something for would make perfect gifts for all everyone in your family. Purchase the Valentines in your life. We will your tickets now. Tickets are $5 also have music by Jukebox Rehab, per person, 4 and under are free. and food for purchase by Smoke Wagon.


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Destinations Zipline & Dine: Valentine’s Edition Wednesday February 14th 6pm–9pm 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214. Join us on Wednesday, February 14th for Zipline and Dine: Valentine’s Edition at the U.S. National

Whitewater Center. This one of a kind date night will take you through a bird’s eye perspective of the U.S. National Whitewater Center as you fly on the longest zipline, spanning 1,625 feet before continuing onto the high ropes. Continued On Page 10


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After a short hike back to River’s Edge, you’ll be greeted with a chef-inspired and created dinner.

you at the South Creek Tasting Bar? We’re presenting our “Diva” to you as we include our new rose’ at the bar too. Gour met Chocolates are complimentar y Winter Arts Smoky Style Satur- with your purchased wine tasting. day Febr uar y 17th Downtown, Waynesville, NC 28786. Downtown Galleries winter promotion of the arts will be held in downtown Waynesville from 4-7pm. For the Love of Wine & Chocolate 2018 Saturday February 17th 1pm South Creek Winer y, 2240 S Creek Rd, Nebo, NC 28761. Ah, Amour! What could be better than our lovely pairings of wine & chocolates just for




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Destinations S apph i r e Va l l e y O u t hou s e Races 2018 Saturday Februar y 17th 11am–3pm 217 Sapphire Rd, Sapphire, NC 28774. Homemade outhouses can be made of wood, cardboard, plastic, or any other homemade items. There are three people to a team and outhouses are secured on a set of skis. These skis are pushed by two team members, while one team member ‘sits’ inside. Outhouses are equipped with a seat with at least one (1) hole, and a roll of toilet paper, or alternative wiping source. The race course is a twolane track on packed snow (or on ice), with two teams racing each other head to head over a length of

approximately 120 feet (40 yards), the first 30 feet being propelled by the pushers and the last 90 feet under its own gravitational power. Totally ‘80s Retro Weekend Thursday Februar y 22nd–Sunday 25th Beech Mountain Ski Resort, 1 0 0 7 B e e c h M o u n t a i n P k w y, Beech Mountain, NC 28604. This year ’s festivities include live ‘80s music each night, retro ski fashions every day and a plenty of old school activities ranging from a Rubik’s Cube competition to ‘80s karaoke to the ever-popular Totally Retro Apparel Contest. Continued On Page 30 704-706-2365


Are You Seeking Adventure, Mystery, Beauty, And Romance?


hen looking for your next romantic destination are you seeking Adventure, Myster y, Beauty, and Romance? They can all be found at Copperhead Lodge in Blairsville, GA. Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 9 – 11) the whole package, and more, can be yours. The Adventure of driving the scenic back roads to your special mountain getaway. The Myster y of cloud-shrouded peaks, and bubbling streams winding off into the forest. The Beauty and peace of nature, where the stars sparkle more brightly at night away from the lights and hustle-and-bustle of the city. Two nights of Romance that each include a 4-course gourmet dinner, near a roaring fireplace, while being serenaded by the captivating tones of nationally renowned vocalist and saxophone artist, Mike Hulett. After dinner you


can relax with a beverage and soak up the sounds, or step out on the dance floor and sway with your special someone. When it’s time to retire, make your way back to your cozy cabin and sink into an incredibly comfortable bed that you won’t want to leave or relax in your own private hot tub.

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Make this Valentines extra special and spend it with your special someone at Copperhead Lodge for this romantic holiday weekend event. Reconnect with each other and revive your spirit at your new home-away-from-home in the mountains. Book your Valentines getaway to Copperhead Lodge today. Be sure to mention the Destination Magazine™ for special pricing on your getaway. Copperhead Lodge 171 Copperhead Parkway Blairsville, GA 30512 (706) 835-7433

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New Hotels Make It Easier To Escape To Hendersonville


endersonville is emerging as the next great getaway in the North Carolina mountains, and a slate of new hotels makes it easier to plan a visit. Three hotels have opened within the last year, with a fourth set to come online this month. The most recent property to open its doors is the upscale Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The Holiday Inn Express opened this past summer with 85 guest rooms and suites. Its location off Interstate 26 provides convenient access to downtown Hendersonville, as well as area wineries, breweries and cideries along the Cheers! Trail. “It’s a beautiful property designed with millennial travelers in mind with more open spaces and social areas, and better connectivity,” Henderson County tourism director Beth Carden said of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. “The colors are more modern, too.” Earlier in 2017, Cascades Mountain Resort opened with 100 rooms nestled around a giant indoor

pool facility, while the 114-room Wingate by Wyndham debuted just north of Hendersonville near the Asheville Airport. The recent flurry of openings will conclude this month with a new 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. “With our breweries, cideries, outdoor activities and the Flat Rock Playhouse, there is so much to offer here. The biggest concern we’ve had is finding enough rooms,” Carden said. “It has been nine years since a hotel opened in Hendersonville. These new hotels will really make a difference.” The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the second local hotel owned by Ty and June Rhodes. The Rhodes also own the Quality Inn across the street from their new hotel. “They are ver y supportive of tourism here and part of the reason why we’ve grown as a tourist destination,” Carden said. For more info on hotels and things to do in Hendersonville, go to 704-706-2365


Elegance & Adventure In Patrick County


he Mountain Rose Inn, located in Patrick County, Virginia is the perfect location for your next romantic getaway. Built in 1901, this restored home features five beautiful guest rooms with en suite bathrooms and fireplaces, a three-course gourmet breakfast each morning, scenic views on three balconies, and Rock Castle Creek flows just past the iconic boxwood hedges. The Mountain Rose Inn also features specials to enhance your stay, including Wedding & Elopement packages.

County Historical Society Museum or Groundhog Mountain Lookout Tower on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you feel like something faster, make time for the Wood Brothers Racing Museum, which displays the roots of the NASCAR team.

Test your whitewater rafting skills during the Kibler Valley River Run, or travel through Rock Castle Gorge among the remains of a lost community. Race a mountain bike Enjoy rich local music year- on 16 miles of trails at nearby DeHart round at numerous locations on Memorial Park, or take a more the Crooked Road heritage music leisurely ride on the Mayo River Rail trail, including the Willis Gap Community Center, Wayside, and the Eat, Shop, Play, and Stay! Patrick County Music Association. If Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mounit’s the last weekend of July, check tains of Virginia, Patrick County is out FloydFest, the mega-sized world a jewel of a destination, offering music festival located in Patrick activities for the whole family. County. You can also explore the Patrick County Tourism Rucker St. • P.O. Box 466 past at the Reynolds Homestead, 106 Stuart, VA 24171 J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace, Patrick


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Trail. For a more high-octane option, try the Jagged Edge motorcycle trail, which runs through much of the county. Tour the county’s unique wineries, including Stanburn and its 15 acres of vineyard, along with Villa Appalaccia and its Italian-inspired wines and architecture. When it comes to eating, stop in at one of the restaurants that range from family-style to seafood or cafés to elegant dining. Get your fix at our local coffee shop or bakery in town. You can even take a picnic to Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge, one of only 4 historic covered bridges in Virginia open to the public. Primland Resort offers a fine dining experience at the Elements restaurant that matches its luxurious setting. After satisfying your appetite, go for a sweet finish at Nancy’s Candy, where you can

sample fudge and candy made right there in the store. After a full day of frolicking, settle back on one of the porches at Mountain Rose Inn with a complimentary glass of sherry, a glass of local wine, or local herb tea and drink in the peaceful views before settling in.

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Paddle Your Own Path With Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company


hat a curious name, wouldn’t you agree? In fact, even the names of the beers have an interesting twist I can’t quite figure out, but we’ll touch on that later.

Two cousins, David & Stuart are responsible for bringing this “community hub” to the Winston-Salem community. When they were kids they would hike and fish in the Blue Ridge Mountains close to the area of one of the biggest fiddle festivals T h i s b e a u t i f u l l y r e f i n i s h e d in the world. Now on their new tobacco Warehouse gives a nod to adventure the two wanted a name the historic roots of the community, that represents what they enjoy. most of what you come across in the taproom has been reclaimed, Fiddlin’ Fish is much more refurbished and refreshed, for such than a taproom for tasting a great a large space it feels “cozy” when beer brewed on site, it is a place to you walk in. meet with your friends, enjoy social gatherings and make new friends. In total contrast to the taproom is the brewery on the other side of A few ways the fish facilitates the massive glass wall. Filled with this is by hosting a fury of events the latest technologies to produce each month. February features fly quality, consistent beer from batch tying classes on Thursday, a 5 basket to batch. Along side the big boy disc golf putting league inside the brewing system is a pilot system that proudly provides the small Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company batch one off beers presented every 772 N. Trade St Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Wednesday only in the taproom (336) 999-8945

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taproom on Wednesdays, hugely popular film trivia each month with a special twist. A special treat this month is a beer and chocolate pairing for Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 9th with Black Mountain Chocolates. Details are still in the works for this one so check facebook or stop in for the details as they are announced. Another great match up is the pairing of great beer and sports entertainment with the Carolina Thunderbirds Hockey Team. Yes the newest brewery is the official beer sponsor of Winston-Salem’s newest sports franchise.

So, we know where Fiddlin’ Fish comes from. The names of the beers produced also reference local places or history. But how they tie together confuses me. You see while the Back Mountain Chocolate Stout contains Black Mountain Chocolate that is produced just across the parking Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company lot from the brewer y the Camel is about community, beer, and City IPA does not contain any camel paddling your own path down the whatsoever. river.

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Seeking Inspiration For Your Special Day?


ongratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Join us at Rural Hill for wedding inspiration as we host our 4th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, March 4th from 1-4 PM.

Ru r a l H i l l We d d i n g & E v e n t s Director, L auren Peter var y, by email at lauren@r Details can also be found on our website here.

Door prizes will be drawn ever y half hour; winners must be The Sip & Seek Bridal Show present to win. will be an intimate setting for couples and vendors to meet Sip and Seek Bridal Show while enjoying complementar y wine, food and door prizes. You’ll Sunday, March 4, 2018 1pm – 4pm also have the chance to tour Celebrating more than 250 years our beautiful historic site and in history…Rural Hill is the former wedding venue! With 30+ of the homestead of Major John and area’s top vendors in attendance, Violet Davidson. The 265-acre site is maintained and promoted by couples will have the opportunity Historic Rural Hill Inc. and features to book their favorites, with some annual events such as the Loch vendors offering discounts for Norman Highland Games, the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, day-of-show bookings. the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials, and This exclusive wedding-style event is free to attend with preregistration through EventBrite o r $ 5 c a s h a t t h e d o o r. Fo r additional infor mation contact

the NC Brewers and Music Festival. Historic Rural Hill Inc. is a non-profit organization supported through membership and donations, and with proceeds from its events utilized for the preservation of Historic Rural Hill and its education efforts. For more information on events or for financial support accepted securely online, please visit 704-706-2365



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Girls Getaway In Gaston


girlfriend getaway in Gaston County is heavy on fun and laughter, combine with the wine tasting, The joy of individualized service and personalized attention cannot be overstated. Atmosphere and camaraderie is appreciated by all. Unique, fun, Fiddler’s Vineyard is recommended for girlfriend getaways because we enhance the joy of getting away for a long weekend with your best gals. Vineyard is family-owned and run, Wine Tasting” tour for a startto-finish look at the wine making process. The big wineries don’t have the time or capacity for this artisan touch. Boutique wineries in really illuminate the artisan elements to smaller vineyard wine-making. The tasting room is intimate enough that the hosts can provide one-on-one tasting for you and your

group; in most cases the one of the owners Mark, Sherry or Jamie will be the ones pouring the wine. This experience keeps the feel of the winery small. You can even shop at one Cherryvilles grocery stores and purchase all your picnic needs beforehand. Then, buy a bottle of wine here for your picnic. The tasting room is open year round and is situated in the middle of the vineyard. Grab your best friends, make the short drive, and spend a little time relaxing with a glass of your favorite Fiddler’s Vineyard wine.

Gaston County is located just west of Charlotte, NC in the Piedmont section of North Carolina and is a terrific place to live, work and visit. Gaston County offers visitors a variety of attractions to enhance your trip including museums, botanical gardens, extreme sports, hiking, dining and entertainment parks, art and history and more. 704-706-2365


Hike Through A Graveyard That Has No Graves


on’t be fooled by the somber name. Graveyard Fields, the location for one of Asheville’s favorite hikes off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a prime spot for hiking, camping, waterfalls, fall color and summer blueberries. How the area got its name depends on whom you ask. One theor y explains a time when an incredible windstor m blew down hundreds of the spr uce and fir trees that originally grew there, leaving uptur ned roots that resembled gravestones in a graveyard. The other is a tale of extensive logging, leaving stumps of cut trees to become overgrown with moss, resembling an overgrown graveyard. However it happened, a catastrophic fire later consumed the area, destroying the “graveyard” and sterilizing the soil. To this day, plant life struggles as it slowly heals from the fire. Don’t let


#186 that deter you from the excellent trails nearby. You can travel to see two major waterfalls, walk over Graveyard Ridge and get a taste of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail for adventurous day or overnight hikes.

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’80s Ski Weekend Named A Top 20 Event In Southeast


he Southeast Tourism Society has named the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain a top 20 tourism event in the Southeast for January/February 2018. T h e To t a l l y ’ 8 0 s R e t r o S k i Weekend is Feb. 22-25, and this marks the first time in the weekend’s seven-year history that it has earned a spot in the STS Top 20. Events considered for recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. The four-day weekend celebrates the New Wave decade with retro skiing daily, 1980s tribute bands nightly, and lots of throwback activities in between. People wear dayglo retro ski apparel on the slopes and ’80s fashions off the slopes.

Pac Man competition, 1980s Name That Song contest, and the everpopular $500 Totally Retro Apparel Contest. There are also special appearances by a Ghostbuters Ecto-1 and the South’s top Bret Michaels look-alike. Headlining the musical slate is Charlotte’s own Cassette Rewind, one of the hottest 1980s tribute bands in the South.

“The Southeast Tourism Society is the preeminent voice for travel in our region,” said Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the Town of Activities include a retro ski Beech Mountain. “ We are quite parade, Rubik’s Cube contest, Ms. honored and feel it will help us


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spread the word about this uniquely fun event.” STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Industr y experts select 20 events in the January/Februar y time frame and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published said Bill Hardman, president and at CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events, STS is not only giving these events the recognition For info about the Totally ’80s they deserve but we’re also creating Retro Ski Weekend at Beech a quick reference guide to some of Mountain, visit www.BeechMtn. com or call 800-468-5506. the best festivals in the Southeast,”

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estival goers can expect a dynamic experience. “I’m just so thrilled that we have the opportunity to highlight the women throughout our state who work so hard in an industry dominated by men.

interactions available. This festival is about so much more than drinking beer. It’s about the education and empowerment of women within our industry. And that’s why Pink Boots Society was founded in the first place,” says Caroline Par nin, Easter n NC co -chapter This festival was a hit last year in leader for Pink Boots Society North Shelby, NC, and we expect nothing Carolina. less in Raleigh for the festival’s second year. Not only will we be The Pink Boots Society is an inshowcasing the raw talent of some ternational nonprofit organization of the top women industry leaders, that seeks to assist, inspire, and enbut also providing attendees with a courage women beer professionals firsthand look into the history and through education. PBS fulfills this prevalence of women in beer. mission by providing scholarships for women to attend professional Guests will have the opportu- training. 100% of the proceeds of nity to meet women brewers and this event will be donated to the professionals from all over the scholarship fund. state. Many of the beers being poured will have been made in The festival will take place from for VIP ticket holders and part by female employees of the 1-6pm at 2-6pm for general admission. participating breweries especially Biere de Femme Beer Festival for the event. We will have a brew- Saturday, March 3rd 1pm–6pm ing demonstration, ingredient The Raleigh Beer Garden, showcases and other educational 614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603. 704-706-2365


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91st A n nua l St a r F idd ler ’s Convention Saturday, March 3rd East Montgomery High School, 157 Eagle Ln, Biscoe, NC 27209. The Star Fiddler ’s Convention is the oldest music event of its type in the state of North Carolina. Occurring the 1st Saturday in March, registration to compete takes place from 5:30–7pm. The public comes in at 6pm. Bluegrass and old-time music only–no electric instruments. Over $2000 in cash prizes will be awarded, along with ribbons. This event is hosted by the Halcyon Woman’s Club of Star, NC. Food and Drinks will be available for purchase. At time of publication no web site was available, call (910) 428-9218 for more information.

Biere de Femme Beer Festival Saturday, March 3rd 1pm–6pm The Raleigh Beer Garden, 614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603. The festival will take place from 1-6pm for VIP ticket holders and at 2-6pm. Sip and Seek Bridal Show Sunday March 4th 1pm–4pm Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078. Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Join us at Rural Hill for wedding inspiration as we host our 4th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, March 4th from 1-4pm. Door prizes will be drawn ever y half hour ; winners must be present to win.





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Issue 083 February the Destination Magazine™  

The Destination Magazine™ is your monthly guide for local and regional culinary, culture and community events and destinations for readers i...

Issue 083 February the Destination Magazine™  

The Destination Magazine™ is your monthly guide for local and regional culinary, culture and community events and destinations for readers i...