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Veterans Day in Fayetteville

They stood for us. We stand with them. This Nov. 11, we honor our veterans as we celebrate Veterans Day as a community. On this special holiday we salute those who have served and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by them and our families to preserve our freedom.

Join us in celebrating our local heroes at the annual Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in historic downtown Fayetteville. It will begin on Hay Street at the Airborne Special Operations Museum. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring our Vietnam Veterans” as a special tribute to our Vietnam War Heroes. The parade is one of the many events as a part of Cumberland County’s Heroes Homecoming IV. The list of other events can be found here. While at these events, be open to speaking with the veterans around you. One of the best ways to honor a veteran is to listen, engage in a meaningful conversation about their experiences.

Over at Marketfair, anyone interested in serving our country can stop by our Air Force Recruiting location to acquire more information.

We hope everyone has a great Veterans Day and a special thank you to all our community heroes!

Veterans Day in Fayetteville

With Veterans Day around the corner, Marketfair wants to take the time to say thank you to all our servicemen and women, past and present. This holiday provides a great opportunity for the community to come together to honor our veterans, and there are several events planned the next few weeks for residents to do so.

Join the Fayetteville community at the annual Veterans Day parade this Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 10 a.m. downtown. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring our Greatest Generation,” highlighting veterans from World War II. With over 100 participants, it will begin on Hay Street at the Airborne Special Operations Museum and end at Liberty Point on Person Street.

On Veterans Day next Friday, Nov. 11, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is hosting a Veterans Day Festival at the Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enjoy a community LEGO® American flag build, craft beer, climbing wall, local food trucks and more fun activities for the whole family.

Over at Marketfair, local veterans can check out Pioneer Services, who has provided financial services to the military community for over 30 years. Additionally, our Air Force Recruiting location would love to chat with anyone interested in serving our country.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Veterans Day celebrating with our local community!

Fall Fun in Fayetteville

Fall is in full swing and it is time to get outside and enjoy the season! This is a special time of year with cool weather, sporting events and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Check out our list of upcoming events and other ways to spend time outdoors in Fayetteville throughout next month!

  • Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Downtown Farmer’s Market – Enjoy the local produce offered weekly on a beautiful fall Saturday! The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and located at 325 Franklin St.
  • Oct. 7 to 9: Indigo Moon Film Festival – The film festival will take place downtown and feature flicks from all over the world. There will be documentaries, narratives, student films, animation and more!
  • Oct. 27 to 29: Dogwood Festival – Head out to Festival Park to enjoy hayrides, a haunted maze, live music and more. The Dogwood Festival is sure to offer all of your favorite fall activities in one place!
  • Oct. 28: Zombie Walk – The fourth Friday event downtown this month is Zombie Walk themed for Halloween! Join local exhibitors and artists of all types while strolling around and enjoying the unique shops, bistros and galleries the area has to offer.

How We Said Goodbye to Summer!

Around 400 members of the Fayetteville community gathered to say goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year at our block party last weekend! We had a blast with everyone – from eating delicious free food from Which Wich and Mikoto Japanese Express, to visiting the complimentary face painting booth and playing outdoor games from Gander Mountain. 

Here’s a recap of some of the fun activities that went on and were made possible by our Marketfair shopping center stores: 

  • The Rocket Fizz soda tasting station and bottle ring toss game were definitely crowd favorites! The candy and soda pop shop also raffled off gift baskets and gift cards to a few lucky winners.
  • DJ Tommy King kept the party going with his fun mix of tunes!
  • Sports lovers enjoyed our interactive football and volleyball toss station provided by our newest tenant, Kids in Sports! Some raffle prize winners also went home with backpacks and gift cards!
  • Many guests left with other raffle prize winnings like free movie tickets to Carmike, gift cards, backpacks, a tablet from H.H. Gregg and free one-year memberships to Planet Fitness.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this year’s Back-to-School Block Party a huge success! We are so grateful for everyone’s support – together we raised hundreds of dollars for our charity partner the Cumberland County District PTA Council, and we’ll also be donating another $1,000 on behalf of Marketfair. Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year! 

 

Fayetteville Bucket List

Whether you’ve lived in Fayetteville your whole life, moved here recently or are just passing through, there are so many iconic spots to visit during your time in the area. Here are a few of our favorite places from historic landmarks to must-see museum exhibits:

  • The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a natural beauty situated on an impressive 80 acres just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. Highlights include Camellia, Daylilly and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children’s Garden and the Heritage Garden featuring 1886 agricultural structures and a homestead.
  • The Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers with displays dating back to 1940 and World War II with the conception of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon.
  • J.P. Riddle Stadium is home to our local summer collegiate baseball league team, the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs! The ballpark has a capacity of 2,500 to 5,000 people and opened in 1987.
  • The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes the iconic 1897 Poe House, two floors of museum exhibits and Arsenal Park. Make sure to check the event calendar for special happenings throughout the year!

Add going to one of these places to your Fayetteville bucket list and let us know what you think!

Winter Storm Checklist

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Thankfully we rarely see major winter storms in Fayetteville, but it’s still a great idea to make sure you’re prepared for the winter with this handy checklist!

Stay safe and prepared with these tips and stock up on all necessities before the cold weather hits!

Give Thanks & Give Back

Thanksgiving has an amazing history of giving and sharing. It is a legacy so much richer than an afternoon watching football and recuperating from a food coma, although those things certainly add fun to the day. Here are a few inspired ways you can give back to the Fayetteville community this Thanksgiving!

  1. Donate a Turkey

Make a difference this Thanksgiving by donating food to a deserving family in your area! The donation of a turkey with all the trimmings will make a world of difference to a struggling family this holiday. Contact The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to learn more and donate!

  1. Send a Care Package to the Troops

The military has a special place in all the hearts of Fayetteville. Show your support by sending a care package to a soldier overseas. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show your appreciation for our troops, and sending a holiday care package is a great way to give back. Visit this website to find a soldier to help!

  1. Be a Good Neighbor

You don’t always have to go through an organization to spread the good! Find a neighbor in need and ask what you can do to help them out. Offer to rake leaves, make a delicious dinner meal or watch their pets for the weekend while they’re away. If you don’t know who to help, check out this website to find people in need!

Make this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember, whether it’s sharing the gift of a hot meal or volunteering at a local 5K! Kindness is key, and there’s no better way to add meaning to your Thanksgiving than by dedicating a few hours with your loved ones to giving back.

A Broader Future for the Fayetteville Community

Our city would not be the same without all of the support it receives from local organizations! Check out this amazing nonprofit in our area:

A Broader Future focuses on positively impacting the futures of Fayetteville youth and their families. This program emphasizes the importance of arts, culture, music, sports, and health and wellness through the many projects provided to its participants, as described below.

  • Creative Xpressions: The importance of photography and its connection to imagination is taught to at risk youth through the exploration of field trips and the study of artistic books and films.
  • B.F. Feeds: This is a food collection project that distributes food to the elderly, homeless and the agencies that support the homeless throughout our area. 
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellness: This is a program that encourages youth to explore the importance of food, nutrition, body image and hygiene. Through various learning activities participants become aware of their eating habits and strengthen their wellbeing.
  • Bull City Prep: Academics and athletics are strengthened though the systematic program which guides young men to prepare for their future by gaining a strong education as well as strong athletic skills.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Visit the organization’s website to learn more about how you can get involved!

Fayetteville Summer Camps For All

The kids are officially out of school and it won’t be long before boredom starts setting in. Summer camps are a great way to not only help your children make some of their fondest memories of the season, but these camps also give you back some of those daytime hours you’re used to them being out of the house!

No matter what your child is interested in, there is likely a camp in Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Cumberland County that meets both their needs and yours. Here are some of the popular area camps this season that range from arts to sports to academics:

  • Razzle Dazzle Arts Summer Theatre Camps: Campers ages eight to 16 are immersed in musical theatre and involved in all aspects of show production. A weeklong “Oklahoma” program is offered twice this summer, with the second session taking place July 20 to 24.
  • YMCA of Fayetteville: The Y-Palooza day camp gives kids an active and adventurous experience with themed weeks that include daily projects, games and outside playtime, a field trip, swimming and more! Designed for six- to 13-year-olds, participants learn new games and skills all while developing their confidence and character.
  • Fayetteville Academy Summer Odyssey: A variety of fun weekly camps suiting both the academic and sports loving child are available for students ages three through high school. Applications are accepted from all students, regardless of where they go to school during the regular academic year, and spaces are filling up quickly!
  • The Little Gym of Fayetteville: The Super Kids’ Quest Camp challenges youth ages three through 12 to spend three adventure-filled hours a day completing an exciting mission or “Quest” that employs a fun storyline. These creative programs are offered weekly now through mid-August.

Read more about this season’s camps in and around our hometown here.

Welcome back, City Market!

After a four-month hibernation, the popular City Market is back! Located in front of the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, local farmers and artisans set up every Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They share their goods with the community including crafts, handmade soaps and lotions, pottery, jewelry, fresh produce, meats and eggs, sweet treats and so much more. The Fayetteville City Market season kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and goes through December!

Check out a few of this year’s vendors:

  • Get your meat and eggs fresh from Our Father’s Farm, a family farm that raises animals and produce in a healthy and natural environment free of chemical pesticides, herbicides or antibiotics.
  • Pick up some lip balm, moisturizer or essential oils from Bushy Tails, a company specializing in handmade, organic beauty and home products.
  • Watch a spinning wheel in action thanks to Pine Shire Farm, a multi-generational family farm utilizing organic methods to produce luxury fiber that is spun into shawls and other beautiful products.
  • Join the “farm-to-bowl” revolution with Chew Monster dog treats. Each ingredient in these healthy, homemade doggy snacks is thoughtfully sourced from local farms!

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