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Trunk or Treat with Marketfair

Head over to Marketfair shopping center on Saturday, Oct. 28 to get a head start on your Halloween candy collection! We’re hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event for the Fayetteville community the Saturday before Halloween from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and you won’t want to miss it! Local favorite shops Good Living Coffee Zone, Rocket Fizz and Kids in Sports will also be taking part in the skele-fun!

The three best decorated cars will receive a special prize at the end of the event, and we’ll have other wicked awesome activities including Pumpkin Ball, Cupcake Walk and Ghost Bowling. You can RSVP to the event over on Marketfair’s Facebook page. Registered cars should arrive and set up between 4 to 4:45 p.m., the trunk registration form is available here or you can contact glczllc@goodlivingcoffeezone.com for more information. We hope to see you there for all the festivities!

Memorial Day in Fayetteville

Memorial Day is a special day across the nation, but especially here in Fayetteville. This holiday, originally called Decoration Day, is to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. This weekend is a great chance to get together with friends and family, as the community has a number of activities going on. We’ve rounded up a few events for you to check out and join in on the festivities:

  • Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shop local food and handcrafted products at the City Market at the Museum. The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum hosts this market on Saturday mornings.
  • Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Check out A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces Concert at Festival Park, given by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) to salute the armed forces in honor of the holiday.
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.: Honor the brave and remember the fallen at Freedom Memorial Park This event fills up quickly, so consider arriving early and bringing a lawn chair with you.
  • Monday, May 29 at noon: The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and the Special Operations Force K9 Memorial Foundation are hosting a Memorial Day Service Ceremony to honor K-9 soldiers. Stick around with the kids afterward for a special children’s book reading by the author of “How I Became A K-9 Commando.”

Find out more details on what is going on in the community this weekend here. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Ways to Give Back in Fayetteville this Holiday Season

The holiday season brings a special spirit of giving! Find a way to give back to the Fayetteville community this winter – whether it is through giving your time or money, there are many great organizations in the area that could use extra help this season, and throughout the year!

Check out the below local organizations that directly impact people in need in Fayetteville and information on how you can get involved.

The Salvation Army – As one of the largest charitable and social service organizations in the world, this group provides food for the hungry, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children and many more services.

  • How to help: During the holiday season, volunteers are needed to help out at the Angel Tree locations and the Christmas Warehouse, as well as ringing the bell at donation kettles.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – This group works to eliminate the cycle of hunger through distributing food to those in need.

  • How to help: You can donate your time, money or sponsor a food drive to benefit the organization. No one should have to go hungry over the holidays!

Fayetteville City Rescue Mission – This organization helps the homeless in the community by providing clothing, food boxes, hot meals and more to those without shelter.

  • How to help: Volunteers are needed year-round for various shifts throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, you can donate items such as canned food or clothing for the organization to distribute.

Your One-Stop Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, Fayetteville – the holiday shopping craze is among us. Have you been racking your brain for gift ideas? Look no further! We have compiled a special Marketfair holiday gift guide that includes ideas for everyone on your list.

  • For the Outdoorsman: It is always important to be prepared when venturing into the wilderness! A quality backpack is a great gift that is a must-have when hiking, camping or exploring.
  • For the Tech Savvy: There is nothing better than being able to still be connected while on the go – a tablet is the perfect portable device any tech-enthusiast is sure to love.
  • For the Beauty Lover: A little pampering can go a long way. A nail salon gift certificate is a great way to give the beauty in your life a way to relax and rejuvenate.
  • For the Fitness Obsessed: With the start of a New Year comes new health and wellness resolutions. A gym membership is a great way to help the fitness guru in your life reach their goals!
  • For the Movie Buff: Surprise any movie lover with tickets to the latest release for a fun night out!
  • For the Fixer Upper: Any home décor enthusiast is sure to love sprucing their home up with new flooring!
  • For the Little Athlete: Get your aspiring little athlete started out with multi-sport classes that teach fundamental skills and teamwork.

Fall Recipes from Marketfair

The holidays are a time where many of us can be found in the kitchen! Why not experiment with some new, easy dishes and treats? Here are three awesome fall recipes inspired by our Marketfair restaurants:

Put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use by creating the ultimate savory sandwich, inspired by Which Wich’s Thank You Turkey Sandwich!

  • Toast two slices of bread of your choice
  • Add leftover sliced turkey – thick or thin!
  • Add leftover stuffing
  • Top with two tablespoons of cranberry sauce

Your leftover veggies don’t have to go to waste, either! Heat up the kitchen with an easy Hibachi Vegetables recipe inspired by Mikoto Japanese Express.

  • Slice vegetables of your choice (zucchini, carrots and onion work well!) and saute in oil
  • Once the veggies are soft, pour in one tablespoon of soy sauce, two tablespoons of terryaki sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Cook until tender, about 10 minutes
  • Sprinkle with seasame seeds and serve hot!

If you’re not looking to whip up food in the kitchen but want a tasty seasonal beverage, try Rocket Fizz’s Pumpkin Pie flavored soda or make your own Pumpkin Spiced Latte at home!

  • In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk ½ cup of milk, one tablespoon of sugar, one tablespoon of pumpkin puree, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Simmer for 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup of milk
  • Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp. Place the mixture back in the pan and whisk for 2 minutes while it simmers
  • Add ¼ cup brewed coffee or espresso and whisk until foamy

Fayetteville Holiday Events

Everywhere you turn this season in Fayetteville, you’re bound to find some holiday spirit. Grab your friends and family and check out these fun events to celebrate!

Carriage Rides with Santa

Carriage Rides with Santa will return to downtown Fayetteville Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 and again on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20. Yes, the Jolly Old Soul himself will be driving the horse-drawn carriage! Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.  Each ride lasts about 15 minutes and run from 1 to 8 p.m. Don’t miss out on this family friendly event!

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Come and celebrate the five-year anniversary of Holiday Lights in the Garden – a sparkling wonderland aglow with thousands of lights illuminating plants, trees and recent exhibits at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This year, Holiday Lights will feature a new show of lights synchronized to music and shimmering over the Cypress Pond! Enjoy holiday music, photos with Santa, seasonal treats, s’mores roasting, a beer and wine garden, holiday shopping in the gift shop and more Dec. 12-16 at 5:30 p.m. Embrace the outdoors and create a cherished holiday memory!

Ryan’s Reindeer Run

Ryan’s Reindeer Run is a 5K run and walk in memory of Ryan P. Kishbaugh, who died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 18. The race starts Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m. and proceeds go to The Ryan P. Kishbaugh Memorial Foundation as well as other charities providing services to children in need and cancer patients. Last year 895 runners registered for this event! Since 2003, the Ryan P. Kishbaugh Memorial Foundation has given over $131,000 to local non-profits in memory of Ryan. For more details, click here!

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.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With the winter season in full swing, Fayetteville is ready to celebrate the holidays with lots of fun community activities. Grab your family and friends and check out these festive events that are great for all ages!

  • The annual Christmas parade in Downtown Fayetteville is this Saturday, Dec. 13. Santa Claus will be an honored guest, so make sure to bring the kids!
  • The Holiday Lights in the Garden at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden will be twinkling through Dec. 14, and again from Dec. 17 to 23.
  • A classic highlight of season, The Nutcracker performed by the North Carolina State Ballet will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. Their last performance is this Sunday, Dec. 14!
  • The halls of the historical 1897 E.A. Poe House will be decked with boughs of holly and Victorian-inspired holiday décor through Jan. 5.

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