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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!

Fall Recipe Favorites

Apple picking season is upon us – that means it’s time for some fun fall recipes! You can find locally grown apples at spots like the Reilly Road Farmers Market, the Fayetteville Farmers Market and the Apple Crate Natural Market.

Try making a fun locally-sourced treat with your friends or family this month! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite apple recipes below:

Carmel Apple Dump Cake

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Grease an 8 or 9-cup cake pan
  • Cut 1 large apple into slices or chunks
  • Mix 1 box of spice cake mix as the directions on the box call for. Stir 1 large apple and ½ cup of toasted pecans into batter. Pour into pan.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until done or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely for about an hour
  • In a 2-quart saucepan mix ½ cup brown sugar, butter and milk. Heat until it boils over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Stir gently 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Immediately spoon glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Top with remaining 1/2 cup pecans

Apple Chips

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Slice two apples and place into a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, toss to combine
  • Place the apples on a baking sheet so none overlap and cook the apples for 2-3 hours, flipping halfway though
  • Bake until dried out by still pliable

Turtle Apple Pops

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice 2 apples into ½ slices. Make a small incision in the bottom and stick in popsicle sticks.
  • Dip the apple slices into your melted chocolate of choice and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with toasted pecan pieces and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
  • Drizzle with melted caramel and sprinkle with sea salt. Return to refrigerator to harden for 5 more minutes and serve

Marketfair Spotlight: Kids in Sports

As the kids are heading back to school, it’s important to make sure they stay active. Get your kids up and moving after the classroom with our tenant Kids in Sports! This is the perfect community spot here in Fayetteville to get your kids involved in an activity where they will learn important life skills like sportsmanship and teamwork while having fun.

You don’t have to choose just one sport – Kids in Sports offers multi-sport classes which combine baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and floor hockey. These classes are specially designed to be broken into appropriate age groups and use a combination of small and large group activities to teach the needed skills for each sport. There’s no room for boredom at Kids in Sports!

Overall, Kids in Sports seeks to teach its athletes benefits that go beyond the game. In addition to inspiring athletes to live a healthy lifestyle, the classes teach life and socialization skills that improve self-esteem, emotional stability and encourage kids to live with respect for others.

You can register online for Fall Sport Classes at any time! Classes begin Sept. 5, but registration stays open throughout the season so you can join in on the fun at any time. For all of the soccer fans out there, check out the Soccer Challenge Week coming up Sept. 11. Stay updated by following @KISFayetteville on Facebook. Learn more by checking out the website or call (910) 401-3739.

Radiothon Benefitting Make-A-Wish Eastern NC

Looking for weekend plans? Join us at the Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. right here at Marketfair shopping center. Bring the whole family out for fun with a good cause – all funds will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

All ages are guaranteed to have fun at this event! The station will broadcast live from the plaza, with fun challenges, prize drawings and special guest performances throughout the day. A silent auction will include electric guitars signed by bands like the Pretty Reckless and Breaking Benjamin, and guests can also purchase song requests onsite.

You won’t want to miss joining the Fayetteville community at our Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event – see you there!

Refreshing Summer Treats from Marketfair

Looking for the perfect summer refreshment? We’ve got you covered! These three refreshments are guaranteed to cool you down in the summer heat here in Fayetteville.

Craving something sweet and fruity? This light banana berry smoothie, inspired by the tasty offerings at Good Living Coffee Zone, is the perfect breakfast or snack.

  • Combine 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1 cup strawberry flavored yogurt, 1 banana sliced, 1 cup milk and ½ teaspoon of sugar in a blender
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy

Classic sweet tea is guaranteed to satisfy just about anyone, especially around lunch time with a sandwich from Which Wich.

  • Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda (to help with bitterness) into a 64-ounce glass pitcher
  • Pour in 2 cups boiling water and add 6 tea bags. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes
  • Remove tea bags and stir ¾ cup of white sugar until dissolved
  • Pour in 6 cups cool water and refrigerate until cold

Watermelon soda from Rocket Fizz is always a favorite summer flavor– try these watermelon popsicles for the perfect pick me up after a hot day!

  • Add 2 ½ cups of cubed watermelon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup white sugar and ½ cup raspberries into a blender
  • Blend on high until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth
  • Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and insert sticks
  • Freeze overnight

Get Moving this May

Warm weather is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving! There are tons of spots throughout Fayetteville to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. Below we have listed some favorite local trails and parks for a stroll, jog or picnic this month.

  • Cape Fear River Trail: This paved path reaches about 5.3 miles one way and is perfect for a walk, jog or bicycle ride. Enjoy a look at wildlife along this trail that offers more than 700 species of plants and trees.
  • Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center: This second largest regional park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic. There is never a dull moment here as the Nature Center offers fun programs for individuals and families, like nature story time and a bird appreciation walking group.
  • Riverside Dog Park: Take your furry friend out for some exercise at this dog-friendly spot. The location is open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • North Carolina Veterans Park: Explore downtown and take a stroll through the first park dedicated to military veterans in the state. This spot memorializes veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties from all branches of the Armed Services.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the community while spending time outdoors, check out the volunteer program for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation department!

Bluegrass & BBQ Event Benefitting FTCC

You can’t beat a night with good music and great food! Don’t miss the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation’s Bluegrass & BBQ event Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. This community event will include a silent auction, raffle, live music and dance lessons from Roland’s Dance Studio – so bring your dancing boots and the whole family along, too!

The Bluegrass & BBQ event is held by the FTCC Foundation to support Fayetteville Technical Community College, which offers over 200 programs of study. FTCC helps students find the right program for them to support the technical, commercial, industrial and health needs of Fayetteville and our surrounding areas. Funds raised at the event will go toward providing student scholarships, so you can enjoy a fun night out while investing in the future of our community!

Learn more and purchase your tickets at FTCC.com.

Spring into Fayetteville’s Art Scene

Fayetteville has a thriving art scene with tons of events coming up this spring! Check out some of these upcoming opportunities to experience the local talent and entertainment our city has to offer.

  • For the kids: The Cape Fear Model Railroaders come to the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum twice a month to showcase their train exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. You can catch this on the first and third Saturday of each month. This is a great, free activity to do with the kids! Upcoming dates include March 18 and April 1.
  • For a night out: The Rock Shop brings local artists together every Wednesday at its Fayetteville Art Attack event. Admission is only $2 to check out local art and artisan vendors starting at 6 p.m. This is a fun way to support Fayetteville artists for a night out downtown!
  • For the whole family: Explore downtown Fayetteville with a historic tour by horse and carriage Saturday, March 25. The Downtown Alliance, the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum are sponsoring this event which includes a 45-minute guided, narrated tour. The tours will start at 222 Hay St. and run from 1 to 4 p.m. Buy your tickets ahead of time online or by calling 910-222-3382.
  • For spring fever: Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Art and Flowers Juried Competition at The Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. This showcases original floral artworks made by local floral designers and event planners. This is the perfect way to welcome spring! The exhibit will be on display starting March 23 through May 24.

 

Beat Boredom this Winter: Indoor Crafts for the Kids

After the excitement of the holidays fade, the winter months can seem to drag along, especially with Fayetteville’s cold weather. Beat cabin fever this season with these creative indoor crafts the kids are sure to love!

Homemade Snow Globe – Use small toys to create your own customized snow globe. This is a quick and easy way to create your own snow storm from the comfort of your home!

  • What you need: Small baby food jar with lid, a glue gun, small toys that fit in the jar, water, glitter and 1/4-inch ribbon.
    • Step one: Use the hot glue gun to adhere the small toy on the inside of the jar lid
    • Step two: Fill the jar with water and add glitter
    • Step three: Place the lid on the jar tightly and glue ribbon around the edge of the lid to seal it
    • Step four: Shake the jar to create a snow storm

Big Flake – Utilize materials you probably already have around the house to make the ultimate paper snowflake.

  • What you need: Nine full-size sheets of newspaper, tape and scissors.
    • Step one: Lay the nine sheets of newspaper on the floor in a square by making a three-by-three grid
    • Step two: Tape the sheets together
    • Step three: Fold the paper and cut shapes as you normally would to create a paper snowflake
    • Step four: Unfold the giant snowflake

Clay Heart Beads – Get ready for Valentine’s Day by helping the kids shape their own designs into beads for necklaces, bracelets or decorative pieces on cards. An added bonus is that this activity is calming and has been proven to help kids who deal with anxiety!

  • What you need: Oven bake clay, twine or string and a hot glue gun.
    • Step one: Sculpt the clay into beads with hands
    • Step two: Make a hole through the center using the end of a paintbrush
    • Step three: Bake the clay according to the directions
    • Step four: String the beads to create a necklace or bracelet, or hot glue onto a card

Cape Fear High School Basketball Team Wins Championship

The Cumberland Holiday Classic had an unexpected victor last month! Congratulations to the Cape Fear High School boys basketball team on winning the first Holiday Classic title in school history.

This was the first year the team competed in the championship, and The Fayetteville Observer covered all the details on their big win – where 85-73 was left on the scoreboard at the game’s end.

A job well done to the team for their hard work and dedication!