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Fayetteville History: Arts & Culture

Downtown Fayetteville is a hub for entertainment – with countless museums, galleries, artisan shops and more, it’s clear our hometown has a rich history of art and culture. And that history dates back even farther than you may think, it has been developing since World War II. Check out these stories on how some of the most notable artistic parts of Fayetteville came to life!

  • The Fayetteville Symphony was founded in 1956 and has played a large role in the city’s culture since then. The symphony came about from a group of instrumentalists who played in local homes and dreamed of playing more regularly. Their vision became a reality when music director Marion Rogers, a music program leader in the Fayetteville City Schools, decided to lead the organization. Today, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has grown into a professional, regional orchestra with its own youth division for various ages in southeastern North Carolina.
  • The Fayetteville Observer, founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer, is the state’s oldest newspaper still published today. Editor E.J. Hale led the newspaper for 40 years throughout the Civil War. In 1865, the Union army destroyed the Carolina Observer offices. The Hale family re-established the offices in 1883 and the publication has been serving the city with the latest local news ever since!
  • The Poe House, built in 1897, belonged to the family of local businessman Edgar Allen Poe, who happens to have the same name as the famous poet. Today, the home serves as a place to learn more about life in the early twentieth century. Tours of the home are facilitated by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, which opened in June 1988 as part of the NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. The museum and Poe House are prime spots for visitors to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Fayetteville.

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!

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.

 

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!

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!

Fayetteville Museums: Learning and Fun Wrapped Into One!

One of the many things that make Fayetteville special is the rich history behind it. Since 1783, Fayetteville’s community has thrived and grown into a true “All-American” City. A great way to gain a better understanding and appreciation for our collective heritage here in Fayetteville is to visit one of our local museums!

Why should you visit your local Fayetteville Museums?

  • Museums are an effective way of learning. Museums offer a vibrant opportunity to expose people of all ages to experience and discover new things in an educational atmosphere.
  • Museums inspire. They put people into a receptive state of mind which fosters critical thinking. They stimulate curiosity and creativity, and encourage people to step outside their comfort zone.
  • Museums are a great way to bond with family and friends. Every city is made up of special things and events that make them unique. Why not use these as a way to spend time together with the people in your life who matter the most?

Now that you’re excited to go explore and learn, here are three Fayetteville museums you are sure to love:

For the History Buff: The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

This downtown gem offers two floors of engaging, artifact-filled exhibits. The rich history of our area is told from pre-history through the early 20th century. This museum has a special exhibit that tells Fayetteville’s story through automobiles and airplanes. Learn more about local law enforcement and fire department history, farm life, and the early years of Fort Bragg and Pope Army Air Field!

For the Kids: Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

This hands-on museum is perfect for families with children 12 and under. The museum is set up as a “mini-city” where children can pretend and play while learning about jobs in the community. Some of the favorite exhibits include the Farm, the Army Fort, the Fire Station, the Post Office and the Grocery Store. The kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning!

For the Whole Family: Airborne and Special Operations Museum

This museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests. From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum tells the tales of our military history. The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour from 1940 to the present.