Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend. March 30- April 2

The weekend is coming up so here are a few activities that I found that I would love to attend....

*March 30 - April 2 Art in Bloom at the North Carolina Musem of Art in Raleigh NC.  Please be aware this is not a free event.  Check the link above for events and pricing.


Here is what they said on their site....
"The Museum’s third annual festival of flowers returns Thursday, March 30, 2017. Art in Bloom features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. During the four-day festival, you may be inspired to take in a presentation, attend a workshop, or find just the right gift in the Museum Store. You’ll have a chance to explore the floral concoctions at Sip and Iris and to vote for your favorite design." 

*March 30 Stein Mart Grand Opening in Cary NC
Thursday 10 am - 9 pm. This will be held at 1060 Parkside Town Commons 

*Fri., Mar. 31 - Sat., Apr. 1   (Friday 5- 9 pm; Saturday 10 am - 7 pm)

Blue, Brew & Que Festival

Here is a quote from the site...

"Join us for this inaugural festival featuring a BBQ cook-off, all types of vendors, food, beer, and let's not forget the awesome bluegrass bands that will be performing! Featuring music by Soggy Bottom Boys, VW Boys, Lonesome River Band, Third Tyme Out, and Trinity River Band.

Admission: Early Bird: $8- Friday; $20-Saturday; Day Of: $10-Friday; $25-Saturday; $5 for ages 6-20; Free for ages 5 and under
* Friday March 31....Wine and Walk at Waverly Place in Cary NC
*Friday March 31 - April 2 and then continues the next weekend 

*April 1 - April 2 Eggstravaganza at the NC Zoo in Asheboro NC


"Celebrate the new spring season with the wildest egg hunt around. Watch Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative paper mache and learn how this enriching activity is good for the animals and how you can support this program."


*Saturday April 1, 10am-3pm Multiflora Greenhouse’s 3rd Annual Spring Open House in Hillsborough NC


*April 1 the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Open House.  9am-3pm Saturday in Raleigh NC

These are only a few of the things I found going on this weekend in NC.  Please check the links I have provided for times and pricing.
I am happy there is always a new adventure around every corner.  Get out and Explore and enjoy your weekend.
KathieyV:-)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiking at the Linville Falls Visitors Center....The Lower Trail

I have done this hike a couple of times.  Always fun.  I think it is called the  Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail.  It is the trail just left of the Linville Falls Visitors Center.  It is a more difficult trail then the one to the right.  Both are lovely. Here is some info on that hike found on Asheville Trails

Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail
"The hike departs from the Linville Falls visitor center, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 316 (view maps and driving directions), hanging a left in front of the visitor center. The trail splits almost immediately at a signed junction: the Dugger Falls Trail veers left, and the Plunge Basin Overlook and Gorge Floor Trail turns right. The hike follows signs to the overlook, trailing eastbound through a forest filled with leathery-leafed rhododendron."

Erica be careful!
Below is some info from Hike Western NC.  Here is what they had to say....

Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Hike

"A short but rugged trail takes you to the base of this impressive falls; the roughness is mitigated somewhat since it's short. Stare up at the gorge walls and marvel at the water churning through a narrow chasm before plunging into the deep pool at the bottom. A side spur to a classic overlook is also included."


There was some challenging aspect to this trail.  It was steep, and there was little to grab hold of for support during the descent or the climb back up.  I would recommend a walking stick for this trail.

 The stairs were a nice touch....

We made it to the base of the falls...
 We brought along a picnic lunch from Subway...



Great day hiking in the NC mountains with Erica.  Can't wait to go again.
Get out and explore!
KathieyV:-)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Piedmont Farm Tour....Farm 1 Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm....2016

Time for the 21st annual Piedmont Farm Tour.  I have been on the tour one other time and I was excited to check out a few farms this year.  It was held on Saturday and Sunday so we went out both days.  There were 38 farms on the tour.  We were able to visit 4.....Caleb, Erica, and Kathiey's farm adventure.  The first farm on our list was a buffalo farm in Roxboro.

 As we arrived we saw the buffalo in the field.  It was at some distance but they were amazing.
The storm clouds were moving in as we drove up the road to check in for our adventure.
 We made it to the gazebo just in time.  It poured.  No worries though.  We enjoyed a buffalo burger while sitting beside a beautiful lake.  Life is good.  (Caleb wanted nothing to do with the burger.  He had chips:-)



Caleb and Erica ventured down the trail to get a bit closer to the buffalo.  After this visit Caleb was able to add the term cow pie to his vocabulary. Although, I guess it was actually buffalo pie.




We had a great day at the buffalo farm.  What a unique and lovely place.
Get out and explore.
KathieyV:-)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekend Fun in NC...March 24-26, 2017

It's almost the weekend...Happy Day!!!  Here are a few activities I found to do in NC this weekend.  I am sure there are many more.
*Cape Fear Craft Beer Week is held in the Wilmington NC area from March 24-April 2.  It appears to be a large event with many activities.  Check it out at the above link.


* March 25 9am-5pm Asheville Orchid Festival 


*March 25th  Music and wine tasting at South Creek Vineyards an Winery in Nebo NC

VINEYARD DECK MUSIC SERIES ~ TODD GREENE ~ TASTING ROOM OPENS AT 11, MUSIC AT 1PM





*Historic Hillsborough Walking Tour in Hillsborough NC

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  There is a fee that you need to pay online for this event.  Check out the link above.  


*March 25, 2017 The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival in Hickory NC.  If you are into pottery this would be a lot of fun.  Please check out the above link to verify times and pricing.



* March 26, 2017 The Raleigh Food and Wine Festival..Try and Buy Event.
This will be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden on March 26 from 12-5pm.  I think it is a rescheduled event.  Please call or check the website to verify event before you go.  I went to the event sight and there are several planned vendors at the very bottom of the linked page.  I just may go to this event.

Get out and have some fun this weekend.
If you go to any of these events let me know how they were and if you enjoyed them.
Happy Weekend!
KathieyV:-)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Piedmont Farm Tour...Farm #2 Avillion Farm

We left the buffalo farm and headed to the next one on our list, Avillion Farm.  Here is the short description they give on Facebook..
"A small farm in rural northern Orange County, NC, Avillion raises Shetland and Jacob sheep, angora goats (colored, white) and angora rabbits (Germans, German crossbreds, French)."
Our visit in photos with a few sheep facts I found on PBS...

Texas, Wyoming and California are the U.S. states with the highest number of sheep. 
PBS

Bits of sheep can also be found in tennis rackets (strings made of sheep guts), candles and soap (tallow rendered from sheep fat) and most cosmetics and skincare products 
(lanolin, an emollient found in sheep’s wool).
PBS


 Biggest dog ever and one of the friendliest:-)





Sheep and goats may look similar, but they’re different species. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60 chromosomes.
PBS

 When I saw this Mom and baby I thought of being protected under the shadow of God's wing
Get out and explore.  I suggest you visit a farm!
KathieyV:-)