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A Few Things To Do In NC This Weekend...Aug 30 - Sept 4, 2017

*Sept 2 is the 30th annual Engelhard Seafood Festival in Engelhard NC
*Sept 1- 4 The town of Matthews NC is having Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival.

*Sept 2-3 you can fly a kite at the Mile High Kite Festival in Beech Mountain NC
*Sept 2 you can head to New Bern NC for Piggin’ and Grinnin’: Celebrating BBQ and Bluegrass

*Sept 1-4 is the NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville NC.

Unique and interesting holidays...
Aug 30 - Toasted Marshmallow Day
Aug 31 - National Eat Outside Day
Sept 1 - Be Kind Day
Sept 2 - Bacon Day
Sept 3 - Skyscraper Day
Sept 4 - Labor Day
Sept 5 - Cheese Pizza Day
What ever you choose to do or celebrate have a great time! KathieyV:-) (Please check all event links to verify times and pricing.  I know nothing about the events other then what I have shared.  All photos are taken from the event websites and are not my property)

Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk NC

A couple of weeks ago my family and I took off for the mountains of North Carolina.  We rented a house near Blowing Rock and Boone for our family vacation.

No matter where you find yourself in N.C. you can usually find a winery nearby.  When ever I travel I try to visit a new to me wine shop or winery in the area.  This vacation was no exception.  Erica, T-Josh and I took off in search of Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk NC.

It was a beautiful drive.  T-Josh was the driver of the evening and took us on some beautiful mountain roads, and with the windows open we breathed in the refreshing mountain air.  Wonderful.

We arrived and were greeted the wooden Elk just outside of the tasting room.  Then went inside to find some much-needed wine. We each selected our wine and then headed out to enjoy the evening.  We found some nice seats outside overlooking the property.  Lovely view.
 Here is what they say on their website
"Banner Elk Winery &Villa is the most celebrated winery in Nort…

Interesting Places to Visit in NC...The Pisgah Covered Bridge in Ashboro NC.

My Mom used to talk about the beautiful covered bridges in Pennsylvania.  I remember visiting at least one as a small child.  I was excited to find out that there is a covered bridge in Ashboro.  It is named the Pisgah Covered Bridge. I am going to put it on my bucket list of places to visit.  







The bridge was built in 1911 at a cost of $40.00.  It is a one lane bridge.  It was washed away by a flood in 2003 but quickly rebuilt.  I did read that there is now graffiti on the bridge but that it is still worth the visit.
The zoo in Ashboro is the main reason I have visited the area.  The bridge is about 20 minutes from the zoo.  If you have time you could visit both the zoo and the bridge.




You can go to the Trip Advisor site to read reviews from folks who have been there.  The address is, 6925 Pisgah Covered Bridge Rd Asheboro, NC 27205 Please check out the website for more details so that you can plan your visit. Take Care and Happy Adventures. KathieyV:-) SaveSave

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend, Aug 23-27, 2017

Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are just a few options in NC.
*Aug 25-26 is the Personality Festival in Roxboro NC


*Aug 26 - RiverFest & Anything That Floats Parade in Asheville NC.  I would love to see this:-)
*Aug 26 you can attend the Home Grown Arts Festival in Kernersville NC *Aug 26 is Faith Fest in Wilkesboro NC.   *Aug 26 is the 19th Annual Charlotte Antique & Classic Boat Show in Mooresville NC. *Aug 26-27 is the Town on Cary Lazy Daze, Arts and Crafts Festival. Special Holidays Aug 23 - Ride the Wind Day.  Hopefully there will be a cool breeze I can enjoy:-)
Aug 24 - Vesuvius Day.  Vesuvius Daymarks the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius exploded.
Aug 25 - Kiss and Make Up Day.
Aug 26 - National Hot Dog Day. 
Aug 27 - Just Because Day...Do something for no rhyme or reason?
Aug 28 - Chinese Valentine Day.
Aug 29 - More Herbs Less Salt Day.  I can add more herbs but I do love my salt.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! KathieyV:-) (Please check all website…

"Fun & Fabulous Murals"...The Monsters Wall in Raleigh NC

I am finding on my travels that there are amazing murals to be found in nearly every town and city.  I am going to start a new series called "Fun and Fabulous Murals."

The first mural I am going to highlight is the "Monsters" wall in downtown Raleigh NC.  I had zero knowledge of this design until my daughter hired a photographer to take photos of her and the kiddos.  It was suggested we go to the monster wall for some great shots.  So off we went. The mural covers the entire side wall of a building.  The contrast of the black and white made it a stunning work of art. 



























Here is what the news and observer had to say about the mural...

"Graphic artist Kevin Lyons, in partnership with the Truth campaign and Vans shoes, put the finishing touches on a mural on the side of the Morgan West building, home to Trophy Brewing, on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Tobacco-free messages are worked into the painting. With about 100 of his signature monster faces, the 15’x40’ mural on …

NC Facts and Trivia as Found Online.

A Few Things To Do In NC Aug. 16- 20, 2017

Looks like the weekend is nearly upon us.  Let's look at a few things to do in NC this weekend.

*Aug - 19th you can ride the rails and enjoy a wine paring.  The Great Smokey Mountains RailRoad Reserve.  The train departs from the Bryson City Depot. I want to go.
*Aug - 19th is the Toast of Annapolis Beer and Wine Festival in KannapolisNC.
*Aug 18 - 19 you can attend the 8th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure NC.
*Aug 17-19th is the 43rd Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Marion NC.
*Aug 17 - 19 you can have fun at the Maggie Valley Summer Rally in Maggie Valley NC.

Aug 19 is the HoneyBee Festival in Kernersville NC.


So what exciting holidays are coming up? Aug 16 - Tell a Joke Day. Aug 17 - National Thrift Shop Day. Aug 18 - Bad Poetry Day. Aug 19 - Honeybee Awareness Day. Aug 20 - National Radio Day. Aug 21 - Senior Citizens Day. Aug 22 - National Tooth Fairy Day.
Have a great weekend! KathieyV:-)
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The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade in Durham NC

The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade in Downtown Durham. Cindy and I were exploring in Durham again and she mentioned The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade.  She had been once before and said it was fun.  I had never heard of it so I said "lets go!"..... Quote from their site... "Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade is a private club with an amazing collection of classic arcade and pinball machines."
When you arrive you are greeted by a staff member.  He or she will have you fill out a membership form.  You have to be over 21 to be a member.  That being said they do also have some kid friendly hours. A few hours on Saturday and Sunday.  The kiddos have to be accompanied by an adult.  Check their website for hours. When you walk in you will see a nice bar and dozens of pinball machines and games.  What fun.  I could have stayed for hours.  The games brought back memories of the arcades of my childhood.
Cindy and I both ordered wine.  They have these nifty little wine holders that…

Quotes by NC Author's and Writers....Nicholas Sparks

That is an understatement.  Thanks Nick for the insight! KathieyVwriter.com

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend Aug 9-13, 2017

*Aug 11-12 there will be a Pirate Invasion in Beaufort NC



*Aug 12 is the 30th annual Crepe Myrtle Festival in Scotland Neck NC
*Aug 12 in Cherokee NC they are having a Blueberry Festival.
*Aug 11-13 go to Black Mountain NC for the 40th Annual Sourwood Festival. (I do believe sourwood is a tree and they from it the bees make delicious honey)
Don't forget the fun holidays...
Aug 9 - Book Lovers Day...What are you reading?
Aug 10 - Lazy Day
Aug 11 - Son and Daughter Day
Aug 12 - Middle Childs Day
Aug 13 - Left Handers Day
Aug 14 - National Creamsicle Day
Aug 15 - Relaxation Day
Have a great weekend everyone! KathieyV (Please check event links for time, location, and pricing.   All photos are taken from the event websites.Check out my disclaimer page. )

Travel Fashion...My New Bathing Suit

I have a few bathing suits.  I feel like I need one more for any swimming I may do on the NC coast or lakes and of course for the pool this summer.
I searched and searched and finally came across one bathing suit I particularly liked.  I found it on a site called Swim Suits for All. They have a huge variety of choices.  This is the one that will be coming to me for $44.80, not a bad price as swim suit prices go..They are having a lot of sales so check them out. I like the style a lot. Now I need a cover up. I decided on the Dotti Sunny Stripe Crochet-Inset Cover-Up Shirt at Macy's on sale for $26.99..and got another $6.00 off using my Macy's coupon. Happy Day:-)


I looked for hats but I think I will stick with my baseball hat. I do need a bag but I am sure I can find something right here at home. I have one bag that is stuffed with paperwork that would be perfect for a water outing.
Can't wait to get my things. I am now officially done with my summer shopping.
I may have t…

Luna Rotisserie/Empanadas in Durham NC

Cindy and I were in downtown Durham and decided to check out Luna Rotisserie/Empanadas for dinner They describe themselves as combination of South America and the American South in their cuisine.  "The concept for Luna came as a result of my love for Durham, South America, and delicious food." Chef and owner Shawn Stokes
Read about Shawn and his wife here

My favorite item of the evening was the Crispy Yuca Frits.  What in the world is that?  Well I did not know either.  Here is a definition I found on line
Definition: Yuca Frita is a a side dish made from the fried root of the cassava plant (as opposed to the yucca plant). Usually, the root is cut into  two- or three-inch chunks and deep-fried in vegetable oil. Trip Savvy
I would order them again in a heartbeat.   Initially I thought there is no way I will like them as much as french fries.   I was wrong, they are yummy.
They were very friendly at Luma and I hope to go back and try more from their menu. If you find yourself in downtow…