Month: June 2016

Ducking the Island: Art and Nature on Harkers Island, NC

Harker’s Island is for the birds. The 4-mile square island is a perfect habitat for our feathered friends since one quarter of the area is covered in water. But there are people here too. Friendly people. Folks who went to the trouble of building a beautiful museum because they wanted a place to gather with their friends and neighbors. And, they’re nice enough to let other people in too! When you come over the bridge off the US-70 you’re greeted by water front homes sitting proudly on stilts among the trees. You’ll pass a couple of restaurants, and by...

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Tasting Temptation: Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival

Ok…that’s a little bit of a lie. The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival isn’t only about tasting…it’s also about seeing, feeling, listening and smelling a tempting variety of “somethings” that will leave a smile on your face…or in the case of Friday night’s comedy act…make you lol! (my daughter tells me that means laugh out loud…) The Wine and Chocolate Festival is a weekend-packed event, organized by a group of amazing volunteers, VOCAL (Volunteer Older Citizens Action League) with proceeds benefiting activities and services of The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. When you go, plan on attending more...

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Fiddling Around in Beaufort, NC [Quaint Seaside Village]

Did you Know Santa Plays the Fiddle? While the rest of the world was hustling and bustling and stressing out over the final countdown for shopping days before Christmas, Santa was playing the fiddle. Now, I’ve written about Beaufort, North Carolina before. It has fast become one of my favorite little seaside villages to hang out at. The shopping is unique, the people are friendly, the food is good, and the coffee is hot. What more can you ask for? In the days before and after Christmas we ventured to the market, the island, and the not-so-hustle-and-bustle of last...

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Rockin the Low Country-Charleston, SC [Weekend Getaway]

Garth. Brooks. That’s really all I need to say about this weekend’s drive south to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. Even though the state was revving up for pre-season presidential primaries and several debate opportunities were lined up by this year’s candidates, the real heart of the country packed the North Charleston Coliseum, united for their love of an Oklahoma boy and his decades of musical contributions and entertainment. It was for the love of country…country music, that is! Garth Brooks is a man whose music my husband and I grew up with. From our own little piece of country...

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Embracing Spring in Raleigh: Umstead State Park

A day trip in Raleigh can mean market-fresh food, a walk in the park, and downtown dining. In a matter of hours you can experience Nature’s bounty (and beauty) and man’s take on a taco. That’s Raleigh – country-fied city living! A day trip in Raleigh can mean market-fresh food, a walk in the park, and downtown dining. In a matter of hours you can experience Nature’s bounty (and beauty) and man’s take on a taco. That’s Raleigh – country-fied city living! The weekend weather in the state capitol was turning out to be beautiful. The farmer’s market, for...

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