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Fayetteville’s Christmas Parade

Spirits and smiles were merry and bright at Fayetteville’s Christmas parade on Dec. 8. 

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Lilly Endowment Challenge Matching Grant

Operation Inasmuch held a brunch at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Dec. 6 to celebrate its receipt of the Cumberland Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Challenge Matching Grant. The $50,000 grant is designated to build Operation Inasmuch’s Endowment Fund and will match every dollar donated to the fund over the next two years, up to $50,000. […]

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Yuletide Feaste at Haymount UMC

How was the Christmas season celebrated in the time of the first Queen Elizabeth? Dozens of diners got a taste – and a big meal – when they attended a Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church on Nov. 30. The Renaissance-style banquet featured the Methodist University Chorale and the Greensleeves Consort. This was the 8th year of the Yuletide Feaste, which is […]

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Festival of Trees

The Owen Chapel at Camp Ground Methodist Church was filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The church’s Festival of Trees also featured songs by a most festive and engaging choir.

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Gallery Goes POP: Warhol

Methodist University hosted a Warehouse Gala at Studio 215 in downtown Fayetteville on Nov. 29 to raise money and excitement for an upcoming exhibit of Warhol works. The exhibit, called “Gallery Goes POP: Warhol,” will run from Feb. 7 to April 12 at the David McCune International Art Gallery on the Methodist University campus. “Gallery Goes […]

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Fort Bragg Tree-Lighting

Fort Bragg kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 29 with its annual tree-lighting ceremony. The event also featured a drop-in by the Golden Knights, Santa and SNOW! The post also named its Family of the Year – the Bevels – and the clan helped flip the switch that lit up the tree.

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A Dickens Holiday

It was a Dickens of a time in downtown Fayetteville on Nov. 23. The 18th year of A Dickens Holiday brought out Victorian characters, concoctions and carolers – and lots of celebration.

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Fayetteville Comic Con

Fans of comics, cosplay, gaming, toys, anime and cool TV shows and movies turned out in costume for Fayetteville Comic Con, held at the Crown Expo Center on Oct. 20-21. Special guests included Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters.”

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Child Advocacy Center- The Pinwheel Masquerade Ball & Auction

Who were those masked men – and women? Smiling supporters of the Child Advocacy Center, which held its annual Pinwheel Masquerade Ball & Auction at the Metropolitan Room on Oct. 13. The elegant event is a fundraiser for the center, which works to protect children and stop child abuse.      

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CityView Food & Wine Launch Party

Plenty of of fun was had at CityView’s 6th annual Food and Wine party at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden on October 18. Several hundred attendees socialized, danced and enjoyed lots of delicious food and beverages.

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United Way- Marquis Society Social

Individuals who pledged $1,000 or more to the United Way of Cumberland County were honored on October 22 at the nonprofit’s annual Marquis Society Social. This year’s social was held at the home of Andrew and Tiffany Pennink.

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Holly Day Fair

Ho, ho, ho, the Holly Day Fair is here! The gift and craft show at the Crown Expo started Thursday and runs through Sunday. In its 52nd year, it features more than 170 vendors. The fair is held by the Junior League of Fayetteville, which uses proceeds to fund charitable efforts in the Fayetteville area.

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N.C. Grape Festival

A grape time was had by all at the N.C. Grape Festival on October 13 at Lu-Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown. The annual event always includes food, fun and wine.  

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Indigo Moon Film Festival

Film lovers turned out on October 12 at SkyView on Hay to celebrate the start of the Indigo Moon Film Festival, which celebrated its third year. The opening night film, an environmental documentary entitled “Living in the Future’s Past” and aired at the Cameo Art House Theatre, had a sold-out audience.

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Honoring James Anderson

Fayetteville State University Chancellor James Anderson was honored by the N.C. Justice Center during an Oct. 7 reception in Fayetteville. The center said Anderson was being recognized for his years of extraordinary advocacy for and commitment to social justice, inclusive community engagement and educational opportunity.

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Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief

St. John’s Episcopal Church hosted a concert on Oct. 7 to raise money to help victims of Hurricane Florence. Local musicians performed, including ensembles from the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and music students and instructors from Methodist University.

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Woofstock

Plenty of groovy animal lovers paws-ed for a while on Oct. 5 at Woofstock at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. The annual event raises money for FAPS, aka the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. The nonprofit group works to find homes and help for homeless pets in the area.

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Women’s Giving Circle

The Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 4 with a dinner at Highland Country Club. Over the past 10 years, the organization has given more than $500,000 to local charitable causes that help low-income women and children. Those attending the dinner also heard from guest speaker Lisa Napoli, author of “Ray and Joan: The […]

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KidsPeace Annual Chair-ity

Beautiful and cleverly decorated chairs were auctioned off at the Ramada Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 27, to benefit the local fund of KidsPeace, a national foster care organization. Local artists painted and redesigned the chairs, as well as some windows and tables that were auctioned off. The annual Chair-ity Auction was sponsored by the Re-Store Warehouse.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

There was an abundance of smiles and beautiful original artworks at the Home is Where the HeART auction at SkyView on Hay on Thursday, Sept. 27. The artworks were auctioned off to raise money to help homeless children who come to the day resource center at Connections of Cumberland County with their single mothers seeking safe housing.  

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