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Sometimes, we forget the simple charms of our city and let the hubbub of daily life distract us. Photographers Melissa Sue Gerrits and Tony Wooten ventured out to send us some reminders.

‘Build your own’

Who knew that a runny fried egg on a burger could be life-changing?One bite of the creation — with melted cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo, pickles and onions on a toasted, buttered bun — …

‘We can work together’

Amid the fragrance of mountain laurel and honeysuckle, Harry Shaw leaned along the railing of the Crescent Overlook and saw in his mind’s eye those summer days of yesteryear, when he splashed in the gentle waters below what is now Cross Creek Linear Park not far from his childhood home on Hawley Lane.

Man with a vision

Menno Pennink had a vision for a downtown on the downside. Businesses were abandoned and shuttered, including the historic Prince Charles Hotel.Pennink was a man with a mission, and he was committed …

‘Good things happening’

Renaissance may be too strong a word, but the commercial core of Fayetteville — from the downtown area to the historic Haymount District — is in the process of a significant …

Kids helping kids

Nine-year-old Lanning Kistler likes helping children in need. So does his 8-year-old brother, Colton Walters. Together, they have teamed up for an annual daylong fundraiser for charitable causes that benefit other children.

At the heart of it all

Imagine living just steps away from some of the best action in Fayetteville including baseball, outdoor concerts and festivals. Now, think about walking outside your front door to grab lunch or …

He’s all about that bass

Pete Everett and his band were all-out swinging on a Friday night at Throwback Thursdays Sports Bar & Grill in Dunn. Everett leads the veteran trio — billed as Pete Everett and the Total Package Band — on his unusual nine-string electric bass guitar.

Home-grown and handcrafted

As the sun tries to break through the clouds on the last Saturday in April, the atmosphere at the City Market at the Museum is cheery and upbeat. Most of the nearly 25 vendors have set up their tables and arranged their wares. A few are still organizing their stock while chatting with neighbors.

Something for everyone

If you enjoy trying new restaurants and different foods, a day trip to Raleigh’s Morgan Street Food Hall will satisfy your appetite. The food hall, which opened about four years ago, has a rustic industrial look, with plenty of seating both inside and out on the terrace.

Some psychologists contend that if two people are friends for seven years, they are friends forever. A group from Fayetteville has proven that assertion. The group goes by the unpretentious name …

Family on the go

At work, they call him doctor. At home, he’s dad. But when his family sets out on another adventure, Sanjay Shah has a different title: CTO.That’s “chief travel …

Traveling with books

You are finally going to get to go on that vacation. Whether to the beach or a faraway country or on a cruise, what are you going to read? You need a good book when you are sitting on the beach or by …

Making memories

With hashtags #growingupgronski and #icecreamSunday, Meredith Gronski’s Instagram page is full of outdoor and ice cream adventures with the goal of making lifetime memories and enjoying the …

Seaside adventure

From a seaside boardwalk to a state park to award-winning dining and, of course, relaxing beaches, visitors to Carolina Beach will find plenty to keep them busy whether it’s for a day or an …

For the birds

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, roosted in Scotland Neck, is home to the largest waterfowl collection in the world. All told, the park hosts more than 260 species of exotic birds in a mind-boggling array …

Round and round we go

We can’t help but smile and be happy at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The wow factor captures us at first glance. It’s a wonderland of giant spinning works of art that are on level with a Hollywood movie set. As we stroll the 2-acre park, we discover some 30 wind-powered and whimsical whirligigs incorporating scrap metal parts as diverse as pinwheels, planes, stars and a sweet character on a bicycle.

In plane sight

Pilots have been known to fly their single-engine planes from Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia just to enjoy lunch at Low and Slow Smokehouse at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield.

Prehistoric beasts meet modern activities

Whether you are a kid wowed by dinosaurs or an adult who likes to relax to live music, Sweet Valley Ranch offers a variety of activities for all ages. The animal park is home to more than 350 animals from all over the world. But it’s more than just a place to see animals up close. It also has seasonal events, tours, exhibits and one of the largest outdoor inflatable venues in the state.

The great outdoors

From hiking trails to fishing, Carvers Creek State Park is the perfect place to spend the day.The main access point at Long Valley Farm in Spring Lake opened in 2013. Six years later, the Sandhills …

‘A beautiful spirit’

Demetria Washington Davis says she has had a maternal instinct since her days in college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. That’s where she was given the nickname “Mama Dee” by a fellow track-and-field team member because of her reputation for helping others.

In 1920, Fayetteville boasted one of the largest music schools in eastern North Carolina. This school, known as The Fayetteville Conservatory of Music, occupied the Kyle House at 234 Green St. In …

Faith, hope & love and books, too!

Most Christians have heard the verse from the Bible “Faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). It is recited in wedding services and parts of …

It’s been almost a year since Sarahgrace Snipes came on board as executive director of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. In that time, she’s been busy with the Fayetteville After Five summer concert series and the Dogwood Fall Festival. But she has yet to get a spring festival under her belt. That is expected to change this month as the 40th annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival returns to downtown for the first time since 2019.

For Parkinson’s sufferers, therapy’s close to home

Tony Cimaglia says his wife, Ann, first noticed his symptoms. Struggles with walking. Leaning forward when standing. Tony consulted doctors in Fayetteville, Chapel Hill and Durham to find out …

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