We’re celebrating the arts in our community

            We are excited about our annual CityView Food, Wine & Art event, which has been rescheduled to Friday October 2nd at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in celebration of community arts. The event will feature performances by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, the Gilbert Theater, the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County, Cape Fear Studios, Poetry-In-Motion, the Fayetteville Symphony Youth String Quartet, the Fayetteville Symphony Brass Quintet and Community Concerts, with Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame inductee Milton Smith on the electric piano with a medley of songs from past Community Concerts artists.

 

All performances are located at individual stations throughout the garden to assure social-distancing. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased by visiting foodwineandart.eventbrite.com/. We look forward to celebrating the arts in our community and look forward to seeing you there.

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            “Bill, what a great and heartwarming story you wrote about Elizabeth MacRae,” Don Talbot writes in an email about our September issue of CityView Magazine featuring MacRae, the Fayetteville-raised actress. MacRae gained fame as the late Jim Nabors’ girlfriend, Lou-Ann Poovie, on the Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. television comedy of the 1960s. “Brought back a lot of memories of her and the many shows she performed in. Enjoyed the Bill Kirby touch within the story. Wonderful job.”

I loved telling her story about reuniting with Ronnie Schell, who was a cast member on Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., and reminding folks that Elizabeth MacRae was an actress on countless 1960s television shows to include “Gunsmoke,” “The Untouchables,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Fugitive” and three soap operas to include “Days of Our Lives.”  

A great actress of her time, and Elizabeth MacRae and her husband, Charles Halsey, call Fayetteville home.

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            “Thanks for the honorable mention and kind remarks in the CityView Magazine newsletter,” Ed Miller writes in an email about mention in our Aug. 12 newsletter of his July 31 retirement after 57 years as an agent for State Farm Insurance.  “Sorry for the delayed response, but as you might imagine, I have been pretty busy getting the office closed out.”  

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            “Bill, I wanted to thank you for the lovely tribute to my mother, Frances Hasty,” Betsy Hasty Gustafson writes about our CityView Magazine newsletter column of Aug. 26 about Frances McKay Mintz Hasty, who died at age 83 on Aug. 20.  “She enjoyed her time at CityView as part of her long career as a local journalist. You managed to capture her complex personality and multitude of interests and talents. I truly appreciate this story.”

 

 

 

Your mother, Mrs. Guftafson, was a talented writer, editor and journalist in this community for 40 years, and always supportive of me as a young newspaper reporter, columnist and editor.
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            “Bill, thank you for writing about my mother in the CityView Magazine Newsletter,” writes Rob Hasty, the assistant county attorney.  “I appreciate you recognizing her during this time.” Your mother was special to this community, whether it was her words in print about someone’s home, a recipe, debutantes or a June bride excited about her wedding day. And Frances Hasty was special to Bill Kirby Jr.
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            “Mary wasn’t only the first at many things done by African-American women for the citizens of Cumberland County,” Marshall Faircloth, chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, says about the late Mary McAllister. “She was the giant upon whose shoulders stand all of today’s elected women who share her great legacy. Her influence and love for this community will be felt for generations.”

 

Mary McAllister, beginning in 1990, spent 18 years in the N.C. House, representing the 43rd District after serving with the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners from 1980 to 1988, her last term as chairwoman. She was founder of Operation Sickle Cell, now known as Community Health Interventions, in 1971. Mary E. McAllister died at age 83 on Aug. 20.
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            Long before he became known as the “Ambassador of Poker” in Las Vegas, Mike Sexton called Fayetteville home. A Vietnam veteran and 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, he was something of an everyman – a gymnastics and a ballroom dance instructor who was inducted into the Fayetteville Area Shag Association Hall of Fame in 2000. A founder of the now-defunct Tournament of Champions of Poker, he was inducted into the World Poker Hall of Fame in 2009, won the World Poker Tour title in 2016 and became a respected commentator and promoter of the game. Mike Sexton was 72 when he died Sept. 6 at his Las Vegas home.

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            “Mr. Kirby, when we stopped finding your articles in the newspaper, we thought you were on vacation, but later my sister shared her CityView Magazine with us,” Faye and Billy Horne of Stedman write. “Just wanted you to know we miss you and appreciate your writings in the past and now we will look forward to CityView, hoping you will be featured.”

 

My newspaper career was an enriching experience for 49 years, and I learned from some of the best of journalists, and I wish my old colleagues well. But it is in my rearview mirror. Not on vacation, not retired and working with Tony Chavonne, Kim Hasty and Earl Vaughan Jr. is like deja vu. You’ll find my column each month in our CityView Magazine and each week in our CityView newsletter.

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            Allow me to join with publisher Tony Chavonne and editor Kim Hasty in sharing the good news of Earl Vaughan Jr. joining CityView Magazine as lead contributor for The Press Box, a Saturday newsletter where Earl will provide updated and timely scores of local athletic events beginning October 2. A member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, when it comes to high school sports in this community and throughout the Cape Fear Region, Vaughan is a brand name who knows athletic administrators, coaches and athletes like none other. You’ll certainly want to sign up for The Press Box at https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/KOt5C9I/sports or by calling 423-6500.
           
            Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com,  billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961