Halloween in Old Salem

Believe it or not, there was no Halloween in Winston-Salem 

Its hard to believe the North Carolina town made infamous for witches trails actually started to celebrate Halloween much later than most towns in the United States. But this actually make perfect sense. If you were living in a town of people that went absolutely crazy over the presence of witches would you be so bold to begin celebrating the holiday?

Feel free to read more about the trails on the Wikipedia page. Even if this city had no historical connection to Halloween its still the most spooky place to be at this time of year.

We live in the 21st century we can but all that witch nonsense behind us, right?

Halloween Events in Old Salem

There may be no historical connection but once the people of the city felt safe that they wouldn’t be hung for being accused of being an evil spirit they sure did embrace this time of year. The city is full of events now. Find what’s being staged in October of 2013 below:

Legends and Lanterns - Regular haunted houses can not compare. If spooky is your thing or you just love seeing other people spooked then come walk by lantern on historic streets of Old Salem. You will be led to different stop where you will ghastly tales. This takes place on the night of Oct 25th and 29th from 6 pm to 9 pm. There is a fee to join the tour: $20 adult and $15 for children. Meet at the Horton Museum Center to begin the tour

Pumpkin Carving – This is an event for children and begins at 10 AM and lasts till 4 PM on Oct 26th at Salem Square. Show off your pumpkin carving talents the pumpkins are free and prizes will be awarded but you will need to bring your own carving tools. A great time to spend with the kids

Trick or Treat in Old Salem – An event to make Halloween safe and enjoyable for the youth. Oct 27th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the Old Salem Museum. Includes trick or treating in the historic area where adults will be stationed at different doors supplying the candy.

See a list of the different events we recommend.

Caldwell County Fair – September 2013

The biggest Pigs, Fast Rides, Live Music and a Family Atmosphere come join the fun this September in Caldwell County North Carolina 

Some say the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair dates back to the 1800′s as farmers marketplace when farmers would gather in the fall to learn about the newest innovations in farming. Very possible but as far as we know the first officially documented one took place in the year 1946.

If you have never attended an Agricultural fair these are great family friendly usually held in the fall season as a way to celebrate the community and harvest. These are both a lot fun and also quite educational for youth and also adults. North Carolina has a long history of many different Agricultural fairs throughout the state.

The main theme of the Caldwell County Fair is centered around agricultural. There will be lots of animals. There will be livestock competitions and agricultural exhibits. But also a lot of great rides, bright lights and live music. And there’s also plenty of great food and many other interesting things to see, do and learn.

The fair will be held one again in 2013 from Tuesday September 24 through Saturday September 28th.

Where and when: Caldwell County Fairgrounds: 2461 Fairgrounds Road Lenoir, NC 28645

  • Tuesday-Friday the hours will be 5 PM to 11 PM
  • On the last day Saturday the Fair will begin at 1 PM and end at 11 PM

Is there an admission fee?

Yes but its very small. Last year it was $5 for adults and $3.50 for kids under the age of 18. We do expect the admission fee to be the same or very close to the same in 2013.

How many people will attend the fair: Over 10,000 people are expected to attend this year with the busiest days being Friday and Saturday.

If you can’t make this event but still are looking for something fun to do with your family and friends this fall you can visit are 2013 fall events page to learn about more things taking place around the state of North Carolina that might better fit into your busy schedule.

North Carolina 2013 Fall Events

The Fall season a time of Harvest and Celebration in North Carolina. Find a list of events below 

It would take a team of writers to list and review all the hundreds and hundreds of events, big and small, that will be taking place this 2013 Fall season. Below is a list of a handful of what are considered the best and most worthwhile events and festivals taking place throughout the state of North Carolina this year.

This site primarily focuses on wineries so you will find many things happening at wineries on the list but you will also find much more.

We hope you enjoy this Fall season.

North Carolina 2013 Fall Events List

Asheville Events:

Hank Williams Lost Highway – A musical biography put on at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Asheville. If you’re a Hank fan then you should not miss this musical event. The story on stage is set to over 20 of the best Hank Williams songs. As you enjoy the music you will also learn about his life growing up, his successes, his failures and his troubles. The event runs from October 2nd – November 3rd. Visit the official site for more information.


Palisades Halloween Festival - This is a free family friendly event with a lot fun features. Pick and decorate pumpkins, painted faces, a costume contest, food and beverages and one of the best haunted houses in the Charlotte NC area. The event takes place on Saturday October 12th 2013 from 2 – 5 PM. For more information and directions to the event please visit the official website.

Raleigh Fall 2013 Events

Burning Lights Tour - October 20th 2013 Christian Music at the Booth amphitheater. Its Chris Tomlin and his Burning Lights Tour. With number #1 hits like “Whom Shall I fear”, “Our God”, “How Great is our God” Chris is without a doubt one of the very best this music genre has ever seen. Table seats cost $35 and lawn seats cost $25. For more information call  919-459-8319.

Fall in the Yadkin Valley

A list of the events taking place at the different wineries in the Yadkin Valley.

Harvest Festival Kickoff at Shelton Vineyards – A family friendly evening of bonfires and hayrides and also a lot of great food. Takes place on Friday Oct 11th at 6:30 pm. Learn about reservations

Caldwell Country NC Agricultural Fair - Join the celebration of the community and harvest at one of North Carolina’s oldest fairs running from Tuesday September 24th through Saturday the 28th. Livestock Competition, arts and crafts, bright lights and rides, and plenty of great food. More Information.

Edwin McCain Concert - This concert is on November 8th in Elkin, NC at the Liberty. Edwin is an American singer and song writer.

Yadkin GO FAR 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – Are you a runner looking for a challenge this Fall? Some of the areas best runners will be participating in this Fall 2013 5k and 1 mile run, so you better lace your shoes up tight. This takes place on November 16th at 9:00 am at the Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. To register for the race call 336-679-7962. You must register by Nov 11th.

Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners - At the beginning of every new season the people at Raffaldini Vineyards located in Ronda, NC (Yadkin Valley just west of Winston-Salem) hold a special wine tasting event with foods and wines specially selected to match the season. On October 5th will be their Autumn event. You can review this event and see the dinner menu and planned wines on their winery website.

Winston-Salem Fall 2013 events

Halloween in Old Winston Salem – A city famous for its 17th century witch trails. But for a long time after, Halloween wasn’t celebrated here like it was in other parts of the United States. Would you want to get hung for dressing like a witch or ghost??? But in the 21st century things have changed… Winston-Salem has become one of the most active and spookiest cities to celebrate this holiday in. Events in 2013.

On the North Carolina Coast

Thanksgiving Feast – Come to Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, NC for their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Celebration on Nov 14th


Fall 2013 Dinner, Bonfire and Hayrides at Shelton Vineyards

Enjoy the Fall season during the height of the Foliage at Shelton Vineyards as they kick off the Harvest Festival with a fireside Dinner and Hayride

The 2013 Fall season is rolling in fast and then before you know it another holiday season will be upon you. But there is really nothing quite like the experience the  colors, smells, and sounds nature provides of in the autumn months. Do you agree? Then do yourself a favor take sometime and bring your family and freidns to the Harvest Festival at Shelton Vineyards this year.

When: Friday October 11th, 2013. From 6:30 PM to 8:30PM

Where: Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC. Located in the Yadkin Wine Valley region of North Carolina. 

What to expect: This is a fireside dinner – buffet prepared by the professional Chef at Shelton Vineyards, Chef Paul.

The menu:

  • Chef Paul’s famous Chili
  • Delicious Chicken Stew
  • Southern Styled Cornbread and Biscuits
  • Cheddar Cheese Fondue
  • Apples, figs and other fruits and vegetables
  • Warm Bread
  • Gather around the fire to make your S’mores (always a treat)

For refreshments: Water, sodas and cider. And even hard cider. Wine can be purchased by the glass or bottle.

Hayrides at the Shelton Vineyard Harvest Festival

Besides dinner and a campfire, you, your family and friends will also be taken on a hayride through the vineyards at Shelton.

If you have yet to visit this this vineyard/winery then you are definitely in for a treat, the grounds are absolutely beautiful. There’s a huge pond out back and acres and acres of vineyards. This is a very impressive place to visit. If you have never visit this vineyard we have a full review on our site.

Cost: Per adult is$18.95. Children under 12 $9.95. Not a bad price for a delicious dinner prepared by a professional chef. Plus a hayride and bonfire. And getting to experience the beauty of these vineyards at the height of the fall foliage.

If you would like to make your reservations because I am sure numbers are limited, you can either call or email:

Phone: (336)366-4724 or Email: amartin@sheltonvineyards.com.

Note: If you do make reservations for this fall event please be aware you will need to cancel 48 hours before the event starts or else you will receive no refund.

This events starts at 6:30 PM on October 11th, 2013. So this mean you will have to cancel, at the very latest October 9th by 6:30 PM.

Return to our homepage to learn more about the wineries and events and many other things in North Carolina.







Winery Wedding in Ocean Isle Beach NC

If your mind is set on finding a unique wedding venue in Ocean Isle Beach then you will find a great suggestion on this page. If you happen to have any suggestions please leave a comment below as it may help others find what they are looking for.

Wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. 

There are indeed many different wedding venues in this city and many of these are also really nice (we will list these others below), but one of the most unique places for your wedding is a winery. Have you ever attended a wedding at winery on the coast of North Carolina? We have one suggestion where the vineyards are surrounded by lush woodlands. This makes a great setting for your day.

Silver Coast Winery Weddings

Besides being a unique setting this is also a friendly, hospitable place which provides excellent service for all three:  Wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Find a video and image below.

The first half of the video will show you the inside of the winery where the dinners and receptions are mostly held and the second half will show you what Silver Coast looks like from the outside where you can have your ceremony on the grounds or under a big tent. If interest you will find contact information below.

Address: 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎ Phone: (910) 287-2800

The weddings held here are for parties of up to 130 people. I’m sure if you have 135 they can make an exception.

If interested in learning more about the wedding prices then you will need to call the above telephone number to inquire directly. Note: To get the most accurate pricing you will want to be able to give a good estimate of the number of guests that will attend and also how long (hours) you plan to rent the facility.

Or send an email with your questions to: events@silvercoastwinery.com

The outside environment is beautiful, the video below will provide you with a look

Below is a picture of the grounds at the winery. Not a great picture, too out of focus, the land looks so dry but trust me the nature that surrounds this winery and vineyards is very lush…  You can see the building is somewhat large . On the Silver Coast Winery you can view a lot of great full color pictures of past weddings that have taken place here.We didn’t want to steal pictures from their site and put them on ours.

Silver Coast Winery Wedding

Read our full review of this coastal winery

Other Wedding Venues in and around Ocean Isle Beach NC

If you are not satisfied with are suggestion above then below is a list of other top venues in the area. And if you happen to have a suggestion that you don’t find listed please tell us about it in the comment sections of this page.

weddings ocean isle beach nc

A. Ocean Isle Inn

  • 37 W 1st St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 579-0750 ‎

B. Sand and Sun Weddings

  • 364 E First St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 398-2538 ‎

C. The Isles

  • 417 W 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina ‎
  • (910) 575-5988 ‎

D. Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club

  • 1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 754-2745

E. Beachway Rentals & Services

  • 6255 Beach Dr SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 579-8788

F. Simply Susie’s

  • 6253 Beach Dr SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 579-8788 ‎

G. Oceanfront Weddings NC 

  • 57 W 1st St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC ‎
  • (910) 575-7000 ‎

H. Ashley Fox Events

  • (910) 880-5630 ‎

Childress Vineyards Wedding

Where is the best place for a winery wedding near Winston-Salem, NC?

As far as we know there aren’t actually wineries or vineyards located inside the city of Winston-Salem NC that provide wedding services.

But there are a whole host of different choices near the city. One of these choices and many people consider this the absolute best is Childress Vineyards located just south in Lexington, NC. So we would like to provide you with a little information about the wedding services offered here.

However, if you decide Childress doesn’t match your needs then you may also want to look at the many different vineyards and wineries located just west of Winston-Salem in the Yadkin Valley wine region.

If you prefer watching a video rather than reading – this video below gives a good visual introduction to what the vineyards look like and also what the winery looks like on the inside. We have some writing information below the video.

Childress Vineyards Wedding Information

If you have visited their website looking for information on wedding services it can be hard to find. Actually, it may be impossible, we are not sure if they even have a page dedicated to describing their weddings but hopefully the information below will be helpful. And if interest we have a more generalized review about the vineyard.

What are the Prices? The first thing you need to know is this will probably be one of the most expensive places to hold your wedding. But for good reason. Its beautiful, the staff, food and wines are all excellent and it’s a huge facility that’s in high demand not only for weddings but also for private parties and many other types of functions.

Other factors that will effect the price will be what areas of the winery you will want to rent out. The number of people at your event and the numbers of hours you plan on using the facility.

  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Banquet Room
  • Barrel Cave
  • Barrel Room
  • Conference Room
  • Vineyard Setting

The best way to find accurate information on the pricing is to give them a call: (336) 236-9463. Be sure to ask about all the different options to see how the prices differ.

Services:  rehearsal dinner, wedding services and reception. These will also effect the price.

This is definitely a picture perfect place to hold your special day. The vineyards are huge and beautiful and the inside provides an rustic old world feel. Definitely a very sought after venue.