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2014 November X-Mas Event near Winston-Salem, NC

If getting you and your family into the Christmas spirit for 2014 is your goal then we have the prefect free event for you to visit in North Carolina.

The location?

Just about a 30 mile drive west of Winston-Salem is the small quaint town of North Wilkesboro, NC. If you have heard of Grandfather Mountain, this is where it’s located. But the town is so much more than this single attraction.

What will you find here?

Downtown North Wilkesboro is full of one of a kind shopping and a selection of great restaurants. It provides a great family atmosphere   And it’s a beautiful place to visit in the fall months.

Every month, every season of the year, there’s always a lot going on in this little town. The month of November 2014 brings, “Light Up Downtown North Wilkesboro”.

As the name suggests, “Light Up” if you guesses this event has something to do with X-Mas lights then you would be right. This takes place annually.

In down town North Wilkesboro at dusk they will be holding their annual ceremony where they turn on all the X-mas lights on for you to enjoy the initial lighting of the downtown winter wonderland.

But that’s not the only reason for you and your family to visit. There will be plenty of fun: Including food, drinks and music and entertainment.

When does the event take place? 

Light Up Downtown North Wilkesboro takes place on:

Nov. 21, 2014 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
832 Main Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

If you need more information about the specifics:

Contact: Crystal Keener
Business:(336) 667-7129 ext.3021

2014 Christmas Dinner at Duplin Winery – Sold out?

Writing this in October, admittedly is a bit overly eager for the X-Mas season to begin.  But blame it on Duplin Winery in  Rose Hill, NC, they start early too!

Don’t get upset with me. I want to explain

At Duplin, the oldest winery in North Carolina they have been starting the Christmas season early for years now with their annual Down Home Country Christmas Dinner Theater.

The event does sell out very fast. The cost is $50 a person and tickets must be purchased in advance:

505 North Sycamore Street
Rose Hill, NC 28458
Business:(800) 774-9634

This event takes place numerous times in the months of November and December, every Friday and Saturday from November 15th 2014 to the last dinner on beginning held on December 19th 2014.

If you would like more information on the dates and times of this Duplin winery event.

More than a dinner

The event lasts from 3:30 – 9:15 PM. Just about six hours in length. No, this dinner event isn’t about eating food for 6 hours straight there’s also loads of entertainment.

However here’s the menu:

Duplin’s famous Burgundy Chicken,  Delicious Scalloped Potatoes and back after popular demand Haricot Verts. Dessert: Red Velvet Cheesecake.

The entertainment consists of a stage show to get you in the Christmas spirit. It’s filled with music, comedy and a load of fun!

If this sounds like an event you would be interested in make sure you call and get your tickets in advance:

505 North Sycamore Street
Rose Hill, NC 28458
Business:(800) 774-9634

Yadkin Valley Grape Festival – 2014 Date

If you are looking for information on when the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival is taking place in 2014.

We have the when, where and who you need to contact for more information on this page.

When does it begin:

  • Oct. 18, 2014 11:00 am (this is a Saturday)

When does the Festival end? The same day it begins:

  • At 5:00 pm

Where does the Festival Take Place:

Yadkin Valley Grape Festival
205 South Jackson Street
Yadkinville, NC 27055-1840

Who should you contact for more Information:

The person to contact is: Jamie Johnston
Phone:(336) 679-2200

Is the Festival Free?

No, this is not a free event. You can either purchase tickets for $15 before the event starts or pay $20 at the admissions table the day of the event.

If you do want to save $5 and purchase your tickets before the day of the Festival then our best advice is to contact Jamie Johnston at the email or phone number listed above.

What’s the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival About 

If you happen to be visiting the Yadkin Valley area looking for a wine event to attend in 2014, you might find it helpful to know exactly what this Festival entails before purchasing tickets.

Twenty different wineries from the area and some from different parts of the state will be in attendance. This is mainly a wine tasting event.

But you will also find food, crafts and musical entertainment at the festival.  This is the 11th annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival. It’s been well received for over a decade. If you like wines, it’s worth checking out for $15 or $20 bucks.

For more detailed information and to see a list of the NC wineries participating in 2014, visit here.

5 Wineries Swan Creek Harvest Fest

On the weekend of Oct 11th and 12th, the Swan Creek AVA Wine Trail will be holding their Annual Fall Harvest Fest Celebration which 5 of the top wineries in the area will be participating.

It will be held on Saturday the 11th: Noon to 5 pm and Sunday the 12th: 1-5 pm.

You can visit the website here to learn more or you can learn what we think about this event here.

The festival starts at the following address:

VOSC Harvest Festival
450 Groce Road
Ronda, NC 28670

What does this event include: Sampling of various wines from the participating wineries, complimentary seasonal foods and “special event”.  Not much has been said about these “special events, entertainment”, we suspect there will be some local bands playing. 

This event is held on both Saturday (the 11th from noon to 5 pm) and Sunday (the 12th from 1-5 pm).

If you’re interested in the local wines (there are some award winning wines produced in the Swan Creek area of North Carolina) or if you are interest in complimentary local seasonal food and entertainment to boot then the the VOSC Harvest Festival should be right up your alley.

The five wineries participating include: Laurel Gray, Raffaldini, Dobbins Creek, Shadow Springs and Windsor Run.

If you want to learn more about the specifics then you may want to take the time to visit the websites of each of the wineries listed above. As we are sure they all have something to say about the event and what it includes from their end.

VOSC Harvest Festival
450 Groce Road
Ronda, NC 28670

Taste of Wrightsville Beach

The 3rd annual “Taste of Wrightsville Beach” event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 5-8 PM. Over the past two years this has been a great event and it should be even bigger in 2014.

Because of the great success of the past two years, new and bigger sponsors have decided to join to lend a hand to support the cause. And more of the best restaurants, breweries, and wineries have also decided to take part in this charitable event.

There will be plenty of food and drink. A huge selection of the best restaurants, breweries and wines

Taste of Wrightsville Beach
Waterfront at MarineMax
130 Short Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

For information on admission to the event contact: Lisa Weeks (910) 262-5998 or you can buy your tickets here.

What cause is this event supporting

Meals on Wheels is being supported by the ”Taste of Wrightsville Beach” event!!!

The Meals on Wheels organization has been around for a long time. I can remember all the way back to the 1980′s as a kid visiting my great-grandma and hearing, “meals and wheels is coming”, mentioned in conversation with her and my parents.

My great-grandmother has been deceased for quit a long time now. As a kid then, I understood this organization brought meals not only to my great grandmother but also a lot of other housebound elderly people as well. This is really important.

And you know what? I am somewhat a pessimistic person when it comes to supporting, giving money to organizations which claim to be “charitable”. There are so many scams.

But as I said, I have know about meals on wheels since I was a little boy visiting my great-grandmother’s house in the 1980′s, now its 2014 and I can’t recall hearing any negative press about this organization in 30 sum years.

Who will be at the Event


Participating Area Restaurants:

South Beach Grill, Banks Channel Pub & Grille, King Neptune,
22 North, Oceans at Holiday Inn Resort, Mellow Mushroom,
Robert’s Grocery, Jerry Allens, Bluewater Grill, Oceanic,
Bridgetender, Fish House, and SurfBerry,
Sweet and Savory, Martino’s, and Causeway Cafe!

Participating Breweries:

There will be many different breweries on-site, here’s a shirt list: R.A. Jefferies Craft Beers, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company (Greensboro), Carolina Brewery (Chapel Hill), LoneRider Brewing Company (Raleigh), Aviator Brewing Company (Fuquay Varina), Goose Island (Chicago), Big Boss (Raleigh), Blue Point (Long Island, NY), Triangle Brewing. Read the entire list here.

Participating Wineries and Wine Suppliers: 

Copa Divino, Windham Distributing, Juice Wine Purveyors,
Carolina Blueberry Vintage Wine, and ONEHOPE Wine.

Jazz and Wine at Cyprus Bend Winery

Every other Friday, Cyprus Bend Winery in Wagram, NC hosts a social event centered on Jazz Music and wine called Jazzy Fridays.

Over the years, the event has become very popular in the area. If you are looking for something to do in the Wagram area, which is near, just south of Fayetteville, NC and you love wine and a little music in a social setting then you should check out Jazzy Fridays at Cyprus Bend Winery.

Jazzy Fridays at the Winery!
21904 Riverton Road
Wagram, NC 28396

In October of 2014 this event will take place on the 10th. The gates open at 6 PM sharp and the music starts at 7 PM and lasts until 10 PM.  Admission is $10.

The main event usually features, the Mike Wallace Jazz Quartet, on the 10th of Oct. 2014, The Sands Band will also be featured on this date. Other artists are also known to show up and play a little bit of music.

If you are hungry. Food vendors will be on-site.

If you plan on bring a party of 8 or more people, the winery requires you to make reservations so they are able to best prepare for your larger party.

To make your reservations you can contact them by email or by phone at:(910) 369-0411.  We would suggest by phone. Ask for Tina Smith.

Jazzy Fridays at the Winery!
21904 Riverton Road
Wagram, NC 28396

If you have never visited this winery and would like to know a little bit more about the environment you can learn more by visiting their website.

Upcoming Events – January and February – Duplin Winery

Wedding Planning, Dinners and Music and don’t forget Valentine’s Day!

If you missed the end of the year wine tasting event at Duplin Winery you missed out on a lot of fun and great tasting wines and foods. No use crying over spilled milk. 

If you’re curious what wines you should taste when visiting, if you enjoy sweet wines you definitely need to try Duplin’s, Carolina Red and if you do, there’s a good chances you will be leaving with a few bottles if not a case.

However, let us get back to the main reason we are writing this page, we want to inform you about a couple excellent events that are taking place at Duplin in the months of January and February of 2014.

A Few Nights of Interest

January 18th Bridal Event - If you are in the process of planning a wedding or might need ideas for near future possibilities there will be a bridal expo on 18th a Saturday afternoon at the winery. You will find a ton of the best vendors in the Rose Hill NC that cater to the wedding industry. From dresses and cakes to DJ’s and florists.

This event lasts from 11 AM to 4 PM and there will be door prizes.

The cost of the event is either $5 if you pre order or $8 at the door. If you do want to pre order you can find more contact information on this winery here.

A Murder Mystery Dinner on January 25th a Saturday -  We have been to a few of these types of dinners but never at Duplin though. Some have been entertaining, others not so much.

The cost is $55 per person and begins at 3:30 and ends at 9 PM.

The day/evening consists of at 3:30 a tour of the winery and restaurant followed by wine tasting then at 5:30 you will be seated for dinner and Let the food and Mystery begin!!!

Other Events at the Oldest Winery in NC

February 8th – Art Class. This class will be taught be the local artist Ann Farrior and cosnists of canvis art that you will be taking home with you. The event also includes lunch and 1 glass of wine.

Valentines Dinner - To reserve you spot call 910-289-4046. Dinner stats at 5:00Pm on Friday the 14th of February and the events lasts till 9 PM.

Saturday, February 15th - A mix of music most favorites from the 50′s and 60′s. Begins at 3:30 pm and lasts till 9:00 PM. Inclues a tour, wine tasting, dinner and music.

If you want to learn more about Duplin Winery read our review.