Legends Pub hosts 23rd Annual Spring Fling

01coverUAC050119001If you’ve ever been to Legends Pub, you probably know something about the Annual Spring Fling, which takes place May 3-5 this year. And if you know about the Spring Fling, it’s probably because a friendly Legends customer told you about it. After all, the little bar on Bragg Boulevard is known for its ever-welcoming environment and has been for the last 23 years.

“That’s what makes us special. People come to us because we take care of our own,” said Holly Whitley, owner of Legends Pub. “We don’t have problems, we don’t have arguments, we don’t have fights. We’re there to have a good time and enjoy each other’s company.”

This camaraderie began long before Legends Pub was even in the works. During the 1980s, Whitley and a small group of friends banded together to form the Gypsy Women. As the members of the group have grown and experienced joys and tragedies together, the Gypsy Women have evolved into more than just a collection of friends. Now, the group is dedicated to laying down their time and resources for the benefit of others, particularly through the annual Spring Fling.

“When we bought the bar, we decided to expand the Spring Fling to an event that we could (put on to) help somebody. The first year it was a benefit,” said Whitley. “That’s the title that a Gypsy Woman has — one that volunteers their work and helps us out. It’s amazing.”

This year, the Spring Fling will raise funds for Donald “Duck” Schnieders, a loyal friend and customer at the bar. After a serious motorcycle accident in August 2018, Schnieders is starting his ninth month of recovery. “He just now is getting back on his feet,” said Whitley. “We decided to wait until he was mobile until we did a benefit for him. He’s been a customer at Legends for a long time — (he’s) a good friend, a good guy.”

Whitley has faith that her community will join in the effort to support Schnieders. “We have a strong base. When we come together to do a benefit, people come out, they’re always there to support it,” she said.

In fact, the people at Legends make a habit of taking care of, and remembering, their own. “We just did the Scott Sather Memorial toast on (April 8),” Whitley said. “It was our 16th year that we’ve gathered together.”

Sather, a longtime friend of Legends, was killed in an accident in Iraq on April 8, 2003. He was a member of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, an elite Air Force operations unit assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command at Pope Army Field. “Sixteen years later, this is another thing that makes us timeless — we’re still remembering him by gathering together.” Legends also holds an annual Scott Sather Memorial Run as part of its Spring Fling, to be held Saturday, May 4, this year.

These gatherings always incorporate a Legendsstyle good time into the mix, in honor of the good times shared with loved ones over the years. 

“On Friday night, we get together some people (who) bring door prizes by, on Saturday we start off with the poker run … then we have a pig-picking and our auction,” said Whitley.

But it doesn’t stop there — the weekend will be full of activities all through Sunday night. “Saturday night we usually have live music or a DJ, Sunday we will start out with lunch, and then we’ll have the Ralph Pinney Jr. Bike Show & Rodeo,” Whitley said. 

The Spring Fling ends with a memorial toast. “We have a wall in Legends where we have people who have passed,” said Whitely. “We’ll be hanging Ralph’s picture on the wall that afternoon.”

Ralph Pinney Jr., another longtime friend to Legends, died of pancreatic cancer March 6, 2019. “Ralph has been a customer of mine for 22-anda- half years,” Whitley said.

Despite the growing number of pictures on that wall, Whitley said she remembers every member of the Legends community, both past and present.

“I can tell you a story about pretty much every person on that wall. Ralph and his wife, Allison, were always a part of the family — we knew what was going on in their lives, we knew what to ask about them personally.”

Just like family, the relationships at Legends last for generations. “There’s a connection with everybody that comes along, (and) you get to know people’s parents, just like my kids’ friends knew me,” Whitley said.

The Pub is as timeless as the community it has built. “We’ve got the third generation going up, the grandchildren of all the people that started the bar,” said Whitley. “Our regular customers are legends.”

Servicemen and women especially call Legends home. “We’re Legends Pub, where deployments begin and end,” quoted Whitley from a favorite Tshirt sold by the bar. As the bar is located near Fort Bragg, many loyal customers are war heroes themselves, with some having faithfully served the U.S. their entire lives. And Legends is proud of it, too. “I don’t care what people’s personal opinions are, that’s what we base ourselves off of,” Whitley said.

Join the community at Legends Pub to honor heroes and loved ones alike at the Annual Spring Fling the weekend of May 3-5. Legends Pub is located at 4624 Bragg Blvd. #1, and overflow parking is available at Ken’s Muffler and Auto Repair. For more information, call Legends at 910-867-2364.

2019 Spring Dogwood Festival

11Dogwood insert imageEvery spring, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival brings the community together to celebrate everything that makes this community so special — the people, the food, the music, the diversity.

The festival boasts an impressive list of well-deserved awards, including four awards from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events in 2018 alone. The festival was also named the 2018 Event of the Year in the Southeast by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association.

Longtime Dogwood Festival Director Carrie King retired last year, leaving the event in the hands of its new director — Malia Allen.

The Dogwood Festival starts Thursday, April 25, with Cork & Fork. Enjoy appetizers, beverages and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Kids Peace Foster Care. Tickets cost $40 per person. Find out more at www.thedogwoodfestival.com.

The festival’s activities include fireworks, rides, food, a midway and an abundance of live entertainment. The music stages include local performers as well as national artists.

Friday’s acts include The Pharcyde, and Tone Loc. The Pharcyde is an alternative rap quartet from South Central Los Angeles, California. The group formed in the early 1990s and has released three albums.

Tone Loc was a 1980s rap pioneer. His was the second rap act to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s album charts. “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” were his first two hit singles and remain his two most popular songs. Tone Loc went on to work in TV and film and continues his music career.

Friday festival hours: 5-11 p.m.

5 p.m. — Festival Park opens

5:30 p.m. — Throwback Collaboration Band

6:45 p.m. — Opening Ceremony/National

Anthem — Jill Charles

7:15 p.m. — Lotus Sun

9 p.m. — The Pharcyde

10 p.m. — Tone Loc

11 p.m. — Fireworks

Saturday festival hours: Noon-10:30 p.m.

Hay Street Performance Area

Noon — King BMX

12:35 p.m. — Ladysticks Music Performing Arts

1 p.m. — J’s U.S. Taekwondo

1:35 p.m. — Shadows of the Fire

2:25 p.m. — King BMX

3 p.m. — Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau

3:35 p.m. Shadows of the Fire

4:25 p.m. Canton of Attillium

5 p.m. King BMX

5:35 p.m. Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau

Festival Park Stage

1 p.m. - TBD

3 p.m. - Jill Charles & Nobody’s Business

5 p.m. - Denver Nixon Band

7 p.m. - Corey Smith

9 p.m. - Colt Ford

Country musician Corey Smith has sold more than 1 million concert tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and more than 220,000 albums. He’s got 10 albums to his name, but even more impressive is the fact that he’s written every song on every album he’s recorded. Some of his hits include “Twenty-one,” “If I Could Do It Again” and “I Love Everyone.”

Colt Ford said he has one goal when it comes to his music, “I’m just trying to bring people together.”

The Georgia native and former golf pro brings country, blues, rock and rap together for a unique sound and a philosophy of live and let live that resonates with his fans.

Sunday festival hours: Noon-9 p.m.

Hay Street Performance Area

Noon — bKing BMX

12:35 p.m. — Elevo Dynamics

1 p.m. — J’s U.S. Taekwondo

1:35 p.m. — Shadows of the Fire

2:25 p.m. — King BMX

3 p.m. — Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau

3:35 p.m. — Shadows of the Fire

4:25 p.m. — Canton of Attillium

5 p.m. — King BMX

5:35 p.m. — Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau

Festival Park Stage

1 p.m. — Paige Johnson

3 p.m. — Eastline Band

5 p.m. — The Guy Unger Band

7:30 p.m. — Rumours

A Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Rumours blends perfect harmonies and precise instrumentation while delivering a visually engaging show. The band routinely plays to sold-out audiences and is known as one of the top tribute bands in the country. The band flawlessly recreates the Fleetwood Mac vibe and attitude, drawing in fans far and wide.

Dogwood Festival sanctioned events

Friday, April 26: The Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crimestoppers Barbecue is a 35-year-old tradition. For many, the delicious barbecue, potato salad, coleslaw and a roll for just $8 signifies the unofficial kickoff of the Dogwood Festival. The barbecue takes place in the Harris Teeter Parking lot at 2800 Raeford Rd. on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers provides a safe and anonymous way to report crimes and also offers rewards. Citizens can call Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 866-542-TIPS (8477) if they have information regarding criminal activity. This number is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is designated for Crimestoppers information only. All calls are kept in complete confidence. Learn more at https://faynccrimestoppers.org.

Saturday, April 27: The Hogs & Rags Spring Rally is the largest escorted motorcycle and car rally in the state. Spanning nearly 120 miles, the ride goes from Fayetteville to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It includes a stop at Rockin’ A Ranch for breakfast and a meal at the end as well.

The ride leaves the Airborne & Special Operations Museum at 7:30 a.m. It costs $50 per person and includes an official T-shirt, breakfast, lunch, door prizes, a 50/50 cash raffle and 3 gun raffles. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, The Kidsville News Literacy & Education Foundation and The Special Forces Charitable Trust.

There will be a preparty Friday, April 26, at Mac’s Speed Shop at 482 N. McPherson Church Rd., from 6:30-9 p.m. To register or for more information, visit www.hogsandrags.org.

Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch features musician KasCie Page

09KasCie Page May 2019Four times a year, women from all over the city gather to network and enjoy an afternoon of empowerment, inspiration and celebration at the Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch. Each lunch features a keynote speaker, a local woman who is making a difference in this community. Thursday, May 9, FLPL welcomes singer-songwriter KasCie Page to share about how she went from a young girl singing in church to a national awardwinning recording artist.

A Shopportunity Expo before and after the meal provides a chance to connect with and learn about dozens of local womanowned and -managed businesses and organizations. Door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and a wine bar with tasting options round out the experience.

Born in Conway, South Carolina, Page started singing when she was 3 years old. She started songwriting at a young age, too.

After college, Page moved to the small town of Red Springs, North Carolina, which is close to Fort Bragg. She started working at a BB&T Bank and continued to sing in church and at weddings and family events, but only when she went home to Conway.

Then, in the late 2000s, she met Robbie Lee VanHoy at the bank. He owned Soundland Studios in Red Springs and had written a song for which he had still not found the right female vocalist. Out of that meeting was born Black Velvet, the duo of Page and Lee that would launch Page’s professional music career.

A few years ago, Page signed a record deal with Lamon Records Nashville (Tennessee), and her first full-length albumwas released in early 2017. Lee worked with Page to write several of the album’s original tracks, and he still serves as her duo partner.

In the past few years, Page has gained more and more notice from the music industry. She was named 2016 Entertainer of the Year by Florida Country Music Radio. In 2018, she won Female Artist of the Year at the Carolina Country Music Awards. This year, she was nominated for that same title at the CCMA, and was also nominated as Songwriter of the Year for her song “Proud of You.” She was also nominated as overall Entertainer of the Year.

Page said “Proud of You,” which like the rest of her music is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and all other standard platforms, represents a great introduction to her as an artist. “It’s a song everyone can relate to,” she said. “I wrote it about my parents.

“The very first verse of the song talks about a conversation I had with my dad when I was 8 years old. I remember it like yesterday, and those were the exact words he said to me.

“When I wrote it, I thought, nobody’s gonna listen to this song. This is just about my life. But I went out on a limb.”

Each Power Lunch opens at 10 a.m. with registration and the exclusive Shopportunity Expo.

Seating begins at 11:45 a.m. At noon, opening remarks are followed by lunch and the keynote speaker. At 1:45 p.m., there are door prizes courtesy of every vendor, a 50-50 raffle and closing remarks. The formal portion of the event concludes at 2 p.m., leaving an hour for continued networking and conversation before the Power Lunch officially concludes at 3 p.m.

FLPL takes place at the Ramada Plaza, 1707-A Owen Dr. Registration costs $45. Vendor tables and sponsorships are also available. To learn more or to register, visit FayettevilleLadiesPowerLunch.com.

Photo:  KasCie Page

The CARE Clinic hosts 19th Annual Toast of the Town fundraiser

10Care clinic Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 2. That is the date of the 2019 Toast of the Town Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting and Silent Auction. Set in the scenic Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the event raises money to help The CARE Clinic continue providing free quality basic medical care and simple dental extraction services to eligible uninsured, low-income adults.

Cynthia Deere, The CARE Clinic development and marketing director, said, “This year we changed the name to Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting because we will have assorted liquors to sample.”

Top of the Hill Distillery, the only certified organic and fully local distillery in the South, will provide samples of their vodka, gin and whiskey. The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, the first to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of spiced honey liqueur to the American market, will have samples of their unique liquor. Southern Grace Distiller, America’s first distillery in a former prison, will have their award-winning Conviction small-batch bourbon and corn whiskeys flavored with fruit juices

Those aren’t the only additions to the event this year. “We have added desserts from Burney’s Sweets & More, coffee from Green Mountain Coffee, and dancing to music provided by Five Star Entertainment,” Deere said. “But we’ll also have all of the favorites back; Anstead’s Tobacco Company (and) Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop will be there. We will have wine samples provided by Mutual Distributing as well as beer samples from Bright Light Brewing Company, Dirtbag Ales, The Mash House and Huske Hardware.”

Always a popular feature, the auction has some exciting items up for bid. There will be some great trips, provided by AMFund. Paris, the Greek islands, Ireland and Costa Rica are just a few of the destination packages available. “As you can see, the evening will be full of food, drinks and fun,” said Deere.

While The CARE Clinic delivers vital medical services, the organization does not receive any government assistance. It relies solely on donations, grants and fundraisers to raise the nearly $44,000 needed each month.

To purchase tickets, or to find out how you can support The CARE Clinic, visit www.mkt.com/the-care-clinic. For more information, contact Deere at 910-988-3067.

CARE Clinic patient information:

To be eligible for The CARE Clinic’s services, you must be 18 years or older; have no insurance, including Medicaid; meet an income requirement; and display proof of household income and a valid, North Carolina DMV-issued picture ID card or driver’s license showing your current address.

Call 910-485-0555 to make an appointment. Appointments are made only by phone; no walkins. Medical appointments can be made Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dental appointments can be made Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for the following week.

The clinic serves patients each Tuesday and Thursday and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dental clinics are every Tuesday and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Appointments are made on a space-available basis.

Celebrating a rock ’n’ roll icon

02pubpenLast Saturday was a big day here in Fayetteville, and spring means even bigger and better days are on the horizon. This month, this town is bursting with fun-filled days of carriage rides, music, great food, minor league baseball, Easter eggs, visual arts, local crafts, motorcycle rides, Dogwood queens, hockey games, river concerts, symphony concerts and even live theater performances featuring a Lion, a Witch or a Devil’s food CAKE.

The warmth and friendliness of this community and the Southern hospitality it radiates make me proud to call Fayetteville and Cumberland County home. The best way to experience it is to get out and immerse yourself in it.

Last Saturday, April 13, more than 2,500 people came downtown to get their first look at the city’s new baseball stadium and home of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, our Class A minor league team affiliate of the Houston Astros. Based on the comments and the smiles and laughter of the young and young at heart, this event was a major league home run. Congratulations to our city officials and the dozens of people who made the day happen.

The AsONE Prayer Walk and festivities took place in Festival Park that same day. There, too, music, food and fun were the order of the day as this annual pre-Easter event reminded us that love, empathy and compassion continue to play a vital role in humanity.

Across the street from Festival Park, at Gallery 208, Up & Coming Weekly hosted an event of a different nature. The Crown Coliseum board was gracious enough to let us borrow the commemorative photos and plaques documenting Elvis Presley’s visit to Fayetteville in August 1976, when he performed for three nights in a row at Cumberland Memorial Auditorium.

These mementos also honored him after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, just nine days before he was to return to Fayetteville to a sold-out concert scheduled for Aug. 25. Dozens upon dozens of disappointed, shocked and saddened Elvis fans donated their ticket refunds in his honor to purchase special medical equipment to aid cardiac patients at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. The names of all those dedicated and generous Presley fans are on those plaques.

Those mementos are very important to our community, and they went missing around 2008 when the complex was undergoing major renovations.

PWC employee and devoted Presley fan Phil Barnard realized they were no longer displayed in the auditorium. He posed the “what happened to them?” question to longtime Fayetteville Observer columnist Bill Kirby, who made it his quest to find the answer. After talking with several people familiar with the history of the facility, Kirby contacted former Coliseum Manager Paul Beard, who at the time of the Presley concert was the facility manager of the complex under General Manager Rick Reno.

Beard is a Fayetteville resident and currently the general manager of the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina. Beard not only knew where they were — he had preserved them and placed them in storage for nearly 11 years.

Beard knew these Presley mementos represented one of the greatest entertainment performances ever held in Fayetteville, and he didn’t want to risk them being discarded as trash or destroyed. It was more than a decade before anyone even knew they were gone.

Both Kirby and Beard were on hand at Gallery 208 Saturday. Coincidently, all three of us were in our 20s when this amazing hunka hunka of burning love hit this town like a tornado and spent three days entertaining and honoring our military families in a community he couldn’t wait to get back to.

The amazing talent of Presley is, no doubt, lost to this younger generation. That’s all the more reason to preserve memories and unique treasures like these. Kirby hopes the Crown Coliseum will work with him to restore and display these mementos to amplify the significance of Presley’s presence here when he came to the Fayetteville community.

I doubt that Presley, when on tour, did many three-night stands in any one city or town like he did here. So, I’m with Kirby. Let’s build that display and honor the King!

Special thanks to everyone who came by, especially Robin Johnson, who brought out her mother’s full, lifelong collection of Elvis memorabilia. It included an Aug. 17, 1977, edition of The Fayetteville Observer with an “above the fold” photo of then 24-yearold Hope Mills resident Milton Smith, a talented pianist who was to go on tour with Elvis. Smith never got to meet him.

Thanks also to Joe Riddle for coming by and checking out the Elvis albums and to Barnard and his wife Mary, who got this party started by asking the question.

A special thanks to Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop at Marketplace for setting everything up — Elvis style.

Thanks to all our readers, especially the three gentlemen from Cleveland, Ohio, who came by after reading the Elvis article in last week’s Up & Coming Weekly at the Holiday Inn on I-95. And ... thank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly.

Photo:  L to R: Up & Coming Weekly Publisher Bill Bowman, former Coliseum Manager Paul Beard and Fayetteville Observer columnist Bill Kirby.

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