My Bloody Valentine: Hayride of horrors awaits

398196335 704751085022181 6020876483043733478 nThis Valentine’s Day, feel your blood chill and your spine tingle in sync with the chug of a tractor motor. Experience true terror in the hay fields of Clinton this sensual season with the team behind Hollerin’ Haunts Hayrides at their My Bloody Valentine event held annually at their farm in rural North Carolina.

From the passionate performers, to the spooky sights and décor, Hollerin’ Haunts Hayrides hopes to bring attendees and spectators a fun and festive fright for all ages.

“We basically want to have the best hayride in the U.S. That’s our goal. That’s our ultimate goal. We’re not going to stop working and building until we get to that,” said Jerry Johnson, a team member behind Hollerin’ Haunts Hayrides.

The My Bloody Valentine horrifying hayride has been around since the beginning. Since it’s inception, the hayride has evolved to the point where it now has eighteen different scenes, sets, and scaled buildings meant to elevate the experience for thrill seekers.

Many secret spooks await at this year’s My Bloody Valentine as well. According to Johnson, the team has worked extremely hard to put together a brand-new scene that will be sure to have you walking, or running, like an Egyptian. For the sake of secrecy, that’s all we can say on the matter. If you would like to uncover the ancient horrors and witness the passion behind the pursuits to petrify, you’ll just have to see it for yourself. Unknown frights aside, Johnson also shared some of the other scenes included in the hayride and walkthrough.

“The hayride is definitely our main attraction. Our other event is our ‘Halfway to Halloween’. We also do an event where we allow vendors to come out. We do a ‘Zombie Prom’ and all kinds of different stuff like that. Basically, whenever the customers come, they get to mingle with the actors before it starts. Anytime there’s a Friday the 13th, we also do a walkthrough on the backside of the property. We have another whole path just for that,” Johnson said.

“You can come out for yourself and experience it. You’ll get a much better feel for it rather than writing or reading about it. For us, having the hayride is a huge advantage. Anybody can ride on the hayride.”

While its first performance has already passed, you can catch the next hayride on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event is planned to run between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Johnson and the crew invite all those interested in horror culture, haunted houses, haunting events and hayrides to come out and join them for an evening filled with fear, fun, and adrenaline pumping encounters.

For more information on how to attend and where to buy tickets for this and future events at Hollerin’ Haunts Hayrides, please visit their website at https://www.hollerinhauntshayride.com/my-bloody-valentine/

Show your besties some love: Celebrate Galentine's Day

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Do you recall a period when we didn't observe Galentine's Day? This occasion, similar to Friendsgiving, was initiated by a TV program. "Friends" brought about Friendsgiving, while Galentine's Day originated from "Parks and Rec." Leslie Knope took her gal pals out to celebrate friendship and the holiday was born.

Round up your besties and honor your ride-or-die crew by attending a great local event. Take this opportunity to shower them with appreciation, laughter and a memorable experience.



February 9th:
Galentines Cooking Class- 6 p.m. at Haymount Truckstop

February 10th:
2nd Annual Happy Galentine's Floral Party- 6 p.m. at The Downtown Market of Fayetteville
February Sip & Paint- 2 p.m. at Grapes & Hops

February 11th:
Galentines Day Brunch- 11 a.m. Village Wine Shop (Aberdeen)
Cupid's Victim: A Galentine's Trivia Party- 2 p.m. at Atomic Orchard Salon

February 12th:
Galentine's Pajama Paint Party- 5 p.m. at Hoke Parks & Recreation

February 13th:
Be Mine GALentine!- 10 a.m. at Shop Cursive
Women on the Wall: Galentine's Day Edition- 6 p.m. at Triangle Rock Club (Fayetteville)
Galentines Day- 6 p.m. at Pucker Up
Galentine's Day Blast to the Eighties Cocktail Class- 5:30 p.m. at Circa 1800

February 14th:
Self-Love Galentine's Day Brunch Experience- 10 a.m. at L2 Candle Bar

February 16th:
Galentine's Day-A Toast to Me- 6 p.m. at The Metropolitan Room

February 17th:
Galentine's Night Out- 5:30 p.m. at Chris's Steak & Seafood House
Galentine's Brunch- 10 a.m. at Bees & Boards

Super Bowl Sunday Fever: Get your football fix in Fayetteville

pexels robert hernandez villalta 128457Get ready to catch football fever because Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner!

The teams are set. The San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

Whether you're a die-hard football fanatic or just enjoy the commercials and halftime show, there's something for everyone on Super Bowl Sunday. Don't miss out on the electrifying atmosphere and camaraderie that only the Super Bowl can deliver.

To help you find your local game-day spot we've rounded up the best places to catch the big game with fellow enthusiasts.

So put on your team colors and get ready to cheer on your favorite team as they battle it out for football supremacy.

• Mac's Speed Shop at 482 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-354-2590
— Mac’s has party platters you can pre-order if you need a gameday spread for a watch party at home.

• Huske at 405 Hay Street, 910-437-9905

• District House of Taps at 1240 Fort Bragg Road, 910-491-6737
— Taking reservations and are extending their hours to accommodate the end of the game.

• Scrub Oaks at 5780 Ramsey Street, 910-884-3072

• Bubba's 33 at 500 Westwood Shopping Center, 910-223-2601

• Latitude 35 Bar & Grill at 1217 Hay Street, 910-485-4777

• Gaston Brewing Company at 124 Hay Street, 910-748-0580

• Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux at 2116 Skibo Road, 910-779-4901

• Buffalo Wild Wings at 2097 Skibo Road, 910-868-1561

• KickBack Jack's at 5081 Morgantaon Road, 910-223-7676
• Hooters at 501 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-868-0700

• Carolina Ale House at 161 Glensfood Drive, 910-860-1114

• H8ters at 2926 C Fort Bragg Road, 910-835-5881

• Louie's Sports Bar at 2417 Robeson Street, 910-323-3373

Be sure to visit the Facebook page listed or call your chosen venue for further details on the big game.

A Krimson & Cream Affair: A night of elegance and history

366743484 697061269132590 6052724596923053493 nThe Fayetteville (NC) Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is set to host the A Krimson & Cream Affair on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. This dazzling event will unfold at the Iron Mike Conference Center on 2658 Rock Merritt Avenue, promising an unforgettable evening filled with elegance and excitement.

Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in a night of vibrant colors, captivating music and delightful company. The celebration of unity and camaraderie aims to unite members and supporters of the Kappa Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Theta. Dwayne Robinson, Chairman of the Social Committee for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Fayetteville Alumni Chapter, shared his excitement about the event.

"Our goal is to create a space where members and friends can come together, celebrate our rich history, and forge new connections. It's not just a party; it's a celebration of our community and giving back to the next generation,” said Robinson.

The night promises delectable treats, refreshing beverages, and a dance floor alive with rhythm. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress in semi-formal fashion, adding a touch of sophistication to the festivities.

"Events like A Krimson & Cream Affair highlight the importance of community and collaboration. It's an opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to come together, share experiences, and enjoy a night of elegance,” Robinson said.


As the evening unfolds, participants can expect a journey through history. The Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was chartered on Sept. 12, 1953, by 11 dynamic women who recognized the need for service in the community. Embarking on its 70th year of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Social Action, the chapter continues to impact Fayetteville and Cumberland County through its National Five Point Programmatic Thrust. The Educational Thrust committees of the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter work diligently on issues such as social graces, community service and scholarship opportunities for youth in the community. Their commitment to International Awareness and Involvement, Economic Development, Educational Development, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement is evident in their efforts to educate and initiate a 'Call to Action' in critical matters.

The Fayetteville (NC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, with its roots dating back to Feb. 25, 1957, has a rich history. The charter members, including Ernest E. Miller, Booker T. McNeil, and others, instilled principles of leadership and achievement in every field of human endeavor. The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have been pillars in Fayetteville, shaping the community for decades.

As the A Krimson & Cream Affair unfolds, it not only promises an evening of elegance and excitement but pays homage to the rich history and impactful contributions of these two distinguished organizations in Fayetteville. Take advantage of this chance to participate in a celebration combining glamour, history, and a sense of community. Mark your calendars and join the Fayetteville (NC) Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for a night to remember.

Tickets for the event cost $75 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-krimson-and-cream-affair-hosted-by-fayetteville-chapters-of-and-tickets-759705308027.

A Musical Journey Through Black History

LEVAS23 Cross Creek ChoraleLift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Journey Through Black History is a musical performance created by Brenda Vandervort-Miller. Coming into its fifth year, Lift Every Voice is an annual mainstay of the Cumberland Choral Arts musical group production lineup that aims to celebrate black culture and share it with the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community.

"I had begun thinking about this a few years before I actually brought it to the board of Cumberland Choral Arts. I brought it to our board in the summer of 2019 after watching Beyonce's Homecoming performance on Netflix. She started to sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and when I heard her hit those first few notes it was like a lightbulb went off. I broke out my iPad and created a shell of the program," said Vandervort-Miller.

This year's theme is "The Harlem Renaissance," a time in American history during which a cultural revival of African American music, art, philosophy, literature and theater took place and forever changed the landscape of American culture on a broader scale.

"I think what makes this show in particular great is that it's lighthearted. You'll definitely come away with something different every year. Every year has a different theme. Last year we focused on women composers and vocalists,” said Vandervort-Miller.

The Harlem Renaissance brought about notable and famous individuals alike. This includes the likes of Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ella Fitzgerald, James Weldon Johnson and more. For those familiar with Johnson, he is the author of the poem and song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in which the musical takes its namesake. The song invokes times of hardship, the spirit of perseverance, the desire for justice, and deliverance from the cruelties of slavery and prejudice experienced by the Black population in America.

This message still rings true with many Black Americans today. The words stand as a cultural and historical touchstone for the Black community, and, in larger part, for all Americans as well.

"For me, it's part of my history and part of my culture. Growing up a Black American it's never not been a part of my cultural identity. I think I might have learned it about the same time I learned our national anthem. It's always been a part of my musical life," said Vandervort-Miller.

The show's appeal comes from this personal perspective of sharing and appreciating one's culture. One of the art's many beauties is its ability to provoke conversations both internally and externally.

Learning to appreciate the unique perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures of one another is an important step toward fostering a healthy appreciation for all of the things that make us similar. Our shared love for creativity and expression are just two examples of the many traits we share as human beings.

As Vandervort-Miller puts it, "We want people to come and be informed about what the theme for that year is, but ultimately we want people to have fun, and walk away from it feeling good and rejuvenated. Our show is a light-hearted, fun performance with history thrown in."

"The focus is to lend a different perspective to Black history and shine a light on a period within Black history for people to come and have a fun time," Miller continued.

With a planned performance from the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra, the musical heightens the experience with big band numbers and encourages the audience to dress in period-appropriate clothing to better immerse oneself in the time period. All of these pieces come together to promise a show that will impress, entertain and stay on people's minds.

This year's performance, and those before it, are made possible because of the amazing organization and teamwork of members of the Cumberland Choral Arts and the team behind Vandervort-Miller working together to bring her vision of black history-inspired musical theater to the stage.

"The support from the board of directors of the Cumberland Choral Arts has been invaluable to this project, and specifically the board president Sandy Cage and CCA secretary Cathy Thaman. Brandley Laub is another board member who has been invaluable. Alexandra Marth has also been extremely helpful in marketing the show this year and getting us in front of people and faces who might not have seen us before."

"They have all just been absolutely invaluable. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention our artistic director for Cumberland Choral Arts which is Dr. Michael Martin. I have an incredible support team with this organization and I cannot be more thankful," said Vandervort-Miller.

The Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Journey Through Black History show is truly something to behold. From Vandervort-Miller's spark of inspiration and love for her culture to the stage lights and opening night, Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Journey Through Black History is a story not just about the history of Black Americans throughout America's history, but of their continued efforts to strive for success, excellence and have a positive influence on the communities and society around them.

It is a story of how people come together to create things they find beautiful and inspiring and their efforts to share them with others in the hopes that they too might find their creations beautiful and inspiring.

This cycle of inspiration and creation is something that connects us all as human beings. It allows us to experience each other's individual perspectives, beliefs and values, and to share them in kind. When we support endeavors to create art that helps facilitate that unity in expression, we are also supporting the opportunity to do the same for ourselves and for others in the future.

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Journey Through Black History will be performed live at Fayetteville State University's J.W. Seabrook Auditorium at 1200 Murchison Road in Fayetteville. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be held on Feb. 17. Tickets are$15 and are available first-come first-serve.

For more information about the event, visit https://www.cumberlandchoralarts.org/lift-every-voice-concert/ . Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lift-every-voice-and-sing-a-musical-journey-through-black-history-tickets-788442120607?aff=ebdsoporgprofile.

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