Poetry, the hidden gem of the city

17Behind the bustle and rumblings of the busy streets, beyond the neon lights of the nightlife, lies the secret heartbeat of the city. Small, intimate venues set the scene for most events, patrons find places to settle before the show starts.

Poetry nights are not new to Fayetteville, but they are slowly becoming more popular, as more businesses open their doors for the words to flow.

Anyone looking for a night of good poetry can find a multitude of places and poets to fit any palate. Fayetteville hosts an array of poets from every background, all with their own unique flow and style.

If you want to know anything about what's going on in the city, there’s only one person to talk to, LeJuane Bowens, better known as “El’Ja,” pronounced L.J.

Like a lot of Fayetteville residents, El’Ja got here by way of the military, originally hailing from Lima, Ohio by way of Detriot, Michigan. While his style and flow are eclectic, from Freewrite to Tankas to spoken word, there is always a story being told.

If you want to hear him perform, you are in luck. El’Ja hosts multiple monthly events in Fayetteville. Every third Thursday is T.A.P at Winterbloom Tea, located at 203 Hay Street.

Arts Meets Life, an event in conjunction with The Sweet Palette, is every first Friday at Blanc Coffee Roasters, located at 103 Person Street. He also hosts poetry workshops, for schools, universities and nonprofits.

Booking can be done online at www.poetrynmotionnc.com. As for the future of poetry in Fayetteville, El’Ja says he hopes for “more recognition and the city having a Poet Laureate.”
Another staple in the poetry scene is Andre Sansbury, also known as “Suavethepoet.” Raised in Fayetteville, he has been writing since 10th grade when he was introduced to Haikus.

“I picked the pen back up as a senior in high school when I was going through challenging times and I never put it back down,” he said.

A true performer, Suavethepoet doesn’t claim a particular style of poetry, he just performs his work from his heart. Heavily influenced by Just Mike the Poet out of Philiphedia and Raleigh’s own,Nick Courmon,

Suave considers his poetry a healing experience for audience members, a sentiment he said drives his passion to write and perform. He can also be found in multiple venues around Fayetteville hosting poetry events.

Trap N Paint: Poetry Paint is every second Thursday at 402 E. Russell Street, and Sessions with Suave: Open Mic is once a month. The date of the event can be found on his Instagram page, @suavethepoet2.0.

He is working on a third monthly location on Ramsey Street. More details will be coming soon.

“I just want to see poetry continue to grow and the support to get better… We are doing something positive and trying to change the dynamic of entertainment,” said Suavethepoet.

“I am constantly thinking of ideas with my brother Poetic Zae on how we can do events that will catch people's attention. I just want people to experience the magic of poetry.”

There are other monthly poetry events scheduled around town, hosted by other talented poets.

The Sip Room holds a poetry event the last Wednesday of the month hosted by Poetic Zae, and Word Playis held every second Friday hosted by Nick Courmon. Fayetteville will be hosting two major poetry slams as well.

Southeastern Regional NC Poetry Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Fayetteville Arts Council. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 7:15 p.m. The show starts at 8. Suavethepoet is hosting a Youth Poetry Slam in October. Those interested are encouraged to contact him via email andresansburyjr@gmail.com.

Drink, savor, celebrate: Pecktoberfest is back at Segra Stadium

16aThe Fayetteville Woodpeckers are hosting their 5th annual Pecktoberfest at Segra Stadium on Saturday, September 30th, from 5 p.m. to
9 p.m.

There will be over 20 breweries with over 40 cold beers to sample, food served on the field, live music performances by Blazin' Keys Dueling Pianos, a Woodpeckers' Kids Zone and additional activities.

Tickets for adults 21 and over are $35 per person and include 15 drink sampling tickets. One drink sampling ticket can be exchanged for a three ounce sample, and five drink sampling tickets can be exchanged for a 16 ounce pint.

Additional drink tickets will be available on site for $1 per ticket. Children two years old and younger enter for free. Adult tickets that do not include alcohol are $20.

Tickets for children between the ages of 3 to 12 are $5 per person, and tickets for ages 13 to 20 are $20 per person. All ticket prices will increase on the day of the event by $10.

Southern Pines Brewing Company is presenting an exclusive VIP experience for $75 per person.

This VIP experience includes early entry at 4 p.m., a 2-hour buffet, unlimited samples of VIP exclusive beers, a Pecktoberfest gift and access to a private area. The VIP tickets without alcohol are $50 per person.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at https://www.milb.com/fayetteville/tickets/promotions or by visiting the Truist Box Office at Segra Stadium.16b

Military discounts are available. Current or former military can use the CANarch Brewing Military Discount, available through GOVX at https://www.govx.com/tickets/entertainers/260557/pecktoberfest. GOVX provides exclusive discounts for current or former military, first responders and law enforcement.

The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are a local Minor League Baseball team, part of the Carolina League, and a Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Pecktoberfest offers  an opportunity to experience a variety of beers while enjoying food and a live music performance. Pecktoberfest has it all. Don't miss out on this year's Pecktoberfest hosted by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

Golf tournament hopes to be a hole-in-one for FTCC

9Fayetteville Technical Community College is inviting community members to “swing” by the annual FTCC Foundation Golf Tournament on Sept. 28, with proceeds going toward scholarship opportunities and emergency assistance for its students.

“It’s just an opportunity for folks to come out and interact with our students, our faculty and our staff and raise money for a good cause,” said Sandy Ammons, executive director of the FTCC Foundation.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at Gates Four Golf & Country Club and feature meals from Chick-Fil-A, Jersey Mike’s and a breakfast sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway, Ammons said.

“It will be a beautiful day of golf. We will have lots of food and refreshments throughout the day,” Ammons said.

The FTCC Foundation Golf Tournament has been around for over 25 years, Ammons said, and has raised more than $1 million for students over this time.

Ammons said the golf tournament remains a great way for community members to meet Fayetteville Tech students, socialize and enjoy the sport.

Many community members throughout Cumberland County have ties to FTCC, Ammons said, and the tournament provides an opportunity for folks to give back to support students who continue to prepare to enter into the workforce.

“Really just about everybody in Cumberland County is either an alum of FTCC or works with or knows an alum of FTCC,” Ammons said. “We graduate so many students in so many different fields and I think people really appreciate the workforce development that we do.”

Ammons said she hopes at the conclusion of the tournament that those participating have had a pleasant time mingling with members of the FTCC community and can enjoy having supported those seeking an education in their county.

“I hope that they take away that they have done a good thing to support students who are seeking an education and just realize how much they enjoyed interacting with our staff,” Ammons said.

Cape Fear Valley Health and Mercedes-Benz of Fayetteville remain sponsors of the event. Those seeking more information on the event may call 910-678-8441 or email Foundation@faytechcc.edu.

Pork Butt Festival promises food, fun, and music

11Stanton House and the Pork Butt Festival share the concept of hospitality. The root word for hospitality is hospitalitas.

Hospitalitas is defined as receive as guest. The Pork Butt Festival is hosting a fundraiser for the Stanton Hospitality House on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Pork Butt Festival offers the hospitality of charcoal, barbeque, beer, country music, meat and a tee shirt. It is a party with a purpose.

Stanton Hospitality House is a “home away from home.” The mission statement of this private, non-profit organization is that it provides home away from home to families of patients and outpatients receiving medical treatment in the area hospitals.”

It is a temporary residence for those living outside of Cumberland County. People have the option to bathe, to prepare a meal, to wash clothes, to rest and to reduce stress.

“For the past ten years, we have provided so much help for those in need. We see so much pain and grief but also love and joy. We provide a home away from home. We provide accommodations for those receiving treatments such as cancer and surgery,” said Martha Brock, executive director, Stanton Hospitality House.

Danisha is an example of such care hospitality. She resided there for two months during her father’s illness.

Elizabeth, another resident, experienced a residency of five years. She was fourteen, unable to walk or talk and was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. She experienced recovery. She can now speak and walk.
Elizabeth graduated Terry Sanford High school and will be attending college.

The Pork Butt Festival is adding the fun component to the Stanton House fundraiser.

The Pork Butt Festival is receiving the community as guests to a public event. Beer and country music are a cultural legacy, and both will be represented at the festival.

Featured country music artists are Bobby Gilstrap, Brooke McBride, KasCie Page and Dalton Davis. Healey Wholesale and Craft Brews from Heckler Brewing Company are providing the beer for this festival. Attendees have a choice of craft and regular beers.

Pork Butt has an American story. The colonial New England butchers packed inexpensive cuts of meat into large barrels called “butts” for storage and transportation. The shoulder meat packed in these barrels became known as “pork butt.” Pork butt is a meat cut from the upper portion of a pig’s front shoulder.

The shoulder is slow cooked over coals or wood. The meat is seasoned with custom-designed spices and sauces. Southern Coals will be providing the pork butt for the event. The Pork Butt Festival features cornhole, kid-friendly activities and a tee shirt.

The Pork Butt Festival is a complete day of entertainment. The event is Saturday, Oct. 7, at 4058 Legend Road. The festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. The music begins at 12:30 pm. Ticket price is $45 per person.

The ticket price includes admission, food, tee shirt, and two beer tickets. Children five and under are free. Event and ticket information are available at www.stantonhouseporkbutt fest.evenbrite.com

10th Annual KidsPeace auction to be held at Botanical Gardens

8aIt’s that time of year again for art, gardens and philanthropy. The 10th Annual KidsPeace Auction presented by Re-Store Warehouse is set for Thursday, Sept. 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens.

The price of admission is $75 and tickets can be purchased at the KidsPeace office by calling 910-223-0949, online at www.kidspeacefayettevilleauction.com, or at the door while they last. Those who purchase tickets online can pick them up at the door on the day of the event. KidsPeace has the perfect evening planned for those attending. There will be a live and silent art auction. Mr. Bill McMillan will be the MC and auctioneer for the evening. The live auction will feature art that received the top votes online and all other art will be a part of a silent auction. “Peaces” to be auctioned off were created by local artists including children currently in foster care.

Photos of “peaces” have been on display around Fayetteville at local businesses courtesy of Raul Rubiera of Rubiera Studios, located Downtown.
A live DJ and 360 photo booth will be onsite to keep attendees entertained as well as beer, wine and spirits, as they walk around and choose their favorite art pieces to bid on. Heavy appetizers and sweet treats will be served until 7:00 p.m.

The annual KidsPeace Auction features art created from old items such as chairs, tables, and windows.

“What do chairs, tables, and windows have to do with KidsPeace,” you might ask?

“These chairs come to us a lot like the foster kids do… Torn, tattered, scuffed up, banged up, bruised, and broken. The “restoring” of these chairs, tables, and windows represents the foster families helping the kids. Providing a little love, care and special attention can go a long way. We sell these chairs to raise awareness and to put something once jaded back into the world with a new beginning.”

There are currently six vendor spaces available. Spaces are $300 and come with 2 tickets to the event. Vendors are asked not to make any sales, as this is a fundraising event. This is a great opportunity for potential vendors to get visibility and give out information. Those interested should contact KidsPeace by phone or by email.

KidsPeace is a private charity organization, focusing on the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. KidsPeace Fayetteville offers Foster Care, Outpatient Counseling, Intensive Alternative Family Treatment, Therapeutic Foster Care, Psychiatric Services and Enhanced Therapeutic Foster Care.

There are a host of sponsors for this year's event that KidsPeace would like to recognize.

Hope Sponsor: Continental Tax.

Help Sponsors: Longleaf Pines Realtors, and Haymount Institue.

Healing Sponsors: Steve Foley of Bragg Mutual Credit Union, Guardian Property Management, American Security Mortgage, and Addison Ridge Apartments.

Paddle Sponsor: Melissa McKinney of Everything Pines Partners.

Photo Booth Sponsor: CTS Cleaning.

Beer Sponsor: Southern Pines Brewing Company.

Wine Sponsor: Healy Wholesale.

Liquor Sponsor: BGS Services.

Food Sponsors: Walk-Ons, Dorothys Catering, Southern Coals, Burney’s, Bubbas 33, and Shannon’s Sweets.
For more information call 910-223-0949 or visit online at https://www.kidspeacefayettevilleauction.com/annualauction.

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