Events around Post:

This weekend
Oyster Roast and Downeast Seafood Feast: This annual event, held at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Friday, features seafood direct from the coast. Doors will not open until 6 p.m. Oysters are served first, followed by a seafood buffet. A ticket includes: Ducks Unlimited membership and magazine, steamed oysters, boiled shrimp, seafood (fried fish, shrimp, scallops and more), homemade chicken tenders, fixins and beverages.
Dive-In Theater: This month, Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation presents “Spider-man: Homecoming,” Friday, at Tolson Indoor Pool. Families can watch while they swim or stay on the deck. Doors open at 8 p.m. Movie starts between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This is a Family-friendly event. All ages welcome. No flotation devices are permitted, except Coast Guard approved life jackets. Outside food and drinks are permitted, but must be consumed and kept in the aquatics party room. No food permitted on the swim deck. Cost is $4 for Department of Defense ID cardholders and $6 for their guests.
Papermaking for kids: Join local teacher and artist Trish Brownlee at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Saturday, to learn the history of papermaking and create handmade paper from plants and rags. Participants will also experiment with paper painting and will be able to keep our creations. Parents can drop their child off, or hang out and observe. Cost is $15 garden member, $20 non-member. This event is for youth ages 8 to 15.
When Pigs Fly BBQ Festival: What’s better than BBQ? How about a whole festival featuring BBQ, great entertainment and beer? For the pitmasters, there’s a backyard BBQ style competition, sanctioned by the Carolina BBQ League. Bring the Family, kick back, enjoy some BBQ and beer, great live music, and for the youngsters, the Kids Zone. So c’mon down to Festival Park, Saturday for an All American good time.
Christmas in the Park: The town of Stedman, North Carolina will hold a Christmas in the Park celebration, Saturday, at 4 p.m. at Ernest Freedman Park. The event will feature a tree lighting, snacks, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa and live music.
Upcoming Events
The Nutcracker: A Family favorite of the season, Taylor Dance Nutcracker performs at Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College, Nov. 24 to 26. The weekend features three full length performances for all ages. For more information, visit www.taylordancetheplayhouse.org/html/nutcracker.html.
Christmas tree lighting: It’s time for Fort Bragg’s Annual Tree Lighting ceremony and celebration, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field. Festivities include a visit with Santa, Golden Knights parachute demonstration, light refreshments, holiday entertainment, “Kidz Corner” and special guest, Miss North Carolina, Victoria Huggins.
Christmas Spectacular: Kick-off the Christmas season at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Nov. 30, as the Home For Christmas Tour comes to town. This tour features award winning southern gospel artists, the Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants as their multi-state tour makes a stop in Pinehurst. Joining these groups on this special night will be Moore County teenager, Cooper Ellington.
Holiday Jubilee: Celebrate the Christmas season with Victorian flare at the annual Holiday Jubilee at the 1897 Poe House, Dec. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a free event featuring a concert by Fayetteville’s own Coventry Carolers and the Cross Creek Chordsmen. The Coventry Carolers will perform on the front porch of the Poe House at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The house will be elaborately decorated for a Victorian Christmas providing a beautiful backdrop for this festive event and will be open between the caroling performances. The Poe House kitchen will be alive with the smells of Christmas goodies cooking on our 1902 Glenwood stove. Santa Claus will also be in attendance and available for pictures throughout the event. Santa photos are free!

Statewide events:

This weekend
American Indian Heritage Celebration: Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular Family event, Friday, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 22nd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration offers something for all ages and gives a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture (with a population of over 100,000), past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods and much more. Visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/AIHC-2017 for additional information.
Saturday Explorations: This is a free, Family-friendly science and nature program offered the third Saturday of every month at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville, North Carolina. This month, the museum welcomes Lisa Rider, Deputy Director for Onslow County Solid Waste. Rider will be presenting her program “Marine Debris: A Global Issue with Local Solutions,” on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. Explore the global impacts of marine debris and learn what is being done in North Carolina to solve the problem of derelict fishing gear, abandoned vessels and storm debris. Discover what individuals can do to lessen the impact we as consumers have on our oceans and waterways.
Upcoming Events
Lu Mil Vineyard Festival of Lights: During the Festival of Lights at Lu Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Nov. 25 and 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., Families can drive their own vehicles through hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations that are synchronized to music on a car’s FM radio. The night will also feature a country buffet, Santa, candy shop and free wine tastings.
North Carolina Holiday Floatilla: Held in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, this event is fun for the whole Family, Nov. 24 and 25. It features a Friday launch party with The Embers and tree lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa and the Saturday Festival in the Park with arts and craft vendors and the popular Arab Choo Choo. The main event, the lighted boat parade, typically features 30 boats decked out in Christmas lights, decorations and costumes begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
Country Christmas Train: Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad and see the lights and nativity movie along the way in Denton, North Carolina, beginning Nov. 24. Visit the church and sing carols. Explore the service station, Gingerbread House, General Store, Doll Museum and all of the arts and crafts exhibits. Take the tram down to visit the Reid Plantation or ride the horse drawn wagon ride. Make sure to stop by Santa’s cabin for a visit. Visit www.dentonfarmpark.com/country-christmas-train for more information.