Up & Coming Weekly

June 18, 2019

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12 UCW JUNE 19-25, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e weekend of June 21-23, Sustain- able Sandhills will join forces with local businesses and organizations to celebrate pollinators. It's only fitting, as June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week. Dubbed "Pollipalooza," the local event creatively spotlights the many ways pollinators like bees, bats and butterflies impact our world — and our wellbeing. "Pollinators are vital to our ecology," said Jonelle Kimbrough, executive director of Sustainable Sandhills. "We wanted to draw attention to the fact that pollinator populations are in decline. "One-third of the food we eat de- pends on pollination. We wanted an outlet to bring awareness to the com- munity about the importance of pol- lination. We thought a fun event that would highlight food and beverages that are pollinated would be a fun." Kimbrough noted that a lot of people don't realize that tea plants de- pend on pollination. Winterbloom Tea came to mind as the perfect partner to showcase this fact. From 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, June 21, join the Pollipalooza Tea Party at 238 Hay St. Tickets cost $35 and include a hot and cold tea tasting, a honey tasting by Beehive Yourself and sweets by Ariana's Cakes. ere will also be an auction featuring items by Fayetteville Pie Company, e Household 6 Catering, Ariana's Cakes, Sustainable Sandhills and more. Tickets can be purchased at www.pollipalooza.com. Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., visit Sink Field at Methodist University to learn about pollinators and how to make your outdoor space inviting for these essential creatures. ere will be educational workshops, including Beekeeping 101 and Gar- dening for Pollinators, as well as chil- dren's activities and vendors. Tickets cost $5 at the gate. "People can come to attend the workshops and learn about plants that pollinate and that bees are attracted to," said Kimbrough. "And the Beekeep- ing 101 workshop will cover equip- ment, resources and certifications (involved with beekeeping)." Saturday, June 22, from 5-8 p.m., Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom will host "Nature's Nectar: Bites and Brews Pollinator Party." e offerings all focus on pollinated products. is event fea- tures a flight of five beer and wine cre- ations — all influenced by pollinators' efforts. e ticket price also includes a flight of five tapas-style delicacies, also featuring pollinated ingredients. ere will be a live band and a silent auction as well. Tickets cost $55 and are avail- able at www.pollipalooza.com. Sunday, June 23, enjoy Dirtbag Ales Famers Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. e market will maintain a focus on pol- linated products in honor of National Pollinator Week. Vendors offerings in- clude local honey, flowers, candles and produce. ere will also be live music, craft beer and food trucks. Sustainable Sandhills will have an information booth and will be selling wildflower seeds and a Build-A-Buzz Children's craft. e farmers market is free to attend. Prices for individual ac- tivities and products vary from vendor to vendor. A portion of the proceeds from Pollipalooza will go to Sustainable Sandhills, whose mission statement is: rough education, demonstration, and collaboration we are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the com- munities and environments of the Sandhills region for current and future generations. Find out more about Sus- tainable Sandhills at its website, www.sustainablesandhills.org. Pollipalooza celebrates pollinators by STEPHANIE CRIDER e Sustainable Sandhills' Pollipalooza celebrates pollinators and their ecological impact. EVENT STEPHANIE CRIDER, Asso- ciate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. WHERE TO COOL DOWN IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY Hit The Water There are mul ple water des na ons to choose from all over Cumber- land County, and I shared about six of our most popular "Swimming Holes to Beat the Heat" a couple of summers ago. Just one of those is Lake Pines Swim Club, where a membership isn't even necessary to enjoy a two-acre lake, fed by an underground spring. The above review from an out-of-town visitor says everything about why visitors love this "breath of fresh air taking you back in me." Addi onally, you can ex- pect to find a white sand beach, cabanas with family tables, grills, full snack bar, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. This is the kind of place where the whole family will gladly spend the whole day together and will be begging to come back. Find a Frozen Treat Two years ago, I gave my intern the "difficult" job of wri ng a blog on "Ice Cream! Top 10 Places in Cumberland County," and she took her research pre y seriously, ea ng her way through frozen treats all over the area. The first spot on her list was an agritourism "jewel" that visitors are always delighted to discover. Gillis Hill Farm is owned by a family who has been farming in West Faye eville since the 1700's. As the locals know, anyone may visit this farm for a step back in me and for a cool treat. You'll want to start at the farm's ice cream shop, where the ice cream and other desserts are all homemade and u erly delicious. If you pur- chase a cone during ice cream season, you can then take a self-guided farm tour for free. The kids will delight in seeing all the farm animals and exploring the old farm buildings and equipment on display. Other- wise, may I suggest you simply take your scoop of deliciousness to the front porch and just "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs? This is the stuff vaca on memories are made of. -- JENNY BELL, GOFAYETTEVILLE BLOGGER Read the rest at GoFayetteville.com ABOUT THE AUTHOR Melody Foote Director of Communications Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau B U L L E T I N Download a mobile app for exploring Cumberland County.

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