Up & Coming Weekly

September 24, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Elizabeth Blevins ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: 910-484-6200 FAX: 910-484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publica- tion with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/ Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publica- tion consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or mate- rial. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and out- door locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2019 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with ele- ments from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. "Rocky" start good thing for Hope Mills art group by EARL VAUGHAN JR. PUBLISHER'S PEN Publisher's Note: ere's always something to do in Cumberland County! is past week was a perfect example of the diverse activities that are happening. We have theatres, festivals, car shows and even events celebrating the ac- complishments of service organizations in our community. e Vision Resource Center, over the weekend, brought the community together in Downtown Fayetteville to thank them for their support and to raise money for the con- tinuation of their relentless service to our blind and sight-impaired population. is kind of activity is popping up all over the county. I am yielding my space to Earl Vaughan, Jr. who has discovered an emerging cultural organiza- tion in Hope Mills. eir projects are aimed at enhancing the arts and cultural awareness in Hope Mills as well as the quality of life for its citizens. Without a doubt, Hope Mills ROCKS! anks for reading Up & Coming Weekly. It could be said that the Hope Mills Creative Arts Council is off to a rocky start. Fortunately, it's in a positive way. e newly created arts council recently got the help of a couple of local Girl Scout troops to introduce itself to the Hope Mills area and recruit more artists and volunteers to grow the organization. is past weekend, the council held a rock- painting event to create miniature works of art that will be given away at the upcoming Ole Mill Days at Hope Mills Municipal Park. "We were trying to come up with some- thing we could do to announce our presence and be a small part of Ole Mill Days,'' said Elizabeth Blevins, executive director of the council and a contributing writer to Up & Coming Weekly. "We have a small budget so we invited Girl Scout troops to come paint rocks,'' Blevins said. "Painting them and hiding them in parks is a big thing at the moment.'' e arts council provided the Girl Scouts from troops 1147 and 2147 the rocks and the paint to create the miniature art works. Blevins said the council has also teamed up with other civic organizations that will work with the members of the arts council the night before Ole Mill Days on Saturday, Oct. 5 and hide the rocks around Municipal Park on Rockfish Road where most of the Ole Mill Days activities will be held. "ey will be able to find the rocks and this will let them know we are there,'' Blevins said. e public is welcome to keep the rocks or hide them again for someone else to find at a future date. Blevins said one of the rocks she'll be hid- ing was one she and her husband Jim found during a recent visit to Calabash. "Sometimes it's about moving them from place to place, the joy of having found them and being able to distribute them,'' she said. For further information on the Hope Mills Creative Arts Council, visit its Facebook page of the same name. e staff is working on a website and will provide the name of it on the Facebook page as soon as it's available. "We are always excited to hear from artists, musicians, performers, volunteers and people who just want to be involved,'' Blevins said. To contact the group directly, email to hopemillscac@gmail.com or call Blevins at 910-853-4539. is past weekend, the council held a rock-painting event to create miniature works of art that will be given away at the upcoming Ole Mill Days at Hope Mills Municipal Park. Photo credit: Elizabeth Blevins HIGH 91 LOW 68 HIGH 93 LOW 69 HIGH 92 HIGH 93 HIGH 89 LOW 67 LOW 68 LOW 65 SEPTEMBER 30 SEPTEMBER 29 SEPTEMBER 27 SEPTEMBER 28 OCTOBER 1 Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy SEPTEMBER 26 HIGH 95 LOW 70 EARL VAUGHAN JR., Senior Staff Writer. COMMENTS? EarlUCWS- ports@gmail.com. 910-364-6638.

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