Up & Coming Weekly

July 28, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 UCW 11 Heritage Square Historical Society presents 'Christmas in July' by DR. SHANESSA FENNER The Heritage Square Historical Society presents its annual "Christmas in July" event Thursday, July 30 –Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at 225 Dick St. "is is an annual event, and we normally don't have it until October or November," said Elaine Kennebeck, president of Heritage Square Historical Society. "However, having to postpone or cancel all of our wedding rentals and events, we have not been able to have any kind of fundraiser." Kennebeck added that the organization is run- ning dangerously low on money to pay monthly expenses. The members are committed to keep- ing the doors open, which is why they pushed the Christmas event up to July. The purpose of the event is to help maintain a historical property and also to allow people to tour the houses to make the public aware they are open for business. The event takes place in The Sandford House, which is one of three houses the organization owns. The other two houses are The Oval Ball- room and The Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House. "One of our longtime members, Judy Dorman, passed away," said Kennebeck. "Her family de- cided to donate all of her Christmas decorations to Heritage Square because she loved Heritage Square so much. ey have brought decorations by the carload, and it's been unbelievable because it is thousands and thousands of things." "It is going to be quite a big sale, and everything is priced from 25 cents and up," Kennebeck added. "People love this event, and I think this year it is going to be more uplifting because we have all been caged in our homes looking for something to do and places to go." Kennebeck noted the sale consists of about 24 huge tables that are packed with everything Christmas and that it is beautifully displayed. "We have everything on display — if it is ani- mated, makes noise or moves, we plug it up and show you that it's going." The decorations include figurines, Christmas tree ornaments, candle holders, candlesticks, animated collectibles from the '70s, unique one-of-a-kind items and so much more. Christ- mas music will play as customers enjoy this fun experience. "We accept donations and Christmas deco- rations for our Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction throughout the year," said Kennebeck. "This event is a favorite of a lot of people in Fayetteville, and this year, it's going to be even bigger and better." Admission is free. If you would like to attend the event the day before for a sneak peak, the cost is $10. For more information about this event, call 910-483-6009. EVENTS e Heritage Square Historical Society's Christmas in July will feature Christmas decorations of all kinds. DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Princi- pal, WT Brown Elementary School. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. 'Public Works' exhibition a community favorite a STAFF REPORT The local artist community has no greater advocates than the Fayetteville Public Works Commission and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Each year, the organizations celebrate artists of all mediums, ages and levels of expertise with the "Public Works" exhibition. This year marks the 15th Annual "Public Works" exhibition. Usually beginning on Fourth Friday in May, this year's event runs Aug. 28- Oct. 17, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the past, the event opening coin- cided with Fourth Friday and included of live music by local bands, a variety of vendors in front of the Arts Council downtown and more. The gallery inside the Arts Council was also open on the occasions. "We have an immensely talented city," said Metoya Scott, public relations manager at the Arts Council, "(including) active galleries that display the talent of our neighbors." She listed local businesses and studios like Greg's Pottery, Cape Fear Studios, Winterbloom Tea, The Sweet Palette and City Center Gallery & Books, all of which stayed open for the in-per- son Fourth Friday night events. Each community member can vote for his or her favorite piece — or shop, as some submis- sions will be for sale," said Public Works Com- mission representative Carolyn Justice-Hinson. "People can publish their public vote online, and that will be another way we can hear how the word is traveling." Every submission has a chance to win. During the "Public Works" exhibit, the community is invited to submit votes on their favorite works of art for a "People's Choice." There will also be an online app for virtual voting. A variety of mediums is accepted. "It can be any kind of artistic expression that you want to exhibit, including photographs, paintings, draw- ings and more," said Hinson. "One lady even had a wedding dress made from toilet paper." Residents from Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties, as well as Fort Bragg or Pope Field can submit art. Bring artwork submissions to The Arts Council at 301 Hay St. between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, or Saturday, Aug. 15, between noon and 4 p.m. To find out how and when to enter, visit https://www.theartscouncil.com/opportu- nity/call-art-public-works-exhibition For updated information regarding the Arts Council's exhibitions, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/artscouncilFAY.

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