Up & Coming Weekly

December 21, 2021

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 DECEMBER 22-28, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR Emily Sussman editor@upandcomingweekly.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Hannah Lee assistanteditor@upandcomingweekly. com PRODUCTION MANAGER/ GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dylan Hooker art@upandcomingweekly.com STAFF WRITER Elaina J. Martin REPORTER Jeff Thompson MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Margaret Dickson, John Hood COVER Design by Dylan Hooker 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" publication 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 publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. 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 outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Army Airfield, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2020 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 elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. PUBLISHER'S PEN 82 64 82 83 79 82 63 64 83 66 64 65 THU DEC 23 FRI DEC 24 SAT DEC 25 SUN DEC 26 MON DEC 27 TUE DEC 28 60 35 55 33 61 36 57 33 55 35 56 36 Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Association of Community Publishers Have you noticed that COVID-19 has be- come the most popular excuse for everything and anything since "the dog ate my home- work?" Late for work? Blame it on COVID-19. Forgot your anniversary? COVID-19. Missed a deadline? COVID-19. Terrible restaurant service? COVID-19. Your car ran over the neighbor's cat? COVID-19. Yes. COVID-19, that tiny five-letter and two-number power- house of a word, has extraordinary exonera- tion powers. Well, this holiday season, there will be no excuses, COVID-19 or otherwise, for not leaving your homes. Take the neces- sary precautions for yourself and your family, and come out to celebrate the New Year with friends and family here in the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community. Even Mother Nature is cooperating by providing us mild spring-like temperatures. So, no excuses, folks; get ready to leave this crazy year behind and celebrate the start of 2022. Celebrating the New Year will be easy to do in our community. e City of Fayetteville, in conjunction with the Cool Spring Downtown District, is host- ing Fayetteville's inaugural New Year's Eve celebration in Festival Park, e Night Circus. is spectacular event will be Fayetteville's most extensive collaboration and community event since competing for and winning the All America City recognition in 2011. (See page 2.) We will be showcasing this spectacular event in next week's edition of Up & Coming Weekly and recognizing the people, business- es and organizations who have been working diligently for months to make it possible. And, the good news is, it's a free event for the public. So, no excuses. is holiday edition of Up & Coming Weekly showcases the Fabulous '70s Groovy Gates Four New Year's Eve Party that is being hosted in conjunction with the Fayetteville Dinner eatre. ough not free, this "open to the public" themed event combines nostalgia, costume and dance contests, door prizes, great food, and a '70s musical tribute by one of the most sought-after party bands in east- ern North Carolina, Rivermist. ey will be playing music that celebrates and defines the decade of afro hairdos, bell-bottom trousers, silk shirts and paisley headbands. It's a party in a package! (See page 13.) So, no excuses. Read all about these fun New Year's Eve events in Up & Coming Weekly, along with the many other celebratory events in the Fayetteville-Cumberland County community this holiday season. Our community newspa- per is free, and it's online. So, no excuses! Happy Holidays and thank you for read- ing the Up & Coming Weekly community newspaper. No Excuses: Let's all celebrate the New Year! by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

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