Up & Coming Weekly

November 15, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 16 - 22, 2022 UCW 15 Cornerstone Scavenger Hunt shares downtown history by ASHLEY SHIRLEY EVENTS It's finally the perfect time of year to get outside. e beautiful North Carolina foliage acts as a color- ful backdrop for families all over the Sandhills want- ing to don their lightest jackets and enjoy weather that's beginning to lean toward crisp in the early morning and evenings. e only question is: what is there to do? e Fayetteville History Museum has put together a "unique, self-serve, downtown history adventure" to satisfy anyone looking for something different to do outside this season. roughout November, a map full of clues will lead big and little sleuths around downtown Fayetteville to discover its archi- tecture and history with new eyes. "It's a great way to use your brain power and your foot power to experience downtown," Heidi Bleazey, Historic Properties Coordinator, shared. While the Fayetteville History Museum is known for its knowledgeable staff and informative guided tours, a scavenger hunt of this scope is new terri- tory for the museum. e Downtown Cornerstone Scavenger Hunt is an opportunity to show just how fun history can be. Participants can grab a guide from the Fayetteville History Museum Tuesday-Saturday during regular operating hours and begin their search for corner- stones embedded in the historical buildings around the city. A cornerstone is a stone that traditionally forms the base corner of a building, joining two walls. As many historic buildings in downtown Fayetteville date back over a century — participants can find these architectural gems in some of down- town's oldest structures. Bleazey is especially excited for people to get out and about in Fayetteville to see "nuggets of history" for themselves. "I love that the hunt is taking people beyond the core of Hay Street," she explained. "We're taking them off the dine-shop-eat path and inviting them to stand right where people stood over 100 years ago. ese buildings we go by on our daily business are what remains of those who wanted to see change and bring change to this area." e self-guided scavenger hunt can be completed all at once or broken up over several days through- out the month. Once all items have been located, participants can return their completed sheets to the history museum for a prize. Although the Downtown Cornerstone Historical Scavenger Hunt is designed for history lovers aged six to 96, Bleazey believes it's a great outing for any- one looking to experience history up close. "It's a perfect hunt for anyone who wants to experience downtown and get a taste of our local history," she said. e hunt is ideal for family outings, team building, or a newly stationed soldier wanting to learn more about the area. Participating also creates an oppor- tunity to discover new shops and restaurants in the bustling downtown area. Ultimately, through this event, Bleazey hopes people develop an appetite for Fayetteville history, a topic she feels very passionate about and is proud to share with others. "From its roots, Fayetteville has been a commu- nity that doesn't always follow textbook history. e more you look, you see people and events that don't follow standard American history. I love being a go- between for people from the past and people of the [present] community." e Downtown Cornerstone Scavenger Hunt is free and open to the public. Participants can pick up their blank Scavenger Hunt guide sheets Tuesday-Saturday at 325 Franklin St. in downtown Fayetteville. ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 Cucalorus Film Festival flies into 28th year a STAFF REPORT e official schedule for the 28th annual Cucalo- rus Film Festival has been released and tickets are now on sale for all events. is year's festival will take place Nov. 16-20 in downtown Wilmington and will showcase 136 films, beginning with the Wilmington-made opening night feature film, "e Devil's Stomping Ground." Other features include thought-provoking docu- mentaries like the closing night film, "Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of ree Cities" and the strange-but- true tale of "e Pez Outlaw." From dark comedies like "Sick of Myself " to the crowd-pleasing "Sarcastic Fringehead" comedy shorts block, this year's lineup has something for every film-goer. Screenings take place at alian Hall, on campus at UNCW and also at the recently renovated com- munity cinema, Jengo's Playhouse. Film selections range from "Butterfly in the Sky," a documentary about the beloved children's literary TV show "Reading Rainbow," to "Our Father, the Devil," a psychological thriller about trauma, power, guilt, and the devils hiding within us all. Featuring Oscar-worthy performances, "Our Father the Devil" has taken home awards at every festival, including Best Narrative Feature at Sidewalk Film Festival and the Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival. Director Ellie Foumbi will be in attendance during Cucalorus and will participate in Q&A sessions fol- lowing both screenings. As always, the festival offers up a sweet selection of short films curated into blocks named after weird animals like "Leafy Seadragon" (docs about land) "Pleasing Fungus Beetle" (short docs about family), and of course our annual short comedy showcase this year is called "Sarcastic Fringehead." Taking cinema beyond the screen, the Cucalorus Performances program welcomes Isabella Rossel- lini back to Wilmington to perform her one-woman show, "Darwin's Smile." is ultimate Bus to Lum- berton experience has been 25 years in the making, tickets are limited, so grab yours now at cucalorus. eventive.org. Fan favorite Alex Tatarsky returns to the stage with her new show "Dirt Trip." Julia Desmond's "Acme Revue" brings a dynamic combination of visual art, comedy and music. e new Conversations program highlights the ability filmmakers have to generate discussion and connection within their storytelling. is year's Conversations program explores Black history in Wilmington with wilmingtoNColor, the OUT Dance Project, and "e Making of the Nuevo South," a television series about the Latino immigrant experi- ence in the South. e full lineup of films is available at cucalorus. eventive.org/schedule. Grab a Pegasorus Pass to gain access to the whole film festival, plus parties, conversations and other events. Access to "Darwin's Smile" is not included in the Pegasorus Pass. Cucalorus is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, University of North Carolina Wilmington, the National Endow- ment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council and over 70 businesses. Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary organization supporting emerging and innovative artists through an annual film festival, two regional festivals, a residency program, a community cinema, an out- door film series, and youth education programs. Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover, and create. e annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to support indepen- dent filmmakers, performance artists, and com- munity organizers who use storytelling to transform our world. More information is available at www. cucalorus.org. "e Devil's Stomping Ground" is the opening night feature film at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington. (Photo courtesy Cucalorus Film Festival)

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