Up & Coming Weekly

July 06, 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 JULY 7-13, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com EDITOR April Olsen editor@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dylan Hooker art@upandcomingweekly.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Keyuri Parab STAFF WRITER Audrey Hogue REPORTER Jeff Thompson MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Margaret Dickson, Pitt Dickey, D.G. Martin, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Crissy Neville COVER Cover design by Dylan Hooker. Photo courtesy Gates Four Summer Concert Series. –––––––––––- 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 The Best of Fayetteville tradition continues by BILL BOWMAN 82 64 82 83 79 82 63 64 83 66 64 65 THU JUL 08 FRI JUL 09 SAT JUL 10 SUN JUL 11 MON JUL 12 TUE JUL 13 89 72 90 74 89 72 89 72 88 73 90 72 Thunderstorms Thunderstorms Thunderstorms Thunderstorms Thunderstorms Thunderstorms Association of Community Publishers is year, as Up & Coming Weekly is celebrating our 25th anniversary, I am incredibly proud that 2021 also marks our 24th Best of Fayetteville celebration of the Best of the Best people, businesses and organizations in Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Cumberland County. For a quarter of a century, we have showcased this community and told its stories. We have championed its successes, sup- ported its causes and celebrated our diverse community's quality of life and uniqueness. We've all heard the saying "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." Well, that's exactly how I feel about working here at the Up & Coming Weekly community newspaper. And, it is this time of year that I like the most. is is the time for the Best of Fayetteville readership survey - a time when we reach out to our read- ers and ask them what and who they love and appreciate most about this commu- nity. Do they have a favorite restaurant? Who has the best car wash? What is your favorite theater, nonprofit organization, entertainment venue or veterinarian? is is your chance to tell us who is the Best of the Best in Fayetteville. e voting takes place during July. So please pick up a copy of the Up & Coming Week- ly, fill out a ballot, mail it to us, or visit our website, www.upandcomingweekly. com and vote online. Either way, make sure you VOTE! After all the votes are in, verified and counted, we publish a Special Best of Fayetteville Edition of Up & Coming Weekly showcasing the winners. e Special Edition will be presented at the Best of Fayetteville Party, where we con- gratulate and celebrate the winners. is Special Edition will be on our website for the entire year. e ballots are out, so make sure you VOTE! And on September 29th, you can pick up the Special Edition announcing the winners — the people, organizations and businesses that YOU have designat- ed "Best of the Best." About Best of Fayetteville: Best of Fayetteville is sanctioned and audited. We do not use nominations, and Up & Coming Weekly does not pre-sell ad- vertising ads to nominate, promote or influence specific businesses or organi- zations for Best of Fayetteville. However, we encourage businesses to promote themselves and encourage their custom- ers, friends and family to cast a ballot on their behalf. Up & Coming Weekly does no pre-ballot advertising sales. Nor do we sell or require businesses or organizations to participate with adver- tising purchases for pre-contest special sections to get their business officially printed on the ballot. After the ballots are verified and tallied, there is only ONE winner in each category. At this time, winners are allowed to purchase advertising and marketing packages in the Best of Fayetteville Special Edition to thank their customers and supporters. e Best of Fayetteville Special Edition is a valu- able component of the program be- cause it is used all year long to promote the Fayetteville community to visitors, guests and newcomers to Fort Bragg and Cumberland County. is is the most effective way for the winners to capital- ize on their Best of Fayetteville achieve- ment. Also, in recognition, these unique marketing programs are significantly discounted so winners can take full mar- keting advantage of the honor. Winners have only one opportunity to participate in these advertising programs — and it's only after they've won. In addition to a beautiful wall plaque awarded to each Best of Fayetteville winner, they are authorized to use the official Best of Fayetteville logo in all their advertising and marketing. Best of Fayetteville is an exclusive designation. e way we implement and manage the program is what has made it credible and sustainable. Is the survey perfect? No. However, the survey results speak for itself, recognizing the Best of Fayetteville as one of this community's most re- spected and prestigious achievements and awards. We launch the Best of Fayetteville readership survey during July to avoid conflicting with e Fayetteville Ob- server's Reader's Choice Awards, their annual advertising sales promotion. e Reader's Choice advertising-based program should not be confused with the Best of Fayetteville Awards program. If you have any questions about whether you're participating in the Best of Fayetteville readership survey or some- one else's advertising program, take a good, long look at the ballot. If it refers to nominations, names and ads pre- printed on the ballot, it is NOT the Best of Fayetteville. So, what are you waiting for? Cast your vote and let your voice be heard! anks for reading Up & Coming Weekly. BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. 2021

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