Monday, May 22, 2017

Southerns Women's Show 2017 in Raleigh NC

I had the opportunity to attend the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh NC this year.  I have heard talk about it over the years, but I have never been.  I had a couple of free hours on the weekend of the event and decided to check it out.  If you go, you can find a few local and national celebrities, health related products, makeup, fashion, food, wine and the list goes on and on.  Here is a link that you can check out to decide if you want to attend next year.  

(The dates for next year are already up)
The Food...
Stony Mountain Vineyards in Albemarle NC.  Here is a quote from their site...
"Welcome to Stony Mountain Vineyards - a family-owned boutique winery dedicated to the passion of winemaking. Come have a glass of wine on our deck and share our panoramic view of the Uwharrie Mountains and the lower Yadkin Valley."

Rock of Ages Winery in Hurdle Mills NC.  Here is a quote from their site...
"Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience at the Rock of Ages Winery. We designed the winery with in an Old English style with hints of Italian and Western lodge influences. This symphony of natural colors and textures is surrounded by 26 acres of vineyards and a four acre lake."

(I plan to visit both vineyards:-)

I could not for the life of me remember who was promoting the Amish Wedding products.  The few I tasted were good.  Here is a site that will give you locations to buy their products if you are interested.

Check out Diva Kakes for yummy cupcakes, cakes, and more...
The Shopping
I did not get to see as much as I wanted with my limited time. What I did see I liked.

Crown and Ivy at Belks.  The few times I have been at Belks I have noticed they do highlight Crown & Ivy.  They seem to have significant sales as well.  

Azuki Skye Jewelry.  Very pretty.  










The event was held at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh NC
I loved the two ladies at the Total Life Changes booth. If you visit the site you will find Pinique's info at the upper right hand corner.
Docklands Design and Print Shop had some very nice regional art.  
They even had a few adoptable puppies at the event. I like the quote they displayed.
"Happiness is a warm puppy"
I only scratched the surface of the offerings of the Southern Women's Show.  It is an extensive list.  I think I will go back next year and spend a full day.  Maybe I will see you there.
I will leave you with a quote found at the show...
"Be the kind of person that you want to meet"
Happy Adventures,
KathieyV:-)

Monday, May 15, 2017

C & C Farm Trail Ride in Louisburg NC


This time last year Erica gave me a wonderful Mother's Day/Birthday Gift.  She knows I love horses and so she purchased a 2 hour private ride at C & C Farm in Louisburg NC.  Here is what they say on their site...
"C&C Farm offers a relaxed, family oriented environment for equine enthusiasts.  We offer riding lessons, trail rides and pasture boarding on our 65 beautiful acres."

 Beautiful horses....

 Erica getting ready for the ride...
 Our guides.  They were great.  Very nice people.  We were in good hands...
 I like this quote from the site...
"Most of our horses have been raised on the farm since they were born so we have a very close relationship with all of them and their unique personalities"
Alive, well, and smiling after a wonderful ride:-)





 You will never meet a kinder lady then the one in the photo below.  There is no doubt that she loves her horses and all the critters on their farm.  It was a joy to meet her.








































Beautiful farm.  We rode through fields and wooded trails.  It was lovely.
If you like to ride I suggest you drive out to C&C Farms.  You will love it.
See the link to their website at the top of the page so you can get more info and call for reservations.
Get out and try something new.
I suggest you go on a trail ride!
KathieyV:-)
By the way...while on their site I found Erica and I with our guides.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lunch at The Fearrington Granary in Pittsboro NC

Several weeks ago Cindy and I found ourselves on an adventure.  We were at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC.  I love that place.  If you go you will find quaint little shops, a bookstore, a spa, several places to eat, and of course the belted cows. 

We were visiting  Fearrington Village for the Folk Arts Festival.  After enjoying some of the artsy items and exploring the shops we decided it was time for lunch.  After checking our options we selected The Granary.
Here is quote from their website...
"Offering a casual dining setting, The Fearrington Granary serves up lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Whether you’re grabbing dinner with friends or celebrating a special event, make every meal a treat."


  (They have a full bar and of course a wine list:-)
Quote from their site....
“The Granary is a neighborhood gathering place,” says Chef Colin Bedford, who designs and updates the menu seasonally. “The Granary’s menu is full of comfort food and Southern classics with English influence.”
Yummy muffins...
I ordered the Chicken and Dumplings.  Rich and delicious...
I was trying to remember what Cindy ordered.  I think this is the Pork Schnitzel.  I like the cute little pickles on top:-)
And of course don't forget the wine.....

If you find yourself in Pittsboro NC and you want a nice place to visit and grab a bite to eat I suggest you check out Fearrington Village.  For good food and atmosphere go to the Granary...you won't be disappointed.
Happy Eating and Exploring!
KathieyV:-)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiking Linville Falls. The Lower Trail.

I honestly can't tell you the name of the trail that Erica and took on out hike.  You go to the Linville Falls Visitors Center,  turn left, and take the path down.  After doing a bit of research, I think it is the Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail.  It is a more challenging trail then the hike to the right of the visitor center, although that one is lovely.

I have done this hike a couple of times.  Always fun.  Just in case it is Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail here is some info on that hike found on Asheville Trails

Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail
"The hike departs from the Linville Falls visitor center, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 316 (view maps and driving directions), hanging a left in front of the visitor center. The trail splits almost immediately at a signed junction: the Dugger Falls Trail veers left, and the Plunge Basin Overlook and Gorge Floor Trail turns right. The hike follows signs to the overlook, trailing eastbound through a forest filled with leathery-leafed rhododendron."

Erica be careful!
Below is some info from Hike Western NC.  Here is what they had to say....

Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Hike

"A short but rugged trail takes you to the base of this impressive falls; the roughness is mitigated somewhat since it's short. Stare up at the gorge walls and marvel at the water churning through a narrow chasm before plunging into the deep pool at the bottom. A side spur to a classic overlook is also included."

There was some challenging aspect to this trail.  It was steep, and there was little to grab hold of for support during the descent or the climb back up.  I would recommend a walking stick for this trail.

 The stairs were a nice touch....

We made it to the base of the falls...
 We brought along a picnic lunch from Subway...



Great day hiking in the NC mountains with Erica.  Can't wait to go again.
Get out and explore!
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Paper Hand Puppet Intervention show in Wake Forest NC at the Renaissance Center

I decided to do one of the weekend options on one of my earlier posts,

Plan your Weekend. Things to do in NC March 3rd-5th, 2017
I studied my list and chose the ...Paper Hand Puppet Intervention event in Wake Forest.
It was held at the Renaissance Center in Wake Forest NC.  I asked someone where the intervention comes in.  She explained, based on her knowledge, that it is an intervention to inform folks that there is more to puppets then hand puppets, although they are great too.  Believe me, they are amazing works of art.

Here is what they say on their site,
"Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy."


"Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people!"

Definitely not a hand puppet:-)



It was a very enjoyable show.  The artists would venture through the audience.  It was interactive and fun.  If you get a chance, I suggest you check out their site for future performances.  It is well worth it.
Go on an adventure.  
Experience The Paper Hand Puppet Intervention.
KathieyV:-)