5 Myths About Fayetteville – Myth #3

July 10, 2018

Yesterday, in part two of my blog series, I busted the myth that the Fayetteville area has no historical significance. This time, I will address the idea that there's no arts-and-entertainment scene here. A flourishing A&E scene is essential for a city to thrive. Here's a look at some of my favorite sources of arts and entertainment, showing how Cumberland County is more than thriving.

Myth #3: Cumberland County Has No Arts & Entertainment Scene

For patrons of the theatrical arts, the greater Fayetteville area is overflowing. Our city boasts two theaters, the Gilbert Theater and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Both their 2018-19 seasons are about to begin, starting with Music City at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Godspell at Gilbert Theater.  My preferred type of theater experience happens when a small acting troupe, known as Sweet Tea Shakespeare, takes to the stage here. In fact, many of my friends have acted in this troupe, which rotates venues around Cumberland County. STS's next show is the The Comedy of Errors. Be sure to catch one of these shows at the 1897 Poe House, beginning August 21st.

I don’t know about you, but I love music, especially when it’s performed live. Cumberland County is home to many different venues and events, featuring live music. Enjoy Fayetteville After 5 on the second Friday of every month this summer. For the next concert, rock n’ roll tribute bands will be filling the air of Fayetteville’s Festival Park on July 13th, and admission is free. If you prefer the more erudite, Cumberland County also is proud to be home to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, which performs at rotating sites. To kick off their 2018-19 season, FSO will be performing The Music of John Williams at Methodist University's Huff Concert Hall on October 6th.

Catch the latest box office hit at one of Cumberland County’s four major theaters. My personal favorite is Millstone 14 in Hope Mills. They advertise comfortable seats, great concessions, and reasonable prices. With 14 digital theaters, they can easily handle opening weekends of the most anticipated blockbusters. If you’re in the mood for an indie film or enjoy being one of the few to see films shown in local theaters, check out Cameo Art House Theatre downtown. This 1920’s-style theater shows a variety of classic, independent, and foreign films.

The communities of Cumberland County are also home to many different art galleries where local and popular art is displayed. Public Works, for example, will run until July 21st at the Arts Council of Fayetteville. Displaying more than 200 pieces of art, this is a limited-time, must-see here in Fayetteville. Discover even more about Cumberland County's arts destinations on the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail.

Culture is important to any hometown, and a vibrant arts-and-entertainment scene is part of that culture. I never realized the value of what our communities have to offer in terms of this until I came back to the area and found that the A&E scene in “America’s hometown” is comprehensive and unique. To find details on upcoming plays, art exhibits, and live entertainment, refer to the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Calendar of Events. Tomorrow, I move on to busting myth #4 on the blog.

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