America’s Hometown Happenings: April 7 – 9

April 6, 2017

The natural beauty of the Sandhills region is on full display in every corner of Cumberland County right now. As our dogwood trees and azalea bushes come into full bloom, the outdoors is calling our names. There is no better way to spend your weekend here than at our lovely parks and nature escapes.

A wide range of events being hosted by some of our outdoor destinations offer perfect reasons to enjoy the gift of spring all over Cumberland County.

J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Join a park ranger on a Frog Night Hike Friday evening. Participants will be learning about the species of frogs that inhabit our area and will be taking a short hike. One more opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat here is at Animal Feedings Saturday afternoon.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Take the family out to a nature oasis Friday evening for Movie Night in the Garden, when the newly released Sing will be playing on the garden’s Grand Hall Lawn. You may purchase food and drinks to feed your crew at the event, but be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets for everyone to relax.

Festival Park

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Lake Rim

Unwind from the long week Friday night at Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Jazz & Wine Fest. Jazz and a cappella will be performed by groups from several North Carolina universities, while folks sample wine and beer and enjoy the food truck selections. Yet another event taking place at this park is Saturday’s As ONE Prayer Walk.

John. E. Pechmann Education Center / Lake Rim

Spend your Saturday at the annual Kayak Fish & Float Day for some informative seminars and demonstrations. Two highly skilled instructors will be sharing their fishing know-how on several topics at the education center. Participants also will be given the opportunity to test-paddle kayaks on the adjoining Lake Rim.

Edward Mendoza Municipal Park

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Edward Mendoza Municipal Park

Celebrate the start of a new baseball season on Saturday at the 16th Annual Spring Fling. The Town of Spring Lake’s annual festival is a family favorite, as well as a point of small-town pride. The full day of festivities include baseball games, live music, carnival rides, and more.

John E. Pechmann Education Center and Lake Rim are two of over 30 fishing destinations you will find on the Fish & Game Trail. Read about a few highlights from that trail on this week’s featured blog, “Gone Fishin’.” Many other events are taking place throughout Cumberland County this weekend, and you can get the full scoop on those at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Calendar of Events.

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