On the Soul-Food Hunt

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I was blessed to be born into a family of Southern women who knew what they were doing in the kitchen. My great-grandmother used a ruler to measure her hand-rolled dough strips for chicken ‘n pastry. Nobody could fry fresh-caught catfish like my grandma. Thanks to my mom, I know the secret to making perfect cornbread every time is in using a cast-iron skillet. Today I still crave those flavors of down-home So… [...]

A Black History Month Celebration

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Last February, I joined a group of folks on an African American Heritage Bus Tour. Guides from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum took us to visit several historic sites that appear on Cumberland County’s African American Heritage Trail. This tour provided me with a rich context to the many stories I’d read about African Americans who built schools, founded churches and left… [...]

A Year of Firsts with Go Fayetteville

As I look back on 2017, I am struck by the thought that this has been a year of firsts with Go Fayetteville. I consider myself to be adventurous by nature, but if you had told me a year ago that I’d be zip-lining through trees, riding in a motorcycle rally or judging a poetry slam, I’d have told you that you’re crazy. I ended up saying "yes" to so many new experiences and blogging about them this year, and I have zero… [...]

New Year’s Weekend: 8 Family-Friendly Celebrations

Have you made your family’s New Year’s weekend plans, yet? It’s not just the adults who will be celebrating in Cumberland County’s communities. You can take the whole crew out to several attractions here for a variety of unique family-friendly entertainment and recreation. We’re ready to welcome 2018! An excited fan meeting Marky, the adorable Marksmen mascot. Leave Your Mark Our Fayetteville Marksm… [...]

Places to Gather with Friends & Family

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As the Christmas carol reminds us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or visiting Cumberland County during the holidays, we’re sharing some warm, inviting places to gather with friends and family. Make yourself at home in a local coffee house. Plan a party at a countryside venue. Introduce your guests to one of our new breweries. These are a few of our go-… [...]

Indoor Recreation for Traveling Families

For traveling families, the most difficult season of the year may be winter, because of how challenging it can be to entertain kids indoors. As a parent myself, I am always on the hunt for ways to keep my child from going stir-crazy on trips. Here, in the communities of Cumberland County, we have a wide variety of indoor attractions that present great recreational options for kids, whether they be toddlers o… [...]

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