One of my biggest gripes is when I hear people say “Ugh this area is so boring, there is nothing to do!” I am thinking in my head of course, what are you crazy?!
This is how the conversation goes:
Me: “What do you like to do?” (This goes the same every time.)
Other person: “I like this, this and that etc. (Fill in the blanks of what you like to do)
Me: “Well have you looked around for those things to do?”
Other: “No not really”
Me: “Well maybe that is the problem”
Although we still seem to hold on to that small town feel that so many of us love, there is a plethora of things to do. I could fill up pages upon pages here. I don’t really care what you like, whether it is sports, art, stand up comedy, food, plays, Broadway musicals, water sports, music, hiking, painting we really have you covered! Spend some time searching on the web and you are bound to find an interest group, they are an awesome source of information. Heck that is how I was able to find out where to play volleyball as an adult. I’ve met some great people that way & thankful for that Meet Up group I joined several years ago.
So I really don’t want to hear there is nothing to do. Here are some examples of random activities this weekend that I found just perusing around:
71st Annual Gourd Festival
Promoted by the NC Gourd Society, the 71st annual North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival features displays of historical gourds from around the world and a variety of growing, crafting, and artistic competitions. There are gourd workshops both days (Sept. 8 and 9) and vendors of gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds, books, and gourd crafting supplies. The Festival is in the Holshouser Building (round Village of Yesteryear building) on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Full list of events at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds click here
Cow Parade NC
CowParade, the world’s largest public art exhibit, has arrived in the Triangle! CowParade North Carolina 2012 features 81 painted and costumed cows, all whimsically transformed by regional artists, professional and amateur, from life-sized “blank canvas” fiberglass cows.
Herd locations are throughout the Triangle…now that would be a fun scavenger hunt idea for a family!
Hopscotch Music Festival 2012
3 days, 175 bands, 15 venues.
“Now in its third year, The Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival brings 175 bands to 15 venues in downtown Raleigh. Intended to highlight the Triangle’s music scene by pairing exciting local talent with notable national and international artists, Hopscotch offers choices in just about every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk, and more. It is a festival that thrives on the variety and quality of its lineup, and this year, with roughly 35% of the musicians hailing from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales, it’s a testament to both this region’s musical diversity and its national relevance.
Featuring 175 bands at night, day parties, the Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series, charity activities, a poster exhibition, and more, Hopscotch takes place September 6-8, 2012. We invite you to experience it with us.” –The Independent Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC Website
From unique to normal you really CAN find those activities that will keep you happy right out your back door! Make it a great week. Renee Hillman