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The Weekend Wanderer

Posted August 14, 2009

Today marks the start of a new Friday feature here on the Carolina Conversations blog. Let’s call it The Weekend Wanderer. I’ll throw out what I’m doing for the weekend and what I think might be fun to do if I had the time. And you are invited to chime in with your own plans and activities and those that you think our bloggers might like.

Cindy and I plan to dine tomorrow night with some dear friends at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh. Then we will go see my son’s band play at Lincoln Theatre in the City Market area of Raleigh. Will plays drums for a great new band called The Groves. Their song list is comprised of mostly original tunes with a 60’s British flavor. Nice stuff! And I’m very proud of Will’s work on percussion. They’ve just finish work on their debut album and it will be released soon. That’s The Groves Saturday night at Lincoln Theatre at 126 E. Cabarrus St. Be there and, believe me, you won’t be square!

I also have a book signing and musical gig in Chatham County tomorrow morning but I’m waiting to get directions. I hope the Methodist women haven’t forgotten about me.

If I had the time I would hit the road for Bakersville in the mountains near Roan Mountain. Jack Dellinger will be running his historical gristmill on Cane Creek Saturday from 10 in the morning til 4 in the afternoon. It is a beautiful setting. Jack is a marvelous guy. He used to work for IBM and helped to develop the software that put man on the moon. Today, he’s keeping a family tradition alive by running Dellinger’s Mill. Here’s a link to Jack’s web site:

What about you? Will you going to the Jimmy V Gala with Lyle Lovette’s band? Please share your plans for the initial edition of The Weekend Wanderer.


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  • fgump Aug 14, 2009

    Alright, the suspense is killing me. Who was your winner of the Little Anthony and the Imperials CD last week?

  • bleslie Aug 14, 2009

    These all sound good to me especially camping near Blowing Rock. Hope your tent seams are sealed. You may see some rain.

  • ziradog Aug 14, 2009

    We will be camping near Blowing Rock. Not sure what all we will do, probably take a hike, maybe visit Alta Pass orchard. We may eat one night in town, any suggestions are appreciated (we have children with us so nothing too fancy).

  • LMRA Aug 14, 2009

    According to my across-the-street neighbor, if I don't work on my front and side yards this weekend, he'll come over and do it for me . . . come to think of it, maybe that's not such a bad idea!! KIDDING (sort of).

    My sister's birthday is Sunday (Happy 41st Chris) but I haven't heard anything about a party. She lives in Pinehurst so a last minute invite would be ok!

  • Riverracer8 Aug 14, 2009

    What I'm going to do - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!! And I'm looking forward to it! I'd like to be able to do nothing in the mountains or on the beach at Ocracoke, but I guess you can't have everything!

  • khoggard Aug 14, 2009

    I will probably be spending it at home doing household duties & then grading papers after our 1st full week of school. My county started the high schools on August 6th so I now have plenty of papers that need to be graded.

  • thinknc Aug 14, 2009

    Picking blueberries, sampling multiple flavors of homemade ice cream at a church event, and possibly kayaking at Kerr Lake Sun. after church....also reorganizing files, lesson plans, etc. in preparation for coming school year. A good balance of fun and productivity--but my preference would be to have extended our stay in the mountains--it was so nice there earlier this week around Price Park--lots of wildflowers in bloom.

  • bleslie Aug 14, 2009

    Not Now - you sound like a very good friend! Teachers need all the help they can get these days with larger class sizes and frozen salaries.

  • Not Now Aug 14, 2009

    I'll be helping a teacher friend clean and set up her new classroom.

  • bleslie Aug 14, 2009

    mdoodle - sounds like a rich and full weekend for you! We'll soon address you as Dr. Mdoodle! That's great.




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