5 Things Every Carolinian Should Do In June

30 May

June is a big month for weddings. According to one etymology, the month was named after the Roman goddess Juno…the goddess of marriage and a married couple’s home. Did juno that?

With so many gods and goddesses with specific areas of expertise, I wonder when I’ll learn the name of the goddess of N.C. barbeque. Perhaps I’ll be introduced to goddess “Barbie” at the Hog Happenin’ in Lincolnton June 1-2.  I can only hope.

Then there are the gods of beer…Yeastus and Hops. North Carolinians have been brewing beer since the 18th century, and N.C. is now the top craft beer brewing state in the South. I’m very proud of that distinction. One Raleigh brewery, Roth Brewing Company, will be hosting its 2nd Anniversary Party on June 2 and featuring their plum honey hefeweizen (a wheat beer), two bands, three food trucks and casked ales. All hail Yeastus and Hops!

Another well-established North Carolina product is blueberries. North Carolina’s first cultivated blueberry production began in the 1930s in Pender County, and now its county seat, Burgaw, is home to the 9th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival on June 16.  BBQ, beer, and blueberries…bring your Tide to Go.

Father’s Day Brunch is on the calendar for June 17. If Dad enjoys a great meal paired with a lovely Chianti and a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, consider taking him to a very special brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda. You should drive and let Dad nap on the way home.

A quintessential activity for North Carolinians this month is the 75th anniversary season (running through August 23) of the nation’s longest running symphonic drama, The Lost Colony, in Manteo. The outdoor play recounts the historical events leading to the disappearance of the first English colonists who settled on Roanoke Island over 400 years ago. One word…CROATOAN.

One last suggestion. Icelandic folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you will keep aging at bay. Let me know how that works out for you.

 By Tom Gongaware (General Sales Manager, Triangle Region)

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