5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do in July

29 Jun

It’s too darned hot! But if vacationing in Antarctica is out of the question, here are a few suggestions for your July leisure.

Of course, North Carolina skies will be bright with fireworks during Independence Day festivities July 3-4. A useful compilation of Independence Day events in North Carolina can be found here. However, there’s more to July than explosive pyrotechnic devices.

If you see only one modern dance performance this summer, may I recommend a visit to the American Dance Festival in Durham, July 5-7, to see the wit and imagination of Pilobolus…one of the world’s most creative and flat-out brilliant dance troupes.

Maybe you have a family reunion planned for this month. While the Gongaware gathering touts over 50 varieties of potato salad (!!), the best gathering of the Clans occurs in the cool MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC, July 12-15. The 57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games features a heavy dose of Gaelic culture. That means sheep herding, Scottish fiddling, Highland wrestling, men in kilts, and pipe bands will be in play all weekend.

Fans of craft beers should plan a trip to Beech Mountain near Boone for the Bikes, Brews N’ Views Beer Festival on July 21. The event is held in conjunction with the USA Cycling National Gravity Championship…which features some mighty wild two-wheelin’. I’m more impressed by the beer…nearly 40 different brews, many from NC breweries.

One of the nation’s oldest horse show events happens in Blowing Rock July 24-29. The 89th Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show will bring equine enthusiasts and their families together to witness an amazing competition, and to raise money for local charities including Blazing Saddles, an organization that provides therapeutic riding for the handicapped.

Finally, a trip to Wilmington is in order for the 17th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival, July 27-29. I’ll happen to be in Wilmington that weekend…so look me up! I’ll be the dude in the shades and fedora.

Keep cool.

By Tom Gongaware (General Sales Manager, Triangle Region)

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