fall Tag

5 Oct 2017

6 things you must do this fall

There’s no doubt about it, fall is my favorite season. From the boots and scarves to the crisp air and the pumpkin-flavored sips and snacks— fall should be year ‘round, as far as I’m concerned. Make the most of the lower temps and breathtaking scenery this year by toting the family along to some of the best fall activities the Carolinas have to offer. Here are my picks for fall fun. Scarowinds Each October, the theme park known for causing big screams gets even louder when it's transformed into SCarowinds. Round up the kids and be brave as you come face-to-face with over 500 monsters, ghosts and goblins. Not into being scared out of your mind? Take the boo hoo out...
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7 Oct 2016

3 ways to have some fun in the October sun

The days are crisp and sunny, so grab the fam and get out and enjoy some of the fun the Carolinas have to offer. Here are 3 ways you can do just that: 1. Mazes, pumpkins and apples Stop by the Farmer Ganyard Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC for hayrides, corn and hay mazes, a barn market and a pumpkin patch. In Taylors, SC, take the kiddos to a non-scary Enchanted Forest, an Upstate favorite. Ken’s Korny Corn Maze  near Garner, NC is a ten-acre fall playground that is home to the state’s first and longest-running corn maze. There is also a small maze for kids, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family games such as miniature golf and gourd checkers. The whole of Rural Hill's 265 acres...
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7 Dec 2015

Curb Appeal: Is it Even Possible in the Winter?

The winter months can be a great time to sell—inventory is low and demand usually outweighs the amount of homes on the market, creating a seller’s paradise. And if you’re selling your home, you know about the benefits of curb appeal. Making your home visually attractive is easy in the spring, summer and even fall, but the winter—now that’s tricky! Struggling to spruce up your front yard this winter? We’ve got tips below. Add some color Despite Jack Frost’s imminent debut, some flowers do best in the winter months. Take advantage of blossoming buds like pansies or camellias and place them in large pots around your front door. Don’t have a green thumb? Embellish your front door with a colorful wreath. Purchase your...
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18 Nov 2015

Stay Safe This Fall

The leaves are falling, the breeze is blowing, and that means it’s time take extra steps to stay safe, warm and dry. Around the house. Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. And then recheck the alarms with new batteries installed. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired. The heat is on. Turn your furnace on and make sure it is working well. Contact a service company or technician to inspect it if you don’t have a maintenance contract. A damaged or leaky furnace could cause dangerous carbon monoxide to enter your home. Make sure no flammable materials are around the furnace, such as clothing, paint products, toxic materials, paper products, etc. If you use a space heater, turn it off...
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18 Nov 2011

Mother Nature Must Have Been a Science Fan

Fall is my favorite time of year and in my opinion, offers some of the best natural scenery the Carolinas has to offer. This year in particular, the trees were spectacular – showing shades from bright gold to deep maroon to bright reds.

According to most fall foliage followers, the peak of the season passed around mid-to-late October. Even if you didn’t get a chance to travel to the mountains, there were plenty of beautiful colors to see locally. Carolina tourism gets a boost in the fall from foliage watchers; millions are pumped into the states’ economy as people devote time to view this natural phenomenon.

But there are years where the leaves aren’t as vibrant. I’ve heard plenty of wives’ tales about why that happens, but it’s really all about biology, chemistry and metrology – proving that Mother Nature loved science.

And it’s more about the lack of color than more color.

13 Oct 2011

Mount Airy Memories

I remember riding up to Mount Airy as a child with my eyes wide open and my face glued to the backseat car window staring at the beautiful assortment of leaf colors. Today, I can still feel my heart skip a beat with excitement as I remember stepping out onto the street to smell those salty, mouthwatering ham biscuits while I listened to a medley of Bluegrass tunes playing in the distance. It’s a memory that is dear to my heart as I grew up going every year to visit my kinfolk.

Most of you may know of Mount Airy because of the iconic TV show “The Andy Griffith Show,” in which Griffith portrayed a widowed sheriff in a town called Mayberry. It’s long been said that Mayberry is based on Griffith’s hometown, Mount Airy. Remember Barney and Goober?  Well, come and visit and you will see look-alike characters and you can even take a ride in a replica of Sheriff Andy’s squad car.

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