Summer ends soon. In fact, if you stop to think about it, this is the next-to-the-last weekend of the season! Soon, leaves will be changing and long sleeves will make their way back into our wardrobes. I’m torn, too, between the sadness of losing swimming weather and the anticipation of the pleasantly crisp breezes to come. For now, though, the weather is great to take the kids outside and stay out all day. What are you waiting for?
▪ Saturday is Duke Homestead’s annual Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., experience the vanished spectacle of a historical tobacco harvest (including a looping contest) and auction, tour the homestead in a mule-drawn wagon or let your kids enter a hornworm in the hornworm race. And don’t miss the Moon Pie-eating contest – divisions for both kids and adults. Local folk band Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends play two sets, rounding out the tradition-oriented fest. This will happen rain or shine. Visit dukehomestead.org to view this free event’s full schedule.
▪ The Falls Lake Festival is Saturday at the Falls Lake Dam. Its Jug-Oar-Knot canoe race is fun if you register to participate, but also fun if you just watch. There will be information about Falls Lake and the upper Neuse River and family-oriented fun. Free, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info (and to find the Jug-Oar-Not registration link): facebook.com/fallslakeNC.
▪ Schoolhouse of Wonder’s Family Field Day is Sunday at West Point on the Eno Park, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and features an array of challenges – from relay races and seed spitting to archery and tomahawk throwing. There’s also a chance to make nature art and something called “the fun dump.” This benefits Schoolhouse of Wonder, which organizes outdoor camps and field trips for kids 3-17. Tickets for games or food (there’ll be barbecue, veggie dogs and desserts) are $1 each, but note that some games and items require multiple tickets. Details: schoolhouseofwonder.org.
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