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JAN. 25-27 Charlotte

RV show at The Park

The North Carolina RV Dealer’s Association holds shows in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, and the first of the year, in Charlotte – at The Park (formerly the Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.) – is this weekend. More fuel-efficient 2013 RV models will be debuted; area RV dealers will display tent campers, travel trailers, 5th wheels, motor homes, hi-line motor coaches, park models and conversion vans. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 25-26; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27. Admission: $9; 12 and younger, free. Discounts available. Details: www.northcarolinarvda.com.


FEB. 1-3 Wilmington

An event to sip, nibble, savor

The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival will be held Feb. 1-3 at that city’s Coastline Event Center (503 Nutt St.) – your opportunity to sip, nibble, sigh and buy as you sample delectable regional fare. It begins with a Grand Tasting gala (7 p.m. Feb. 1) with heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by Wilmington’s Sharp Nine Jazz Ensemble. Feb. 2 and 3 feature a daylong wine and chocolate marketplace with vintners, chocolatiers and artists in a casual atmosphere. Products will be available for sampling and for sale. Culinary demonstrations will take place in the adjacent Riverview Terrace. Marketplace admission: $20/advance, $25/door Feb. 2; $15/advance, $17/door Feb. 3. Details: 910-742-0120; www.wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com.


FEB. 2 Chimney Rock

Textile show tied to nature

Groundhog Day is on a Saturday this year, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2, Chimney Rock Park is holding related events. At 11 a.m., Grady the groundhog will be give his “prediction” about weather the following six weeks, during a presentation about Groundhog Day myths and the real life of groundhogs. Half-hour guided family hikes will start at noon and 12:30 p.m.; Groundhog Day crafts will be offered noon-1 p.m. Admission: $12; $6 for ages 5-16; 4 and younger free. Feb. 2 only, there’s one free youth admission with each paid adult. Details: 800-277-9611; www.chimneyrockpark.com.


John Bordsen

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