Waxhaw larks (as in “are you a night owl or a lark?”) can have a wonderful day next Saturday.
If your feet hit the floor at 5 a.m. like mine do, you will have time to walk the dog, sip some coffee, spruce up a bit and still be at the front of the line at 7 a.m. for the 3rd Annual Waxhaw Fire Department and Rotary Pancake Breakfast.
Children under 9, who also tend to be up at that hour, can feast for $5. Adults who buy a ticket in advance can dine for $8, or pay $9 at the door.
Even if you arise at a more leisurely hour, breakfast will be available at the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department until 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the fire department's building fund and Rotary programs.
With or without a large stack fueling your internal engine, there's a smorgasbord of activity awaiting you in and around Waxhaw from 10 a.m. through the rest of the weekend.
Autumn Treasures festival
Waxhaw's Autumn Treasures arts and crafts fair officially begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues through Sunday.
Kid's Autumn Art Treasures starts at 10:15 and continues all day, both days, featuring live entertainment, crafts, balloon sculpting and face painting.
On the main stage, bluegrass fans can savor the sounds of Cane Creek Band at midday and enjoy live entertainment throughout both days of the festival.
More than 80 fine artists and crafters are featured during the two-day festival. DrumSTRONG and a visit from Radio Disney on Sunday are planned. Information: 704-843-2195 ext 26 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events this coming weekend:
Civil War Infantry Weekend
Saturday10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.: The staff of the Museum of the Waxhaws will present Civil War soldiers and civilians from the 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, Company F. The event is at the Museum of the Waxhaws.
The original Company F was drawn primarily from residents of Union County. The members of this reactivated unit will provide demonstrations and answer questions. To find out more about the group, visit the regiment's My Space Web site: www.myspace.com/35thnct.
The reenacting group will be camped throughout the weekend and displaying activities typical of camp life and military drilling during the Civil War.
Last Saturday night, the Museum of the Waxhaws offered a chance to enjoy actors of a different kind. I heard “Love Letters” performed at the Waxhaw Storefront Theatre in the Museum of the Waxhaws. I'm no drama critic, but I've seen and heard enough theater to tell you that this was terrific. Actors Judy Simpson Cook and Melvin Faris earned a standing ovation from the audience that packed the museum's auditorium. We are fortunate to have such talent and such a comfortable facility in our community.
Barnful of Quilts
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Barnful of Quilts was originally started to raise money for and awareness of missions and outreach for Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. Now in its sixth year, the Fox Family Farm serves as host for this exceptional exhibition of quilting and fiber arts. The event features a bake sale, silent auction and raffle quilt, along with the transformation of the Fox Barn into a gallery of creative outpourings by the various artists.
We went last October and had a terrific time. Good food, fun music and great ambiance.
Professionally, I've been involved with textiles and fibers for the last 40 years, so I enjoy seeing the artistic application of what I think of as commercial materials. In the past year, I've become involved with the craft side of textiles, and Barnful of Quilts is a great event for networking and seeing natural fibers and hand-spun yarns in new applications. I am looking forward to meeting this year's featured artist, Ellen Guerrant, and talking with traditional artist and quilt historian Sarah Woodring. Admission is $5 unless you are over 80 or under 18. You deserve a break in either case. Information: www.foxfamilyfarm.com/ Barnful_of_Quilts_Gallery/ Barnful_of_Quilts_Gallery .html