VROOM VROOM Beech Mountain
Sharks in the Mountain is June 5
The 13th annual Sharks in the Mountains rally, held June 5 in Beech Mountain, is a gathering of "Sharks" - enthusiasts' name for the powerful Porsche 828 sports car. A fleet of more than 100 cars will at the event, which begins with a 10 a.m. park-in at Beech Mountain's downtown Town Hall. Folks are welcome to stroll along the isles of cars and chat with owners.
The Porsche owners will leave at 5 p.m. in a parade that follows the route of the former Beech Mountain Hill Climb race and continues down the mountain to Banner Elk.
Details: 800-468-5506; www.BeechMtn.com.
HUNKA HUNKA Abingdon, Va.
Your date with the 'King' on Saturday
From 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, you can hear a top-notch Elvis tribute artist perform for free at Abingdon Market Pavilion. Just bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Virginia mountain town of Abingdon, about three hours northwest of Charlotte (take Interstate 77 North; then Interstate 81 southwest).
On the stage you'll see Tom Bartlett, who has done his show around the world, including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Stratosphere Hotel, and Harrah's on the Las Vegas Strip. Food will be sold; the Abingdon Rotary will sell beverages.
Details: 800-435-3440; www.abingdon.com
'TEN ... SHUN!' Atlanta
Honoring veterans in a big way
From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Atlanta History Center honors our service men and women in a special program for all ages.
You'll be able to interact with veterans as well as living-history interpreters representing different branches of the Armed Forces who will sharing stories about battles and military strategies through displays of authentic dress, equipment and vehicles.
There will be a book signing with Evelyn Monahan, co-author of "A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from WWI to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"; a lecture and book signing with John Lukacs ("Escape from Davao"), a World War II traveling photo exhibit, 1940s Jeeps and other memorabilia, a traveling Vietnam museum and more.
Visitors with military ID are admitted free. Admission cost for everyone else: $16.50; $13 for students 13 and older and anyone 65 and older; $11 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free. The Atlanta History Center is at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. Details: 404-814-4000; www.Atlanta HistoryCenter.com/VRD .
NATIVE AMERICAN FEST Elizabethton, Tenn.
June 4-6 cultural festival at Sycamore Shoals
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, in eastern Tennessee, will be the site of the Native American Cultural Festival June 4-6, with the opportunity to experience many facets of Native American culture, particularly that of the Cherokee. The event will feature traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, traditional Cherokee song and dance, Cherokee storytelling and craft demonstrations and sales. Per-day admission: $4; $1 for 12 and younger. Details: 423-543-5808; www.sycamoreshoalstn.org.
TIME FOR HARMONY Spartanburg
Barbershop extravaganza June 5
Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center presents a night of classic barbershop singing June 5 with a 7 p.m. concert by the Palmetto Statesmen - a harmony group that includes four barbershop quartets. The 55-member chorus from the Spartanburg area is ranked in the upper third of all such outfits in the United States
The "Times of Our Lives" show will feature such barbershop favorites as "I'll Fly Away," "Baby Face" and "Get Me to the Church On Time." Admission: $15. The Chapman Cultural Center is at 200 E. St. John St. To order: 864-877-1352.
INDOOR ATTRACTION Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
WonderWorks makes magician materialize
WonderWorks, an indoor attraction with nearly 60,000 square of all-ages activities, has added magician Terry Evanswood as a permanent entertainer. Evanswood is the winner of a Merlin (magic's counterpart to film's Oscar award). His daily "Wonders of Magic" show mixes illusions, sleight-of-hand and Houdini-style escapes with comedy Also, a new "Hall of Magic" area showcases artifacts from such legendary magicians as Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone. A collection of priceless props, costumes, autographs, memorabilia and antique magic sets is also on display.
The 120 interactive activities at WonderWorks include a rock wall climbing, physical and psychological endurance competitions, plus a Mercury Space Capsule and simulators that allow you to land a space shuttle. Admission: $22.30; $14.45 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free. Hours: 9 a.m.-midnight daily. Details on attractions and its dinner/live show (separate cost): 865-868-1800; www.wonderworkstn.com.