Sometimes things just work out.
Rain caused Waxhaw to postpone the “Fright Night” first Friday celebration planned for Oct. 2. The good news for Halloween celebrants is that the event is now scheduled for Oct. 30.
Visitors are invited to come to downtown Waxhaw, 5-8 p.m. wearing costumes.
The downtown merchants are donning their Halloween disguises as well, and offering a variety of themed activities like pumpkin bowling and decorating. The merchants will be competing for the Golden Pumpkin Award, which recognizes the best manifestation of the Halloween spirit.
Rainy weather also caused The Museum of the Waxhaws to postpone their planned welcome home celebration for Vietnam veterans. That event will take place in the spring.
Museum Manager Cathy Wright contacted me to let readers know about an opportunity to support and help all veterans. The event is called Buddy Check 22. It was started by U.S. Marine veteran Zach Ziegel, who utilizes social media to raise awareness and offer hope to veterans.
On his Facebook page, Ziegel says Buddy Check 22 is a day to call a veteran and check in on them, to hopefully change the fact that 22 veterans a day commit suicide.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 22. and the hope is that Buddy Check 22 becomes a monthly activity.
The museum also will host a Halloween themed activity. Wright said they are offering a “Haunted Legends” walk on the museum property on Saturday, Oct. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. Walks will be at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. walk is designed for younger children, and the walks will get scarier as the night goes on.
Storyteller Cindy Ponds Newell will tell “spooky stories” in the auditorium from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.
Newell will spin yarns of one kind, while a local fiber grower and hand spinner will be spinning yarns of the textile kind.
The Museum of the Waxhaws, in cooperation with Happy Hills Alpaca Farm of Monroe, invite you to come spin. On the second Sunday of each month, spinners are welcome to bring their spinning wheels and spindles to the museum’s 1830s cabin for an afternoon of fiber fun. Watch and learn about this most ancient of crafts.
John Anderson is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn?
Register for classes in the Museum’s gift shop. Spindle kits are also available in the gift shop. Spinning starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m.
For more information contact The Museum of the Waxhaws at email@example.com or Happy Hills Alpaca Farm at firstname.lastname@example.org.