Nearby Notes

Battle Re-enactment Sanford

Tories, Whigs skirmish next weekend

The House in the Horseshoe will host a Revolutionary War battle re-enactment 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. The gates will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

The re-enactment of the Whig-Tory skirmish between Col. Philip Alston's militia and loyalists led by Col. David Fanning features a full-scale assault around the house. Other activities include demonstrations on Revolutionary War-era medical techniques, weaving, and pottery. There will also be children's activities. Concessions will be available.

The site is at 324 Alston House Road (16 miles west of Sanford on N.C. 42). Details: 910-947-2051; (click “Our Sites,” then scroll down to House in the Horseshoe).

Music and comedy Boone/Blowing Rock

Tweetsie Railroad rustles up Riders in the Sky

Tweetsie Railroad welcomes back “America's Favorite Cowboys” – Riders in the Sky – for their annual appearance. They'll perform at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

The multi-Grammy award-winning group includes Ranger Doug (“Idol of American Youth”), Woody Paul (“King of the Cowboy Fiddlers”), Too Slim and Joey (“The CowPolka King”). Known for their blend of Western harmonies and comedy for all ages, the group's sound is based on legendary cowboy singers such as Gene Autry.

Other activities include the Wild West Train Adventure, amusement rides, Deer Park zoo, Miner's Mountain and Diamond Lil's Can-Can Review in the Tweetsie Palace. The park, between Boone and Blowing Rock on U.S. 321, is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission: $30; $22 for ages 3-12; free for 2 and younger. Details: 877-893-3874, toll-free;

Festival Atlanta

Festival celebrates food, art, music and fun

The sixth annual Summer Shade Festival at Atlanta's historic Grant Park will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 30 (a Saturday) and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 (a Sunday).

Corks and Forks: A Fine Foods and Wine event, also a part of the Summer Shade Festival is 1-5 p.m. both days. Guests at Corks and Forks can try signature dishes from some of Atlanta's top restaurants, along with wine pairings. There will also be seated wine seminars and beer tastings. Tickets to Corks and Forks: $35 in advance; $45 at the door.

The free-admission Summer Shade Festival will include live music, a juried art show and market. There will be food vendors, too. The children's area will offer storytelling, jugglers, sing-alongs and crafts. The park is at 537 Park Ave. Details: 404-521-0938; Rochelle Reynoldson