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Bluegrass festival Denton

Campers to enjoy Blue Highway, other bands

Bluegrass and camping come together Sept. 25-27 in Denton for the third annual FarmPark Bluegrass Festival at Denton FarmPark.

Acts scheduled to perform include Al Batton and the Bluegrass Reunion, Grass Cats, Larry Sparks, Buck and Company, Movin' On Bluegrass, Grasstowne, the Circuit Riders, James King Band, Revonda Roberts and Harvest Wind, A Touch of Blue, Carolina Sonshine, Lost and Found, Steep Canyon Rangers, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper and Blue Highway. The festival will also feature foods and crafts.

Admission: $75 for three days; $50 for two days; $25 for one day. The site is in southern Davidson County at 1072 Cranford Road. From Charlotte, take N.C. 49 North to N.C. 109 (north of Badin Lake); take N.C. 109 North to Denton. Details: 336-859-2755;

Dinner Theater Wilmington

‘Mulligan's Wake' puts the fun in funeral

Dinner theater is alive in Wilmington – at “Mulligan's Wake.” Merging comedy, interactive theater, Irish cuisine and an Irish wake, playwright Suzanne Ralke Smith offers up an unusual play at Roudabush Restaurant at 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 29.

“Mulligan's Wake” incorporates the audience into the action as they dine. Actors move among audience members, including them in conversation that sometimes helps to determine the demise of Rory Mulligan.

The Irish dinner includes an appetizer, corned beef carving station, choice of vegetarian or meat entrée, salad and dessert. A cash bar includes Guinness. Cost: $40 (includes show, dinner, tax and gratuity). Roudabush Restaurant is in downtown Wilmington at 33 S. Front St. Details: 910-232-6611;

Candlelight tour Elizabethton, Tenn.

Explore mysteries at the Carter Mansion

Next month, you can take the Mysterious Candlelight Tour at the Carter Mansion in Elizabethton, Tenn. Tours will be given at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-24.

Unlike the mansion's daytime tours, which focus on the site's historical significance, the candlelight tours are designed to give a glimpse into the more mysterious side of Tennessee's oldest-standing frame house. Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Chad Bogart will lead the tour of the circa 1775 mansion, built by John and Landon Carter. Bogart will tell tales of ghostly appearances, unexplained happenings and mysterious events – with a bit of humor and history thrown in. Tours are free. Reservations are required.

Details: Sycamore State Historic Area, 423-543-5808, Rochelle Reynoldson