EDITORIAL: Spring events show Central Carolina’s best

May. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Once again, Central Carolina is set for a glorious weekend of events that is sure to please locals and visitors alike.

The headline event will be the Sanford Arts & Vine Festival, which follows in the footsteps of the former Sanford Pottery Festival.

Today and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center will feature pottery, wine, art, music and food that is sure to enthrall many people of varied interests.

The pottery festival attracted a diverse and dedicated following during its run of more than a decade. While many were disappointed by the festival’s discontinuation, Arts & Vine will hopefully have a successful debut — giving pottery fans and others another spring event to look forward to.    

“I think certainly the quantity and quality of exhibits will surprise people,” says Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce President Bob Joyce. “We have some outstanding artists from the Southeast. We are building on the 11 successful years of the Sanford Pottery Festival and making it even bigger and better from here.”

The $5 festival entrance fee is a small price to pay for what should be a lot of fun for those who attend.

For those whose interested in antiques, nearby Cameron will host its annual spring antiques street fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. All 11 antique shops and 250 outside dealers will be open for this occasion.

“People come looking for everything, and hopefully they find that one thing that is special to them,” says Jane Fairbanks, owner of one of Cameron’s antique shops — The Old Hardware. “People enjoy walking down the streets of Cameron, and the feeling and character of the town pervades through the event.”

Best yet, there is no charge for this event.

Then, for those wanting to be active — and help a good cause — the Race to Read 5K Fun Run/Walk is this morning with runners assembling in the rear parking lot of Spring Lake Cinemas. The cost is $25 per person, with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk/run at 9 a.m.

The Sanford-Lee County Youth Council is presenting the event, with proceeds providing reading materials to Lee County School students.

With nice weather expected, and an abundance of other fun, springtime happenings to choose from — such as visiting a local strawberry farm for some delicious berries, or taking in the Temple Theatre show — here’s hoping you’ll enjoy this weekend.

And to our visitors, we hope you’ll enjoy your stay — and that you’ll come again soon!