EDITORIAL: Spring has arrived — savor the season

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

It’s Saturday. It’s spring. And after enduring an especially harsh winter, Central Carolinians are reveling in the mild weather and pleasantness of being outdoors.

As is typical for this region this time of year, there’s activities aplenty to fill up our social and civic calendars.

It all starts this weekend with the seventh annual Downtown Sanford Art Walk & Wine Tasting, which serves as a fun-filled fundraiser for the Temple Theatre, followed by the regular Second Sunday festivities — boasting a full lineup of music in Depot Park and 50-plus vendors selling wares of all kinds. 

Egg hunts are proliferating as the days dwindle before Easter, which falls a week from Sunday. The Jaycees, Broken Plow Farm, Sanford Health and Rehab and several churches are just some of the entities holding holiday-themed events.

On April 19, the annual Broadway Our Way festival returns — offering live entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, a cornhole tournament and much more. 

A highly anticipated sporting event falls during the following weekend with the 15th annual Southern Side by Side. It runs from April 25-27 at Deep River Sporting Clays.  The Sanford Fitness Fest will continue in the same vein on that Sunday.

On May 3-4, the Sanford Arts & Vine Festival returns to Sanford. That is also when the Cameron Spring Antiques Street Fair, as well as the BBQ, Beer & Bluegrass Festival at the N.C. Arts Incubator in Siler City, will attract locals and outsiders alike.

For fans of sweet, locally grown produce, Gross Farms has announced that the Produce Barn will reopen in late April with the official start of N.C. Strawberry Season. Then on May 10 comes the annual Carthage Buggy Festival.

It all adds up to a springtime in which someone could stay — pardon the cliché — busier than a bee.

Don’t believe for a minute that one has to leave our beautiful Central Carolina area for something to do. This place is an active place to be most any time of year, and this season is truly something special. Don’t hesitate to venture out, maybe try something new, and take it all in before the inevitable dog days of summer.