Archive for August, 2009
Is laser tag your thing? I have tried out two facilities in the community, and while they are both fun, they are different in a few ways.
Fun Fun Fun on Camden Road in Hope Mills offers laser tag, along with an arcade, miniature golf and batting cages. In Laser Tag, each person gets a vest with a unique name (my last one was Vader), and you are competing against everyone else in the game for the high score. During this 6-7 minute game, players shoot each other and try their best not to be shot.
This neon course was big enough for adults to have fun, but not too big for the 8 and under crowd. (Believe me, all the adults were tired at the end of the game.)
After turning in your vest, each player gets a printout showing their score, number of hits on other players, number of hits they took; and the score of everyone in the game. Games are $6 per person. Players have to be 40” tall.
At LazerFX on McPherson Church Road, each “mission” lasts about 20 minutes. Participants are separated into three teams, briefed on how to use the gun and how to play the game, then set loose in 7500 sq. ft. of multi-level play area. In my experience, because of the team strategy involved and the size of the playing area, kids under 8 or so are a little lost in the game. They definitely can play and have fun, but didn’t quite ‘get’ the game.
At the end of play, teams gather around a board to see their individual score and their team score.
Last time I was there, they were in the middle of an upgrade, and according their website, it has been completed. You can also find a great description of how a game works on the site.
Games are $7.99 each, with many packages available. Children have to be 4 to play.
Honoring our City’s Namesake
I’m constantly amazed by the depth of the history in this community. You may or may not know that Fayetteville is the first city named after the Marquis de Lafayette; and is said to be the only namesake city that he visited. The Revolutionary War hero visited Fayetteville during his “Grand Tour” of the United States in 1825.The visit sounds like it was a huge event. (Want To learn more about this visit? Check out the Lafayette Driving trail.)
Over one weekend next month, the Lafayette Society of Fayetteville is putting on a celebration of the birthday of Lafayette. The 2009 commemoration features several special events. I’ve listed a few below. For more go to http://www.lafayettesociety.org/events.php
Guided tour of the Lafayette trail. The Lafayette trail is one of the 12 driving trails offered by the Fayetteville CVB at www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com. For the guided tour, city historian Bruce Daws will trace the steps of Lafayette during his 1825 visit. A catered lunch will be severed at the historic 1924 courthouse. Tickets are $20, for more info, call 910-678-8899.
7 am – 11 am LaFayette Pancake Breakfast at Horne’s Café. 7 am – 11 am
10 am – 5 pm Festival of Yesteryear at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Will highlight the state’s colonial and Revolutionary War history. http://museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.
4:30 pm Reenactment of Lafayette’s Eulogy at First Presbyterian Church. This reenactment takes place in the very same sanctuary where it was originally given in 1836.
5 pm – 8 pm Lafayette Birthday Barbecue and Concert in Cross Creek Park . Music by Joyner, Young and Marie. Tickets are $10 and each donation will be used to purchase bronze and granite markers for Fayetteville’s First Revolutionary War park.