Stacy Strauss (sstrauss)
Posts by Stacy Strauss (sstrauss):
I had the BEST date night ever on Friday night! My boyfriend and I went to Roland’s Dance
Studio to learn how to salsa and ballroom dance and had an absolute blast. It costs $10
per person for the night to get group lessons and dance the night away. It’s also a great
way to meet other couples! Sometimes we changed partners so we would learn different
techniques from each person we danced with.
I got to personally dance with Roland himself, and learned that the dance studio has been
in his family for 48 years. Dancing with him was the most magical experience, which words
can’t describe. I felt like I was gliding across the floor so eloquently, when really he
was leading me and doing all of the work!
They have gift certificates available too, which I would recommend getting for someone
who is getting married. My boyfriend and I are going to continue to go back and learn
different kinds of dances and show off our moves when we go to formal events!
The Fayetteville FireAntz hockey team just ended the season this month! I was never a hockey fan before I moved to Fayetteville, but I started to go to the FireAntz games while they played, October thru April, and became addicted. One of my favorite things to do to unwind after a long, hard day of work would be to head over to Crown Coliseum to watch some good competitive sport. You can always anticipate a fight to break out and the crowd goes wild! They offer military discounts off all tickets too, which is always a plus . Go FireAntz!
When I moved to Fayetteville a little over a year ago, I wanted to
learn everything that I could about my new home, so I completely
immersed myself in community activities. There are so many organizations that
I knew I could become a part of, volunteer with, socialize with etc. I
soon stumbled across the Fayetteville Area Ambassador Program that is
run by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. My background is in
Hospitality and Tourism Management, so I was automatically drawn to
this program. It consisted of a 4 hour class where I learned pretty
much ALL about what Fayetteville has to offer, and at the end of the
class everyone took an open book test and was then certified!
It’s helped me get outisde of the house and do exciting things around
town with friends because of the knowledge I now had about the area. I
needed to find something other than work to make the time pass, since
my other half deployed for 12 months. It’s also a great way to meet
people because the program has monthly socials and activities.
I would highly encourage anyone moving to the area to take this course. You can greatly benefit from all of the knowledge you will acquire about Cumberland County events, attractions and activites. It will help for a smoother transition into this wonderful community!
I spend many Sunday nights at IT’Z Comedy Club to end my weekend with a big chuckle. They have two shows, one for the early birds and the second for those who don’t care about waking up early the next morning for work. I qualify for the early bird showing and usually go with a group of friends for some dinner and some good ol’ fashion live comedy entertainment. Some people like to drink during the show, but I am not one for drinking on a “work night.”
I like that they have a couple different comedians that come on before the main comedian comes on stage. They get the audience all warmed up for the big show. I usually try to get a good seat up near the front because the comedians always pick on the people close by and it’s pretty funny to watch up close and sometimes be picked on yourself. I have been a victim before…but it’s all been in good spirit!
IT’Z really is a fun way to end a great weekend!
atmosphere, phenomenal food, delicious fresh brews, and lots of
My ultimate favorite menu item is the Brewer’s Cobb Salad with homemade balsamic vinagerette and warm brown bread! Mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I think what I like most about Huske is it’s good for just about any occasion. I frequent Huske often, whether it’s doing business with a client over a Brewer’s Cobb Salad or going out on the weekend to drink a couple of their house brews and dance with friends – Huske is always a reliable option.
If you pass Huske during the weekend after 10pm, you can be sure to see a
line of people wrapped around the building to get in. There have been
plenty of times I’ve had to wait outside in the cold in the dead of
winter, but once I got inside, it was always worth the wait.
There is nothing better than celebrating The 4th of July on post, in a very “happening” military town! I spent my first 4th of July here in Fayetteville, and was surprised at the number of things to do at the celebration on Ft. Bragg.
I volunteered for the Army’s Army during the day, passing out GI-Joe’s to the children of deployed and fallen soldiers. There were military affiliated booths all around the field, which provided helpful information and giveaway goodies for all!
You could take your picture with good ol’ Uncle Sam on stilts. Grab some burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, pie and much more, to satisfy your fine American taste buds. Your kids could even get their face painted and jump on 4 different moon bounces!
We watched the Golden Knight’s paratroopers jump out of a plane and parachute down onto the field right before our eyes! There was also a live concert that began around 5pm and we had two famous performers sing and perform for us!
Before the big fireworks show, the field artillery fired off their cannons for our 50 wonderful states. And of course, the best part about the 4th of July is the fireworks!! This particular fireworks show really blew me away! It was one of the best shows I’ve seen, and I’m from Washington, DC where I’ve seen the Washington Monument fireworks before! The finale was amazing and was a great memory to share with my boyfriend before he deploys in August for a year.
I was extremely pleased with the entire event and can easily say, “I had a “banging” good time!
Do you know all of the fun activities and places to go in Fayetteville? If not, you will know a large portion by the end of this blog!
Fayetteville is a place that is full of rich history, selfless heroes, and a warm & welcoming hometown feeling. Six months ago, I moved here from the D.C. area, and have been pleasantly surprised by the numerous and exciting things I have experienced in this town.
My ultimate favorite event to attend is Fayetteville After Five (every 3rd Thursday of every “warm” month). It amazes me when I ask other locals here if they know what that is, and a large percentage don’t know about it! Fayetteville After Five is located in Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. Either a local, regional or national band puts on this free concert every 3rd Thursday just for us! You can sit in the lawn, sip on a beer, and eat a hot dog, cotton candy, funnel cake or whatever your heart desires from our wonderful outside vendors! This event is geared towards all ages!
Now, I will cover a number of other enjoyable things to do in Fayetteville.
Watch a play at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. See a fabulous concert or attend a trade/craft show at Crown Coliseum. Have a lovely picnic by the lake at the Botanical Gardens. Admire the artwork at Fayetteville Museum of Art. Go to the largest indoor climbing wall on the East Coast @ The Climbing Place and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, go indoor Skydiving at Paraclete Sky Adventure!
If you’re into sports, there’s always a game going on at Crown Coliseum, whether it’s watching the Fayetteville Guard, indoor football games or the Fayetteville FireAntz Hockey Team play. And how about grabbing some peanuts and crackerjacks at JP Riddle Stadium for some SwampDogs Baseball games?
Now if you’re a huge history buff, there’s plenty of history to go around in this town! Set up a personal tour to visit both the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum downtown and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex and learn all about Fayetteville’s rich history. Experience the simulator at The Airborne and Special Operations Museum and learn about the Army here. Visit the old Poe House which was owned by a large wealthy family in the 18th century and is still preserved as it was back then! Please note that these museums just previously mentioned are just to name a few!
If you are interested in our all- American Army heroes, take a tour of Fort Bragg, home to approximately 50,000 soldiers! You can watch the Paratroopers jump out of Army aircrafts @ the Sicily Drop Zone! Also, be sure to check out the 82nd Airborne Museum located on post as well.
Downtown Fayetteville is a big hot spot for entertainment & festivities! Fourth Friday is a great way to get a taste of Fayetteville’s galleries, bookstores, bistros and shops. You could sit out on the patio of Huske Hardware House and enjoy one of their freshly brewed beers! Hit up the Piano Bar and request your favorite song.
Boy, I could go on for a while but I think I’ll stop here for now!
I truly hope this has helped some of you learn a little bit more about Fayetteville’s entertainment scene. The next time you hear someone say, “There’s nothing to do in Fayetteville,” please tell them they are incorrect and share the information, which I have just shared with you! Fayetteville is an extremely vibrant community full of fun and entertainment and I am proud to call this place, my new home.