Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway

Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway

Where to see solar eclipse along Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The southern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina will be in the path of the total solar eclipse when the big event happens in August. On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will take place in the continental United States. It will be visible from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of the solar eclipse does include Western North Carolina including sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s southern end from milepost 418 to milepost 469 falls in the path of totality.  This is a huge event and very exciting for North Carolina to be in the path of a total solar eclipse. This is the first time in 38 years that a total eclipse has been possible to see in the continental United States. The next total solar eclipse in the continental United States will not be again until 2024.

Total Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway in NC 2017
Total Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway in NC 2017

The time for the total eclipse portion of for the western area of the state of NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway will be about 2:35pm and last about 2 1/2 minutes. The entire event will take about 3 hours from start to finish. It will start just minutes after 1:00pm with a partial eclipse. About 90 minutes later there will be a total eclipse lasting for about 2 1/2 minutes. Then end about 4:00pm. The sun being totally blocked by the moon will only last about 2 1/2 minutes from 2:35:04pm until 2:36:37pm. The darkness or shadow of the moon blocking the sun will cause the earth to become dark in the middle of the day. Some say birds will roost and night animals may make an appearance. Stars may even be seen in the sky while darkness covers the earth.

The areas in the path of totality will experience darkness in the middle of the afternoon for about 2 1/2 minutes. NASA has stated that those people located ” in the path of  totality will see stars and planets become visible in what is normally a sunlit sky.” The area for a total solar eclipse will happen in about a 100-mile wide corridor from Oregon across the United States toward South Carolina. Earth’s moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking out the sun’s light and making it dark as night for a short period of time that afternoon. From beginning to  end in any one location the entire process will last about 3 hours. That includes both partial phases, one as it begins, totality and one as it ends.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Path of Total Solar Eclipse in NC

Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway in NC 8/21/17
Solar Eclipse Along Blue Ridge Parkway in NC 8/21/17

Some of the best places in North Carolina to view the 100 percent total solar eclipse will be from high elevations located in the NC mountains. This includes the southern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.  The Blue Ridge Parkway’s southern end from milepost 418 to milepost 469 falls in the path of totality. Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam, Sam Knob, Devil’s Courthouse, and Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway are all in the path of totality. Other mountain sites in the path of totality in Western North Carolina include John Rock in Pisgah National Forest, Wayah Bald and Wesser Bald in Nantahala National Forest, and Whiteside Mountain near Cashiers. Crowds are expected so arrive early.

Beech Mountain Land of Oz

Beech Mountain Land of Oz Fall Event 2017

Beech Mountain Land of Oz theme park’s annual Autumn at Oz celebration takes place this year in September. This dates for this year’s three-day festival is September 8-10, 2017. This is a three-day weekend event lasting from Friday through Sunday. It will be the 24th annual Autumn at Oz festival. The festival has a lot of fun activities, face painting, photos with the characters, props and souvenirs, food, and drinks. People travel from all over to come to this popular festival in the North Carolina mountains. The festival started out as a small reunion of the theme park’s former employees. Now it is has grown into a popular weekend festival. Children and adults as well will all enjoy this fun event that celebrates the Wizard of Oz.

Autumn at Oz

Land of Oz Beech Mountain Autumn at Oz
Land of Oz Beech Mountain Autumn at Oz

At Autumn of Oz visitors can travel thru the twister that took Dorothy to OZ, walk along the Yellow Brick Road, explore Oz and meet many of the beloved characters such as the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Professor Marvel, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wizard of Oz and even The Wicked Witch of the West with her Winkie guards and flying monkeys!

Tickets go on sale July 24th, 2017 and cost $40 for both adults and children. Advance tickets are recommended due to the popularity of the festival. It usually sells-out every year. Buy tickets at their website Land Of Oz/Autumn at Oz, but act fast because tickets sell out fast!

Beech Mountain Land of Oz History

Land of Oz in Beech Mountain was an operational theme park for 10 years from 1970-1980. Hard times hit the park and it closed. Then vandalism and destruction took its toll. In 1990 the area was taken over by Emerald Mountain development. With renovations and hard work now it has become what it is today. Emerald Mountain Properties have private parties at Oz, rentals, sales, Land of Oz, Oz souvenirs, Autumn At Oz Festival, bike and hiking trails and 440 acres to discover and explore.

See all fun you can have at Beech Mountains Land of Oz at Autumn at OZ festival…

Location and Map to the Land of Oz at Beech Mountain, NC
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Bomb Found On Shelly Island

Bomb Found On Shelly Island Causes Evacuation

This morning on Friday July 14 at about 8:00am a local fisherman was fishing on the new island (Shelly Island) across from Cape Point on Hatteras Island at the Outer Banks. The fisherman founded washed up on the island some type of unidentified explosive device. The device could be an old military device such as an unexploded ordnance. The island was quickly evacuated. Now multiple agencies are involved. Those agencies involved include the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Emergency Management, the National Park Service, the US Coast Guard, and several local fire departments. Now the Navy and Marine Corp Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians out of Virginia are on the way to Buxton. That ODT team is expected to arrive sometime Friday afternoon. The device on the island is causing a lot of excitement for the Outer Banks. Shelly Island was making the news before but now this explosive device that has been discovered washed ashore on the new island will cause even more headlines in the news!

Shelly Island across from Cape Point at Buxton, NC
Shelly Island across from Cape Point at Buxton, NC

Shelly Island is a national news maker. The growing sandbar is just off of Cape Point at Buxton, NC at the Outer Banks. The new sandbar/island was not there just a few months ago. About April the small sandbar was noticed just off Cape Point. Over the next few months the sandbar kept getting bigger and bigger. Now the new island named Shelly Island is over a mile long and about three football fields long. The island is covered in seashells. One end of the new island is close to the beach at Cape Point. At low tide the narrow channel is only about 5 ft deep. Many people are swimming over from the beach to the new island at low tide. But officials ware that swimming to the island is not recommended. The current can be quite strong not to mention the sharks and stingrays that have been seen swimming in the channel. And if people stay too long and the tide rises the water gets deeper and the current is too strong for swimmers to safely swim back to Cape Point.

The safest way to get to the island is by other ways. Many people are using kayaks, boogie boards, canoes, small boats and SUPs to get to the newly formed island. The fishing is great on the ocean side of Shelly Island. Shellhunters are in heaven due to the large numbers of shells being found. Some beachcombers come back with bags and bags of conch shells and other great finds like colorful pieces of seaglass, scotch bonnets and other shells.

The island has made national news. Ginger Zee from Good Morning America broadcast live from the island a few weeks ago. FOX News has reported about Shelly Island and CNN has also covered the new island. Numerous local TV stations from NC, SC and Virginia as well as others have had stories about the newly formed island. Now this possible unexploded bomb washing ashore on Shelly Island will surly make more news.

Kayaking to Shelly Island
Kayaking to Shelly Island Near Cape Point at the Outer Banks

 

301 Endless Yard Sale 2017 Dates

Dates For 301 Endless Yard Sale 2017

The annual 301 Endless Yard Sale 2017 will be held again this summer in eastern North Carolina. This year it takes place the weekend of June 16-17, 2017. This will be the 5th year of this huge and popular endless yard sale along NC Highway 301. This huge multiple county yard sale starts on Friday 6/16/17 and runs through Saturday 6/17/17 with the hours being 7:00am-5:00pm for both days. Many communities in multiple counties along US 301  participate each year from Dunn to Weldon. Shops, churches, schools, groups, individuals, families and more will be set up along Highway 301 selling items, antiques, collectibles, toys, games, clothing, crafts, furniture and more. Participates set up all along Highway 301 between Roanoke Rapids to Dunn. The 301 Endless Yard Sale 2017 will be over 100 miles beginning in the Johnston County towns of Smithfield, Selma, Kenly, and Benson, and continuing thru Wilson County, Nash County, Halifax County and Harnett Counties.

Participating counties include Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston and Harnett with over 500 vendors set up along US Highway 301. Many more vendors each year join in on the fun of selling there wears in this gigantic yardsale event. Many flea markets along the route have space available! For more information see 301 Endless Yardsale.  This is so fun to do to ride along Highway 301 to see all the yardsales, do some shopping or  just see all the people at this multi-county huge event!

301 Endless Yard Sale 2017
301 Endless Yard Sale 2017 Dates June 16-17

This huge event is getting bigger and more popular each year. It also is getting more attention from the news media. Each year more and more churches, groups, families, farms, and businesses join in on this popular and fun event.  Last year was a huge success bringing in lots of yard sale shoppers for all over the United States.

Some sellers will be located along the highway in established visitor sites like Riverside Mill in Weldon, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly,and TWM Antiques in Selma. Also families, churches and schools along the route will have vendor setups. If you like yard sales, antiques and travel you will love this unique US 301 Endless Yard Sale!

Shopping along the route is really a lot of fun. Last year there were tents along Highway 301 for miles in the Johnston County and Wilson County areas. Cars were parked all along the highway with people browsing and shopping. It is a lot of  much fun to shop the 301 Endless Yard Sale. There is no telling what you might find at this unique yard sale!

WNCN and CBS News cover  the 301 Endless Yard Sale Event in June of 2016…

Location of NC Highway 301 and the 301 Endless Yard Sale 2017

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Southern Farm Show Raleigh

Southern Farm Show Raleigh 2017 at NC State Fairgrounds

The Southern Farm Show Raleigh 2017 takes place Feb. 3-5, 2017 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. This fun event is not just for farmers. It has gown into a fun event to go to for everybody. Children love all the tractors and large farm equipment at the farm show. Even the big kids love the huge tractors and farm equipment on display. There are hundreds of vendors at the farm show with all types of outdoor, hunting and farm equipment, devices, supplies, products and more.

Southern Farm Show Raleigh 2017
Southern Farm Show Raleigh 2017

At this year’s farm show you can test drive a Chevrolet on a track setup just for the test drive. A long line of people were waiting to test drive the bright blue Chevy Camaro, a Chevy Suburban and a Chevy pickup. Ford was also there with several vehicles on display with all their doors open and completely accessible to anyone who wanted a close look. You could sit in the vehicle, inspect it, walk around it, check out the motor. No salesperson around to annoy you!

There were multiple gigantic tents with all types of equipment inside. Things like dirt bikes, four wheelers, ATVs of every size. There were displays of zero turn lawnmowers big and large, farm planters, harvesters, tobacco equipment. grain equipment, combines big, small and ginormous! There were some of the biggest tractors you could ever imagine. Like I said big kids and little kids really enjoy going to the Southern Farm Show to see all the sights.

Farm Equipment at Southern Farm Show in Raleigh
Farm Equipment at Southern Farm Show in Raleigh

The Forestry Service is at this event. Many children were at this table talking with and getting their pictures taken with a Forest Ranger. They also have a lot of information about selling timber and how to reforrest your timber. There was information proper forrest management what to do and what not to mange woodland.

There is also entertainment with bands playing. And this year there was a lumberjack show which was fun to watch. Last year there was a cattledog demonstration as the cattledog rounded up a herd of sheep.

You can also do some shopping. Many vendor offer clothing, boots, capes and hats, gloves, coats, tee shirts, hoodies and other apparel. Carhartt was there this year with some nice coats and other apparel. John Deer was there with apparel and other items. There are licence tags, keychains, caps, coffee mugs and more.

The food is also good. Several vendors are setup around the grounds offering funnel cakes, fried twinkes, fried oreo cookies, hotdogs, hamburgers, steak and cheese hogies, blooming onions, curly fries, drinks and more. Inside the Graham builing is the Murphy Barbeque House severing hot meals of BBQ, hamburger steak, hotdog, hamburgers, cake and other deserts and more.

Farm Show crowds enjoying the sites
Farm Show crowds enjoying the sites

The Southern Farm Show in Raleigh is held each year in early February. The three-day even is getting bigger and better every year. If you think you don’t need to go because you are not a farm you’re making a mistake! Take the family, take the children and go enjoy this fun farm show.

 

Take a look at what the Southern Farm Show Raleigh at the NC State Fairground has to offer….

Groundhog Day Raleigh 2017 With Sir Walter Wally

Sir Walter Wally and Groundhog Day Raleigh 2017

North Carolina’s own groundhog Sir Walter Wally will make his appearance on Groundhog Day Raleigh 2017  on Thursday  Feb. 2, 2017 in downtown Raleigh. Will he see his shadow and predict winter for 6 more weeks? Or will he not see his shadow meaning spring will come sooner? Groundhog Day is an annual tradition. It’s the day we find out if there will be 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring. The capital city of Raleigh brings out their own Sir Walter Wally each Groundhog Day.  The exciting ceremony takes place on the steps of the Museum of Natural Science in downtown Raleigh. Each year the celebration grows with more people attending and more news stations covering to report the big news. This year more than 1200 people are expected to gather on the steps of the museum to see if the famous North Carolina groundhog sees his shadow or not.

Sir Walter Wally did not see his shadow this morning in downtown Raleigh. So his prediction

for North Carolina is an early spring!

 

Sir Walter Wally on Groundhog Day in Raleigh 2/2/2017
Sir Walter Wally to Make Appearance on Groundhog Day in Raleigh 2/2/2017

Sir Walter Wally has a pretty good record of predicting a long winter or an early spring.  Wally has a 50% success rate as compared to a 39% success rate of Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. In fact the Weather Channel puts him in the Top 11 Groundhogs to watch on Groundhog Day for an accurate prediction!

Our on Sir Walter Wally is of course named after Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh’s Groundhog Day Celebration The Shadow Ceremony takes place Thursday Feb. 2, 2017  from 9:00am – 1:00pm with the big reveal at noon in front of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. (See map for location below.)  Watch Sir Walter Wally with special guest Governor McFarlane on Thursday morning. The museum will have several special exhibits related to the history of Groundhog Day, games, hats of Groundhog Day, animal facts related to winter and many other fun exhibits. Plus meet Sir Walter Wally!

Do you want an early spring or do you want more winter (and more snow)?! Let us know in the comments below!

 

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