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Katie Huneycutt Robeson County Public Library

Katie Huneycutt is the interim director and youth services librarian of Robeson County Public Library and the treasurer of the Robeson County Arts Council.
Katie Huneycutt is the interim director and youth services librarian of Robeson County Public Library and the treasurer of the Robeson County Arts Council.
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Are you looking for exciting events in Lumberton? If so, you do not want to miss Book ‘Em North Carolina or The Great Getaway. Both events promise fun and culture for attendees of all ages.

Book ‘Em North Carolina is slated for Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Robeson Community College. More than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents, and publicists will gather under one roof to speak, sign and sell books, and greet their fans. The event is free and open to the public. Panel discussions and keynote speeches will be ongoing and children will enjoy crafts, face painting and storytelling.

The 2014 headliners for Book ‘Em North Carolina are Haywood Smith, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author; Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author; Jamie Oldaker, legendary drummer for Eric Clapton; and John Regan, legendary composer and bass guitarist for Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and more.

Participating authors pledge a generous portion of their book sales to literacy campaigns in Robeson County. Contributions from this event will support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Communities in Schools, and the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library.

Mattie Locklear, Lisa Matthews, and I are volunteering the day of the event. Vivian Marquez, youth services specialist, is busy preparing crafts for the children to make. We are thrilled to assist with such an exciting event.

For complete event information, please visit www.bookemnc.org.

A splendid combination of automobiles, art, outdoor activities, and fun make up The Great Getaway. The Robeson County Arts Council is teaming up with organizations across the county for a festival that no one will forget. This festival will transport you back to the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s with its Gatsby-era theme.

To kick-start the festivities, the Carolina Civic Center will show the Robert Redford version of “The Great Gatsby” film on March 14. A regionally judged art show will open on April 6, accompanied by a flower show. The Southeastern Hospice annual spring event will take place on the evening of April 8 at Pinecrest Country Club. Also at the country club, the Robeson Humane Society Golf Tournament is on April 10. Get ready for a show as Purple Door Productions presents two nights of dinner theater featuring jazz music and dance at Candy Sue’s Downtown Restaurant on April 10 and 11.

The festival will come to a roaring conclusion on April 12 with a host of downtown events. Make plans to attend the vintage auto show, the Speakeasy Gala at Candy Sue’s, the Robeson County Humane Society Pet parade, a special showing of the 1941 movie about Lumberton at the Carolina Civic Center, an exhibit at Robeson History Museum, and the close of the art show. You will be glad you did.

While you’re downtown for the festivities, visit the library and stock up on novels set in the Gatsby era. For more information on The Great Getaway, please visit www.robesoncountyartscouncil.org.

Book ‘Em North Carolina and The Great Getaway are both fine examples of the best Robeson County has to offer, with a rich abundance of art and creativity; a passion for literacy; and friendly, occasionally costume-donning, people. Thank you to all of the many organizations who have volunteered their time and resources to bring these events to Lumberton.

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