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By Charlotte Smith

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an after-hours networking event at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery on Tuesday, July 18, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The chamber gathering was an evening of networking, enjoyment, and new experiences, according to members.

At the event, Daren Wheeless Music provided entertainment, the roses were in full bloom on the 14-acre landing place, and the animals were curious at the zoological park on the grounds. Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery’s dedicated staff took the opportunity to showcase some of the amenities they have been working tirelessly to enhance at the local resort destination. Since opening in 2014, owner Alex Munroe and his team of over 50 people have added a distillery, a 4,000 square-foot event space with lodging availability, a museum with celebrity art and memorabilia, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a gift shop, and a day spa.

The Members After Hours event provided business owners and professionals an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting. Attendees explored the latest enhancements at the winery while indulging in light refreshments and drinks. Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery is located at 195 Vineyard Drive in Elizabethtown.

The Chamber Director, Terri Dennison, reminded members about upcoming events. Goldston’s Beach is the place to be this coming Friday for music enthusiasts in the region. The highly acclaimed Chairmen of the Board will grace the stage at the Sunset Jams Free Concert Series on July 21, from 7 pm to 10 pm. With their signature sound and captivating performances, Chairmen of the Board has become a fan-favorite.

The Sunset Jams Free Concert Series is made possible by the support of generous sponsors with a shared passion for promoting arts and culture in the community. Goldston’s Beach provides a scenic and inviting backdrop for an evening of musical delight, and the Chairmen of the Board promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Music lovers are encouraged to gather their friends and family for a memorable night under the stars.

Don’t forget: Elizabethtown Celebrates 250th Anniversary with a Homecoming

Mark your calendars for a momentous event as the Town of Elizabethtown prepares to celebrate its 250th Anniversary. The Homecoming Event is scheduled at the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Saturday, September 23, from 9 am to 7 pm.

The 250th Anniversary Committee has diligently organized this milestone celebration to highlight the town’s more recent history. The festivities will feature two musical acts to entertain attendees throughout the day. The Decatur Street Beat will enchant the audience with their Dixieland music from 11 am to 2 pm, followed by the famous beach music and classic rock band, Rivermist, taking the stage from 4 pm to 7 pm.

In addition to the live music, the event promises a variety of contests to engage the crowd actively. Attendees can participate in fun competitions, such as corn shucking, hollering, and whistling, adding a touch of nostalgia and excitement to the celebrations.

The Homecoming Event aims to unite residents and visitors, fostering unity and pride in the town’s rich heritage. Save the date and join in this memorable celebration of Elizabethtown’s past and present.

Other Upcoming Events the Chamber Announced:

In addition to the featured stories, there are several exciting events to look forward to in the coming weeks:

• July 22: Enjoy the musical talents of Tonk Honky at The Grand Regal – Courtyard.

• July 29: Dance the night away to the tunes of Swim the Wild Band at The Grand Regal – Courtyard.

• August 3: Experience the excitement of GOUGE Wrestling.

• August 11: Don’t miss another Sunset Jams Concert Series event featuring Kendrix Singletary.

These events offer diverse entertainment and experiences for everyone in the community. Make sure to mark your calendars and support these local happenings.

The community has exciting opportunities to relax, celebrate, and contribute to essential studies. Whether you’re savoring the charm of a winery, grooving to live music on the white sand, sharing your insights for workforce development, or commemorating the history of Elizabethtown, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and engage with in the coming days and weeks. Let’s unite to make the most of these opportunities and continue building a vibrant and thriving community in the “Mother County” and the Cape Fear Region.

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