One of the newest fundraisers for FAFA is the Aw, Shucks! Oyster Roast, now held the first Friday every November. This year, it is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. Tickets are $60. The roast will be held outside at Blissful Ridge, located at 340 Cherokee Camp Road, Reidsville. That’s the road behind the Governmental Center – just drive all the way to the end and you’ll find the venue, in the former Boy Scout camp.The event features all-you-can-eat oysters, beer and wine, live music, and a large campfire.
A popular event each fall usually held on the grounds of the FAFA house, Boos, Brews & BBQ was held on a Saturday in October from 2-9 p.m. The public is always invited to this free event, and bring their lawn chairs to enjoy live music! Fantastic food, local brews, crafts, art and more are available for purchase. And FAFA’s Passion for Trashin’ exhibit is usually open at the FAFA house for public viewing that evening.
One of FAFA’s major fundraisers was Wine & Dine, held at Oak Hills Event Center in Eden. The event featured heavy Greek hors d’oeuvres prepared by Caterfest with lamb donated by Massey Creek Farms. Lucky City and MC Jones of Mutual Distributing paired Mediterranean wines with the buffet items while Veronica & Company provided an evening of musical enjoyment. In addition to door prizes, the event featured a silent auction of works by local artists, and two separate raffles for art. The Board Raffle consisted of five pieces donated by members of our board, and the second raffle was for a painting by Phil Link donated by Tom Lanier.
Thank you to the following artists and businesses for making the last event a success:
Arts & Frames
Bunnie’s Flowers `n Things
Chinqua Penn Plantation
Connections—Integrative Massage Therapy
Dan River Coffee House
Mary Alice Collins
Alta Sue Howell Elledge
The Collins Family
Bob & Pat Foeller
The Front Porch
Massey Creek Farms
MC Jones—Mutual Distributing
Oak Hills Event Center
Veronica & Company
Samples & More
Jean Ann Wood
Alan & Jenny Walton
“Winter-Wine Wonderland,” the region’s only winter wine festival, was held on a January Saturday , from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center, 804 Cedar Lane, Reidsville, N.C.
The fund-raising event was co-sponsored by the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center Advisory Board and the Fine Arts Festival Association of Rockingham County. Proceeds supported scholarships for youth to attend the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp and benefited the Fine Arts Festival Association.
Wineries included Grove Winery, Chinqua-Penn Wines, Benjamin Vineyards, and Locklear Winery. Local food tastings were provided by www.piedmontlocalfood.com
Hot chocolate and apple cider was available for children and designated drivers. Art exhibits and demonstrations were provided by local artists, and live entertainment filled the afternoon. Many varied door prizes were given away.
“Winter-Wine Wonderland” helps to support kids at camp, artists, and North Carolina wineries and agriculture. Advance tickets were only $20 each—or a dozen for $200! Tickets were available from Grove Winery, Chinqua Penn Gift Shop, Brenda Ward at Wentworth Town Hall, Texie Needham at Home Savings Bank in Reidsville, or any Board Member of the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp or Fine Arts Festival Association of Rockingham County.