Lincolnton's first-ever Apple Drop New Year's Festival brought one of the two groups of Cherryville New Year's Shooters to town Monday evening. The two will continue making their rounds all day on Tuesday (see Lincoln Herald article for their schedules).
While government offices are closed Tuesday as well as banks and some private offices, watching football games on TV and eating collards, black-eyed peas, ham hocks, etc. isn't all that's available as a New Year's Day activity.
With the high temp for the day expected to be in the mid to upper 60s and an impressive slate of contestants, the 41st Annual Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot SkiingTournament happens this New Year's Day afternoon. Noteworthy contestants include:
The legendary “Jersey Boys” who were recently featured on “Growing Bolder.” These enthusiastic barefooters range in age from mid-50s to late 70s, and include a retired oncologist, a retired surgeon, a family physician and a railroad worker.
Approximately 30 contestants are expected to compete. The competition combines barefoot starts, tricks, and endurance skills in a single ride. Contestants receive points for the degree of difficulty of their starting method (flying dock start, backward dock start, etc.), degree of difficulty of any tricks they perform (one foot, tumble-turns, 180 degree turns) and one point for every second they remain on their bare feet.
The competition starts at noon at Lake Norman Marina, 6965 NC150 East at Sherrill’s Ford. Admission to the event is free, and concessions will be available.
It's largely associated with Christmas, but Holidays at the Garden continues through Sunday January 6th at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road in Belmont. Ticket prices range from $7.95 for children (Monday-Thursday purchased in advance online) to $16.95 for adults (weekends at the door). The display is open 5 - 9 PM daily through Sunday.Sample the Y as the Gaston County Family YMCA holds an open house this New Year's Day 8 AM - 6 PM at all four locations: the Warlick YMCA in Gastonia, the Stowe YMCA in Belmont, the Pharr YMCA in McAdenville and the Cherryville YMCA. During this special event, the community is invited to check out the Y's many activities for free and if you decide to join, do so without any joining fee.
If poetry is your cup of tea (or coffee), you might want to check out this Friday's (Jan. 4th) First Friday Authors event at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in downtown Hickory. Community members are invited to meet a local author at noon on the first Friday of each month. Local authors share information about themselves, explain their path to getting published, read aloud excerpts, and answer questions.
The author for January is poet Scott Owens, who is Professor of Poetry at Lenoir-Rhyne University, former editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and Southern Poetry Review and owner of Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in Hickory. The program is free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the program. Registration is not required. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory.
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