D2U Newsletter - September 16, 2020
“Rewind as Art and Music Intertwine”
Third Thursday Art Crawl
Thursday, September 17th, 2020 5:00-7:30pm - FREE
Postponed to October 15th due to bad weather
Morganton Festival
Commemorative Posters & T-Shirts Available for purchase!

A limited quantity of these posters will be printed for sale. T-shirts with a similar design will also be available for sale. If you would like to secure your poster and shirt commemorating what would have been the 39th year of the Morganton Festival, call our Main Street Office at 828-438-5252 today! Posters are $5.00 and T-shirts are $15.00

Just a few sizes remain for commemorative festival t-shirts. A handful of mediums, larges, and x-large are all that is left. Call today to get yours!
The Annual Sunrise Run Goes Virtual
Registration is now open!
Run your own race anytime between September 12-October 12

The 2020 Sunrise Run on the Greenway is going VIRTUAL from September 12th to October 12th! Registration is now open for you to run your own race. You can register for a 5K or 10K anytime between now and October 12th. The virtual race will open on Saturday, September 12 (the original race date) and will end at 11:59pm on Monday, October 12. Run the 5K or 10K at any point during the month and then submit your times in your Run Sign Up profile. Run anywhere in town, state, or country! The original race routes will be included online for those interested in running the usual route.

Swag is available for each and every runner. Sign up and receive a custom race t-shirt, customized medallion from West Union Art Studios, Adventure Bound Books and Pepsi swag. When signing up please indicate if you'd like to pick up your swag bag in person OR if you would like it mailed to you (an additional mailing fee will be added).

For more details, be sure to follow the Sunrise Run on the Greenway event on Facebook.

The Small Business Center offers short term training free of charge. Here's a list of upcoming training opportunities:

September 18 at 9:00 a.m

September 22 at 6:00 p.m
Wine Down Wednesday at The Natural Olive
Get over the hump and Wine down with us! $1 Off glass of wine.
15% of case of wine (can be mixed) PLUS music bingo!
Thirsty Thursday at The Natural Olive
$3 Craft Beer ALL Day
Bigfoot Climbing Gym Operating Hours
Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12pm-7pm
Italian Night with Morgan
Complimentary Tableside Wine Tasting
at Craft'd
Friday, September 18th 5:30-8:30pm (FREE)

We will be pouring three fabulous Italian wines selected by Morgan Clendenen of Orsini Wines, one of our distributors. Morgan is a winemaker herself, so come and feel free to ask questions!

We will taste:
Carra Prosecco
Meridiana Barbera D’Asti “Gagie”
Virgo Del Trulli Primativo Mariduria

Complimentary, as always. Tableside tastings continue; please wear your mask until seated and if you need to get up. Feel free to bring snacks/dinner in, but please dispose of your own trash.
Morganton Farmers Market
The open-air Morganton Farmers Market offers the best locally grown products in the area. By visiting the Market each week (Saturday AND Wednesday) and supporting your local growers, you reduce your carbon footprint.

Now accepting SNAP/EBT at the Market. Swipe your SNAP/EBT card and receive a $1 to $1 match up to $20 in Fresh Fruits and Veggies tokens. Spend $20, Get $20! Available on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays at 300 Beach Street (Behind Maria's) 8am-12pm
This week's Saturday Market will feature a LIVE music performance from Patty M. Enjoy some great tunes during your market visit from 8am to 10am.

Wednesday Mini Market
Wednesdays at 111 North Green Street (across from CVS) 12-4pm
Author Event with Annette Saunook Clapsaddle
at the Morganton Community House
Saturday, September 19th @ 3pm
Ticketed Event - $30 (includes copy of the book)

Join Adventure Bound Books as they welcome Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle back to Morganton, this time for the release of her novel "Even As We Breathe"!

This author event is a ticketed event (covers the cost of a copy of her book, taxes, and processing fees) and seating is limited (if NC moves into a new Phase for businesses and activities and we are able to increase the number of seats, we will do so).

Annette will open the event with a reading from her novel followed by a discussion of her writing journey and a Q & A time with the audience.

If you feel safer at home, you can choose the online ticket option. Log in information will be emailed to you on September 18th and your ticket also gets you a signed copy of the novel which will be available for contactless, curbside pick up the following week. You may also choose the shipping "add-on" to have your book mailed to you after the event.

Additional copies of the novel will be available for purchase at the event and in-store if you'd like to pick up a gift for a friend or family member! 

Bakin' Bacon Food Truck
at Fonta Flora Brewery
Saturday, September 19th 5:00-9:00pm

Come get your fix of BACON and enjoy with a cold pint on Fonta's patio!
Danny Snyder Band
at Catawba Brewing Co.
Saturday, September 19th
6:00-9:00pm (FREE)

You're invited to a socially distanced, outdoor concert at Catawba Brewing Co. THIS Saturday. Enjoy music and drinks with friends and the Danny Snyder Band.
Join Emily Elder for a lovely yoga flow class at the beautiful Silver Fork Winery. The class is open to all levels. We will limit attendance to 12 students to allow for proper physical distancing.

The weather should be perfect but a little cool so dress accordingly. We will meet on the lawn by the tasting room but may move down below to the covered area at the event space should Sally leave the ground a bit too wet for our practice.

All students must preregister using the link below or by visiting www.breatheyogawellness.com/evnts. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate drop-ins. Just bring your mat! The cost of this event is $12.00.
Tapas Tuesday's are BACK!! at The Natural Olive
Tuesday's at 4:30pm
Free with purchase

Chef Lara Hicks from Queen's Catering will have tasty bar bites using our healthy and delicious Balsamic, EVOOs, and Spice Blends. Set up is at 4:30 and tapas are free with your purchase. And yes! We are practicing safe food handling!
Looking for something to eat?

Downtown Morganton is home to 26 restaurants, cafes, breweries, and eateries. Find just about everything you need within the 36 blocks of downtown Morganton.

Due to the ever changing COVID-19 restrictions, restaurant availabilities, hours of operations, and menus are subject to change. Please remember that masks, covering your nose and mouth, are required when entering businesses. For your enjoyment, there are many outdoor dining, streateries, and parklets for you to use if you wish to sit outside.

The following list of restaurants and hours of operations is up-to-date as of September 15, 2020.
Visit us in Historic Downtown Morganton - Fairfield by Marriott

The Fairfield by Marriott Morganton Downtown Historic District is the newest escape at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Guests will find simplicity and functionality throughout our hotel, starting with a complimentary hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout their stay. On-site amenities like a fully-equipped expansive fitness center, outdoor pool, while our business center and on-site boardroom enable guests to get down to business. No matter what brings you to the area, you can trust the Fairfield Morganton Historic District to deliver on great service and quality amenities.

Hotel Fast Facts
  • 85 Rooms
  • Boardroom
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Fast & Free Wi-Fi
  • King, Double Queen, and Suites Available
  • Opening soon- on-site bar with patio
  • 24/7 Market
  • Business Center
  • Close proximity to downtown Morganton

Fairfield by Marriott Morganton Downtown Historic District
400 North Green Street, Morganton, NC 28655

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