D2U Newsletter - November 18, 2020
The Week at a Glance: November 18-24

Wednesday, November 18
  • Wine Down Wednesday at The Natural Olive + Wine Down Singo @ 7:00pm

Thursday, November 19
  • Family Meal Deal at the Morganton Community House
  • Thirsty Thursday at The Natural Olive
  • Adventure Bound Books presents: Author Event with Taryn Hutchison at The Morganton Community House @ 6:00pm ($5-$16/person)
  • #BlackVoices with Ingram & Harper Collins an online event 7:00-8:00pm (FREE, registration required)

Friday, November 20
  • Little Guatemala Coffee at Fairfield Inn & Suites 7:00am-12:00pm
  • Starland & Ruffles Co. Ribbon Cutting at 407 East Union Street @ 11:30am
  • "It's a Klinker" Last Chance Complimentary Tableside Wine Tasting at Craft'd 5:30-8:30pm (FREE)

Saturday, November 21
  • Little Guatemala Coffee at Fairfield Inn & Suites 7:00am-12:00pm
  • Pop Up Farmers Market at 111 North Green Street 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Craft'd Open House at Craft'd 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Virtual Memorial Lighting Ceremony on Compas Cable Channel 2 and on Downtown Morganton's Facebook Page @ 6:00pm

Monday, November 23
  • Bigfoot Climbing Gym's $10 Day Pass Day

Tuesday, November 24
  • Tapas Tuesday at The Natural Olive starting at 4:30pm (FREE with your purchase)
  • Stranger Things Themed Trivia at Catawba Brewing Co. @ 6:30pm (FREE)
Author Event with Taryn Hutchison
at The Morganton Community House
Thursday, November 19th @ 6:00pm ($5-$16/person)

Local author Taryn Hutchison joins us as we celebrate the launch of her YA historical fiction novel, One Degree of Freedom. Set in Romania during the Cold War, this story follows Adriana as she navigates her love of literature and her journey to follow her dreams with family expectations influenced by governing rules. With an excellent cast of supporting characters, the story offers historical details while taking readers along to solve a mystery that becomes more dangerous than Adriana could ever have imagined.
While the target audience is Young Adult (usually ages 14+), the novel is absolutely appropriate in content for middle grades readers as well.

This event will have an in-person option with socially distanced seating and an online option. For the in-person event, properly worn PPE masks will be required. Seats will be limited so get your ticket early!
Your $5 ticket reserves your seat and will be credited to your purchase of a book at the event. If you choose not to purchase a copy of the book, your $5 will be converted to store credit for you to use when shopping at Adventure Bound Books (in store or online). If you know now that you would like to purchase a book, you can choose the Event Plus ticket option ($16) to reserve a copy of the book in your name.
#BlackVoices with Ingram & Harper Collins
an Online Event
Thursday, November 19th 7:00-8:00pm (FREE, registration required)

This is a FREE ONLINE event but registration is required in advance. Email events@adventureboundbooks.com by NOON on November 18th, mention the name of the event in which you'd like to participate, and I will email you the link to register and log in for the webinar.

This event features 4 amazing authors and their newest titles.
Giant Popcorn Bags
at Marquee Cinemas - Mimosa 7

Take home authentic, freshly popped Movie Theater Popcorn from Mimosa 7 for your at-home movie night. We now offer Popcorn To Go! The giant bag is only $12, tax included, and can be picked up at the theater with no call-ahead.
Little Guatemala Coffee Shop
at The Fairfield Inn & Suites
Every Friday and Saturday 7:00am-12:00pm
Coffee, teas, specialty drinks, chocolate, pastries, and Guatemalan gifts
"It's a Klinker" Last Chance Complimentary Wine Tasting
at Craft'd
Friday, November 20th 5:30-8:30pm

This is it before T-Day, and we're going out with a KLINK (or, CLINK)!

Featuring three a-MA-zing pours from Klinker Brick Winery in Lodi, California:
Klinker Brick Albarino 2019
Bright, fresh acid-driven wine perfect for hot days by the pool and perfectly paired with any seafood dish. Strikingly floral aromas with hints of lychee. A mid palate richness and mouthwatering acidity enhance flavors of white store fruit, fleshy peach and spring melon flavors. The finish is clean with notes of lemon and apricot.

Klinker Brick Rosé 2019
Mouthwatering notes of white peach and strawberry lead into a crisp and refreshing texture that integrates subtle acidity with a balanced and slightly generous mid-palate. This wine retains an exceptional balance of freshness and aromatics, while still providing a dry finish. Blend: 40% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 18% Carignane

Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
We’ve had this on tap since we opened! It remains a fan favorite.
This wine puts bold, spicy, flashy oak at center stage, and introduces a good supporting cast of gorgeous blackberry and black-plum flavors. Firm tannins lend support and balance out the performance nicely. Wine Enthusiast: 90

Klinker Brick’s flagship Zin uses fruit from 55- to 120-year-old vines in 16 different hand-picked blocks. This is a full-throttle bottle, packed with big, bold concentrated dark fruit, sweet spice and a lovely swirl of mocha with just a dash of black pepper on the finish. Decanter: 90

Complimentary, as always. Tastings are tableside; c'mon in when you're ready.
Due to COVID-19, occupancy is limited, but we do our very best to accommodate everyone.
Feel free to bring snacks/dinner with you, but please dispose of your own trash.
Pop Up Farmers Market
at 111 North Green Street
Saturday, November 21st 9:00am-1:00pm

Over the winter, enjoy pop up farmers markets once a month with a few of your market vendors. The pop up markets are located in downtown Morganton at 111 North Green Street and will feature breads, cheese, pies, baked goods, coffee, squash, greens, soaps and more!

  • November 21st 9am-1pm
  • November 28 (Holiday Farmers Market) 10am-2pm
  • December 12 (Holiday Farmers Market) 10am-2pm
  • January 9th 9am-1pm
  • February 13th 9am-1pm
  • March 13th 9am-1pm
Open House
at Craft'd
Saturday, November 21st 10:00am-4:00pm

Come and join Craft'd for some early Christmas cheer! They will be featuring and tasting the 2020 Beaujolais Noveau, brewing Holiday Cheer coffee, nibbling on Christmas cookies and other goodies, and listening to festive Christmas carolers! Some of their amazing and talented artisan crafters will be on hand to talk about their work, answer questions and help with your shopping — Craft'd has handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday décor.

Masks required in the store as COVID-19 is still a concern; thank you for your cooperation.
Memorial Lighting Ceremony
A Virtual Event
Saturday, November 21st @ 6:00pm

Tune in with Downtown Morganton on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for an annual holiday tradition. Each year in downtown, we take time to honor the memories of loved ones lost and cherish the moments spent with those around us. At 6:00pm on Saturday, November 21st viewers can watch the Memorial Lighting Ceremony from Downtown Morganton's Facebook page or on Compas X-Stream Channel 2. The ceremony will also recognize the official lighting of downtown for the Holiday Season.
On Mondays, enjoy a discounted day pass at Bigfoot Climbing Gym. For just $10 you can climb all day!
Tapas Tuesday's - Free with purchase
at The Natural Olive
Tuesday's at 4:30pm

Chef Lara Hicks from Queen's Catering will have tasty bar bites using The Natural Olive's healthy and delicious Balsamic, EVOOs, and Spice Blends. Set up is at 4:30 and tapas are free with your purchase.
Stranger Things Themed Trivia
at Catawba Brewing Co.
Tuesday, November 24th @ 6:30pm (FREE)

Come join us on Tuesday and show us your knowledge of Stranger Things! Prizes for first place and second!!
Christmas is just around the corner. Call Marquee Cinemas at 828-437-8084 to book you party!
Holiday Carriage Rides
Friday, November 27th-Saturday, December 26th
(not offered Christmas Day)
111 North Green Street 5:00-9:00pm ($5 Adults and $3 Children)
Tickets may be purchased on site only.

Cozy up with loved ones on a holiday carriage ride around downtown Morganton. Whether it is a romantic evening for two or an evening out with your family, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the holiday season. Rides will be held on Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 27-December 26, 2020 (Rides not available on Christmas Day, December 25). Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for Children 12 and under.

Carriage Rides may be booked beginning at 5:00pm on the night of your preferred ride. No advanced bookings will occur. Carolina Carriage Company staff will be on site beginning at 5:00pm to take your reservation. Rides begin at 5:30pm and will depart from 111 North Green Street, lasting approximately 15 minutes.

No call ahead reservations are accepted. Tickets can only be purchased on site for that night.

COVID guidelines: Face masks and social distancing are required during the purchasing of tickets on site. No congregating on site, unless your ride is coming up soon.

Carriage Rides are offered every Friday and Saturday from November 27th through December 26th. (No rides will be offered on Christmas Day, December 25th)

Be sure to dress warmly as these rides occur after dark!
2020 With Love is a holiday pop-up store created with love by local crafters, artisans and supporters of Burke County United Way. The store will open on Black Friday, November 27, 2020 at Burke County United Way's storefront office in Downtown Morganton, at 121 W Union Street and will close on December 19th.

100% of the store's profits will go back to Burke County United Way.
Holiday Farmers Markets
at 111 North Green Street
Saturday, November 28th & December 12th 10:00am-2:00pm

Support your local farmers and crafters during the TWO Holiday Farmers Markets! The first event is set for Small Business Saturday, November 28th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at 111 North Green Street. There will be a variety of gift items for the holidays as well as fresh produce and baked goods.

The second market will be held on Saturday, December 12th, just in time for some holiday gifts! Shop from 10:00am-2:00pm at 111 North Green Street. During this market there will also be a chance to win Holiday Bucks! Find the boxes at vendor tables and submit your ticket. Ten lucky winners will receive $100 in downtown Holiday Bucks (there is no cost to enter this contest).

We look forward to seeing you during the Holiday Farmers Markets at 111 North Green Street - Saturday November 28th and December 12th
Small Business Saturday FAB Crawl
in Downtown Morganton
Saturday, November 28th 11:00am-6:00pm

Hey folks, Saturday November 28th is Small Business Saturday and Downtown Morganton will celebrate with a FAB Crawl, plus store discounts and various promotions throughout the day! Enjoy a day of shopping, and if you wish, participate in the FAB Crawl. You could be one of ten lucky winners of $100 in Holiday Bucks, a gift certificate you can spend downtown. Find out how to participate in the Small Business Saturday FAB Crawl and see all the participating businesses at www.downtownmorganton.com or by calling 828-438-5252


Map of Participating Businesses:
Holiday Bucks Give Away

Come one, come all, and come often to Downtown Morganton from November 16th thru December 28th. So many holiday events and promotions, so many opportunities to win Holiday Bucks. $3,000 in Holiday Bucks will be given away in a variety of ways. Even an elf or two may surprise you!

Holiday Bucks are gift certificates that you can spend while shopping or dining in Downtown Morganton. Find out how you could win and all the details by visiting www.downtownmorganton.com

Opportunities to win:
  • November 16th-December 18th - Santa's Elves will be in downtown giving out $200 in Holiday Bucks each week to lucky customers shopping in downtown. You never know, you could be a winner!
  • Saturday, November 28th 11am-6pm - Participate in Small Business Saturday FAB Crawl - Ten winners will receive $100 in Holiday Bucks
  • Saturday, December 12th 10am-2pm - Stop by the Holiday Farmers Market and submit your raffle ticket! - Ten winners will receive $100 in Holiday Bucks.
Drive Thru Christmas Parade
Starting at Patterson Street on Bouchelle Street
Tuesday, December 1st 6:00-8:00pm

The Morganton Downtown Development Association invites you to join one of downtown’s most cherished holiday events, the annual Morganton Christmas Parade on Tuesday, December 1st from 6:00-8:00pm. This year’s event offers attendees the enjoyment of viewing the parade floats, bands, and characters from the comfort of their own warm vehicle. Parade floats will line both sides of Bouchelle Street in downtown Morganton for two hours, to entertain to all that drive through. During the parade be sure to tune into 96.5 FM WSVM Your Hometown Station to hear holiday music and parade exclusives throughout the evening.

The parade route will run along Bouchelle Street beginning at the intersection of Patterson Street (behind CVS and BB&T) to Concord Street. Attendees can enter the parade area by turning on Bouchelle Street from Sanford Drive or from Fleming Place (next to the Fairfield Inn & Suites). The parade is open to vehicular traffic only. More details about the parade, including a map are available at www.downtownmorganton.com, for those who can’t make it out, the parade will be broadcast on CoMPAS X-Stream. Want to see the parade a second time? CoMPAS will air the parade throughout the season.

Join us this year at the downtown Morganton Drive Thru Christmas Parade, to visit Santa in his workshop where merry everything!, and happy always are a Christmas wish come true!

Tips & Resources for Small Businesses has moved to an online resource guide. Click the link below for more information on Federal, State, and Private resources, funding options, tips, and community idea exchange.

“Small businesses are more than just job providers, they are pillars of our communities.” ~ North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
Email your downtown news to info@downtownmorganton.com