The Richmond Observer – Weekend events abound in Richmond County



ROCKINGHAM – Fall is roaring in Richmond County with a host of events scheduled for this weekend.

Marty Goodman will be signing copies of “Learning By Doing” from 10 am to noon at the Speckled Paw Cafe at IncSpace, 115 S. Lawrence Street, Rockingham.

In the same building, at the same time, Diane Poland, of the Art Wonders gallery, is hosting another art exhibition. The premiere took place on July 31 in conjunction with another book signing.

Poland opened her gallery at IncSpace last month, where she works on paintings, sculptures and other artistic pieces. Several of his works are for sale, but some more personal pieces – which depict domestic violence – are only intended for exhibition.

Poland said on Friday afternoon that three of the many interested artists had submitted their work to be included in the exhibition.

There is no entrance fee for performers and the show is open to the public.

Just down the street on Green Street, Norton Farms will be hosting their Autumn Fest – featuring crafts and other items from local small businesses – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Venue 89, on Rockingham Road, will bring a taste of the Caribbean with its Reggae Vibes Sip and Shop event from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Endurance runners will take to Lake Hinson for the 15th Annual 24 Hour Ultra Classic, where participants are challenged to complete as many laps as possible around the 1.5032 inner loop from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Richmond County bikers will return to the freeway, leaving the Hide-A-Way Tavern at 2 p.m., on a memorial ride for the family of Chris Blackmon.

Blackmon, owner of Rockingham Towing, died earlier this month while in West Virginia.

In addition to those on motorcycles, local towing services, first responders and others are invited to participate. Donations will be collected for the Blackmon family.

Speaking of motorcycles, Rockingham Dragway will host the ManCup Motorcycle Drag Racing Series, with 72-year-old New Yorker Paul Gast for his third straight win.

Across the road at Rockingham Speedway, MB Drift returns for his party in Little Rock, with drifters sitting around the half-mile oval.

Ellerbe First United Methodist Church will also have a fun day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with races and games as well as rescue and scent dog demonstrations. Parents can also register their children for Scouting.



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