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Incredible journey: Southeastern Asian cruise was fun & educational

The Great Wall in China was one of the stops during a 12-day cruise Teens & 20s writer Abby Chester took with her family. / Mike Chester, Special to the Times-News

By Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   Last week, my family and I returned from an incredible vacation. Leaving on June 9, we went on a 12-day cruise through Southeastern Asia. Most people are not lucky enough to be able to say that, so I am glad that I can. It was an amazing experience that will never be forgotten. As for the places we went, they were all culturally diverse in their own beautiful way, and it was wonderful to see such a rich culture. Stopping at Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea and China, this trip gave me an inside look at the lifestyle of these incredibly foreign countries that I had only heard about.
We arrived in Singapore on June 10 after flying a long 25 hours. After arriving, and having an extra day to spare, we went to many different places that all showed Singapore’s rich history and culture. Although people may not realize it, there are many things to do in Singapore that are exciting and fun. You can go to Sentosa Island, a resort which features beautiful beaches, zip lining, indoor skydiving, and its own Universal Studios. We only went to the beach for a couple hours so we could make it to our next attraction – the Singapore Zoo Night Safari. The night safari featured read more…

Decade-old event still going strong

Jeremy Pinkham of Yee Haw Doughnuts is a regular vendor at Saturdays at Saxapahaw. / Chandler Holland, Times-News correspondent

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

   During the summer, thousands from the Triad and Triangle gather at the historic village along the Haw River for Saturdays in Saxapahaw. The festival has grown during the past 13 years, from a small farmers market with live music, to a bustling festival featuring local farmers, food trucks, craft vendors, a kids’ area and an extensive musical venue. Founded in 2004, Saturdays in Saxapahaw runs from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in August.
An event for the whole family, it can be a bit overwhelming the first time you attend. As a local, I would suggest coming during a weekday to get the lay of the land, as well as to take the opportunity to check out local establishments while they are not overflowing with visitors. There are a number of cuisine options, including the “five-star” Saxapahaw General Store for all-day dinning, the Eddy Pub, the Cup 22 coffee shop (located within the Haw River Ballroom), the Left Bank Butchery read more…

Performers needed for Teen to Teen Theatre’s ‘Footloose’


   Teen to Teen Theatre will hold auditions for “Footloose” from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 10 and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 11 in the Great Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 320 E. Davis St., Burlington. Callbacks are 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 12, 2016.
Teen and adult actors are needed. Actors should prepare a song, bring sheet music or an accompaniment CD, be prepared to learn a basic dance combination, and bring appropriate shoes for movement. Performances are Sept. 8-11 at the Paramount Thetaer. For more information, call 336-570-6516 or visit

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