Weekend at a Glance: Animals, Auctions and Afternoon Tea

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Skip the regular Valentine’s weekend dinner reservations and take your pick from a day on the farm, nature tours or tea with your loved one.

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The Historic Russell School hosts author Beverly A. Scarlett for a virtual reading of her book, “The Harris Family of Orange County, North Carolina.” Photo by Jessica Gladdek

Compiled by Claire Burch


The Drive-In at Carraway Village
Enjoy a series of movies on the big screen at the Drive-In at Carraway Village every evening this weekend. Catch Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” on Thursday, American classic “Casablanca” on Friday, “Shrek” on Saturday and documentary “Gunda” on Sunday. Tickets are sold per person and must be purchased prior to arrival.

Valentine’s with Goats
Spring Haven Farm hosts a Valentine’s celebration, complete with animal feeding, crafts and romantic photo ops around the property. Each hour has a limited number of tickets available. The farm closes at 6pm.

The Great Backyard Bird Count
Kidzu Children’s Museum celebrates birds of North Carolina with five days of free mini events, including a story time about the benefits of bird counting, how to make birdhouses out of string and more. The events will occur on the museum’s Facebook page and are free to the public.


Sweetheart Afternoon Tea
Enjoy afternoon tea at Crossroads Chapel Hill inside of The Carolina Inn (or take it to go!). House-made accompaniments include savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets and fresh baked scones. Reservations must be made in advance.


Flower Tour Across the State
The North Carolina Botanical Garden hosts a virtual tour through North Carolina to see some of the state’s most rare, beautiful and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. The tour covers species from the mountains to the coast and explains what makes a plant rare. The event is free but requires registration in advance.

Auction at Leland Little
Leland Little Auction and Estates Sales hosts its February estate auction online, which includes jewelry, sterling silver and rare coins. Absentee bids and live real-time internet bids may be registered beforehand on its website.


Cookie Decorating To Go
The Carolina Inn offers a grab-and-go cookie decorating kit, which includes a precut chocolate chip cookie cake, vanilla bean buttercream icing and toppings. Purchased kits are available for pickup in the horseshoe driveway between 2-3pm.

All About Food
UNC Kenan-Flagler‘s Net Impact Chapter hosts its seventh annual MBA FoodCon virtually this year. The conference focuses on stories of how the food industry has thrived and adapted in the COVID-19 environment, as well as what the new decade holds for the future of food. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Art Adventures at the Ackland
The Ackland Art Museum hosts its popular class online with instructor Allison Tierney. Children will learn to make paper relief sculptures inspired by Gaston Chaissac’s work on view in the exhibition, “Object Lessons.” A supply list, printable template and Zoom meeting link will be distributed to registrants prior to the class session. The event requires registration in advance.

Book Read for Black History Month
The Historic Russell School hosts author Beverly A. Scarlett for a virtual reading of her book, “The Harris Family of Orange County, North Carolina,” followed by a Q-and-A session. The book takes readers through 318 years of Black-American Indian culture. The event is free but requires registration in advance.

Valentine’s Dinner
Chef Bryan Keller of Market & Moss prepares a three-course, pre-fixed menu with signature cocktails and special wine offerings. Children are welcome as the restaurant also offers kids’ items for those 12 and under. Reservations must be made in advance.

Birding the Eno
Join former New Hope Audubon Society President Tom Driscoll on a guided discovery of our area’s birds at the Confluence Natural Area. This 2-hour stroll through various habitats will teach hikers to identify birds by sight and song. Binoculars and spotting scopes are encouraged. The tour is limited to 10 hikers and masks are required. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Valentine’s Day with Kipos
Kipos Greek Taverna celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special three-course menu, which includes a hand tied bouquet by Folie à Deux Studios. Reservations are encouraged, and takeout orders must be placed by 8pm, Wednesday.

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