Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and YOU are talking about this week!


48th Annual Waldensian Festival in Valdese

The Festival Saturday includes a lineup of day-long entertainment at Main Stage, from theatrical performances to gravity-defying juggling acts. Over 140 specialty vendors will line Main Street.   The Festival Finale will begin at 7:00 P.M. as country sensation, Ryan Perry takes the stage.  All you need to know is here. 

Sweet Flavors at Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain

Voted #1 Festival in Western North Carolina for 2022!  Savor the sweet flavor of Sourwood honey, ice cream, food, arts, and crafts, two music stages, pony rides, a petting zoo, and craft demonstrations make for a day of family-friendly fun.  Saturday and Sunday in Black Mountain.

2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler begins the 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs attempting to win the title that barely eluded him last season.  Memphis will see most of the tour’s top players, including last years winner Rory McIlroy.  This year, Scheffler enters the first leg of the playoffs ranked No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, behind only Jon Rahm. Scheffler is the +600 favorite in the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship odds.  Click here for how to watch.

Summer Concerts Continue!


  • Jason Aldean, Coastal Credit Union Music Pavilion, Raleigh
  • Ying Yang Twins, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro
  • Boney James, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary


  • Big Something, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington
  • Grace Potter with Morgan Wade, Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Beech Mountain
  • Rufus Du Sol, PNC Music Pavilion, Raleigh
  • The Motel Keys, Treyburn Country Club, Durham


  • Tyler Childers, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Boney James, Knight Theater, Charlotte
  • Patti Labelle, Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA
  • Brit Floyd, Wilson Center, Wilmington

NCMB’s Own The Motel Keys in Concert

All you need to know about the band and concerts is here. 

North Carolina City Makes List For Most Pet Friendly City!

WalletHub’s annual list of the Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the U.S. has just come out!  Raleigh is in the top 10 and Greensboro is first on the list for most budget friendly for dog owners!

Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities in 2023

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona
  2. Tampa, Florida
  3. St. Petersburg, Florida
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Birmingham, Alabama
  7. Atlanta, Georgia
  8. Raleigh, North Carolina
  9. St. Louis, Missouri
  10. Portland, Oregon

Barbie is Officially Everywhere!  (would you eat this?)

Burger King introduces the BK Barbie Combo.  It includes a cheeseburger topped with bacon bits and dressed with a “smoky” bright pink sauce.  Check your local Burger King to try it for yourself!

If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].