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


Fall is almost here!  Get ready for Sweater Weather at the Mountain Heritage Festival!

28th Annual Mountain Heritage Festival in Sparta is Saturday!  Vendors line historic Main Street in celebration of the area’s rich mountain heritage, offering local handmade arts and crafts, a wide range of foods, live music and dancing, and the Kids Korner!  More info and a schedule of events is here.


Marine Corps Half Marathon is Saturday!

Run this bucket list event that draws people from the entire East Coast to Jacksonville, NC. This flat scenic route winds through US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune with views of the New River, Morgan Bay, and Farnell Bay. A unique feature of this event is the Hero’s Mile, where signs are displayed along the route honoring military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice post 9/11.  How to attend and register is here. 

Carolina Panthers take on New Orleans Saints Monday in Charlotte

Saints travel to face Panthers in NFC South dust-up Monday at 4:15pm.  Catch the game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  Read more on FOX Sports.


College football is back!

  • Florida State vs. Boston College at BC, noon
  • Notre Dame vs. Central Michigan at Notre Dame, 2:30pm
  • UNC vs. Minnesota at Chapel Hill, 3:30pm
  • South Carolina vs. Georgia at UGA, 3:30pm
  • Duke vs. Northwestern at Duke, 3:30pm
  • NC Central vs. UCLA at UCLA, 5 pm


Carolina Concerts and Shows


  • ZZ Top at Coastal Credit Union Music Pavilion, Raleigh
  • Lorrie Morgan, Newton Performing Arts Center, Newton
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, Newbery Opera House, Newberry, SC
  • Chicago, the musical, Belk Theater, Charlotte


  • Widespread Panic, Live Oak Pavilion, Wilmington
  • The Gatlin Brothers, COMMA Performing Arts Center, Morganton
  • CeCe Winans, FaithFest, Wilkesboro
  • Daniel Tosh, Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro
  • Uncle Kracker, Cape Fear Vineyard, Elizabethtown


  • Daniel Tosh, Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte
  • Noah Cyrus, Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh

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