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What do you get when you spend an entire weekend free from electronic devices that often seem to control us instead of the other way around? The answer: “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.”
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board, “Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected” is a rare opportunity for Wake Forest-area residents to “disconnect” from cell phones, PDAs, and computers, and “re-connect” with their community, friends, and family. The campaign gets underway Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m.
Residents and families can participate by simply ”unplugging” from their televisions, personal computers, blackberries, phones, and video games for the weekend and instead engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.
The Recreation Advisory Board will partner with a number of local businesses to offer special discounts for those who wish to participate. A complete listing of these businesses will be made available in the coming weeks.
The following activities have been planned as part of the Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected weekend:
Friday, Oct. 7
Free Movies at The Factory
The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., will offer free, family-friendly movie showings in the Mill Room at 5:30 pm and 7 pm.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Guided Hikes at E. Caroll Joyner Park
The Greenways Advisory Board will lead a couple of guided walks along the Joyner Park greenways beginning at 8 am and 9 am. Joyner Park is located at 701 Harris Road.
The Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected weekend will culminate on Sunday, Oct. 9, with a free concert in beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park featuring the band Carolina Lightning. The performance is scheduled from 3-5 p.m., but area residents are encouraged to arrive early, bring a picnic lunch, and take part in an array of planned games and activities, including sack and relay races, egg toss, corn hole, and hula hoop, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. You’re also invited to bring a kite to fly and/or take a stroll along any of the park’s numerous trails.