Saturday, August 11, 2007

Getting to Know You

As I noted in my regular (old?) blog my wife and I have finally purchased a home in Sanford. It is close to work and offers us plenty of space for the boys at nearly 3,000SF. We are pushing to close in the next 3 weeks, which means I will be able to get the family down here and we will all be able to start spending some time getting to know the Sanford area.

Here are some things we are planning to do in our first 2-3 months in the city and greater central Carolina area:

1. Get to know the public library!
2. Subscribe to the Sanford Herald. I will be posting in the future as to why I believe their online subscription actually hurts them, but that can come later...
3. Visit Raven Rock State Park!
4. Join the local Christian homeschool group.
5. Transfer my boys to the local Boy Scouts troop.
6. Check out the Kendale Bowling Lanes.
7. Catch a show at Temple Theater.
8. Get lost in the Corn Maze and pick a pumpkin in the patch at Gross Farms.

On a side note: I am also wondering if we will venture up to Raleigh/Cary much. Apparently the greater Raleigh area is only 40 minutes away, where Greensboro is just over an hour. From what I have seen most people in the area relate more to Raleigh, and the newspaper I see most often other than the Sanford Herald is the Raleigh News and Observer. I have even been watching the Raleigh TV news station. Maybe we will get to know some things about the area a little further up US Highway 1 soon enough.

A little hint: My wife knows the area pretty well, already. She graduated from Meredith College. But that was about 14 years ago! So, I'm sure there is plenty more to see up there.


Garrick said...

Raven Rock State Park is a great place to visit! There are several good scout groups in the area - my son has a lot of fun with his troop. Temple theater's season is over until the fall but the shows there are great. The corn maze is fun too - you have a good list of local attractions.

You might also check out the Vetrans' Memorial in Broadway, the Railroad House Museum Downtown, Kiwanis Park, House in the Horseshoe, and Camelback Bridge.

Joe Jon said...

Wow! Thanks for the suggestions! It's help like this that points us to fun stuff to do in our new home town!

Anonymous said...

Check out San Lee park, too. One of Sanford's best kept secrets. Other things to add to your "to do" list:

Joe Jon said...

Anonymous - Now that you mention it i did catch the article in the herald last week about the park. We will certainly check it out. We do a lot of park hopping, and love the family picnic! Thanks!

Kim said...

You'll love the Temple Theater -- lots of history and great shows all rolled into one! The season starts August 30th with the first show being "Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes".

Also coming up at the Temple: There is a show this weekend that you might want to catch! It is this Saturday (18th) at 2:00 and 7:00. The Sanford Ballroom Dance Company is putting on a recital and it promises to be great!!! Some of the students from the Company were chosen to dance ON STAGE with the Dancing With The Stars celebrities / professionals when they were on tour in Raleigh a month or so ago and they really shined! Tickets are $20. If you like that sort of thing, check it out!