Visit the Holiday Lights in the Garden Event at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Looking for a fun holiday event for the whole family? Check out the Holiday Lights in the Garden. This local event is held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden from November 30 to December 2, December 7 to 9, December 14 to 16, and December 19 to 23 each night from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. You can see fabulous lights, plants, and more.

According to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, in addition to lights you can also follow the Polar Express-themed activities and decorations. The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens have grown since it was opened in 1989, becoming an important part of Fayetteville, NC. The Holiday Lights in the Garden is just one of the many holiday-themed events you’ll find.

The Holiday Lights in the Garden are synchronized to music that plays throughout the gardens, and you can also take a caroling hayride, sit with Santa, and roast S’mores over the fire pit.

Other than the lights, you can also visit the Garden to see the wreath-making workshop on November 28 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The materials and tools will be provided, and it’s perfect for teens and adults. There’s also Yoga (provided through the YMCA of Sandhills), which is hosted on November 28 from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Holiday Lights in the Garden is one of Bryan Honda’s favorite local events. Don’t miss it!

A Dickens Holiday was a Local Success

A Dickens Holiday

A Dickens Holiday

Charles Dickens composed what is perhaps the most famous holiday story of all time, A Christmas Carol, in 1843. Featuring characters such as Scrooge and Tiny Tim, the story has now become a holiday classic. Fayetteville recently hosted A Dickens Holiday event on Friday, November 23, featuring performers, foods, and crafts that went to benefit local charities.

At the event, according to the Arts Council, you could visit Annie’s Alehouse to experience a Victorian pub-like atmosphere with music, beer, wine, and cider. There was also the Gingerbread Community of Hope to benefit the Habitat for Humanity, while a team of artists worked with attendees to create Victorian headpieces.

If you didn’t have a chance to visit A Dickens Holiday this year, you can be sure that it will return next year. This year marked the nineteenth-annual celebration of the famous English author and his works, so next year will mark a momentous two decades of events.

Other events included Queen Victoria carriage rides, dance groups, a candlelight procession, and a special “Dickens After dark” event after 9 PM. You could come to finish the fun day with a hot cider and warm gingerbread while the Celtic group Barrowburn performed. In short, it was truly unforgettable.

If you missed A Dickens Holiday — bummer! Fortunately, there are plenty of other great events to attend in Fayetteville, such as Holiday Lights in the Garden. Learn more at Bryan Honda!

Honda Odyssey’s Safety Beats the Competition

Honda Odyssey’s safety

Honda Odyssey’s safety

For many families, safety is a top priority when shopping for a new family vehicle. If you are considering a new minivan, you might want to know that the 2019 Honda Odyssey’s safety beat out the competition in recent tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), conducts crash tests every year on new vehicles. The 2019 Odyssey was the only minivan that earned the top “GOOD” rating for both the driver and passenger sides in the Small Overlap Front Crash Test. The Odyssey also earned a “GOOD+” rating for its ease of use in testing the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). No other minivan earned better than an “ACCEPTABLE” rating.

With these and other test results, the Odyssey qualifies as a 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, when equipped with LED headlights and the available Honda Sensing® suite of safety features. The Honda Sensing features are standard on the EX trim and above, which account for 99% of Odyssey sales.

“Minivan buyers list safety as one of their greatest purchase considerations, and the Odyssey continues to be a top performer in independent safety ratings, further distancing itself from segment competitors,” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “If you’re in the market for a minivan and you care about safety, there is simply no better choice than the Honda Odyssey.”

If you’re on the market for the safest family vehicle there is, stop by Bryan Honda and take a look at the excellent 2019 Honda Odyssey.

How to Prepare Your Car for Back to School Time

Prepare Your Car for Back to School Time

Prepare Your Car for Back to School Time

The school year has officially begun. You got all of the school supplies, restocked your kids’ wardrobes, and packed their lunches. But did you remember to prepare your car for back to school? You will be doing a lot more driving now, which means you want your car to be in prime condition. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Clean It

Have your kids help you. Spend a weekend afternoon cleaning out the family ride. Clean out all the trash, take out everything that doesn’t belong in the car, and then start wiping everything down. The final step is to vacuum everything from top to bottom.

Catch Up on Maintenance

If you have been neglecting your car all summer, give it the TLC it needs with a maintenance check at Bryan Honda. We can change your oil, check your battery, top off your fluids, and anything else your trusty Honda needs.

Inspect the Tires

Once a month, you should inspect your tires. This includes looking for signs of wear, checking the tread depth, and the tire pressure. New vehicles should come with an automatic tire pressure monitoring system, but it doesn’t hurt to check it yourself, too.

The best way to get your car prepared for the back-to-school season is to let the pros handle it. Schedule a service appointment today at Bryan Honda.

Honda Truck and SUV Sales See Biggest Spike in April

Honda Truck and SUV Buoyed by the success of larger vehicle offerings such as the Odyssey minivan, Ridgeline pickup, and Pilot SUV, Honda reports that truck, SUV, and minivan sales saw the greatest increase in April. Perhaps the spike in sales has something to do with the prospect of road trips with the whole family, but we venture to guess it has a lot to do with the strength of Honda’s current lineup of trucks, SUVs, and minivans.

April’s heaviest hitters were the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot, which were up 31.3% and 32.2% respectively on a daily selling rate basis. This means the Odyssey saw 8,464 daily sales for April while the Pilot moved 11.891 daily units. That’s a lot of SUVs and minivans!

These numbers hardly surprise us, though. The Honda Odyssey is the top retail-selling minivan in American, after all, while the Honda Pilot offers an impressive combination of full-size SUV convenience and flexibility and economical fuel efficiency.

While models such as the Civic, CR-V, and Accord continue to see some of Honda’s strongest sales numbers, the trend toward larger Honda vehicles is indicative of America’s growing preference for trucks and full-size SUVs such as the Odyssey and Pilot that offer a lot of flexibility, and a lot of fun.

See for yourself why Honda truck and SUV sales have done so well by checking out the full lineup at Bryan Honda!

Fun Things To Do In Fayetteville, North Carolina

Arnette Park

 

Here in Fayetteville, North Carolina, we have a rich and varied history that is centered much around our military background. Along with the fort, visitors will find fine dining, art galleries, family-friendly museums, and so much more. Here are four sites worth exploring in Fayetteville.

  • Cameo Art House Theater. Movie theaters like this one are hard to come by. It has been restored to its original glory that it had in the 1920s, when it first opened to the public. Today, it provides a chic setting for viewing classic films as well as new releases.
  • Arnette Park. For a day spent outdoors, this is the place to go. The park includes over 100 acres of picturesque green space here in the city. You and your children can enjoy perusing playgrounds, ball fields, hiking trails, and a disc golf course.
  • Fayetteville Area Transportation and History Museum. Learn all you want about the history of the local area dating from pre-history to early 20th You can see vintage cars, an 1880 Silsby steam pump engine, farm equipment, military vehicles, and more.
  • Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This beautiful site stretches over 77 acres and includes a picturesque view of the Cross Creek and Cape Fear River.

With so many things to do, Fayetteville has something to suit different interests. You can also visit us here at Bryan Honda to browse the 2018 Honda lineup and take a model for a test drive.

Have Some Fun in Fayetteville this Fall

Just because school is starting, that does not mean the fun is over. There is still plenty of fun in Fayetteville this fall. Add some of these great events to your calendar to kick off this festive season.

fun in Fayetteville this fall

Lafayette Birthday Celebration

This annual festival celebrates the birth of Lafayette’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, who played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. Head downtown September 8th and 9th to join the party with music, historical reenactments, and food.

Renaissance Faire 

Take a step back in time with a visit to Fort Bragg’s annual Renaissance Faire held on September 16th and 17th this year. The fair costs $10 per car and includes stage performances, jousting, period musicians, and Renaissance-themed food and drink.

Evil Dead: The Musical

If you love all things zombie, be sure to head to the Gilbert Theater to catch this hilarious musical rendition of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films. The Show runs from September 22nd to October 8th. Purchase tickets ahead of time online

North Carolina in the Great War 

The Museum of Cape Fear will commemorate the centennial of World War I with a focus on the multitude of North Carolinians who served in the war. There will be a special exhibit from October 3rd to October 8th.

Here at Bryan Honda, we love calling Fayetteville our home and enjoy tapping into all that this great community has to offer. What are your favorite fall activities in Fayetteville?

Free Things To Do in Fayetteville

If you’re bored out of your mind but need something to do on the cheap, we at Bryan Honda know of a few free things to do around Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Local Museums

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is the only US Army museum not located on a military base, while other museums like the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex detail the history of the local region. If you still want more history, other historic landmarks like Cross Creek Cemetery, Averasboro Battlefield, and Fort Bragg are nearby, too.

Themed Driving Trails

Did you know the Cumberland County website has a list of 18 different themed driving trails? Spend the day following local attractions via the American Independence Trail, All-American Adventure Trail, Gaelic Beginnings Trail, and more.

 free things to do

The Art Council’s Cultural Events

The 39th International Folk Festival is coming up in September, but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can just head to the Art Council’s website to see what events are coming up soon – like 4th Fridays, Art Attacks, and a number of other local cultural activities.

The Great Outdoors

From the Cape Fear River Trail to the Fayetteville Rose Garden, there’s plenty of beautiful, scenic areas for you to spend your day out with the family enjoying the local flora and fauna.

There’s plenty of free things to do in Fayetteville. You just have to know where to look!

North Carolina Summer Events

North Carolina Summer Events

 

North Carolina summers offer some of the greatest weekend trips and local events, designed to attract visitors from around the country. Of course, the warm climate and sandy shores make it a great place to vacation, even if you don’t intend on planning any events, although attending a summer festival can make any North Carolina stay well worth the trip. So, here are a few can’t-miss North Carolina summertime events recommended by us here at Bryan Honda!

Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska! This family-friendly event features live music, a parade, and square dance to lead into the night. A fireworks show over the lake starts at 9:30pm and makes for a great way to close out the celebration of American independence. Taking place on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Independence Day at Lake Junaluska is a must-attend event to celebrate the country we live in!

Christmas in July Festival

The Christmas in July Festival takes place on June 30th and July 1st. Live country music and street dancing makes up most of the 30th while the largest street festival in the county kicks off on the 1st. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, Civil War reenactments, and much more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

North Carolina Black Bear Festival

North Carolina is home to the highest black bear densities in the world so it only seems right to celebrate it. Now in its third year, the North Carolina Black Bear Festival features a 5K, paddle event, mechanical bear ride, and more!

Fayetteville Firefighters Cooking Show Teaches Kitchen Safety

The firefighters of Fayetteville, North Carolina, have traded in their fire suits for aprons in their new show, “Cooking with Fire.” The Fayetteville firefighters cooking show teaches kitchen safety. It has become a big hit with the local residents.

The Show

“Cooking with Fire” gives the people of Fayetteville a look into the lives of the firefighters and lets them see what a firehouse kitchen is like. Angie Cimino-Locklear, the fire department’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, is the host. She brings on different firefighters to cook a meal and demonstrate different fire safety techniques.

Outdoor Cooking

Recently Cimino-Locklear teamed up with firefighter Corey Tedder to film two episodes on grilling, which featured meals like salmon and asparagus, hamburgers and corn, and roast potatoes. Tedder prepped the meal in the firehouse kitchen, and when it was time to grill the food they went outside to throw everything on the grill.

When the episode airs, it will include tips between scenes on fire safety focused on outdoor cooking. It especially focuses on what to do in the event of a grill fire. The viewer learns something valuable while having fun, and the firefighters get to have a good time and break out of the norm. The show is a great asset to the Fayetteville community, and at Bryan Honda we’re proud to be part of it!