You can always tell when people feel ready to move around again after the annual bout with winter — schedules become impossibly packed with events. Even with spring’s early arrival, not to mention the late blast of cold air earlier this week, it’s pretty obvious that folks pointed to this week and weekend as a starting point for the short jaunt to the summer air-conditioning season.
Take Thursday, for example. Three pretty significant things will be going on simultaneously. One, the Times-News yearly Awards of Excellence for area students will be that night at the Paramount Theater on Front Street. Just a couple of blocks away at Occasions, the Kiwanis Club will feature a speech by the Kiwanis International president. That by itself is a pretty huge deal because, “In the history of the Burlington Kiwanis Club the International president has never been here,” said Nelson Young, a Kiwanian and member of the Times-News Reader Advisory Board.
And at the same time in another part of town Newt and Callista Gingrich will take part in a Republican dinner and meeting at the K&W Cafeteria. Newt Gingrich, a presidential candidate on his last legs, is making a final dash for North Carolina votes as he continues to put up a futile fight with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, who has the GOP nomination all by sewn up. While I don’t have any political advice for Gingrich, I do recommend he order the chopped steak and wrap up with chocolate pie — always my choices when I ate at the K&W growing up near Winston-Salem. I would also remind him that it’s very easy to pick up too many items on the cafeteria line so be choosy.
Anyway, those three events will seriously challenge our reporting and photo staffs that night — and I haven’t even checked to see what high school sports might be on tap. As part of our normal coverage of the Awards of Excellence, our photo staff takes enough pictures to provide an online gallery.
And there are a ton of activities coming this weekend, too, including the Herb Festival — one of my favorite things that I attended last year. The Mebane Dogwood Festival is also this weekend and the Tour of Terraces.
Why so many things packed into one weekend? It was a question posed during our department head meeting Tuesday morning. It’ll be that way from now to the end of May — until it gets too hot to spend much time outdoors. The schedule starts to get packed again after Labor Day and remains that way to Halloween.
Happens every year.
So like dining at the old K&W it’ll be easy for people to get themselves overbooked during the next month with so many choice offerings on the table.