Last Thursday evening, local restaurants and bars gathered at the Historic Rice Mill Building to compete in the Second Annual Mojito Challenge. Bartenders competed against last year’s winner, Coast, for the title — which went to Chai’s.

A Furry Affair, at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Friday, showcased local artists’ work as well as paintings done by celebrities. A silent auction of the works raised money for the John Ancrum SPCA. Later that evening at Redux Studios, art sales from Girls! Girls! Girls! benefited The Magdalene House, which provides shelter and support for women coming out of correctional facilities. More than 20 artists donated artwork for this event.

Irvin-House Vineyards was the place to stomp grapes on Saturday afternoon. With live bluegrass music from Three-Legged Pig to keep the beat, guests couldn’t stay out of the grape barrels — be it to really get juicy (kids, of course) or to just pose for a picture a la I Love Lucy. Vendors such as EVO Pizza provided picnic food, and guests were able to buy Irvin-House’s own muscadine wine to drink under the oaks.

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1. Phillip and Zoe Senga Hyman at A Furry Affair 2. Girls! Girls! Girls! organizer Beth Wooten 3. Three-Legged Pig entertain with bluegrass at Irvin-House Vineyards 4. Artists at the City Gallery raised money for the SPCA on Friday 5. Lining the kids up for the watermelon seed-spitting contest proved to be quite a challenge 6. Seth Corts, one of the artists who donated artwork to Redux’s show on Friday 7. Bryce Donovan unveils his donated, humorous artwork at A Furry Affair, claiming “I’m not that good with animals!” 8. Kids get down and dirty in the grape barrels 9. Much Bacardi was consumed Thursday evening at the Mojito Challenge 10. Kay Hyman unveils Mayor Riley’s artwork 11. The DJ spun next to the dance floor, which got more use as the mojitos disappeared

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