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Native plans music event in Castalia

What started as a family reunion has grown into a community event on a Castalia farm.

The Sumler Acres Family Estate will be the home of the Caviar and Cornbread Music Festival on August 18 and 19.

Nekia Brooks-Norton said the family reunion style music festival was developed as a way to celebrate the community.

Norton lives in Raleigh but inherited part of a Castalia farm property. Norton said her great grandfather Addison Sumler purchased the property in 1922.

"It's been in our family a long, long time," she said. "I fell in love with this place because of my grandmother. I used to come and spend summers here."

Norton said she wanted to share those experiences with others so it was decided to host a special event on the property.

The event will be held on August 18 and 19 from 3 until 9 p.m. at 11845 Sumler Road, Castalia. The event will include live music, games, a children's carnival and a full southern BBQ grill menu daily. Norton aid there will also be a teen rap freestyle battle and a lip sync battle.

"We wanted to have something where absolutely everybody is welcome," Norton said.

"We really want it to be interactive. It's not just a come and sit and drink."

"We want people to get to know each other," Norton added.

In addition to the food and fun, Norton said the event will also support the Alzheimer's Association and the W&A Thrift Non Profit for Nash County school aged youth.

Norton said her family have supported the Alzheimer's Association for the past seven years. The family participates in a walk in Newport News, Virginia each year.

"That's our family foundation of choice that we've chosen to support," Norton said. "It's a disease that's run rampant in our family."

"We are big on trying to give back," she added.

Norton said she's hoping the event will bring people from all walks of life. Already, she knows she has family and friends coming from New York, Florida and Texas to be a part of the event.

"This has become really a beautiful gathering of a bunch of people who are all about supporting each other and supporting the community that we're in," Norton said. "It's a platform for multi-cultural and generational exchange."

"We're just so excited because this is about our family's legacy."

For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, visit www.facebook.com/caviarandcornbread or go to eventbrite.com.


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