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Wide Awake event guide relaunches with regional focus

Posted on July 1, 2021

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The monthly event and entertainment guide Wide Awake Wilson will relaunch in August as Wide Awake, featuring an expanded regional focus on activities in Wake, Franklin, Granville, Nash, Johnston and Wilson counties.

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The monthly event and entertainment guide Wide Awake Wilson will relaunch in August as Wide Awake, featuring an expanded regional focus on activities in Wake, Franklin, Granville, Nash, Johnston and Wilson counties.

As post-pandemic life returns to normal and concerts, festivals and shows begin drawing crowds, a regional event and entertainment guide published through your local newspaper will spotlight things to do across a six-county region of eastern and central North Carolina.

Wide Awake is scheduled to premiere in August as a rebranded and relaunched version of Wide Awake Wilson, which debuted as The Wilson Times’ event and entertainment guide in September 2016.

The name is a nod to a longtime moniker for the city of Wilson that originated with a large rooster statute perched on a water tower that was later popularized in a Wilson Central Business District marketing campaign.

“Wilson may be the original ‘Wide Awake,’” but we think the name captures a spirit of alertness and openness to experience that will resonate with event-goers throughout the region,” said Wide Awake Editor Lisa Boykin Batts, who also serves as The Wilson Times’ associate editor.

Through parent company Restoration NewsMedia, Wide Awake will be distributed in Wake and Franklin counties through The Wake Weekly; Granville County through the Butner-Creedmoor News; Johnston County through the Johnstonian News; and Nash County through The Enterprise.

Copies will continue appearing in The Wilson Times and will remain available for free at pickup locations throughout Wilson.

While advertising opportunities are available to increase exposure, calendar listings in Wide Awake are published free of charge as a community service. Organizers can visit WideAwakeNC.com to submit their event for inclusion by filling out a simple online form.

“We want to know about your fall festival, community theater production, art exhibit, food truck rodeo, paint ‘n’ pour class, talent show or whatever you’re planning to bring people together, whether it’s for a good cause or just a good time,” Batts said. “With such a diverse and active region, we might not know about your event unless you take the time to tell us. Submitting your calendar listings online will allow us to promote it to tens of thousands of readers.”

The submission deadline is the 15th of each month for publication in the following month’s edition.

Wide Awake is more than a printed monthly publication. New events in Wake, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Wilson and Nash counties will be featured continuously on WideAwakeNC.com, with all content free to read and no subscriber account required. Anyone interested in local events can sign up for a weekly email newsletter to see the latest stories and calendar listings in their inbox each Thursday.

For questions about Wide Awake, contact Lisa Boykin Batts at 252-265-7810 or lisa@wilsontimes.com.

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