iShopDavie in Action at the Davie Chamber!

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s iShopDavie initiative encourages everyone to SHOP local, SAVE money & GROW our economy. The Davie Chamber loves doing business with its members and recently had another chance to “practice what it preaches” when making energy-saving upgrades to the office.

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Trey Copeland, Energy Advisor of Lime Energy, Carolyn McManamy – President of Davie Chamber, Tom Lentz of Davie Electrical Company

The Chamber and its members learned about the Duke Energy small business grant program when Trey Copeland of LIME Energy spoke at a monthly Let’s Do Lunch and Learn event.  As a partner with Duke Energy, Lime Energy meets with business owners to perform complimentary energy audits and provide estimates of cost savings when businesses choose to install energy-efficient lighting. The grants make the upgrade very affordable while driving down the energy costs for the businesses.

Carolyn McManamy, president of the Chamber, invited Copeland to complete an energy audit to determine if the Chamber’s building was a good candidate for the program. “The audit showed that the cost of replacing the old fixtures with new ones would pay for itself in a short time,   resulting in significant energy savings,” McManamy said. “This is an older building, so it made good fiscal sense for us to go ahead with the upgrade to save money and reduce our energy use.”

Lime Energy partners with area electricians to complete the actual installations of new fixtures, which gave the Chamber an opportunity to work with another member. The new lights were installed by Tom Lentz, owner of Davie Electrical Company.

“We have had Tom and his crew work on the office in the past, and Tom is very involved with the Davie Chamber, so there was no question who we wanted working in our office,” McManamy said. “Both Lime Energy and Davie Electrical were great to work with because they worked around our busy and unpredictable schedule to minimize disruptions.”

Soon after the lighting upgrade was completed, the Davie Chamber had the opportunity to enhance its curb appeal while supporting another member and displaying a product made in Mocksville.

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Michael Barron of Comfort-Bilt Windows and Doors at the Davie Chamber

That offer came from Michael Barron, plant manager of Comfort Bilt Windows & Doors, who was at the office for a meeting and had the chance to spend time in the visitor center/lobby.  He hadn’t visited the Chamber office in a while and commented on how welcoming and inviting the office felt.

“Over the last few years, we have worked to improve the appearance of the office including painting the brown wood paneling a light tan, rearranging the tourism and business materials, and installing a sliding barn door, built by Justin Draughn Construction, for our conference room area. Outside we have front porch rockers and a screen door.  All of these changes have dramatically improved the look and feel of our office and visitor center,” McManamy said.

“Michael said he liked the overall effect, but thought it would look even better with a screen door that was made locally.  He then graciously offered to donate a new storm/screen door made by Comfort Bilt right here in Mocksville.”

“The door is beautiful and we have received so many compliments from people who come to our office.  More importantly, we enjoy having the opportunity to tell the “door” story and feel very fortunate to have such great businesses here in our community.  Comfort Bilt is known for being supportive of the community and we are proud to have a locally-made product on display at our office!” said McManamy.

The Chamber’s iShopDavie campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County.  Purchasing goods and services where we live, pay taxes and send our kids to school contributes to a thriving community with a high quality of life.  It truly matters where you spend your money and the Davie Chamber is committed to doing business first and foremost – with its members!

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce shops local, do you?

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POPSICLE 5K on Saturday, February 25th – Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike!

Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 6th Annual Popsicle 5k Run! All abilities are welcome. The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the new Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.

Not a runner? No worries! Walk for a Billion Steps – This year walkers are invited to join in and to help Davie County meet the Healthy Davie Challenge to Walk a Billion Steps in 100 days! Sign up to be a part of the fun!

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Race Day Fun

  • Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!
  • Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.
  • Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.
  • ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!
  • Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.
  • “Sports Walk” where kids can win a Healthy Davie backpack of goodies.
  • Face Painting.
  • Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!
  • There will be great food after the race, as well as raffle prize opportunities for participants.
Fees
$20 through February 18, and $15 for team registrants. New this year is a special category for Go Far Students ($10), and Davie County High School athletes and students ($15). There is a fee of  $10 for each child wishing to participate in the Fun Run. All fees go up beginning February 19th.

JanePopsicleSuitSURF Board ~ Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run 5K support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant-making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

SURF Board members seek sponsorships from local Davie County businesses and individuals. Last year the students were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, raising over $13,000. To celebrate their success, Simpson arrived at the run dressed as a grape and cherry Popsicle, riding in a decorated cart.

A Record $12,212 and Nine Grants Given in 2016!
That record-breaking success enabled the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board to award  nine grants totaling $12,212 to  youth- led projects that benefit the youth and children in Davie County..

“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel. “They have raised over $14,000 in sponsorships so far this year, so I hope a lot of students will apply because the board will have a lot of grant money to give.”

For information on the 2016 grant awards, please visit SURF Board Awards $12,212 in Grants!

Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers. All 6th-12th grade students who reside in Davie County are eligible to apply.

How to Apply for a Grant
The SURF Board  is accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle.  Applications will only be accepted through the online application process.  Deadline for submitting a grant request is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

  • Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
  • Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
  • Have an adult ally (21 or older)

CLICK HERE to fill out a Grant Request.The request is online and can be found at https://www.daviefoundation.org/surf-grants/

“I have a passion for Youth and Service, and it has truly been a pleasure to serve as the advisor for this amazing Board of students the past three years,” said Daniel.  “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders. Watching these students set personal and group goals and then working to achieve them is really rewarding.”

“We are so appreciative of everyone who has stood beside SURF in making great things happen through the SURF Grants. From Sponsors, Volunteers, Runners, Grantees, Grant Advisors, Friends, and Parents it could not happen without you! SURF says thank you for your support, and we look forward to accomplishing even greater things in the future!” she added.

New SURF Board Members Will be Selected in June
The SURF Board is made up of 21 high school students who are residents of Davie County. Homeschool students and high school students who attend school outside of Davie County are invited to apply. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students.

For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board, contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email tdaniel@daviefoundation.org.

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Economic Development is a Team Sport – Strengthening the Davie County Workforce

Davie HR Managers at Triple J Manor House

Davie HR Managers Meet at Triple J Manor House

Dozens of Human Resources Managers from companies across Davie County met during the last week of January at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville to discuss the state of the County in terms of workforce development.

Sustained growth in the number of manufacturing and industrial jobs being created in Davie County over the last 5 years is putting pressure on HR managers to attract and retain the talented workforce that is necessary to compete successfully in a growing economy.

As with most challenges in Davie County, local leaders are stepping up to the plate to develop plans of action to address this pressure before it becomes a limiting factor for continued economic development.  The Davie County Economic Development Commission, the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Davidson County Community College and the Davie County School System worked together to host a “Lunch and Learn” meeting on Wednesday, January 25 with manufacturing and industry HR managers from across the county.

Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina
Dr. Pamela Howze, from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and NC Works delivered the feature presentation, “Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina.”

Many are familiar with “OJT” or On the Job Training and an apprenticeship program works in much the same way. The expert shows the apprentice how to do a task, watches as the apprentice practices portions of the task, and then turns over more and more responsibility until the apprentice is proficient enough to accomplish the task independently.  According to Dr. Howze, there are 400K apprentices across the USA in more than 1,000 occupations with 150,000 employers.

Apprentices start at a low wage scale and as they make progress their wage is increased. Many are very productive in their second year of Apprenticeship. A 2009 Return on Investment Study says that for every dollar spent on Apprenticeship training, an employer receives a benefit, on average of $1.47

The State of North Carolina is currently supporting apprenticeship initiatives by offering free community college tuition to any North Carolina workers that enter an apprenticeship program.  The North Carolina Department of Commerce has also submitted a $1.3 million grant proposal to grow apprenticeship programs across the state.

After the presentation by Dr. Howze, HR managers engaged in a substantive period of brainstorming and lively discussion with Dr. Howze and with representatives from Davie County Schools, Davidson County Community College and local temporary agencies who were also on hand in support of the HR managers and Davie County Industry.  Discussion was wide ranging, exploring a number of options and arrangements were made by several companies to continue the discussion with local leaders after the meeting.

In Davie County, Economic Development is a Team Sport
As Terry Bralley noted, “Economic Development is a team sport. As we move forward as a community, we must create a local awareness that we are in competition with the world.”

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Congratulations “Best of Davie” Award Winners!

Dozens of Davie County’s best got a chance to shine during the Best of Davie Awards! The awards were presented during the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at WinMock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 19th.

Thank You – Over 2000 Votes Cast!
Voting for the 2016 Best of Davie was open to all members of the community. More than 2000 online ballots were submitted.

“The Davie Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community great,“ said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “Once again, this year’s event was sold out and we had a fantastic night celebrating our Best of Davie Winners as well as our Business of the Year and EC Tatum Award Winner.”

“Best of Davie Awards were designed to give our community a voice in who they believe are the best businesses in Davie County,” she added. “Based on the significant increase in voting this year, we have not only found a great way to shine the spotlight on our local businesses, but we have clearly engaged our community as well. Preliminary plans are already in the works for next year’s Best of Davie program and the winners will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at WinMock at Kinderton.”

The 2016 Best of Davie Winners!
Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting, and helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.

Photos by Kathy Miller/One Shot Photography
iShop Davie 2016 Best of Davie Award Winners

Business of the Year:
Davie Construction Co.

E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award:
J. Russell Suggs, Jr.

Best Professional Service Provider
Martin & Van Hoy, LLP.
Runner Up: Novant Health Davie Medical Assoc.

Best Civic / Nonprofit
The Dragonfly House
Runner Up: Just Hope, Inc.

Best Golf Course
Pudding Ridge Golf Club
Runner Up: Oak Valley Golf Club

Best Place to Get Beautiful
SarahAshley Salon
Runner Up: Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions

Best Place to Shop
Honor Darling
Runner Up: Walmart

Best Vineyard
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
Runner Up: Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards, LLC

Best Place to Get Fit
Davie Family YMCA
Runner Up: Combat Athletics

Best Place to Worship
Rescue House
Runner Up: Hillsdale United Methodist Church

Best Landscaper
Cozart’s Handyman Services
Runner Up: Blakley Landscaping Services, Inc.

Best New Business
The Factory Coffeehouse
Runner Up: Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine

Best Place for Your Pet
The Country Veterinary Hospital
Runner Up: Valley Animal Clinic

Best Restaurant
Restaurant 101
Runner Up: O’Callahans Publik House

Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice
Carolina Center for Eye Care
Runner Up: Mocksville Vision Center

Best Photographer
Jessica Marie Photography
Runner Up: One Shot Photography

Best Place to Work
Davie County Schools
Runner Up: Rescue House

The Kitchen Sink Award
Mirror Image Cleaning Service
Runner Up: Justin Draughn Construction, LLC

To join the Chamber or to discover all that it has to offer, call (336) 751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com. The Davie Chamber of Commerce is located at 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville.

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Davie Marketing Summit – February 9th Winmock at Kinderton – Plan Now to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017!

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Looking to jump start your business and develop a competitive edge in 2017?  You won’t want to miss “Strategies for Taking your Business to a Bigger Market” on Thursday, February 9th from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Winmock at Kinderton.

Nationally and regionally known presenters will provide expert advice on reaching beyond borders to grow your business through top notch marketing and sales techniques. Hear stories of success after trials. Learn marketing trends. Discover the best use of grassroots techniques and how social media can play a role in branding your company.  

Guest speakers include:
Nick Hawks, Certified eBay Ed Specialist
David M. Frankel, Inventor/Entrepreneur
Kathy Wall, President, The Media Matters
Angel Guerrero, Entrepreneur/Speaker
Benjamin King, Wake Forest University
Grace Kanoy, GeoCore Films/Storyteller
Carl Shantley, President, Rohl Design & Marketing

This full-day marketing summit is co-sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davidson County Community College Small Business Center (DCCC SBC).

The cost is only $50 and includes coffee in the morning as well as lunch.

Click on https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=170360101 to register, or contact Janet Caudle at DCCC Davie Education Center (336) 998-3220.  

For more information contact Martha Larson, DCCC SBC Director at (336) 224-4557 or mlarson@davidsoncc.edu.

WinMock at Kinderton is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006.

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Be a Part of Something Huge! Healthy Davie – 1,000,000,000 Steps in 100 Days

Healthy-DavieHas your New Year’s resolution to exercise more already been derailed? Could you use a little accountability to reach your goals? Step into a healthier 2017 by joining the 1,000,000,000 Steps in 100 Days Healthy Davie Challenge.

The kickoff for this community-wide initiative will be Saturday, January 21 at Davie County High School from 10 am – 2 pm. Kimberly Van Scoy, WXII, will emcee the opening program at 10 am.

The first 400 people will receive a Healthy Davie water bottle. There will be prize drawings for a Fitbit Charge 2, wireless headphones, a pair of tennis shoes from Fleet Feet Sports, a GNC $50 gift card, a 1-month YMCA family membership, Nike fitness bag, and more!

There will also be free Healthy Davie t-shirts, free health screenings, and free snacks and activities for kids.

To pre-register for a screening time slot, go to www.daviefoundation.org and click on Healthy Davie.

Rich Park Greenway – A Great Place to Walk!
Rich Park Greenway

 

Healthy Davie is an initiative of the Davie County Foundation and the Mebane Charitable Foundation. The Healthy Davie initiative is comprised of thirty-nine nonprofit organizations and agencies working collaboratively to improve the lives of all Davie County citizens. Healthy Davie currently focuses on providing educational opportunities for our youngest students, moving families out of poverty, and improving the overall health of all residents.

The purpose of the Challenge is to raise awareness of the poor health of many members of our community at large; provide information about healthy habits; and encourage the entire community to participate in an effort to improve the physical health of Davie County citizens.

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you walk, it’s the number of steps that count. Those can be calculated using a pedometer, phone app, or by converting each mile walked to 2,000 steps. You can even convert time spent in other activities like cycling, swimming, or exercise classes, or everyday activities such as vacuuming or working in the yard into steps. The general recommendation is to walk 10,000 steps a day, which is 5 miles based on the average stride.

“I’m hopeful the entire community will use these next 100 days to challenge themselves to take better care of themselves,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “Obviously, walking is great exercise and should improve our physical health, but walking is also a great time for reflection and/or conversation. Mr. Mebane used to tell me he believed people should take time every day to think and reflect.”

“Personally, I’ve set a goal of 200,000 steps over the next 100 days and my wife Beverly, a regular walker long before the challenge, will be sure to hold my feet to the fire on that one,” he added. “You can bet on that!”

Visit the Davie Community Foundation website at www.daviefoundation.org for more information and to sign up to record your steps for the Challenge. You will also find a variety of information to improve overall health along with links to Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health for more detailed assessments.

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Back to Barry, Billy, & The Beatles, At the Brock this Saturday – Tickets Available Now!

Music enthusiasts are in for a special  treat when Brian Gurl and his Fabulous Five take the stage at the Brock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 pm.

At the Brock - Back to Barry, Billy and the Beatles

This innovative and imaginative six-piece production is an artistic powerhouse that takes the audience into the world of the unexpected – with wonderful musical arrangements, exciting vocal harmonies, pianistic power and fabulous “takes” on the music of these great icons while still honoring the original compositions.

The group offers provocative arrangements of such Beatles classics as Eleanor Rigby, And I Love Her, and others.  Brian’s expressive renditions of Manilow hits such as Mandy and supercharged versions of Bandstand Boogie and Could it be Magic? are total showstoppers.  A dramatic Piano Man and poignant And So it Goes by Billy Joel, showcase his gift of deeply touching an audience’s heart.  Add Brian’s jazz, classical, and theatrical influences, engaging persona and a totally hot band, and you have a riveting and transformative production, where every song is a new adventure.

A Lifetime of Music
Brian was born and raised in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and began studying classical piano at the age of six.  His gift of perfect pitch was discovered by his father one day when Brian asked, “Why is the lawn mower running in the key of G?”  By the time he was eight, Brian was delighting his classmates and friends, playing by ear many popular melodies he heard on radio and television, much to the chagrin of his piano teacher, he began sneaking in rhythmic and melodic embellishments to his renditions of Chopin and Beethoven!  He studied classical piano throughout high school while continuing to investigate other genres.  By the time he was 19, Brian was making his full-time living as a pianist and gradually expanded his artistic horizons to include ragtime, jazz, blues, pop, rock, Broadway, Latin and other styles.  

His early performing experience includes many premier resorts, hotels and piano bars in the Northeast as a young solo pianist, five years in a five-piece dance band and four years in the Woodstock, Vermont Jazz Quintet playing be-bop to contemporary jazz.  Under the direction of Broadway actress, Karen Shepard, Brian and his wife, Joey, wrote and created many popular musical comedy reviews while running and operating their own theater in Southern Vermont.  In total, Brian has created and starred in over 15 different musical stage productions – continually morphing into a more diverse and eclectic performing artist.

2016-2017 Season of Applause! Performance Series
This concert is part of the 2016-2017 Season of Applause! performance series sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, which is dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. The Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for decades. Other upcoming shows include This Magic Moment, three former lead singers from three of the world’s most renowned vocal groups–The Temptations, The Platters and the Drifters–have come together to create the ultimate musical experience; The Duttons,  high-energy entertainers who will rock the stage with a variety of genres from Bluegrass to contemporary, rock to country, as well as comedy and dance; and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, with over 80 awards, 5-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent–crowned “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal–leads the most honored  band in bluegrass music.

Tickets Available Online Now
Tickets for all shows are Adult: $33; Student / Senior: $32 and may be purchased at http://daviearts.org/shows-tickets/ or by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center at 622 North Main St., Mocksville. The Box Office is open from 12-5 pm, Monday through Friday and one hour before performances. It can be reached at 336-751-3000. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.

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47th Annual Chamber Awards Gala Event at WinMock at Kinderton ~ Tickets Still Available!

Chamber Awards Gala - WinMock at Kinderton

A Gala Event ~ The Tradition Continues
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala has been a signature Davie County event since 1970.  This tradition continues on Thursday, January 19th, and tickets are still available!

Schedule Highlights
The 47th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will be held at the WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres, delicious Davie County wines, and mingling.  At 7:00 PM, the event will move to the upstairs loft for a buffet dinner as well as the awards presentation and a celebration of the successes of the year.

Awards Ceremony
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will present the highly-anticipated “Best of Davie” Awards as well as the Chamber’s signature awards – the 2016 Business of the Year and E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award.  “Our Awards Gala is a true celebration of Davie County and all the successes of the year.  It gives us the opportunity to showcase the many businesses and organizations that make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are Still Available!
Don’t miss the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Gala!  This event is open to the community.  Tickets are $50 per person and reservations for a table of eight are available.   To purchase your tickets, contact the Davie Chamber 336-751-3304.

45th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting

Davie Chamber of Commerce—Proudly Serving Davie County
For more than 45 years, the Davie Chamber has served the business community throughout Davie County from Mocksville to Bermuda Run, Cooleemee to Advance and all points in between.  With professional staff, dedicated volunteers, and an involved Board of Directors, the Davie Chamber continues to promote economic and civic interests and provide leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Davie County.  For information about the Davie Chamber please contact chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336-751-3304.

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Delighting the Crowds at the Mocksville Bed Races!

“Twas the Night Before Bed Race” and all through the town,
were a series of teams wishing the flag would go down;
More rapid than eagles the race beds they came,

And the crowds whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now Manna Movers! Now Minions! Now WXII!
On Crazy Legs! On Skills USA! On Bandits!  On Express Delivery!

The town of Mocksville raced into the Christmas season on November 18th with the 5th Annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race as 20 race teams made the mad dash down Main Street.

Mocksville Bed Races -2016 ‘Twas The Night Before Bed Race!

$500 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake were prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team, Davie High Skills USA,  took home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up, Krazy Legs, collected $125.  Manna Movers, the third-place finisher,  rolled away with $75. Carolgale Builders picked up $50 for being the Most Creative.  A Total Package prize of $50 went to the Dragonfly House team for having the best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Despite the bed race coinciding with a Davie High football playoff game, Tami Langdon, Mocksville Tourism Development Authority, was pleased with turnout and considered the event a success.   

“Tina Crews, our DJ,  had folks dancing’ in the street during the heat breaks,” she said. “The police were phenomenal that night with the traffic flow and the town maintenance crew had the course up & ready QUICKLY  as well as torn down. They were vital to the logistics of this event.”

“Special THANKS to Denise Hendrix, the organizer of the event, and her daughter Jordan, who sets up the Bed Race Face Book (Twas the Night Before Bed Race), “  she added. “I also want to thank Ed Simmons for his photography work that evening.”

 

Complete Race Results

1st Place

Davie High Skills USA

  • Chase Alder
  • Zach Bartlett
  • Garrett Chandler
  • Drew Hall
  • Alex Myers

2nd Place

Krazy Legs

  • Chris Cole
  • John Herzog
  • Jake Kitchene
  • Thomas Reynold
  • Karl Swartz

3rd Place

Manna Movers

  • Lisi Frye
  • Josh Goodman
  • Micale Klutz
  • Jimmy Ham
  • Jason McCray
  • Max Wooten

Most Creative

Carolgale Builders

  • Jerry Bales
  • Heidi Gale
  • Lyndsay Gale
  • Paul Gale
  • Jaimie Willis

Total Package

Dragonfly House

  • Jen Baldwin
  • Kim Craver
  • Matt Craver
  • Heydy Day
  • Brandi Reagan

 

2016 Mocksville Bed Races Team Listing

WXII Channel-12-”THE NEWS”

 

ASHLEY BOYS OF BEDDING

Lisa Wise, Kevin Tucker, Michael Kaplan, Davis Small, & Chris Tran

THE BANDITS

Brian Vietts, Dex McGee, Patsy Hudspeth, David Winebarger, & Jay Louch

 

CATHY RIDDLE MISSILE –CAMP MANNA        

Matt Davidson, Jonathan Creason, Tommy Andrack, Chris Brawtiam, & Erin Davidson

CPP GLOBAL REINDEERS

Chad Mickles, BJ Richardson, Chris Williams, Jason Sellers,  & Tyrone Martin

DCCC STORM

Matthew Forrest, Rodney Wagoner, Michael Hutchens, Matthew Hoke, & Troy Mabe

DCCC SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Renee Fortenberry, Joy Malson, Jessica Closser, Breya Dawkins, & Jessica Myers

EXPRESS DELIVERY

Marsha Allen, Jessica Williams, Sonja Medford, Bradley Medford, & Linda Jenkins

FILET OF CHICKEN

Marty Gautreau, Steve Mixon

GRU’S CREW–TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST

Marsha Smith, Sam Williams, Justin Boger, Trevor Walterman, & Hugo Murillo

 

IR BED ROCKERS

Charles Clarke, Denise Porter, Stacy West, Desick Faulkner, & Scotty Coe

JUST TOEC

Harrison Sales, Hayes Sales, Tatum Williams, Sheldon Bergondo, & Amber Carter Watson

 

MOCKSVILLE MASONIC LODGE

Rick Phelps, Brad Blackwelder, Jake Reavis, Carlton Terry, & Brian Myers

NIGHTMARES

Gerardo Mancilla, Chandler Woodruff, Monty Landreth, Jr., Gavin Freeman, & Mitchell Skidmore

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT

Jay Kimura, Scott Berry, Steve Myers, Tyron Neely,  & David Smith

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Enjoy Award Winning Wines From 5 Davie County Vineyards!

Davie County is home to five wonderful vineyards with a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste.  Fall and winter are a wonderful time to discover new wine pairings for your favorite holiday recipes, enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends, and take part in a variety of scheduled events.  Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. Davie County Vineyards are welcoming spots to enjoy with a group of friends and family for an hour, an afternoon or an entire evening.

Davie County Vineyards - RaylenRayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100 www.raylenvineyards.com.  Open Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM

Raylen offers 16 award winning wines. Their white wines include Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, multiple Chardonnays and Yadkin Gold, a unique blend of their whites. Their red wines include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a number of blends.

Raylen’s tastings are divided into “flights,” which are a selection of wines. The white and red flights are $6 each or you may taste a complete flight for $10.

The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. Until then, the property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance our guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola roof top of RayLen Vineyards & Winery is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation. Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the Tasting Room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of RayLen’s award-winning wines. Vintner Steve Shepard has a long history in winemaking. His education and career began in Pennsylvania; since 1980, Shepard has been making wine commercially. Drawn south, Shepard’s North Carolina career began in 1989 at the first Yadkin Valley winery. The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. From the date of RayLen’s purchase, Shepard helped design the vineyard for optimum growth for the 10 different European varietals grown. In its first three vintages, RayLen Vineyards & Winery won over 200 medals at various statewide, regional, and international competitions. Shepard has been recognized by Robert Parker for his 1991 vintage wines, while RayLen has been lauded by the Wine Spectator as one of the premier wineries in the Southeast.

Davie County Vineyards - Misty CreekMisty Creek Farm and Vineyards
710 Wyo Road Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 (336) 998-3303 www.mistycreekwines.com. Open Friday:  4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday:  10:00 AM-8:00, PM Sunday:  2:00-6:00 PM.

Misty Creek has 14 acres of vineyards, and their award-winning wines include Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. They also offer a variety of sweet wines including, Misty Rose, Chamberry, Rhapsody in Blueberry, and Blackberry Cobbler, all made with real sugar and real fruit extracts. A wine tasting is $10, and includes all 11 wines as well as the wine glass.

Misty Creek’s vineyards and tasting room lie between the communities of Huntsville and Farmington near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, an area used for centuries by Native Americans as a meeting ground and natural fish trap.  Later the Shallow Ford served as a safe place for travelers, wagons and stagecoaches to cross the Yadkin River on the Great Wagon Road (known locally as the Colonial Pike) from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia.

A thriving community developed at the ford to serve passing wagon trains, and the deep cut of the Great Wagon Road is still evident today on both sides of the Yadkin River.  By 1770, a road cut from this area to Mulberry Fields (near Wilkesboro) later became known as the Daniel Boone Trail,  named after Daniel Boone who married and built a cabin on the Sugar Creek, approximately two miles east of Farmington, in 1756.

On October 14th, 1780 during the American Revolution a large group of Tories crossed the Shallow Ford to be defeated by Whig forces.  Fourteen Tories were buried in a small plot west of the crossing, and almost immediately the brash colonials built a pig lot over their final resting place to commemorate forever this event.  Later in 1781 Lord Cornwallis crossed the Shallow Ford in pursuit of General Nathaniel Green’s “Green Mountain Boys”, the two forces meeting at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro.

After the war in 1792, Charles Hunt purchased 250 acres and began to lay out 111 half-acre lots to establish the city of Huntsville.  Local history suggests that Huntsville narrowly missed being the state capital for North Carolina.  In April 1865 Union General George Stoneman’s cavalry crossed the Shallow Ford and routed the Confederacy’s Yadkin Home Guard, subsequently ransacking the town of Bethania and looting the town of Huntsville as one of the last acts of the Civil War.

The Nichols family purchased this land in early 2001, naming it Misty Creek after the natural spring that bisects the property. They immediately began a series of improvements that included a lake, roads and irrigation, and planted the first four acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin.  The following year an additional 10 acres were planted, and Syrah was added to the vineyard.  Finished in June 2009, the tasting room sits directly on the site of a pioneer cabin originally built in 1800 as a mule barn, and overlooks the old road bed.  The deep well and original entry road are very evident in the topography, and they continue to find hand-made bricks, pottery shards, spear points and other evidence of long habitation. Misty Creek Vineyards are located in Davie County, named for William R. Davie who was a revolutionary war leader, minister to France and later governor of North Carolina.

Davie County Vineyards - Garden GateGarden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 751-3794 or (336) 941-7721 www.gardengatevineyards.net.  Open Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM, and Sunday by appointment.

Garden Gate Vineyards, owned by Bob and Sonya Whitaker offers free tastings of their home-style muscadine and fruit wines including Scuppernog, Muscadine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and other varieties including Sangria and “Jitter Bug.” The Whitakers do all of the blending and bottling themselves. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. Garden Gate uses no pesticides on their grapes, relying instead on the large number of resident blue birds lured to their countryside setting. In addition to the wines, Garden Gate also offers a fine selection of hand-made pottery created by the hosts.

Davie County Vineyards - Lazy ElmLazy Elm Vineyards
523 Danner Road Mocksville, NC 27028- (336)909-4914 www.lazyelm.com.  Open Saturday 12:00-8:00 PMish, Sunday 12:00-6:00 PMish, and Monday-Friday by appointment.

Lazy Elm Vineyards offers nine varieties carefully crafted by owner/winemaker/tasting room manager Chris Bolcato. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Dry Rose’, Chardonnay, and Sweet Apple Wines. Unique offerings include Pinot Grigio Arancione (orange wine) a style most commonly used in Italy; Selfish, a port-style dessert wine, and “Damn Yankee” a red blend so named by Bolcato to poke fun at his status as a New Jersey transplant.

Visitors to Lazy Elm are treated to a “behind the scenes” look at the wine barrels and tanks while tasting the wonderful wines. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines and keep your glass as a souvenir.

Chris Bolcato saw his dreams come true in the fall of 2013 when he opened the doors of his winery, Lazy Elm, on a beautiful 43 acre farm in Davie County. His grandfather made homemade wine, so owning a winery is part dream and part family legacy. Lazy Elm currently has 5.5 acres planted in Vitis Vinifera (European Wine style) grapes. Varietals include Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Vermentino.

Davie County Vineyards - Chestnut TrailChestnut Trail Vineyard
640 Cedar Grove Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. (336) 655-4755. http://www.chestnuttrail.com: Friday 2:00-5:00 PM, Saturday 1:00-5:00 PM, or call for an appointment. Chesnut Trail currently offers three muscadine wines, including two reds, and a white, but plans to soon add a blush. All their wine comes from grapes grown organically in their vineyard. Tastings are $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

The vineyard began as the retirement project of John and Claudia Ellis, a movie studio musician/oboe teacher and a Peruvian Paso horse enthusiast. Now it’s a family operation with two of their six children and their spouses joining them in their venture, along with many other family members’ support.

The vineyard opened in January 2015 and overlooks 50 acres of rolling hills and horses grazing in the pasture. These horses are the inspiration for the names of the wines, Primor, Legado, and Estrellita.

Chestnut Trail Vineyard GrapesA Brief History of Viticulture in North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh had no idea that the vine his sailors stumbled upon when they reached the Outer Banks would be so beneficial to North Carolinians. His men reported that the coast was “so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.” Perhaps what his mates spotted was the MotherVine on Roanoke Island, still growing and producing scuppernong grapes since explorers first sighted it in 1584. The vine has a trunk two-feet-thick, and its tendrils stretch along wooden arbors that support their tremendous weight across almost an acre of land. The scuppernong is a type of muscadine grape.

In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson noted North Carolina taking the lead with wine culture, estimating its “wine would be distinguished on the best tables in Europe, for its fine aroma, and chrystalline transparence.” The 1840 Federal Census listed the state as the number one wine producer in the U.S.; it remained one of the highest-ranked until Prohibition in the early 1900s. Today, the state’s industry is enjoying a vigorous resurgence, shared this time with the imported European-style vinifera.

Facts about North Carolina Wines
North Carolina is home to more than 160 wineries. The number of wineries has more than quadrupled  since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes.

  • Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. They are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
  • Plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as Scuppernongs, are relatively pest resistant and thrive in the hot sandy conditions of the Coastal region. Muscadines contain high levels of Resveratrol and other health-enhancing antioxidants. Some wineries even sell grape skins to nutraceutical companies.
  • Scuppernong is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina. The MotherVine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is a 400-year old Scuppernong vine and is the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
  • North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for grape and wine production and third for wine tourism. States.
  • More than 400 individually owned grape vineyards are spread across the state, covering 1,800 acres.
  • According to a recent study, the annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $1.28 billion with nearly 7,600 jobs supported.
  • The Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first federally recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA). It is located in northwestern North Carolina, and there are currently more than 20 wineries and 400 acres devoted to vineyards in the Yadkin Valley.
  • Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate Winery, which receives more than one million visitors annually and is the most visited winery in the United States.
  • Medoc Vineyard in the town of Brinkleyville in Halifax County was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina and led the country’s wine production in 1835.
  • At the turn of the century, 25 wineries operated in North Carolina, making it one of the most productive wine states in the U.S. The industry closed with the onset of Prohibition.
  • A 2007 national survey sponsored by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with Gourmet magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), cited North Carolina as one of the top five state destinations for wine and culinary tourism activities in the United States.
  • Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest winery in the state, is the world’s largest producer of Muscadine wine.

[The introduction and facts above are from www.visitncwines.com – Used with permission]

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“Up on the Rooftop” Davie County Christmas Ornament Still Available

Up on the Rooftop”  – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament Quality and Beauty of Hand-Cast Pewter

Up on the Rooftop” – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament
Quality and Beauty of Hand-Cast Pewter

Christmas is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to pick up your “Up on the Rooftop” 2016 Davie County commemorative Christmas ornament.  This beautiful hand-crafted pewter ornament will not only add some sparkle to your tree, but would make the perfect gift for your Davie County friends and family.

“Up on the Rooftop”
This year’s fire truck-shaped ornament salutes the services and sacrifices of our fire departments and emergency personnel. Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“Up on the Rooftops” is the 26th is a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

26 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments

1991    Davie County Courthouse
1992    Old Davie County Jail
1993    60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994    Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995    Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996    Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997    Old Bank of Davie
1998    Cherry Hill Church
1999    Cooleemee Plantation
2000    Everest Building
2001    J.P. Green Milling  SOLD OUT
2002    First Presbyterian Church
2003    First Methodist Church
2004    Center Arbor – 1876
2005    Junkers Mill
2006    Advance Methodist Church
2007    Fork Baptist Church
2008    Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009    Martin Brothers
2010    Millers  . …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011    Daniel Furniture
2012    Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013    Let It Snow
2014    Snowflake
2015    Tractor
2016 Fire Truck

Previous years’ ornaments not listed as sold out may still be purchased at Town Hall for $9.

The 2016 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time adventure. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality and beauty of hand cast pewter.

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Advance Christmas Parade, Carriage Rides, Christmas Concert – This Weekend!

advance-christmas-paradee-anchorIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Davie County has holiday activities to delight both young and old this weekend.

Advance Christmas Parade at 10 am
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a chair and head to the Advance Christmas parade. Parade participants meet by 9 am in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School on Cornatzer Road. The parade begins at 10 am at the school and follows Cornatzer Road, turning right onto Highway 801 and left on Peeples Creek Road.

Carriage Rides Through Downtown Mocksville
What better way to enjoy the Christmas lights than a ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage! Carriage rides will start on Depot St. close to Styled Gatherings and circle through downtown from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday night. Rides are just $5 per person. Carriage rides will also be available on Saturday night, December 17th.

While you are downtown, don’t forget to do a little Christmas shopping in the unique shops and dine in one of the delightful restaurants.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store on Main Street, which benefits the Davie County High School War Eagle Band, is now open from 11 am- 6 pm Monday-Saturday and from 1-6 pm on Sundays. The store also sells War Eagle attire, cups, and other Davie High items.

FREE Concert –Christmas Celebration at the Brock!
Enjoy the sounds of the season during a FREE concert as local talented musicians perform your favorite Christmas melodies on Sunday afternoon from 2-4:30 pm. Theatre doors will open at 1:30 and seating is first come, first served. The Brock Performing Arts Center is located at 622 North Main Street in Mocksville.

For more information about the Advance Christmas parade, contact the Advance Fire Department at 336.998.8181. For more information about the carriage rides, visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org or call Tami Langdon at 336-753-6705. For more information about Christmas at the Brock, visit http://www.daviearts.org or call the Davie County Arts Council Box Office at 336-751-3000.

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Opening Doors in Davie County — Reeb Millwork Expanding, Adding Jobs

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.

Reeb - opening doors“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”

Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas,  southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.

The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”

Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.

“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s  management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.

As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.

To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.

In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.

mike-crume-2Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”

“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.

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Winterfest is FREE! —Huge inflatable slide, bounce house, hay rides, and balloon crafts!

winterfestThere will be chills and thrills for the whole family at Winterfest on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 5 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage at 107 South Salisbury Street, Mocksville. You will “frolic and play the eskimo way” as you fly down SnowZilla, the inflatable tubing slide.

At 31’ Tall and 90’ Long, and with two sliding lanes, it’s a WOW ride for kids and adults of all ages! The perfect simulation of a slide down a snow covered hill!

You won’t want to miss the bounce house available for smaller children, hay rides, and balloon art and Christmas stories by Michael Decker!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or enjoy one of Mocksville’s delicious downtown restaurants.

Bring Nonperishable Food Items for A Storehouse for Jesus
This is the season for giving, so please bring nonperishable food items for A Storehouse for Jesus. Collection boxes will be available around Junker’s Mill.

This wonderful family event is presented by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.  And best of all, it’s free!

Scenes from Winterfest 2015
Mocksville Winterfest

For more information about Winterfest, visit www.MocksvilleNC.org or call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6705.

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4th Annual Best of Davie Awards – Vote Online today!

best-of-davie-logo-2016Everyone has their favorites –the restaurant that serves that special dish, the stylist who always gets your haircut just right, or the boutique that always has the perfect gift. Well it’s time again to give those businesses the recognition they deserve by voting online today for “THE BEST” in 16 categories in the 4th Annual Best of Davie Awards!

We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here, it seems the word is starting to spread. The Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its “Best of Davie Awards.”

This component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDavie initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s business and non-profits. Cast your vote today at www.daviechamber.com.

Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business.  “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDavie and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy. “More than 1500 votes were cast last year, and we would love an even greater response this year.”

iShopDavie-holding-signDo it Now – Voting Ends December 15th
Besides showcasing everything from voters’ favorite restaurants to “The Kitchen Sink Award,” McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will use the promotional materials we have designed on social media and at their businesses to invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation.  What better way to show appreciation for a business, organization or person in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?”

Voting is underway now but ends on December 15th at noon so vote now for Best of Davie!  Winners will be announced and honored at the Davie Chamber 47thAwards Gala & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan 19th. You may nominate and vote for “candidates” in sixteen different categories. This year’s categories are: Best Professional Service Provider, Best Place to Shop, Best Civic/Nonprofit, Best Golf Course, Best Vineyard, Best Place to Get Fit, Best Photographer, Best Place to Get Beautiful, Best Place to Worship, Best Landscaper, Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice, Best New Business, Best Place for Your Pet, Best Place to Work, Best Restaurant, and The Kitchen Sink Award. The Kitchen Sink Award is new this year and allows voters to nominate a business they feel is worthy of recognition but doesn’t fit into a specific category.

2015 BEST OF DAVIE AWARD WINNERS
2015 Davie Chamber Award Winners

 

Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting are already underway at www.daviechamber.com. Interested in finding out who wins?  Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on January 19th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run.  Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.

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