Davie County Remembers – Community will Honor Heroes on Memorial Day

USA_Flags_Mocksville_NC_Tree_of_HonorMemorial Day Observance 11 a.m. Monday at the Brock
On Memorial Day, we pause to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country, especially the more than 400 who are memorialized on the Davie County Veteran’s Memorial in Downtown Mocksville.

Please join us at the Brock Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29th to participate in an authentic remembrance honoring the heroes who make our freedom possible and celebrate the unity and sacrifice that are among the core values that continue to sustain our nation.

The Davie High JROTC will present the colors and the Davie Singing Seniors will perform.

Guest speaker will be Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin.

All veterans attending the ceremony will be recognized, and will receive a free lunch at Marco’s Pizza, courtesy of the Mocksville Rotary Club.

Memorial Day began as a day of remembrance for fallen servicemen, first observed on May 30th, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

From its inception, this was a solemn occasion. Businesses closed for the day, and towns large and small held parades ending at the local cemetery, where eulogies were delivered and prayers offered for the fallen. Citizens tended the graves of the honored dead, decorating them with flowers and flags.

If you can’t make it to the memorial service at the Brock Center, take some time this Memorial Day to honor the ultimate price so many have paid which allows us to enjoy the promise of freedom and opportunity.

Thank you to all of the service men and women serving around the world today and to all those who have served in the past, and thank you to the Town of Mocksville, Davie County and Graham Funeral Home for sponsoring this annual event.

“All Gave Some, Some Gave All”

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Free Sounds on the Square Concert this Saturday in Bermuda Run – Special Occasion Band!

Special Occasion Band-intThe Town of Bermuda Run will be alive with the sounds of beach music as Special Occasion Band (SOB) kicks off the Sounds on the Square concert series this Saturday night, May 27th, from 7 pm-9 pm at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This is the first of three free concerts co-sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council. The next concert, the Ardmore Brass Band, will be held June 24th at 7 pm. Eric & The Chill Tones, who play the top hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, will perform on August 26th at 7 pm.

If You Love Beach Music
Special Occasion Band is known throughout the Carolinas for its versatility and depth of talent. This Winston-Salem-based band has been together since the 80’s offering the best of  Carolinas’ Beach Music, Top 40, Oldies, and Country.  Their beach repertoire includes favorites like “I Love Beach Music,” “Carolina Girls,” “60 Minute Man,” and “Brown-eyed Girl.”

Grab Your Favorite Carolina Girl or Guy and Dance the Night Away!
There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and snacks, and maybe your shaggin’ shoes, and enjoy this free concert.

The concert’s rain date is Sunday, May 28th.

The Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green is located at 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158). For questions or to get more information contact the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-3112, www.daviearts.org.

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The Town of Bermuda Run Ranked #1 in the Triad & Ranked # 4 in all of North Carolina

townofbrlogosmWhat are the best places to buy a home in the Triad? Small towns.  That’s according to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides research and reviews on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

Niche’s 2017 Best Places to Buy a House survey ranked The Town of Bermuda Run as #1 in the Piedmont Triad and #4 in the state of North Carolina. Lewisville was ranked #7 and Clemmons was listed at #16.

The rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the housing and community of an area. This grade takes into account key factors of a location’s housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, in an attempt to measure the quality and stability of an area’s real estate market. Data for the list comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI and Niche.

Bermuda Run received an overall grade of an A as well as A’s for housing, jobs, outdoor activities, and being a good place for families.

According to Lee Rollins, Bermuda Run Town Manager, “We recognize that the Town of Bermuda Run has a lot going for it, but it sure is rewarding when others outside of our community recognize it too.”

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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

BlockFest Collage 2KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County in conjunction with Davie Recreation and Parks and Davie Family YMCA, and will occur rain or shine.  The goal of KidsFest is to provide a fun day of learning for children and to raise awareness for the services and activities available to families of young children in Davie County.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house,  bunnies, a magic show and balloonist, Zumba, face painting, and much more.

The Davie YMCA is providing a “smoothie bike”. Riding the bike powers the attached blender to make smoothies! The YMCA will offer a youth training session at 10 a.m. on the main stage and the Senior Center Boogie Brigade Dancers will showcase their fancy footwork at 10:20 a.m. in the picnic area.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11 a.m.

kidsfest anchor1New This Year
New this year to KidsFest is BlockFest, a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. Parents, preschool teachers and the community will become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it affects both school readiness and later math success.  BlockFest is for children birth-5 years old and will be held in the Brock Gym from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Space for BlockFest is limited.

Home Safety classes will be offered at 10 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. Free home safety kits will be given to the first 15 families registered for each session.

Family Resources
This year’s featured parent/child session is called Kidpower. Hosted by Davie Domestic Violence in conjunction with Kidpower North Carolina, Kidpower teaches personal safety and boundary-setting skills. There will be a session at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5 years and a session at 12:30 p.m. for ages 5+.

There will be many representatives from community non-profit and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources. Each vendor inside the gym will feature an interactive activity for children. Smart Start will be giving away free T-shirts to young children attending the event, while supplies last.

“Smart Start celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and we want to thank the community for their support of our organization offering early education programs and family support since 1997,” said Gena Taylor,  Executive Director of Smart Start of Davie County.

“Our annual KidsFest shows families how much fun it can be to learn and do activities together. We want to encourage parents to visit with the variety of local agencies to learn more about the programs and services that are available to them in Davie County.”

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required. There were over 1,000 people in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org. After completing the online registration, stop by one of the three registration tables the day of the event to get your welcome goodie bag! Smart Start will also be raffling a Radio Flyer tricycle.  Everyone that registers will receive a door prize ticket for a chance to win and can earn more tickets by visiting the vendor tables and learning more about resources.

Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free t-shirt!  Sign up on the Smart Start website.

Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization serving all children in Davie County, from birth to five, by providing quality resources and services for families and child care providers that build a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Call Smart Start at 336-751-2113 or visitwww.daviesmartstart.org for more information.

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Bermuda Run Garden Club Invites you to “Feed the Beast!” – Shred Event Saturday, May 20th

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventbPurge those piles, clean out those cabinets, and support your community.

The Bermuda Run Garden Club would like to help you get rid of your old, outdated paperwork during their biannual paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 20th, rain or shine.

The event will take place from 9 am – noon in the Bermuda Run Town Hall parking off US 158 at 120 Kinderton Boulevard.

Cor365’s mobile truck, “The Beast,” will shred your papers onsite to protect your privacy. Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud as well as protects our environment by recycling paper. The shredded material is recycled into paper towels and napkins.

The cost is $5 cash per brown paper grocery bag or equivalent sized box. This event is for paper shredding only. Please do not include cardboard, carbon paper, plastics, transparencies, or electronic materials, like CDs or microfiche.

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventcFeed the Best is a Win-Win for Everyone!
This event is a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get to safely and securely rid yourself of superfluous paperwork, the proceeds go to community programs supported by the club.

Through its fundraisers, the Bermuda Run Garden Club has donated thousands of dollars to various Davie County community programs. .

The club has supported A Storehouse for Jesus, by donating food, sponsoring meals at Thanksgiving, conducting a blanket drive, and creating centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.

Other projects have included donating books on horticulture and design to the Davie County Public Library, creating small bouquets of flowers once each quarter for the Meals on Wheels food trays, providing centerpieces for a dinner that benefits Hospice, and supporting Pearls of Empowerment. Many club members serve as lunch buddies for Pinebrook Elementary School.

In November, the club hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the exceptional children and teachers from the Davie County schools.

In addition, the club gives money to the Davie Community Foundation to support the Children’s Reading Program Summer Camp, which provides students with the extra reading assistance they need to move on to the next grade level.

The club also combined proceeds from the shredding events and the annual geranium sale to establish a $5000 endowed fund with the Davie County Community Foundation. The Bermuda Run Garden Club Community Fund provides grants to projects that impact youth, literacy, and healthy living in Davie County.

The club’s next shredding event will be held at the Bermuda Run Town Hall in October.

For more information, contact Marie at (336) 650-5518 or check out the Bermuda Run Garden Club’s website.

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Ashley for the Arts Festival – Saturday, May 13

ashleyfortheartsanchorDavie County Schools will hold the Ashley for the Arts Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Davie County High School. Everyone is welcome and invited to enjoy this spring celebration!

The Incalculable Value of the Arts
In its seventh year, this festival is a free annual event that brings the community together to celebrate the arts and art education. As a proud supporter of the arts and a partner of Davie County Schools, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. generously donates $10,000 each year to support arts education through competitive grants offered for special projects, art supplies, performance materials, specialized equipment, and musical instruments. Todd Wanek, President & CEO of Ashley Furniture, believes, “The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.”

The heART of it all!
The theme of the Ashley for the Arts Festival is “The heART of it all.” Art comes from the heart. It’s how we interpret and experience the world, and it connects all cultures. For so many students, the arts are the heart of education—their passion, and they love the opportunity to learn in different ways. As a critical part of a well-rounded education, arts are a way of learning, communicating, developing the brain and cognitive abilities, and cultivating creativity. Furthermore, students acquire valuable soft skills and learn discipline and perseverance as they work together as a team in the performing arts.

The spring festival is a wonderful way for families to spend some quality time together over the Mother’s Day weekend. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the main gym, with a special presentation focused on this year’s theme. Throughout the festival, student performances in music, theatre arts, and dance will showcase students’ talent and hard work. An array of visual arts will be on display in the small gym, and children and adults alike can participate in hands-on “make and take” art sessions. A variety of arts and crafts vendors and refreshments will be available on site as well.

Come enjoy and experience “The heART of it all” at the Ashley for the Arts Festival on May 13

Reposted with permission from Davie Life.

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Become a Work of Art During Color Downtown 2017–Register Today!

color downtownColor Downtown 2017 is an event the whole family will enjoy … dance and twirl in your tutu, hop, skip, run, or walk your way through downtown Mocksville and Rich Park on Saturday, May 20, and be transformed into a colorful work of art with each color station you pass.

Last year more than 500 people enjoyed being doused with colored cornstarch as they traveled a course through six different color stations. The Color Downtown 2017 kicks  off at Rich Park at 3 pm and ends with a color explosion grand finale.

“We are so excited about our biggest fundraiser which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault during their time of greatest need,” said Lorri Hayes, director of Davie Domestic Violence Services & Rape Crisis Center. “The funds raised provide the services our clients need during their crisis — emergency housing, food, shelter, the crisis line, and counseling.”

“This year’s numbers are low right now, so we really need people to sign up,” she added.

The Color Downtown raised $10,230 last year.  This year’s goal is $15,000.

Register now to join in the fun! The cost is $23 per person, $20 each for groups of two or more, and children five and under are free. http://www.active.com/mocksville-nc/running/distance-running-races/color-downtown-2017-29660255?int=

Event details and schedule
Color Downtown is a fun run so it will not be timed, but to keep count of participants on the day of the event, each will be assigned a bib number. The bibs will be distributed at packet pick-up and must be worn on the day of the event.

***After April 28th, t-shirts will only be available for PURCHASE at packet pickup and on event day! T-shirts will NOT come with registration***

Packet pickup will be held May 15-17 from 3 PM -7 PM at the Mocksville Library at 371 North Main St. Unfortunately, the day of the event will be too chaotic to include same day packet pick-up.

Presenting sponsors are Vogler Koontz PLLC and Family Care Center of Mocksville.

For more information, contact Molly Ridenhour at molly@davielife.com.

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Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show – Saturday, May 6 at Trailers of the East Coast

car-show-anchorLove cars? Do you have a beauty you enjoy showing off, or do you just like to look, dream, and drool? If so, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Davie County High School and SkillsUSA Auto Tech Car Show at Trailers of the East Coast, 418 Interstate Drive, Mocksville, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show
Car show proceeds will benefit Automotive Technology and the SkillsUSA Chapter at Davie County High School. Space constraints require us to limit the car show to the first 120 cars to register on the day of the show. Car show registration is from 8 until 9:30 AM on show day.

NASCAR Goodies on Display
In conjunction with the car show, Trailers of the East Coast will have a Team Penske NASCAR race car transporter open for walk-throughs/brief tours.

Action Express Racing, Mustang Sampling, Austin Dillon #3 & More Attractions Planned
The Mustang Sampling show car #5 Corvette will be on display as will the Austin Dillon #3 show car.  Details on additional family friendly car show attractions are still being finalized.

Voting, Classes & Awards
Judging will take place from 9:00 until 11:00 AM with awards presented at 12:15 PM. Entry fee for show cars is $15. A panel of judges will select the top three in each class while show attendees will vote on People’s Choice awards and Trailers of the East Coast staff will select the Sponsor’s Choice Awards.

Cars will compete in the following classes:
General Motors: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Ford/Mercury: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Chrysler/Mopar: Early to 1975, 1976-1981, 1981 to present
Euro, Exotics, Imports, Trucks, Tractors

Special Awards – Built by Automotive Students at Davie County High School
There will be special awards for Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine, and Sponsor’s Choice.   The special awards are built by the students in the automotive classes at Davie High School.

Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. The rain date for the car show is June 4th.

Davie County High School Auto Tech Car Show

Davie High Automotive Technology and SkillsUSA
All proceeds go to students enrolled in SkillsUSA for competition to win scholarships to jump-start their careers.

Each quarter, there are on average 44 students enrolled in Davie High’s Automotive Technology program taught by Seth James. On average, there are 20 students enrolled in level 2/3 are preparing for careers in the automotive industry.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. The organization serves more than 320,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

For more information about this event, please call Seth James at (336) 751-5905 ext. 4084.

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Daniel Boone Family Festival, Saturday May 6, will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

daniel-boone-family-festivalFree Community Event! 10 AM to 8 PM
On Saturday, May 6th, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic reenactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, and a kids area with inflatables and balloon artistry, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

These tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

joppacemeteryA tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract,  but adds tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull Hole; Veach’s Muster Ground; Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site; and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of reenactors from Fort Dobbs in Statesville.  Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests at Junker’s Mill at 3:40 PM. These fun and hilarious events will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first, and wildly gyrating to see who can keep their hoop spinning the longest. Registration on the day of the festival at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage..

frozen t-shirt contestFrozen T-Shirt Contest
1st place- $100 ( 17 & UP) $25 ( 11-16) $25 ( 6-10)
2nd place- $75, $10, $10
3rd place- $50, $5, $5

Hula Hoop Contest
1st place- $25 (17 & UP) $25 (11-16) $25 (6-10)
2nd place- gift cards, gift cards, $10
3rd place -gift cards, $10, $5

Music and Entertainment all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by The Eliminators ( ZZ Top Tribute Band out of Chicago)
Grab your chair and head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre for a full day of entertainment:

NOON………Table Rock Ramblers ( Blue Grass)
2:05 p.m…..Flying Saucers ( Hits from 60’s & 70’s)
3:40 p.m..…Hula Hoop and Frozen T-shirt Contest (Register at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage)
4:30 p.m..…Tess & the Black & Blue Band ( Motown & Beach)
6:30-8 p.m. HEADLINER,  The Eliminators ( ZZ Top Tribute Band out of Chicago)

 All of the performances are free of charge.  Alcoholic beverages and water can be purchased at Junker’s Mill (no coolers please).

Food Drive for A Storehouse for Jesus
The Rotary Club of Mocksville and the Davie County Early College Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club, will be collecting non-perishable food as well as monetary donations for A Storehouse for Jesus. Goods may be dropped of at the truck located near the Sound Depot on West Depot St. or at the collection table at  Junker’s Mill.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Downtown Park and Public Restrooms at 10 AM
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate and officially open the new public restrooms located on Main St. between Horn Oil Company and the Mocksville Police Department at 10 AM. Plans for the downtown Mocksville park that is being erected at the site this fall will also be shared.

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities at the festival,  head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site, or call 336-909-2263.

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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens This Friday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Peachtree Farmers Market will open this Friday, April 28th, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

A typical week’s offerings include: fresh eggs, goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, grass-fed beef, pork, fresh NC seafood, jellies, jams, juices, breads, shiitake mushrooms, plants, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, farm crafts, stone-ground cornmeal, flour & grits, goat milk soap, dried apples, jumbo red-skinned peanuts.

For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email peachtreefarmersmarket@yadtel.net. Follow the Peachtree Farmers Market on Facebook for an up-to-date list of the week’s vendors.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 13th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, fresh baked goodies, and local hormone-free meats including beef, lamb, and pork.

This market supports small, backyard growers and only charges a fee of $5.00 to set up.

If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

 

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community. These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.   For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.

Fridays –  Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – At the Brock Center April 29th, 2017

Rhonda Vincent AnchorWith over 80 awards, five-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent, crowned “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, returns to the Brock stage on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 pm.

Rhonda has won seven straight Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), plus Entertainer of the Year in 2001; she also took home Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Entertainer of the Year honors five times running between 2002 and 2006.  Her music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute breakneck instrumentals to heart-wrenching ballads.

For more than 15 years, Rhonda has represented Martha White, quality baking products from cornbread to biscuits.  Rhonda is also known to make a mean ragin’ cornbread!  Don’t miss out when the legendary Martha White Bluegrass Express tour bus rolls in to Mocksville for an epic one-night-only performance. Rhonda’s last show at the Brock Performing Arts Center was to a “sold-out” audience.  Reserve your seat today!

Davie County Arts Council2016-2017 Season of Applause at the Brock
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 The Grassroots, an American rock band that charted hits from 1967-1975; On The Border, comprised of musicians that were hand-selected by the Eagles to play the band’s respective members; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year; David Osborne, who has carried the title ‘Pianist To The Presidents’ since President Jimmy Carter; and Barbra and Frank, A Tribute, by Sharon Owens & Sebastian Anzaldo, two of the most impressive celebrity impersonators.,

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 Monday – Friday from noon to 5 pm and one hour before performances. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.

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Mebane Foundation Grant to Fund Five Year Multi-Million Dollar Transformative Initiative with Davie County Schools to Address Early Literacy

pre-k student learningThe Mebane Charitable Foundation, located in Mocksville, NC, has approved a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

“The Mebane Foundation has been funding quality literacy interventions for years, but we felt it was time to find a partner and aggressively move the needle toward kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by the end of third grade,” said Larry Colbourne, President of the Mebane Foundation. “Over the years we’ve invested heavily in Davie County and many of those assets remain and are alive and well, making Davie County the obvious choice for this long-term and strategic early literacy initiative.”

Davie County Schools has a rich history of academic success and consistently ranks in the top 10-15 percent of districts in the state of North Carolina. But despite the county’s successful academic performance, approximately 30 percent of students do not enter kindergarten “ready” according to DIAL scores (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) and 34 percent do not show reading proficiency by the end of the third grade as demonstrated on the NC End-of-Grade (EOG) Reading Test

The goals of this initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022. This project will impact approximately 2,300 students each year over the 5-year implementation period.

“Our county leadership and community partners all seem to be working from the same sheet of music, thus we felt the time was right to throw out such a bold set of metrics that if reached, would put Davie County schools at the top in North Carolina,” Colbourne said.

“We’ve been following closely the recommendations of the Business Roundtable, a national group of CEO’s from around the country, led by folks like North Carolina’s own Jim Goodnight of SAS, and at this moment in time we believe, as do they, that kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by third grade are the keys to the future success of our workforce and our country.”

Initially, this project will be a collaborative effort between Davie County Schools, Smart Start, and the public/private preschools. The grant from the Mebane Foundation will provide professional development, materials, and specialized support staff totaling $2,447,188.00 over 5 years, with additional supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year. In addition, this project will develop and build the professional capacity of 111 preschool through third grade classroom teachers in Davie County Schools and 14 preschool teachers in private facilities. These educators will continue impacting countless students for years to come.

The partnership will demonstrate how districts can leverage high quality professional development and technology to support individualized learning and improve overall reading results, especially for those students who are most difficult to reach.

Colbourne added, “Through the partnerships created with the Healthy Davie Initiative we feel this five-year plan will only get stronger as we move forward. Initially, I see it heavily involving our partners at Davie County Schools, Smart Start and our county daycares, but as it evolves, we have the ability and county partnerships to make enhancements on the fly. We will do this!”

“Davie County Schools is extremely excited to partner with the Mebane Foundation and other community organizations to make significant improvements in early literacy,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, the Superintendent of Davie County Schools. “This partnership will be a national model for ensuring early literacy in preschool through third grade.”

“This public-private partnership between Davie County Schools and the Mebane Foundation creates a unique opportunity to provide high quality professional development, strengthen instruction, and deliver the most effective learning experiences for all children in Davie County.  We will focus efforts to ensure our children are developing foundational literacy skills from preschool through early grades.  Research clearly indicates the correlation between reading proficiency by third grade and success in school; equipping our children early with these essential literacy skills prepares them for life.  Through this collaboration, improvements in literacy will open doors of opportunity for students, and our community will be on a path to a more competitive and prosperous future.”

“We want to thank the Mebane Foundation leadership and Board of Directors for their confidence and continued investment in Davie County,” continued Hartness. “Your generosity and support allow us to provide experiences far beyond what can be funded in other public schools.  You have challenged us to dream and to sharpen our focus.  Our teachers and the children we serve are blessed by your intentional efforts to change lives through literacy.”

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Davie’s the Place for a Job!

davie_county_jobsNeed a job?

Come to Davie County.

Ashley Furniture is hiring. Gildan is hiring. Avgol is hiring.

And with the county’s unemployment rate at 4.3%, local companies are reversing past trends and hiring workers from beyond Davie County.

That’s right. Davie County – long a bedroom community for jobs outside of the county – is becoming the place to come to get a job.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, says that despite the lack of available workers, interest remains strong among businesses hoping to expand or locate here.

He’s working on recruiting jobs with higher than average pay for this area, and companies are beginning to realize that to get the best workers, higher wages may be necessary.

“Hopefully, they’ll put benefits together, a better package and reach out to a larger area,” Bralley said. “We’re recruiting people from other locations. Most people who want to work and who can work can find a job,” he said.

Bralley said Davie County is still in a good position to recruit business.

And as Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center opens the in-bed facility later this year, he expects that area on NC 801 just off I-40 to be a hotbed of retail and commercial growth.

Economic development is working on a strategic plan to recruit higher-paying jobs, he said.

“It’s a different world and it’s changing rapidly,” he said. “We’re in a good position – a good location next door to an urban area.”

Davie is a prime location for transportation-related companies, with easy access to major highways, airports and ports. Manufacturing and distribution companies continue to show the most interest in Davie.

What do companies want when looking for a new location? A building, ready to move in, that meets all of their needs. When do they want it? Now.

“Nothing ever appears to happen quickly, but having a building is key,” Bralley said. “We’re doing better than most.”

Thanks to Hollingsworth Companies, which operates SouthPoint Business Park off US 601 North in Mocksville, Davie County is in a better position than most. Hollingsworth maintains ready to move into buildings, and a recent effort between economic development, Mocksville, Davie County and the state, 85 more acres will become available in that business park.

Companies looking for a new location look all over, Bralley said. Davie, when in contention, usually competes with other North Carolina counties as well as areas in several other states.

Last year didn’t see a lot of new starts, but Davie companies are doing well and expanding, Bralley said.

REEB Millwork on Bethel Church Road in Mocksville added 10 jobs, and renovated the building. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors, interior doors, columns and accessory stairs across the eastern United States. It employs 110 people here.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace continues to grow at its space on US 64 West at Valley Road in Mocksville. Sabeti Wain makes airline seat covers for Southwest Airlines and others at the local site.

Triple J Manor House opened last year in Mocksville, giving local folks a place to have large gatherings, including weddings and receptions. Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse was transformed by the Junker family into a 6,000-square-foot venue.

Comfort Bilt Windows and Doors also had a good year, hiring more workers at its plant in SouthPoint. “I don’t know that the community knows that we are here, what we do, or how much opportunity we have to offer,” said Michael Barron, plant manager. “We are proud of the fact that we’ve never had a layoff, even during the recession.” It was the first business in SouthPoint, opening in 1999.

Gesipa Fasteners, also in SouthPoint, created 16 new jobs last year. The company traditionally makes rivets and riveting systems, but has expanded to offer custom products for its customers. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site,” said Mark Grigg, plant manager. “We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

Shelba D. Johnson Trucking opened a location in an old industrial site off Milling Road last year. The company is a major player in the furniture transportation industry. The company hired eight warehouse workers for the 168,820-square-foot building, and hopes to double the number of employees in coming months.

Economic development, the county, chamber of commerce and towns here collaborated for a retail study by Retail Coach last year – a study that will help recruit retail businesses that could be successful, Bralley said.

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” Bralley said.

By Mike Barnhardt, Davie County Enterprise Record. Reprinted with Permission

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Davie County Chamber to Host Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Register Today!

Signature Women's Luncheon

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The event starts at 11:30 am. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by J. Randall’s Catering and More. The featured presentation is I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity by Timogi Jackson, the Empowerment Specialist.

“The luncheon is always a great networking event for women, but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth,” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

A speaker, educator, and life coach, Timogi inspires audiences all over the country to maximize their power. Her dynamic motivational keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at colleges, businesses, and other organizations are always enlightening and engaging.

She is the author of Activation Required: Reconnecting To Your Purpose, Pack Light!: Packing With Your Purpose In Mind, and I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity. She is the host of Timogi Today and co-host of In Bold Print. Both shows air on public access TV in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Empowerment Call, Timogi’s weekly live telephone program, attracts men and women throughout the country to spend 15 minutes every Thursday night being empowered. Her YouTube channel is filled with videos educators and organizations can use today to empower professionals and students.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of the many events the Davie Chamber hosts each year. The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of sponsoring businesses. The Chamber extends its sincere thanks to this year’s event sponsors and Chamber Champions: A Cleaner World, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine, Duke Energy, Edward Jones- Steve Talton Financial Advisor, Filet of Chicken, Funder, Avgol, Ingersoll Rand, Kelly Office Solutions, United Way of Davie County, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, Journal West, Yadtel Telecom, 360 Lawn Care, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, RayLen Vineyards & Winery and The Swicegood Group Real Estate & Auction.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Signature Women’s Luncheon. Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber members and $27 for guests. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Davie County Chamber at 336-751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run – Inpatient Bed Tower Opens Monday, April 3

Davie Medical Center Inpatient Wing OpenWith the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.

“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as  patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.

A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”

Davie Medical Center StaircaseDavie Medical Center – a Hospital for Today and the Future
The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.

In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.

“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”

The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.

Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run - Inpatient Bed Tower Opening

Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.

ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.

The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.

All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics.  The  GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.

Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:

  • Activities for kids
  • Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
  • Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
  • Music and entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Cooking demonstrations with samples

WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm

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