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In the Service of Others ~ Davie County Equestrian to Lead Special Olympics Team in 2015 World Games

dixieland farm Marissa BrzescinskiMarissa Lee Brzescinski has been selected as the next Head Coach for the 2015 US Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles California. Marissa currently serves as the Head Coach for the Davie County Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and has served previously as the Assistant Coach for Team USA at the 2007 Games in Shanghai, China and the 2011 Games in Athens, Greece. The 2015 World Games will be held in Los Angeles California from July 25th-August 2nd, 2015. For additional information, please visit www.specialolympicsteamusa.org, www.LA2015.org, or www.dixielandfarm.com.

Marissa was introduced to the Special Olympics program shortly after moving to Davie County in 2003.  She describes herself as falling in love with the Special Olympics Equestrian program and being “hooked” ever since her first training session with the Davie County team.  Marissa coaches at Dixieland Farm in Mocksville, which she owns with her husband, Kris.  Many of the horses that the athletes use are owned by Dixieland, where they are trained to work with the needs of the participants.

Dixieland Farms Stables Davie CountySpecial Olympics athletes have taught Marissa the power of the human spirit, to never give up and to truly love what you do.  Not a training session or show goes by that she is not blown away by the spirit of camaraderie and the determination that the athletes display. Special Olympics inspires Marissa to try harder, to give more, to extend herself in the service of others and to be an inspiration to those around her.  Marissa inspires Special Olympics athletes and their families throughout the year.

The athletes who make up the 2015 Team USA Equestrian team hail from Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  To qualify for the World Games, athletes must receive a Gold Medal at a State-Level Competition and meet other qualifications.

North Carolina – Special Olympics Pioneer
North Carolina was one of the early pioneers in the Special Olympics Equestrian sports, which became a model for developing the national program.  Coach Brzescinski currently serves as an advisor for the NC Sports Development Team for Special Olympics North Carolina, and her athletes regularly compete in local and regional events representing Davie County.

Dixieland Farm HorseAthletes Bring Courage and a Smile
The games include Dressage, English and Western Equitation, Western Riding, Working Trails, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, and Team Relays.  Marissa adds, at the World Games, “They do not get bring their own horses with them, instead they will have to ride horses assigned to them upon arrival in Los Angeles…horses they have never met and know nothing about.  Part of what I love about coaching the World Games athletes is the particular challenge of having to ride an unfamiliar horse. This is something that would NEVER be expected of an Olympic rider or most other riders in any competition, much less an international competition.  Yet, these athletes show up and ride whatever horse they’re given, with little time to practice or even get to know their mount before having to enter the show ring.  Each Athlete does this with courage and a smile!”

Equestrian Training – Life Skills, Drive and Determination
Equestrian sports are highly regarded in Special Olympics competition for the life skills taught and practiced in the training. Special needs athletes with various disabilities are empowered by working with horses and riding. Working with large animals helps the athletes develop coordination, good posture, balance, and body awareness, as well as teaching them to respect nature and how to groom and care  for the animals. Marissa feels blessed to be part of the program, “I’ve learned so much from my athletes; tolerance, strength under pressure, good sportsmanship, perseverance…and try to instill in them not only the skills they need to compete in the sport on the local, state, national and international level, but also the drive and determination to meet each

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Mocksville Winterfest – Free Events for the Entire Family

Mocksville Winterfest Ice RinkThe Town of Mocksville, the Mocksville Merchants Association and the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority is hosting  Winterfest in downtown – Hay rides, Snowzilla, an ice skating rink and an inflatable toboggan slide.   These are all free events!

During these events, the Town of Mocksville will be collecting canned goods to be donated to Storehouse for Jesus.

Mocksville WInterfest Snowzilla

Saturday, December 13 – Free Event – Snowzilla
Join us for “Snowzilla” on Saturday, December 13, from 12 noon until 5 PM at Junkers Mill outdoor theater in downtown Mocksville.  At 31 feet tall and 90 feet long, this massive mobile snow tube with moon bounce is the only one of its kind in North America.  The inflatable toboggan slide is made for adults and children. It is perfect for simulating a slide down a snow covered hill when winter conditions are not available. This is a massive attraction and riders board a snow tube for the ride to the bottom of the slide. It is a high throughput piece and is the only one in the United States.  It has tremendous WOW factor. You simply climb up the stairs, sit in your inflatable snow tube and down you come spinning and twisting.

Saturday, January 3 – Free Event – Ice Skating Rink and Inflatable Toboggan Slide
Join us again in historic downtown Mocksville on Saturday, January 3rd from 12 noon until 5 PM at Junkers Mill outdoor theater for free ice skating and the inflatable toboggan slide.  Ice skates will be supplied!  Come enjoy the fun on this artificial skating surface that accommodates up to 30 people at a time, perimeter fencing, rubber matting and of course, SKATES! Skate sizes range from youth 9 to adult 13 so everyone has a chance to use the rink! Refreshments and food will be available for purchase at this event.

Mocksville Winterfest toboggan tunnelThe toboggan slide is over 90 feet long! The brand new Toboggan Tunnel combines speed, adrenaline and mystery into one amazing attraction. At over 15′ tall and 45′ long with twin roller lanes covered by a snow covered tunnel, there is mystery and intrigue as to what this tunnel has to offer. There is no other slide like this in the United States.

The ice rink will be constructed from synthetic ice.  Synthetic ice consists of a unique plastic polymer that best resembles the consistency of the world’s largest white cutting board.  Outdoor, indoor, and anywhere ice skating rinks are fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in 4’ X 8’ synthetic ice sheets. The ice panels are then coated with a lubricating solution that reduces contact friction and enhances the glide and speed of the skating experience.

Mark your calendars.  Come on out, bring the kids, and skate and slide with us in downtown Mocksville!  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each of these free events.

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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!  Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Tuesdays – Davie Medical Center, Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.

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.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington 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 at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  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.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.
Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
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 farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile Tour

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourA Rolling Museum
Most of us aren’t too patient when we get behind a slow-moving car on a country road, but chances are that Davie County residents will be a little more forgiving than usual during the week of July 21-26. That’s when the NC Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will be taking part in the organization’s 63rd Annual NC Tour. Five dozen pre-1928 autos – all preserved or restored to their original condition – will be tooling along the back roads and byways of Davie County and the Yadkin Valley as their owners harken back to the bygone tradition of auto touring – and fellow motorists will probably want to slow down to get a view at these rare automobiles.

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourHeadquartered at Hampton Inn Bermuda Run
Headquartered at the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run in Advance, the group will head out daily to a variety of regional attractions including the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Bethabara Historical Park, Love Valley, Troutman Chair Company, Shiloh General Store, Hillbilly Hideaway, and the Richard Childress Racing Museum. For the first day of the tour, the group will visit Vienna Village Assisted Living Center to give older residents a real-life trip back in time, with many owners dressing in period clothing to add even further to the ambiance.

013Organized by Sharon and Ricky Adkins of Winston-Salem – owners of a 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash and a 1924 Model T, the latter of which they’ll be driving – the tour will roll into the Town of Bermuda Run on Tuesday, July 22 as the town welcomes the group with a “Horseless Carriage Day” proclamation. But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to the Town of Bermuda Run for the celebration. Ricky Adkins says the group encourages the community to stop by the Hampton Inn each evening to view the cars before they’re put into trailers for safekeeping. Nightly cookouts, ice-cream socials, a pizza party, and an end- of-tour bash on Friday, July 26 round out the festivities.

022In all, the Hampton Inn will host some 150 guests from eight different states.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in automobiles to get an up-close look at vehicles that were crafted at a time when many car designers considered their creations equal part works of art and functioning transportation. The tour is practically a rolling museum because, as Ricky Adkins points out, “You don’t often get to see that many vintage vehicles together.”

To learn more about the Horseless Carriage Club of America, visit the national Web site at http://www.hcca.org/hcca.html or the organization’s North Carolina regional page at http://www.hcca.org/regions.php#NORTH-CAROLINA. You can also give the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run a call at 336-998-3480 to find out where the tour is headed that day and when the vehicles will be on display in the evenings.

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race and Tube Race This Saturday in Cooleemee!

Great Bullhole Duck RaceDuck Race, Tube Race, Trophies and over $500 in Prizes
You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam this Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 PM sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $300. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $150 with the 3rd place better will win $75. That’s some duck grease to take home!

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 5th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race & Festival and it will run from 10:30 am to 2 pm at RiverPark, found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).  There will be games, food, and some special kids activities. The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

Tube Race Registration
The 3rd Annual South Yadkin Tube Race will once again run in conjunction with this event and it begins at 10:30 AM at the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife area. First place winner is awarded a unique trophy and a $100 cash prize.

Official Tube Race contestants must fill out a registration form, a liability waiver and have signed a copy of the Official Rules. Regulation tubes and life vests can be rented at the Junction before the race begins ($5 each). To get registered, call (336) 284-6040.

 


“There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,” said Stephanie Waller of the Cooleemee Recreation Department, “You have to buy a ticket.” Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.

Tickets can be purchased at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs and the Zachary House in Cooleemee, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and the LandTrust office at the old railroad Depot in Salisbury. Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark open, clean and safe. “If you love the Bullhole, show your support,” says Waller.

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Final Weekend for Broadway’s Best Season Finale ~ “Broadway Showstoppers”!

Broadway's Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” for one final weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

There are still seats left for The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” this weekend with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28.  There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

Don’t wait!  For tickets, please visit www.broadwaysbest.biz.

Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

Boradway's Best Logo

The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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Don’t Miss “Broadway Showstoppers”! Broadway’s Best Season Finale Opens This Week

Broadways Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” this week and next!  Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

Boradways Best Logo

The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” begins at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 19, 20 and 21.  There will be a matinee show at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 22.

The schedule picks up again the following week with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28. There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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“How to get Started in Beekeeping” ~ Class Starts This Saturday, May 10

Davie County Beekeepers

There is nothing quite as sweet as honey from your own back yard.

Did you know North Carolina has more backyard beekeepers than any other state?  Have you ever considered keeping bees?  Would you like to know more about this fascinating hobby or occupation?  Join the Davie County Beekeepers Association for the 2 day class, “How to Get Started in Beekeeping.”

Classes Begin Saturday, May 10, 2014
When: Saturday, May 10th and 17th, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.(two classes)
Where: Davie County Public Library, 371 N Main St.Mocksville, NC 27028
Course Fee: $35.00 per person
Contact: George Snyder at (336) 492-2350 for more information or register online now to reserve your seat.

Classes will include information on what to do first, costs, where and how to acquire materials, seasonal hive management, honey bee biology, and dealing with pests.

You’ll also learn about products from the hive, how to extract honey, and lots more.

Davie Beekeepers – 40 Years of Service 
As reported in the Journal West
, the Davie County Beekeepers Association has been helping members enjoy the hobby of beekeeping since 1972 and is part of the North Carolina State Beekeeping Association. The state association has been around for almost a century, and is the largest state beekeeping association in the country. 

Friendly neighbors and helping hands
In addition to the information you glean from this course, you will have the opportunity to meet other beginning beekeepers as well as some “old-timers”.  You’ll make contacts with local beekeepers who can provide answers to future questions as well as continuing support.  You can find a mentor to help you with your new adventure, and club members can even help you “install” your first package of bees or capture a swarm.

Catch the Buzz! Reserve your seat today
Learn why beekeeping has caught the attention of so many people across America in the last few years, and why the health of the honey bee is an integral part of the well being of our planet.  Catch the buzz and reserve your seat.  Preregister online with the Davie County Beekeepers Association.

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

daniel-boone-family-festivalFree Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 3, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food vendors, and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

The festival originated as a way to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, and for its first two iterations it was held in August (the couple married on August 14, 1756). But the summer heat made for a long day so Historic Davie moved the celebration to May.

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.

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).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to 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 HoleVeach’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.

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

Mountain-Heart-BandMusic all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by The Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music of Tommy Chandler at 1 PM,  the Johnny Cash tribute band Folsom Prison Gang at 3:30, the rockin’ country sounds of Tony Bailey at 5:00 PM, and the Nashville headliner, Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge, but those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Vendor Applications and Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival and Spring Auction web site, or call Tami Langdon at 336-909-2263 (you can also call the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304.  If you’d like to participate as a vendor, you can download a vendor application here.

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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!  Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Tuesdays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.

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.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington 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 at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  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.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.
Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
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 farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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Free Community Event ~ Thursday, March 27 ~ For Your Health Expo!

FREE TO EVERYONE!!

  • Health Screenings
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Healthy Lifestyle Vendors
  • Samples & Products
  • Product Info giveaways

stethoscope

Free Health Screenings and More
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davie Family YMCA are pleased to present the For Your Health Expo 2014 on Thursday, March 27th at the Davie Family YMCA

For Your Health Expo runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is free to the public.  This annual community event brings vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services together under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.

With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all time high, For Your Health Expo provides Davie County residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.  

Sponsored by both Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, and Novant Health – Forsyth Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with several medical service providers.  Several free health screenings will be offered.

For Your Health – a Community Partnership
For Your Health is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body.   “It was established as a community service event but it also provides an opportunity for both of our organizations to serve our members and further the missions of both the Y and the Davie Chamber.” Said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the For Your Health Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.

For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.

About the Davie County Chamber of Commerce
For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   We believe in working together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout all of Davie County. 

About the Davie Family YMCA
The Davie Family YMCA, located near downtown Mocksville, has served the community for more than 20 years, and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, licensed before- and after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes.

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Join the Fun ~ 26th Annual Shamrock Run This Saturday!

Shamrock Run Mocksville

The 26th annual Shamrock Run, Walk and Tots Trot will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will be donated to Davie Domestic Violence Services and Rape Crisis Center.   The 2013 event raised $1,000 for the Davie Pregnancy Center!  Online registration is closed but runners may register in person on Friday, February 28th from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.  Download and complete the 2014 Shamrock Run registration form which includes the schedule of events, fees, directions, etc.

The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.

Race Schedule:

Friday, February 28th
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup

Saturday, March 1st  RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:00AM—Tots Trot Begins (Note New Time!)
8:15AM—5K Run Steps off
8:15AM—Competitive Walk & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run Steps off
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins

For additional information, please visit http://www.shamrockrunnc.com/ and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991.

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Schools Closed For Students & Staff – Friday, February 14, 2014

Mocksville Snowstorm Feb 2014

Davie County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Friday, February 14, 2014.  There will be no school on Saturday.  We hope to be back on a regular schedule on Monday, February 17.  Make-up days will be announced at a later date.  In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the snow storm below.  Full resolution copies of the images below are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviecounty/sets/72157640951597474/show/

 

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Davie County Vineyards: Ideal Complement for the Holidays

GrapesDo you still need to buy for a Christmas gift for someone but loathe the thoughts of facing the throngs at a massive shopping mall or wandering around a big-box outlet hoping to find inspiration on its sterile shelves?

There’s no need to panic. Just head to one of Davie County’s wineries and pick up a bottle of wine or two for the yet-to-be-gifted adults on your shopping list. The diversity of offerings means you’re sure to find something to please their palate, and the soothing, pastoral settings of the vineyards that can be seen from the tasting rooms will give you a chance to cool your jets during this sometimes frantic time of year.

A couple of tips before you make your grape escape from the holiday crowds. If possible, try to find out what food the wine will accompany. Opinions vary, of course, but generally speaking a Pinot Noir or Syrah goes well with turkey, Malbec or Merlot are great matches for prime rib, and a stronger red such as Cabernet is called for with lamb. And as more than one critic has pointed out, you can almost never go wrong with a sparkling wine because the sound of the cork being popped is a siren call for celebration.

There’s one other advantage to following our advice: by shopping at these wineries, you’ll also be investing in Davie County, where many of you live and work. Every dollar spent in Davie County will help grow the community and give your friends and neighbors a chance to prosper in the coming year.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the spots you’ll want to check out.

Raylen Wines and VineyardRayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158, Mocksville
336-998-3100
Tasting Room Hours: 11AM – 6PM Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays
Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 11AM – 3PM, Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day

If you’re looking for the broadest selection of wines from which to choose, head to RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville. Established by Joseph and Joyce Neely in 2000 and named after their daughters, Rachel and Helen, RayLen’s production is headed up by longtime vintner Steve Shepard. RayLen produced just 2500 cases of five types of wines that first year; a dozen years later, production had soared by over 300 percent and now comprises 16 different varieties. The rapid expansion didn’t come up at the expense of quality, but rather because of it. RayLen has racked up numerous state and regional awards and is renowned as one of the top wineries in the Southeast.

If the large selection has you uncertain what wine to select, try one of RayLen’s wine flights, which gives you the opportunity to sample from a broad array of offerings. Both the Red Flight (six wines) and the White Flight (seven wines) are just $6.00, while the Complete Flight is $10.00 and comprises just about everything RayLen produces.

Besides producing top-notch wine, RayLen also hosts open houses, music festivals, and is available for private events such as weddings or birthday parties. Visit the Web site to learn more and sign up as a member of the “Cellar Club” to have wines delivered to your home on a regular basis.

Misty Creek Wine and VineyardsMisty Creek Vineyards
710 Wyo Road
Mocksville, NC 27028
336-998-3303
Tasting Room Hours: 4PM – 8PM Fridays, 10AM – 8PM Saturdays, 2PM – 6PM Sundays

Nestled a couple of miles off Farmington Road between Huntsville and Farmington is Misty Creek Vineyards, producers of numerous award-winning wines since 2001. But owner Barry Nichols, who enjoyed a 30-plus-year career in the aerospace industry, has been involved with wines much longer than that: he first started working with the fruit of the vine the same year that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Now, he and wife Kathy oversee the production of five varietals (four reds, one white) and two blends (Barrel House Blend and Misty Rose).

But while it’s the wines that will bring you out Misty Creek, it’s the welcoming atmosphere that’s likely to keep you coming back. The winery is both family- and pet-friendly, and Barry encourages visitors to bring their own food—there’s a grill available for cooking—and enjoy a bottle of their prize-winning Chardonnay or Chambourcin at the outdoor pavilion that overlooks a pond in the midst of the vineyard. Or just stop by and try the Misty Creek Flight featuring samples of all seven wines for just $5.

Like RayLen, Misty Creek hosts special events throughout the year centered around food, music, artisans, and activities. Keep an eye on the event calendar to see what’s in store in the coming months.

Garden Gate Wine and VineyardGarden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive, Mocksville
336-751-3794
Tasting Room Hours: 12 Noon to 5PM Wednesday-Saturday

While North Carolina’s reputation as winemaking state has soared over the past decade, there’s no question that vintners here face special challenges when trying to make European-style varietals. But Garden Gate Vineyards’ owners Sonya and Bob Whitaker have come up with a solution: creating wines using local fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as relying on indigenous grapes like the Scuppernong and Muscadine.

Grown without pesticides, all Garden Gate’s wines are priced at $12 bottle (a free bottle is thrown in when you purchase a case). In addition to its fruity wines and Scuppernong and Muscadine, the Whitakers have recently added a Zinfandel and a Merlot to the roster, along with a Sangria (based on the strawberry wine) and a specialty run called “Jitterbug.” Starting to feel the nip of winter? Sample the warm, soothing Dragonfly Wassail the Whitakers created for the holidays.

Those unfamiliar with fruity or sweeter wines will appreciate the fact Garden Gate offers free tastings, and everyone will enjoy the small winery’s friendly atmosphere. Get directions and learn more about the nutritional benefits of Muscadine grapes at Garden Gate’s little nook on the Web.

Lazy Elm Wine and VineyardLazy Elm Vineyard & Winery
523 Danner Road, Mocksville
336-909-4914
Tasting Room Hours: 12 Noon to 5PM, Saturday and Sunday

One of the newest arrivals on the Davie County wine scene is Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery. The five-and-a-half-acre vineyard sits on a 43-acre farm in Mocksville about a mile east of Highway 601.

For its initial lineup, Lazy Elm has been purchasing grapes from a Surry County vineyard located within the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area to create three reds and a rose; it also has been producing a sweet apple wine. Last year marked its first plantings in the vineyard: Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, and Malbec comprise the lineup of reds and Vermentino, a variety used in Italian wines, will be the flagship white wine.

While the tasting room is currently open only on weekends, you can also call to set up a time to stop by during the week. Just bring a couple of glasses and perhaps a picnic lunch, then grab a bottle of wine and relax in a peaceful setting. Find out more about Lazy Elm and keep up to date on their upcoming varietals by heading to their Web site.

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WXII News Spotlights Davie County’s Hidden Charms

wxii-celebrates-davieFor the past couple of years, the big news out of Davie County has been economic development. Big names such as Ashley Furniture and Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ingersoll Rand, Avgol and more have invested millions of dollars in new facilities in the county, and smaller firms like Carolina Precision Plastics and Pro Refrigeration have set up shops offering good-paying jobs at a time when employers are extremely picky about where they’ll locate.

But when WXII News 12 paid an all-day visit to Historic Downtown Mocksville this past December 11th, they weren’t there to cover a business opening or a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business. Instead, the number-one news team in the Piedmont Triad was there to “Celebrate Davie,” with a special focus was on the people and places that make Davie County uniquely appealing to residents and visitors alike.

Longtime nighttime news anchor Cameron Kent took viewers to Cooleemee for a trip down to The Bullhole, an eye-catching waterfall on the Yadkin River that generations have relished as a prime swimming and fishing spot, then peeked into the area’s past with a report on Lake Hideaway. The man-made lake, fronted by a beach created with sand hauled in from the North  Carolina Coast, was the gathering spot for Davie County teens in the 1950s and early 1960s, but decades after closing its charms are found only in memories.

 History buffs were treated to a report on Joppa Cemetery, final resting place for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel.

Chief meteorologist Lanie Pope traded in her maps and charts for mixing bowls, eggs, and flour at Ketchie Creek Bakery and Cafe in Mocksville. While Pope’s creations were passable, you’ll probably want to visit when the regular team is whipping up its signature Five-Flavor Pound Cake, which Our State magazine described as a “symphony of flavors.” But who knows—you might get to taste the bakery’s wares at a wedding at WinMock at Kinderton, a 1920s-era dairy barn that was converted into a a rustic yet tasteful special-events center in 2011.

 

At the end of the day, though, it’s the folks of Davie County that make it such a special place to live, work, and play. Morning news anchor Kimberly Van Scoy introduced Seth Grooms, a hugely successful Special Olympian and a fixture at Davie County High School football games—so much so that he was named an honorary member of the team. In fact, Grooms is so beloved in Davie County he was named marshal of the town’s 2012 Christmas parade. Emma Slabach stopped by the WXII studios to show off her special talent: the 13-year-old is a cup-stacking champion and has competed in evens sanctioned by the World Sport Stacking Association.

And even when the news team visited one of Davie County’s most successful enterprises, the focus was on the people more than on the product. Trailers of the East Coast, which provides trailers for many NASCAR teams and for major national companies like FedEx and Walt Disney Corporation, goes back three generations, when Ted Junker bought an appliance and hardware store in Mocksville. Today, his son Bill and Bill’s sons Clint and Will run the business—and nine grandchildren stand ready to join the Trailers of the East Coast team at some point.

Of course, there are far too many hidden charms and smiling faces in Davie County to be covered even in an all-day TV broadcast—which is another way of saying you should take time to make a visit. Visit the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Facebook and Twitter pages for a list of events, businesses, attractions, and more.

Once again, thank you to the entire team at WXII News 12 for picking a day to “Celebrate Davie.”

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